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Hastily cobbled reunions of detained migrants & children marred by logistical fumbles

Two days after the feds missed a court-imposed deadline to reunite more than 100 children with their migrant parents after they were separated under by the Trump administration, only about half of those kis have been returned in a chaotic process marked by computer malfunctions, logistical problems and administrative failures.... Read more»

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Judge blocks ICE from indiscriminate detention of asylum seekers

A federal judge blocked Homeland Security from systematically holding asylum seekers in detention even after they showed credible evidence they are fleeing persecution and violence in their home countries.... Read more»

Sessions limits asylum claims for victims of domestic, gang violence

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday said that immigrant victims of gang violence or domestic abuse will no longer be able to claim asylum in the U.S., saying the law was not designed to “alleviate all problems.”... Read more»

Tucson activists denounce separation of migrant families at border

Free the Children Coalition, a new group targeting immigration issues, on Tuesday called the Trump administration’s separation of immigrant families at the border an attack on children that exposes them to illness and trauma.... Read more»

Free-speech ruling in Trump Twitter case echoes Arizona debate

A lawsuit against an Rep. Paul Gosar aims to bar elected officials from blocking critics on social media, while claims of censorship in Pima County have not been pressed in court.... Read more»

ACLU: Migrant kids accused Border Patrol of 'shocking' physical, sexual & mental abuse

Thousands of documents show unaccompanied minors reported physical, mental and sexual abuse while they were detained by Customs and Border Protection, yet there's little evidence that officials meaningfully investigated such claims, civil rights advocates say. ... Read more»

Vigil in Nogales marks acquittal of Border Patrol agent

Following the acquittal Monday of Lonnie Swartz, the BP agent accused of murdering 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, a small group held a vigil in Nogales, Sonora, on Tuesday evening.... Read more»

ACLU wants Greyhound to end Customs and Border Protection raids

Greyhound bus passengers of color, who speak with accents or simply are “not white,” routinely are questioned and sometimes detained by Customs and Border Protection agents, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.... Read more»

School resource officers called a key safety tool, but critics fear discrimination

In the nationwide, student-led push for changes to gun policy change after a school shooting Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, Toves and other school resource officers have come into the public spotlight. While Democrats have emphasized gun control measures to improve school safety, Republicans, including Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, have pushed for more security, including funding for law enforcement officers on campus.... Read more»

Pima accepts Stonegarden border funds, but still questions program's costs, accountability

Pima County supervisors OKed taking nearly $1.4 million from the feds to underwrite border enforcement, after Supervisor Ramón Valadez requested five conditions to make working with Border Patrol more transparent and responsive to claims that deputies may engage in racial profiling. ... Read more»

Joe Arpaio, convicted & pardoned ex-sheriff, declares Senate run

Joe Arpaio, the ex-Maricopa County Sheriff who lost a 2016 re-election bid and was found guilty of criminal contempt in a racial-profiling case before being pardoned by President Trump, said he's seeking a U.S. Senate seat.... Read more»

The most important border stories of 2017

While much of our coverage was based on the raucous actions of the Trump administration, TucsonSentinel.com delved into some hidden corners of the borderlands, including a story about a decorated Marine who faces deportation despite being a U.S. citizen, a story that uses documents that describe how the ex-governor of Sonora may have been linked to a cocaine smuggler, and the trial of a Border Patrol agent accused of second-degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager. ... Read more»

9th Circuit: BP must provide blankets to detained immigrants

Border Patrol officials must provide sleeping mats and blanket to immigrants held in detention for more than 12 hours, a federal appeals court ruled, rejecting government arguments that the requirements were too" rigid" and "burdensome." ... Read more»

Court hears appeals on 1st Amendment case over Arivaca checkpoint

The 9th Circuit heard arguments Tuesday in a suit that accuses Border Patrol agents of violating the First Amendment rights of a group attempting to observe one of the agency's checkpoints in Southern Arizona.... Read more»

New Tucson Sector BP chief wants to shift agents to border, add more technology

After six weeks on the job, the new chief of the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector said he wants to shift agents closer to the border, and work closely with Mexican officials to keep illegal traffic, including drugs and people, from reaching the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

Judge accepts Arpaio pardon, vacates conviction

Judge Susan Bolton accepted President Trump's pardon of ex-Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and dismissed his conviction for criminal contempt on Wednesday.... Read more»3

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