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Ajo BP agents apprehend 240 people in 48 hours

Customs and Border Protection will begin building five miles of fence along the southern border of the Organ Pipe Refuge, as people from Central America continue to cross the border and turn themselves in to seek asylum. ... Read more»

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Photo exhibit reveals tension over who has right to tell migrant stories

An ASU photo exhibit features portraits of objects confiscated from migrants by U.S. law enforcement at the border. ... Read more»

No More Deaths volunteer moves dismissal of human smuggling charges

Lawyers for Scott Daniel Warren, the ASU professor charged with human smuggling for helping two Mexican men near Ajo, have moved to dismiss the case, arguing that his prosecution was retaliation for a report critical of the Border Patrol published the same day. ... Read more»

Sudden release of migrant families may spark new family separation program

The Trump administration appears to be building the case for a new family separation policy just days after immigration officials in Arizona suddenly released hundreds of immigrant families, forgoing coordination and travel plans, and forcing advocates to scramble for help.... Read more»

More than 260 migrants found in Arizona desert by Border Patrol

Large groups of immigrant families and unaccompanied minors from Central America continue to enter the United States through remote often hostile wilderness areas in southwest Arizona. ... Read more»1

121 immigrants surrender to Border Patrol agents near Lukeville

A group of 121 immigrants turned themselves in to Border Patrol agents on Saturday in a remote part of the Organ Pipe Cactus wildlife refuge, one of five large groups, totaling 600 people, found in Arizona's western desert since July 28 by federal officials. ... Read more»

163 border-crossers detained by Border Patrol in often deadly Az desert

A group of 163 suspected illegal migrants was intercepted Saturday by Border Patrol agents in a remote stretch of Arizona desert west of Tucson — the third large group found in about a month in a wilderness where water is rare and crossings are frequently deadly. ... Read more»

Supervisors vote to refuse Operation Stonegarden border funds

Pima County Supervisors voted 3-1 to terminate Operation Stonegarden, rejecting a $1.4 million federal grant for border-enforcement patrols by the Sheriff's Department. Supervisor Ramón Valadez provided the swing vote.... Read more»1

Group of 128 suspected border-crossers detained near Ajo

Border Patrol agents patrolling near Ajo apprehended more than 200 people in two large groups in the last month, including a group of 128 people encountered several miles west of Lukeville on Friday, authorities said. ... Read more»

Pima Supervisors wait to reconsider Stonegarden border funds

The continued acceptance of nearly $1.4 million in federal grant money under a program known as Operation Stonegarden remains in limbo after Pima County supervisors voted to delay their decision until September, allowing a citizen commission to review data from police agencies. ... Read more»

BP: Drug dog sniffs out $700K in marijuana stashed in flat-bed trailer

Border Patrol agents arrested a Phoenix man Friday after a drug dog pointed them to more than 1,400 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $700,000, concealed in a flat-bed trailer, authorities said. ... Read more»

BP uncovers cache of weapons near Ajo, 3 men arrested

Three men and a cache of semi-automatic rifles were intercepted by Border Patrol agents on Saturday afternoon southwest of Ajo, Ariz. ... 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»

No More Deaths volunteer arrested, charged with harboring immigrants

A member of No More Deaths faces a felony charge after he was arrested by Border Patrol agents, just hours after the Tucson humanitarian group released videos showing agents destroying water and food left for those crossing Arizona's deserts. ... Read more»1

Border Patrol agent arrested for lewd conduct with minor

Pima County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Border Patrol agent at the Ajo Station two weeks ago based on a fugitive warrant issued by officials in California for charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor in 2013.... 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»

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