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Border Patrol offers raises to keep agents as staffing falls below goals

Some Border Patrol agents will receive a "retention incentive" worth up to 5 percent of their salaries, as the agency strains to increase the number of staffers to meet tough recruitment demands set by a 2017 executive order. ... Read more»

McSally at border in Nogales: 'No opportunity to vote yet' on gov't shutdown

Newly minted Sen. Martha McSally met with border agents in Nogales on Tuesday. "I'm for funding the government, I'm not for shutting down the government," she said. Federal courts handling immigration cases in Arizona are set to run out of money at the end of the week. ... Read more»

BP union, including Tucson agent, pushes for border wall in Trump meeting as federal shutdown continues

Members of the union for border agents, including vice president and Tucson Sector Agent Art Del Cueto, continued to press for a border wall in a meeting with President Trump as the federal government remains partially shuttered. ... Read more»

Audit: Hiring of customs, border agents better, but still falling short

Customs and Border Protection is getting better at attracting and hiring job applicants, but the agency still faces thousands of vacancies in its law enforcement ranks, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.... Read more»

Polygraphs for Border Patrol applicants seen as hurdle to hiring rush

Customs and Border Protection officials are considering ways to waive polygraphs for some applicants as the agency works to meet President Trump’s push to hire thousands more border agents. But it would also relax a policy meant to curb a wave of corruption that CBP faced in its last hiring boom, a change critics called “alarming.”... Read more»

Trump says U.S. officials letting in illegal immigrants so they can vote

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday accused U.S. authorities of speeding citizenship proceedings for some illegal immigrants so they can vote, returning to a core issue as he girded for a second debate against Democrat Hillary Clinton. ... Read more»

'Dedicated' Border Patrol agent killed in Sells cycle crash

The cause of the motorcycle crash that killed Border Patrol Agent Manuel Alvarez, 37, remains under investigation, said Tucson Sector Chief Paul Beeson during a news conference Friday. ... Read more»

McCain endorsed by union for border agents

U.S. Sen. John McCain was endorsed by the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents nearly 16,500 Border Patrol agents, during an event Tuesday in Tucson. McCain is facing a tough reelection battle, fending off challenges from the right in the GOP primary with the prospect of a tough general election opponent in Ann Kirkpatrick. ... Read more»

BP union head, Babeu accuse feds of 'lack of enforcement' at border

Members of the Border Patrol's union and Sheriff Paul Babeu accused the Obama administration of "manipulating data," claiming BP supervisors are ordering agents to release immigrants without documents requiring them to appear in court. A staffer for Babeu blocked a Phoenix reporter from the announcement. ... Read more»

McSally measure would direct BP to deploy at border line

Rep. Martha McSally added provisions to a border bill in Congress that would direct the Border Patrol to "patrol as close to the physical land border as possible" — a move the BP union local says "looks good from D.C." but not from where they stand. ... Read more»3

Border Patrol cuts overtime pay for agents

Belt-tightening made necessary by federal spending cuts, as well as pointed questions about the use of hours by federal agents with the Department of Homeland Security have resulted in cuts to the overtime hours of agents working as supervisors or in administrative duties, even as reform legislation languishes in Congress. ... Read more»

Photos: Inside Nogales center holding 100s of migrant kids

After two weeks of requests, U.S. Customs and Border Protection allowed members of the media to tour the facility on Wednesday morning where as many as 1,000 unaccompanied children from Central America are currently being held as they are processed by immigration officials. The hour-long look came with strict rules for reporters.... Read more»

Az officials rail against transfer of minors, laud BP response

Arizona officials criticized federal officials for transferring unaccompanied children to the Nogales Border Patrol station and Greyhound terminals in Phoenix and Tucson. "The conditions are spartan, but the kids are being taken care of," said State Sen. Andrea Dalessandro.... Read more»

CBP ousts head of internal affairs

The head of internal affairs at U.S. Customs and Border Protection has been ousted over criticism that the department has failed to properly investigate complaints of abuses and excessive use of force. An FBI deputy director has been assigned to the agency with orders to aggressively investigate abuses cases.... Read more»

Arivaca residents demand BP stop interfering with checkpoint monitors

The ACLU has sent a letter to the Border Patrol demanding that agents halt what the group alleges is interference and harassment of monitors and protestors at the checkpoint on Arivaca Road.... Read more»

New drone radar reveals Border Patrol 'gotaways' in high numbers

The Border Patrol has caught a fraction of the border crossers spotted by a sophisticated sensor mounted on unmanned spy aircraft and flown over remote stretches of desert, casting doubts on claims that the area is more secure than ever.... Read more»