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Napier: Sheriff can't enforce federal immigration laws without harming public safety

Sheriff Mark Napier: "While I support the increased attention given to the border and welcome additional federal resources, the Sheriff’s Department does not have the capacity to engage in proactive enforcement of federal immigration laws. If local law enforcement becomes proactive in immigration enforcement, we will not enhance public safety, but rather deteriorate it."... Read more»

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Lawyer: BP 'lost or destroyed' original video of Nogales cross-border shooting

A lawyer representing Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing a Mexican teenager at the border in Nogales, said that the agency has "lost or destroyed" the original video recordings of the incident. ... Read more»1

CBP seeking proposals for 'physically imposing' concrete wall on Mexico border

Late Friday night, officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection began accepting proposals to design and build prototypes for two walls along the U.S.-Mexico border, one a "physically imposing" wall of reinforced concrete. ... Read more»

Trump budget would hire lawyer team to obtain property for border wall

President Trump’s proposed fiscal 2018 budget calls for the hiring of 20 attorneys to help the federal government “obtain the land and holdings necessary to secure the Southwest border.”... Read more»

White House asks Congress for $2.6 billion for border wall

Echoing promises made during the campaign, President Trump is seeking to hire more than 1,500 law enforcement officers this year, while spending $2.6 billion to begin construction of a Southwest border wall, and another $1 billion on detention and deportation efforts, according to a proposed budget released Thursday by the White House. ... Read more»

Federal judge holds BP in contempt for failing to preserve video evidence

A federal judge has found Tucson Sector Border Patrol in contempt, writing that officials "violated" his orders, because they had "failed to take all reasonable steps" within their power to "preserve video evidence" as part of a class-action lawsuit filed in 2015 over the treatment of immigrants in holding cells.... Read more»

Can border officials search your phone? These are your rights

Recent detentions and seizures of phones and other material from travelers to the United States have sparked alarm. We detail what powers Customs and Border Protection officials have over you and your devices. ... Read more»

Trump invites bids for border wall, cites 'aesthetics'

President Trump built his campaign on the promise of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Just a month after his inauguration, Homeland Security announced plans to begin construction. And the department took a step to make sure it will look good, stating in a little-noticed update that bids will be judged on “aesthetics.”... Read more»

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Grijalva: 'Trump willing to endanger public for feckless wall'

"Trump's contempt for immigrants is pathetic, and his lack of compassion for fellow human beings is unbecoming of the office he holds. Cruelty aside, his willingness to siphon funds away from the Coast Guard, FEMA and the TSA to pay for his border wall is reckless enough that it should be criminal."... Read more»

Court overturns re-entry conviction for man arrested in Nogales port

Rosario Vazquez-Hernandez was washing windows of cars waiting at the Mariposa Port of Entry, as he did most days, when Border Patrol agents grabbed him on charges that he was attempting to re-enter the U.S. illegally in 2014.... Read more»

CBP chopper crew rescues Guatemalan man near Three Points

A helicopter crew with U.S. Customs and Border Protection airlifted a 19-year-old Guatemalan man with a broken ankle from a mountainside near Three Points, about 20 miles southwest of Tucson, authorities said. ... Read more»

Trump admin. has found just $20M in existing funds for multi-billion border wall

President Donald Trump’s promise to use existing funds to begin immediate construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border has hit a financial roadblock. The rapid start of construction, promised throughout Trump's campaign, was to be financed with "existing funds." But so far, the DHS has identified only $20 million that can be re-directed to the multi-billion-dollar project.... Read more»

Demolition begins on border mural painted by children in Naco

For the past two months, residents of Naco, Mexico, have seen construction vehicles along the border. On Tuesday, workers began bringing down part of the fence that features a one-mile mural that Mexican children have painted over the past six years.... Read more»

Maricopa County Attorney says new DHS policies won't change local immigration enforcement tactics

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday that the Homeland Security’s immigration enforcement memo released earlier this week will not change how local law enforcement officers handle immigration in the near future.... Read more»

Conservative justices skeptical in cross-border shooting case

Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday expressed skepticism about reviving a lawsuit filed by the family of a Mexican teenager against a U.S. Border Patrol agent who fatally shot the 15-year-old from across the border in Texas in 2010.... Read more»

Trump plan: Deport illegal migrants to Mexico regardless of nationality

Buried deep in the Trump administration’s plans to round up undocumented immigrants is a provision certain to enrage Mexico — new authority for federal agents to deport immigrants caught crossing the southern border to Mexico, regardless of where they are from.... Read more»

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