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DHS shutdown plan: 30k furloughed, 85% remaining to work without pay

While a fractious Congress battled to the last minute over Homeland Security funding, the administration released a 46-page contingency plan showing just what parts of the agency would be shuttered in the event that Congress fails to pass a funding bill.... Read more»

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Homeland Security funded for one more week

In a Friday night scramble with the clock running down, Congress managed to pass a stopgap measure funding the Department of Homeland Security for seven more days. The search for a more permanent solution continues.... Read more»

Smuggling tunnel in Naco is longest ever located in Tucson Sector

Longer than a football field, a tunnel found in Nogales by federal authorities in February 2014 was the record holder for cross-border smuggling shafts at 481 feet. But that tunnel has to take a back seat to the one found Tuesday, which was measured at 905 feet.... Read more»

Helicopter crews, agents on ground find 1,600 lbs of pot near Ajo

Border Patrol agents and aircrews with the Office of Air and Marine netted more than 1,600 pounds of marijuana worth around $810,000 in two seizures near Ajo a week ago, authorities said.... Read more»

Border ag specialists stop dangerous citrus pest

Agriculture specialists at the commercial port in Nogales intercepted an insect known to damage citrus crops during an inspection of a shipment of oranges from northern Mexico last week.... Read more»

DEA: Border seizures up as Az meth labs busted

The head of the Phoenix DEA office says a federal law making it harder to obtain ingredients used to create methamphetamine has cut down on production in the U.S. But demand still remains and Mexican cartels are stepping up to meet it. ... Read more»

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Finger to wind, McSally vague on Homeland Security funding

Following the lead of Republican House leadership, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally is waiting on the Senate to act before saying yea or nay on a "clean" funding bill for Homeland Security. The agency's set to run out of money at midnight Friday. That doesn't mean McSally is mum. She took the opportunity Wednesday to pen a 500-word op-ed for USA Today.... Read more»1

$3M pot bust leads agents to cross-border tunnel in Naco

A multi-million dollar drug bust led federal investigators to a "sophisticated" cross-border tunnel Monday night hidden beneath a shed in Naco, Ariz. ... Read more»1

DOJ lawyers challenge judge's immigration decision

With a shutdown looming for the Department of Homeland Security, federal lawyers have asked that a judge's decision to halt two deferred action programs to be lifted. ... Read more»1

DHS budget shutdown looms, but frontline services will go on

If the Department of Homeland Security runs out of money next week, as feared, TSA workers will still keep watch on Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and federal agents will still patrol the Mexican border. They just won't get paid until Congress passes a budget to fund DHS. ... Read more»

Texas lawmakers: Toying with DHS funding a risky game

Texas lawmakers say that if Congress can't agree on a way to fund the Department of Homeland Security soon, the U.S. will look ridiculous to the world, and the southern border will look tempting to transnational gangs. ... Read more»

Immigrants found hiding in trunk at I-19 checkpoint

Border Patrol agents found two Mexican nationals hiding in the trunk of a car on Tuesday, and arrested a third at the I-19 checkpoint on Tuesday. ... Read more»

Weekend busts in Nogales turn up nearly $5.8M in marijuana & heroin

A series of unrelated busts at Nogales ports turned up nearly $5.8 million in drugs over the weekend, including 11,0000 pounds of marijuana hidden in a load of mesquite charcoal, and $33,000 in heroin hidden in a man's shoes.... Read more»

BP agents find $1.3M in marijuana near Gila Bend

Border Patrol agents discovered more than $1.3 million in marijuana hidden in two trucks near Gila Bend last Saturday. ... Read more»

Man arrested attempting to smuggle ammo to Mexico

Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a U.S. citizen after they found 300 rounds of ammunition shoved in his waistband and taped to this thighs just before he crossed into Mexico at the Port of Douglas on Tuesday. ... Read more»

ACLU sues Border Patrol for records covering alleged abuse of migrant children

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona filed a lawsuit against the federal government Wednesday for failing to produce records relating to allegations that migrant children were abused and mistreatment while held by Customs and Border Protection. The lawsuit stems from a complaint filed in June 2014 that 116 unaccompanied children reported abuse and neglect while in Border Patrol custody last year. ... Read more»

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