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White House denies plan to use Nat'l Guard for immigration enforcement

The White House on Friday said there was no plan to utilize the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants, after a news report that such a proposal had been under consideration by the Trump administration.... Read more»

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Phoenix woman sentenced for attempting to smuggle guns & ammo to Mexico

A Phoenix-area woman will serve 30 months in prison for attempting to smuggle two semi-automatic AK-47-patterned rifles, along with 3,000 rounds of ammunition, and a tripod-mount for a .50-caliber sniper rifle, into Mexico last March. ... Read more»

BP finds drug catapult bolted to border fence near Douglas

In the latest example of ingenuity when it comes to getting drugs over the U.S.-Mexico border, Douglas-area Border Patrol agents discovered a homemade catapult attached to the wall on Friday, authorities said. ... Read more»

Former 'border czar' gives real facts about immigration

Alan Bersin says a border wall won’t address the real challenges confronting the U.S. border enforcement system: hopelessly understaffed immigration courts and lawlessness and poverty in Central America. ... Read more»

Border agent's murder trial delayed for 5th time

The trial of Lonnie Ray Swartz, the Nogales-area Border Patrol agent accused of second degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, has been delayed for the fifth time. Originally set to begin at the end of February, the trial will be now be delayed until June.... Read more»

Homeland Security chief vows to enforce Trump travel ban ‘humanely’

The secretary of Homeland Security on Tuesday defended President Trump’s ban on refugee admissions and vowed that he would enforce the policy “humanely.” Secretary Kelly’s comments came just days after Trump signed an order temporarily barring refugees from all countries – and all travelers from seven Muslim countries.... Read more»

Hundreds of Tucsonans protest Trump order barring travel from Muslim countries

In Tucson, more than 1,200 people gathered Downtown on Tuesday to protest an order by President Donald Trump suspending refugee admissions and halting travel from seven Muslim nations. In front of the federal courthouse, with her husband and children at her side, Enterkhab Al-Saraji held a sign that read "keep families together."... Read more»

BP agent nearly stabbed in confrontation near Three Points

A Border Patrol agent working near Three Points, west of Tucson, said a man tried to stab him during a confrontation Tuesday night. Instead, the knife hit the agent's handheld radio. ... Read more»

Trump seeks 20 percent tax on Mexican imports

The White House said on Thursday that President Trump wants a new 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico to pay for a wall on the southern border, deepening a crisis after a planned summit between the two countries' leaders fell through. ... Read more»

'We already have a wall' — Arizonans pan Trump's new plan to build border wall

Many Arizonans noted that there is already a wall across the Sonoran Desert — with some saying that a new structure would come at a high price with hidden consequences. "At this point, we’re tripling down on failure,” one said, while a BP supervisor called Trump's wall "unnecessary." ... Read more»1

Trump expected to order border wall work, temporary refugee ban

President Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders starting on Wednesday that include directing the construction of a border wall with Mexico, a temporary ban on most refugees and a suspension of visas for seven Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and Africa.... Read more»

Nogales CBP officers make 2nd-largest heroin seizure in Tucson office history

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers made the second-largest seizure of heroin in the Tucson Field Office's history on Saturday when they found 88 pounds of heroin worth nearly $1.5 million in an SUV, authorities said. ... Read more»

Mexican officials destroy guns connected to 'Operation Fast and Furious'

Mexican authorities in Monterrey destroyed nearly 6,000 firearms during a special ceremony on Tuesday, including 500 weapons connected with Operation Fast and Furious, a botched U.S. federal investigation that lost track of hundreds of firearms after they were purchased by straw buyers in U.S. gun stores. ... Read more»1

CBP aircrews aid search for girl, kidnapping suspect on Navajo Nation

Following an Amber Alert issued by the FBI on Monday for a missing 15-year-old girl, Customs and Border Protection dispatched a helicopter and an airplane from the Tucson Air Branch to aid the search in a remote area of the Navajo Nation. Officials found the girl unharmed and arrested a 40-year-old man later that day. ... Read more»

ACLU asks judge to hold BP in contempt over missing evidence

Civil rights groups asked a federal judge Monday to hold the Border Patrol in contempt of court for failing to turn over video from Tucson Sector holding facilities. A lawyer wrote that the agency was "stonewalling" and acting in "bad faith" and had allowed a computer update to corrupt months of video showing conditions in the facilities.... Read more»

Injured Honduran man rescued from desert by helicopter

A Honduran man was rescued from a steep cliff near Baboquivari Peak on Tuesday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, backed by a helicopter crew and a paramedic from Arizona Department of Public Safety, authorities said. ... Read more»

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