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CBP review clears Border Patrol in 4 deadly force incidents

Customs and Border Protection cleared four agents of wrongdoing in use-of-force incidents, including one near Nogales, two in Texas and the fourth off the coast of California. In two instances, people were killed, but CBP said that agents acted "in compliance" when they used deadly force.... Read more»

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Judge unseals photos, docs of immigration detention centers

A federal judge in Tucson unsealed hundreds of pages of documents and photos this week as part of a class-action lawsuit over the treatment of detainees held by Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector.... Read more»

ACLU: Border Patrol wrongfully detained U.S. citizens, seized vehicles & property

The ACLU has filed complaints from 10 people who say they were wrongfully detained by BP agents and held in frigid, dirty and overcrowded cells before being released without charges. They also say that the agency routinely seized vehicles and belongings, and required them to sign "hold harmless" agreements to get their property back. ... Read more»

9th Circuit dismisses Terry family's lawsuit over BP agent's death

The family of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry may not sue the federal government over claims that officials acted irresponsibly in the botched "Fast and Furious" investigation, which lost track of hundreds of firearms when they were trafficked into Mexico, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday. ... Read more»

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Rio Grande: Boats off the water little help in border security

Keeping people and drugs from crossing illegally into the United States requires more than boots on the ground. In the busy smuggling corridor of Starr County, Texas, it also takes boats in the water.... Read more»

New Border Patrol chief is first agency outsider in nearly a century

Monday, CBP head R. Gil Kerlikowske announced that FBI veteran Mark Morgan would become the Chief of the Border Patrol. Morgan is the first head of U.S. Border Patrol to come from outside the agency in 92 years. ... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

Texas scrambles to fund border security project

Despite Texas lawmakers’ urgent calls to secure the border and fill in gaps they say the federal government has left wide open, a key effort Gov. Greg Abbott deemed a priority in 2015 isn’t off the ground yet.... Read more»

Meth tamales intercepted by Nogales CBP

"Creative smuggling tactics" failed to keep Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers from seizing nearly a pound of methamphetamine in packages disguised as tamales on Monday, authorities said. ... Read more»

'At the limit,' Mexico buckles under migrant surge to U.S.

Mexico is struggling to stem the flow of Central American migrants traveling to the United States ahead of the U.S. presidential election, causing major concern in Washington, which is weighing sending more agents to help. ... Read more»

U.S. citizens socked with charges for smuggling meth, pills at I-19 checkpoint

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested three U.S. citizens and seized more than five pounds of methamphetamine and a grab bag of marijuana and prescription drugs at the I-19 checkpoint on Monday. ... Read more»

$2.2 million pot load discovered in furniture truck at border crossing

About 4,400 pounds of marijuana were recently discovered in a semi-trailer filled with furniture at a Nogales border crossing, officials said. The drugs were discovered after a drug-sniffing dog signaled their presence, hidden among the pallets in the trailer.... Read more»

Border agent assaulted, 2 suspected drug scouts arrested over Memorial Day weekend

Two men were arrested by Border Patrol agents Sunday during an operation targeting scouts working for drug smugglers in the mountains outside of Casa Grande. One of the men assaulted a Border Patrol agent during his apprehension, authorities said. ... 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»

Mexican man given 15 months for assaulting BP agent

A Mexican man accused of assaulting a U.S. Border Patrol agent during an altercation in February was sentenced to 15 months in prison by a federal judge in Tucson on Friday. ... Read more»

3 detained immigrants escape transport bus near Casa Grande

Border Patrol agents and other authorities continue to search for two men who escaped custody on Tuesday night by crawling through the ceiling hatch of transport bus while it was stopped at a red light in Casa Grande, authorities said. ... Read more»1

Meth camouflaged as burritos intercepted by Nogales CBP

A 23-year-old woman was arrested Friday by CBP officers after she tried to cross through the Morley pedestrian crossing with nearly a pound of methamphetamine disguised as burritos. ... Read more»

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