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Homeland Security chief bashes McSally-backed border bill

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson sharply criticized a border security bill headed for a House floor vote next week, calling the legislation “extreme to the point of being unworkable.” The measure includes an amendment pushed by Rep. Martha McSally that would require the Border Patrol to deploy closer to the U.S.-Mexico line.... Read more»6

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Cross-border tunnel found in Nogales

Border Patrol agents discovered a cross-border tunnel in Nogales on Tuesday during a bi-national sweep, the first smuggling tunnel found there this year.... Read more»

Border agents seize $1.1M in marijuana over weekend

Border Patrol agents working in the desert corridor west of Tucson seized more than 2,300 pounds of marijuana worth more than $1 million over the weekend and arrested six Mexican nationals for smuggling, officials said.... Read more»

Douglas Port officers find assault rifle bound for Mexico taped to man's torso

A Douglas-area man was arrested Saturday for allegedly trying to smuggle an M-4 assault rifle into Mexico through the Douglas Port of Entry, officials said.... Read more»

McCain bill would require oversight over border drones

A bill sponsored by U.S. Sens. McCain and Flake would create new oversight over the Department of Homeland Security’s use of Predator drones along U.S. borders and coastlines, and block the agency from buying more drones.... Read more»

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Heroin’s road to Az tests police, feeds growing demand

Traffickers will use any means to smuggle heroin into the United States. Their routes and techniques are constantly adapting, and law enforcement agencies are forced to adapt as well.... Read more»

Attempts to dupe immigration agents rise

Instead of trusting human smugglers or risking clandestine border crossings, an increasing number of people trying to enter the U.S. illegally are taking a more brazen approach. They try to slip through legal entry points using fake papers, or documents that belong to someone else... Read more»

Audit: Border drones costly, infrequently flown

The drone program operated by Customs and Border Protection costs far more than the agency estimates, flies far fewer hours than it should, and helps in a fraction of apprehensions along the U.S-Mexico border, according to an audit of the program. In a report released on Christmas Eve, the DHS Inspector General found that after eight years, the program has not achieved results, flying for only about 20 percent of the time expected.... Read more»2

Texas border apprehensions spiked in 2014

Federal immigration agents apprehended nearly 97,000 more people trying to enter the U.S. illegally through Texas’ southern border during the 2014 fiscal year than they did in 2013, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Friday.... Read more»

Homeland Security: Apprehensions up, deportations down in 2014

Apprehensions by U.S. Border Patrol agents nationwide are up 15 percent compared to last year, mainly due to the influx of unaccompanied children and family units in south Texas this summer. However, the number of undocumented immigrants deported by Homeland Security dropped 5 percent.... Read more»

Rare insect intercepted at Nogales border crossing

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed Monday that a recent discovery of a pest in a commercial shipment of prickly pear pads at a Nogales crossing was the first-ever interception of the “Paromius dohrnii” insect at a United States port.... Read more»

Seven criminals arrested by BP face deportation

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested seven men previously convicted of serious crimes, including three men convicted of sex with a minor, and two members of a violent gang, authorities said.... Read more»

Nogales CPB seizes $1.3M in heroin and meth in four days

Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales seized more than $1.3 million in heroin and methamphetamine in the last week, arresting five men in separate smuggling attempts.... Read more»

Border agents find nearly a ton of pot northwest of Tucson

Border Patrol agents found an abandoned truck Tuesday northwest of Tucson with almost 1,700 pounds of marijuana worth about $840,000, authorities said.... Read more»

CBP officers arrest five, seize more $500K in hard drugs

Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $500,000 in heroin and methamphetamine and arrested five at two Arizona ports last week.... Read more»1

Man rescued in 'high-risk' mission in Baboquivari Mtns.

Agents from the Office of Air and Marine and U.S. Border Patrol rescued an injured man from a deep ravine in the Baboquivari mountains Tuesday.... Read more»1

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