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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»

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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

Report: Migrants often deported without cash, IDs or belongings

The activist group No More Deaths says that detained migrants lose their possessions as they are shuffled from agency to agency. Routinely, officials failed to return money or belongings, cash was returned in checks or debit cards impossible to use outside of the United States, or agents kept the money, a study says.... Read more»

Predator drone, dogs help BP agents seize nearly $2M in drugs

With help from a Predator drone, a National Guard helicopter, and a drug dog at a checkpoint, Tucson Sector Border Patrol seized more nearly $2 million in drugs in multiple seizures this week, including nearly $100,000 in cocaine and more than $252,000 in heroin, according to a release from the agency.... Read more»1

FactCheck

Spinning immigration data

President Obama exaggerated when talking about declines in illegal border crossings, and Republican Rick Santorum made a misleading claim about the foreign-born population in the United States.... Read more»

Years late, new Texas-Mexico rail crossing set to open

After more than a year of wrangling between local leaders and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over who should pay to move an X-ray machine, the first new rail bridge in more than a century connecting Mexico and the Rio Grande Valley is expected to open in February.... Read more»

Border agents arrest three U.S. citizens for human smuggling

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents arrested three U.S. citizens in connection with human smuggling in two separate incidents this week, as well as six Mexican nationals suspected of being in the country illegally. Agents also arrested two Mexican nationals for drug smuggling, while seizing nearly $400,000 in marijuana and four vehicles.... Read more»

CBP seizes nearly $1.5M in marijuana in Nogales

Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than nearly $1.5 million in marijuana hidden behind a false wall in a tractor-trailer at the Mariposa Port of Entry on Monday.... Read more»

Dismay rises as border agent hiring bogs down

Computer hackers and polygraph test failures have slowed hiring of 2,000 new Customs and Border Protection agents needed to help speed commerce through airports and border checkpoints.... Read more»

Analysis

Enforcement overdrive has overloaded the immigration courts

Over the past two decades, the United States has put immigration and border enforcement into overdrive, while not allocating adequate resources to the immigration court system. This mismatch leads to long backlogs and delays.... Read more»1

Undocumented woman marks 100 days in sanctuary in Tucson church

For 100 days, Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto has stayed on the grounds of Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, waiting and hoping for some reprieve from the deportation order that sent her into sanctuary in August. Supporters and faith leaders marked the stretch of time Saturday morning.... Read more»6

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