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Border Patrol agents seize $512,000 in marijuana, one dog near Douglas

Agents in southeastern Arizona seized $512,000 worth of marijuana in the last two weeks, as well as a Ford truck and a dog.... Read more»

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Border Patrol cuts overtime pay for agents

Belt-tightening made necessary by federal spending cuts, as well as pointed questions about the use of hours by federal agents with the Department of Homeland Security have resulted in cuts to the overtime hours of agents working as supervisors or in administrative duties, even as reform legislation languishes in Congress.... Read more»

Civil rights groups sue to stop 'deportation mill' in New Mexico

Calling a federal facility in New Mexico a “deportation mill,” civil rights groups are suing the federal government, arguing that procedures in the makeshift center harm the asylum claims of those held there.... Read more»

U.S. prosecutors investigating 2012 cross-border shooting in Nogales

A team of U.S. investigators worked Tuesday to reconstruct the scene of an Oct. 2012 cross-border shooting that killed a Mexican teenager. A pair of assistant U.S. attorneys and Homeland Security personnel met with Mexican police in Nogales, Son., to examine the scene of the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez.... Read more»

One arrested in incomplete smuggling tunnel beneath Nogales

Border Patrol agents discovered a new tunnel beneath Nogales, arresting one man as he allegedly used the tunnel to smuggle nearly 235 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $117,000, into the United States.... Read more»

Few unaccompanied minors staying in Arizona

More than 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children were sent to Arizona for processing by Customs and Border Protection this summer, but fewer than 200 of them ended up staying in the state. That’s less than 1 percent of the 30,340 children who were processed and placed with sponsors.... Read more»

Apprehensions of migrant families up 471 percent

While this summer’s influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors has become the central focus of the immigration debate, the number of families apprehended along the southwestern border has more than quadrupled from last year. Nearly 63,000 people counted as part of a family unit — a parent or guardian traveling with one or more children — were apprehended.... Read more»

Activists continue to demand names of officers involved in May arrests

Three border activists were offered the chance to pay a court fee and have their charges dropped after an incident in May when they were arrested at the Nogales Port of Entry. During a press conference Wednesday, the federal officer who cited one of the activists demanded the activists disperse.... Read more»

Border Patrol agents seize $321K in drugs, detain 15 suspects

Border Patrol agents seized four vehicles, a firearm, more than $321,000 in narcotics, and detained 15 people in connection with criminal cases since late-June, authorities said.... Read more»

Fatal 2010 Border Patrol shooting comes under renewed scrutiny

After a Border Patrol agent in 2010 fatally shot a fleeing teenage drug smuggler twice in the back, a review deemed the shooting death justified. But now that conclusion has been called into question by law enforcement officials, some of whom suspect that the agent was coached on his version of events by an internal affairs investigator.... Read more»

Family of Mexican boy slain in cross-border BP shooting files suit

The family of Jose Antonio Elena Rodiguez, the Mexican teen killed in Nogales Sonora, by U.S. Border Patrol agents when they fired through the fence into Mexico in 2012, filed a civil rights lawsuit Tuesday. “I’m asking the people who killed my grandson to have the courage to show their faces,” the 16-year-old’s grandmother said.... Read more»

Analysis

Border crisis demands Central American intervention

The humanitarian situation on the U.S. southern border, created by a dramatic increase in children fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries, demands a range of sustainable interventions across northern Central America, as well as increased international assistance.... Read more»1

Commentary

Michelle Obama has a duty to visit detained migrant kids

Commentary: There are few universal truths we can settle on in this world. But one of the few truths we can probably all agree on is that children are not political animals — they are not motivated by politics and while they are often caught in political spheres, they are never the actors.... Read more»

Factcheck: Feds solicited services for wave of migrant kids

Did the Obama administration advertise in January to transport 65,000 foreign children apprehended at the border? Did it expect a surge of illegal immigration?... Read more»

Border Patrol agents seize $1.1 million in drugs, capture 23 suspects

Border Patrol agents seized more than $1.1 million in narcotics, five vehicles, and caught 23 suspects in four incidents during the first two week July, according to a news release from the agency.... Read more»

Texas Dems divided over border crisis bill

Proposed legislation to address the surge of unaccompanied Central American children crossing into the U.S. is dividing Texas’ border lawmakers.

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