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Collapsed smuggling tunnel found in Douglas

Douglas-area Border Patrol agents discovered a collapsed tunnel that crossed under the U.S.-Mexico border near the Castro Port of Entry on Wednesday morning, authorities said. ... Read more»

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Rush to hire BP agents raises concerns about unqualified officers

A Trump administration plan to hire thousands of border and immigration officers has advocates concerned about a possible repeat of the last hiring binge, which they said was followed by an increase in corruption and misconduct cases.... Read more»

Advocates criticize Latino vendors for bids on ‘shameful’ border wall

Some Hispanic-owned companies on the list of “interested vendors” for the construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall say they are facing a backlash from Latino advocates who call the project “shameful” and “wrong."... Read more»

Trump admin has funds for just 7 miles of border wall

During the campaign, President Donald Trump promised to build a wall across the southern border some 1,000 miles long. The number of miles the president currently has money for: seven.... Read more»

Polygraphs for Border Patrol applicants seen as hurdle to hiring rush

Customs and Border Protection officials are considering ways to waive polygraphs for some applicants as the agency works to meet President Trump’s push to hire thousands more border agents. But it would also relax a policy meant to curb a wave of corruption that CBP faced in its last hiring boom, a change critics called “alarming.”... Read more»

Grijalva joins BioDiv lawsuit over environmental impact of border wall

Rep. Raúl Grijalva and the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity launched a lawsuit Wednesday to force the Trump administration to consider the environmental impact of border enforcement, including the construction of a wall, along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

In Nogales, AG Sessions vows stand against border 'filth'

In his first visit to the U.S.-Mexico border as the attorney general of the United States, Jeff Sessions outlined the Trump administration's approach to border security in martial terms, calling the border "ground zero in this fight" against drug cartels. Rep. Raul Grijalva called the AG a "white supremacist" after his remarks. ... Read more»

Wounded man rescued by Border Patrol near Sells

Suffering from a gunshot wound to his left leg, a Honduran man was airlifted to a Tucson hospital after Border Patrol agents found him near the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday morning southwest of Sells, authorities said. ... Read more»

Senate panel asks experts if border wall is best approach to security

While they agreed that the U.S. needs to secure its southwest border, no one at a Senate hearing Tuesday appeared ready to say a wall along the entire border would be the only way to go.... Read more»

CBP seizes smuggled Fentanyl stashed in baby stroller

Nogales-area CBP officers arrested a woman on Monday for attempting to smuggle nearly five pounds of Fentanyl across the border hidden beneath the seat of a baby stroller, authorities said. ... Read more»

Nogales-area BP seizes $585K in marijuana

Border Patrol agents intercepted two pickup trucks on Saturday near Nogales, each laden with more than 500 pounds of marijuana, worth a combined $585,000, authorities said. ... Read more»

Instead of a border wall, some Texans want parks, solar panels or levees

As the Trump administration moves ahead with plans for a barrier on the Rio Grande, Texans are weighing in on how the president should approach the project. And the ideas range from the comical to the practical. ... Read more»

Trump's 'Buy American' pledge at risk with border wall

Current trade agreements mean foreign companies, including some big firms in Mexico, might well get in on the building of the president’s wall. ... Read more»

Migrant Quilt Project

Border deaths honored one story at a time through art

Tattered jeans, backpacks, and love letters are stitched together and tell the story of migrants who made their way into the U.S. through the Arizona desert but perished before reaching their destination. "The goal is to humanize these people," said Jody Ipsen, founder of the Migrant Quilt Project. ... Read more»

AG Sessions: 'Sanctuary cities' may lose federal grants

Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened on Monday to cut off U.S. Justice Department grants to cities that fail to assist federal immigration authorities, moving the Trump administration closer to a potential clash with leaders of America's largest urban centers.... Read more»

Judge rules feds can try BP agent in Nogales cross-border shooting

A federal judge dismissed a claim that the federal government cannot pursue charges against the Border Patrol agent accused of murdering a Mexican teenager during a 2012 shooting in Nogales, but he accepted the argument that statements the agent made following the incident should not be used in court.... Read more»

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