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Advocates: Border Patrol chases contribute to desert deaths

Two human rights groups say that by chasing border crossers into remote areas, BP agents contribute to the number of people who die or disappear in the desert each year. In nearly 41 percent of missing-persons cases documented by No More Deaths and Derechos Humanos, someone was injured or killed during a BP chase.... Read more»

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Nogales CBP officers make 2nd-largest meth seizure ever in Tucson area

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers made the second-largest seizure of methamphetamine in the Tucson Field's Office's history last week when they found more than 350 pounds of the drug worth just over $1 million in a shipment of Chinese vegetables, authorities said. ... Read more»

Guatemalan woman dies after seizure at ICE detention center

A Guatemalan woman died Monday at a hospital in Casa Grande after suffering a series of seizures at the Eloy Detention Center, authorities said. ... Read more»

CBP: 8 U.S. citizens arrested trying to smuggle Mexican nationals through checkpoints

Border Patrol agents stationed at checkpoints in the Tucson Sector arrested eight U.S. citizens in multiple incidents for their involvement in human smuggling attempts over the last week, authorities said. ... Read more»

Judge orders halt to controversial BP detention practices

A federal judge has issued an injunction against the Border Patrol, saying that advocates "presented persuasive evidence that the basic human needs of detainees are not being met" in Tucson Sector holding cells. Judge Bury ordered BP to provide bedding and showers, regular meals, and allow detained migrants to sleep.... Read more»

National review board clears CBP in four new use-of-force incidents

A national review board has cleared U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents and officers in four use-of-force incidents, including one that received wide coverage because of a cellphone recording and another that involved the shooting death of a Canadian man. ... Read more»

BP seizes 1,100 pounds of marijuana after smugglers retreat to Mexico

Harried by a helicopter from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a group of 35 smugglers abandoned backpacks carrying more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana worth more than $550,000 near Nogales, authorities said. ... Read more»

Judge set to order Border Patrol to halt controversial detention practices

A federal judge said Tuesday that he will soon order a halt to Border Patrol practices that regularly see detainees held for more than 24 hours in dirty, cold and overcrowded "icebox" cells, where they experience sleep deprivation. ... Read more»1

U.S. Border Patrol sends more agents to Texas as apprehensions rise

The United States Customs and Border Protection agency plans to send an additional 150 agents to the southern border region of Texas to combat a recent rise in apprehensions, mostly of children and families crossing illegally, it said on Saturday.... Read more»

CBP: $1M in meth & cocaine found at Nogales crossings; 7 arrested

In the first seven days of November, Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than $1 million in hard drugs and arrested seven people, including two U.S. citizens, authorities said. The seizures included more than 100 pounds of meth and 37 pounds of cocaine. ... Read more»

CBP: 3 U.S. citizens arrested for smuggling people, drugs

Three U.S. citizens were arrested by Border Patrol agents this week in separate incidents for attempting to smuggle two Mexican men through Southern Arizona.... Read more»

CBP: 5-year-old boy, family rescued in desert Thursday

An officer with U.S. Fish and Wildlife found three people, including a mother and her 5-year-old boy, in the Arizona desert on Thursday during a search led by U.S. Border Patrol agents, authorities said. ... Read more»

CBP: Nearly $650K in heroin, cocaine, and meth seized in Nogales

Nearly 156 pounds of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine — worth almost $650,0000 — were intercepted by Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers in two seizures on Wednesday, authorities said.... Read more»

$706K in cocaine & marijuana seized at BP checkpoints

Border Patrol agents working at two checkpoints this week intercepted more than $706,400 in marijuana and cocaine, arrested three U.S. citizens, and seized three firearms, including an AR-15 rifle, said authorities. ... Read more»

9th Circuit will hold off on Nogales cross-border shooting case, pending Supreme Court decision

The civil rights lawsuit by the family of a Mexican teenager killed in a 2012 cross-border shooting in Nogales remains in limbo after the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco decided to wait for a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on a similar case from Texas. ... Read more»

After a lull in 2015, Texas border apprehensions spiked in 2016

Apprehension of families and unaccompanied children surged again along the Texas-Mexico border in 2016, reflecting the new prevalence of illegal immigration from Central America. The statistics show that Mexico's attempt to secure its southern border and deter illegal migration isn't working. ... Read more»

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