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Supreme Court decision on Texas cross-border shooting could stall suit vs. BP agent in Az

On Monday, the Supreme Court may decide the fate of Hernández v. Mesa, a lawsuit launched by the parents of a 15-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent in El Paso in 2010. The ruling will have a bearing on the fate of a civil suit filed against a different BP agent in the 2012 cross-border shooting death of a Mexican teenager in Nogales.... Read more»

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Swartz trial

Video reconstruction shows BP agent firing, reloading in fatal cross-border shooting

Prosecutors and defense lawyers wrangled over videos recorded by two Border Patrol cameras that show the 2012 shooting of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, as well as an expert's video reconstruction that shows BP Agent Lonnie Swartz fire bullets into the boy's prone body. ... Read more»

Border Patrol raids No More Deaths camp, arrest migrants seeking medical care

Border Patrol agents raided a No More Deaths camp in the desert south of Arivaca on Thursday and arrested four Mexican men suspected of entering the country without authorization, violating a tenuous agreement between the agency and the humanitarian aid group. ... Read more»

Border Patrol’s watchdog returns, but does he have new tricks?

The former top internal watchdog at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the nation's largest law enforcement agency, has returned to his former post six months after resigning to take a private security job. ... Read more»

Border Patrol agents find body hanging from tree on Tohono O'odham Nation

Tohono O'odham police are investigating a dead body spotted hanging from a tree Wednesday evening by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents near the village of Santa Cruz, about 81 miles southwest of Tucson, authorities said. ... Read more»

House OKs McSally bill to waive lie detectors for some Border Patrol applicants

The House overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to waive polygraph tests for veterans applying for Border Patrol jobs, despite concerns that it could open the door to problem hires. Rep. Martha McSally's bill comes as Customs and Border Protection grapples with President Trump’s plan to hire an additional 5,000 agents.... Read more»1

Pima supes, Tucson City Council oppose border wall construction

The Tucson City Council and the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved separate resolutions Tuesday opposing the construction of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Tucson declared a policy of divesting from companies that work on the border barrier. ... Read more»

Salvadoran migrants rescued from desert by Border Patrol, volunteers in Mexico

Three men from El Salvador attempted to cross the U.S.-Mexico border near Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument about 125 miles southwest of Tucson and ran out of water in the remote desert on Sunday. One man was unconscious, and another was vomiting when they made a cell phone call for help.... Read more»

BP agent's lawyer asks judge to dismiss murder indictment

The lawyer for a Border Patrol agent facing a murder trial in the 2012 cross-border shooting death of a Mexican teen has asked a judge to dismiss the charges because the grand jury issued the indictment after hearing testimony from a supervisory agent, who repeated statements made by Agent Lonnie Swartz just minutes after the shooting. ... Read more»

BP agent's lawyer pushes to bar expert witness in cross-border murder trial

The lawyer for the Border Patrol agent accused of unlawfully shooting and killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in October 2012 has moved to block a government expert from telling jurors that Lonnie Swartz's use of force was "neither reasonable nor necessary." ... Read more»

Departing from 'sanctuary cities,' some sheriffs embrace immigration enforcement

Despite concerns about the added personnel costs and the possibility of being sued for civil rights violations, a variety of local officials, from conservative sheriffs in Texas to a liberal county executive in New Jersey, have embraced partnerships with federal immigration authorities.... Read more»

Prosecutor says witness statements 'irrelevant' in BP murder trial

A federal prosecutor said the testimony of a witness, who said that a 16-year-old Mexican boy was involved in drug smuggling just before he was fatally shot by a U.S. Border Patrol agent, is "irrelevant" to determining if Lonnie Swartz is guilty of murder in the cross-border shooting.... Read more»

After 890 consecutive Thursdays, El Tiradito vigil for immigrants may end

For 890 consecutive Thursdays, members of La Coalición de Derechos Humanos have held a Tucson vigil to honor, and pray for, immigrants who have died or disappeared while crossing the southwestern deserts of the United States from Mexico. And, now the 17-year tradition may come to a close. ... Read more»1

BioDiv tells UN that U.S. has 'obligation' to protect species threatened by border wall

Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity, along with representatives of the Tohono O'odham in Sonora and a coalition of Mexican enviro groups, are pushing for the UN to investigate the consequences of the Trump administration's plan to build a border wall along the northern edge of a nature preserve.... Read more»

Trump’s first budget draws praise, pans from Az lawmakers

The White House said its proposed $4.09 trillion budget shows “respect for the people who pay the bills,” but Arizona Democrats said deep domestic cuts make it a “dangerous plan” that will hurt the most vulnerable Americans.... Read more»

House panel calls for crackdown on ‘growing problem’ of visa overstays

House members called on Homeland Security officials to crack down on the “growing problem” of immigrants who overstay their visas in the U.S. "With this year’s number of border apprehensions at a record low, visa overstays are a much, much bigger problem than they have been historically,” said Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»

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