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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»

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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

CBP seizes nearly $3M in marijuana in Nogales

Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa cargo facility in Nogales seized nearly 6,000 pounds of marijuana, worth $2.96 million inside a tractor-trailer on Wednesday.... Read more»

Border agency accused of political maneuvering after pulling report

Most of the people the U.S. Border Patrol stopped from sneaking into the country last year were from countries other than Mexico, according to agency statistics, a startling shift that might have provided fodder for politicians leading up to Tuesday’s election. But they didn’t get much of a chance, as the results were taken down after five hours.... Read more»1

Halloween seizures scare up $565K in drugs across Arizona

Customs and Border Protection officers seized about $565,000 in drugs and arrested six in separate smuggling incidents across Arizona’s ports of entry this weekend.... Read more»

Border task force nets $2.8M in marijuana

Agents working with the West Desert Task Force seized 5,600 pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $2.8 million, and three vehicles in the last two weeks. border_bust... Read more»

Activists say civil rights of migrant families violated in CBP custody

Citing refusals to give food and water, poor medical treatment, and an intentional structure to disrupt the sleep of migrant families, a report written by a Tucson-based group of volunteers accuses Customs and Border Protection of violating the civil rights of immigrant families in temporary holding facilities in Arizona, based on dozens of interviews made this summer.... Read more»

Update: Man fatally shot by Border Patrol identified

A man killed last week in shooting southwest of Tucson by a Border Patrol agent has been identified. Edgar Amaro López, 23, died of a single gunshot wound to the head. A truck he was in was pulled over Friday morning. Those riding in it “were smugglers and were armed,” said an attorney representing one of the agents.... Read more»2

Tucson woman arrested for smuggling heroin

Tucson woman arrested Tuesday for attempting to smuggle nearly five pounds of heroin worth around $66,000 into the United States through Nogales, authorities said.... Read more»

$165K in pot seized at I-19 checkpoint

Border Patrol agents seized $165,000 worth of marijuana at the Interstate 19 checkpoint on Saturday.

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CBP: Weekend busts net nearly $3M in drugs, 5 Mexicans arrested

Officers working along the Arizona border seized nearly $3 million in narcotics and arrested five Mexican nationals in separate incidents over the weekend.

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$2.3M in pot seized at Nogales port of entry

Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Mariposa crossing in Nogales seized more than $2.3 million worth of marijuana hidden in the back of a tractor-trailer Friday.... Read more»

Program helping to reduce waits at Texas border bridges

Nine months into a federal pilot program created to reduce wait times at international ports of entry, operators of bridges on the Texas-Mexico border say it appears to be accomplishing that goal. But they also say it’s difficult to measure whether cars, trucks and pedestrians are moving faster across the border.... Read more»1

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