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Activists continue protests against BP checkpoint

Vowing to stage a "sit-in" to highlight their frustration with a Border Patrol checkpoint on Arivaca Road, more than 100 protesters surged toward the site Wednesday, and were turned away by a waiting phalanx of nearly two dozen Border Patrol agents. After a few tense moments, including a shoving match with agents, the protest ended peacefully and no one was arrested.... Read more»4

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Fate of lawsuit over cross-border shooting death undecided

While the circumstances surrounding the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Nogales teen are "horrible and tragic," an attorney for Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz said in federal court Tuesday that a judge must dismiss a lawsuit by the family of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez. ... Read more»

Mexican detainee dies in ICE detention center

A Mexican national died in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody at the Eloy Detention Center on Wednesday... Read more»

Border agents rescue migrants, seize drugs, arrest sex offender

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents responded to three different kinds of incidents last week, rescuing two men who crossed the border, seizing more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana and apprehending a Mexican national previously convicted of statutory rape and sexual battery, officials said.... Read more»

ACLU sues BP over 'roving patrols,' property damage

Citing problems with the use of "roving patrols" by the Border Patrol and repeated trespassing on private property, the ACLU has filed a formal complaint against the agency on behalf of a Southern Arizona woman. ... Read more»

Lukeville CBP officers help deliver baby boy

Customs and Border Protection officers helped deliver the baby of a U.S. citizen on Sunday at the Lukeville Port of Entry, officials said.... Read more»

$683k in hard drugs seized at Az border crossings

CBP officers seized $683,000 in heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine at Arizona border crossings from multiple smuggling attempts in the past week, according to the agency. ... Read more»

Border Patrol accepting thousands of applications

Aiming to recruit about 1,600 additional agents by fall, the Border Patrol is accepting applications from up to 16,000 potential recruits through the end of May. New agents are paid $39,000-$50,000.... Read more»

Grijalva, House Dems demand review of ICE deportation policies

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva and 39 other members of Congress have asked Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about accusations that officials may be deporting people who should be protected by immigration policies announced by President Obama in November.... Read more»

CBP agents rescue man in Baboquivari Mountains

Border Patrol agents, with help from an Arizona National Guard helicopter crew, rescued a Mexican man injured from a fall in the Baboquivari mountains Thursday, according to a release from CBP. ... Read more»

Senate OKs naming Douglas crossing for former Gov. Raul Castro

The port of entry in Douglas will be named after Arizona's late Gov. Raul Castro, pending the president's signature. Castro, first and thus far only Mexican-American governor of Arizona, died in April. Memorial services are scheduled for this week.... Read more»

Protesters call for end of detention of migrant families

The detention center in Dilley, a South Texas town of about 3,600 people, was built in 2014 to host up to 2,400 undocumented women and children who are seeking asylum. Protesters from all over the country — as far as California and New York — trekked to Dilley on Saturday to call for an end to family detention.... Read more»

More stuffed peppers: More than $1.5M in marijuana seized in Nogales

Officers at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales seized nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana and arrested three U.S. citizens in separate smuggling incidents, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.... Read more»

7,800 assault rifle rounds found in dog food at Douglas border crossing

Officers at the Douglas Port of Entry arrested a Tucson woman Wednesday after they discovered she was trying to smuggle more than 7,800 rounds of ammunition into Mexico, according to a release from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. ... Read more»1

Border security still big biz despite financial problems, legislative flameouts

In Phoenix last week, 115 companies rubbed shoulders with border officials, showing off new surveillance gear, weapons, sensors, and vehicles intended for use along U.S. borders. The industry is expected to grow to $32.5 billion by 2021, according to one analysis. ... Read more»

Douglas border crossing being named for former Gov. Raul Castro

The port of entry in Douglas will be named after Arizona's late Gov. Raul Castro, if Congress carries through with passing a measure introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva. The House unanimously backed the renaming Tuesday, moving a bill co-sponsored by the state's entire congressional delegation. Castro, first and thus far only Mexican-American governor of Arizona, died earlier this month.... Read more»

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