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Swartz trial: 4 new witnesses describe shooting death of Mexican teen

Four additional witnesses described their recollections of the events surrounding the killing of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, who was shot to death by Border Patrol agent Lonnie Swartz in Nogales more than five years ago.... Read more»

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Swartz trial: 2 BP agents describe shooting death of Mexican teenager

The testimony of two key witnesses in court Thursday provided further details into the actions of a Border Patrol agent accused of murder in the death of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez during a cross-border shooting in Nogales more than five years ago. ... Read more»

Prosecutors: BP agent 'calmly & deliberately' shot at Mexican teenager

Federal prosecutors argued that Lonnie Ray Swartz, the agent on trial for murder in the death of a Mexican teenager during a 2012 cross-border shooting, "calmly and deliberately" walked up the fence and shot his pistol, firing 16 rounds in 34 seconds. ... Read more»

BP agent's murder trial begins Wednesday

Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz will face trial for second-degree murder, charged with unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager during a 2012 cross-border shooting in Nogales. A jury was chosen Tuesday in the case. ... Read more»

Interior Sec. Zinke to vist border, Arizona wildlife refuges

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will tour the U.S.-Mexico for the first time this weekend, coming to Arizona to conduct an "on-the-ground assessment" of Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refugee, about 54 miles southwest of Tucson, and meet with local officials. ... Read more»

Jury will hear evidence that Mexican teen may have climbed fence before being killed by BP agent

A federal judge will allow defense lawyers to present evidence that a Mexican teenager, shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent in 2012, may have climbed the bollard fence that separates the U.S. and Mexico, leaving rust stains on his shoes. ... Read more»

$25M TIGER grant will fund Nogales port improvements

A $25 million federal grant will pay for a "major reconfiguration" of the road leading to the Mariposa border crossing in Nogales, which Rep. Raul Grijalva said will "provide much-needed infrastructure repairs."... Read more»

Trump administration sues California over laws shielding immigrants

The Justice Department is suing California, alleging constitutional violations in that three state laws enacted this past year that limit cooperation with federal immigration officials to protect immigrants.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Hoover: Border Patrol's 'hot water' claims are all wet

Here we go again. The Border Patrol is retaliating against humanitarians working to save lives in the desert. Brandon Judd of the National Border Patrol Council recently said, "If that water heats up in the desert, it's actually a lot more dangerous to drink extremely heated water than what it is if you don't have that water at all." ... Read more»

Federal judge rejects enviro lawsuit over border wall

In a 101-page decision, a judge who was derided by Trump because of his Mexican heritage ruled that Homeland Security could waive environmental laws and continue construction of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

Mexican man sentenced to 78 months for assaulting BP agent

Leopoldo Rubio-Quinonez was sentenced to prison for biting a Border Patrol agent's thumb during an arrest near Lukeville, Ariz., in December 2016. During the altercation, Rubio-Quinonez was tasered and punched by agents, and suffered a collapsed lung and fractured bones in his face, requiring hospitalization. ... Read more»

New charges filed against No More Deaths volunteer

NMD volunteer Scott Daniel Warren, 35, now faces up to 10 years in prison, or more, after a grand jury indicted him on two counts for harboring illegal aliens and one count of conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens. ... Read more»

FBI: No evidence of attack in death of Border Patrol agent in Texas

The FBI said Wednesday that an investigation into the November death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent near El Paso has not found evidence that there was “a scuffle, altercation, or attack.”... Read more»

McCain immigration bill blasted as ‘waste of time’ by Trump

Sen. John McCain introduced a bill Monday that gives DACA recipients a path to citizenship and calls for beefed-up border security – but excludes border wall funding, causing the president to brand it a “waste of time.”... Read more»

No cross-exam about Army desertion in BP agent's murder trial

Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager, cannot be cross-examined about his military record, including his arrest for desertion, a federal judge ruled.... Read more»

Trump's infrastructure talk has McSally looking toward border

President Trump's call for Congress to pass a bill to drive $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending has Rep. Martha McSally looking toward the border.... Read more»

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