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Immigration authorities update standards for holding migrants

Following persistent criticism that immigrants face harsh conditions while in custody, Customs and Border Protection has issued new standards for the treatment of detainees at Border Patrol stations. While advocates praised the agency's transparency, serious questions remain about the agency's accountability and oversight measures. ... Read more»

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CBP: 1,377 lbs of marijuana 'launched' into Douglas over weekend

Border Patrol agents seized nearly $1.4 million in marijuana over the weekend, including 1,377 pounds found in Douglas that were “apparently launched” over the border fence, authorities said.... Read more»1

CBP: 2 Tucson residents arrested, $197K in pot seized in smuggling attempts

Two Tucson residents were arrested in separate incidents Wednesday for attempting to smuggle 395 pounds of marijuana worth around $197,000 through the Douglas port of entry, authorities said.... Read more»

Senate passes McSally border jobs for veterans bill

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved Thursday the Border Jobs for Veterans Act, a bill that requires Homeland Security to actively recruit outgoing military veterans for 1,200 unfilled positions at U.S. ports. ... Read more»

Two convicted in murder of BP Agent Brian Terry

Two men were found guilty Thursday by a federal jury for their roles in the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in a 2010 shooting incident just north of Nogales.... Read more»

Judge rebukes Border Patrol for destroying video evidence

A federal judge lambasted the agency for its handling of evidence, including destroying digital video that a coalition of immigration rights groups said shows that the agency regularly breaks its own policies regarding the treatment of immigrants held in Southern Arizona BP stations. ... Read more»

Douglas-area BP agents seize nearly $2.5M in marijuana

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents seized two vehicles and nearly 5,000 pounds of marijuana, worth about $2.5 million, on Sunday near Douglas. ... Read more»

Civil Rights Comm. hammers immigration authorities on family detention

In a scathing report released Thursday, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights said it found evidence that immigration officials were interfering with the constitutional rights of families in detention, and called on Homeland Security to immediately release them. It cited conditions that are "useless, punitive and not necessary."... Read more»

Cubans flood Texas ports after thaw in relations

If current trends hold, the port of Laredo is on pace to welcome about 60 percent more Cubans than it did last fiscal year. Why the exodus when the island-nation is on the verge of reestablishing ties with the U.S.? ... Read more»

CBP: Tucson woman arrested for smuggling $467K in meth, cocaine into Nogales

A Tucson-area woman was arrested Wednesday when Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales found methamphetamine and cocaine worth a total of $467,000 in her vehicle, authorities said.... Read more»

CBP intercepts $220K in cash heading to Mexico, arrests two

Two people were arrested Wednesday when CBP officers found more than $220,000 in cash hidden in a box of baby wipes during outgoing inspections in Nogales. ... Read more»

Phoenix woman arrested trying to smuggle rifles into Mexico

A Phoenix-area woman was arrested at a Nogales border crossing Monday after Customs officers discovered a dozen rifles and four handguns hidden in her truck, authorities said.... Read more»

Mother of man killed by Border Patrol files lawsuit

Arguing that the May 2014 shooting of José Luis Arambula, a Tucson-area resident and U.S. citizen, was an unnecessary use of deadly force, lawyers representing Elisa Beckel filed suit against the federal government.... Read more»

Nogales agents seize nearly $600K in hard drugs

Customs officers arrested three Mexican men and seized 55 pounds of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine worth more than $598,000 at the ports of entry in Nogales early this week, authorities said. ... Read more»

Lost migrants rescued by Predator drone crew

Pilots flying a Predator drone out of Sierra Vista for Customs and Border Protection are credited with rescuing three migrants lost in the desert earlier this month, authorities said. ... Read more»

U.S. ads target illegal immigration from Central America

The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection launched an advertising campaign on Tuesday aimed at dissuading Central Americans from trying to enter the United States illegally and avoid the influx of the tens of thousands who tried to come last year.... Read more»

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