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Trump returning to Phoenix for rally next week

On the heels of a troublesome week, President Trump will return to the Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday for a political rally — the same place he effusively declared a year ago that Mexico would pay for an "impenetrable, powerful, solid southern border wall." Trump has hinted at a pardon for Joe Arpaio, and may endorse a challenge to Sen. Flake.... Read more»

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CBP spent $5 million on lie detector tests for disqualified applicants

Customs and Border Protection spent more than $5 million on lie detector tests for applicants to be Border Patrol agents or customs officers, despite their previously admitting to officials that they were involved in crimes like drug smuggling and human trafficking. ... Read more»

Judge rejects motion to dismiss murder case against BP agent

The case against Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz, accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager during a 2012 cross-border shooting, will move forward after a federal judge rejected a motion from the defense arguing that the case should be dismissed. ... Read more»

Immigration courts backlog grows to record high, despite more judges

Immigration court cases waiting to be heard hit an all-time high of 607,755 in June – 10,031 of them in Arizona – despite the hiring of more judges and a Trump administration directive to expedite cases.... Read more»

Sierra Vista man arrested for smuggling 6 Mexican men

A Sierra Vista-area man was arrested Wednesday by Border Patrol agents south of Benson for transporting in his vehicle six Mexican men who were illegally present in the United States, authorities said. ... Read more»

BP agents rescue man, 4 teens from week-long walk in Az desert

A 911 call led to the rescue of a Mexican man and four teenagers on Monday afternoon by U.S. Border Patrol agents near Sells, about 56 miles southwest of Tucson. The group told the agents they had been walking in the desert for a week before they were rescued. ... Read more»

Factchecking Trump's border boast

Boasting about a decline in apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border on his watch, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that border apprehensions “didn’t go down” under “past administrations.” Actually, they declined in 10 of the last 16 fiscal years.... Read more»

DHS leader leaving for White House chief of staff post

Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly will leave his post as Homeland Security Secretary at the end of the month to become White House chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus. ... Read more»

CBP to jumpstart construction of Trump’s border wall in Texas wildlife refuge

Customs and Border Protection indicates it will use its own funds to build 3-mile segment of wall amid one of the nation’s most cherished bird-watching locales, the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge along the Rio Grande River in Texas.... Read more»

Agents at BP checkpoint nab pot in fake Dish Network van

Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint south of Gila Bend seized nearly 400 pounds of marijuana on Wednesday from a van painted to look it belonged to the satellite television company Dish Network, authorities said. ... Read more»

140-lb bundle of marijuana launched over border wall in Douglas

Following a trend of inventive means to get drugs over the wall near Douglas, police seized a bundle of more than 140 pounds of marijuana that had been launched over the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday. ... Read more»

Frustrated senators urge DHS to fill ‘gaping holes’ on visa overstays

Current data on visa overstayers in the U.S. have “gaping holes” that need to be filled, frustrated lawmakers told Department of Homeland Security officials at a Senate hearing Wednesday.... Read more»

Rights groups sue CBP for 'systematic' violations of U.S. asylum law

Immigration advocates filed a class-action suit against Customs and Border Protection, arguing that CBP officers at crossings along the Mexican border have systemically violated U.S. law and international human rights agreements by refusing to allow people to seek asylum. ... Read more»

Nogales Fire Dep't rescues Mexican woman dangling from border fence

Members of the Nogales Fire Department rescued a Mexican woman on Saturday night after smugglers left her "precariously dangling" from the border fence in Nogales, authorities said. ... Read more»

ICE officers told to take action against all undocumented immigrants encountered while on duty

The head of ICE's deportation unit has directed officers to take action against all undocumented immigrants they may cross paths with, regardless of criminal histories — apparently pushing for even tougher action than the Trump administration has publicly promised.... Read more»

CBP: Border 'wall' will mix walls, tech & 130 miles of 'natural barriers'

President Trump’s promised wall along the Mexican border will be more like a “border wall system” of walls, fencing, technology, law enforcement, patrol roads – and 130 miles with nothing but “natural barriers,” a border official said Tuesday.... Read more»

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