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Detainees taking lawsuit over conditions at BP facilities to trial

A long-running lawsuit over the treatment of detainees at Tucson Border Patrol stations will head to trial after a federal judge rejected a motion to force the agency to provide beds or mattresses raised off the floor for those being held.... Read more»

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The most important border stories of 2017

While much of our coverage was based on the raucous actions of the Trump administration, TucsonSentinel.com delved into some hidden corners of the borderlands, including a story about a decorated Marine who faces deportation despite being a U.S. citizen, a story that uses documents that describe how the ex-governor of Sonora may have been linked to a cocaine smuggler, and the trial of a Border Patrol agent accused of second-degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager. ... Read more»

9th Circuit: BP must provide blankets to detained immigrants

Border Patrol officials must provide sleeping mats and blanket to immigrants held in detention for more than 12 hours, a federal appeals court ruled, rejecting government arguments that the requirements were too" rigid" and "burdensome." ... Read more»

New Tucson Sector BP chief wants to shift agents to border, add more technology

After six weeks on the job, the new chief of the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector said he wants to shift agents closer to the border, and work closely with Mexican officials to keep illegal traffic, including drugs and people, from reaching the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

Federal judge holds BP in contempt for failing to preserve video evidence

A federal judge has found Tucson Sector Border Patrol in contempt, writing that officials "violated" his orders, because they had "failed to take all reasonable steps" within their power to "preserve video evidence" as part of a class-action lawsuit filed in 2015 over the treatment of immigrants in holding cells.... Read more»

ACLU asks judge to hold BP in contempt over missing evidence

Civil rights groups asked a federal judge Monday to hold the Border Patrol in contempt of court for failing to turn over video from Tucson Sector holding facilities. A lawyer wrote that the agency was "stonewalling" and acting in "bad faith" and had allowed a computer update to corrupt months of video showing conditions in the facilities.... Read more»

Judge keeps order for BP to provide bedding, showers to detainees

Border Patrol officials must follow a court order to provide clean bedding and showers for detainees after a judge rejected a motion asking him to reconsider because of "unexpected consequences." But Judge David C. Bury wrote that "the Court cannot suspend what it believes are constitutional rights." ... Read more»

Judge orders halt to controversial BP detention practices

A federal judge has issued an injunction against the Border Patrol, saying that advocates "presented persuasive evidence that the basic human needs of detainees are not being met" in Tucson Sector holding cells. Judge Bury ordered BP to provide bedding and showers, regular meals, and allow detained migrants to sleep.... Read more»

Judge set to order Border Patrol to halt controversial detention practices

A federal judge said Tuesday that he will soon order a halt to Border Patrol practices that regularly see detainees held for more than 24 hours in dirty, cold and overcrowded "icebox" cells, where they experience sleep deprivation. ... Read more»1

Advocates call conditions inside Border Patrol cells 'inhumane and punitive'

Newly released still images, pulled from videos taken inside Border Patrol stations in Arizona, show that apprehended immigrants, including women and children, were regularly held more than 24 hours in cells that were often dirty and overcrowded, leading to conditions that advocates call "inhumane, punitive, and unconstitutional." ... Read more»1

Judge unseals photos, docs of immigration detention centers

A federal judge in Tucson unsealed hundreds of pages of documents and photos this week as part of a class-action lawsuit over the treatment of detainees held by Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector.... Read more»

Rip-crew recruiter sentenced to 27 years in Brian Terry murder

The recruiter who put together the rip-crew responsible for the 2010 murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was sentenced on Monday to 27 years in prison. In August, Rosario Rafael Burboa-Alvarez, 31, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for his role in the shooting death of Terry, who was killed during a nighttime firefight in rugged terrain 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»

Judge denies stay; new Az abortion laws take effect Tuesday

A challenge to new rules on the availability of abortion pills for Arizona women was rejected by a federal judge in Tucson on Monday. Arizona doctors will no longer be able to prescribe the drug for women after the seventh week of pregnancy. They had been prescribing it through the ninth week. ... Read more»

New Az abortion limits may face federal injunction

A federal judge in Tucson heard arguments Wednesday on new rules in Arizona limiting the use of the "abortion pill" RU-486. ... Read more»

Tucson Unified School District

Disagreements remain as special master files TUSD deseg plan

Despite months of court-ordered negotiations led by a special master, there remains much contention over Tucson Unified School District's desegregation programs. Parties to lawsuits first filed in 1974 and the district filed their objections to a "Unitary Status Plan" also filed Friday. (complete documents)... Read more»

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