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In Nogales, AG Sessions vows stand against border 'filth'

In his first visit to the U.S.-Mexico border as the attorney general of the United States, Jeff Sessions outlined the Trump administration's approach to border security in martial terms, calling the border "ground zero in this fight" against drug cartels. Rep. Raul Grijalva called the AG a "white supremacist" after his remarks. ... Read more»

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BP, agencies seek help fighting ‘sophisticated’ criminal threat at border

The Border Patrol’s chief agent in the Tucson Sector, told a House subcommittee chaired by Rep. Martha McSally that a barrier along the border cannot be the only line of defense against the cartels.... Read more»

Phoenix woman sentenced for attempting to smuggle guns & ammo to Mexico

A Phoenix-area woman will serve 30 months in prison for attempting to smuggle two semi-automatic AK-47-patterned rifles, along with 3,000 rounds of ammunition, and a tripod-mount for a .50-caliber sniper rifle, into Mexico last March. ... Read more»

2 sentenced for roles in drug-related desert shootout

Pedro Ojeda-Ramirez, 24, and Ulises Alaim Saijas-Zamorano, 22, both from Mexico, were sentenced to prison terms of 140 months and 60 months respectively for their roles in a 2016 desert shooting between bandits and cartel scouts in a remote part of the Tohono O'odham Nation. ... Read more»

Appeals court upholds conviction of lookout for border drug smugglers

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the conviction of a spotter for a group of border drug smugglers, rejecting his argument that his confession was coerced and the government had not presented enough evidence for a conviction.... Read more»

Mexican officials destroy guns connected to 'Operation Fast and Furious'

Mexican authorities in Monterrey destroyed nearly 6,000 firearms during a special ceremony on Tuesday, including 500 weapons connected with Operation Fast and Furious, a botched U.S. federal investigation that lost track of hundreds of firearms after they were purchased by straw buyers in U.S. gun stores. ... Read more»1

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If we hire them, they will come: The demand side of border security

A fundamental truth underlies the nation's collective failure to stop illegal immigration and smuggling over the southern border: The United States demands the cheap labor and drugs. ... Read more»

Is Ciudad Juárez on the brink of a new gang war?

October was the deadliest month in Ciudad Juárez in nearly three years, with more than 100 people murdered just south of the Rio Grande. Locals are anxious — and hopeful they're not witnessing a resurgence of the brutal drug war that plagued this Mexican border city from 2008 to 2011. ... Read more»

Report: Drug cartel orders attack on Mexican newspaper

Mexican police told the staff of the Tijuana news weekly "Zeta" that a cartel member had ordered the paper's office be shot up in retaliation for publishing photos of alleged drug cartel members. Two staffers have been murdered in previous years, and another survived an assassination attempt that killed a bodyguard.... Read more»

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Central American gang's tentacles reach deep into Texas, U.S.

Only about 800 of the estimated 20,000 gang members in the Houston area belong to the MS-13, but police consider them a top-level threat to public safety in Texas. The El Salvador-based criminal organization is thought to reach across Texas and into 44 other states. ... Read more»

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El Salvador's gang violence thrives in aftermath of civil war

Bloody gang conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives and sparked a years-long exodus from El Salvador. The current “war” takes place in a country where memories of an earlier 12-year civil struggle still cut deeply. This story is part of the Tribune's yearlong Bordering on Insecurity project... Read more»

Gang wars, poverty drive Central Americans over U.S. border

The challenge of securing the southern U.S. border is changing dramatically as fewer Mexicans cross illegally, but more Central Americans arrive seeking refuge from the terror and chaos of their home countries.... Read more»

Indicted Border Patrol agent's brother strikes deal in cartel beheading case

The brother of a U.S. Border Patrol agent charged with capital murder in an alleged Mexican drug cartel hit struck a surprise deal Thursday to help prosecutors build their case against his siblings and other defendants.... Read more»

Money laundering rule on prepaid cards stalled after industry pushback

In 2011, amid a crackdown on international money laundering, the U.S. Treasury Department tried to close a loophole that authorities said allows drug cartels to move bulk cash across borders on gift and other prepaid cards. ... Read more»

Poll: Border residents don’t want a wall built between cities

Despite heated political rhetoric about the U.S.-Mexico border, people who live in the region largely view themselves as one community and believe in making it easier to cross back and forth and do not favor building a new wall, according to a Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News poll.... Read more»1

Feds tight-lipped on weeding out corrupt border agents

Whether most — or even a significant fraction of — corrupt federal border agents really are caught and punished is an open question. Just a few months ago, a report from an outside committee concluded the current state of affairs at the agency “leaves CBP vulnerable to a corruption scandal that could potentially threaten the security of our nation.”... Read more»

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