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As Trump arrives for rally, El Pasoans say history shows he was wrong about their city

As another government shutdown looms, the president follows his State of the Union speech with a rally in the city he said was plagued by crime before border fencing went up. Here's what history shows about border enforcement and crime in El Paso.... Read more»

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FactCheck: Trump wrong about wall effect in El Paso

President Donald Trump falsely claimed that El Paso, Texas went from “one of the most dangerous cities in the country to one of the safest cities in the country overnight” after “a wall was put up” along the Mexico border.... Read more»

City atty: 'Sanctuary city' initiative may violate SB1070

As organizers circulate petitions to make Tucson a “sanctuary city," City Attorney Mike Rankin wrote that parts of the initiative are in “direct conflict “with Arizona’s controversial SB 1070, and would limit coordination with all federal law enforcement.... Read more»1

Deadly U.S. shootings rise in 2015-16 after steady declines

A two-year Centers for Disease Control study found gun deaths by suicide and homicide surpassed 71,000, an increase reversing a decades-long trend.... Read more»

Efforts mounting to bar gun possession by those convicted of animal cruelty

Scientific and anecdotal evidence suggests that a person who abuses animals also has a higher likelihood of hurting other people, so state and federal level are pushing to slap a no-gun penalty on anyone convicted of animal cruelty. ... Read more»

Tucson immigrants charged with hiding connection to Somali terror group

A Tucson couple was arrested Friday after being indicted on charges that they lied to U.S. immigration officials, including false statements about the husband's connection to a militant Somali group linked to Al-Qaeda. ... Read more»

Top ICE agents seek to split agency, separate investigations from deportations

Agents heading field offices for Homeland Security Investigations, a part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, have asked to be split from the part of the agency that focuses on detaining and deporting immigrants. ... Read more»

FactCheck: Is illegal immigation linked to more or less crime?

President Donald Trump said it’s “not true” that immigrants in the U.S. illegally are “safer than the people that live in the country,” providing several crime statistics he claimed represented the “toll of illegal immigration.” Sen. Bernie Sanders made the opposite claim, saying: “I understand that the crime rate among undocumented people is actually lower than the general population.”... Read more»

After decades, tribal courts & police slowly regaining lost authority

Congress has only recently started to reverse the trend, but for most of the last 50 years tribal law enforcement had to refer any serious crime to federal or state law enforcement agencies with scant resources – and little interest, critics say – to investigate those crimes.... Read more»1

How Border Patrol faked statistics showing a 73% rise in assaults against agents

While Border Patrol claimed that assaults on agents spiked 73 percent in 2017, almost the entire increase — 271 purported assaults — was said to have occurred in one sector in South Texas, with 126 attributed to one incident on a single day, which involved just 7 agents and 6 subjects.... Read more»

'Buzzed' threats against McSally earn Tucson man 15 mos. in prison

A series of threatening phone messages directed at Rep. Martha McSally led to a sentence of more than a year in federal prison for a Tucson man. Steve Martan was told by a federal judge Wednesday that he'll also spend three years on probation after completing his stay behind bars.... Read more»

FactChecking Trump's ‘No Collusion!’ claim

President Trump claims the indictment handed down against 13 Russians for illegally interfering in the 2016 election indicates there was “no collusion” between Russians and his campaign, and that “the results of the election were not impacted.” But the indictment did not go that far on either count.... 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»

Flynn pleads guilty of lying to FBI in Russia probe

President Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty in a Washington, D.C. courtroom Friday morning to willfully and knowingly making "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to the FBI about his conversations with Russia's ambassador.... Read more»

FBI using billboards to seek info on death of Texas BP agent

The FBI announced Friday that it was expanding its search for information related to the death of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez in Texas two weeks ago. ... Read more»

Days later, cause of Border Patrol agent's death still unclear

Days after a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another seriously wounded in Texas, details as to what happened to the agents, or even whether they were attacked, are still scarce. ... Read more»

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