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Federal watchdog will investigate 7-year-old's death BP custody in New Mexico

A federal watchdog will investigate the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl, who died on Dec. 8, reportedly of dehydration and septic shock, after she was taken into Border Patrol custody along with her father and 160 others in a remote part of southern New Mexico. ... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Time for CBP to bring citizen review into use of force rules

BP's Lonnie Swartz may not have broken the law but that doesn't mean he properly used deadly force. It's time for CBP to loop citizens into deciding when using it is justified. The people, in fact, should demand that right because it's theirs and theirs alone.... Read more»

Border counties could get a funding boost to help ID human remains

The Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act of 2018 would allow border counties to apply for federal grants to help identify bodies of undocumented immigrants.... Read more»

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to implement asylum ban

Trump administration officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to OK a ban on asylum claims by people who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without going through a crossing point.... Read more»

Ajo BP agents apprehend 240 people in 48 hours

Customs and Border Protection will begin building five miles of fence along the southern border of the Organ Pipe Refuge, as people from Central America continue to cross the border and turn themselves in to seek asylum. ... Read more»

Tear gas fired at migrants at San Diego border crossing

The San Ysidro Port of Entry is one of the busiest border crossings in the world — especially so on the Sunday after a holiday weekend. But U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials shut it down in both directions Sunday after a group of migrants rushed toward the border. ... Read more»

White House vows to fight ‘absurd’ ruling against asylum restrictions

The White House on Tuesday vowed to fight a federal judge’s ruling that temporarily blocked restrictions on asylum seekers, who administration officials said threaten to “incapacitate our already overwhelmed immigration system.”... Read more»

Judge: Trump's asylum ban 'irreconcilably conflicts' with federal law

A federal judge blocked the Pres. Trump's plan to bar people who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without going through a port of entry from applying for asylum, saying the ban "irreconcilably conflicts" with federal law and the "expressed intent of Congress."... Read more»

Experts urge troop withdrawal; DHS repeats need to ‘harden’ border

National security experts and former military officials called on the administration to bring active-duty troops home from the border for Thanksgiving and end what they called a “needless” and politically motivated deployment.... Read more»

Yuma BP agents apprehended 654 people in 2 days

In two days, 654 people surrendered themselves to Yuma-area Border Patrol agents, including a group of Guatemalans who waded across the Colorado River and walked around vehicle barriers, authorities said. ... Read more»

Troops block vehicle lanes at Nogales border crossing

As the exodus of asylum-seeking Central Americans began arriving at the U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico, U.S. troops and border officers blocked part of the Nogales border gate with steel containers topped with razor wire.... Read more»

Lawsuit seeks to block Trump asylum ban, saying it violates federal law

Three civil rights groups filed a lawsuit Friday to block the Trump administration's plan to bar people who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border from applying for asylum, arguing that the White House is violating federal law. ... Read more»

CBP: In 48 hours, 449 Central Americans crossed into U.S. near Yuma

In a 48-hour period, 449 people from Central America, many of them in family groups, surrendered to Yuma-area Border Patrol agents this week. After their apprehensions, the families asked for asylum, and will be handed over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ... Read more»

Trump administration seeks to restrict asylum claims

Immigration officials plan to bar people who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border from applying for asylum, newly installed acting Attorney General Whitaker and Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen announced Thursday.... Read more»

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Revenge of the Greens: Sinema's petard & other takeaways from Tuesday's voting

Pima County's election night played as expected, Arizona had a surprise for Sinema and something strange is happening in Phoenix: What I learned in the 2018 midterms.... Read more»3

Guest opinion

Twelker: UA eye doc looks at 'caravan' through lens of experience in Honduras

When I heard about the caravan, I saw the photographs and watched the interviews. I thought: I know these people. They were my patients. Honduras is very poor and its main economy is to export food, coffee, and clothing to the United States. So, if you eat bananas, drink coffee or wear clothing, you most likely have a connection with the migrants — whether you know it or not. ... Read more»

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