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Border Patrol says Texas checkpoints to remain open during Hurricane Harvey

As Texans in the Rio Grande Valley prepare for Hurricane Harvey, the U.S. Border Patrol said its checkpoints north of the border will remain open.... Read more»

Trump pardons ex-Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio

President Trump pardoned former sheriff Joe Arpaio on Friday, allowing the ex-lawman to walk free despite facing sentencing for his conviction on criminal contempt charges in a racial profiling case. Arpaio did not immediately indicate if he would accept the pardon, which "carries an imputation of guilt" under the law.... Read more»1

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Decorated Marine vet may be deported, despite likely U.S. citizenship

A Marine veteran who served in the Gulf War was transferred to an immigration facility in Eloy last week, where he faces deportation to Mexico despite a ruling that he is a U.S. citizen. George Ybarra has criminal convictions, but his family says he needs treatment, not banishment.... Read more»

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The Joe Arpaio I knew

The ex-Maricopa sheriff made his name in part by targeting immigrants — even after a judge ordered him to stop. As President Trump considers a pardon, it’s worth remembering precisely what Arpaio did in his decades in law enforcement. His office at one point stopped investigating sex crimes against children, depleted its patrol division and nearly bankrupted itself.... Read more»

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»

Motorist in class action suit sees ‘justice’ in Arpaio criminal contempt verdict

The driver who was at the heart of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s contempt of court case said the sheriff’s guilty verdict shows “justice is being served,” but he is still affected by the encounter seven years ago.... Read more»

Homeland Security may not have capacity to hire 15,000 border officers Trump promised

The Homeland Security Department may not have the resources needed to hire the thousands of new agents President Trump has ordered, and even if it could it might not know how to best deploy them.... Read more»

Trump backs ‘merit-based’ visa bill that would cut legal immigration in half

President Trump threw his support behind a bill that would slash immigration and create a "merit-based" system favoring those who speak English, have higher education and high-paying job offers. It would cut the number of green cards granted in half, and critics called it just another move "to come after immigrants as a whole."... 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»

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt

Former Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio was guilty found of criminal contempt by a federal judge on Monday. Arpaio, while sheriff, violated the constitutional rights of people by detaining them without state charges, solely for violating civil immigration law, and did not halt the practice when ordered to by a federal court.... 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»

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»

Defense bill could include $1.6 billion to start border wall

Democrats are blasting a GOP plan to allocate $1.57 billion to begin construction of a border wall with Mexico, by slipping that language into a critical defense funding bill. But there appears to be little else they can do to stop the funding language.... Read more»

Study: Senate bill could give 1.8 million DREAMers path to citizenship

They are called DREAMers, the young, undocumented immigrants who were brought to this country as children, and their dream of citizenship got renewed backing Thursday from two prominent senators. Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill, introduced the Dream Act 2017.... 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»

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