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Fury, tears over deferred action at Tucson immigration forum

An immigration forum turned heated Friday night as a group of protesters heckled U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva at Pima Community College. Some walked out, and one man was escorted out of the event by police.... Read more»1

House panel: ICE released 30,000 convicted criminals in 2014

House lawmakers grilled ICE Director Sarah Saldaña on Tuesday, saying her agency had released more than 30,000 immigrants with criminal records in 2014 while failing to act against other immigrants its officers stopped.... Read more»

Judge finds Operation Streamline protesters guilty

Twelve immigration activists were found guilty Tuesday on two charges relating to their arrests during an October 2013 protest that stopped two buses carrying immigrants slated for the federal government's fast-track immigration court known as Operation Streamline. ... Read more»

Experts: Border spending 'a shot in the dark' without better data

Border agencies know all about miles of fence and officers on the ground, but such "brute force" numbers do little to show the actual success or failure of border security policy, experts said. Without that data, border spending decisions are little more than "a shot in the dark." ... Read more»1

Juárez cartel war drives many across border

Despite improvements in pockets of northern Mexico after years of bloodshed, instability still reigns in areas of Chihuahua state that continues driving people north to seek safe haven. What determines whether a person lives or dies near this part of the Rio Grande could be as simple as geography. ... Read more»

Tx House passes bill that beefs up resources for border prosecutors

The bill would fund the unit through grants from the governor’s office that pay for special prosecutors assigned to handle border-specific crimes— mainly smuggling, violent crimes, money laundering and gang activity associated with cartels. ... Read more»

Judge denies Obama's request to let immigration policy stand

A Texas-based federal judge on Tuesday denied the Obama administration’s request to let a controversial immigration program proceed while the issue plays out in the courts. ... Read more»

Texas GOP takes 1st step to end in-state tuition for undocumented

After a marathon hearing that stretched well into Tuesday morning, a Texas senate subcommittee approved Sen. Donna Campbell's bill to repeal a law that allows some undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at colleges and universities.... Read more»1

Texas lawmaker questions what border surge is achieving

A border lawmaker on Monday said the Texas Department of Public Safety has failed to provide details to back up claims that the state's multimillion-dollar surge of law enforcement to the border is producing results. ... Read more»

Checking the Checkpoints: Az's Border Patrol sites

Support quality border reporting: Pledge your backing for our project to take a tour of every one of Arizona's 11 Border Patrol checkpoints in a single day, showing in dramatic fashion how they isolate rural communities, how residents live with daily interactions with BP, and how effective the checkpoint strategy is.... Read more»

Suspected smuggler crashes after fleeing from Border Patrol in Tucson

One person died and four others were injured in a crash Thursday night at the Craycroft exit on westbound I-10 after Border Patrol agents attempted to stop their vehicle. ... Read more»

Undocumented workforce slowly donning white collars

While unauthorized workers remain overrepresented in jobs such as farming, cleaning, construction and food service, they are gradually moving into management and professional jobs, according to a new report. Even so, hit hardest by the recession, undocumented workers remain twice as likely to be blue-collar than U.S.-born workers.... Read more»

Cochise sheriff asks Senate to work with local lawmen to secure border

Local law enforcement must be involved in securing “the rural parts of the Southwest border,” which is still dangerously insecure, Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels told a Senate panel Tuesday.... Read more»1

Judge quashes most charges in Operation Streamline trial

Most of the charges lodged against 12 immigration activists for their role in an October 2013 protest against Operation Streamline were dropped by a Tucson judge on Tuesday. ... Read more»2

3 arrested for human smuggling at I-19 checkpoint

Border Patrol agents at the I-19 checkpoint arrested three people for human smuggling after discovering Mexican nationals in their car's trunks during three separate incidents last week. ... Read more»

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