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Gosar: Ban DREAMers in military; Grijalva: Bring deported vets back

Rep. Paul Gosar introduced a bill Monday to bar certain immigrants from serving in the military, a move he said is needed to keep the Obama administration from “enlisting DACA aliens through a backdoor amnesty program.” Rep. Raul Grijalva announced plans for a bill that would do the opposite, creating a special visa to let veterans return to the U.S. if they had been deported.... Read more»1

Minutemen co-founder Simcox sentenced to 19 years for molesting 5-year-old

The co-founder of the vigilante border patrol group known as the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, Chris Simcox, was sentenced on Monday to 19 1/2 years in an Arizona prison for molesting a five-year-old girl who was the friend of his daughter, prosecutors said. ... Read more»

New Border Patrol chief faces uphill battle to reform agency

As the first outsider appointed to run the Border Patrol in its 92-year history, former FBI official Mark Morgan starts his new job this week as chief with a target on his back. The selection of the career FBI official to run the 20,000-strong force sends a clear message: BP has a culture problem that needs to be fixed.... Read more»

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»

Healthcare delays, isolation factors in deaths of detained immigrants

Two independent health experts have reviewed the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 18 immigrants held in detention by U.S. immigration authorities, and found that "subpar care" contributed to at least seven deaths, said Human Rights Watch. ... Read more»

CBP review clears Border Patrol in 4 deadly force incidents

Customs and Border Protection cleared four agents of wrongdoing in use-of-force incidents, including one near Nogales, two in Texas and the fourth off the coast of California. In two instances, people were killed, but CBP said that agents acted "in compliance" when they used deadly force.... Read more»

Judge unseals photos, docs of immigration detention centers

A federal judge in Tucson unsealed hundreds of pages of documents and photos this week as part of a class-action lawsuit over the treatment of detainees held by Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector.... Read more»

Mexico’s top diplomat talks Trump's wall, Brexit & Az trade relations

At the annual conference of the Arizona-Mexico Commission, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the Mexico Secretary of Foreign Affairs discussed how she feels about Gov. Doug Ducey, the impact of a proposed wall along the Mexico border and whether the Brexit vote in England to leave the European Union affects Mexico’s economic fortunes.... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

Rio Grande: Boats off the water little help in border security

Keeping people and drugs from crossing illegally into the United States requires more than boots on the ground. In the busy smuggling corridor of Starr County, Texas, it also takes boats in the water.... Read more»

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear immigrant detention dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether immigrants detained for more than six months by the U.S. government while deportation proceedings take place are eligible for a hearing in which they can argue for their release. ... Read more»

Gallego, Hispanic Caucus blast attempt to ban DREAMers from military

The Republican-led house narrowly defeated Thursday afternoon an attempt to ban young undocumented immigrants from serving in the military.... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

Texas scrambles to fund border security project

Despite Texas lawmakers’ urgent calls to secure the border and fill in gaps they say the federal government has left wide open, a key effort Gov. Greg Abbott deemed a priority in 2015 isn’t off the ground yet.... Read more»

'At the limit,' Mexico buckles under migrant surge to U.S.

Mexico is struggling to stem the flow of Central American migrants traveling to the United States ahead of the U.S. presidential election, causing major concern in Washington, which is weighing sending more agents to help. ... Read more»

Lawmakers trade ‘hate,’ ‘censorship’ barbs in ‘illegal alien’ debate

The House spent several hours in bitter debate Thursday over a Republican-backed bill that would force the Library of Congress to continue using the term “illegal alien” in its catalog instead of the library’s preferred “noncitizen.”... Read more»

'Minutemen' co-founder Simcox convicted of child molestation

An Arizona jury on Wednesday convicted the co-founder of a border militia group of molesting a 5-year-old girl but acquitted him of more serious sex charges. Chris Simcox, who co-founded the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, was found guilty of two felony counts of child molestation and one felony count of providing obscene material to a minor.... Read more»

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