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Long-running lawsuit in Tucson shows perennial problems at border detention centers

While scrutiny has increased after two children died in New Mexico, border agencies have faced a years-old lawsuit filed in Tucson claiming migrants are punished by holding them in freezing, dirty cells with tainted water, poor food, and a lack of health care.... Read more»

New guidelines require CBP to report deaths in custody

Following criticism that officials did not disclose the Dec. 8 death of a 7-year-old girl held in Border Patrol custody, CBP announced new guidelines on how the agency will quickly disclose deaths.... Read more»

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»

D-M, Ft. Huachuca to house troops sent to border; 101st Airborne among soldiers deployed

Tucson's Davis-Monthan AFB, and Ft. Huachuca in Sierra Vista, are among the locations where U.S. military forces are being stationed near the Mexican border. Among the deployments are the 101st Airborne Division.... Read more»4

Leaked CBP memo: U.S. 'well-prepared' for caravan traveling through Mexico

While the White House fulminates against the possibility that a "caravan" of people traveling on foot more than 900 miles from the border could seek asylum in the United States, the head of Customs and Border Protection said in an internal memo that border officials are already "well-prepared" to deal with the exodus of parents and children from three Central American countries.... Read more»

CBP chief looks to X-ray all vehicles at Nogales border crossing

Officials are planning to expand the use of X-ray machines to scan all cars and trucks passing through the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales. ... Read more»

Border Patrol’s watchdog returns, but does he have new tricks?

The former top internal watchdog at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the nation's largest law enforcement agency, has returned to his former post six months after resigning to take a private security job. ... Read more»

Homeland Security chief vows to enforce Trump travel ban ‘humanely’

The secretary of Homeland Security on Tuesday defended President Trump’s ban on refugee admissions and vowed that he would enforce the policy “humanely.” Secretary Kelly’s comments came just days after Trump signed an order temporarily barring refugees from all countries – and all travelers from seven Muslim countries.... Read more»

Union-backed Vitiello named as Border Patrol chief

A longtime border agent was tapped to lead the Border Patrol on Tuesday, with Ronald Vitiello's appointment announced in a CBP tweet. Vitiello had been backed by the union for BP agents, as the Trump administration is poised to add 5,000 to the agency's contingent of 25,000.... Read more»

Chief of Border Patrol leaving agency

Eight months after he was tapped to lead the U.S. Border Patrol, Mark Morgan is leaving the agency. Morgan's departure follows last week's retirement of R. Gil Kerlikowske, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. ... Read more»