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Border Patrol offers raises to keep agents as staffing falls below goals

Some Border Patrol agents will receive a "retention incentive" worth up to 5 percent of their salaries, as the agency strains to increase the number of staffers to meet tough recruitment demands set by a 2017 executive order. ... Read more»

McSally at border in Nogales: 'No opportunity to vote yet' on gov't shutdown

Newly minted Sen. Martha McSally met with border agents in Nogales on Tuesday. "I'm for funding the government, I'm not for shutting down the government," she said. Federal courts handling immigration cases in Arizona are set to run out of money at the end of the week. ... Read more»

BP union, including Tucson agent, pushes for border wall in Trump meeting as federal shutdown continues

Members of the union for border agents, including vice president and Tucson Sector Agent Art Del Cueto, continued to press for a border wall in a meeting with President Trump as the federal government remains partially shuttered. ... Read more»

FBI using billboards to seek info on death of Texas BP agent

The FBI announced Friday that it was expanding its search for information related to the death of Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez in Texas two weeks ago. ... Read more»

Trump says U.S. officials letting in illegal immigrants so they can vote

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Friday accused U.S. authorities of speeding citizenship proceedings for some illegal immigrants so they can vote, returning to a core issue as he girded for a second debate against Democrat Hillary Clinton. ... Read more»

New Border Patrol chief is first agency outsider in nearly a century

Monday, CBP head R. Gil Kerlikowske announced that FBI veteran Mark Morgan would become the Chief of the Border Patrol. Morgan is the first head of U.S. Border Patrol to come from outside the agency in 92 years. ... Read more»

McCain endorsed by union for border agents

U.S. Sen. John McCain was endorsed by the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents nearly 16,500 Border Patrol agents, during an event Tuesday in Tucson. McCain is facing a tough reelection battle, fending off challenges from the right in the GOP primary with the prospect of a tough general election opponent in Ann Kirkpatrick. ... Read more»

No wall, but more high-tech gear & fencing sought by border agents

Federal agents who patrol the U.S. border with Mexico want 23 more miles of fences, better radios and more aerial drones to tighten the southern frontier, according to an unpublished government study. The modest scope of the requirements contrasts sharply with calls by Republican presidential candidates for more drastic measures.... Read more»

McSally measure would direct BP to deploy at border line

Rep. Martha McSally added provisions to a border bill in Congress that would direct the Border Patrol to "patrol as close to the physical land border as possible" — a move the BP union local says "looks good from D.C." but not from where they stand. ... Read more»3