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Hastily cobbled reunions of detained migrants & children marred by logistical fumbles

Two days after the feds missed a court-imposed deadline to reunite more than 100 children with their migrant parents after they were separated under by the Trump administration, only about half of those kis have been returned in a chaotic process marked by computer malfunctions, logistical problems and administrative failures.... Read more»

Audit: Hiring of customs, border agents better, but still falling short

Customs and Border Protection is getting better at attracting and hiring job applicants, but the agency still faces thousands of vacancies in its law enforcement ranks, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.... Read more»

Grijalva decries secrecy after 'gut-wrenching' tour of Tucson center for detained migrant kids

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva on Friday toured a Southwest Key facility in Tucson where he reiterated disapproval of the policies that have dozens of migrant children locked away from their parents and out of public view, with some of the detainees as young as 5.... Read more»

Grijalva to tour Tucson facility for detained immigrant children

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva will tour a Tucson facility Friday where migrant children are detained, either because they came to the U.S.. without parents or guardians, or they were taken from their parents as part of the "zero tolerance" policy implemented by the Trump administration. ... Read more»

Photos: 'Families Belong Together' protest blocks Nogales border crossing

Following weeks of outrage over the Trump administration's immigration policies, including the separation of children from their parents, more than 400 people protested in Nogales, stopping traffic from crossing the border with Mexico.... 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»

Factcheck Q&A: Detaining children at the border

The controversy surrounding family separations at the U.S. southern border has prompted outrage, opinions and finger-pointing. It has also raised a number of questions, including from our readers. "Are there really children being separated from their parents at the border and being kept in cages?" one asked.... Read more»

Homeland Security chief vows to end 'lawlessness' along border

On her second trip to Arizona, Homeland Security Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen once again said the border was in "crisis" and Trump administration officials are taking steps to "end lawlessness." She visited Nogales with Rep. Martha McSally.... Read more»

DHS secretary, McSally to tour border in Nogales

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will return to Arizona to tour the state's border with Mexico on Thursday, visiting several sites, including the border crossing in downtown Nogales. U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, running in the Republican senatorial primary, will join her. ... Read more»

ACLU: Migrant kids accused Border Patrol of 'shocking' physical, sexual & mental abuse

Thousands of documents show unaccompanied minors reported physical, mental and sexual abuse while they were detained by Customs and Border Protection, yet there's little evidence that officials meaningfully investigated such claims, civil rights advocates say. ... Read more»

BP agent to be retried for manslaughter in killing of Mexican teen

Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager in 2012, will again face trial after federal prosecutors announced in court Friday that they will pursue voluntary and involuntary manslaughter charges. He was found not guilty of murder last month. ... Read more»

Flags at half-staff for slain Nogales police officer

Flags across Arizona will fly at half-staff on Monday to honor Nogales Police Officer Jesus Cordova, who died after being shot by a suspected carjacker on Friday. ... Read more»

Vigil in Nogales marks acquittal of Border Patrol agent

Following the acquittal Monday of Lonnie Swartz, the BP agent accused of murdering 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, a small group held a vigil in Nogales, Sonora, on Tuesday evening.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Tucson bishop: Not-guilty verdict 'deeply troubling' in border shooting death

Edward Weisenburger, Bishop of Tucson: "Yesterday's deeply troubling jury decision related to the Border Patrol agent stationed in the Nogales area, who fired multiple shots across our border with Mexico, killing a 16-year-old boy on October 10, 2012, raises serious issues of justice and accountability."... Read more»

Swartz trial: Jury finds BP agent not guilty of 2nd-degree murder

A jury found Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Ray Swartz not guilty on Monday of second-degree murder in the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager in Nogales, Sonora. The jury hung on lesser charges. ... Read more»2

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