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The most important border stories of 2018

15 stories of major issues along the border in 2018: the trial of Lonnie Swartz, family separations under the Trump administration, the treatment of detainees in border facilities, and an exclusive memo that showed CBP downplaying the exodus of migrants from Central America.... Read more»

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»

Supreme Court rejects Trump administration appeal over asylum ban

The Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration's attempt to end-run a decision by a federal judge, and implement new rules barring asylum claims by anyone who entered the U.S. between border crossings.... Read more»

Court decisions block Trump's moves to dismantle asylum process

In a pair of decisions Wednesday, two different courts, one in San Francisco and one in Washington, D.C., ruled against the Trump administration's attempts to block people from seeking asylum in separate but important cases.... Read more»

BP discovers incomplete 50-foot border tunnel in Nogales

Border Patrol agents and Mexican law enforcement discovered an incomplete cross-border tunnel in Nogales, Ariz., on Monday during a routine sweep. ... Read more»

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to implement asylum ban

Trump administration officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to OK a ban on asylum claims by people who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without going through a crossing point.... Read more»

10 months into $267 million hiring program, CBP gained just a handful of agents

After 10 months and nearly $14 million, a consulting company given a $267 million contract to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection with recruiting has processed just two successful job offers. ... Read more»

Lonnie Swartz

Feds won't pursue 3rd trial of BP agent in cross-border shooting

Federal prosecutors said they cannot file new charges against Lonnie Swartz, ending the case against the BP agent who once faced a second-degree murder trial, and then manslaughter charges, for shooting and killing a 16-year-old boy in a cross-border shooting in 2012.... Read more»

Border clashes in Tijuana have immigration advocates mobilized

Against the backdrop of tear gas and border closures in Tijuana over the weekend, several pro-immigrant groups are rushing to meet the increasing needs of asylum seekers.... Read more»

Update: Swartz found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter in Border Patrol shooting case

Jurors in the trial of Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent on trial in a cross-border shooting, found him not guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Wednesday. Jurors did not reach a verdict on a voluntary manslaughter charge.... Read more»2

Judge: Trump's asylum ban 'irreconcilably conflicts' with federal law

A federal judge blocked the Pres. Trump's plan to bar people who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without going through a port of entry from applying for asylum, saying the ban "irreconcilably conflicts" with federal law and the "expressed intent of Congress."... Read more»

Swartz trial: Cross-border shooting case sent to jury after closing arguments

Jurors began deliberating Friday after closing arguments in the case against Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent on trial for manslaughter for shooting and killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez more than six years ago in Nogales.... Read more»

Defense attacks evidence against BP agent as Swartz case draws to close

Over the last two days, Lonnie Swartz's defense team assembled a trio of experts to challenge major parts of the prosecution's case against the Border Patrol agent, who faces manslaughter charges in the 2012 shooting of a Mexican teenager.... Read more»

Troops block vehicle lanes at Nogales border crossing

As the exodus of asylum-seeking Central Americans began arriving at the U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico, U.S. troops and border officers blocked part of the Nogales border gate with steel containers topped with razor wire.... Read more»

Swartz trial: BP agent testifies he shot teen to 'protect' himself, officers from thrown rocks

Facing federal manslaughter charges, BP Agent Lonnie Swartz testified he was defending himself and fellow law enforcement when he fired 16 rounds through the border fence into Mexico, killing a 16-year-old boy in 2012.... Read more»

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