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McCain immigration bill blasted as ‘waste of time’ by Trump

Sen. John McCain introduced a bill Monday that gives DACA recipients a path to citizenship and calls for beefed-up border security – but excludes border wall funding, causing the president to brand it a “waste of time.”... Read more»

No cross-exam about Army desertion in BP agent's murder trial

Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager, cannot be cross-examined about his military record, including his arrest for desertion, a federal judge ruled.... Read more»

Trump's infrastructure talk has McSally looking toward border

President Trump's call for Congress to pass a bill to drive $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending has Rep. Martha McSally looking toward the border.... Read more»

Wish you were here: CBP tries to sell Nogales to reluctant officers

In real estate, the saying goes, it’s all about location, location, location. Apparently, that same rule also applies when it comes to recruiting Customs and Border Protection agents.... Read more»

Customs rotates officers into Nogales to deal with staffing shortages

Ports of entry at Nogales are as many as 300 CBP officers shy of their approved staffing levels, according to the officers’ union, leading to long lines that threaten the region’s economy.... Read more»

Judge refuses to remove prosecutors from BP agent's murder trial

U.S. Attorneys in Arizona will continue prosecuting the case against Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager during a 2012 cross-border shooting, after a federal judge rejected a motion that argued federal officials withheld evidence. ... Read more»

No More Deaths volunteer arrested, charged with harboring immigrants

A member of No More Deaths faces a felony charge after he was arrested by Border Patrol agents, just hours after the Tucson humanitarian group released videos showing agents destroying water and food left for those crossing Arizona's deserts. ... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Protective amnesia: Shutdown debate ignores 'wall' already on the border

For what it's worth, we have a wall on the border now. Fence … wall … it's all semantics. Don't think "Rent-a-Fence" It's big, vertical and and there are almost 400 miles of it. Rebrand it, extend it if we must to fix up the "Dreamers," get some kids to the doctor and go back to work. ... Read more»

Arizona rancher on Mexico border uses science to breed sustainable cattle

The road turns from a dusty brown to a deep, red clay along the road to Buena Vista Ranch, where rancher Dean Fish raises commercial cattle. He looks like an iconic cowboy from a faded photograph, but Fish represents a cattle ranching system focused on the future.... Read more»

The most important border stories of 2017

While much of our coverage was based on the raucous actions of the Trump administration, TucsonSentinel.com delved into some hidden corners of the borderlands, including a story about a decorated Marine who faces deportation despite being a U.S. citizen, a story that uses documents that describe how the ex-governor of Sonora may have been linked to a cocaine smuggler, and the trial of a Border Patrol agent accused of second-degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager. ... Read more»

CBP: Naked, injured man found in coal train

Nogales-area U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found a naked man with multiple injuries in railcar full of coal at the Dennis DeConcini crossing Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. ... Read more»

Ports of entry in Arizona face infrastructure and staffing challenges

From a farm or a maquila in Sonora, Mexico, to a supermarket in Chicago, the journey of products coming from Mexico is a long, sometimes slow one. But according to border experts and officials, it’s during customs inspections at the border that the process gets delayed the most because crossings are understaffed and their need for investment is often overlooked.... Read more»

DHS: Border apprehensions down as interior enforcement ramps up

Calling the results “historic,” Trump administration officials touted that the number of arrests at the border has dropped to the lowest level in 46 years, following a trend that began in 2000.... Read more»

BP: Agent kicked in head during arrest in Nogales

A Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent was repeatedly kicked in the head Sunday when he apprehended a man scaling the border wall near Nogales, authorities said. ... Read more»

Photos: Nogales students train as border agents in Explorer Program

Border Patrol work is a complicated affair for Mexican American families, bringing with it questions of allegiance and identity. In BP's Explorer Program, teenagers get a taste of training in border enforcement.... Read more»

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