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Jury to see 'racially offensive' texts by BP agent accused of running down suspect

A jury will see most of the texts sent by a Border Patrol agent accused of running down a Guatemalan man with his patrol pickup and then lying about it, a judge ruled. Matthew Bowen called people apprehended by agents "disgusting subhuman sh-t," and repeatedly used "tonk," a word widely known as a racial epithet.... Read more»

2 soldiers died by suicide on Arizona border deployments

Two soldiers who were found dead this month in Southern Arizona each died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds, officials determined. Both were among the active-duty troops deployed as border enforcement.... Read more»

Undocumented immigration into U.S., especially from Mexico, is down

Undocumented immigration from Mexico has dropped so significantly over a decade that Mexicans no longer make up the majority of those living in the U.S. illegally, according to a Pew Research Center report.... Read more»

Nogales cross-border shooting lawsuit likely to turn on ruling in Texas case

Two federal circuit courts reached different conclusions over the right of foreign nationals on foreign soil to sue the U.S. government over civil rights violations. Now the Supreme Court will settle the issue.... Read more»

Trump drops Mexico tariffs in exchange for 'unprecedented' border surge

President Trump backed away Friday evening from his threat to impose tariffs on Mexican imports, after Mexico agreed to "curb irregular migration" and deploy troops to its southern border. U.S. authorities will "immediately expand" the policy of sending back migrants who request asylum.... Read more»

Trump's tariffs could hurt Texas, U.S. economies as much as Mexico's, border leaders and analysts say

Mexico is the biggest trade partner for Texas and the U.S., and tariffs on Mexican imports would quickly be felt on the border before impacting the rest of the U.S. economy, trade experts say.... Read more»

Military IDs soldier on border deployment found dead near Nogales; no foul play indicated

A U.S. Army solidier deployed to the Mexican border in Arizona was found dead Saturday near Nogales. Foul play was not suspected in the death of PFC Steven Hodges, officials said, but few details were released.... Read more»

Trump's tariff on Mexican goods 'baffling,' 'reckless,' say critics from right & left

President Trump has once again threatened to punish Mexico over migrant crossings with a tariff — this time of up to 25 percent — but critics including the Az Chamber of Commerce and Rep. Grijalva called the move everything from "baffling" to "unhinged."... Read more»

Incomplete smuggling tunnel found in Nogales by Border Patrol, Mexican police

Border Patrol agents and Mexican Federal Police discovered an incomplete cross-border tunnel in Nogales on Wednesday afternoon. ... Read more»

Supreme Court will review Texas cross-border shooting; Nogales case hangs in balance

The outcome of a lawsuit filed by the family of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, a Mexican teenager killed in a 2012 cross-border shooting in Nogales, hinges on a similar court case from Texas that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this fall. ... Read more»

19 arrested, poppy field near border destroyed in joint U.S.-Mexico operation vs. drug scouts

Mexican officials destroyed a poppy field, seized more than 250 pounds of narcotics, and arrested 19 people over the weekend west of Nogales during a joint operation aided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, authorities said. ... Read more»

Repatriating remains of those found in desert is long, expensive process

When a migrant does not survive the dangerous journey across the Arizona desert, another costly ordeal begins for the family back home.... Read more»

BP agent, facing assault charge, called people on border 'savages' and 'subhuman'

A Nogales Border Patrol agent — accused of running down a Guatemalan man and then lying about it — called people apprehended by agents "disgusting subhuman sh*t," and repeatedly used a racial epithet for border crossers in text messages, court documents say. ... Read more»

A different border crisis: It’s not security or immigration, it’s sewage

The aging network of pipes that run from Mexico to wastewater treatment plants in the U.S. When heavy rains fall, the pipes often break and spill raw sewage on both sides of the border, causing not only a putrid odor but public health and environmental concerns.... Read more»

BP plans 63 miles of new border wall, up to 30 ft. high, in 3 protected Az wilderness areas

The Border Patrol is seeking to construct nearly 63 miles of new border walls, rising up to 30 feet tall, along three protected wilderness areas in Southern Arizona. ... Read more»

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