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Judge rejects motion to dismiss murder case against BP agent

The case against Border Patrol Agent Lonnie Swartz, accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager during a 2012 cross-border shooting, will move forward after a federal judge rejected a motion from the defense arguing that the case should be dismissed. ... Read more»

Gov. Ducey declares emergency over sewer line break in Nogales

Arizona Gov. Ducey declared a state of emergency, calling for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to provide assistance to staunch a breach in a pipeline that carries sewage from Sonora, Mexico, to a wastewater treatment plant north of Nogales, Arizona.... Read more»

Rights groups sue CBP for 'systematic' violations of U.S. asylum law

Immigration advocates filed a class-action suit against Customs and Border Protection, arguing that CBP officers at crossings along the Mexican border have systemically violated U.S. law and international human rights agreements by refusing to allow people to seek asylum. ... Read more»

Nogales Fire Dep't rescues Mexican woman dangling from border fence

Members of the Nogales Fire Department rescued a Mexican woman on Saturday night after smugglers left her "precariously dangling" from the border fence in Nogales, authorities said. ... Read more»

CBP: Border 'wall' will mix walls, tech & 130 miles of 'natural barriers'

President Trump’s promised wall along the Mexican border will be more like a “border wall system” of walls, fencing, technology, law enforcement, patrol roads – and 130 miles with nothing but “natural barriers,” a border official said Tuesday.... Read more»

Court gives family of slain Mexican teen new chance to sue BP agent

The Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision to throw out a lawsuit that a Mexican family filed against the Border Patrol agent who fatally shot their son across the border. The Texas case may still have a long way to go in the courts, but the outcome could affect a similar 2012 case in Nogales.... Read more»

Supreme Court decision on Texas cross-border shooting could stall suit vs. BP agent in Az

On Monday, the Supreme Court may decide the fate of Hernández v. Mesa, a lawsuit launched by the parents of a 15-year-old boy who was shot and killed by a Border Patrol agent in El Paso in 2010. The ruling will have a bearing on the fate of a civil suit filed against a different BP agent in the 2012 cross-border shooting death of a Mexican teenager in Nogales.... Read more»

Mexican man arrested for attempting to smuggle 7K rounds of ammo into Mexico

A federal investigation led to the arrest of a Mexican man in Nogales, Arizona, for allegedly attempting to smuggle 7,000 rounds of ammunition into Mexico on Saturday. ... Read more»

Swartz trial

Video reconstruction shows BP agent firing, reloading in fatal cross-border shooting

Prosecutors and defense lawyers wrangled over videos recorded by two Border Patrol cameras that show the 2012 shooting of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, as well as an expert's video reconstruction that shows BP Agent Lonnie Swartz fire bullets into the boy's prone body. ... Read more»

BP agent's lawyer asks judge to dismiss murder indictment

The lawyer for a Border Patrol agent facing a murder trial in the 2012 cross-border shooting death of a Mexican teen has asked a judge to dismiss the charges because the grand jury issued the indictment after hearing testimony from a supervisory agent, who repeated statements made by Agent Lonnie Swartz just minutes after the shooting. ... Read more»

BP agent's lawyer pushes to bar expert witness in cross-border murder trial

The lawyer for the Border Patrol agent accused of unlawfully shooting and killing 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez in October 2012 has moved to block a government expert from telling jurors that Lonnie Swartz's use of force was "neither reasonable nor necessary." ... Read more»

BioDiv tells UN that U.S. has 'obligation' to protect species threatened by border wall

Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity, along with representatives of the Tohono O'odham in Sonora and a coalition of Mexican enviro groups, are pushing for the UN to investigate the consequences of the Trump administration's plan to build a border wall along the northern edge of a nature preserve.... Read more»

CBP: Drug dog sniffs out nearly 7 tons in pot in bell pepper load

A drug dog sniffed out nearly 7 tons of marijuana, worth an estimated $6.85 million, hidden among a load of bell peppers, one of two large seizures made by Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers on Saturday. ... Read more»

Environmentalists face uphill battle over proposed border wall

As the bidding war for the construction of President Donald Trump’s wall comes to a close, many environmental activists remain concerned over the potential impact it will have on wildlife and ecology on the border.... Read more»

BP agent's lawyer argues shooting death of Mexican teen justified by alleged smuggling activity

In a legal filing this week, the lawyer for a BP agent accused of murder wrote that the 16-year-old boy killed in 2012 was "clearly involved" in an attempt to smuggle drugs, and that he was part of a group that threw rocks at Swartz and other agents to stop them from apprehending two other men. ... Read more»

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