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Phoenix woman sentenced for attempting to smuggle guns & ammo to Mexico

A Phoenix-area woman will serve 30 months in prison for attempting to smuggle two semi-automatic AK-47-patterned rifles, along with 3,000 rounds of ammunition, and a tripod-mount for a .50-caliber sniper rifle, into Mexico last March. ... Read more»

Former 'border czar' gives real facts about immigration

Alan Bersin says a border wall won’t address the real challenges confronting the U.S. border enforcement system: hopelessly understaffed immigration courts and lawlessness and poverty in Central America. ... Read more»

Deported mother temporarily reunited with kids in Mexico

After a whirlwind 48 hours during which she was detained, deported and taken to a migrant shelter in Mexico, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was temporarily reunited with her children.... Read more»

Arizona police might not enforce Trump’s immigration orders

Arizona law enforcement mostly say they won’t participate in widespread immigration raids that target long-term undocumented immigrants no matter what President Trump’s new executive order says. Phoenix, Tucson and Nogales police, and Yuma, Santa Cruz and Maricopa sheriffs say officers will not target those who have no violent felony offenses.... Read more»

Mesa mother at center of Phx immigration protests deported

The mother who sparked protests outside an Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Phoenix after federal authorities detained her has been deported to Nogales, Mexico.... Read more»

Arizona’s effort to boost Mexico trade faces hurdle under Trump administration

Arizona is caught in the middle as President Donald Trump tries to limit foreign trade with Mexico while the state tries to boost cross-border business.... Read more»

Border sheriff, businessman take different sides on border wall debate

One day before the new secretary of Homeland Security was scheduled to testify on border security, a Nogales business owner joined critics speaking out Monday against the Trump administration’s plans to continue the “militarization” of the southern border.... Read more»

Border agent's murder trial delayed for 5th time

The trial of Lonnie Ray Swartz, the Nogales-area Border Patrol agent accused of second degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, has been delayed for the fifth time. Originally set to begin at the end of February, the trial will be now be delayed until June.... Read more»

Trump's Mexico tariff plan hits wall of opposition

The White House is considering a 20 percent tax on imports as a way to pay for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall along the Mexican border. Details of the plan were not available from the White House, which shifted positions several times over the course of the afternoon Thursday, but the broad outlines of an import tax were enough to earn the ire of businesses, lawmakers and some policy groups.... Read more»

'We already have a wall' — Arizonans pan Trump's new plan to build border wall

Many Arizonans noted that there is already a wall across the Sonoran Desert — with some saying that a new structure would come at a high price with hidden consequences. "At this point, we’re tripling down on failure,” one said, while a BP supervisor called Trump's wall "unnecessary." ... Read more»1

Nogales CBP officers make 2nd-largest heroin seizure in Tucson office history

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers made the second-largest seizure of heroin in the Tucson Field Office's history on Saturday when they found 88 pounds of heroin worth nearly $1.5 million in an SUV, authorities said. ... Read more»

Nogales CBP intercepts 7 assault rifles, ammo headed into Mexico

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a cache of weapons headed for Mexico on Monday, including seven semi-automatic rifles, a handgun and dozens of rounds of ammunition. ... Read more»

2016: Five photos that marked the year

Five photos that mark a year of journalism by TucsonSentinel.com's border and immigration reporter Paul Ingram. ... Read more»

Double fruit: CBP turns up 2nd pot haul: Hidden in watermelon load

A day after intercepting more than three tons of marijuana jammed into barrels of strawberry preserves, Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers nabbed 2,400 pounds of marijuana co-mingled in a load of watermelons, authorities said. ... Read more»

Sticky situation: Strawberry jam containers hold $3.25M in marijuana

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted another multi-million dollar haul of marijuana this month, this time seizing three tons of drugs worth around $3.25 million in a shipment of strawberry jam, authorities said. ... Read more»

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