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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»

Nogales CBP nabs $3.7M in 'hard drugs' from cars; 4 arrested

Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers seized 268 lbs. of heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine worth a combined $3.7 million from private vehicles, and arrested four people. ... Read more»

Border Patrol agents detain 231 Central Americans in Arizona's SW desert

Two weeks after a group of nearly 400 Central Americans crossed into the U.S. near Lukeville, Ariz., Border Patrol agents encountered 231 people in the area, including families and children traveling alone, authorities said.... Read more»

$3M in marijuana seized at Az border crossings

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at border crossings in Nogales and San Luis, seized more than 6,000 pounds of marijuana stashed inside semi-tractor trailers over the last week, worth an estimated $3.1 million. ... Read more»

Border Patrol offers raises to keep agents as staffing falls below goals

Some Border Patrol agents will receive a "retention incentive" worth up to 5 percent of their salaries, as the agency strains to increase the number of staffers to meet tough recruitment demands set by a 2017 executive order. ... Read more»

Border Patrol finds nearly 400 Central Americans in Arizona desert Tuesday morning

Border Patrol agents patrolling about 14 miles west of Lukeville, Ariz., encountered the largest group of Central American migrants yet, after 360 people crossed into the United States from Mexico. ... Read more»

Local officials call Vice President's visit to Nogales a 'photo op'

With the border town of Nogales as a backdrop, Vice President Mike Pence reiterated the Trump administration's complaints about the legal framework surrounding immigration, and told repeated the idea that there was an "unprecedented" number of apprehensions along the border. ... Read more»

Trump admin asks Supreme Court to rule families can't sue in cross-border shooting cases

Lawyers for the Trump administration argued that the families of two boys shot and killed in cross-border shootings — including one in Nogales — by U.S. Border Patrol agents should not be able to sue in U.S. courts. ... Read more»

VP Mike Pence to visit Nogales BP station Thursday

While the Homeland Security Department continues to shed leaders, Vice President Mike Pence will tour the Nogales Border Patrol station on Thursday. ... Read more»

Border detentions jump again in March, as Trump struggles to block asylum-seekers

Customs and Border Protection said it is facing "unprecedented" numbers of migrants along the southwestern border, after the number of people detained in a month again soared, rising 35 percent from February to March. ... Read more»

Waste flowing into Nogales Wash raises concerns about water supply for both Mexico and U.S.

Failing wastewater pumps in Nogales, Son., have caused raw sewage to back up and empty into the Santa Cruz River watershed on the U.S. side of the border.... Read more»

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