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Swartz trial: Prosecutors begin laying out case against BP agent

Following opening arguments Wednesday, prosecutors began laying out their case against the Border Patrol agent who faces voluntary and involuntary manslaughter charges for shooting and killing a Mexican teenager in 2012. ... Read more»

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Prosecutors: Frustrated by rocking, BP agent deliberately shot & killed Mexican teen

Frustrated by rocks thrown over the fence, Agent Lonnie Swartz abandoned his training and fired 16 shots in 34 seconds through the barrier that separates the U.S. and Mexico, hitting a 16-year-old boy 10 times in the head and back, prosecutors said during opening arguments.... Read more»1

Feds arrest 2, seize semi-trucks as part of months-long Nogales investigation

Federal officials raided trucking companies in Nogales as part of lengthy investigation into drivers' visa violations. Authorities allege U.S. companies are illegally using Mexican drivers to move goods within this country.... Read more»

Swartz trial: BP agent faces new trial on manslaughter charges Tuesday

The retrial of Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent accused of unlawfully killing a Mexican teenager more than six years ago, will begin Tuesday at the federal courthouse Tucson.... Read more»

Sudden release of migrant families may spark new family separation program

The Trump administration appears to be building the case for a new family separation policy just days after immigration officials in Arizona suddenly released hundreds of immigrant families, forgoing coordination and travel plans, and forcing advocates to scramble for help.... Read more»

Cross-border Nogales sewer needs $25 million in repairs

A transborder pipeline that brings millions of gallons of raw sewage from Mexico to the U.S. faces challenges on two fronts: The pipe is nearly 70 years old and increasingly prone to leaks; and heavy metals in the wastewater are causing problems at the Arizona plant where it’s treated.... Read more»

Judge rejects move to send BP agent's trial to Phoenix

Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent tried earlier this year in the killing of a Mexican teenager, will again face a Tucson jury after a federal judge denied a defense motion to move the case to Phoenix.... Read more»

Swartz's attorneys want to move retrial to Phoenix court

Lawyers for Lonnie Swartz, the Border Patrol agent tried earlier this year in the killing of a Mexican teenager, have filed for a change of venue, asking to shift the retrial from Tucson to Phoenix. ... Read more»

Man shot fleeing through Nogales port sentenced to 27 months for striking CBP officers

A Mexican man who was shot in the head in 2016 while attempting to barrel through a Nogales border crossing, striking two Customs and Border Protection officers, was sentenced last week to 27 months in prison. ... Read more»

Santa Cruz River in jeopardy if int'l sewage pipe ruptures again, experts fear

Some residents of Santa Cruz County are warning that the pipeline carrying raw sewage from Mexico into the United States could rupture as it did during last year’s monsoon, when it spewed millions of gallons of waste into the Nogales Wash over seven days.... Read more»

2 men face trial after ammo smuggling results in car fire

A Phoenix man will face trial in federal court in Tucson for attempting to smuggle thousands of rounds and parts for machine guns into Mexico; a scheme that was uncovered when the ammo, stashed in the engine compartment, began to cook off, igniting his vehicle. ... Read more»

Hastily cobbled reunions of detained migrants & children marred by logistical fumbles

Two days after the feds missed a court-imposed deadline to reunite more than 100 children with their migrant parents after they were separated under by the Trump administration, only about half of those kis have been returned in a chaotic process marked by computer malfunctions, logistical problems and administrative failures.... Read more»

Audit: Hiring of customs, border agents better, but still falling short

Customs and Border Protection is getting better at attracting and hiring job applicants, but the agency still faces thousands of vacancies in its law enforcement ranks, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.... Read more»

Grijalva decries secrecy after 'gut-wrenching' tour of Tucson center for detained migrant kids

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva on Friday toured a Southwest Key facility in Tucson where he reiterated disapproval of the policies that have dozens of migrant children locked away from their parents and out of public view, with some of the detainees as young as 5.... Read more»

Grijalva to tour Tucson facility for detained immigrant children

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva will tour a Tucson facility Friday where migrant children are detained, either because they came to the U.S.. without parents or guardians, or they were taken from their parents as part of the "zero tolerance" policy implemented by the Trump administration. ... Read more»

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