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Napier: Ending Stonegarden in Pima County will adversely impact public safety

The Board of Supervisors ending Operation Stonegarden "was a politically motivated vote that will adversely impact public safety in our county." — Sheriff Mark Napier... Read more»

Supervisors vote to refuse Operation Stonegarden border funds

Pima County Supervisors voted 3-1 to terminate Operation Stonegarden, rejecting a $1.4 million federal grant for border-enforcement patrols by the Sheriff's Department. Supervisor Ramón Valadez provided the swing vote.... Read more»1

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Bronson: Stonegarden collaboration with BP makes community feel less safe

I agree with Sheriff Napier's that his department should not be a proactive arm of border enforcement, and that's why our deputies should not participate in a federal program whose stated goal is to proactively engage them in enforcing federal immigration laws.... Read more»

Pima Supervisors wait to reconsider Stonegarden border funds

The continued acceptance of nearly $1.4 million in federal grant money under a program known as Operation Stonegarden remains in limbo after Pima County supervisors voted to delay their decision until September, allowing a citizen commission to review data from police agencies. ... Read more»

Pima accepts Stonegarden border funds, but still questions program's costs, accountability

Pima County supervisors OKed taking nearly $1.4 million from the feds to underwrite border enforcement, after Supervisor Ramón Valadez requested five conditions to make working with Border Patrol more transparent and responsive to claims that deputies may engage in racial profiling. ... Read more»

140-lb bundle of marijuana launched over border wall in Douglas

Following a trend of inventive means to get drugs over the wall near Douglas, police seized a bundle of more than 140 pounds of marijuana that had been launched over the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday. ... Read more»

Napolitano tells sheriffs border security is priority

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano defended the government’s decision to funnel most of a federal border-security grant program to the southern border, telling a national sheriffs group Thursday that the government is “very serious” about stopping illegal traffic.... Read more»2

$13.8 million grant to Az police for border security

Arizona law enforcement agencies will receive $13.8 million in grants for border security work, the federal government said Thursday. Operation Stonegarden funds can be used to pay overtime, buy vehicles and equipment.... Read more»

Napolitano headed to Texas-Mexico border

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will visit Texas' border with Mexico on Thursday when she meets with customs and local law enforcement officials in Laredo.... Read more»