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Pentagon more than doubles active-duty troops deployed to border

The Defense Department said it will send an additional 3,750 active-duty troops to the southern border to support Customs and Border Protection officers by stringing razor wire, helping operate mobile surveillance equipment and other support activities.... Read more»

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Santa Cruz sheriff: Border wall alone is not the best way to stem drug trafficking

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada said a border wall would do “very little” to stop the flow of drugs, most of which come in to the U.S. through ports of entry.... Read more»

CBP chief looks to X-ray all vehicles at Nogales border crossing

Officials are planning to expand the use of X-ray machines to scan all cars and trucks passing through the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales. ... Read more»

Napier: Arizona deploying 330 guardsmen to border

The Arizona National Guard will send more than double the number of guardsmen to assist with border enforcement than Gov. Ducey announced last week, Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier said Monday.... Read more»

Az sheriffs wait to see details on Trump plan for military on the border

President Trump’s announcement that he plans to send U.S. troops to patrol the border left Southern Arizona sheriffs looking for details before committing to the president’s “big step.”... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Protective amnesia: Shutdown debate ignores 'wall' already on the border

For what it's worth, we have a wall on the border now. Fence … wall … it's all semantics. Don't think "Rent-a-Fence" It's big, vertical and and there are almost 400 miles of it. Rebrand it, extend it if we must to fix up the "Dreamers," get some kids to the doctor and go back to work. ... 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»

Waste of money? Trump's border wall falls flat in Az poll

Donald Trump rode to the top of the Republican ticket promising a "big, beautiful, powerful" border wall with Mexico to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants. Along that border, however, Americans are more likely to call the wall a "waste of money", according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll. ... Read more»

3 men who refused to mule drugs tied to Nogales-area fence 'like piñatas'

Three men were found Friday morning "tied up like piñatas" to a border fence just inside Arizona, said Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada. The men said they were left there as a reprisal for refusing to carry drugs into the United States. ... Read more»

Sheriff Babeu warns of cartel assassins in Pinal County

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has warned Memorial Day travelers of possible groups of Mexican drug cartel assassins in Arizona's western desert. Other Southern Arizona sheriffs said that they didn't see any reason to issue specific warnings in their counties. ... Read more»2

Arizona budget spends millions for unwanted Border Strike Force

The new budget deal spends millions of dollars on a new Border Strike Force created at Gov. Ducey’s request last year, but border county sheriffs say they want no part of it.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Border protection, at what cost?

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada on immigration reform and border security, plus Tucsonsentinel.com's Dylan Smith, GOP state Rep. Ethan Orr, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, and attorney Don Loose... Read more»

Barber urges OK for deal to avoid Border Patrol furloughs

Border Patrol agents may not face furlough days if leaders of the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approve a Department of Homeland Security plan that would cut agents’ overtime pay instead. Rep. Ron Barber, D-Tucson, wrote to the ranking members of the Appropriations Committee Tuesday and urged them to act on the proposal.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Sheriff Estrada: Drug war can't be won without strategy change

Interviews with Patrick McNamara of Inside Tucson Business, Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, former Arizona Clean Election Commission Director Todd Lang, GOP state Rep. Paul Boyer, Santa Cruz Sheriff Tony Estrada, and TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith broke news about a PCC chancellor candidate.... Read more»

Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie killed, another wounded near Naco

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another wounded in a shooting Tuesday morning near Naco, the agency said. Nicholas Ivie, 30, was killed after he and two other agents responded to a sensor hit near SR 80.... Read more»3

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: Remembering Sheriff Larry Dever

Sam Fox of Fox Restaurant Concepts; state Rep. Steve Farley, the Democratic candidate for state Senate in LD9, plus financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada on the death of Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever.... Read more»

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