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Border lights near the San Bernardino Wildlife Refuge

The Center for Biological Diversity mapped 1,800 stadium lights installed on the border over two years, and warned that flipping them on at night could drastically alter the behavior of endangered and threatened species in the region. Read more»

Homeland Security Inspector General Joseph Cuffari testified to a House Oversight subcommittee, where he delivered a grim assessment of morale among Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees.

A DHS official testified that staffing shortages and a surging workload at the Southwest border have depleted morale among customs and border officials, leaving many ready to quit - but the DHS and Democrats pushed back, saying his findings were based on a flawed survey. Read more»

Mexican gray wolf

A 9th Circuit panel heard arguments over whether the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must once again rewrite its recovery plan for the endangered Mexican wolf, as conservationists argued the new plan didn’t include site-specific management data and is too similar to the old one. Read more»

Migrants head back toward the bus that carried them from the border to Washington, D.C. In May 2022, Arizona started busing migrants from the state to Washington, D.C., which cost the state $3 million in three months.

At least 9,400 Latin American migrants have been voluntarily bused to Washington, D.C. - where they hoped to prosper - from Texas and Arizona in the past year, but instead have struggled to access quality food, stable and clean housing, work opportunities and affordable health care. Read more»

Many DACA recipients are still students and others are in the early stages of their careers in various fields including nursing, teaching, technology and the legal profession.

Having already declared an Obama-era policy that shields around 600,000 immigrants from deportation illegal, a federal judge indicated in a hearing Thursday he will also rule in a challenge led by Texas against a new version rolled out by President Joe Biden. Read more»

Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol Raul Ortiz addresses the media during a press conference at the Del Rio Port of Entry in Del Rio, Texas, September 20, 2021.

The head of the U.S. Border Patrol announced his retirement Tuesday, following a tenure marked by the pandemic-era restriction known as Title 42 and thousands of migrant encounters by agents across the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more»

Marcela Maldonado peeks through the window of the apartment that she says she is afraid to leave, at a migrant shelter in Anapra.

Although the restrictions to immediately expel people seeking asylum at the border – nicknamed Title 42 – ended on May 11, uncertainty and and violence remain in its wake. Read more»

The trial involved a battery claim Carroll filed under a law New York enacted last year to help survivors get justice by offering them a one-year window to file time-barred claims. It also included a defamation count based on Trump’s denial of the account.

Donald Trump’s repeated denial that he sexually abused writer E. Jean Carroll could cost him millions more than he’s already been ordered to pay after Carroll on Monday put the figure at no less than $10 million for her remaining defamation claims against the former president. Read more»

A Border Patrol vehicle near the San Miguel gate, one of a few access points for people to cross the U.S.-Mexico border on the Tohono O'odham Nation.

A member of the Tohono O'odham Nation was shot and killed in front of his home by U.S. Border Patrol agents Thursday night. Raymond Mattia was fired at 38 times, family members said. Read more»

A section of the border wall east of Douglas in 2020, the same year Title 42 was implemented. Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Ketanji Brown Jackson agreed with the dismissal and said, for different reasons, that the case never should have been considered in the first place.

The Supreme Court has formally dismissed an Arizona-led effort to preserve Title 42, the pandemic-era immigration restriction that was officially ended by the Biden administration last week. Read more»

Title 42 ended and the republic survived as border crossings fell, rather than skyrocketing as cable news pundits feverishly forecast.

I've been waiting for the foretold catastrophic flood of migrants crossing the border after the end of Title 42. But early indications are that crossings have fallen precipitously, even as Pima County and social service workers have been handling the problem. Read more»

As Title 42 came to an end, a few migrants are sent back across the border at the Dennis DeConcini Port of Entry in Nogales, Ariz. on May 11.

After pausing the Biden administration’s actions on a controversial asylum policy for months, the Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the dismissal of a suit aimed at upholding Title 42 despite the waning COVID-19 emergency. Read more»

The Biden administration has followed the expiration of Title 42 with new border restrictions aimed at stopping asylum-seekers from rushing over uncontrolled border areas.

The end of a pandemic-era policy that allowed U.S. border authorities to quickly turn back some migrants has prompted a mixed reaction from state and local governments, with new restrictions on immigrant workers, beefed up border enforcement and entreaties for more federal help. Read more»

An aerial view of the Douglas Port of Entry from 2011. Former Arizona Gov Doug Ducey allocated $8.9 million in 2022 to help build a new port of entry in Douglas, adding funds from the American Rescue Plan to develop wastewater and groundwater infrastructure.

Amid a chaotic flow of migrants to the southern border, the United States and Mexico are pushing forward with an aggressive investment into the international ports of entry along the nearly 2,000 miles of their shared boundary, including modernization funding for three ports in Arizona. Read more»

A migrant family from Peru walks on the Mexico side of the Rio Grande after crossing the river late last week shortly after Title 42 ended and being turned away by the National Guard in El Paso.

The number of encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border has dropped by half compared with the days leading up to the expiration of Title 42, though officials were "mindful that smugglers will continue to look for ways to take advantage of the change in border policies.” Read more»

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