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If the administration lifts Title 42 as planned this month, Border Patrol agents are expected to return to using Title 8 to process migrants.

Title 42, the public health order that expels migrants to Mexico was launched early in the pandemic, and the Biden administration’s intention to end it has sparked a legal battle. Read more»

Erosion can be seen along a privately funded border wall in Mission in June 2020.

A private border wall built along the Rio Grande in South Texas could collapse during extreme flooding, according to a federally commissioned inspection report that the government sought to keep secret for more than a year. Read more»

Despite the gray wolf population’s low numbers, the service has routinely attempted to remove protection from the species, most recently in 2020 under former President Donald Trump.

Accusing the government of failing to comply with the Endangered Species Act, a conservation group asked a federal judge on Tuesday to demand a nationwide recovery plan for the gray wolf. Read more»

Biden instructed ICE officers to prioritize certain noncitizens for detainment and removal based on the threat they could pose to public safety.

The Supreme Court heard over two hours of arguments Tuesday but appeared no closer to deciding if the Biden administration had the authority to impose guidelines prioritizing public safety when it deports noncitizens.  Read more»

Former U.S. Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz is on trial for the killing of four women and attacking a fifth.

A former U.S. Border Patrol agent executed four women, all sex workers, in a 2018 vigilante-inspired killing spree along the Texas/Mexico border because “he wanted to clean up the streets,” prosecutors said on the first day of Juan David Ortiz’s trial. Read more»

Personal effects at a storage container at the Tucson Sector station in December 2014

A federal watchdog will review how the Border Patrol handles personal property following reports that agents along the Arizona-Mexico border are confiscating and throwing away the turbans of Sikh men, as well as migrants' personal documents and other items. Read more»

Forty-eight immigrant and civil rights groups came together to accuse the states of discrimination in their opposition to policies around noncitizens within their borders.

Red states are once again taking their fight over President Joe Biden’s border policies to the Supreme Court, with a case next week challenging the Biden administration’s new guidelines that Republican-led states claim negates Congress’ Immigration and Nationality Act directive.  Read more»

A salinity canal leads to the 'double-layer' border wall near San Luis, Ariz. in 2016.

Border Patrol agents shot and killed an armed man during a confrontation just south of the border fence near San Luis, Ariz., more than three weeks ago, authorities said. Read more»

A U.S. Army soldier assigned to the Connecticut Army National Guard operates an M113 armored personnel carrier at Stones Ranch Military Reservation. The Texas Military Department plans to send M113s to the Texas-Mexico border.

An order issued by Texas Military Department officials reveals that Texas National Guard will soon deploy 10 M113 armored personnel carrier vehicles - designed to carry troops into battle alongside tanks - to the border in response to a high number of migrant encounters. Read more»

A Title 42 protest in Nogales, Sonora on March 22, 2022. Immigration officials have used the health order more than 2 million times to expel migrants since March, 2020.

Accusing the Biden administration of violating the Constitution by failing to protect Texas from an invasion by Mexican drug cartels and undocumented immigrants, Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday said the state will escalate its efforts to turn back those who enter illegally. Read more»

A Title 42 protest in Nogales, Sonora on March 22, 2022. Immigration officials have used the health order more than 2 million times to expel migrants since March, 2020.

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the federal government from continuing to use an emergency health order known as Title 42 to immediately expel migrants at the southern border after they have entered the United States. Read more»

A Mexican wolf fitted with a radio collar is shown in this 2018 photo. Tracking the animals in the wild is part of the years-long effort to reintroduce the subspecies, which was at the brink of extinction.

Mexican wolves nearly vanished from the Southwest in the early 1900s, but reintroduction efforts begun nearly 25 years ago have brought them back from the brink of extinction, and the Fish and Wildlife Service’s final recovery plan aims to further protect the endangered wolves. Read more»

With so many Venezuelan migrants willing to wait out the next whim in U.S. border politics at the country’s doorstep, it certainly appears as though another migrant crisis may be brewing on the southern banks of the Rio Grande.

For hundreds of migrants camped out by the Rio Grande River, the legal pathway for some 24,000 Venezuelans via the new humanitarian parole program implemented in October is out of reach, so for now, they wait out the next whim in U.S. border politics. Read more»

Chris Magnus at a 2016 Tucson Police Department press conference.

Chris Magnus, head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Tucson's former top cop, submitted his resignation to President Joe Biden on Saturday, after being told earlier in the week to quit or be fired. Read more»

Shipping containers fill several gaps in the border fence near Yuma on Sept. 8, 2022. The bureau says Arizona’s placement of the containers there constitutes trespassing on federal land.

Using old shipping containers isn’t a permanent or effective solution to secure the southern border, as state and Yuma officials know - and now, the political stunt by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is embroiled in a legal battle with the federal government. Read more»

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