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Tucson jury finds man guilty of gun smuggling, threatening federal officers

A Las Vegas man who engaged in an armed standoff with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Lukeville, Arizona in 2019 was found guilty of impeding and threatening federal officers, and smuggling firearms and ammunition into Mexico. John Milton Lee, 62, planned to drive weapons to Guatemala, but was turned back by Mexican authorities. ... Read more»

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Judge blocks Biden administration from lifting Title 42 public health order used to quickly expel migrants

A federal judge in Louisiana on Friday blocked the Biden administration from lifting a public health order that immigration officers have used to quickly expel migrants at the southwest border, including asylum-seekers.... Read more»

Federal health rule: Guatemalan mother can't enter country with U.S. citizen daughters

Immigration officials have used Title 42 - meant to be a temporary health order - nearly 1.8 million times since March 2020 to keep migrants from entering the country, forcing asylum seekers to Mexican border towns where they are targets for criminals.... Read more»

Arizona remittances to Mexico continued to surge through pandemic

The economic upheaval of the pandemic did little to slow the amount of money sent home to Mexico by workers in Arizona, with those payments growing faster in 2020 than at any point the past nine years. ... Read more»

Feds halt Mexican gray wolf kills in Arizona, New Mexico in bid for genetic diversity

To foster the Mexican gray wolves’ long term success in the Southwest, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife announced it will lift a 325-animal cap on the population according to a draft of the proposed rule published Friday. ... Read more»

Texas and Missouri urge 5th Circuit to lift stay on border-wall case

The Biden administration told the Fifth Circuit on Wednesday it has no policy against building barriers at the southwest border, refuting Texas’ and Missouri’s claims it is refusing to spend $2.7 billion Congress appropriated for that purpose. ... Read more»

D.C. Circuit revives challenge to plasma-donation visa ban

The U.S. government must face a lawsuit from a group of plasma companies over a Customs and Border Protection regulatory change that donors not be allowed to enter the country with B‑1 visas if they were planning to sell plasma.... Read more»

Cochise County: No charges vs. Border Patrol agent who shot & killed migrant

The Cochise County Attorney's Office will not pursue charges against the Border Patrol agent who shot and killed a Mexican man during a violent incident in rugged terrain near the Arizona-New Mexico border in February. ... Read more»

Arizona, other states band together against Biden immigration policies

Since President Joe Biden took office, Republican-led states have filed some 27 lawsuits or appeals seeking to block immigration actions taken by the administration, with at least 15 multistate efforts by Republican attorneys general.... Read more»

Border Patrol's forensic teams being eliminated after 'cover up' allegations

After withering criticism and allegations that they have worked to "cover up" shootings involving agents, Border Patrol's Critical Incident Teams are being "eliminated," announced Chris Magnus, head of Customs and Border Protection. ... Read more»

Cinco de Mayo celebrations: Checking in on U.S.-Mexico relations

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden hosted Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller, wife of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, as guest of honor at the Cinco de Mayo celebrations at the White House amid thawing relations with Mexico.... Read more»

Texas National Guard guidance discouraging soldiers from saving drowning migrants draws scrutiny

The recent death of a National Guard soldier who drowned trying to save migrants has led to increased scrutiny of the Texas Military Department’s policy discouraging service members assigned to Operation Lone Star from engaging in water rescues.... Read more»

Biden on leaked draft opinion on abortion: The 'right to choose is fundamental'

President Joe Biden said that his administration “will be ready when any ruling is issued” on abortion rights, after the nation was rocked by the leak of a draft opinion from the Supreme Court that stated the court is planning to overturn access to abortion. ... Read more»

2nd member of gun-smuggling duo sentenced to 12 years in prison

A 25-year-old man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday by a federal judge in Tucson after he pleaded guilty to straw-purchasing dozens of firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition and smuggling them into Mexico, as well as trafficking fentanyl into the U.S. ... Read more»

Arizona leads 14-state suit challenging proposed Biden asylum rule

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s latest challenge to the Biden administration targets an immigration rule granting Department of Homeland Security officers the authority to grant asylum to migrants. ... Read more»

They 'built the wall' on border, but problems persist after founder's guilty plea

Controversy continues to surround the two physical legacies of former area resident Brian Kolfage’s We Build the Wall effort: the bollard fence on the shore of the Rio Grande and a half-mile stretch of fence outside of El Paso that remain at risk of falling.... Read more»

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