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The border wall at Sunland Park, N.M.

A federal judge handed down a 51-month prison sentence to Brian Kolfage, co-founder of a fraud called We Build the Wall, which he billed as a grassroots fundraiser to fulfill the campaign promise of former President Donald Trump for "big, beautiful" wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more»

Federal officials filed a lawsuit a Wednesday against Gov. Doug Ducey and other state officials, asking a federal judge to rule that the installation of cargo containers along two sections of the Arizona-Mexico border is an "unlawful trespasses," block the state from continuing to install the containers, and award damages to cover the costs of removing the 8,000-pound steel boxes. Read more»

A protected Saguaro cactus stands taller than the 30-foot steel bollard border wall erected by the Trump administration which cuts through Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona.

A Fifth Circuit judge lambasted President Joe Biden for canceling border wall construction projects, calling it "absurd" his administration is installing cameras and sensors to deter migrants in lieu of physical barriers. 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»

During the Trump administration, lawmakers from both political parties voted three times to suspend the debt limit.

Republicans are eyeing the debt limit and government funding deadlines as a way to force Democrats to the negotiating table for spending cuts, should the GOP regain control of Congress following the midterm elections. Read more»

Arizona officials began installing cargo containers in the Coronado National Forest on Monday as part of an effort to build a 10-mile-long barrier, ignoring federal officials and igniting a legal challenge from environmentalists. Read more»

Republican Eli Crane.

2nd Congressional District candidate Eli Crane has no government experience, no public email or phone number, his campaign office is a post office box and he apparently doesn’t live in the district he hopes to represent - but he is endorsed by former President Trump. Read more»

Conservative media strategist Steve Bannon arrives outside of the Manhattan district attorney's office on Sept. 8, 2022, to surrender himself on a six-count indictment in connection with allegedly defrauding donors to the We Build the Wall crowdfunding campaign.

A state prosecutor charged former Trump campaign strategist Steve Bannon on Thursday with six criminal counts related to a fraudulent fundraiser called We Build the Wall. Read more»

Governor Doug Ducey give a State of the State Address at the El Conquistador Resort on Jan. 14, 2022.

Governor Ducey signed a $564 million border security bill - pushed through the GOP-dominated Legislature along party lines - that allocates $335 million in state sales tax revenue to build and maintain a wall along the state’s border with Mexico. Read more»

The border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border along the Geronimo Trail east of Douglas, Ariz.

A federal judge declared a mistrial Tuesday in the criminal case against a Colorado businessman accused of laundering money from a bogus charity that milked about $25 million from private donors who thought they were funding the construction of former President Donald Trump’s border wall. Read more»

The 2020 storm Hurricane Hanna left waist-deep cracks on the banks of the Rio Grande along parts of a private border fence, which threatened the structural integrity of the project, experts said.

Federal authorities have reached a deal that gives builders of the privately funded fence control over where to inspect for damage and leeway over which issues they choose to repair. Read more»

Stephen Bannon, Kris Kobach, and Brian Kolfage during an event in Sahuarita, Ariz., in February 2019.

A federal jury began deliberations Tuesday afternoon at the end of a three-day trial against Timothy Shea on the fraudulent fundraiser called We Build the Wall started by former President Donald Trump’s former political strategist Steve Bannon. Read more»

Cameras used to monitor migrant movement across the U.S. border with Mexico.

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»

El Jefe, one of the few wild jaguars in the United States, was photographed in Arizona's Santa Rita Mountains.

Jaguars are the only species of big cat found on the American continent, and though local populations across the continent are decreasing at alarming rates, some experts think it’s possible jaguars could return to the Southwest U.S. Read more»