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Former Az prison guard sentenced to 30 mos. in gun smuggling plot

A former Arizona Department of Corrections officer was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison after he pleaded guilty to smuggling two belt-fed rifles, an AK-47 and 500 AK-47 magazines into Mexico.... Read more»

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CBP will pay $3.8M fees in civil rights suit over conditions for migrants

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has agreed to pay more than $3.8 million in attorney's fees and other litigation expenses stemming from a class-action lawsuit launched against the agency over the treatment and care of migrants in custody in Southern Arizona.... Read more»

Scientists slam Big Oil’s eco strategy as 'rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic'

The House Oversight and Reform Committee called on the scientific community to testify whether promises from ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP and Shell Oil to get emissions to net zero by 2050 are effective policy or mere pandering as company reps were absent from the hearing.... Read more»

Nogales art exhibit challenges U.S. border politics with spirituality and nature

The Hilltop Gallery in Nogales, Arizona is showing an exhibit, "Donde Mueren los Sueños" or "Where Dreams Die," focused on immigration and border policy at the U.S. Southwest border, and It's curator, Michele Maggiora, said the exhibit's artists are doing so by first arousing a sense of spirituality and love of nature in its audience. ... Read more»

Big oil’s 'wokewashing' is the new climate science denialism

By downplaying the urgency of the climate crisis, the fossil fuel industry has new tools to delay efforts to curb fossil fuel emissions - and worse yet: even industry critics haven’t fully caught up to this new approach.... Read more»

Big oil & gas may pay price for keeping a dirty secret for decades

Via an unprecedented wave of lawsuits, filed by cities and states across the U.S., America’s petroleum giants face a reckoning for the environmental devastation caused by fossil fuels – and covering up what they knew along the way.... Read more»

Border agents rescue 26 migrants from remote western Arizona desert

Border Patrol agents, including members of the agency's specialized search and rescue team, aided a group of 26 migrants Wednesday in the western Arizona desert south of Interstate 8. Two bodies were found in other incidents earlier this week.... Read more»

After confusion, BP agents can get COVID-19 vaccine in Pima County

While Border Patrol agents and other members of the Department of Homeland Security were slated to receive vaccinations through the VA, Pima County officials have begun giving agents shots as part of the next priority group. ... Read more»

Border Patrol quickly expelling most detained migrants in Az under CV-19 policy

Just 12 people have been held for longer than 48 hours in Tucson Sector custody over the last 30 days, as the agency increasingly relies on a provision employed during the outbreak of COVID-19 that allows agents to immediately expel most people back to Mexico.... Read more»

Trump admin appeals judge's order on 'punitive' conditions in Border Patrol holding cells

Trump administration officials appealed a federal court order that blocks the Border Patrol in Arizona from holding people longer than 48 hours in conditions that are "presumptively punitive and violate the Constitution."... Read more»

Judge: Border Patrol's detention conditions in Az 'violate the Constitution'

A federal judge ruled that conditions at Border Patrol's stations near Tucson are "presumptively punitive and violate the Constitution," issuing a permanent injunction barring the agency from holding anyone more than 48 hours. ... Read more»

Women testify about squalid conditions in Border Patrol detention centers

Two women testified that they were served bad food and their medical needs were ignored while they endured squalid conditions in Border Patrol facilities as a lawsuit over the treatment of detained migrants continued.... Read more»

Trial begins in drawn-out lawsuit over Border Patrol treatment of detained migrants

An expert witness called overcrowding at Border Patrol detention facilities "simply unacceptable" during testimony Monday as part of a 2015 lawsuit alleging that people are crowded into squalid, freezing cells while in the agency's custody. ... Read more»

Detainees taking lawsuit over conditions at BP facilities to trial

A long-running lawsuit over the treatment of detainees at Tucson Border Patrol stations will head to trial after a federal judge rejected a motion to force the agency to provide beds or mattresses raised off the floor for those being held.... Read more»

Pinal sheriff's Stonegarden-funded copter carries BP agents near Ajo

A helicopter crew with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, on a mission funded by Operation Stonegarden, carried Border Patrol agents and their dog to an area southeast of Ajo to arrest eight Guatemalan men Wednesday morning.... Read more»

Long-running lawsuit in Tucson shows perennial problems at border detention centers

While scrutiny has increased after two children died in New Mexico, border agencies have faced a years-old lawsuit filed in Tucson claiming migrants are punished by holding them in freezing, dirty cells with tainted water, poor food, and a lack of health care.... Read more»

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