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'It was an open country': Gadsden, Arizona resident reflects on life along the border

One Arizona couple has witnessed many changes in the country and in their little town, as a tall wall bristling with razor wire and a dry trickle in a riverbed have replaced open country and a flowing river that controlled life along the border.... Read more»

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GAO: Pentagon estimates of border duty costs, impact were unreliable

The Pentagon did not have reliable estimates for the cost of its work supporting Homeland Security efforts on the southwestern border and did not assess the impact of those efforts on military readiness, a new report says. The report by the Government Accountability Office also chided the Defense Department for failing to fully report its border costs to Congress in 2019, and said the Pentagon and Homeland Security need to come to an agreement on the level of long-term support.... Read more»

Judge indefinitely blocks Biden administration’s 100-day deportation freeze

A ruling by a federal judge in Texas has put an indefinite halt to President Biden’s 100-day halt to deportations. Texas AG Ken Paxton, the subject of a criminal investigation accusing him of accepting a bribe, argued the state would face financial harm if undocumented immigrants were released there.... Read more»

Auditor says DHS knew 'zero-tolerance' would split families at border

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz told the House Oversight and Reform Committee that the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy followed a test program in west Texas in which officials were not immediately able to reunite separated families. More than 3,000 children were separated from their families, and one advocate said this week that 611 children are still in custody years later.... Read more»

Supreme Court halts hearings on Trump border cases after Biden reversals

The Supreme Court postponed upcoming hearings challenging the government's ability to divert Defense Department funds to border wall construction and on the administration’s so-called "remain in Mexico" policy Wednesday, after both had been reversed on the first day of President Joe Biden’s term.... Read more»

Trump administration awarding border wall contracts but doesn’t own land to build on

The government’s strategy of awarding contracts before acquiring titles to land in Texas has led to millions of dollars in costs for delays. Things could get even more complicated if President-elect Joe Biden stops border wall construction.... Read more»

CBP: Naked, injured man found in coal train

Nogales-area U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found a naked man with multiple injuries in railcar full of coal at the Dennis DeConcini crossing Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. ... Read more»

CBP: 8 arrested, nearly $800K in hard drugs intercepted in Nogales last week

In three days, Nogales-area Customs and Border Protection officers arrested eight people, including two U.S. citizens involved in multiple smuggle attempts, seizing a combined total of $800,000 in hard drugs, including methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine, authorities said. ... Read more»

New Border Patrol chief is first agency outsider in nearly a century

Monday, CBP head R. Gil Kerlikowske announced that FBI veteran Mark Morgan would become the Chief of the Border Patrol. Morgan is the first head of U.S. Border Patrol to come from outside the agency in 92 years. ... Read more»

Judge seals videos in Border Patrol agent's murder trial

Federal prosecutors asked to seal evidence collected in the murder trial of a Border Patrol agent in the 2012 cross-border shooting that killed a Mexican teenager in Nogales. The government confirmed that two videos of the incident exist and will be used as evidence against Agent Lonnie Swartz. ... Read more»

ACLU lawsuit targets Feds over search of citizen

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents subjected a U.S. citizen to unwarranted searches, including vaginal probes and a CT scan, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union in a U.S. district court.... Read more»

Texas locals chip in to help ease trade at state ports

Local governments are sorting out details of a recently approved pilot program that will create public-private partnerships with Customs and Border Protection to increase staff at the nation’s ports and help alleviate backups.... Read more»

Meth seizures increase on Texas-Mexico border

For the second consecutive year, seizures of methamphetamine in the Laredo customs district — the country’s busiest land port — climbed significantly, an indication that drug cartels continue to bank on sales of the drug in the U.S. despite vigilant enforcement efforts on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border.... Read more»

Border Patrol wrapup

A summary of Border Patrol activities in the Tucson Sector over the past 24 hours, provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.... Read more»

Border Patrol seizes $1.4 million in pot, AK-47

Border Patrol agents seized 2,819 pounds of marijuana worth more than $1.4 million and an AK-47 with ammunition in separate incidents over the weekend, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.... Read more»

Man gets 51 months in prison for illegal entry

A Mexican national was sentenced to 51 months in prison for attempting to illegally enter the United States last year.... Read more»

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