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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»

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TUSD's decades-old desegregation case returns to 9th Circuit

The lingering effects of school segregation, which largely ended in Arizona in the 1950s, still echo through the courts more than four decades after a Hispanic mother claimed Tucson’s school district was “tri-ethnic,” offering a very different experiences for Black, Hispanic and white students.... 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»

Vaccinations give migrants hope and health as they wait to enter the U.S.

American doctors, members of Congress and immigrant advocates have been pushing U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to vaccinate migrants after several migrant children, including some diagnosed with the flu, have died while in U.S. custody. With CBP so far rejecting those requests, some organizations are working to get migrants the health care they need – on the Mexican side of the border.... 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»

The most important border stories of 2017

While much of our coverage was based on the raucous actions of the Trump administration, TucsonSentinel.com delved into some hidden corners of the borderlands, including a story about a decorated Marine who faces deportation despite being a U.S. citizen, a story that uses documents that describe how the ex-governor of Sonora may have been linked to a cocaine smuggler, and the trial of a Border Patrol agent accused of second-degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager. ... Read more»

9th Circuit: BP must provide blankets to detained immigrants

Border Patrol officials must provide sleeping mats and blanket to immigrants held in detention for more than 12 hours, a federal appeals court ruled, rejecting government arguments that the requirements were too" rigid" and "burdensome." ... Read more»

New Tucson Sector BP chief wants to shift agents to border, add more technology

After six weeks on the job, the new chief of the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector said he wants to shift agents closer to the border, and work closely with Mexican officials to keep illegal traffic, including drugs and people, from reaching the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»

Federal judge holds BP in contempt for failing to preserve video evidence

A federal judge has found Tucson Sector Border Patrol in contempt, writing that officials "violated" his orders, because they had "failed to take all reasonable steps" within their power to "preserve video evidence" as part of a class-action lawsuit filed in 2015 over the treatment of immigrants in holding cells.... Read more»

ACLU asks judge to hold BP in contempt over missing evidence

Civil rights groups asked a federal judge Monday to hold the Border Patrol in contempt of court for failing to turn over video from Tucson Sector holding facilities. A lawyer wrote that the agency was "stonewalling" and acting in "bad faith" and had allowed a computer update to corrupt months of video showing conditions in the facilities.... Read more»

Judge keeps order for BP to provide bedding, showers to detainees

Border Patrol officials must follow a court order to provide clean bedding and showers for detainees after a judge rejected a motion asking him to reconsider because of "unexpected consequences." But Judge David C. Bury wrote that "the Court cannot suspend what it believes are constitutional rights." ... Read more»

Judge orders halt to controversial BP detention practices

A federal judge has issued an injunction against the Border Patrol, saying that advocates "presented persuasive evidence that the basic human needs of detainees are not being met" in Tucson Sector holding cells. Judge Bury ordered BP to provide bedding and showers, regular meals, and allow detained migrants to sleep.... Read more»

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