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A little girl sits on her father's shoulders during a protest in Nogales, Sonora, in 2022.

Four migrant parents filed a federal lawsuit in Arizona, arguing a Trump administration policy of intentionally separating families who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border was harmful and traumatic. Read more»

A member of the National Guard working at the Mariposa border crossing in Nogales in 2018.

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»

The Department of Justice is trying to help law enforcement better recognize, mitigate and prevent gender bias when responding to and investigating sexual assault, domestic violence, and other forms of gender-based violence cases. Read more»

A Border Patrol vehicle outside of the San Miguel gate on the Tohono O'odham Nation.

A 23-year-old man faces federal charges after he ran over a migrant while fleeing from a Border Patrol agent during a vehicle stop last week near the Tohono O'odham Nation. Read more»

A CBP officer in Nogales, Arizona in 2019.

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»

In recent years states around the country have passed a rapid succession of anti-protest laws related to fossil fuel projects, along with ag-gag laws to shroud factory farms in secrecy and other regulations designed to minimize public participation and knowledge.

To protect communities from environmental harms caused by corporate polluters, lax oversight, and poor enforcement of existing laws, an increased effort needs to be made at uncovering environmental crimes, and holding those responsible accountable. Read more»

A modified Mini Draco AK-47

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»

HSI agents during a raid at in Nogales, Ariz. in 2018.

A Mexican woman was sentenced to 21 months in prison after she pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiring to transport and harbor at least 100 people in the country without authorization, authorities said. Read more»

Rioters outside the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6.

There is no evidence that “unindicted co-conspirators” mentioned in federal indictments related to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack are undercover FBI agents or informants - as conservative outlets have claimed or suggested - and legal experts say that government agents and informants cannot be labeled conspirators to a crime. Read more»

A woman and young girl wait to be processed by Customs and Border Protection officials after being apprehended at the southern border in March.

A study published last year in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review found that “88% of all immigrants in immigration court with completed or pending removal cases over the past eleven years attended all of their court hearings.” Read more»

The Evo A. DeConcini U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Tucson.

A federal prosecutor has been appointed to serve as a "fraud coordinator," investigating scams related to the coronavirus outbreak. Read more»

Migrants camp at the base of Paso del Norte International Bridge in Ciudad Juárez.

It was business as usual Monday on the Migrant Protection Protocols docket in federal immigration courts, and groups that work in them are raising concerns about the risk to migrants and court staff. Read more»

People wait in line to enter the U.S. in Nogales, Sonora.

The Trump administration promised that asylum-seekers who already had U.S. cases, but had been forced to return to Mexico to await court dates, could still get asylum. That might not be the case. Read more»

Border Patrol agents detain a group of immigrants who were stopped near the Texas forder in this June photo. The Justice Department is pressing ahead with plans to require that agents start taking DNA samples of migrant detainees.

The Justice Department is moving forward with plans to collect DNA samples from immigration detainees, including those without criminal offenses, raising alarms among both privacy and immigration advocates. Read more»

Protesters (from left) Andrea Castro, Janna Hynds and Karina Hawkins attend the Arizona Youth Climate Strike at the Capitol on March 15.

Federal judges are weighing whether the U.S. can be held legally responsible for failing to protect future generations from climate change. Read more»

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