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Feds probe deadly crash on I-10 that involved 'attempted human smuggling'

Three people were killed and five seriously injured when the driver of a SUV crashed into a semi-tractor trailer after refusing to stop for an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper north of Tucson on Thursday morning, authorities said. ... Read more»

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Eloy detention site 'threatened' migrants' health, used pepper spray during COVID mask protests

A privately run ICE immigration detention site in Eloy, Ariz, "threatened the health, safety, and rights" of migrants, said a federal watchdog agency that found violations of standards, including an incident in which peacefully protesting detainees were pepper-sprayed last year. ... Read more»

COVID-19 outbreak at Eloy private prison turns fatal, mass testing underway

The Hawaii Department of Public Safety ordered mass testing at an Arizona private prison that holds its inmates after dozens of them contracted COVID-19 and several remain hospitalized.... Read more»

Detention center in Eloy has most COVID-19 cases of any ICE facility

La Palma Correctional Center, a privately run immigration detention center in Eloy, is facing an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases among immigration detainees.... Read more»

ADOT rolls out new dust detection system to help drivers on I-10

Dust storms in Arizona can blow up suddenly, and the patch of desert between Eloy and Picacho Peak is especially prone to wind-driven dust. Dust drastically reduces visibility for drivers, which is why the Arizona Department of Transportation, ahead of monsoon season, has implemented a new dust detection system to protect drivers on I-10 between Phoenix and Tucson.... Read more»

CV-19 outbreak grows at Az private prison with most U.S. Marshal detainees in nation

A private prison in Florence, Ariz., that houses more than 3,000 defendants awaiting court proceedings is grappling with an outbreak of COVID-19 in which at least 20 jail staff and detainees have tested positive.... Read more»

Immigrant advocates ask DHS watchdog to protect ICE detainees from COVID-19

Advocacy groups filed an oversight complaint Thursday, arguing there is a "systemic failure" at Immigration and Customs Enforcement to protect thousands of detained migrants from coronavirus. ... Read more»

ICE 'cohorting' of Az detainees at risk of COVID-19 stirs controversy

98 immigrant detainees at the La Palma Correctional Center in Arizona have been “cohorted” together, due to their exposure to the facility’s first confirmed case of COVID-19.... Read more»

Tensions skyrocket as COVID-19 fears grip Arizona ICE detention center

An ICE detention center in Eloy is the latest facility to have a string of complaints raised by detainees as COVID-19 fills hospitals and strains the nation’s health care system.... Read more»

Judges call for all immigration courts to close in wake of coronavirus

Nearly a month into a seemingly worldwide shutdown, it may be hard to find an everyday business or public area that has not been closed because of COVID-19. Many companies have allowed their employees to work from home, but businesses deemed essential are still in operation. This includes grocery stores, fuel stations, banks, transportation systems, pharmacies – and most U.S. immigration courts.... Read more»

2nd COVID-19 case confirmed at Arizona ICE detention facility

A second person had been diagnosed with coronavirus at the La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy, north of Tucson, authorities said Monday.... Read more»

ICE: Detainee at La Palma facility in Eloy tests positive for COVID-19

A 45-year-old immigrant from Guatemala detained at the La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first coronavirus case confirmed in an Arizona immigration detention center, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ... Read more»

Advocates: Az immigration detention facilities 'tinderboxes' for COVID-19

Calling immigration detention facilities "tinderboxes on the verge of explosion" because of COVID-19, a coalition of immigration advocacy groups asked a federal judge to order the immediate release of eight people held by ICE in Arizona. ... Read more»

Army IDs Green Beret killed in Eloy parachute training jump

A U.S. Army special ops soldier was killed this week during a free-fall training jump in Eloy, north of Tucson. MSG Nathan Goodman, 36, was a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and recipient of two Bronze Stars.... Read more»

Soldier killed in Eloy parachute training jump

A U.S. Army soldier was killed this week during a free-fall training jump in Eloy, north of Tucson, officials said.... Read more»

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Paving Arizona: Constant highway expansion drives urban sprawl

Why is Arizona continuing down this, er, road? The simple answer is that the various interests I call the Real Estate Industrial Complex depend upon constant highway building and expansion to make otherwise useless land valuable for the Ponzi scheme of continued sprawl. ... Read more»

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