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Arizona sitting out rush of states filing suit over Trump’s border emergency

Arizona is not joining more than a other dozen states in suing to halt President Donald Trump's invocation of emergency powers to pay for part of his border wall.... Read more»

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Border Patrol’s watchdog returns, but does he have new tricks?

The former top internal watchdog at U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the nation's largest law enforcement agency, has returned to his former post six months after resigning to take a private security job. ... Read more»

Border Patrol agent killed in motorcycle crash near Sells

Border Patrol Agent Manuel Alvarez was killed in a motorcycle crash Thursday on the Tohono O'odham Nation near Sells.... Read more»

Report: Customs and Border Protection's discipline system 'broken'

A federal oversight panel calls Customs and Border Protection's "broken" and that the process "takes far too long to be an effective deterrent" despite an effort to mitigate corruption and lessen deadly use-of-force incidents after the panel released a draft report last June. ... Read more»

BP union head, Babeu accuse feds of 'lack of enforcement' at border

Members of the Border Patrol's union and Sheriff Paul Babeu accused the Obama administration of "manipulating data," claiming BP supervisors are ordering agents to release immigrants without documents requiring them to appear in court. A staffer for Babeu blocked a Phoenix reporter from the announcement. ... Read more»

'Complex' trial in BP shooting delayed until November

The trial of Lonnie Ray Swartz, a Border Patrol agent accused of second-degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of 16-year old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, has been pushed back until November. It had been scheduled to begin later this month.... Read more»

Border agent's murder trial delayed until March

The trial of Lonnie Ray Swartz, a Border Patrol agent accused of second-degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of 16-year old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, has been delayed until March 22. ... Read more»

Despite risks, U.S. Border Patrol tried to shorten polygraph tests for staff

Amid persistent complaints of corruption and abuse within its ranks, CBP proposed shortening congressionally-mandated polygraph tests for new agents because the difficulty of the tests and high failure rates have made it hard for the CBP to hire fast enough.... Read more»1

Immigration authorities update standards for holding migrants

Following persistent criticism that immigrants face harsh conditions while in custody, Customs and Border Protection has issued new standards for the treatment of detainees at Border Patrol stations. While advocates praised the agency's transparency, serious questions remain about the agency's accountability and oversight measures. ... Read more»

U.S. ads target illegal immigration from Central America

The head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection launched an advertising campaign on Tuesday aimed at dissuading Central Americans from trying to enter the United States illegally and avoid the influx of the tens of thousands who tried to come last year.... Read more»

Class-action suit claims Border Patrol violates immigrants' civil rights

During a six-month period in 2013, people detained by the Border Patrol near Tucson were regularly held more than 24 hours in temporary facilities, breaking the agency's own policies and subjecting immigrants to freezing, overcrowded cells without access to food, water, medical care and legal council, according to a new federal class-action lawsuit. ... Read more»

DOJ lawyers challenge judge's immigration decision

With a shutdown looming for the Department of Homeland Security, federal lawyers have asked that a judge's decision to halt two deferred action programs to be lifted. ... Read more»1

Years late, new Texas-Mexico rail crossing set to open

After more than a year of wrangling between local leaders and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over who should pay to move an X-ray machine, the first new rail bridge in more than a century connecting Mexico and the Rio Grande Valley is expected to open in February. ... Read more»

CBP chief: Southwest border focus immigrant kids, not ISIS

The head of Customs and Border Protection said there is no evidence of ISIS attempts to infiltrate the Southwest border and his agency is more focused on trying to prevent more unaccompanied minor immigrants.... Read more»

Family of Mexican boy slain in cross-border BP shooting files suit

The family of Jose Antonio Elena Rodiguez, the Mexican teen killed in Nogales Sonora, by U.S. Border Patrol agents when they fired through the fence into Mexico in 2012, filed a civil rights lawsuit Tuesday. "I'm asking the people who killed my grandson to have the courage to show their faces," the 16-year-old's grandmother said.... Read more»

Grijalva cancels tour of Nogales border shelter

U.S. Rep. Grijalva canceled a tour of the facilities for hundreds of unaccompanied minors at the Nogales Border Patrol station after officials refused to allow accompanying clergy to visit with him. Tuesday, officials said reporters will be offered a 20-minute tour in which no questions will be allowed.... Read more»2

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