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What did Greg Abbott’s border inspections turn up? Oil leaks, flat tires and zero drugs

Texas governor Greg Abbott ordered troopers to inspect every commercial truck coming from Mexico in an effort to stop illegal drugs and migrants - but troopers created a backlog and didn’t find any contraband as CBP already inspects commercial cargo.... Read more»

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Effort to punish human smugglers could end up criminalizing undocumented parents

A Republican proposal moving unimpeded through the Arizona legislature conflating child sex crimes and smuggling elicited outrage from Democratic legislators, who said that packaging the two issues in one bill is misleading. ... Read more»

Mexican woman sentenced to 21 months for role in Arizona human-smuggling ring

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»

Tucson man gets 30 months for smuggling people in rented water truck near Sasabe

A Tucson-area man was sentenced to 30 months in prison last week after he pleaded guilty in federal court to transporting people illegally and placing their life in jeopardy during an incident last summer. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Arizona AG Brnovich’s radical, lawless border war opinion normalizes extremism - sets stage for violence

It’s impossible to overstate just how lawless and dangerous Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich showed himself to be when he issued a flagrantly political legal opinion that all but dares Gov. Doug Ducey to declare a literal war and send troops to the border.... Read more»

Nogales man pleads guilty in human-smuggling probe

A 24-year-old man pleaded guilty in a Tucson federal court Friday for his role in coordinating smuggling efforts in Nogales, part of a years-long investigation launched by federal officials to clamp down on the movement of people across the Arizona-Mexico border. ... Read more»

Brnovich: Ducey could send troops to border to defend Arizona from 'invasion' of cartels, smugglers

Arizona AG Brnovich says Gov. Ducey would be on solid constitutional ground if he invoked war powers and sent the Arizona National Guard to the U.S-Mexico border to stop what he says is an "invasion" of drug cartels and criminal gangs.... Read more»

U.S. citizen arrested with 26 migrants hidden in water truck near Sasabe

A U.S. citizen is facing multiple charges of human smuggling after he attempted to sneak 26 people into the United States inside a rented water truck near Sasabe, southwest of Tucson, in mid-June. ... Read more»

Analysis

What the horrific crash on the border says about U.S. immigration policy

For all the attention on Biden’s changes to border policy, there are plenty of factors out of the U.S.’s control — which might make migrants increasingly desperate. Clandestine migration to the U.S. has accelerated through last fall and into the early weeks of the new administration, as poverty, crime and public health conditions across the border have grown more desperate.... Read more»

BP agent dragged 15 feet by car during stop at checkpoint

A man, arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle people past a Border Patrol checkpoint Tuesday afternoon, also faces assault charges after he dragged a Border Patrol agent more than 15 feet during the stop. ... Read more»

ICE announces a halt to most arrests during coronavirus outbreak

Citing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced Wednesday its agents would temporarily suspend most arrests, focusing only on individuals said to pose public safety risks or subject to mandatory detention on criminal grounds. ... Read more»

Family apprehensions at border fell below adults apprehended in October

For the first time in at least a year, more adult immigrants were apprehended at the southern border than families, according to October apprehension numbers released Thursday by Customs and Border Protection.... Read more»

Dehydration and illnesses: Why more migrants at U.S.-Mexico border are getting sick

The Border Patrol's Rio Grande Valley Sector has seen a large spike in cases of rhabdomyolysis — severe dehydration and overexertion — among migrants this year. Border agents say smugglers are to blame for treating migrants like "cargo" and pushing them too hard. ... Read more»

Three U.S. citizens arrested for allegedly smuggling people through Tohono O'odham Nation

Three U.S. citizens were arrested by Border Patrol agents for allegedly attempting to smuggle people through Arizona in two incidents near the western edge of the Tohono O'odham Nation over the weekend. ... Read more»

4 of 8 killed in head-on collision IDed; 2 previously convicted for human smuggling

Officials have identified four of the people killed in a head-on crash Wednesday when a car crossed the yellow line and collided with a Chevy Suburban. The SUV's driver and a passenger, who were killed, had previously been convicted of assisting illegal immigrants. ... Read more»1

CBP: Drug, human smugglers can't dodge the law; 4 U.S. citizens arrested over weekend

Four U.S. citizens were arrested in two separate incidents this weekend by Border Patrol agents: two for human smuggling, and two for drug smuggling. ... Read more»

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