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'Fathers and mothers,' 'children,' 'how many more?' Grave markers from 2021 when record heat lead to a deluge of death along the border as people crossing the border succumbed to the elements.

Tucson Mayor Regina Romero and Vice Mayor Steve Kozachik want to start another process to force the redaction of racially offensive provisions in old covenants, codes and restrictions that govern homeowners associations. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

A locked gate at the border in Nogales. CBP reported that migrant apprehensions in its Tucson and Yuma sectors jumped 75% through the end of July.

Migrant deaths in Arizona’s deserts have fallen sharply so far this year - though the Pima County medical examiner said it would not be surprising to see a surge in deaths later this year - even as the number of immigrants caught trying to cross the border with Mexico has been soaring. Read more»

Tucson Sector Border Patrol Chief John Modlin speaks about the Border Patrol's new cooling kits during a press conference on June 9, 2022.

As temperatures soar in the desert this summer, Border Patrol agents in Southern Arizona will carry "heat-stress kits" containing tools to help migrants suffering from heat-related illnesses. Read more»

Magnus at a TPD press conference in 2016.

Chris Magnus, Tucson's former chief of police and now Biden’s new CBP commissioner, should seek out civil society experts for help to make border policies humane. Humanitarian groups, academics, human rights groups, telecommunication companies, and local governments have much to offer. Read more»

An image shared by Tucson Sector's acting chief of a group of 127 migrants encountered by agents on Wednesday. Of those, 82 were children traveling with parents or guardians.

Since the beginning of September, Border Patrol agents have encountered more than 432 people traveling in large groups of people on the Tohono O'odham Nation southwest of Tucson. Read more»

A Border Patrol agent at 'tent-like' facility in Tucson, set up to manage children who traveled to the U.S. without parents or guardians.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Thursday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are facing an "unprecedented number" of migrants across the southwestern border, but that 27 percent of those intercepted had previously crossed the U.S.-Mexico border at least once in the past 12 months. Read more»

A Border Patrol agent with a migrant who was caught near Naco in August 2020. Customs and Border Protection recorded almost 1.1 million border “encounters” in the first nine months of fiscal 2021, a potentially record-setting pace, but advocates there may be double-counting in those numbers.

The number of migrants stopped at Southern border for the month of June increased to the highest level in 20 years, but official say those border "encounters" are inflated because they don't represent the number of unique individuals trying to cross but the how many encounters Customs and Border Protection reported. Read more»

Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Arizona Air Coordination Center in Tucson, Ariz. on June 21.

Driven by multiple attempts to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, the overall number of "encounters" with migrants tracked by Customs and Border Protection has risen to more than 1.1 million this fiscal year, even as the number of individual people crossing has declined from 2019. Read more»

Three wooden crosses mark the location where the remains of a family were found near Arivaca in April. They were among a record-setting 127 migrant remains recovered in the Arizona desert in the first six months of this year.

The number of migrant deaths recorded in the Arizona desert so far this year is on pace to break the record set just last year - the remains of 127 migrants have been discovered in the first half of 2021- as migrants attempt the crossing in the face of a record-breaking heat wave. Read more»

A makeshift memorial in 2011 at the site where a migrant teen’s body was found in Arizona.

The annual season of death is upon us, and it is off to a roaring start. Last year, migrant deaths in America's deserts approached a 20-year high, and Arizona is on track for setting a new record. — Rev. Robin Hoover Read more»

A U.S. Border Patrol agent fingerprints a man near Sasabe, Ariz. in March, as the agency moved to begin rapidly expelling people under Title 42.

This year Border Patrol agents have used a CDC public health order to rapidly expel thousands of migrants into Mexican border towns such as Sasabe, Sonora, which has little resources and infrastructure for migrants. Read more»

A makeshift memorial in 2011 at the site where a migrant teen’s body was found in Arizona. Remains found in the desert through the first three quarters of this year have already exceeded all of 2019, and are at the highest rate since 2013, a new report says.

Remains of 181 migrants were found in the Arizona desert through the end of September, 37 more than in all of last year and the most since 2013, according to the group Humane Borders. Read more»

A line of vehicles heads into the No More Deaths camp south of Arivaca, Arizona on Friday night, including an armored vehicle known as a Bearcat.

In a sunset raid Friday, dozens of Border Patrol agents used a helicopter and armored personnel carrier as they raided a No More Deaths camp near Arivaca, Ariz., arresting more than three dozen people who were receiving medical care, food, water and shelter. Read more»

A Border Patrol agent at the No More Deaths camp in 2017.

Border Patrol agents have once again raided the No More Deaths camp, detaining at least person Thursday at the group's permanent desert aid camp south of Arivaca. The humanitarian aid group called the raid an "escalation" from the agency after the release of documents surrounding a similar raid more than three years ago. Read more»

Attorney Greg Kuykendall and his client Scott Warren outside of the federal courthouse after a judge accepted a motion to dismiss the remaining misdemeanor charge against the No More Deaths volunteer.

Prosecutors dropped the only remaining charge against Scott Warren, ending the misdemeanor case against the No More Deaths volunteer just months after the government's attempt to charge him with two felonies case collapsed in November. Read more»

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