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Personal effects at a storage container at the Tucson Sector station in December 2014

A federal watchdog will review how the Border Patrol handles personal property following reports that agents along the Arizona-Mexico border are confiscating and throwing away the turbans of Sikh men, as well as migrants' personal documents and other items. Read more»

A Pima County sheriff's deputy gets vaccinated during a clinic at Tucson Medical Center in January 2021

Some of the best photos published by the Tucson Sentinel in 2021. Read more»

An asylum-seeking woman from Mexico leads a protest in Nogales, Sonora in February 2021 demanding President Joe Biden restore the processing of asylum cases. On Nov. 8, 2021, migrants in Nogales continue to demand the Biden administration discontinue its expulsion policy under Title 42 that prevents adults and children from seeking asylum protections in the U.S.

As entry restrictions lifted on Monday in a welcomed reopening of the land U.S. border crossings to some tourists from Mexico, the Biden administration is continuing to deny entry to asylum-seekers from Mexico and Central America under a Trump-era emergency public health rule. Read more»

Asylum seekers attempt to ask for protection at the Nogales port of entry on Saturday.

Hundreds of people gathered in Nogales to push the Biden administration to change a Trump-era policy that cites the COVID-19 pandemic and allow people to legally seek asylum at U.S. border crossings. Read more»

In June, Ducey and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called on other states to send law enforcement officers to their southern borders. It is unclear what work they will do, and a spokesman for Ducey’s office did not respond to repeated requests for information.

A letter from community organizations is asking the Arizona Border Counties Coalition to reject the help from out-of-state law enforcement groups that Gov. Doug Ducey requested “urgently” go to the border with Mexico “in defense of our sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Read more»

A young boy in Nogales, Sonora, is one of hundreds waiting to access asylum under a series of policies implemented by the Trump administration in 2019 and 2020.

Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas announced the end of the Trump-era "Migrant Protection Protocols," which forced thousands of asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico while their claims wind through the immigration court system. Read more»

Border Patrol agents intercept immigrants near Eagle Pass, Texas, in this photo from August 2019 – the end of one of the busiest years for border apprehensions, with more than 977,000. Since then, apprehensions have fallen by half, a drop many experts to impacts from COVID-19.

The number of migrants apprehended at the southern border fell sharply in fiscal 2020, a drop analysts attribute in large part fears of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic havoc left in its wake. Read more»

Protestors in Tucson decry a move to begin busing migrants from Tucson to El Paso where they will be sent back across the border to Juarez, as part of the Migrant Protection Protocols.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin sending migrants detained in Arizona back to Nogales, expanding the controversial "Migrant Protection Protocols" to Arizona, Trump administration officials announced Thursday. Read more» 1

Border Patrol agents intercept immigrants near Eagle Pass, Texas, in August. Under the so-called “remain in Mexico” policy, asylum-seekers can be sent back to Mexico to wait while their claims are heard, but critics say that exposes migrants to abuse by cartels.

A new report claims there have been 636 violent attacks on asylum seekers returned to Mexico under a Trump administration policy, with close to half of those incidents coming in just the last two months. Read more»

An immigrant family turns itself in to a Border Patrol agent in June after crossing the Rio Grande in June to enter the U.S. illegally. New data who the number of single adult migrants stopped surpassed the number in families for the first time in a year 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»

Salvadoran migrant Leonel, 15, waits for a chance to seek asylum in the United States on Friday, Aug. 2 on the bridge between Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Negras, Mexico.

University of Texas researchers say a high-ranking U.S. border official refused them entry and sent them back to Piedras Negras, Mexico — straight into the arms of Mexican authorities who threatened to arrest them on smuggling charges. Read more»

An expert panel’s pleas for swifter, more consistent, more transparent punishment of rogue agents languish. Read more»

Immigrants at a shelter in Tucson waiting for soup just hours after they were released from ICE custody in December.

Leaked document: Customs and Border Protection is preemptively preparing for a lawsuit over a controversial new plan that will send asylum seekers from Central America back to Mexico while their cases wind through the immigration system. Read more»

Jacqueline Rayos traveled to Nogales, Sonora to visit her mother, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, after she was deported.

After a whirlwind 48 hours during which she was detained, deported and taken to a migrant shelter in Mexico, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos was temporarily reunited with her children. Read more»

Jose Tornez sits with Maryada Vallet at the Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, Sonora. Vallet is on trial for her role in a Oct. 2013 protest that stopped two buses carrying around 70 immigrants bound for federal prosecution under a controversial federal program called Operation Streamline.

Twelve immigration activists are on trial for their role in an October 2013 protest that stopped two buses carrying immigrants bound for a federal court for prosecution through a fast-track process, Operation Streamline, that some say is "assembly-line justice." They're using their case to again voice their reasons for protesting. Read more»

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