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Construction east of Sasabe, Ariz. heading toward Nogales, part of the larger push for border wall construction in southern Arizona.

Cochise County ranchers have sued the Trump administration, claiming contractors "trespassed onto and destroyed private property" while building a new section of the 30-foot-tall border wall, and sent "shrapnel, and car-sized boulders" into the ranch during blasting work. Read more»

Democrats agree that Trump’s caused asylum-seekers unacceptable misery. But the goal of deterring people from migrating to the U.S. — which has motivated Trump’s complex web of border policies — has seduced some Democrats, too. 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»

Border wall construction along the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in mid-September.

The Supreme Court will hear two challenges to the Trump administration's immigration and border policies, including the siphoning of $2.5 billion from military funds for border wall construction, and a policy that requires thousands of asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their claims for protection are processed. Read more»

Looking east from the border wall project near Quitobaquito Springs, a historically-important desert oasis considered sacred to Hia-Ced O'odham people.

The Trump administration unlawfully siphoned $3.6 billion in construction funds from the Defense Department, the 9th Circuit Court ruled, forcing a halt to 11 border wall projects, including four in Arizona. Read more»

A BORSTAR agent with Border Patrol stands near a border monument east of Yuma, Arizona.

Nearly 4,000 Border Patrol agents will be given body-worn video cameras over the next year. The cameras will be deployed at 17 locations along the U.S.-Mexico border, including the Tucson Sector, as part of a $13 million contract with Scottsdale-based Axon Enterprises. Read more»

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A Border Patrol vehicle drives along the border near Naco, Arizona.

A Border Patrol agent shot and killed a man Monday night, after he was stabbed "multiple times" during a struggle in the hills east of Nogales, Ariz. Read more»

A crowded Nogales border crossing in 2007.

Mexican authorities in the state of Sonora are closing the U.S.-Mexico border to non-essential travel starting with the July 4 weekend to avoid further spread of COVID-19 amid increasing cases on both sides. Read more» 1

Demolition charges go-off during as part of construction on Monument Hill in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, one of four protected areas of public land where the Trump administration has built more than 200 miles of border wall.

The 9th Circuit Court ruled Friday that the Trump administration unlawfully used $2.5 billion in Defense Department funds to build the president's long-promised border wall without congressional approval. Read more»

A day after Gov. Doug Ducey announced the reopening of Arizona schools in the fall and youth sports this summer, the Department of Health Services reported a record 702 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday – the most in a single day since the first case was reported in late January. Read more»

A photograph from inside one of the Tucson Sector's Border Patrol stations.

Just 12 people have been held for longer than 48 hours in Tucson Sector custody over the last 30 days, as the agency increasingly relies on a provision employed during the outbreak of COVID-19 that allows agents to immediately expel most people back to Mexico. Read more»

Acting DHS Sec. Chad Wolf tours the U.S.-Mexico border in a CBP helicopter on Tuesday.

As Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf toured the borderlands of Arizona on Tuesday, the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity launched a new lawsuit arguing the Trump administration unlawfully transferred an additional $7.2 billion from defense funding to the border wall. Read more»

Diluted Clorox bleach seized by Homeland Security Investigations agents in Nogales, Arizona in April.

Federal agents seized 900 bottles of diluted Clorox bleach in Nogales, Ariz., as part of a nationwide effort to clamp down on illegal attempts to profit from the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes fake test kits and unapproved treatments. Read more»

A photograph from inside one of the Tucson Sector's Border Patrol stations.

Trump administration officials appealed a federal court order that blocks the Border Patrol in Arizona from holding people longer than 48 hours in conditions that are "presumptively punitive and violate the Constitution." Read more»

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