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CV-19 outbreak grows at Az private prison with most U.S. Marshal detainees in nation

A private prison in Florence, Ariz., that houses more than 3,000 defendants awaiting court proceedings is grappling with an outbreak of COVID-19 in which at least 20 jail staff and detainees have tested positive.... Read more»

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Federal trials postponed in Az; Streamline hearings continue in Yuma

Federal courts in Arizona are pushing back criminal and civil trials until May, but the government will continue to hold hearings for initial appearances and detention hearings.... Read more»

BP agent charged with running down Guatemalan man pleads guilty to civil rights violation

A Nogales-area Border Patrol agent, accused of assaulting a Guatemalan man and then lying about it, will plead guilty to a misdemeanor civil rights violation, his lawyer said Monday. BP Agent Matthew Bowen will leave the agency under the settlement.... Read more»1

Fresh video evidence may delay trial of BP agent accused of running down Guatemalan man

The trial of an Border Patrol agent accused of assaulting a Guatemalan man and then lying it may be delayed. Agent Matthew Bowen's attorney said Friday that federal prosecutors disclosed 'critical' video evidence just 11 days before trial. ... Read more»

Jury to see 'racially offensive' texts by BP agent accused of running down suspect

A jury will see most of the texts sent by a Border Patrol agent accused of running down a Guatemalan man with his patrol pickup and then lying about it, a judge ruled. Matthew Bowen called people apprehended by agents "disgusting subhuman sh-t," and repeatedly used "tonk," a word widely known as a racial epithet.... Read more»

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Behind the criminal immigration law: Eugenics and white supremacy

The history of the statute that can make it a felony to illegally enter the country involves some dark corners of U.S. history.... Read more»

Nearly 2,000 kids separated from parents in six-week period

Trump administration officials have separated 1,995 minors from parents or guardians in a six week period, a Department of Homeland Security official said Friday. ... Read more»

More than 400 Tucsonans protest separation of families at U.S.-Mexico border

As fury over the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents accelerates, more than 400 people in protested in Downtown Tucson, one of dozens of rallies planned nationwide. ... Read more»

Immigration is main charge in 52% of all federal prosecutions

While President-elect Trump has promised to deport up to 2 million "criminal aliens," new data from TRAC shows that immigration charges are all but three of the top 10 crimes pursued by federal prosecutors, easily surpassing prosecutions for firearms, drugs and fraud. ... Read more»

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Advocates: Fast-track immigration courts costly, ineffective

Advocates said that the fast-rack immigration proceeding known as Operation Streamline has failed to deter illegal immigration into the U.S. while creating a "human rights" disaster that fuels a private-prison industry. ... Read more»

The top border stories of 2015

Among more than 400 stories about the border and immigration published by TucsonSentinel.com in 2015, here are six worth reviewing and three more worth a read. ... Read more»

Migrant apprehensions falling along Arizona-Mexico border

Apprehensions along the Arizona-Mexico border declined nearly 25 percent in the past year, following a 10-year trend dating to 2005. DHS officials also announced shifts in deportations toward those with criminal convictions, and an increase in removals of illegal immigrants along the border.... Read more»

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Tucson clergy interrupt immigration court

Nearly a dozen pastors interrupted federal court proceedings in Tucson on Monday, as part of an ongoing protest against a fast-track immigration prosecution system known as Operation Streamline. ... Read more»

12 Operation Streamline protesters sentenced to time served

Twelve immigration activists were sentenced Monday to time served for their role in a 2013 Tucson protest that stopped two buses carrying migrants destined for federal prosecution under the fast-track Operation Streamline. ... Read more»1

Study: Illegal immigration from Mexico still declining

Changing migration patterns and shifts in border enforcement mean the population of unauthorized Mexican immigrants continues to decline in the United States. While net migration of Mexican immigrants reached zero in 2010, since then more Mexicans have left the U.S. than have arrived.... Read more»

Judge finds Operation Streamline protesters guilty

Twelve immigration activists were found guilty Tuesday on two charges relating to their arrests during an October 2013 protest that stopped two buses carrying immigrants slated for the federal government's fast-track immigration court known as Operation Streamline. ... Read more»

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