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A young girl sits on her dad's shoulders during a protest against Title 42 in Nogales, Sonora, in March 2022.

Border officials in Arizona are referring more migrants to prosecutors this year, marking a significant change since the beginning of the COVID pandemic. This April, 30% more cases were sent to prosecutors. Read more»

A flock of birds flies over the Eloy Detention Center in Arizona on April 10, 2020.

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»

The Evo A. DeConcini U.S. District courthouse in downtown Tucson on Thursday.

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»

A Border Patrol vehicle rolling along a patrol road.

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

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»

A Border Patrol truck on patrol east of Nogales in 2017.

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»

Detained children are escorted to an area to make phone calls at the CBP Nogales Placement Center during a rare press tour of a temporary holding center in 2014.

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»

A woman stands in front of the U.S. District courthouse in Tucson during a protest on Thursday against the separation of immigrant families as part of a 'zero tolerance' policy implemented by the Trump administration

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»

Hundreds lined Congress Street to protest the separation of immigrant children from their parents as part of a policy designed to deter people from attempting to cross the 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»

The logo of the Corrections Corporation of America hangs over the Eloy Detention Center, which the private prison company runs under contract with immigration authorities.

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»

The logo of the Corrections Corporation of America hangs over the Eloy Detention Center, which the private prison company runs under contract with immigration authorities.

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»

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»

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and U.S. Marshals prepare a group of teenagers to board a chartered airliner at Tucson International Airport, as part of an effort to deal with the influx of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America over the summer of 2014.

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»

Two protesters bear a cold rainy day at the federal courthouse in Tucson as part of an on-going challenge to a fast-track prosecution program for unauthorized immigrants known as Operation Streamline.

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»

Angelica Moreno Loreto in October 2013, when she and other activists chained themselves to the tires of two buses carrying immigrants bound for federal court in Tucson.

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

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