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Native activist found not guilty in border protest after new arguments on religious freedom defense

Amber Ortega, a Southern Arizona border activist facing two federal charges for protesting the construction of the border wall near Quitobaquito Springs, was found not guilty by a judge on Wednesday. ... Read more»

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Native activist gets new hearing over 'religious freedom' defense in Az border wall protest case

A federal judge agreed to reconsider ruling over how a law intended to protect religious freedom may shield a Southern Arizona border activist from prosecution after she was arrested last year while protesting the construction of the border wall near Quitobaquito Springs.... Read more»

Judge tosses Native activist's 'religous freedom' defense in border wall protest case

Amber Ortega, a Southern Arizona border activist arrested last year protesting the construction of the border wall near Quitobaquito Springs, cannot use a federal law protecting religious freedom as her criminal defense, a judge ruled Thursday.... Read more»

Tucson activist charged with protesting border wall on Organ Pipe testifies at federal trial

Facing two federal charges, Amber Ortega testified in court Thursday that she acted "without hesitation" to block border wall construction near Quitobaquito Spring because she believed she needed to protect the land from being "desecrated." ... Read more»

Remediation work continues at Az's border wall construction sites

The Army Corps of Engineers has continued remediation work along two sections of the border wall near Yuma, cleaning up the remnants of construction left by contractors during the last days of the Trump administration's rush to complete the boundary barrier. ... Read more»

Spurred by Grijalva, federal watchdog to review Trump's border wall construction

At the urging of U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, the GAO is launching a review the impact of border wall construction under the Trump administration. DHS "blatantly abused its sweeping and potentially unconstitutional authority" to waive environmental laws, he said. ... Read more»

Unfinished border barriers harm environment, National Park Service, Arizona rancher say

The Biden administration – which paused border wall construction in January – faces a logistical, ethical and political quandary in determining the best way to proceed with the half-finished project that’s has introduced more problems than it fixed and is part of construction ordered by then-President Donald Trump.... Read more»

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Hoover: Season of death returns for migrants in Arizona's remote deserts

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»

Photos: Paul Ingram's picks for TucsonSentinel.com's best pictures of 2020

A few photographs that told some of this year's important local stories — the Bighorn Fire, the COVID-19 pandemic, the Scott Warren/No More Deaths trial, deaths in Tucson police custody, and the continuing border wall construction.... Read more»

Supreme Court will hear challenges on Trump's border wall, 'Remain in Mexico' policy

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»

Native demonstration at Border Patrol checkpoint ended with DPS tear gas

A group of Native demonstrators said they were "violent attacked" by Department of Public Safety troopers who used "rubber bullets and tear gas" to break up a protest at the Border Patrol checkpoint west of Tucson on Monday morning, arresting 12 people.... Read more»

9th Circuit again slaps Trump admin for siphoning Defense funding for border wall

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»

2 arrested protesting border wall construction near endangered Arizona oasis

Two women were arrested Wednesday after they halted border wall construction near Quitobaquito Springs, a remote wildlife watering hole along the southern edge of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument that is considered sacred by the Tohono O'odham Nation. ... Read more»

9th Circuit: Trump administration unlawfully siphoned Defense funds for 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»

Tribal leaders say border wall, other projects continue to threaten sacred, historic sites

As President Donald Trump was hailing the pace of border wall construction Tuesday, Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. was bemoaning it as a project that continues “to destroy … sacred sites.”... Read more»

Blasting sacred sites for border wall 'forever damaged' tribes

An emotional Tohono O’odham Nation chairman told lawmakers Wednesday that blasting on sacred sites in national monuments to build a border wall near his reservation has “forever damaged our people.” ... Read more»

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