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CBP welcomes new Director of Field Operations, Tucson

DFO Ramirez succeeds William K. Brooks (deceased), the previous Director of Field Operations, who had retired after a long and successful government career.

  Rec center sheltering migrants after churches reach capacity

UPDATE: Guatemalan child in USBP custody has strep throat, not measles

Two previously deported Honduran MS-13 gang members arrested entering U.S.

  Tucson looking for more space to house refugees

Nogales CBP officers seize nearly $3.8 million in hard drugs over the weekend

  Arizona company says it can build 218 miles of border wall in a year

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Border Patrol: Nearly 400 Central American migrants turn selves in near Ajo

CBP officers seize more than $1.6 million in drugs at 2 AZ ports of entry in a week

  Protesters want charges dropped against UA students

WATCH: Vice President Mike Pence tours border wall, meets with CBP agents in Nogales

  Local monastery feeling strain housing triple the amount of migrants

Cocaine smuggler caught by Douglas CBP Officers

  Trump says he’s not looking to reinstate family separation policy

Facing bipartisan pushback on his immigration shake-up, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he's not looking to revive the much-criticized practice of separating migrant children from their families at the southern border.

135 Central American immigrants surrender west of Lukeville

The group consisted of 135 individuals, mostly family units

  Trump pushed to close El Paso border, reinstate family separation policy, sources say

President Donald Trump has pushed in recent weeks to reinstate the family separation policy at the southern border, and sought to close the U.S.-Mexico border at El Paso, TX, according to sources familiar with the matter. He also allegedly told border agents to not let migrants into the country.

Outgoing DHS secretary says she still supports Trump’s border goals

Trump announced on Sunday in a tweet that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan would be taking over as acting head of the Department of Homeland Security, replacing Kirstjen Nielsen.

  Judge blocks Trump’s asylum policy but delays enforcement

Undocumented immigrants caught in ICE’s largest raid in a decade this week face uncertainty

  Kirstjen Nielsen resigns as Homeland Security secretary

  Wait times at Nogales Port of Entry shrink

  ‘Our country is full’: Trump says migrants straining system

  ONLY ON: Nogales border technology helps arrest violent criminal

Three LA teens arrested after attempting to smuggle drugs into U.S.

Monday morning, April 1, CBP officers at the Lukeville Port of Entry, 148 miles southwest of Tucson, pulled the Ford Mustang the three teens were traveling in for secondary inspection after a CBP canine alerted to it.

  Trump takes a step back from threat to close southern border

Trump last week threatened to seal the border this week if Mexico did not immediately halt all illegal immigration into the U.S., a move that would have enormous economic consequences on both sides of the border.

  BP agent reassignments changing border wait times in Nogales

Others said fear of the border closure and long lines likely kept some people away on Tuesday.

Tucson sector USBP arrest 16 sexual predators in March

The majority of convictions were crimes committed against minors.

  Threat of border closure looms, as Trump considers appointing immigration czar

The president has focused in recent days on the increase in migrants arriving at the border.

Some Nogales businesses doubt, others worry border will shut down

The chairman said no one has reached out to the port authority for insight into how this would effect local and state businesses.

  Migrants fleeing Central America wait for unknown next stop in US

If their U.S. relatives can buy them a bus ticket, they are then taken to the central bus station. Their long journey is followed by confusion - a release with notices to appear in court, which many of them don't understand.

UPDATE: Arizona students at center of Border Patrol incident to face criminal charges

Two of the University of Arizona students at the center of an incident involving Border Patrol agents will face criminal charges, according to the school.

  Truck processing halted on Sundays, produce companies feeling the effects

The closing of the southern border with Mexico would potentially have a huge impact on travel and trade.

Human smuggling attempt stopped at I-19 checkpoint near Amado

The driver is facing human smuggling charges and remains in custody pending a disposition in the case; the two men found in the trunk, both of whom were previously deported, are being processed for immigration violations.

  Trump threatens to close border with Mexico next week

Arrests all along the southern border have skyrocketed in recent months. Border agents are on track to make 100,000 arrests and denials of entry there this month, more than half of them families with children.

  Nielsen asks Congress for new powers to deport, detain migrants

In a letter to lawmakers Thursday, she said she wants the authority to return unaccompanied Central American children to their home countries if they don't have a legal right to stay.

  Family released from ICE custody speaks out

At a press conference on Thursday, March 28 at the Southside Presbyterian Church, Fernandez stood with her daughter and described what it was like while in custody.

CBP to temporarily re-assign officers along the southwest border

Trade and travel process is expected to have an impact.

Tucson sector USBP agents arrest MS-13 gang member and sex offender

Both individuals will remain in federal custody to face immigration prosecution.

Massive Central American groups becoming daily occurrence for border area

Individuals can report suspicious activity to Border Patrol by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.

Douglas CBP officers intercept marijuana load

The drugs, weighing approximately 22 pounds total, are estimated to be worth more than $11,000.

Tohono O’odham led drug task force seizes more than 40,000 fentanyl pills from traffickers

The Tohono O'odham Police Department (TOPD) led the NATIVE High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force in a multi-pronged sting operation that culminated in the seizure of the fentanyl and other drugs being smuggled into the U.S.

  Migrants being dropped off by the bus load, some needing medical attention

Today, they are housing less than 200 migrants. Last weekend, they saw well over 300. Each day is different. They can see anywhere from nine migrants dropped off, to upwards of 150. They can spend anywhere from 48-72 hours at the shelter before moving on.

CBP officers seize $241K worth of cocaine

CPB discovered packages of cocaine hidden on their bodies. The drugs are worth an estimated $241,000.

CBP officers arrest meth smugglers at Port of San Luis

After a CBP narcotics detection canine alerted to a scent it was trained to detect coming from the vehicle’s roof, a search led to the discovery of packages that weighed more than 70 pounds, and have an estimated value of almost $211,000.

  The changing face of immigration is 'overwhelming’ agents at the border

It’s one of the many challenges facing Roy Villareal, the new chief agent of the Border Patrol Tucson Sector, “It’s pushed us to a breaking point,” he said on Thursday, while addressing this shift in immigration.

  UPDATE: Family arrested by Border Patrol now in ICE custody

An Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper stopped the car for a traffic violation at 22nd Street and 9th Avenue. That trooper than requested the Tucson Sector Border Patrol to come to the scene and investigate.

Border Patrol announces 4th migrant death since December

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the death Tuesday, saying agents arrested the 40-year-old man early Sunday for re-entering the country illegally. His identity wasn't released.

AZ military projects could lose money as budgets are shifted for national emergency declaration

Potential project cuts in AZ include a maintenance facility at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, an equipment building at Fort Huachuca, as well as two projects at Luke Air Force Base, one at Camp Navajo and one at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma.

Fence breach leads to human smuggling case

Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.

US drug czar says border wall will reduce influx of drugs

President Donald Trump's drug czar says the president's plan for a U.S.-Mexico border wall would save American lives by reducing the influx of illegal drugs.

BP agents near Yuma nab drug smugglers with a little help from the Marines

Thanks to a little assistance from the U.S. Marine Corps, Yuma Sector, Wellton Station Border Patrol agents were able to catch a group of drug smugglers in eastern Yuma County on Tuesday, March 12.

Hard drug smugglers intercepted by CBP officers at Port of San Luis

The drugs were identified as nearly 55 pounds of meth, worth an estimated value of nearly $164,000 as well as almost three pounds of heroin, worth more than $74,000.

UPDATE: Five migrants rescued in Madera Canyon

Once medically cleared the men will be processed for immigration violations.

Douglas CBP officers intercept marijuana load

When officers searched the vehicle, they found nearly 150 packages of marijuana scattered throughout the vehicle.

Yuma sector border patrol apprehends nearly 750 immigrants over weekend

Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.

Trump reviving his border wall fight with $8.6 billion budget request

President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 on Monday, relying on optimistic 3.1 percent economic growth projections alongside accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years.

Human smuggling attempt in a shipment of eggplants, stopped at I-19 checkpoint

Border Patrol agents out of Nogales stopped the man at an Interstate 19 checkpoint on Thursday night, March 7 after a CBP canine alerted to his truck.

Busy midweek as CBP officers, canines stopped several drug smuggling attempts

It proved to be a very busy Wednesday for U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at several ports of entry in Arizona, as they stopped several drug smuggling attempts. Drugs seized were worth $1.7 million.

  New program for truck drivers keeps port moving quicker

Along with the technology is a free, two-day course called the International Border Inspection Qualification Program. It started in July and August 2017, and took off from there.

  ONLY ON KOLD: Migrants take advantage of border vulnerabilities near Lukeville

Easy to access, easy to cross border barrier well known to migrants, smugglers and U.S. agents

1,000 migrants were detained crossing border in Texas in one day, authorities say

According to the Red Cross, some 6,000 migrants are believed to be on the other side of the border in Juarez.

  Pima Co. Democratic Party passes resolution in support of sanctuary initiative

Because it’s a political decision, the committee needed the approval of 75 percent of its members and “we got exactly 75 percent of the executive committee to approve,” said Joel Fineman, the Second Vice Chair of the Party.

Migrant shelter inside Tucson landmark staying busy

More than 700 people have gone through the shelter

  No More Deaths volunteers receive fines, probation

Four volunteers with the humanitarian group No More Deaths were in court Friday, March 1 to be sentenced on misdemeanor charges.

4 senators push resolution to halt Trump’s border emergency

The measure comes from Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, along with Democratic Sens. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.

CBP Officers seize nearly $4.3 million in hard drugs

It was a busy day on Saturday, Feb. 23 for U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Port of Nogales, after they seized more than 349 pounds of hard drugs - heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and suspected fentanyl, in three separate incidents.

  UPDATE: Community members turn in signatures asking for recall of Douglas mayor

Douglas residents say the border city is broken and Mayor Robert Uribe is to blame.

Operation Stonegarden flight leads to group arrest

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office helicopter crew assisted Border Patrol Agents from the Tucson Sector with the arrest of a group of men from Guatemala on Wednesday, Feb. 20, southeast of Ajo.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: Is MS-13 a problem in southern Arizona?

MS-13 has been called a threat to the U.S., but just how much of a problem is the gang here in southern Arizona?

  Nogales reacts to national emergency declaration by President Trump

Even though the emergency declaration was not yet a topic of conversation, border issues in general usually are and it’s likely to be going forward.

Jeep becomes stuck on border barrier, 11 people flee into Mexico

No smuggling suspects or drugs were found

  Yuma area inundated with migrants crossing border illegally, legally

Groups of more than 300 people have been crossing the U.S. / Mexican border seeking asylum and surrendering to border patrol agents.

KOLD INVESTIGATES: Amber Alerts in southern Arizona

In the last five years, there have been three abductions in southern Arizona that prompted Amber Alerts. KOLD Investigates found out several issues with two of the three cases.

6th defendant convicted in murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

A federal jury on Tuesday, Feb. 12, convicted Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes of participating in the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry during a firefight on Dec. 14, 2010.

  Trump says he’s not thrilled with GOP-backed border deal

Sen. Richard Shelby was asked if barrier funding was included, and he said, “We got an agreement on all of it.”

  VIDEO: President Trump hosts rally in El Paso

President Donald Trump hosted a rally in El Paso, Texas, Monday night.

  Trump and O’Rourke go head-to-head over border wall in El Paso, TX

Standing in a packed stadium under a giant American flag and banners saying "FINISH THE WALL," Trump vowed to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise regardless of what happens in Congress.

  Nogales residents talk razor wire ahead of president’s rally in El Paso

All the images and news of additional concertina wire is dangerous for business, according to Greater Nogales Santa Cruz County Port Authority Chairman Guillermo Valencia.

  What happens if Trump declares a national emergency to build a wall?

Believe it or not, the country is actually already under 31 states of declared emergency, according to a review of documents from the Congressional Research Service and the Federal Register.

San Luis CBP Officers stop meth smuggling attempts

Two people were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

  Rare wild ocelot spotted near U.S.-Mexico border

The Sonoran ocelot is known to be endangered in the U.S.