Border & Immigration

Critics in southern Arizona call new border wall contract wasteful, unnecessary

Critics said the area between Nogales and Sasabe is so remote and rugged, the cost to build and damage done by a border wall far outweigh any benefit.

KOLD honored with two regional Murrow Awards

Agency finds private border wall violates Rio Grande treaty

Trump bars new immigration green cards, not temporary visas

Protesters in Arizona demand release of detained migrants during COVID-19 outbreak

Border Patrol agent arrested in Arizona on child sex charges

US finds major cross-border tunnel used to smuggle drugs

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  Nogales restaurant owner braces for border travel restrictions

U.S., Mexico suspend non-essential travel across border

CBP: Arizona ports of entry fully operational

CBP officers make record methamphetamine seizure

Justices allow ‘Remain in Mexico’ asylum policy to continue

Contractor injured while working on border wall in Arizona

  Rocky Point residents at odds with city officials

Residents aren't willing to fork over $250,000 the city is asking for.

Court halts Trump’s policy to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico for hearings

The policy required migrants seeking asylum to wait in Mexico until their court dates in the U.S.

Charge against border activist Scott Warren dropped

Was due to be sentenced for misdemeanor conviction

Border agents find smuggling tunnel in Nogales

Discovery is 126th in Tucson Sector since 1990

  Border wall construction blasts through to make room

Court sides with Trump in ‘sanctuary cities’ grant fight

Greyhound to end Border Patrol immigration checks on buses

  Tucson Mayor Romero takes swipe at proposal to put sanctuary city bill on November ballot

US judge sides with migrants in case against Border Patrol

Yuma, Tucson Border Patrol agents arrest two for drug smuggling

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

President Donald Trump’s administration is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

  Customs and Border Protection inspects flowers during busy holiday weekend

Agents inspected flowers and plants for diseases and pests that could be harmful to U.S. agriculture.

Border Patrol arrests six in alleged human smuggling attempt

Agents found four Guatemalans and a Mexican national, all in the country illegally, hiding in a Nissan Altima.

Former Border Patrol agent gets six years for helping drug traffickers

Former Border Patrol agent Jose Antonio Yanez was sentenced to six years for helping drug traffickers avoid other agents.

Two people from Sells sentenced for human smuggling operation

Two young adults were sentenced to more than five years for harboring people in the U.S. illegally.

  State legislators react to Trump’s border wall construction on ‘sacred’ sites

Opponents of the wall said it disrupts local habitat and sacred native land.

  CRISIS ON THE BORDER: The wait for asylum

Migrants are required to see judges in El Paso, but Tucson Sector leaves them in Nogales, Sonora.

Border Patrol: Convicted sex offender caught sneaking back into U.S.

Alexander Morales-Domingo was convicted of sex crimes involving a juvenile in Florida last year.

Report: At least 138 sent from US to El Salvador were killed

The group says a majority of those deportees were killed within a year and some within days of returning to a country with the highest homicide rate in the Western Hemisphere.

Court overturns No More Death volunteers’ convictions

Four volunteers with a humanitarian aid group had their convictions overturned by a federal court Tuesday.

  Pima County supervisors vote against future Operation Stonegarden funding

Some supervisors worried the funding would negatively impact county pension obligations

  Locals protest Remain in Mexico policy downtown

Crowds took to downtown to protest the new Migrant Protection Protocols.

Smuggler sentenced to 17 years in prison for 2017 pursuit

A 23-year-old man was sentenced to 17 years in prison for human smuggling and shooting at Border Patrol agents in 2017.

  Career Border Patrol official from Nogales picked to be agency’s chief

Rodney S. Scott will take over for Carla Provost

  Two men arrested trying to smuggle drugs through Nogales drainage system

Discovered retrieving strings of packages floated through slotted barrier

9 parents separated from families return to children in US

The trip was arranged under the order of a federal judge who found the U.S. government had unlawfully prevented them from seeking asylum.

Bill would make building private border wall easier

Most of Arizona’s borderlands are publicly owned

US imposes visa rules for pregnant women on ‘birth tourism’

The rules printed in the Federal Register on Thursday say applicants will be denied tourist visas if they’re determined by consular officers to be traveling to the U.S. primarily to give birth.

Tucson woman sentenced to prison for impersonating ICE agent, immigration attorney

Elvira Contreras pleaded guilty to wire fraud for activities from 2014-2018

Iranian college student deported by CBP despite judge’s order

The 24-year-old Iranian was deported late Monday night despite being granted a hearing.

Migrants ford river from Guatemala to Mexico

Hundreds of Central American migrants have begun wading across the Suchiate River into southern Mexico in a new test of President Donald Trump’s Central America strategy to keep them away from the U.S. border.

White House considers diverting billions more for border wall

The Trump administration plans to pull an additional $7.2 billion from military funds for the border wall.

Judge refuses to second-guess family separations at US-Mexico border

The judge indicated he was uncomfortable second-guessing decisions to separate children on grounds that the parents were considered unfit or dangerous.

White House welcomes court ruling on border wall, proposes rollback of environmental law

The government is proposing changes that could allow projects ranging from oil pipelines to mines to move forward without far less federal review of their impact on the environment.

  Sixth defendant in Brian Terry slaying sentenced

Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes received life in federal prison for a count of first-degree murder

CBP to assess collection of DNA samples

Pilot program will not be implemented in Tucson Sector

Migrants sent back to Mexico stuck and scared

On Thursday, the U.S. government expanded its so-called “Remain in Mexico” program to the border between this city and its sister Nogales, Arizona.

DHS begins MPP returns at Nogales Port of Entry

The program allows certain migrants to remain in Mexico while awaiting court proceedings in the United States.

Huckelberry: Feds reject county’s request to use Operation Stonegarden funds for humanitarian aid

Pima County was asking for $200,000 for humanitarian aid.

Border agents rescue family of three near Lukeville

On Christmas Eve, U.S. Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector rescued a family of three who activated a rescue beacon near Lukeville.

Authorities: Russian deported after hunger strike snuck back into Arizona, attacked federal agent

A Russian immigrant who was deported after staging a month-long hunger strike this summer at an Arizona detention center resurfaced in the state a month ago when authorities said he was shot by a Border Patrol agent during a physical struggle near the border.

Smuggling tunnel found in Nogales; third this month

Two Mexican citizens facing drug charges

Mexico reaffirms rejection of US labor inspectors

Mexico is raising objections to an amendment demanded by US Democrats and accepted by the Trump administration.

Pentagon watchdog investigating $400M border wall contract

The Defense Department’s internal watchdog is investigating a $400 million border wall contract awarded to a firm that used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job.

Report: 636 violent attacks on migrants under ‘remain in Mexico’ policy

A new report claims there have been 636 violent attacks on asylum seekers returned to Mexico under a Trump administration policy, with close to half of those incidents coming in just the last two months.

  Border agents, Mexican police discover smuggling tunnel in Nogales

124th tunnel discovered in Tucson Sector since 1990

Two Border Patrol agents assaulted within 24 hour period

Phoenix man and Guatemalan national arrested

Report: US lacked technology to track separated families

The U.S. government separated thousands of families despite knowing it lacked the technology to document and track their whereabouts, according to a report released Wednesday by an internal government watchdog.

Tucson police, Homeland Security agents arrest UPS workers in connection to drug trafficking

In a joint investigation, agents with Homeland Security and officers with the Tucson Police Department arrested 11 people in Pima County in connection to a major drug trafficking ring.

  Trump administration’s 'Remain in Mexico’ program to bus migrants from Tucson to El Paso

Officials estimate DHS will send at least one busload each day from Tucson sector to El Paso, the Washington Post reports.

Ruling backs asylum seekers at border prior to policy shift

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a partial ban on asylum does not apply to anyone who appeared at an official U.S. border crossing before the policy was announced in July, a decision that may affect thousands of people.

CBP officers seize $1.6 million in drugs over weekend

CBP arrested five Mexican nationals and one U.S. citizen for alleged attempts to smuggle 138 pounds of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine into the U.S.

More than 200 foreign nationals surrender to border agents near Sasabe

Ages ranged from 6 months to 56 years old

Grijalva, House Democrats demand probe of troops deployed to border

Question legality of President Trump’s decision to deploy active-duty and National Guard troops to U.S-Mexico border

Border Patrol agent shoots Russian who was allegedly trying to sneak into U.S.

Authorities said the Russian citizen was trying to sneak into the U.S. near Lukeville.

  Split Supreme Court appears ready to allow Trump to end DACA

Sharply at odds with liberal justices, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed ready Tuesday to allow the Trump administration to abolish protections that permit 660,000 immigrants to work in the U.S., free from the threat of deportation.

Arizonans have hand in, eyes on this week’s Supreme Court DACA hearing

DACA was enacted in 2012 under then-President Barack Obama

Border-state voters poll shows dim view of border policy, Border Patrol

Just over half of voters in southern border states disapprove of the way President Donald Trump is handling border and immigration issues.

Border Patrol arrests 2 Arizona women, 5 migrants in smuggling case

Two of the five Mexican nationals were found inside the car’s trunk.

  GRAPHIC: Mexico farm town buries 3 of 9 Americans slain

As Mexican soldiers stood guard, a mother and two sons were laid to rest in hand-hewn pine coffins in a single grave dug out of the rocky soil Thursday at the first funeral for the victims of a drug cartel ambush that left nine American women and children dead.

  GRAPHIC: Deadly ambush shows Mexico lost control of area

When drug cartel gunmen opened fire on American women and children in northern Mexico, the Mexican Army, the National Guard and Sonora state police were not there to protect them. It took them about eight hours just to arrive.

Police: Suspect arrested in massacre of U.S. citizens in Mexico

Mexican authorities arrest at least one suspect in massacre of American family, according to release obtained by CNN

  Ambush in north Mexico rattles Douglas residents

Residents in Douglas, Arizona react to the ambush in Mexico that killed a U.S. family.

GRAPHIC: Officials say 9 US citizens killed in northern Mexico attack

The chilling attack targeted U.S. citizens who live in a community founded as part of an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Family says at least 5 US citizens killed in Mexico

Authorities in Sonora state and the U.S. Embassy did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

DEA warns about counterfeit fentanyl pills from Mexico

The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a warning to the public about dangerous counterfeit pills killing Americans.

CBP: Trusted traveler lane approach improved in Douglas

All applicants undergo a rigorous background check and in-person interview as part of the enrollment process.

Border Patrol arrests registered sex offender illegally present in country

Records revealed that 20-year-old Hector Josue Valeviano was convicted of sexual assault of a child.