Border & Immigration

Homeland Security Investigations discovers cross-border tunnel in Yuma

The US portion of the tunnel reaches from the 1300 block of Los Olivos neighborhood in San Luis stretching past the Mexican border and under the fence extending over 1300 feet to Calle 10 and Ave. Capitan Carlos G. Calles.

Border Patrol detains more than 30 in raid at humanitarian aid camp

  ‘We are no less American’: Deaths pile up on Texas border

CBP arrests 34 immigrants in failed smuggling attempt

AP Exclusive: Migrant kids held in US hotels, then expelled

Trump’s new immigration fight: how to redraw House districts

CBP: Arizona man tried to smuggle migrants in vehicle with corpse

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  Border Patrol: Smuggling in summer heat can quickly turn deadly

  More than 200 schools back lawsuit over foreign student rule

Yuma Border Patrol tracks down group of three, finds two deceased

‘A slap in the face:’ Goya faces boycott over Trump praise

Harvard, MIT sue to block ICE rule on international students

Mexico president heads to Washington for meeting with Trump

Sonora to restrict non-essential travel starting Saturday

Mexican authorities plan to set up revision points at the Sonora’s northern border starting this weekend to stop “non-essential” travel by United States citizens.

Santa Cruz pipeline restoration plans in motion

Settlement agreement between local and state officials will rehabilitate the Santa Cruz pipeline.

Border Patrol: More than 20 migrants found in utility truck

Large group of illegal aliens traveling in a utility vehicle apprehended by Border Patrol in Yuma.

Border Patrol: 980 rescues surpasses FY19 totals

Last weekend saw seven separate rescues of 10 people

Judge: US must free migrant children from family detention

Appeals court: Trump administration wrongly diverted $2.5B for border wall

Justices boost Trump administration’s power in asylum cases

Trump credits new border wall with stopping migrants, virus

President Trump to visit border construction in Yuma

Court says young immigrants can stay, rejecting Trump order

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seize 111 pounds of fentanyl at Port of San Luis

This seizure is one of the largest seizures of fentanyl in Arizona.

  GRAPHIC CONTENT: Video shows chaotic scene as police officer set on fire by protester

A police office in the Guadalajara was set on fire during a protest on Thursday, June 5.

Yuma border agents arrest juvenile retrieving meth dropped by drone

The subject was arrested for drug possession, while the narcotics and vehicle were seized.

Immigrants anxious as they await Supreme Court DACA decision

Many immigrants are feeling anxious as they wait to hear whether the U.S. Supreme Court will allow President Donald Trump to end the program that shields them from deportation.

  Border restrictions affect Nogales businesses trying to recover from stay-at-home order

Businesses in Nogales, Ariz., cut off from costumers across U.S. – Mexico border

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.

Largest yet: $1.3 billion contract for border wall awarded

A North Dakota construction company favored by President Donald Trump has received the largest contract to date to build a section of Trump’s signature wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

  Homeland Security Secretary visits Arizona, addresses COVID-19 safety at the border

In a press conference, Wolf emphasized safety on several fronts.

KOLD honored with two regional Murrow Awards

Controversial arrest coverage, Crisis on the Border series recognized for excellence

Agency finds private border wall violates Rio Grande treaty

The International Boundary and Water Commission found that Fisher Industries' 3-mile (4.8 kilometer) fence of steel posts just 35 feet (10 meters) from the Rio Grande could worsen flooding and called on the company to make changes to the project.

Trump bars new immigration green cards, not temporary visas

Returning to a divisive issue at a time of national crisis, President Donald Trump says he will sign an executive order “to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States” because of the coronavirus.

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

Several groups protested outside of detention centers in Eloy to demand the release of all migrants.

Border Patrol agent arrested in Arizona on child sex charges

The arrest was part of an investigation in child abuse with Homeland Security and Sierra Vista police.

US finds major cross-border tunnel used to smuggle drugs

Authorities seized more than two tons of a variety of drugs, a departure from earlier discoveries that consisted largely of marijuana.

  Nogales restaurant owner braces for border travel restrictions

Gomez said business at her restaurant has decreased 90% since the outbreak began.

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

Treating both northern, southern borders equally

CBP: Arizona ports of entry fully operational

Rumors regarding closure to curb spread of COVID-19 are false

CBP officers make record methamphetamine seizure

The seizure is the largest methamphetamine load in Arizona ports history.

Justices allow ‘Remain in Mexico’ asylum policy to continue

The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to continue enforcing a policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings, despite lower court rulings that the policy probably is illegal.

Contractor injured while working on border wall in Arizona

It's unclear where or how the accident happened.

  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

This detonation one of many, and the fifth near Lukeville, as construction continues on the wall, stretching into what Tohono O’odham Nation leaders call a sacred space.

Court sides with Trump in ‘sanctuary cities’ grant fight

A federal appeals court in New York says the Trump administration can withhold law enforcement grants to force states and cities to cooperate with U.S. immigration enforcement.

Greyhound to end Border Patrol immigration checks on buses

In a statement, the company said it won't allow Border Patrol agents on board without a warrant.

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

Arizona lawmakers want residents to vote on a bill that would ban sanctuary cities.

US judge sides with migrants in case against Border Patrol

US judge sides with migrants in lawsuit against conditions at some Border Patrol facilities in Arizona.

Yuma, Tucson Border Patrol agents arrest two for drug smuggling

Two men were arrested near the border for drug smuggling Sunday.

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.