Border & Immigration

  Harris planning first trip abroad to Mexico, Guatemala

She said she would go as soon as possible, depending on restrictions put in place for the pandemic.

K-9 sniffs out more than seven pounds of fentanyl in second major drug seizure

Tucson leaders react to Magnus’ nomination to lead Customs and Border Protection

Border Patrol to build migrant detention facility in Tucson area

Report: Biden nominates Chris Magnus to lead Customs and Border Protection

Arizona AG sues federal government over immigration decisions

Los Angeles County fairgrounds to house migrant children

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New Mexico governor gets request to send troops to US border

  Shelter provides resources to migrant families after being processed in Border Patrol custody

  Number of kids alone at border hits all-time high in March

Court backs asylum, says woman’s feminism would endanger her in Mexico

CBS NEWS: Record number of unaccompanied minors taken into custody on southern border

Authorities: Infant rescued from U.S.-Mexico border after smugglers threw child out of raft

Yuma Border Patrol agents arrest group carrying 300 pounds of marijuana

According to a news release, the makeshift backpack bundles of marijuana have an estimated worth of $105,000.

  VIDEO: Smugglers drop 2 toddlers over border barrier, rescued by U.S. Border Patrol

Two female toddlers were rescued by U.S. Border Patrol Agents on Tuesday evening after being dropped over a border barrier just west of Mt. Cristo Rey, which is near El Paso, Texas.

CBP arrests registered sex offender near Dateland

Jose Shul-Cruz has been apprehended by Border Patrol agents seven times.

K-9 helps Border Patrol find fentanyl hidden in breakfast burritos

Officials say the packages had a combined weight of just over five pounds with an estimated street value of nearly $60,000.

Advocates call on Biden to ‘tear down this wall,’ repair border damage

  Migrant kids crowded into Texas facility as space runs low

Laredo Sector Border Patrol renders aid to distressed individual

CBP Officers seize drugs, currency, arrest fugitives in El Paso

Baseball in a border town: Nogales finds its favorite pastime a ‘release’ from pandemic

Drone incursion leads to methamphetamine seizure near Yuma

Border Patrol canine retires after seven years of service

Kirpy was trained to detect the presence of concealed humans and the odors of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and ecstasy. Throughout his career, Kirpy detected more than $85,000 worth of marijuana and hashish, more than $140,000 worth of methamphetamine, and several concealed humans.

  Nogales not seeing asylum-seeker dropoffs

The mayor of Nogales said his city does not have the resources, nor funding, to prepare for large groups of families to be released into the community due to COVID-19.

Pima County will seek a contract to transport asylum seekers

The vote was 4-1 in an emergency board meeting on March 24.

  Biden taps VP Harris to lead response to border challenges

President Joe Biden has tapped Vice President Kamala Harris to lead the White House effort to tackle the migration challenge at the U.S. southern border.

Ducey signs HB 2116, provides civil action against human and sex trafficking perpetrators

A person who engages in the trafficking of another person or a person who benefits from participating in a venture that traffics another person is liable to the person trafficked for damages that arise during the trafficking period.

Sex offender arrested in maritime smuggling incident

The man now faces Federal charges for illegal re-entry after deportation.

Mesa teacher jailed in Mexico after gun found in backpack

Her sister, Audra Ward says an X-ray picked up the gun in Rosales’ backpack when she crossed the border. The 29-yr-old Rosales, along with her two friends in the car, was detained. The two men with her were released on Thursday, but Rosales is still behind bars.

  Biden aims to prevent border crossings from swamping agenda

The Biden administration is scrambling to manage a growing humanitarian and political challenge at the U.S.-Mexico border that threatens to overshadow its ambitious legislative agenda.

Operation Stop the Flow yields more than $500,000 of counterfeits seized by CBP officers

CBP’s border security mission is led at 328 ports of entry by CBP officers from the Office of Field Operations.

  Gov. Doug Ducey and Florida Sen. Rick Scott tour southern border amid increase in migrant children crossing

Both Arizona Gov. Ducey and Florida Sen. Scott are calling out the Biden administration for ending the ‘Migrant Protection Protocol’ better known as the ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy.

House OKs bills easing path to citizenship for undocumented residents

Republican say measures will create more problems than they solve.

  ‘Very angry’: Democrats face tough choices on immigration

Biden has used executive actions to begin rolling back Trump immigration policies, but a sweeping plan he announced his first day in office to remake the immigration system has stalled in Congress.

Knowing the difference between asylum seekers and refugees

Asylum seekers are refugees whose claims are yet to be evaluated by the government.

  House OKs Dems’ immigration bills for Dreamers, farm workers

The bills represent Democrats’ initial steps this year toward Biden’s goal of sweeping legislation making citizenship possible for all 11 million immigrants estimated to be in the U.S. illegally.

Gov. Ducey, Arizona lawmakers to visit U.S. border on Friday

Ducey will be joined by Senator Rick Scott of Florida who is a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. He will also be joined by other Arizona lawmakers and community leaders from Cochise County.

Border Patrol agents apprehend convicted rapist

A records check revealed Sandoval-Valdivia had a felony conviction for rape, and misdemeanor convictions for willful cruelty to a child and driving while intoxicated.

  Emergency sites for migrant children raising safety concerns

A former camp for oilfield workers that is now housing immigrant teenagers has emerged as a trouble spot in the Biden administration's response to growing numbers of children arriving at the border.

DHS chief defends Biden border policy at time of ‘historic’ challenges

Republican lawmakers blame the surge of migrants on policies that they said amount to an incentive to come to the U.S.

  Homeland Security head rejects GOP claims of border `crisis’

As GOP members of Congress argued that President Joe Biden had wrongly rolled back immigration policies enacted by former President Donald Trump, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas pointed to another Trump policy that was widely reviled: the separation of immigrant families.

Immigrant advocates push against Arizona’s top prosecutor

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund on Tuesday filed the lawsuit against Attorney General Mark Brnovich for the Arizona-based Puente Human Rights Movement, Chicanos Por La Causa and the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project. The groups provide services to immigrants.

  Child border crossings surging, straining US facilities

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas conceded that a surge in the number of children, mostly from Central America, is a challenge for the Border Patrol and other agencies amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Border Patrol agents intercept fentanyl pills, meth, and an illegal immigrant at checkpoint

Yuma Sector Canine Unit was called to the immigration checkpoint at Interstate 8 on Saturday, Mar. 13 for a secondary inspection of a Ford truck around 1 p.m. The driver of the vehicle, a female U.S. citizen from Somerton, was arrested.

FEMA deployed to southern border to help manage increase in migrant children crossing into the U.S.

It’s still unclear at this time if FEMA will send additional manpower to the southwest border to help assist CBP or HHS.

Over 500 pounds of drugs, 600 counterfeit IDs seized in month of February

CBP officers seized 229 pounds of prescription medication/chemical, 198 pounds of Marijuana, 33 pounds of cocaine, 32 pounds of Ketamine, 24 pounds of Crystal Methamphetamine and two pounds of Fentanyl.

Immigrant teens to be housed at Dallas convention center

Federal agencies will use the facility to house boys ages 15 to 17, according to the memo, which describes the soon-to-open site as a “decompression center.”

Laredo Sector Border Patrol apprehends over 100 individuals in separate smuggling attempts

All the individuals were determined to be in the United States illegally from the countries of Ecuador, El Salvador. Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico.

Biden moves to relieve strain of child border crossings

The 2018 policy called on Health and Human Services to share information about family sponsors with immigration authorities, a move that discouraged parents and other relatives from stepping forward out of fear they would be deported.

K-9 alerts to fentanyl pills hidden in sealed medicine bottles

The owner of the backpack, a 16-year-old female U.S. citizen, was taken into custody and the pills were seized.

AG Brnovich files motion to intervene in lawsuit to uphold immigration policy

Joining Arizona are attorneys general from the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia.

Biden insists border’s closed, unveils plan to halt migrants at source

Policy aims to stem migration at the source by improving conditions in Central American countries through aid programs.

  Tucson Sector Border Patrol reporting an uptick in unaccompanied children at the border

According to Customs and Border Protection, almost 97,000 people were apprehended in February. Almost 14,000 of those were minors traveling alone.

CBP officers seize $22 million in designer watches

The total declared value for all three boxes was listed as $615, but had the 600 watches been real the cumulative Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) would have been worth $22.77 million.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection gives February 2021 operational update

To date, CBP has processed 1,500 individuals through this phased program.

Yuma Border Patrol agents find stash house

Around 2:30 a.m., officials arrived at the 4000 block of County 13 ¾ Street where they found a group of illegal aliens inside the home. Agents arrested the immigrants and transported them to Yuma Station for further processing.

Border Patrol agents rescue two illegal migrants from California desert

The two were transported to the El Centro station for processing.

AZ: Attorney General Brnovich expands lawsuit to stop recent deportation policy

Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a lawsuit on Feb. 3 against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and federal officials over its new policy to pause nearly all deportations for 100 days.

Del Rio Sector Agents rescue four from confined space smuggling attempt

The suspect faces charges of 8 USC 1324, Alien Smuggling, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

  Mayor of Nogales demands the razor wire along the border to be cut down

As of now, it’s unclear if the Biden administration will take immediate action on removing the razor wire along the southern border.

  Asylum-seekers under MPP in Nogales are stilling having to wait to be processed

There has been no formal announcement from government officials as to which port of entry in Nogales people will have to be processed through.

  More asylum seekers head to Casa Alitas under Biden administration, decline of COVID-19

Though, there is still an expected surge on the horizon. A limit of under 70 people at the shelter due to COVID-19 could cause problems

Supreme Court raises bar for some immigrants to avoid deportation

Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion for a 5-3 conservative majority that ruled against a Mexican citizen who entered the U.S. illegally and has lived in the country for 25 years.

Yuma border agents rescue father and 2-year-old from canal Monday

According to reports, the father strapped his child to his back in an effort to illegally cross the Salinity Canal, southwest of Yuma.

SUV in crash where 13 died came through hole in border fence

Gregory Bovino, the agency’s El Centro sector chief, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that surveillance video showed a Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Suburban drive through the opening early Tuesday.

GAO: Pentagon estimates of border duty costs, impact were unreliable

The report looked at four of the 33 “requests for assistance” at the border between 2018 and 2020.

Tucson nonprofit prepares for second surge of asylum-seekers

Dozens of volunteers at the welcome center are laying out the clothing, bed sheets, shoes, and basic hygiene products for families.

Biden tries to reset relationship with Mexican president

Pressures are building at the U.S. southern border with an increase in children crossing into the country without visas and the preservation of a COVID-related policy of quickly expelling people captured along the border.

USBP arrests migrant with firearm at border checkpoint

The man was arrested after being stopped at a State Route checkpoint with a loaded revolver.

Judge bans enforcement of Biden’s 100-day deportation pause

A federal judge late Tuesday indefinitely banned President Joe Biden’s administration from enforcing a 100-day moratorium on most deportations.

Border Patrol rescues woman ‘left for dead’ in Texas winter storm

According to a news release, the 43-year-old survived after agents from the Big Bend sector got her medical attention and evacuated her to a hospital for life-threatening injuries.

  Republican Senator Lindsey Graham tours southern border, raises concern over new immigration policies

As thousands of families begin the process to come into the United States, there’s thousands more who are being left out.

Border Patrol agents arrest group in the desert near Yuma

All eight were taken to Border Patrol's Wellton Station for processing.

  US lets in asylum-seekers stuck in Mexico, ends Trump policy

The number of asylum-seekers coming in initially will be very limited, beginning Friday at a border crossing in San Diego and expanding to Brownsville, Texas, on Monday and El Paso, Texas, next Friday.

  Mayor Regina Romero: City prepares to help with asylum-seekers being released in Tucson

City officials are working with nonprofits and churches to provide shelter to migrant families

  Democrats consider piecemeal approach to immigration reform

The plan offers one of the fastest pathways to citizenship of any proposed measure in recent years but without offering any enhanced border security, a priority for Republicans.

Biden faces pressure as US sets new course on immigration

While Biden has taken some major steps in his first weeks in office to reverse Trump’s hardline immigration policies, his administration hasn’t lifted some of the most significant barriers to asylum-seekers.

Yuma air border agents apprehend guide for group of 44 migrants

Garcia-Orozco was transported to the Yuma Station for processing.

Biden to slowly allow 25,000 people seeking asylum into US

The first of an estimated 25,000 asylum-seekers in Mexico with active cases will be allowed in the United States on Feb. 19, authorities said.

CBP Valentine’s Day Prep: Are your flowers pest and disease free?

Groceries, plants, medications, liquor, pets and personal purchases made in Mexico need to be declared when returning to the United States.