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Drug smuggling attempt via ultralight aircraft stopped by BP agents

Agents with Air and Marine Operations with surveillance equipment detected an unknown aircraft entering the U.S. at 11 p.m Thursday, May 23.

Binational operation leads to seizure of over 250 pounds of narcotics

  Border Patrol agent accused of sexually assaulting women

Officials: Border agent suspended without pay in June 2018

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  Trump launches new immigration overhaul push

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Some TSA employees are being sent to the US-Mexico border

CBP officers stop smuggling attempts at Port of Nogales, arrest 3

Border wall to go up in national monument, wildlife refuge

Migrant 911 call leads to Border Patrol Rescue

Yuma Sector arrests gang member from El Salvador

New parking lot expected to reduce congestion at Douglas port of entry

Department of Defense approves program to replace border fencing in Tucson area

The Department of Defense will spend $1.5 billion to replace 78.2 miles of fencing in and around the Tucson area as well as El Centro, Texas.

  Dora’s Story: Woman recounts deadly journey to find new life in America

Four decades ago, Dora Rodriquez left El Salvador to try to start a new life in America. That trip almost cost her life.

  Border Patrol warns of dangers crossing border after air rescue

As summer approaches, CBP hopes people will reconsider crossing.

Border Patrol rescues stranded immigrant from Diablo Peak

The man called 911 after he was unable to walk.

  APP PREVIEW: Dora’s near-death journey to find a better life

  Pima Co. Sheriff Mark Napier talks Operation Stonegarden funds

Nogales CBP Officers seize hard drugs, arrest 7

Desert View High’s Thomas Torres released from federal custody

  Pima County Board flips Stonegarden vote, accepts federal money

Public input wanted for border infrastructure projects in Pima, Cochise Counties

  Border Patrol apprehends more than 700 immigrants near Yuma

Border Patrol agents from the Yuma sector said they apprehend more than 1,500 immigrants Saturday-Monday, May 4-6.

Board of Supervisors approves Operation Stonegarden grant

The controversial grant is expected to be worth $1.5 million in 2019.

  WATCH: Desert View students stage walkout after Thomas Torres taken by Border Patrol

A family friend said Thomas Torres. a student at Desert View High, was arrested by Border Patrol and could be facing deportation.

Border agents, air crews come to aid of migrants in distress

All of the men are now facing federal immigration charges.

  Bipartisan bill aims to combat humanitarian crisis at border

A Republican and a Democrat from Texas teamed up for the measure, which will keep families together, call for more Homeland Security personnel and create more processing centers where needed.

CBP Officers seize $3.8M in hard drugs, arrest 4 at Nogales Port of Entry

In three separate incidents U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized nearly 268 pounds of heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine at the Nogales Port of Entry.

CBP Officers at Port of San Luis seize $478K in drugs, arrest 5

Over the weekend, in five separate incidents, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested 5 people after they attempted to smuggle drugs across the border into the U.S. at both the vehicle and pedestrian crossings in the Port of San Luis, near Yuma, AZ.

Tucson couple safe after kidnapping in Nogales, Sonora

Mexican authorities arrested two people in connection with the kidnapping of two Tucson residents.

CBP officers make major marijuana seizure at Port of San Luis

The ensuing search led to the discovery of nearly 170 packages within the roof of the trailer that weighed more than 1,995 pounds, and have an estimated value of nearly $998,000.

U.S. Border Patrol saves unresponsive woman

She was transported to a local hospital where she is recovering from severe dehydration.

  Armed smugglers caught on Border Patrol video

In recent months KOLD News 13 has been showing video and pictures of large groups of asylum seekers illegally crossing into Arizona from Mexico...but Tuesday night there is new video showing the dangers of armed human smugglers.

Cochise County Board of Supervisors approve border safety funding

$1.4 million in funding will allow the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) to continue its work combating human and drugs trafficking across the border.

  Caught on video: Woman, son cross fence after being dropped off by heavily armed escort

According to BP, the pair were dropped off on a route that is used frequently by smugglers attempting to bring migrants, mainly from Central America, into the U.S. illegally

Nogales CBP officers seize significant amount of marijuana hidden inside tractor trailer cargo

The drugs are identified as more than 4,100 pounds of marijuana with a value of nearly 2.1 million dollars.

Charges dropped against University of Arizona students for incident with border patrol agents

The students could still face discipline as the school continues its investigation.

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.

Border Patrol agent assaulted by migrant

As agents attempted to apprehend the suspected migrants, a man in the group struck a Border Patrol agent several times.

Two Indian nationals rescued after beacon activation

Agents responded to the rescue beacon located approximately 14 miles northwest of the Lukeville Port of Entry and found two men alone in the beacon.

  Rec center sheltering migrants after churches reach capacity

Andy Squire with the City of Tucson said on Sunday night, April 14 Catholic Community Services and immigration officials called Tucson officials including law enforcement and the mayor, letting them know they could not accept any more migrants.

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

The child and her father were quarantined from the other detainees, and the Yuma County Health Department was notified per protocol.

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

They will remain in federal custody pending prosecution for criminal immigration violations.

  Tucson looking for more space to house refugees

Tucson’s Mayor Jonathan Rothschild is working the phones these days, not for reelection, but to find space to house the growing number of refugees expected in the near future.

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

Over the course of the weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at the Nogales Port of Entry stopped five smuggling attempts worth more than $3.8 million and arrested six people.

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

Fisher Industries in Coolidge, Arizona invited members of Congress and U.S. Senate to witness how it can build 218 miles of border wall cheaply and quickly.

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

BP camera operators spotted the mass of people after several buses arrived south of the U.S.-Mexico border approximately 14 miles west of the Port of Lukeville. BP agents watched as the group exited the buses and walked under the vehicle barrier that sits on the international boundary.

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

All drugs and vehicles were seized by CBP officers, while all subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

  Protesters want charges dropped against UA students

Those who support the students took their fight to the Arizona Board of Regents meeting on Thursday, which was the second day protesters were on campus.

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

Vice President Mike Pence flew to southern Arizona Thursday to meet with Customs and Border Protection agents and tour the border wall in Nogales.

  Tucson monastery feeling strain housing triple the amount of migrants

At that time, it would see as many as 30 refugees on a busy day. Now, the service may have 120 a day dropped off by ICE and Border Patrol.

Cocaine smuggler caught by Douglas CBP Officers

The drugs, weighing more than 9 pounds, are estimated to be worth nearly $222,000.

  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

A judge granted a request by civil liberties groups to halt the Trump administration's asylum policy while their lawsuit moves forward.

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

More than 280 undocumented workers - many of them women - were arrested at a technology company outside of Dallas.

  Kirstjen Nielsen resigns as Homeland Security secretary

The president said he is nominating Kevin McAleenan, the current commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, as her replacement.

  Wait times at Nogales Port of Entry shrink

What could easily be a two-hour wait time to reenter the U.S. from Mexico on a Friday just weeks ago, turned to next nothing this week.

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

President Donald Trump is threatening to slap tariffs on cars coming to the U.S. from Mexico unless the Mexicans do more to stop the flow of migrants trying to enter the U.S.

  ONLY ON: Nogales border technology helps arrest violent criminal

But there is one spot in southern Arizona that isn’t seeing those large numbers, KOLD News 13’s Angelica Carrillo traveled to Nogales to show you.

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.