Border & Immigration

  Trump administration puts tough new asylum rule into effect

Border Patrol arrests repeat sex offender

  Supreme Court allows broad enforcement of asylum limits

Tent courts set to open on border for US asylum seekers

  Tucson Border Patrol still stopping more migrant families

Border Patrol rescues pregnant woman, two men claiming to be children, and 10 others

Continued Coverage

McSally: Arizona base project on funding diversion list

Military base projects, including schools and target ranges, to be cut to fund border wall

US watchdog: Separated migrant children suffered trauma

Pentagon approves military construction cash to build border wall

The Border Beat

  US moves FEMA, Coast Guard money to fund border programs

Work on more border wall starts in Arizona, New Mexico

Work crews in Arizona and New Mexico forged ahead Friday with construction of taller border fencing funded through a national emergency declaration by President Donald Trump.

CBP seizes over 820 pounds of marijuana from 11 illegal aliens near Arivaca

Agents snatched up backpackers Wednesday in a remote, mountainous canyon

Nogales BP stops Fentanyl smuggler

CBP officers seized the drugs and arrested a 22-year old woman from Mexico, who was then turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol rescues pregnant woman lost in desert

The woman was treated and released from the hospital Saturday.

Arizona extends tuition rate for students in US illegally

Yuma Border Patrol arrests 16 in human smuggling attempts

New options considered after truckers oppose redundant inspection facilities in Nogales

Southwest Key could reopen shelters for immigrant kids in Arizona

Claims: Migrant children molested in US-funded foster care

Nogales CBP officers seize $142K of methamphetamine

  Government delays some border wall construction in Arizona

Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity calls the decision a small, but temporary win.

Authorities investigating fake ICE fliers posted in SC

The North Charleston police department, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are investigating a posted fake ICE flyer.

Arizona border volunteers opening office to help migrants

A humanitarian organization that provides aid to border crossers says it is opening an office to welcome visitors for a few hours on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings in the southern Arizona desert community of Ajo

CBP Officers seize $275K of heroin, meth at Port of San Luis

Officers seized the drugs and vehicles, while all three subjects were arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

  New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and legal status to prove they will not be a burden to the United States, or what's called a "public charge," but the new rules, made public on Monday, detail a broader range of programs that could disqualify them.

Interactive border wall mural tells stories of deported

Visitors who hold up their phones to the painted faces are taken to a website that voices first-person narratives.

Migrants found locked in semi-trailer

Border Patrol warns that people can die or become seriously injured when placed inside compartments, such as trailers and trunks, not meant for human travel.

  Immigration raids to have long-term effects on poultry towns

More than 100 civil rights activists, union organizers and clergy members in Mississippi denounced the raid, but the state's Republican Gov. Phil Bryant commended federal immigration authorities for the arrests.

  ONLY ON KOLD: Former Tucson Bishop Kicanas offers solutions for crisis on the border

Former Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanas has a message for the country about the crisis on the border.

Nearly 300 detained in ICE raids released, officials confirm

300 of 680 detained in ICE raids on Tuesday have been released, agents said.

  Number of migrants waiting at US border surges to 40,000

English-speaking Cameroonians fleeing atrocities of their French-speaking government helped push Tijuana’s asylum wait list to 10,000 on Sunday, up from 4,800 just three months earlier.

Latinos across US fearful after El Paso mass killings

Saturday’s attack targeting migrants reverberated across minority communities, including the city of Brentwood, N.Y., not far from where there were attacks targeting Hispanics a decade ago.

K9 discovers 207 packages of meth at immigration checkpoint

The dog’s nose led agents to 207 packages of meth hidden in the doors, quarter panels, floor compartments, and the spare tire.

Center for Biological Diversity and others file injunction to stop border wall

A 2017 study by the Center identified more than 90 endangered or threatened species that would be threatened by wall construction along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border.

Founder of homeless veterans camp Michael Lewis Arthur Meyer arrested

Michael Lewis Arthur Meyer was arrested early Monday for allegedly damaging water barrels meant for migrants.

ACLU sues over Trump’s fast-tracked deportations policy

The American Civil Liberties Union is challenging the Trump administration's sweeping expansion of deportation powers, saying it violates constitutional rights and could lead to errors

Border Patrol arrests wanted man with handgun during human smuggling attempt

The four migrants were processed for immigration violations.

Armed Tucson man arrested for human smuggling

Agents discovered the 25-year-old male driver was transporting four foreign nationals, each illegally present in the United States.

  CRISIS ON THE BORDER: Tiny Texas church risks everything to help migrants

One small church in El Paso has risked everything to help thousands of migrants.

  Monsoons can cause headaches for border patrol

Monsoon storms can make it tougher for CBP agents to track people.

ACLU: 900 children separated from family at border since 2018 court order

The ACLU said the Trump administration is separating families over dubious allegations and minor transgressions, including traffic offenses.

  Seesaws installed between US-Mexico border fence to bring people from both sides together

Pink seesaws were installed between a fence separating the United States from Mexico to encourage people on both sides to meet up and have some fun.

Border Patrol arrests previously deported Guatemalan sex offender

Agents learned that Pedro Nolasco-Garcia, a 52-year-old Guatemalan national traveling with the women and children, was convicted of Lewd or Lascivious Conduct and Failure to register as a Sex Offender on July 31, 2015, in Jacksonville, Florida.

  Remodeling work has begun on new facility to house migrants

Already carpeting and artwork have been added. Tucson Clean and Beautiful is being asked to turn a recreation area into a garden.

  CRISIS ON THE BORDER: Migrants overflowing El Paso Sector; Tucson steps in to help

In the recent weeks and months, migrants have been turning themselves in to agents in record numbers.

Judge blocks Trump asylum restrictions at US-Mexico border

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco came hours after a judge in Washington decided to let the rules stand.

  Former Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanas sounds off on new migrant housing option

KOLD News 13 sat down with former long-time Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanas and asked about his thoughts on the new move to house migrants at an unused area of the juvenile detention center in Tucson.

  Pima County approves use of juvenile detention center to provide temporary housing for migrants

The agreement is to use an abandoned wing of the Juvenile Detention Center on West Ajo way.

County supervisors vote to house asylum seekers in juvenile facility

Vote results were met with boos, jeers from audience.

Challenge filed to oppose sanctuary city initiative in Tucson

The qualifications of some signature collectors will also be questioned as the party believes some of the petitions were incomplete, making them invalid.

  Drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sentenced to life in prison

Guzman, 62, was convicted in February on multiple conspiracy counts in an epic drug-trafficking case. The guilty verdict at an 11-week trial triggered what the government says is a well-justified mandatory sentence of life without parole .

CBP arrests cocaine smuggler

The drugs have an estimated street value of nearly $500,000.

Tucson progresses toward becoming state’s first sanctuary city

Proposal qualifies for November ballot.

‘Safety concern’ forces CBP to close port of entry at San Luis

No estimate was given for when the port would reopen.

Trump moves to end asylum protections for Central Americans

According to a new rule published in the Federal Register, asylum seekers who pass through another country first will be ineligible for asylum at the U.S. southern border. The rule, expected to go into effect on Tuesday, also applies to children who have crossed the border alone.

Trump administration official says ICE raids underway; minimal activity reported

The official says the raids will focus on about 2,000 people who’ve been ordered to leave the country, and the priority is apprehending criminals and felons.

UPDATE: Tire fire in Naco under control, smoke no longer visible in Cochise County

Emergency Services, alerted to the fire, reports that the smoke, heavy and black can be seen as far west as Sierra Vista.

  Artwork on display in Ward 6 office tells story of migrant children

“The variety is astonishing for one thing,” said John Warnock as he walks along the walls of the Ward 6 Office. He’s walking through a piece of each child’s journey from their home country to the Benedictine Monastery. Some are bright and happy, while others tell a different story.

Judge orders records in border activist Scott Warren’s arrest unsealed

A federal judge has ordered the government to unseal text messages between agents involved in the arrest of Arizona border activist Scott Warren, who was tried on charges of immigrant harboring.

CBP seizes nearly 50 lbs. of methamphetamine

Sonora resident arrested for attempting to smuggle $139,000 worth of methamphetamine into the U.S.

  Watch: Coast Guard seizes 40,000 pounds of drugs on high seas

As part of an operation to stop organized crime, the Coast Guard released video of a Guardsman jumping on to a semi-submarine.

  ICE raids expected in major cities starting Sunday

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation will take place in some of the country’s biggest cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

  US poised to begin immigration enforcement operation

It'll target people with final orders of removal, including families whose cases had been fast-tracked by judges. It's expected in 10 major cities.

  Woman who took refuge from ICE in church faces huge fine

Maria Chavalan Sut took refuge in a Charlottesville, Va., church to avoid being deported.

  Tucson doctor responds to Border Patrol comments about care for migrants

It has some in border protection hitting back, saying the problem isn't the care they're providing, but the migrants themselves.

  Migrants may be housed in Pima County’s juvenile justice facility

Catholic Community Services has been using Benedictine Monastery, but has to leave by July 26.

  Homeland Security official defends conditions at Border Patrol stations

The Homeland Security Department's internal watchdog provided new details about the overcrowding in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, saying that children were being held for more than two weeks and had no access to showers.

CBP arrests fentanyl body carrier

Officers discovered one drug package hidden in his groin area. The package was later identified as fentanyl with a street value of more than $10,000.

  A different way to celebrate the Fourth of July at the Benedictine Monastery

A quiet place, no fireworks, no tanks, just a celebration of what Independence Day means to them.

  WATCH: Tucson Sector Border Patrol Chief gives tour of processing center

Tucson Sector Border Patrol Chief Roy Villareal tweeted out a video tour of a processing center in southern Arizona.

Border Patrol: 33 migrants found locked inside hot trailer in southern Arizona

Border Patrol said 33 migrants were found in a trailer at an immigration checkpoint in southern Arizona Tuesday, July 2.

  Tucson group to turn in enough signatures to put sanctuary city measure on ballot

Voters may get to decide if Tucson should become the state's first sanctuary city.

  Pima County narrowly passes resolution condemning ICE raids

The resolution condemns the planned ICE raids to round up "millions", according to President Trump, undocumented family members for deportation.

2020 Census being printed without citizenship question

Trump administration attorneys notified parties in lawsuits challenging the question that the printing of the hundreds of millions of documents for the 2020 counts had started, said Kristen Clarke, executive director of the National Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Federal government to retry case against border activist Scott Warren Nov. 12

Scott Warren is accused of harboring immigrants by the federal government.

Six-year-old dies after being run over in Nogales

This incident is still under investigation.

CBP investigating alleged employee involvement in ‘disturbing’ social media activity

Private 'I'm 10-15' Facebook group hosts discussions about work with Border Patrol.

GRAPHIC: Photos of migrant father and daughter spark global anguish

The photos show the bodies of the man and his 23-month-old daughter lying face down near the river bank. Her arm was draped around his neck, suggesting she clung to her father in their final moments.