Border & Immigration

Bill would make building private border wall easier

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

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

  Iranian college student deported by CBP despite judge’s order

Migrants ford river from Guatemala to Mexico

White House considers diverting billions more for border wall

Continued Coverage

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

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

  Sixth defendant in Brian Terry slaying sentenced

CBP to assess collection of DNA samples

Migrants sent back to Mexico stuck and scared

DHS begins MPP returns at Nogales Port of Entry

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

Pentagon watchdog investigating $400M border wall contract

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

  Border agents, Mexican police discover smuggling tunnel in Nogales

Two Border Patrol agents assaulted within 24 hour period

Report: US lacked technology to track separated families

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.

Douglas police caution against travel across border

Cite ‘reports of sustained automatic gunfire in Agua Prieta’

Smugglers in Mexico cutting through border wall’s new sections with saws, report says

Smugglers are using reciprocating saws to cut through steel and concrete portions of the wall, the Post reports.

Yuma Border Patrol halts more than $126K in meth headed for Phoenix

Agents discovered that the meth was on its way to Phoenix, where it would have put 100,000 doses of illicit drugs into the community.

Mass grave near Rocky Point yields 42 bodies

Two bodies still had decomposing flesh on them

Report: CBP apprehends record number of migrants

U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended nearly 1 million migrants in 2019 fiscal year.

Leader of Phoenix-area activists group accused of ID theft

The leader of a group of activists against illegal immigration is facing an identity theft charge

CBP: Woman from Mexico dies in Arizona hospital

33-year-old was found near Tubac

Illicit cross-border tunnel discovered in Nogales

The 29-foot-long tunnel was found during a routine bi-national tunnel sweep of the drainage system that serves both sides of the border.

Medical examiner rules border agent died of natural causes

Robert Hotten was found by fellow agents on Oct. 6

Phoenix woman arrested for smuggling migrants near Gila Bend

The U.S. citizen adult was arrested and faces prosecution for human smuggling violations.

CBP: Detainee from Mexico dies in southern Arizona hospital

Medical officials found that the man had a pre-existing heart condition.

US takes step to require DNA samples from asylum-seekers

The Justice Department on Monday issued amended regulations that would mandate DNA collection for almost all migrants who cross between official entry points and are held even temporarily.

  AMO team in Sierra Vista helps secure border

Predator drone also an important asset in other missions

  32 immigrants found inside refrigerated truck at I-19 border checkpoint

Two arrested, charged with felony human smuggling violations

Democrats, GOP support nixing English immersion in Arizona

Two decades after it was approved by Arizona voters, a law mandating an English-only education for non-native speakers may get repealed in 2020

Federal judge rules against use of emergency funds to build border wall

Back in February, President Trump declared the situation at the U.S. border with Mexico a national emergency, which allowed him to bypass Congress and use money allotted for military construction to build a wall along the border.

Douglas CBP officers capture murder suspect

A records check found that Francisco Moreno-Francies is wanted on an outstanding warrant for murder out of Pima County.

Gov. Ducey orders flags at half-staff to honor border agent

Robert Hotten died while on patrol south of Patagonia

  Border agent dies after being found unresponsive in southern Arizona

Agents found Robert Hotten near Mount Washington

Former Border Patrol agent accused of sexual assault by fellow agent

Gus Zamora, 51, has been accused of sexually assaulting a fellow Border Patrol agent.

WATCH: Beto O’Rourke hosts town hall near the University of Arizona

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke hosted a town hall in Tucson on Sunday.

  Tucson woman uses migrant clothing to protest border wall

Adler’s efforts are to protest the border wall in behalf of migrants, wildlife and the environment.

  CRISIS ON THE BORDER: Crews begin wall construction in Yuma

More than 60 miles of fencing being built

  Vice President Mike Pence talks campaign, Ukraine, politics and border security

Vice President Mike Pence was Arizona Wednesday and Thursday and promised more visits in the coming months.

CBP tracks ultralight across border, arrests pilot

This is the second ultralight seized by CBP in the last year.

Trump admin shifting to privatize migrant child detention

Sheltering migrant children has become a growing business for one contractor, as the number of minors in government custody has swollen to record levels in the past two years.

Man accused of sexually assaulting migrant in desert near Ajo

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department said Antonio Cruz-Morales, 33, is being held on two counts of sexual assault.

Judge blocks Trump rules for detained migrant kids

A U.S. judge on Friday blocked new Trump administration rules that would enable the government to keep immigrant children in detention facilities with their parents indefinitely.

Nogales CBP officers seize $1.9 million in drugs

CBP seized nearly $2 million in drugs at the Port of Nogales this weekend.

Some members of anti-immigrant group settle lawsuit

Some members of an Arizona anti-immigrant group have agreed to stop harassing Phoenix-area churches as part of a lawsuit settlement

  Experts: Human trafficking is hidden tragedy of broken immigration system

Many are hoping to find a better life in the United States, but even once they make it across the border, many may find themselves in a world they could not have possibly imagined.

GRAPHIC: Photos reveal harsh conditions migrants face at hands of smugglers

The harsh conditions smugglers expose them to often lead to severe injury or death, says the chief.

Off-duty CBP agent disarms gunman who fires shots in El Paso restaurant

No one was harmed.

Border Patrol arrests man wanted for rape, murder

All three subjects will be processed for immigration violations.

Yuma Border Patrol seize bulk cash and nearly $90K in meth at checkpoint

You can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll free.

Trump administration puts tough new asylum rule into effect

The Trump administration put the policy into effect the day after the Supreme Court cleared it to do so while legal challenges move forward.

Border Patrol arrests repeat sex offender

Records checks revealed Castro-Garcia was convicted of sex with a minor in 2013 and again in 2014 in California.

Supreme Court allows broad enforcement of asylum limits

The Supreme Court is allowing nationwide enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that prevents most Central American immigrants from seeking asylum in the United States.