Border & Immigration

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.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol rescues pregnant woman lost in desert

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

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Nogales CBP officers seize $142K of methamphetamine

  Government delays some border wall construction in Arizona

Authorities investigating fake ICE fliers posted in SC

Arizona border volunteers opening office to help migrants

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

  New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

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

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

Latinos across US fearful after El Paso mass killings

K9 discovers 207 packages of meth at immigration checkpoint

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

Founder of homeless veterans camp Michael Lewis Arthur Meyer arrested

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.

  House passes emergency funding bill for migrant care crisis

Democrats have whisked a $4.5 billion bill through the House aimed at improving conditions for thousands of families and other migrants whose sheer numbers have overwhelmed federal immigration authorities.

  ‘I can’t recall anything,’ says man who went missing in Mexico for days

Jessy Pacheco said he’s grateful to be back home in the U.S. His friend, Carlos Alejandro Delgadillo Romero, was found beaten, shot and killed near the bar where the two were last seen, The incident is under investigation.

Government moves migrant kids after poor conditions exposed

The U.S. government has removed most of the children from a remote Border Patrol station in Texas following reports that more than 300 children were detained there, caring for each other with inadequate food, water and sanitation.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol arrests previously deported convicted child molester

The man has been charged with re-entry as a previously deported aggravated felon.

Military service member found dead in southern Arizona

Authorities say the service member with the Southwest Border Support Mission was found dead Sunday near Ajo.

Tucson World Refugee Day hosts big crowd for recourse, help and friends

The event was a one-stop shop for refugees and volunteers looking for information, community resources or simply a place to make a new friend.

Trump delaying massive ICE immigration raids for 2 weeks

Raids targeting immigrant families were to be carried out as soon as this weekend but President Donald Trump has delayed them for two weeks at the request of the Democrats.

Border Patrol finds runaway juvenile near Yuma

An Arizona runaway juvenile was found with an adult while trying to travel through an immigration checkpoint.

  Migrant children describe neglect at Texas border facility

The bleak portrait emerged Thursday after a legal team interviewed 60 children at the facility near El Paso that has become the latest place where attorneys say young migrants are describing neglect and mistreatment at the hands of the U.S. government.

Border agents rescue 17 migrants lost in bombing range

The individuals were processed for immigration violations.

  Students from across America dedicate summer at Benedictine Monastery to help asylum seekers

Four students from across the country are spending the long, hot summer in Tucson interning at the Benedictine Monastery, which is a way station of sorts for asylum seekers.

UPDATE: At least six killed in cartel violence in border towns

Friday's shootings happened at about 10 a.m.

UPDATE: Woman, child located after young girl found dead west of Lukeville

According to the National Weather Service, the high temperature in the area yesterday was approximately 108 degrees.

Nogales CBP Officers seize $1.2M of cocaine, arrest 1 in smuggling attempt

A search turned up nearly two dozen packages that were concealed within the vehicle’s rocker panels. The packages held nearly 51 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated value of in excess of $1.2 million.

Nogales CBP Officers seize $360K of methamphetamine, arrest Phoenix woman

CBP officers seized both the drugs and the vehicle, while the woman was arrested and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.