Border & Immigration

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after it was approved by Arizona voters, a law mandating an English-only education for non-native speakers may get repealed in 2020

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

  Border agent dies after being found unresponsive in southern Arizona

Former Border Patrol agent accused of sexual assault by fellow agent

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

  Tucson woman uses migrant clothing to protest border wall

  CRISIS ON THE BORDER: Crews begin wall construction in Yuma

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

CBP tracks ultralight across border, arrests pilot

Trump admin shifting to privatize migrant child detention

Man accused of sexually assaulting migrant in desert near Ajo

Judge blocks Trump rules for detained migrant kids

Nogales CBP officers seize $1.9 million in drugs

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.

Border Patrol arrests man wanted for rape, murder

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

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

Agents coordinate with their Mexican counterparts to limit any possible surprises along the border.

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

Both subjects were processed for immigration violations.

McSally: Arizona base project on funding diversion list

Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally says a construction project at an Army base in Sierra Vista is the only Arizona project affected by the use of military funding to build part of President Donald Trump's wall along the U.S.-Mexico border

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

The Pentagon will cut funding from military projects like schools, target ranges and maintenance facilities to pay for the construction of 175 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, diverting a total $3.6 billion to President Donald Trump's long-promised barrier.

US watchdog: Separated migrant children suffered trauma

The children, many already distressed in their home countries or by their journey, showed more fear, feelings of abandonment and post-traumatic stress symptoms than children who were not separated, according to a report.

Pentagon approves military construction cash to build border wall

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has approved the use of $3.6 billion in funding from military construction projects to build 175 miles of President Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border.

The Border Beat

KOLD keeps you up to date on who's getting busted at the U.S.-Mexico border

  US moves FEMA, Coast Guard money to fund border programs

The news comes as hurricane season is ramping up and Tropical Storm Dorian is heading toward Puerto Rico. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the move "stunningly reckless."

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

Arizona universities are moving to expand access to a tuition rate paid by immigrants living in the country illegally

Yuma Border Patrol arrests 16 in human smuggling attempts

U.S. Border Patrol agents in Southwest Arizona have had a busy week thwarting human smuggling and drug runs into the United States.

New options considered after truckers oppose redundant inspection facilities in Nogales

Trucking companies are saying if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

Southwest Key could reopen shelters for immigrant kids in Arizona

A provider of shelters for immigrant children is looking to reopen two facilities that the state of Arizona forced it to shutter last year because of issues with employee background checks and allegations of abuse

Claims: Migrant children molested in US-funded foster care

The foster care programs are aimed at providing migrant children with care while authorities work to connect them with parents, relatives or other sponsors. But instead the boy told a counselor he was repeatedly sexually molested by other boys in the foster home.

Nogales CBP officers seize $142K of methamphetamine

The packages had more than 158 pounds of meth, worth more than $142,000.

  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.