A report by the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency says this year's influx of Central American migrants has begun to decline, but it calls on Congress for support in keeping the crisis in check.
UPDATE 7:08 p.m.: Reports out of Tucson say the charges have been dropped. Three activists who rally against alleged abuses by federal border authorities want prosecutors to drop charges stemming from a run-in between the two sides in May. Shena Gutierrez -- whose husband suffered severe injuries ... More >>
No surprise here: Disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas has the most intense border-security plan of any of the Republican candidates for governor.Thomas is proposing 3,000 National Guardsmen on the border, along with double-layer fencing either along the border or along a "fall-ba ... More >>
You gotta love one thing about Republicans: With them, there's always blood in the water. With erstwhile Go Daddy exec Christine Jones hard on his heels in the GOP primary for governor, and an awesome anti-Ducey ad by a pro-Jones I.E. in circulation, Ducey has fired back beginning today with a new ... More >>
Two shots were fired from a helicopter being operated in the U.S. by Mexican law enforcement yesterday morning.The helicopter crossed about 100 years into the United States, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake are demanding that U.S. Customs and Border Protection let the media inside its processing center in Nogales, where unaccompanied minors are being processed.Photos inside the facility had leaked, and employees have reportedly been banned from carrying electronic de ... More >>
Complaints of abuse against Border Patrol agents along the southern border are rarely met with action, according to a report from the American Immigration Council.The organization obtained public records from Customs and Border Protection to gain information about the complaints of abuse. The group ... More >>
Heather Rene Guffin, the CEO of a timeshare-marketing firm, was arrested at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport last week following an altercation with customs agents. Now the 35-year-old expatriate is stuck in Phoenix, hoping a federal judge rules as soon as this morning that she can return t ... More >>
The number of people apprehended by Border Patrol agents in Arizona last year was the lowest in 20 years.U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today that there were 125,942 apprehensions last year, which still amounts to an average of 350 people per day.
Today in Found at the Border: Officers at the port of entry in Nogales seized a very creepy mask that someone tried to bring back into the United States.A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman says an officer conducting a routine search of a car on Tuesday found "a suspicious mask that appe ... More >>
Today in Found at the Border: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers inspecting the vehicle of a Phoenix man on his way back into the United States found a Thai woman in the man's suitcase.According to a CBP spokeswoman, the 56-year-old Phoenix resident -- whose name wasn't released -- was driv ... More >>
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona claims Border Patrol agents are harassing residents in southern Arizona, often far from the border.The ACLU has sent a letter to federal investigators, outlining some of the allegations, and asking for an investigation into "roving patrols" by U.S. Custo ... More >>
Today in Found at the Border: Officers at the U.S./Mexico border busted one of the more unusual border-crossing attempts in recent memory yesterday.According to Customs and Border Protection, a 35-year-old Mexican man jumped into a large shipment of chili peppers, and went-face down into the peppers ... More >>
Laci Caldwell's vagina may hold less cargo than Claudia "Home of the One-Pounder" Ibarra's, but the 25-year-old accused smuggler wins points for creative storytelling. The 25-year-old woman was stopped on Monday while walking from Mexico at the San Luis port of entry south of Yuma after agents noti ... More >>
Even though our border is, by all measurements of the word, more secure today than it has been in the past four decades, politicians still argue that it isn't secure enough. A new study postulates that there is no such thing as a "secure" border, because the definition of what that means has yet to ... More >>
Today in Found at the Border: Meth is now a fashion statement.U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers found a duo from southern Arizona wearing a combined total of 10 pounds of meth while trying to cross the border back into the United States on Tuesday.
Today in Found at the Border: Phoenix resident Dora Gutierrez's butt is not that big.According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, almost three pounds of cocaine taped to Gutierrez's booty when she tried to come into the United States through the port of entry in Nogales on Monday.
Today in Found at the border: A 22-year-old U.S. citizen was busted trying to bring $50,000 over the border into Mexico last week, in one of the most brazen cash-smuggling attempts we've heard of.According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Rene Becerra-Portillo Jr. wore a McDonald's uniform as ... More >>
Today in Found at the Border: A 14-year-old boy trying to cross the border into the United States through Nogales was busted with six pounds of meth, and almost six grams of cocaine.According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the boy was carrying a bag full of what appeared to be groceries, but ... More >>
Usually, Customs and Border Protection officers are catching ever-creative drug smugglers as they attempt to get their product through a port at the border.This time, though, the Office of Air and Marine -- part of Customs and Border Protection -- caught the stash in the air, as a pilot took his sma ... More >>
A Mexican national was busted trying to smuggle more than $100,000 from the United States into Mexico, and he may have been caught only because he either lied or is bad at counting.See, U.S. Customs and Border Protection says 54-year-old Gamaliel Gonzales De Dios declared $1,000 in cash when he trie ... More >>
Today in Found at the border: A Mexican national tried to smuggle 2,000 pounds of weed into the United States by hiding the stash in bricks of charcoal.Thanks to Wilhelm Röntgen's 1895 discovery of the X-ray, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers were able to see late last week that the 1,000 ... More >>
For the second time this year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized hundreds of pounds of cheese from someone trying to drive a cheese-load into the United States from Mexico.Federal authorities say not only was this cheese undeclared, but it also was unpasteurized.See also:-230 Pounds of Chees ... More >>
Ladies and gentlemen, the above photo is a man's belly button stuffed with heroin, in an attempted smuggling attempt in Nogales.See also:-Bell Peppers Will Not Disguise 2,000 Pounds of Weed, Mexican National Discovers-Border Agents Find Women With Buckets of Chicken: Half Original Recipe, Half Meth- ... More >>
Today in Found at the Border, a Phoenix man tried to cross the border into Mexico with almost $11,000 in his shoes.It might sound like a cash-hiding method that would be obvious to the authorities, but that's not quite the case.See also:-Bell Peppers Will Not Disguise 2,000 Pounds of Weed, Mexican N ... More >>
How could you forget Senator John McCain's "complete the danged fence" ad?"It'll work this time," assures underwear model/Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.Well, today, while McCain took a tour of the border, he watched a woman climb over an 18-foot border fence in Nogales.
Yesterday marked the end of the 7th annual Phoenix Border Security Expo, and we should all feel much, uh, safer knowing that the 180 companies attending have devoted so much time and resources to keeping our border safe from low-grade pot and immigrants. The companies set up individual booths like l ... More >>
A Mexican national discovered on Tuesday that a bunch of bell peppers won't conceal more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana from the authorities.U.S. Customs and Border Protection made the find while the man was attempting to enter the United States through a commercial facility in Nogales with the load ... More >>
Unless someone's familiar with a Nogales-area establishment that sells chicken and meth in the same bucket, we'll have to rely on U.S. Customs and Border Protection's claim that it busted a smuggling attempt.Yes, the preferred method of smuggling in this attempt apparently was to hide multiple pound ... More >>
A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who let 1,200 pounds of weed roll on into the United States on a truck from Mexico was found guilty of several charges by a federal jury.Luis Vasquez faces a maximum of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine at his sentencing, which is scheduled ... More >>
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the last year Border Patrol apprehended fewer people than last year was almost two decades ago.The 124,631 "apprehensions" by Border Patrol in Arizona in 2012 is the lowest number in 19 years, and the agency says that's how they measure attempted bord ... More >>
A 26-year-old Mexican national is apparently a new record-holder in the world of marijuana smuggling.According to Customs and Border Protection, nobody's been caught with this much marijuana at an Arizona port of entry -- more than 14,000 pounds.See also:-230 Pounds of Cheese Seized at U.S./Mexico B ... More >>
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is proud to report that it has prevented 230 pounds of cheese from entering the United States of America.See also:-Drug Smugglers Now Shooting Weed Cannons Into United States-Border Crossing Gone Wrong: Jeep Gets Stuck on Top of 14-Foot Fence-Piñatas Used to Hide ... More >>
The people who smuggle drugs into the United States from Mexico really have some ingenious ways of getting the goods over the border.There's the old trick of hiding the drugs in fruit; we've even seen piñatas. We've also seen at least one instance of someone trying to drive over a 14-foot border fe ... More >>
For all the "build the dang fence" advocates, or people who like to laugh at idiots, here you go -- someone tried to drive over the border fence near Yuma yesterday, and failed.
Bad news, rapists (good news, society): Customs and Border Protection says officers caught a woman attempting to enter the United States with 310 vials of a "date rape" drug.According to CBP, 51-year-old Josefina Irene Dominguez was pointed out for additional questioning and a vehicle search at the ... More >>
A recipe for disaster: U.S Customs and Border Patrol's lax policies over the use of lethal force. Inadequately trained agents sent to patrol rough desert terrain blanketed with fear and tension that's fueled by potential danger. A border-hawk sheriff putting weapons in the hands of unpaid civilia ... More >>
Late last week, Sheriff Joe Arpaio claimed Immigration and Customs Enforcement "refused" to take custody of two suspected illegal immigrants that MCSO deputies found in the desert.Arpaio suggested that he saw this was coming, and had discovered a back-up plan to keep turning over immigrants to feder ... More >>
Sheriff Joe Arpaio put out a press release today boasting about how he outsmarted Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which "refused" to take custody of two suspected illegal immigrants that deputies found in the desert yesterday.In reality, ICE didn't refuse to take custody, and Arpaio's boys actu ... More >>
See also Cloaked Brutality: Feds Bury Border Patrol Abuses of Immigrants See also Immigrant Abuses by Border Patrol Agents Documented See also Mexican Smugglers Exploit the Corrupt Reputation of U.S. Border Officers When New Times traveled to Nogales in Mexico in about two years ago, we found many ... More >>
According to one Gilbert neighbor, neo-Nazi baby-killer and anti-immigrant vigilante J.T. Ready boasted of hunting "two-legged varmints" just days before a massacre in which Gilbert police believe he murdered four, including a 16-month-old girl, and then committed suicide.In a police report released ... More >>
New York Democratic Senator Charles Schumer sent a letter to Governor Jan Brewer yesterday, asking her to give testimony before his Senate Subcommittee on Immigration about Senate Bill 1070.According to a release from Schumer's office, the point of Brewer's testimony would be "to hear whether she ... More >>
Yuma Border Patrol agents on Wednesday found about 220 pounds of marijuana in the desert south of Dateland -- we'll bet some of you wish you did, too.But Agent Ken Quillan advises against going on your own "treasure" hunt, despite the fact that smugglers do occasionally drop loads of dope in ... More >>
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No More Deaths, a Tucson-based human rights advocacy group, continues its push to end the abusive treatment immigrants suffer while in U.S. Border Patrol Custody.The group shares the stories of abuse, neglect and humiliation of 13,000 people detained by Border Patrol in a report released today -- ... More >>
James King Congressman Ben QuayleArizona Congressman Ben Quayle introduced a bill this morning that would give U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents unrestricted access to federal lands in the southwestern borderlands region.The bill has been co-sponsored by Congressman Peter King, cha ... More >>
James KingTom Horne apparently knows something Border Patrol doesn't. That or he's making things up.Two Border Patrol agents were killed this morning when their unmarked SUV was hit by a train near Gila Bend, and Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne is already implicating illegal drug traffickers i ... More >>