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Environmental groups raise concerns over proposed border road impact on endangered jaguars and critical habitat

Environmental groups say they want no new construction, in response to a proposed border road and its potential impact on endangered jaguars and other endangered and threatened species.

School bus driver charged for allegedly smuggling migrants

Border Patrol agents arrested a school bus driver last week accused of using a school bus to pick up unauthorized migrants.

Tucson Sector rescues increase greatly due to large groups crossing in remote areas

Fiscal year 2023 data show that Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector saw an eightfold increase in rescues from the previous year

Dozens of additional law enforcement officers head to Cochise County to deal with border-related crimes

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office will use state funding to partner with law enforcement agencies throughout the state to increase patrols in the county to manage human smuggling incidents and other border-related crimes.

Pima County and UA collaborate with other border states to create comprehensive database of migrant deaths across U.S.-Mexico border

Tucson officials and academics are partnering with researchers from various border regions to establish a comprehensive database tracking migrant deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border, aiming to better understand and address the issue.

Arizona border wall lawsuits dismissed, paving the way for environmental restoration

From legal resolution to environmental revival: Arizona's next chapter

Remembering Matthew Shepard 25 years later.

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Migrants camp at Agua Prieta port hoping to claim asylum

At the port of entry south of Douglas, Arizona, about 100 migrants, mostly families, camp on the sidewalk with air mattress and thin blankets after fleeing violence-stricken parts of Mexico.

Tucson Sector still busiest in the nation for migrant apprehensions

In August, Border Patrol's Tucson Sector saw a 16-year high with nearly 49,000 unauthorized migrants apprehended.

Border officials release migrants on streets of Cochise due to over-capacity

The Tucson Sector is experiencing a significant increase in migrant crossings, with officials reportedly leaving migrants on the street Cochise County after processing due to capacity issues.

Pima County officials concerned as asylum seeker surge continues, funding dwindles

Pima County officials express growing concern as the influx of asylum seekers continues while federal funding decreases, raising fears of potential street releases due to funding shortages by May.

Tucson migrant aid groups tell Sinema: Federal funding insufficient

Migrant aide workers from Tucson and throughout Arizona met with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Friday to discuss funding issues to assist the ongoing multitude of migrants coming through the southern border.

Congressional watchdog describes border wall harm, says agencies should work together to ease damage

A report released by the Government Accountability Office offers the first independent assessment of damage caused by the building of more than 450 miles of wall.

70-year-old Tucson man sentenced after migrant smuggling and high-speed Border Patrol chase

Michael Ortiz has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison for smuggling migrants after leading Border Patrol on a high-speed chase.

Dr. Jasleen Chhatwal on helping loved ones survive dark times.

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Human smugglers primarily control migration across the U.S.-Mexico border, and are likely making billions

While many migrants are forced to wait in Mexico for a chance to seek asylum in the U.S., they become even more vulnerable to the criminal organization making staggering profits controlling who crosses the border and where.

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