Customs and Border Protection

Border crisis

Governor Ducey Travels To Tucson Border Patrol Headquarters

Governor Doug Ducey met with leadership at the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector Headquarters for a briefing on the recent spike in drug seizures and the record 1.7 million migrant apprehensions over the past year. “We’ve been saying for months that our country has more than just a border crisis — we have a humanitarian

Border crisis

Border apprehensions hit all-time high of 1.7 million in fiscal 2021

Apprehensions at the southwestern border hit 1.7 million in fiscal 2021, the highest in more than 60 years, despite two months of declining numbers, according to the most recent data from Customs and Border Protection. Apprehensions at the Arizona border were also up sharply, although neither the Yuma sector nor the Tucson sector of the border set

Customs and Border Protection

Republicans press Tucson police chief on border in nomination hearing

Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus walked a fine line in a hearing Tuesday on his nomination to lead Customs and Border Protection, easily fielding questions from Democrats while telling GOP senators some of what they wanted to hear. Republicans could not get Magnus to say there is a “crisis” at the border, but he did

COVID-19

Officials ‘devastated’ as feds extend nonessential border travel ban

Border officials said they were “devastated” this week to find that the federal government has extended a COVID-19 ban on nonessential border crossings for another month, potentially crippling businesses there. “The ban is a terrible and now-exaggerated response to the pandemic,” said Andy Carey, executive director of the U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Project. “It’s reinstated every

Immigration

Arizona governor sending National Guard to southern border

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday he is sending 250 National Guard troops to the state’s southern border with Mexico amid the increased arrivals of migrants. The announcement came the day Customs and Border Protection held an open house at a new tent-like migrant processing center in the border community of Yuma. It is the

Immigration

Tucson police chief, critic of Trump border policy, tapped to run CBP

President Joe Biden nominated Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus on Monday to be head of Customs and Border Protection, tapping a progressive outsider to oversee an agency facing surging numbers of migrants at the border. In making the announcement, the White House cited Magnus’ history of promoting community relations and police accountability, as well as his experience

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