Illegal re-entry became the most-frequent federal criminal charge in the United States during the first six months of fiscal 2011, a pattern that was mirrored in Arizona during that period.Read More »
Behind the state law allowing Arizona to raise money and build a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border is a strong perception by politicians here that the federal government refuses to adequately secure the Southern border.
Now, it seems the feds will share, if indirectly, in the cost of building the fence.
Sen. Al Melvin has a vision for the Arizona State Guard: Model it after Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s posse and use it to fight crime on the border.Read More »
After a contentious vote last session, the Legislature promised to give $1 million to Pinal County to help fight border-related crime.
But the sheriff’s office says it’s still waiting for the money.
Three Arizona sheriffs are scheduled to make presentations Wednesday before a special committee of the Legislature that's devoted to examining security along the state's border with Mexico.Read More »
An official of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has apologized and told Congress he shares responsibility for mistakes in carrying out a controversial law enforcement operation in Arizona that resulted in high-powered weapons flowing into Mexico.Read More »
In an effort to stem the illicit flow of weapons into Mexico, the Justice Department says gun shops in four Southwest border states will be required to alert the federal government to frequent buyers of high-powered rifles.Read More »
The government's updated security plan for the U.S.-Mexico border keeps its focus on trying to stop drug and gun smuggling but contains an added emphasis on preventing and treating drug use in communities along the border.Read More »
Arizona officials are gearing up for a July 20 launch of a website to accept donations to pay for construction of additional fencing along the state's portion of the U.S.-Mexico border.Read More »
Arizona has more than 90 illegal tunnels under its border with Mexico, the most discovered in any state in the Southwest, law enforcement officials told senators this week.Read More »