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Suit challenges prosecutions under smuggling law

Suit challenges prosecutions under smuggling law

Before leading the way for other states to pursue immigration laws, Arizona passed a ban on human smuggling in 2005 that has led to more than 2,100 arrests and drawn criticism for a tactic in which people who pay to be sneaked into the country are charged as conspirators to the crime.

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Border Patrol under scrutiny for deadly force

In this Aug. 9, 2012, photo, vehicles are parked along the border fence as pedestrians cross the street in Nogales, Mexico. The location is near the site where a U.S. Border Patrol agent being pelted with rocks opened fire toward Mexico, killing a 16-year-old boy. The shooting has prompted renewed outcry over the Border Patrol’s use-of-force policies and angered human rights activists and Mexican officials who believe the incident has become part of a disturbing trend along the border _ gunning down rock-throwers rather than using non-lethal weapons. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

The Oct. 10 border shooting has prompted renewed outcry over the Border Patrol's use-of-force policies and angered human rights activists and Mexican officials who believe the incident has become part of a disturbing trend along the border — gunning down rock-throwers rather than using non-lethal weapons.

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