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Legal experts dismissed as groundless a lawsuit that 18 states, including Arizona, brought last week against President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
When drivers stop at a temporary Border Patrol checkpoint on Arivaca Road about 6 miles west of Interstate 19, an agent asks questions such as, “Are you a U.S. citizen?”
The Pima County Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor the weather situation associated with the remnants of Hurricane Odile, now Tropical Storm Odile.
Ten years would have been too long to wait for a replacement to the Tomahawk cruise missile if the Department of Defense’s proposed $82 million cut to the missile system hadn’t been reversed by Congress, said Sen. John McCain.
If you are a Marana resident or work or own a business in the town and have an interest in how policing gets done within the town limits, then you might consider signing up for the Marana Police Department’s (MPD) Citizens Police Academy.
Border Patrol officers escort Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Gov. Jan Brewer on a tour of the department's processing facility in Nogales for immingrant children.
The Marana Police Department has a new tool in their efforts to keep the town’s streets safe. Five patrol vehicles are now equipped with state-of-the-art thermal imagers.
Marana Police Department’s Sgt. Jake Shumate demonstrates how one of the department’s new thermal/ infrared imagers works. The five devices, at a cost of $4,000 each, were purchased with the Operation Stonegarden grant from the US/AZ Department of Homeland Security.
Five Marana Police Department patrol vehicles are now equipped with state of the art thermal imagers. These thermal imagers will assist officers in searching for suspects, vehicles, missing persons, as well as evidence. This infrared technology allows officers on the ground to have the same basic technology that was previously only available on police aircraft.
(BPT) - Recently, emboldened Russian hackers breached the systems of power plants across the United States and Western Europe. In June, Chinese hackers attempted to gain access to several U.S. power plant operation control systems. And in May, the Department of Homeland Security announced hackers had actually gained control of a mechanical device at an unnamed U.S. energy facility.
ARRIAGA, Chiapas, Mexico – As night falls, Samuel Carcamo, in a gray button-up shirt and cuffed jeans, stands on the tracks with dozens of other migrants waiting to climb on top of the northbound freight known as “The Train of Death.”
WASHINGTON – Two days after President Barack Obama asked for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to help stem a rising tide of immigrant children on the Southwest border, lawmakers on Capitol Hill were split over the request.
1. Security tightened for U.S.-bound flights over bomb fears
In March, the Oro Valley Police Department received multiple reports of suspicious activity at Oro Spa, located at 10110 N Oracle Road.
Governor Jan Brewer has established by Executive Order the Arizona Human Trafficking Council, addressing one of the key priorities highlighted in the governor’s 2014 State of the State and policy agenda.
1. Deadly clash disrupts Ukraine's truce within hours
Border police in Romania are testing a technology developed at the University of Arizona that uses a virtual border agent to question international travelers and flag those that give off suspicious vibes.
The screening system – called AVATAR, which is short for Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-Time – has been installed in a kiosk at Henri Coandă International Airport in Bucharest. The avatar conducts brief interviews with travelers right after they disembark from flights into Bucharest, monitoring respondents' body language and verbal replies to identify irregular behavior that warrants further investigation.
Speaking to travelers in their native languages, the avatar asks country-specific visa questions while measuring behavior, physiology and verbal responses. After the interview, European Union Agency border guards are provided with interview summaries, which display on their tablets.
It's the first European field test of the system, which is being developed by The National Center for Border Security and Immigration, or BORDERS. The Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence comprised 18 premier institutions and is based at the UA. AVATAR also has been tested at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The screening technology could one day be used at land ports of entry, airports, detention centers and visa processing offices. Possible applications include a number of screening scenarios, such as trusted traveler application programs, personnel follow-up investigations, visa application reviews and other situations where truth assessment is a key concern.
The field test in Romania is sponsored and coordinated by Frontex, the European Union border-control agency, which has been working with BORDERS since 2010.
"The Romanian border police have been invaluable by providing access to their facilities, officers and cadets," said Elyse Golob, executive director of BORDERS. "We appreciate their willingness and foresight in allowing us to test the passport security of the future at their airport."
Border security experts from Romania and European Union Agency member states – including those specializing in fraudulent document detection and anti-trafficking – also are involved in the field test, as well as students from the Alexandru Ioan Cuza Police Academy and researchers and professors from European universities.
Results from the field test will be used to shape how the AVATAR system could be used in the future.
"We are thrilled to get the AVATAR into a real-world testing scenario and to see how people interact with the technology in an airport setting," said Jay Nunamaker, BORDERS director and principal investigator for AVATAR.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has asked Pima Community College to explain its decision to grant in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Anthony Smith, Pinal County Supervisor, District 4, represents an area that covers SaddleBrooke, Arizona City, western Casa Grande and Maricopa, including everything in between these communities. Smith’s district resembles a giant “L” at the western and southern flanks of Pinal County.
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department Ajo District deputies, along with ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents, have worked together for several months to identify suspects involved in illegal drug sales in Ajo, Arizona. During the course of their investigation, they were able to obtain 12 felony narcotics arrest warrants and a search warrant for a residence.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the Phoenix Police Department, the Pinal County Attorney’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations in Douglas now have five suspects in custody for murder and are looking for a sixth suspect who has a warrant for his arrest for murder.
U.S. Rep. Ron Barber closely questioned a top official from the Transportation Security Administration after a government audit found that the number of misconduct cases in the agency had grown by 26 percent over three years.
1. GEORGE ZIMMERMAN CASE GOES TO JURY The defense and prosecution concluded their closing arguments in the George Zimmerman trial after three weeks of testimony. The six-woman jury must now decide whether to acquit Zimmerman or find him guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter for the shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. [CNN] ………………………………………………………………………………