Advocacy group No More Deaths found that the sheriff’s department handled distress calls based on perceived immigration status. Sheriff Nanos disputes the findings, says whether calls are transferred to Border Patrol is based purely on proximity.
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.
In the 2023 fiscal year, Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector saw a surge in apprehensions of migrant families, as border officials across the nation apprehended more than 3.2 million unauthorized migrants, according to recently released federal data.
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.
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