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Friday, October 22nd, 2021

Border

CBP initiates facial biometric pilot in Texas

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said the agency has initiated a facial biometric pilot in select vehicle lanes at the Anzalduas International Bridge Port of Entry (POE), Texas. Simplified Arrival uses facial biometrics to automate manual document checking procedures required for... Read More »

Lawmakers advocate for U.S.-Canada border reopening

A group of lawmakers have forwarded correspondence to President Joe Biden, encouraging efforts allowing vaccinated Canadians to travel to the U.S. through land ports of entry. "As Senators who represent states along the northern border, our communities have been deeply affected by the... Read More »

CBP details unreported currency seizure

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said officers staffing the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) seized over $99,000 from a family bound to the Palestinian territories. “Customs and Border Protection wants to make clear that there is no limit to the amount of money that... Read More »

CBP details counterfeit vaccination card seizures

Area Port of Memphis Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel said the agency routinely seizes low-quality, counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards. This fiscal year, Memphis has initiated 121 seizures totaling 3,017 of the fake vaccination cards. The cards regularly contain typographical... Read More »

Bill seeks to bolster border security

U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI), a House Committee on Homeland Security member, has joined committee Republicans in introducing legislation they said would bolster border security. The Border Security for America Act of 2021 would require the federal government to secure the nation’s... Read More »

DHS to cancel two Laredo border barrier contracts

Aligning with its Plan for Use of Border Barrier Funds, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is terminating two Laredo Sector border barrier contracts. CBP officials said the contracts are unnecessary to address any life, safety,... Read More »

Bill to combat human trafficking advances House

U.S. Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI) announced Tuesday his bill to combat human trafficking passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support. The DHS Blue Campaign Enhancement Act would bolster the existing efforts of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to combat human... Read More »

Report details southern border activity

A fact sheet recently released by Homeland Security Republicans showed that southern border activity demonstrates the situation has become a humanitarian crisis involving thousands of migrants. According to the report, border crossings this year included more than 1.1 million illegal crossings... Read More »

VA, DHS launch noncitizen service member initiative

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced this week the launch of a new initiative to support noncitizen service members, veterans, and their immediate family members. "It’s our responsibility to serve all veterans as well as they... Read More »

Laredo AMO details migrant apprehension increase

Laredo Air Branch Air and Marine Operations (AMO) personnel have detailed how crew detection, surveillance and tracking operations experienced a 143 percent increase in migrant apprehensions. The Laredo Air Branch Air and Marine Operations (AMO) was involved in the apprehension of 12,400... Read More »

DHS outlines allocation plan for border barrier funds

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently outlined the plan for allocating border barrier funds ending wall expansion to the extent permitted by law. The prior administration sought to spend over $15 billion on wall construction, diverting more than $10 billion of those funds from... Read More »

Rep. Stefanik urges reopening of northern border

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has forwarded correspondence to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to encourage efforts to reopen the U.S. northern border. Stefanik seeks the unilateral easing of non-essential travel restrictions across the northern border if a... Read More »

Rep. Katko to steer American Security Task Force

Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said Rep. John Katko (R-NY), ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, has been chosen to lead the American Security Task Force. “Bolstering our nation’s security is an integral part of Republicans’ legislative plan for when we win... Read More »

DHS unveils new anti-smuggling initiative

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has unveiled a new anti-smuggling initiative the agency said focuses on transnational criminal organizations affiliated with the smuggling of migrants. Authorities indicated Operation Sentinel is a collaborative effort with Customs and Border... Read More »

DHS releases report on cross-border e-commerce

On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate Center of Excellence’s (COE) Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute (BTI) announced the release of a report on cross-border e-commerce. Working with the University of Houston, the report looked at... Read More »

Bill addresses migrant influx at southern border

A group of lawmakers recently introduced a measure designed to respond to the migrant influx at the southern border. Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) joined Reps. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) and Tony Gonzales (R-TX) in introducing the Bipartisan Border Solutions Act, maintaining the... Read More »

CBP initiates reimbursable service agreements

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have made 11 tentative selections for new reimbursable services agreements, noting the effort would enhance security, promote cross-border trade and facilitate domestic essential travel. “Reimbursable services agreements are a fundamental... Read More »

Bill targets border drug trafficking

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) introduced last week the Eradicate Crossing of Illegal Tunnels (EXIT) Act, which expedites efforts to address cross border tunnels, removing red tape preventing law enforcement from acting. Hartzler said the bill would empower Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)... Read More »

Rep. Higgins seeks northern border reopening plan

Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY) has forwarded correspondence to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas Higgins, seeking advanced proposals to reopen the United States-Canada border. “I write you to advocate that the Department immediately advance concrete proposals for a phased... Read More »

GAO assesses DHS border security improvement plan

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a recommendation to the Department of Homeland Security regarding its plan to improve border security, including the use of personnel, barriers, and technology. The GAO indicated its assessment of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS)... Read More »

CBP details March 2021 operational statistics

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said a review of its March 2021 operational statistics showed a continued trend of increased encounters and arrests. "We are committed to balancing the need to maintain border security, care for those in our custody and keep the American people and... Read More »