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Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

Border

Customs and Border Protection stops smuggling attempts

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Peace Bridge Port of Entry arrested three suspects on Saturday in a failed smuggling attempt on March 1. A Canadian citizen, Leszek Budzyna, was charged with attempted alien smuggling and making false statements to officials. Two Polish... Read More »

GAO, CBP: Additional border security needed

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), along with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), published a study this week detailing the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) efforts to curb illegal immigration into the United States. The study stems from previous agency reports... Read More »

Royce introduces Terrorist Release Transparency Act

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) introduced the Terrorist Release Transparency Act, H.R. 4580, on Tuesday. The legislation aims to ensure that the public, along with foreign partners, have access to critical details before terrorists are released from the Guantanamo Bay... Read More »

GAO raises concerns over flawed UAC policies

U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) released a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on Monday on the steps the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) can take regarding unaccompanied children (UAC) crossing the southern U.S. border.... Read More »

Johnson releases statement on southwestern border security

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson released a statement this week on the number of apprehensions of individuals seeking to enter the country illegally along the southwestern border of the United States. “In January 2016, overall apprehensions on our southwest border – an indicator of... Read More »

House Leaders wary of Obama’s visa waiver changes

Republican house leaders sent a letter on Friday to President Obama regarding the administration’s unilateral changes to the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel and Prevention Act of 2015. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob... Read More »

DHS releases entry/exit overstay report for 2015

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday released the Entry/Exit Overstay Report for Fiscal Year 2015. The report provides data as to whether a person has overstayed, as well as their country of origin, if they were lawfully admitted or are in the U.S. temporarily. The report... Read More »

Report questions safety of marriage visa program

In the wake of an alarming report released this week by the Office of the Inspector General, lawmakers are calling for changes to the way that marriage visas function in the United States. The report was released after investigators found that known human traffickers utilized work and fiancée... Read More »

McCaul releases statement on Iraqi refugee arrests

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released a statement on Friday regarding the arrest of two Iraqi refugees on terrorism-related charges. “While I commend the FBI for their hard work, these arrests heighten my concern that our refugee program is susceptible to... Read More »

DHS releases immigration effort statistics

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its end of fiscal year (FY) statistics, detailing its effort to curb the stay of Duality convicted criminals and threats to public, border and national security. FY 2015 saw 406,595 apprehensions and 462,463 removals and returns conducted. The... Read More »