U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced two separate incidents of significance on Monday, including one seizure and one arrest of a possible murder suspect.
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents apprehended a Mexican national over the Easter weekend. The suspect, Sergio Coronado-Mata,... Read More »
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) announced on Thursday that its agents were able to intercept a semi-submersible vehicle in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, leading to the arrest of four people and the disruption of more than 12,800 pounds of cocaine.
The... Read More »
The House Homeland Security Committee, chaired by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), recently voted seven bipartisan bills out of committee aimed at strengthening the nation’s counterterrorism defense while keeping Americans safe.
Two bills are specifically aimed at counterterrorism initiatives.... Read More »
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists managed to intercept a shipment containing a longhorn beetle on Tuesday.
The event marks the first recorded instance of that particular species of beetle to enter the United... Read More »
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Wednesday announced that officers seized more than 5,500 rounds of assorted ammunition on Tuesday at the Port of Nogales.
Officers were performing routine outbound inspections when a GMC SUV was flagged for further investigation. The driver, an 18... Read More »
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agency announced on Monday that its Office of Field Operations (OFO) at the Hidalgo and Anzalduas International Bridges had seized $2,350,000 worth of cocaine and methamphetamine.
The seizures came from two unrelated incidents and led to the arrests... Read More »
The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the Counterterrorism Screening and Assistance Act of 2016, H.R. 4314, authored by Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY), on Tuesday.
“Today the House acted decisively to shut down the jihadist superhighway that allows extremists to get to their safe... Read More »
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the opening on Friday of a new Global Entry Enrollment Center at the Boise Airport in Boise, Idaho.
Global Entry, a CBP trusted traveler program, allows for easy and expedited clearance of pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the... Read More »
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Friday that it will publish new regulations that include a change to the current trade regulations regarding flights to and from Cuba.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will immediately remove Subpart O from the current... Read More »
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol announced on Wednesday a series of arrests near the Rio Grande Valley Sector in the Hidalgo and La Grulla areas.
Among the apprehended suspects were two Mexican nationals and a Guatemalan national. Each had a criminal record for offenses ranging from lewd or... Read More »
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on Wednesday that officers working at the Nassau Pre-clearance facility had seized approximately 65 pounds of cocaine with an estimate street value at more than $472,000.
CBP official said that the evidence was found in the possession of two... Read More »
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on Tuesday the launch of the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS), an electronic program designed to enhance border security as per the bilateral arrangement with China to issue 10-year validity tourist and business visas.
According to the... Read More »
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced on Friday that Martel Valencia-Cortez, a known criminal and human trafficker, had turned himself in to authorities at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.
Martel Valencia-Cortez is a known human trafficker and has been linked to and involved with numerous... Read More »
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on Wednesday that officers assigned to the Brownsville and Matamoros International Bridge seized a load of alleged methamphetamine hidden within a vehicle attempting to pass customs.
“I congratulate our CBP officers for their diligence and... Read More »
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson addressed the state of the nation’s border security last week, with a particular emphasis on the southern border.
“In February 2016, apprehensions by the Border Patrol on our southwest border – an indicator of total attempts to cross the border... Read More »
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released its travel and trade-related statistics for fiscal year 2015 on Monday.
“I want to thank the men and women of CBP for their unrelenting commitment to our national security mission,” CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske said. “CBP... Read More »
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 »
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced on Thursday the opening of a Global Entry Enrollment Center in Port Clinton that will operate as a center for processing applicants for CBP’s trusted traveler programs, including Global Entry, NEXUS and SENTRI.
Enrollment centers like the new... Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The El Centro Border Patrol announced on Thursday that Rodney S. Scott has been appointed as the new chief border patrol agent.
The previous chief agent, Carla Provost, was promoted to deputy assistant commissioner for Customs and Border Patrol, Internal Affairs and relocated to Washington,... Read More »
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) on Wednesday praised the addition of Libya, Somalia, and Yemen to the list of countries of concern.
“I commend Secretary Johnson for adding Libya, Somalia, and Yemen to the list of countries of... Read More »
Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Gil Kerlikowske gave a speech on Wednesday at the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg highlighting the future of the CBP and the day to day operations it faces.
“So what does a typical day look like?” Kerlikowske said. “On a... Read More »
Meetings of the Five Country Ministerial and the Quintet of Attorneys General meetings were jointly held on Feb. 16-17 by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Director of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson to discuss the latest issue surrounding international security.
Lynch and Johnson’s... Read More »
A coalition of House members sent a letter to Secretary of State Jeh Johnson on Friday regarding the member’s concerns over ISIS expansion in Libya.
House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-TX), House Homeland Security Committee... Read More »
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) released a statement on Wednesday regarding Canada’s plan to bring in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of February.
At a hearing entitled “Canada’s Fast-Track Refugee Plan: Unanswered Questions and... Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said recently that illegal traffic across the southwestern border of the United States has decreased since 2014 and that the capability of government and law enforcement agencies has only increased.
“We are continuing to enhance our border security... Read More »
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 »
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson released a statement on Friday regarding the implementation of the REAL ID Act’s final phase and what it means for certain states going forward.
Passed in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission’s recommendation that the government set... Read More »
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 »
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 »