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Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

Border

Longhorn beetle smuggling attempt intercepted

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 »

CBP seizes ammunition, marijuana near U.S.-Mexico border

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 »

CBP seizes more than $2 million in narcotics

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 »

Zeldin’s counterterrorism bill passes House

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 »

Global Entry Enrollment Center opens at Boise Airport

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 »

CBP captures known human trafficker

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 »

Johnson addresses state of southwest border security

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 »

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 »