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Saturday, July 24th, 2021

Border

Bill addresses southern border cartel tunnels

Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) has introduced a measure she said is designed to combat cross-border tunnel trafficking operations across the nation’s southern border. The DHS Illicit Border Tunnel Defense Act has a companion measure introduced by Rep.Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) in the House in... Read More »

CBP Buffalo Field Office reports drug seizure increase

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials recently noted a narcotics seizure increase of more than 1,000 percent within the Buffalo Field Office during fiscal year 2020 over last year. “The work of the officers has been incredible, and their dedication to CBP's enforcement mission is... Read More »

DHS proposes new rule for biometric collection

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking to expand the department’s authorities and methods for collecting biometrics to improve the screening and vetting process. The proposed rule changes would modernize biometrics collection and authorize expanded use of biometrics beyond... Read More »

Coast Guard executes international narcotics seizures

Coast Guard officials said crews recently executed narcotics seizures in international waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean Sea. The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton crew offloaded approximately 11,500 pounds of cocaine and... Read More »

USCIS averts furlough of nearly 70 percent of workforce

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officials said spending cuts and increased incoming revenue and receipts has resulted in averting an administrative furlough of more than 13,000 employees. “Our workforce is the backbone of every USCIS accomplishment. Their resilience and... Read More »

NSF, START examine cartel tracking

National Security Forum (NSF) and Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) personnel are espousing the benefits of a recent dialogue session focusing on efforts to track drug cartels. “An exciting development for our upcoming programs is a new collaboration NSF is building with... Read More »

California CBP personnel offer narcotics seizure report

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel along the California border with Mexico recently reported that, in June, the agency seized 43,000 pounds of narcotics valued at nearly $92 million. Officers at the six land ports of entry were able to foil numerous attempts to smuggle 34,685 pounds... Read More »

Laredo CBP intercept hard narcotics worth over $11M

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) personnel in Laredo, Texas, recently executed actions resulting in the interception of narcotics valued at more than $11.4 million. "These drugs will not reach Main Street USA due to the efforts of the officers in our cargo... Read More »

CPB implementing Autonomous Surveillance Towers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has officially begun deploying Autonomous Surveillance Towers (AST) systems along the southwest border, providing continuous surveillance operations. “These towers give agents in the field a significant leg up against the criminal networks that... Read More »

Unapproved COVID-19 treatment capsules, tests seized

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) officials said Baltimore special agents seized over 14,000 unapproved COVID-19 capsules and several COVID-19 test kits via Operation Stolen Promise. Operation Stolen Promise is a national operation that includes... Read More »

CBP Rochester seizes counterfeit COVID-19 test kits

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said the recent inspection of express-consignment shipments at the Rochester New York Airport yielded seizure of counterfeit COVID-19 test kits. “I’m proud of the continued efforts of our CBP officers here in Rochester,” Rochester Port Director... Read More »

CBP intercepts $25M narcotic shipment

Laredo Port of Entry Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently executed a narcotics interception effort yielding hard narcotics with an estimated street value of more than $25 million. Authorities indicated the seizure occurred at the World Trade Bridge when an officer referred a... Read More »

CBP reports meth, fentanyl seizures on rise

Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) February 2020 operational update indicated rises in meth and fentanyl seizures along the southwest border, as well as a significant tunnel discovery. “The processing pathways and repatriation initiatives which have been implemented by the administration... Read More »

Firm secures Rio Grande Valley border wall contract

Two government agencies said Southwest Valley Constructors Co. has secured a contract to build 15 miles of new Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector border wall. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) officials announced the contract, valued at $179,580,000,... Read More »

Measure addresses border personnel fentanyl exposure

Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced last week a measure designed to protect Customs and Border Protection (CBP) employees from accidental exposure to fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. The Synthetic Opioid Exposure Prevention and Training Act of 2020 would... Read More »

Democrats object to the transfer of funds to border wall

The Department of Defense has transferred $3.8 billion to fund President Donald Trump’s southwest border wall, of which democrats on the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee strongly disapprove. They recently voiced their opposition in a letter to Defense Secretary Mark Esper. The... Read More »

CBP seizes vessel with $28M in cocaine

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Coast Guard recently intercepted a 60-foot low-profile go-fast vessel carrying 2,200 pounds of cocaine with a street value of $28 million. A CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO) P-3 Orion Long Range Tracker crew spotted a suspicious vessel in... Read More »

Airport checkpoint gun seizures on rise

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel are reporting a record-setting year for officers stationed at airport security checkpoints, noting more firearm seizures than at any other point in the agency’s history. “The continued increase in the number of firearms that travelers... Read More »

Officials tout border wall construction progress

Federal officials recently joined Yuma, Ariz., city and county leaders in touting border wall construction progress, noting completion of the first 100 miles of the system along the southwest border. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf recently joined by Senator Martha McSally... Read More »