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Friday, September 24th, 2021


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 »

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter aids El Paso CBP

El Paso Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel said the return of the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to its Air and Marine Operations aids capability to accomplish its missions. The CBP’s Air and Marine Operations El Paso Air Branch (AMO El Paso) had not flown the UH-60 Black Hawk since... Read More »

Homeland Security Investigations appoints new leadership

Debra Parker is the new special agent in charge of the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) office based in Seattle. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials said Parker, a 25-year veteran of federal law enforcement, would be responsible for supervising special agents conducting... Read More »

CBP to evaluate process of DNA sample collection

Two Customs and Border Protection (CBP) locations have been selected to evaluate the operational impact of proposed regulatory changes requiring DNA sample collection from some in CBP custody. Beginning this month, the Border Patrol is implementing the 90-day pilot program in the Detroit Sector.... Read More »

Bill aids CBP administrative support

Rep. Xochitl Liana Torres Small (D-NM) introduced Wednesday a measure designed to address Customs and Border Protection (CBP) challenges, including the need for a new position providing migrant processing administrative support. The Border Workforce Efficiency Act creates a processing... Read More »

CBP engages in traveler privacy protection discussions

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel recently met with privacy experts to discuss how the agency implements the Congressional biometric entry-exit mandate. The meeting is the third session in an ongoing discussion series about CBP measures taken to protect traveler privacy during... Read More »

Agencies test border patrol technologies

U.S. Border Patrol and the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) conducted 11 days of exercises and demonstrations in August in Sweetgrass, Mont. The field test simulated illegal border crossings and evaluated portable, surveillance technologies that provide... Read More »

CBP Buffalo Field Office seizures rising, report finds

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said the agency’s Buffalo Field Office has experienced a 30 percent increase in narcotic seizures in 2019 over fiscal year 2018. “The employees in the Buffalo Field Office work vigilantly throughout the year to protect our borders,” Richard... Read More »

Border officers seize more than 2,400 rounds of ammunition

A joint enforcement effort by the National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Homeland Security Investigations recently seized more than 2,400 rounds of ammunition at the Boquillas border crossing between Big Bend National Park in Texas and Mexico. An NPS ranger... Read More »

CBP implementing El Paso facial biometric technology

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently introduced biometric facial comparison technology at the El Paso Port of Entry as a means of enhancing security and streamlining travel. “CBP uses biometric facial comparison technology to create a secure and seamless traveler experience at U.S.... Read More »

Bill seeks to bolster CBP hiring, retention

Bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate was introduced to improve the hiring and retention of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents and officers. U.S. Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and John Hoeven (R-ND) said the CBP Hiring and Retention Innovation Act, S. 2813, creates a Customs and... Read More »

Savannah CBP detail seizes record cocaine shipment

Port of Savannah, Georgia, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers recently seized a port-record 2,133-pounds of cocaine via scrap aluminum and copper being shipped from South America to Europe. “Drug Trafficking Organizations are relentless in their attempts to smuggle drugs into the... Read More »

Bipartisan bill authorizes grants for border security

Bipartisan legislation recently introduced in the Senate would authorize the Operation Stonegarden program, which provides state, local, and tribal law enforcement grants to assist in border security. Under the bill, the program would be authorized through 2024 at $110 million annually. The bill... Read More »