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Sunday, March 26th, 2023


House advances Homeland Security Republican measures

The House of Representatives advanced two Republican bills to secure the southern border against drug cartels and bolster domestic supply chain resilience. The DHS Illicit Cross-Border Tunnel Defense Act (H.R. 4209) directs Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to develop a strategic plan to... Read More »

Bill targets southern border illicit drug surge

U.S. Sens. Jim Risch (R-ID), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Bill Hagerty (R-TN) recently introduced legislation that addresses the uptick in illicit drug action at the southern border. The Stop Fentanyl Border Crossings Act expands Title 42 authority to turn back migrants as a means of combating drug... Read More »

Measure targets ports of entry staffing shortages

U.S. Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Cornyn (R-TX) recently reintroduced legislation to strengthen border security and address ports of entry personnel shortages. The Securing America’s Ports of Entry Act, which passed out of committee last Congress, would fully staff the nation's airports,... Read More »

Measure seeks to end northern border mandates

U.S. Rep. Chris Jacobs (R-NY) has introduced the Northern Border Reopening Act, which urges the Biden administration to end COVID-19 mandates for Canadians crossing the U.S. northern border. “Vaccine mandates being imposed upon our truckers, workers in other essential industries, families, and... Read More »

Coast Guard vessel offloads over $1B in illegal narcotics

Coast Guard Cutter James recently offloaded over $1.06 billion in illegal narcotics. Coast Guard Cutter James offloaded 54,500 pounds of cocaine and 15,800 pounds of marijuana, at Port Everglades, Fla., on Feb. 17, 2022. During their 90-day patrol, the crew set new marks for the largest single... Read More »

Memphis CBP personnel detail drug seizure efforts

Memphis, Tennessee, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel said the division has seized 2,509 pounds of drugs since the beginning of this fiscal year. China, Mexico, and Brazil are among the countries of origin for the contraband, which includes fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, ketamine, DMT,... Read More »

CBP details methamphetamine, fentanyl seizure in Arizona

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials recently detailed a Port of Lukeville, Ariz., operation resulting in the seizure of 880 pounds of methamphetamine and over 110 pounds of suspected fentanyl. Port of Lukeville officers referred a 47-year-old Phoenix man for additional inspection of... Read More »

Republican legislators requesting southern border hearing

A group of lawmakers recently forwarded correspondence to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, requesting a hearing regarding the nation's southern border. U.S. Sens. Rick Scott (R-FL), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Rob Portman (R-OH), Ron Johnson (R-WI), James Lankford... Read More »

Rep. Kim establishes human trafficking task force

Rep. Young Kim (R-CA) said she has established a Human Trafficking Congressional Task Force to combat human trafficking while aiding Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino county victims. “Human trafficking is modern-day slavery that exploits some of the most vulnerable members of our... Read More »

CBP provides monthly operational update

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued Monday its December 2021 operational statistics update, which offers a comprehensive view of agency initiatives. “The dedicated men and women at CBP are committed to ensuring dangerous drugs and counterfeit products are off the streets, our... Read More »

Rep. Carter introduces bill to protect U.S. southern border

On Monday, U.S. Rep. Earl L. “Buddy” Carter (R-GA) introduced a bill to secure the U.S. southern border. The Build Better Borders Act of 2021 would increase civil monetary penalties for illegally crossing the border to $450,000. It stipulates that funds collected from those fines be... Read More »

DEA details seizure of over one ton of cocaine

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) officials said three men have been indicted for their alleged role in participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy that resulted in the seizure of over one ton of cocaine. Jorge Aponte-Guzman, Nelson Agramonte-Minaya, and Carlos Maisonet-Lopez were... Read More »

CBP initiates facial biometric pilot in Texas

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said the agency has initiated a facial biometric pilot in select vehicle lanes at the Anzalduas International Bridge Port of Entry (POE), Texas. Simplified Arrival uses facial biometrics to automate manual document checking procedures required for... Read More »

Lawmakers advocate for U.S.-Canada border reopening

A group of lawmakers have forwarded correspondence to President Joe Biden, encouraging efforts allowing vaccinated Canadians to travel to the U.S. through land ports of entry. "As Senators who represent states along the northern border, our communities have been deeply affected by the... Read More »

CBP details unreported currency seizure

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said officers staffing the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) seized over $99,000 from a family bound to the Palestinian territories. “Customs and Border Protection wants to make clear that there is no limit to the amount of money that... Read More »