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Wednesday, December 6th, 2023


DHS advances southern border barrier projects

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently authorized Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to advance a series of southern border barrier projects. DHS Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas recently detailed projects in the San Diego, El Centro, Yuma, El Paso, and Rio... Read More »

House committee advances PREVENT Act

U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH) recently applauded the House Committee on Homeland Security for advancing the PREVENT Act, legislation he introduced to protect drug handling Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel. “As the crisis at the southern border continues to spiral out of control, so... Read More »

DHS seeking 2022 Biometric Technology Rally submissions

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is seeking 2022 Biometric Technology Rally submissions. DHS S&T indicated the agency is requesting industry personnel to submit applications to participate in the 2022 Rally slated for the Maryland Test... Read More »

Bills target border security, migrant trafficking

U.S. Reps. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) and Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) recently introduced the Emergency Migration Response Act and the Border Security and Migrant Safety Act to bolster southern border security and address migrant human trafficking. The Emergency Migration Response Act directs the Department... Read More »

DHS, DOL outline supplemental H-2B visa allocation

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Labor (DOL) officials said 35,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas are available during the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2022. “These additional H-2B visas will help employers meet the demand for seasonal workers at this... Read More »

Bill targets enhanced anti-trafficking efforts

U.S. Reps. Chris Pappas (D-NH) and Maria Elvira Salazar (R-FL) joined nine colleagues in forwarding correspondence to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), seeking maritime domain awareness clarity. The legislators are requesting that DHS adopt a common operating platform, which they... Read More »

Law enforcement collaboration targets human trafficking

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C., recently partnered with the Virginia State Police and the Virginia Trucking Association to detect, deter and raise human trafficking awareness. Operation Safe Passage is a high‐visibility... Read More »

DOJ hosts Regional Smuggling Forum and Roundtable event

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently joined two additional agencies in hosting a Regional Smuggling Forum and Roundtable event in Mexico City. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the State Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)... Read More »

Countering Human Trafficking Act advances through Senate

The Senate advanced the Countering Human Trafficking Act last week, raising the possibility of a permanent Center for Countering Human Trafficking (CCHT) to oversee federal counter-human trafficking efforts and a crackdown on goods made with forced labor. Currently, the CCHT – a part of the... Read More »

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 »