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Sunday, October 24th, 2021

Border

Laredo CBP effort nets sizeable narcotics seizure

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said a pair of recent Laredo enforcement operations yielded narcotics seizures worth a combined estimated street value exceeding $4.1 million. “I congratulate our officers for their dedication which has prevented these dangerous narcotics from... Read More »

DHS action expedites border wall project

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials said an agency waiver would expedite construction of three miles of a new border wall system in the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector. The work would be located west of Roma near Fronton, in Starr County, Texas, with the waiver... Read More »

ICE official assesses enforcement statistics

Immigration and Custom and Enforcement (ICE) Executive Associate Director Nathalie R. Asher recently offered an assessment of the agency’s January-March 2019 enforcement statistics, citing a commitment to arresting unlawfully present aliens. “During this time period, more than 85 percent of... Read More »

Package restores northern border staffing levels

House lawmakers have advanced an emergency spending package containing a provision restoring a robust Customs and Border Protection (CBP) presence along the northern border. “Restoring hours at these ports is critical to commerce, emergency medical services, and to everyone who lives and... Read More »

CBP agents seize $1.1 billion of cocaine in Philadelphia

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) last week seized more than 17.5 tons of cocaine with an estimated street value of $1.1 billion at the Philadelphia seaport. Agents from the U.S. Coast Guard, CBP and HSI... Read More »

Texas National Guard personnel deployed to border

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has deployed 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Southwest border to support Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regarding border security. “The crisis at our southern border is unlike anything we’ve witnessed before and has put an enormous strain on the existing... Read More »

Bill further empowers ICE BITMAP initiative

Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) recently introduced legislation designed to strengthen the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Biometric Identification Transnational Migration Alert Program (BITMAP), which detects and deters illicit criminal entry. BITMAP is... Read More »

CBP apprehended more than 144,000 migrants in May

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) took into custody more than 144,278 migrants along the southwest border in May, the highest total in 13 years. It marked a 32 percent increase over April when 109,474 were taken into custody. This year over 530,000 have already been apprehended, and the... Read More »

Tucson CBP personnel facing increased challenges

Tucson Sector Border Patrol Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel said the unit is facing increased challenges in the wake of greater human smuggling and narcotics activity. “Alien smuggling is a lucrative business,” Roy Villareal, Tucson Sector Border Patrol chief, said. “It is... Read More »

Proposed legislation seeks to reform asylum laws

Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) introduced a measure Tuesday addressing the nation’s asylum laws, establishing reforms focusing on the Southern border crisis straining Department of Homeland Security (DHS) resources, among others. Hurd said the Asylum Reform Act of 2019 would overhaul outdated laws... Read More »

CBP ROAM App expands reach in Michigan, Minnesota

The Reporting Offside Arrival-Mobile (ROAM) application, used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations to report small boats, has expanded its capabilities to new sites in Michigan and Minnesota. In Michigan, the app now reaches four sites in the Sault Ste. Marie area: the... Read More »

Bill seeks to aid Afghan allies

Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) recently joined a group of House colleagues in introducing the Afghan Allies Protection Act, which officials said demonstrates support for the thousands Afghan and Iraqi allies. Since 2002, the government has employed thousands of Afghan and Iraqi allies to serve alongside... Read More »

Measure targets root causes of migrant crisis

A group of Democratic senators recently announced the reintroduction of legislation seeking to address the root causes of the Central American migrant crisis, outlining the coordinated regional response needed to manage violence and humanitarian concerns effectively. Senate Democratic Leader... Read More »

Lawmakers express military border deployment concerns

Sens. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) recently joined 17 colleagues in expressing concerns over the expanding mission of active duty service members deployed to the southern border. The group of legislators forwarded correspondence to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan... Read More »

ICE resources fortify Southwest border initiatives

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reallocating Southwest border resources as a means of addressing human smuggling operations and immigration law exploitation. ICE is using personnel to investigate the use of fraudulent documents to create fake families seeking to exploit immigration... Read More »

DHS to construct new bollard walls in Yuma, El Paso

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is planning to construct new bollard walls within the U.S. Border Patrol’s Yuma and El Paso sectors in Arizona and Texas. The projects call for approximately 53 miles of new bollard wall -- which is a wall made up of steel slats -- in place of... Read More »

Chavez tabbed for Laredo Sector CBP post

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials have selected Felix Chavez to serve as Chief Patrol Agent within the Laredo Sector. Border Patrol Chief Carla L. Provost recently announced the selection, noting Chavez entered on duty with the Border Patrol in July 1985 as a member of Academy Class... Read More »

Laredo CBP personnel prepping for holiday travel

With Holy Week (Semana Santa) soon approaching, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officials said Laredo Field Office (LFO) holiday preparation is continuing. “Our CBP officers and agriculture specialists are the nation’s frontline of defense against all... Read More »