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Sunday, October 24th, 2021

Border

Partnership combats transnational criminal organizations

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Joint Task Force-West (JTF-W) South Texas Corridor officials are espousing the benefits of collaborative efforts to thwart transnational criminal activity. With the advent of the Southern Border and Approaches Campaign launched in December... Read More »

Nonimmigrant visa applications decreased in 2017

The number of nonimmigrant visa (NIV) applications issue by U.S. State Department consular officers decreased in fiscal year 2017 to 880,000 after increasing annually from fiscal years 2012 through 2016, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.  Applications... Read More »

Military funding transfer spurs DOD inquiry

A group of lawmakers recently questioned the Department of Defense's transfer of $1 billion in military personnel funding to an account designated for border wall funding. Democratic members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on... Read More »

Authorities seize $28.5M cocaine shipment

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) and Coast Guard personnel recently thwarted an attempt to smuggle 2,513 pounds of cocaine valued at $28.5 million. Authorities arrested three Dominican Republic aliens found operating the vessel. Bales of narcotics were... Read More »

Cocaine seized at Philadelphia port

A multi-agency examination of shipping containers at the Area Port of Philadelphia discovered more than 1,100 pounds of cocaine on March 19. The cocaine, weighing 1,185 pounds, was discovered in a shipping container commodity of natural rubber from Guatemala. The narcotics have a street value... Read More »

AMO intercepts cocaine smuggling attempt

Air and Marine Operations (AMO) personnel are being credited with intercepting an international cocaine smuggling attempt in which the narcotics were valued at over $76 million. Authorities said officers patrolling the Eastern Pacific ocean aboard a P-3 aircraft detected suspects transporting... Read More »

Nielsen delivers State of Homeland Security address

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen delivered Monday the 2019 State of Homeland Security Address, which included operational challenges, the ever-changing security landscape and the department’s strategic plan. The address also included the department’s major... Read More »

CBP swears in new port director for Los Angeles airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently swore in Donald R. Kusser as port director for the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). In this role, Kusser is responsible for managing all operational and administrative aspects of port security and trade facilitation, including air cargo,... Read More »

CBP intercepts alleged cocaine smuggling effort

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers in Laredo, Texas, recently intercepted an alleged cocaine smuggling effort yielding a $109,000 forfeiture. The March 5 seizure at the Gateway to the Americas International Bridge stemmed from a CBP officer referring a... Read More »

Measure expedites CBP hiring process

Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) recently introduced the Anti-Border Corruption Improvement Act, which she said is designed to quicken the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) hiring process. McSally said the bill eliminates the polygraph test, which officials said is a requirement in the CBP hiring... Read More »

Chicago CBP sets new seizure record

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said the agency's Chicago Field Office (CFO) set a record number of seizures during fiscal year 2018. CBP authorities said in fiscal year 2018, the CFO intercepted more than 24,000 packages of narcotics while weighing more than 30,000 pounds in mail... Read More »

Lawmakers tout benefits of Singh’s Law

A group of lawmakers recently introduced Singh’s Law, a measure designed to prevent known gang members and those convicted of dangerous crimes from entering the country. Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA)... Read More »

CBP intercepts $19 million cocaine shipment

Savannah, Georgia-based Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers recently thwarted a narcotics smuggling effort resulting in the seizure of cocaine valued at $19 million. Officers working at the Savannah seaport last November encountered a Cartagena,... Read More »

DHS secretary working on plan for humanitarian crisis

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen met Feb. 20 with Northern Triangle security ministers in El Salvador to discuss the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis caused by the formation of migrant caravans and irregular migration. During the meeting, the officials agreed to a plan... Read More »

Border agents seize 221 pounds of cocaine

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in collaboration with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations seized 221.7 pounds of cocaine last month. The narcotic was concealed in produce cargo vessels arriving to Port... Read More »

DHS waiver expedites border fence replacement

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials said a recently granted waiver ensures construction and replacement of a section of California secondary wall near the international border. The waiver for the 12.5 miles of coverage stems from authority granted to the Secretary of Homeland... Read More »

Bill seeks to bolster border with seized drug funds

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) recently introduced legislation designed to enhance border security via funds seized from illegal entities such as drug cartels. The Securing the Border and Making Drug Cartels Pay for It Act would authorize the issuance of bonds to make billions of dollars available for... Read More »

Lawmakers lend support to RAIDERS Act

A group of legislators recently announced their support of the RAIDERS Act, which officials said is designed to prevent presidential use of National Emergencies Act of 1976 funds to build a border wall. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) joined Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Tom Udall (D-NM), Martin... Read More »

CBP officers seize nearly $1M in currency

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Juarez-Lincoln Bridge, between Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, seized $988,550 in unreported currency Friday. The funds were discovered during a physical examination of a 2010 Nissan Maxima driven by a 20-year-old female U.S. citizen.... Read More »

Measure targets border security, DACA protections

Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced last week a bill designed to bolster border security and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protections. The legislators said the bill would establish a $25 billion trust fund earmarked to enhance border security and... Read More »