Customs and Border Protection

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The Border Glut Is 'Staggering'

One analyst describes a 'system-wide collapse'

(Newser) - An unprecedented migrant wave is snarling the immigrant system and peppering the Texas-Mexico border with sad sights—like dozens of families jammed under a bridge in El Paso, the El Paso Times reports. "It's staggering," says McAllen City Manager Roy Rodriguez. "Really, we’ve never seen... More »

She Died at Age 7 in CBP Custody. Now, an Official Cause of Death

Jakelin Caal Maquin died of sepsis from strep bacteria, medical examiner says

(Newser) - When Jakelin Caal Maquin arrived Dec. 6 from Guatemala at the US-Mexico border with her father and more than 100 migrants, her family says she'd eaten well during her journey and wasn't sick. By early Dec. 8, the 7-year-old was dead . Customs and Border Protection, which had taken... More »

That's a Lot of Pork: Feds Make Largest Agricultural Seizure Ever

1M pounds of pork seized at New Jersey port

(Newser) - Federal authorities say 1 million pounds of pork products allegedly smuggled from China have been seized at a New Jersey port, the AP reports. Troy Miller, field operations director for the Customs and Border Protection in New York and New Jersey, says it's the largest agricultural seizure ever made... More »

Biggest Drug Bust in 25 Years Made at NYC-Area Port

'Dried fruit' shipment held $77M in cocaine

(Newser) - Customs agents have seized the biggest shipment of cocaine recovered at the ports of New York and New Jersey in 25 years. US Customs and Border Protection says 3,200 pounds of the drug in 60 packages were seized at Port New York/Newark on Feb. 28, the AP reports. The... More »

They Were Stopped for Speaking Spanish. Now They're Suing

Complaint: 'no legitimate reason' for CBP to detain Ana Suda, Martha Hernandez, both US citizens

(Newser) - Two native-born US women were detained by a Border Patrol agent last May at a convenience store in Havre, Montana. Now those women are suing US Customs and Border Protection, noting in their complaint that the CPB agent "singled out, detained, and interrogated" Ana Suda and Martha "Mimi"... More »

They Looked Like Speakers. Agents Found So Much More

Customs and Border Protection stop biggest-ever meth shipment

(Newser) - What looked like a shipment of speakers leaving for Australia contained so much more—a record-high 1.7 tons of methamphetamine, ABC News reports. Customs and Border Protection also uncovered nearly 60 pounds of cocaine and 11.5 pounds of heroin in the Jan. 11 seizure at Los Angeles/Long Beach... More »

Pentagon Sends More Troops to the Border

Roughly 3,750 service members will be heading south

(Newser) - The Pentagon says it's sending about 3,750 more US troops to the southwest border to help out Customs and Border Protection, CNN reports. The mission is slated to last 90 days and will include mobile surveillance as well as the placement of 150 miles of wire between ports... More »

As Migrants Try to Scale Border, US Fires Tear Gas

CBP says it fired after a group of around 150 migrants threw rocks

(Newser) - American authorities fired tear gas across the border into Mexico during a dangerous and chaotic situation in the early hours of 2019, officals say. Customs and Border Protection officials say agents used pepper spray and tear gas early Tuesday as a group of around 150 migrants tried to get over—... More »

Swabs Reveal Clue in Migrant Boy's Death

Felipe Gómez Alonzo had the flu: medical investigator

(Newser) - The 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in US custody on Christmas Eve had the flu, according to the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator. "Results of nasal and lung swabs have tested positive for influenza B," though "determining an accurate cause of death requires further evaluation,... More »

US Orders Medical Checks on All Migrant Kids in Custody

After 8-year-old boy died Christmas Eve

(Newser) - US Customs and Border Protection has ordered medical checks on every child in its custody Tuesday after an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died , marking the second death of an immigrant child in the agency's care this month. The boy, identified by Guatemalan authorities as Felipe Gómez Alonzo, had... More »

For Customs and Border Patrol, Another Tragedy

A Guatemalan 8-year-old boy is dead

(Newser) - US immigration authorities say an 8-year-old boy from Guatemala has died in government custody, the second immigrant child to die in detention this month, the AP reports. US Customs and Border Protection say the boy died shortly after midnight Tuesday. CBP says the boy showed "signs of potential illness"... More »

Family of Migrant Girl: She Didn't Die That Way

Border Patrol officials say they tried to save her

(Newser) - The family of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in US Border Patrol custody is disputing an account from US officials who said she had not been given food or water for days, the AP reports. In a statement released by lawyers, the parents of Jakelin Caal say the girl... More »

Nielsen: This Is What Happens 'When Migrants Come Illegally'

Homeland Security chief calls the death of 7-year-old girl 'heart-wrenching'

(Newser) - The Trump administration views the death of a 7-year-old girl in the custody of US Border Patrol as "a very sad example of the dangers" migrants face during illegal border crossings. "We cannot stress how dangerous the journey is when migrants come illegally," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen... More »

Migrant Girl, 7, Dies in Border Patrol Custody

She was part of group that surrendered after crossing desert

(Newser) - Customs and Border Protection is facing some tough questions after the death of a 7-year-old girl in its custody. The girl, a migrant from Guatemala, died from dehydration and shock after she was taken into CBP custody with her father on Dec. 6, the Washington Post reports. They were part... More »

Feds Award Company $145M Border Wall Contract

The 18-foot tall barrier will span 6 miles in the Rio Grande Valley

(Newser) - A Texas company has become the recipient of a US-Mexico border wall contract as federal authorities fulfill President Trump's first and most contentious campaign promise. Per CBS News , US Customs and Border Protection said Friday that the $145 million contract was awarded to Galveston-headquartered construction company SLSCO. The wall... More »

Canadian Mayor: US Is Turning Away Pot-Smokers at Border

Saskatchewan mayor describes a 'couple of cases,' fears there will be more

(Newser) - And it's happening. Less than two weeks after the legalization of recreational marijuana across Canada brought news that US border officials would bar pot-smoking Canucks from heading south, the first Canadians have been turned away, reports the CBC . "It is a fairly serious concern," says Mayor Roy... More »

CEO 'Too Busy Scuba Diving' to Deal With Border Crisis

Marc Benioff slammed for CBP contract

(Newser) - Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is taking flak for his tech company's contract with US Customs and Border Protection—and for the way he backed out of a call with a nonprofit group at the height of the family separation crisis. In an email seen by the Guardian , Benioff called... More »

Cops: Border Patrol Cop Went on Killing Spree of Prostitutes

10-year veteran arrested after a 5th woman managed to escape

(Newser) - Texas authorities charged a US Border Patrol supervisor with murder following what they called a two-week serial killing spree that left four female sex workers dead and ended when a fifth woman escaped at a gas station. Juan David Ortiz, 35, an intel supervisor for the Border Patrol, was charged... More »

Airport Facial Recognition Device Scores a Big First

Feds say it caught an impostor using a French passport

(Newser) - US Customs and Border Protection says a new facial recognition system has caught its first impostor, three days after it was put into use at Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC. The system—which compares travelers' faces to passport photos to catch impostors humans might miss—flagged a 26-year-old man... More »

Women Describe 'Horrifying' Searches by US Customs

The Center for Public Integrity is taking a closer look

(Newser) - Tameika Lovell's case is harrowing—but isn't the only one of its kind. The 34-year-old was returning from a quick jaunt to Jamaica in 2016 when Customs and Border Patrol officers at JFK International allegedly took her into a secure room, squeezed her breasts, searched her vagina with... More »

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