Customs and Border Protection

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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 »

Feds Claim NYC Mayor Crossed Border Illegally

His office says June 21 crossing was approved by border patrol

(Newser) - Customs and Border Protection is calling out an unlikely person for crossing the nation's southern border illegally: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. De Blasio and his security detail, run by the NYPD, violated both Mexican and US immigration laws by crossing the border on foot during a... More »

Arguments Erupt Over Immigration at the White House

Customs and Border Protection chief faces off against Justice officials

(Newser) - The White House has seen arguments erupt since President Trump signed an executive order to keep migrant families together at the US border, the New York Times reports. Sources say the quarrels began Thursday night and resumed Friday when Kevin McAleenan, who heads Customs and Border Protection, asked how his... More »

For 3rd Straight Month, Border Arrests Exceed 50K

It's highest level since Trump took office

(Newser) - More than 50,000 people were arrested trying to cross the US border in May, the third consecutive month that figure has been reached. The high volume suggests that tough new rules put in place by the Trump administration—including the separation of migrant children from their parents—are not... More »

Family Grieves as Border Patrol Changes Shooting Account

Claudia Patricia Gómez González was only 19

(Newser) - The Guatemalan family of a young woman killed by a Border Patrol agent says they want justice—but the events leading to her death aren't totally clear, NBC News reports. "Why did they do this to her?" the mother of Claudia Patricia Gómez González, 19, tells... More »

2 US Citizens Spoke Spanish at a Gas Station. Enter Border Patrol

Ana Suda says she and another American friend were detained in Montana while getting milk, eggs

(Newser) - First a lawyer took issue with two women speaking Spanish in a New York City eatery. Now two US citizens in the Montana town of Havre have had the same experience—but this time the person with the issue was a Border Patrol agent. Ana Suda, 37, tells the Washington ... More »

Free Apple on Delta Flight Costs Woman $500

Crystal Tadlock plans to fight it in court

(Newser) - Crystal Tadlock may think twice before accepting anything from a Delta attendant again. Flying back from Paris, the Colorado woman accepted a free apple handed out by an attendant and stuffed it in her carry-on bag—only to discover at customs that the fruit would cost her $500, KDVR reports.... More »

Feds Make 'Desperate Move' to Hire 5K Border Patrol Agents

CBP has awarded Accenture a $297M contract to help it carry out its hiring task

(Newser) - The US Border Patrol is having staffing issues, but Customs and Border Protection is hoping a $297 million deal with a private firm will get everything back on track. The Los Angeles Times reports on a government contract with Accenture , which has been tasked with "the full life cycle... More »

'This Bologna Has a First Name, It's S-E-I-Z-E-D'

Border officers have a little fun after woman busted smuggling 227 pounds of Mexican bologna into US

(Newser) - What a load of baloney! Seriously, it was a lot of bologna. CBS4 reports US Customs and Border Protection officers stopped a woman Wednesday morning after she was discovered attempting to smuggle 227 pounds of "contraband" Mexican bologna into the US via the Paso Del Norte border crossing in... More »

ICE Agents Swoop In, Take Child From Hospital Post-Surgery

Now 10-year-old Rosamaria Hernandez, who has cerebral palsy, could be deported

(Newser) - An ICE "sensitive locations" directive says federal agents shouldn't try to enforce the law at such locations except under "exigent circumstances." But the family of Rosamaria Hernandez, a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who had gallbladder surgery at a hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas, says ICE... More »

Government Sued Over Border Searches of Electronic Devices

ACLU argues devices nowadays contain tons of personal, private information

(Newser) - A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday claims the US government's growing practice of searching laptops and cellphones at the border is unconstitutional because electronic devices now carry troves of private personal and business information, the AP reports. But the government has vociferously defended its searches as critical to protecting the... More »

Family of Teen Who Drank Liquid Meth at Border Gets $1M

It was 'the most inhuman kind of cruelty,' lawyer says

(Newser) - Customs and Border Protection has paid $1 million to the family of a Mexican teen who died three years ago after sipping liquid meth at the US-Mexico border. Cruz Marcelino Velázquez Acevedo, 16, was traveling through the pedestrian entrance at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Nov. 18,... More »

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