'Cruise to Nowhere' Foreign Crews Need Work Authorization: Bimini Superfast Operations v. Winkowski

"CBP's view is not "manifestly contrary" to the provision of the statute at issue as the provision, which focuses on a crewman's intent to "land temporarily" and "depart," in no way precludes an interpretation of the landing and departure as applying to each...

DHS OIG Censors Recommendations to Curb Use of Deadly Force by CBP

"It’s one of the U.S. Border Patrol’s most controversial practices: shooting at migrants and suspected drug runners who throw rocks and other objects at agents. Many law enforcement experts say the best option is to take cover or move elsewhere when these “rocking” incidents...

CBP Use of Force Policy Handbook (Oct. 2010)

"I am very pleased to bring you the first version of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Use of Force Policy Handbook. This Policy supersedes the U.S. Customs Firearms and Use of Force Handbook (CIS HB 4500-01A) dated March 2003; the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Interim Use of Force and...

American Woman Says CBP Agent Assaulted Her at U.S.-Canada Border

"Carianne Borowski and her family have crossed the border to and from Canada countless times, but she says what happened to her at the Peace Bridge in December gives her nightmares. Carianne, her husband Matthew and their three kids are American citizens but now live in Ontario. They were in Buffalo...

Welcome To America, Said The Robot

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) today announced the launch of Automated Passport Control (APC) at Orlando International Airport. APC is an innovative, self-service kiosk that helps streamline the traveler inspection process and enables...

3-Part Arizona Republic Border Blockbuster Blows Lid Off CBP 'Use of Force' Secrecy

Bob Ortega, Rob O'Dell, Daniel Gonzalez, Nick Oza and Charlie Leight compiled this must-read series for all border students. Part One : "A ghost is haunting Nogales." Part Two : Border death captured on video Part Three : Border agents without proper training assist local cops...

It's the U.S.-Mexico border, not the Wild West

"Now we have an idea why the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service was keeping secret an independent report of its encounters at the Mexican border. Because it has something to hide. As The Times' Brian Bennett reported last week, an independent report by the nonprofit Police Executive...

AI Justice Sues CBP: Release Detention Abuse Documents

"Americans for Immigrants Justice (AI Justice) filed a lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court against Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to force CBP to disclose documents and records related to the abuse immigrant women, children and men held by CBP in detention facilities along the US border. “We...

AILA Memo to CBP re Unlawful Presence

"The American Immigration Lawyers Association renews its request that CBP adopt the interpretation of unlawful presence for non-controlled aliens enunciated by USCIS." - AILA, Mar. 18, 2014 .

U.S. Arrests and Deports Departing Migrants

"U.S. officers at the ports of entry are arresting undocumented immigrants as they try to leave the U.S. They're then prosecuted and sent to prison, only to be removed from the U.S. anyway. Why bother? That's a question people on all sides of the immigration debate are asking." - Ted...

CBP Held Biebs in Secondary for Four Hours at LAX

"Update: Justin Bieber is back on American soil. According to reports, the [Canadian] singer was released after being detained by customs on Thursday for nearly four hours in Los Angeles. ... According to People, he was being held "for routine secondary questioning" but "was not being...

NIV Arrival/Departure History Going Back 5 Years Now Available: CBP

"Customs and Border Protection launched a new webpage on May 1 that offers nonimmigrant U.S. visitors access to their I-94 arrival/departure record and their arrival/departure history. The new CBP webpage allows nonimmigrant travelers to access arrival/departure records going back five years...

No Action Taken: Lack of CBP Accountability in Responding to Complaints of Abuse

"Data obtained by the American Immigration Council shine a light on the lack of accountability and transparency which afflicts the U.S. Border Patrol and its parent agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The data, which the Immigration Council acquired through a Freedom of Information...

E-Mail from CBP FOIA re New Website for I-94 and Travel History Retrieval

"From: CBP FOIA [mailto: CBPFOIA@cbp.dhs.gov ] Sent: Tuesday, May 06, 2014 3:32 PM Subject: Message from CBP FOIA - CBP Announces new Website for I-94 and travel history retrieval To: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requesters From: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) FOIA Office This message...

CBP Canadian TN Checklist

"This list is intended as a guide to assist you in preparing for your application for admission into the United States pursuant to NAFT A (TN). The information listed below is intended to help you in meeting eligibility requirements as well as in identifying any documentary deficiencies, if any...

News Excerpts From the June 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

CBP Launches Website for I-94 and Travel History Retrieval On May 1, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) introduced a new website that will allow nonimmigrants in the United States to obtain their I-94 arrival/departure records for any point within the past five years without filing a request...

Lawsuit Filed Against CBP Over Border Detention Conditions: Quiñones Flores v. USA

"Americans for Immigrants Justice (AI Justice) and Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A., filed a lawsuit in U.S. Federal Court against Customs & Border Protection (CBP) for its abuse and unlawful treatment of Alba, a twenty-eight year old immigrant woman who fled to the U.S. seeking...

CBP Releases Use of Force Policy Handbook and Police Executive Research Forum Report

"During his first 100 days, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske has established transparency as a top priority. Today, he is releasing a revised use of force policy handbook and a consultant study from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). “We initiated...

AILA: CBP Finally Taking Steps in Right Direction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Friday, May 30, 2014 - Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 14053050 (posted May. 30, 2014)" CONTACTS: George Tzamaras or Belle Woods 202-507-7649 - 202-507-7675 gtzamaras@aila.org - bwoods@aila.org AILA...

News Excerpts From the June 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Report Highlights Economic Benefits of Public Defenders in Removal Proceedings A report released in late May by the global consulting firm NERA concluded that the fiscal savings to the government could well offset any costs associated with providing government-funded attorneys to indigent noncitizens...

Another Lawsuit Against CBP Alleges Horrific Detention Conditions

"Alba Quiñones Flores started her period the first week that she was in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection. Every morning, a guard delivered sanitary napkins to her cell of 20 women—but only four or five pads for all of them. Quiñones couldn't scramble to the...

Partial Settlement in Body Cavity Border Search Lawsuit

"A woman who sued a border-area hospital and agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection after being subjected to what she argued was an unwarranted body cavity search for drugs has settled part of the lawsuit for $1.1 million. The woman, a resident of New Mexico who is called “Jane Doe”...

Ousted CBP Internal Affairs Chief Calls Out Corruption, Cover-Ups

"More than two dozen people have died in violent clashes with U.S. Customs and Border Protection since 2010. Despite public outrage over some of the killings, no agent or officer has faced criminal charges – or public reprimand – to date. Yet at least a quarter of the 28 deaths were...

Will Jeh Johnson Out-Perry Rick Perry?

Texas Governor Rick Perry sent the National Guard to the border. Now, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson wants to merge CBP and ICE efforts along the border into a 'Southern Command' military-like structure.

CBP Launches 'Optimized Processing' for First-Time Canadian TNs, L-1s at 14 Select POEs

"Beginning in mid-September, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is optimizing processing for first-time Canadian TN and L applicants seeking entry into the United States under NAFTA. CBP has designated ports of entry that will ensure a more efficient approach to processing the high volume...