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GAO on Arizona Border Surveillance Technology: More Information on Plans and Costs Is Needed before Proceeding

"In 2005, the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet) was conceived as a surveillance technology to create a 'virtual fence' along the border. After spending nearly $1 billion, DHS deployed SBInet systems along 53 miles of Arizona's border that represent the highest risk for...

PBS: Border Patrol Using Excessive Force?

"In partnership with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute , Need to Know investigates whether U.S. border agents have been using excessive force in an effort to curb illegal immigration. Eight people have been killed along the border in the past two years. One man died a short...

Will ICE and CBP Take Over US-VISIT?

"Although the budget has not yet been approved, ICE, CBP and US-VISIT are taking proactive steps to transfer the multiple US-VISIT programs, including its biometric and biographic entities over to ICE and CBP." - ICE, June 5, 2012 .

Excerpts From the July 1, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: Deferred Action Process for Young People Announced

Deferred Action Process for Young People Announced On June 15, President Barack Obama and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano made important statements on immigration-enforcement policy toward young people who are in the United States without authorization and who meet certain criteria...

News Excerpts from the April 15, 2013 Bender's Immigration Bulletin

DHS Issues New Rules for Transformation to Electronic Form I-94 On March 27, the Department of Homeland Security issued an interim final rule intended to facilitate the transition of Form I-94 from paper to electronic format at air and sea ports of entry. Form I-94, the ubiquitous document used to...

News Excerpts From the Sept. 15, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

ICE Issues Directive Limiting Detention of Parents On August 23, 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a directive intended to limit the detention of parents and other guardians of minor children during removal proceedings and to allow them to participate in legal proceedings relating...

DHS OIG on CBP Use of Force

"Attached for your action is our revised final report, CBP Use of Force Training and Actions To Address Use of Force Incidents – Redacted (Revised), OIG-13-114. We incorporated the formal comments from U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the final report. This revised version is redacted...

DHS on Immigration Enforcement During Tropical Storm Karen

"To the extent that Tropical Storm/Hurricane Karen (Karen) impacts law enforcement operations and/or the storm triggers the need for an officially ordered evacuation or an emergency government response, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's...

Canadians Denied Entry to U.S. Due to Depression; DHS Snoops on Canadian Mental Health Records

Two disturbing stories from the Canadian press: Canadians with mental illnesses denied U.S. entry Canadian woman refused U.S. entry because of depression "A document completed by a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer says that at a secondary inspection at Pearson airport in Toronto...

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...

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.

One of These Things Is Not Like the Others...

Maybe DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson missed this episode of Sesame Street. His November 20, 2014 memo to ICE, CBP and USCIS specifies three tiered priorities for the "Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants." At the top, Priority 1 (threats to national security, border security...

DHS Inspector General: CBP Drone Program 'Does Not Achieve Intended Results'

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Unmanned Aircraft System Program Does Not Achieve Intended Results or Recognize All Costs of Operations - Although CBP’s Unmanned Aircraft System program contributes to border security, after 8 years, CBP cannot prove that the program is effective...

News Excerpts From The Aug. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Report Highlights Lack of Oversight, Vulnerability to Corruption at CBP | On June 29, 2015, a subcommittee of the Homeland Security Advisory Council released a report concluding that U.S. Customs and Border Protection lacks sufficient internal oversight and is vulnerable to corruption from within...