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CBP Targets American Diplomat...Because She's Black
Posted on 2 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tianna Spears, Politico, Aug. 30, 2020 "There was one difference between me and my colleagues who rarely if ever got stopped: The vast majority of my colleagues were white, while I’m Black. But I was a U.S. citizen, and a diplomat. I had... Read More

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GAO Report Slams CBP Over Border Deaths, Medical Care of Detainees, Use of Funds
Posted on 15 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

SOUTHWEST BORDER: CBP Needs to Increase Oversight of Funds, Medical Care, and Reporting of Deaths "Three children died in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s custody in fiscal year 2019, prompting questions about medical care in the agency’s... Read More

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CBP Responds to Public Comments Regarding the Construction of Border Wall within Certain Areas in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Posted on 29 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 04/30/2020 "On June 27, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a notice in the Federal Register (84 FR 30745), requesting public comments regarding the construction... Read More

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GAO Slaps CBP for $3.5M Border Tent Boondoggle
Posted on 10 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Apr. 9, 2020 "BORDER SECURITY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Management of a Temporary Facility in Texas Raised Concerns about Resources Used The number of people U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended on the southwest... Read More

Tags: cbp , border , Texas , GAO

Comedian Files FTCA Lawsuit Against CBP
Posted on 14 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

NWIRP, Feb. 14, 2020 "Mohanad Elshieky, a professional comedian and refugee from Libya, filed a complaint in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington today against the United States after Border Patrol officers in Spokane, WA... Read More

Tags: cbp , elshieky , lawsuit , FTCA

TSA and CBP on Arrival Restrictions from China
Posted on 7 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 26 / Friday, February 7, 2020 "This document announces a modification to the January 31, 2020 decision of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to direct all flights to the United States carrying... Read More

Tags: cbp , TSA , China , DHS , coronavirus

Active Duty American Citizen Army Soldier, Born in Iran, Has Phone Seized by CBP
Posted on 4 Feb 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Joseph Cox, VICE / MOTHERBOARD, Jan. 31, 2020 "Earlier this month Customs and Border Protection seized the iPhone of an active duty American soldier as they were transferring through a U.S. airport as part of their directed orders. After questioning... Read More

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Expert: Are We Doomed to Repeat Past Mistakes?
Posted on 23 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Chantal da Silva, Newsweek, Jan. 22, 2020 "The U.S. Customs and Border Protection(CBP) agency is facing backlash after it was revealed the agency had refused entry to an Iranian student with a valid visa and forced him on a flight back home, despite... Read More

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Expert David Ware: Student Visa No Guarantee of Entry
Posted on 23 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 22, 2020 "An Iranian student with a visa to attend Northeastern University was denied entry to the United States last weekend at Boston’s Logan International Airport and removed from the country despite... Read More

He Won, But Was Deported Anyway
Posted on 10 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Joel Rose, NPR, Jan. 9, 2020 "The judge granted Jesus withholding of removal, a form of protection from deportation. In other words, he won — something that very few migrants at the border can say these days. Jesus thought he might finally... Read More

CBP Illegally Detaining Iranian-Americans at Border
Posted on 5 Jan 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

CAIR, Jan. 5, 2020 "The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) is assisting more than 60 Iranians and Iranian-Americans of all ages who were detained at length and questioned at the Peace Arch Border Crossing... Read More

Tags: cbp , citizens , Iranian , border

CBP Issues Fake Court Date Notices to Keep Out Asylum Winners
Posted on 12 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hamed Aleaziz, BuzzFeed News, Dec. 10, 2019 "On a November day, just south of the Texas border, Francisco left the temporary shelter he’d been stuck in for four months to travel to a nearby port of entry in the US. Francisco was one of... Read More

Public (Including Media) Denied Access to Border Courts
Posted on 11 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Adolfo Flores, BuzzFeed News, Sept. 11, 2019 "Tent border courts for asylum-seekers forced to return to Mexico under a Trump administration policy have opened for hearings Wednesday in Laredo, Texas — but few got to see inside as the public... Read More

Why Border Patrol Agents and CBP Officers Should Not Serve as Asylum Officers
Posted on 26 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Josiah Heyman, Jeremy Slack, and Daniel E. Martínez, June 21, 2019 "United States Border Patrol agent Matthew Bowen allegedly hit an undocumented migrant with his truck in November 2017. In preparation for trial, federal prosecutors revealed... Read More

Attorneys: Texas Border Facility is Neglecting Migrant Kids
Posted on 24 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cedar Attanasio, Garance Burke and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press, June 21, 2019 "A 2-year-old boy locked in detention wants to be held all the time. A few girls, ages 10 to 15, say they’ve been doing their best to feed and soothe the clingy... Read More

  • Blog Post: CBP bars Russian engineers headed for Boeing, Seattle: B-1 in lieu of H-1B?

    "U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport denied entry Friday to 15 Russian engineers from Boeing's Moscow Design Center and sent them back to Russia. The incident caused the company to suspend U.S. travel for other engineers from Russia...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: CBP bats down iPad border crosser claims

    "U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Jan. 4 called a Canadian man’s claims to have entered the U.S. using only a scanned image of his passport on an iPad “categorically false.” News reports on Jan. 4 said Martin Reisch, 33, a resident of Montreal, claimed he entered the...
  • Blog Post: Pilot Pedestrian Ready Lane Coming to Otay Mesa

    "U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials will open a pilot pedestrian Ready Lane at the Otay Mesa port of entry on February 23. Similar to the existing vehicle Ready Lanes, any traveler with an approved document that has Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology can use the lane...
  • Blog Post: Federal immigration agency turns to El Paso migrants' shelter for help

    "Necessity often results in unexpected relationships, and that's one way to describe the connection between U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Annunciation House in El Paso, a shelter for undocumented immigrants. Ruben Garcia, the shelter's director, said that as the...
  • Blog Post: Authority of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agents: An Overview

    "U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was established in 2003 as an arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It combined agents from the U.S. Customs Service, the former Immigration and Naturalization Service and agricultural inspectors, who monitor the ports of entry, and the...
  • Blog Post: CBP Apologizes for SRK Detention

    "In reel life (read his blockbuster movie, My Name Is Khan ), Shah Rukh Khan succeeds in convincing the 'US President-elect Barack Obama' that he's not a terrorist. But in real life, the picture isn't as rosy for the Bollywood superstar. Shah Rukh, on his way to deliver a lecture...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Mexican Border Controlled, CBP Looks North

    Now that net migration from Mexico has fallen to zero , CBP turns its attention to the wily Canuck , approaching by stealth via canoe. "There are no roads into or out of Canada in this remote wilderness area. All travel into and from Canada is by non motorized small boat, canoe, kayak, and...
  • Blog Post: ACLU Charges Border Abuse by CBP

    "The American Civil Liberties Union today demanded a federal investigation into allegations of rampant abuse of individuals, including U.S. citizens and legal residents, by Customs and Border Protection agents at ports of entry along the U.S.-Mexico border. In a complaint filed today with...
  • Blog Post: 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 .
  • Blog Post: CBP to Review Use of Force Policy

    "U.S. Customs and Border Protection has launched what it calls a comprehensive review of its officers' use of force amid a sharp increase in fatal confrontations along the Southwest border. The initiative, which appears to be the most far-reaching of its kind in recent years, calls for an assessment...
  • Blog Post: CBP on Language Assistance to Other Law Enforcement Agencies

    "U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) offices across the Nation work together with Federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners to achieve a unity of purpose and maximize operational integration, along with providing for the safety of the public and our law enforcement partners...
  • Blog Post: Oscar-Nominated Director Emad Burnat Detained by CBP at LAX

    "Emad Burnat, the Palestinian who co-directed the Academy Award-nominated documentary "5 Broken Cameras," was reportedly detained at Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday night as he attempted to enter America to attend the Oscars, this according to filmmaker Michael Moore. Burnat...
  • Blog Post: CBP Issues Sequestration FAQs and Plans

    "Customs and Border Protection (CBP) The Department of Homeland Security agency resposible for the movement of people and goods across international boundaries has published several statements on how sequestration will affect its operations." - Valentine Brown, Mar. 4, 2013 .
  • Blog Post: CBP Targeted for Abuse in Blizzard of Lawsuits, Complaints

    "Over the past week, an alliance of immigration groups, private attorneys and a law school clinic joined forces in filing complaints targeting abuses by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) across the country. Ten damages cases have been filed alleging unlawful CBP conduct in northern and southern...
  • Blog Post: Lawsuit: CBP Unlawfully Deported American Toddler

    Ruiz v. USA, Filing date: 3/8/13 "On March 11, 2011, E.R., a four-year-old U.S. citizen, was detained by Customs and Border Protection following her arrival at Dulles Airport. E.R. was returning home to New York from a vacation in Guatemala with her grandfather, when her flight was diverted from...
  • Blog Post: Shootings by CBP Agents Increase Border Tensions

    "As rocks hurled from Mexico rained down on United States Border Patrol agents one night last October, at least one of the agents drew his gun and fired across the border, striking a teenager 11 times, 7 times in the back. The boy, José Antonio Elena Rodriguez, 16, collapsed and died on a...
  • Blog Post: How CBP Coerces False 'Confessions' from American Citizens

    "The State Department’s primary basis for revoking my client’s U.S. citizenship was a sworn statement taken by CBP officials on 09/24/1998. As revealed by a State Department attorney in yesterday’s post , the State Department does not do anything to corroborate the veracity...
  • Blog Post: Lawsuit Claims Woman’s Deportation Was a Death Sentence

    "The U.S. government deported 387,790 people in 2009, one of them a frightened 22-year-old victim of domestic abuse known, in a lawsuit filed Wednesday [June 5, 2013,] as “Laura S.” Despite having a restraining order against her abusive ex-boyfriend—she warned immigration agents...
  • Blog Post: DREAMer Stranded in Mexico After Confusion at Presidio Port of Entry

    "A mistake that left a deferred action beneficiary unable to re-enter the United States for weeks is being cited by immigration attorneys both as an example of confusion over certain laws and as a warning to those with a sensitive immigration status. On Aug. 12, Josue Alberto Rodriguez, 24, who...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 'Nothing worse than a whiny Canadian...'

    "Is there a culture of anti-Canadian, anti-immigrant attitudes among some U.S. Customs and Border Protection members? According to Bellingham immigration lawyer Greg Boos, there is – and, he says, it’s a factor in border inspections, including questioning about marijuana use." ...
  • Blog Post: Eight Border Activists Released by CBP

    "Eight of the more than 30 immigrant activists who tried Monday to enter the U.S. at an international bridge in Laredo have been released pending their immigration cases. Federal authorities released four teenagers and three adults — parents of young activists who at the last minute chose...
  • Blog Post: 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...