Biden faces influx of migrants at southern border amid calls to lift pandemic restrictions that aided expulsions
The number of migrants crossing the U.S. southern border illegally has jumped again in recent weeks, stretching U.S. capacity and stirring fears that the Biden administration will face an even larger influx if it lifts pandemic-era restrictions next week.washingtonpost.com
As lethal fentanyl flows across Mexico border, CBP tries powerful scanning technology
With fatal drug overdose deaths in the United States soaring to record levels, Congress has directed CBP to come up with a plan to scan 100 percent of arriving vehicles. But the cartels often respond to new enforcement technology with new smuggling tactics.washingtonpost.com
CBP releasing some migrant families at border without court dates
CBP releasing some migrant families at border without court dates CBS News has learned that border officials are releasing some migrant families into the United States without giving them notice to appear in court at a later date. The comes as the number of unaccompanied migrant children in government custody tops 16,000. CBS News correspondent Manuel Bojorquez joins CBSN AM with more.cbsnews.com
CBP releasing some migrant families without "notices to appear" in immigration court to save time
CBP releasing some migrant families without "notices to appear" in immigration court to save time The surge of migrants trying to cross the U.S. border is straining the system, and some families are being released from U.S. custody without important paperwork. Manuel Bojorquez reports on how the early release is impacting families.cbsnews.com
On the ground as migrants travel from southern border to CBP processing centers
On the ground as migrants travel from southern border to CBP processing centers As thousands of unaccompanied minors are crossing over to the U.S., the Biden administration is working quickly to find housing in the growing crisis. Mireya Villarreal embedded with local authorities to see how migrants get from the southern border to those facilities.cbsnews.com
Customs seizes $1.5 million in counterfeit ‘Rick and Morty’ vape pens at O’Hare, officials say
“Often CBP seizes vape pens because they violate FDA guidelines, but these parcels violate copyright laws which adds to the charges and complexity of the case,” said Shane Campbell, area port director for Chicago, in Thursday’s release. “Counterfeit products are unsafe for consumers, harm the economy, damage the revenue and image of the companies, and could cost American jobs.”chicagotribune.com
Port Huron CBP officers brave severe weather to aid driver in vehicle fire
PORT HURON, Mich. – Two US Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers risked their own safety despite severe winter weather to help a driver whose car was engulfed in flames on M-25 near Lakeport on Tuesday, Feb. 16. While searching the officer found the driver in a nearby vehicle provided by a good samaritan to help escape the cold. Both the driver and good samaritan noted it was difficult to call for emergency assistance because of the lack of cell phone service. “This is another shining example of our officers going to great lengths to provide assistance to those in need”, said Port Huron Area Port Director Michael Fox. “I’m proud of the valiant efforts CBP personnel provide to our community during times like this.”Read more: Headlines from across Michigan
Shots fired at Customs and Border Protection officers on I-96, officials say
Michigan State Police are investigating after a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) vehicle was fired at on I-96 Wednesday. Customs and Border Protection can confirm that a vehicle occupied by CBP Officers was apparently fired upon earlier today on I-96,” a spokesperson said Wednesday. Officials say that no serious injuries were reported. No additional details have been provided. More: Local News
1,700% increase in drug seizures at Michigan ports of entry, CBP reports
DETROIT – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection releases stats every year about the amount of illegal items they confiscate annually. This year, they are reporting a steep increase in items. CBP reported 9,059 pounds of marijuana, 211 pounds of cocaine, 15 pounds of fentanyl and two pounds of meth have been seized from people leaving or entering the United States at Michigan ports of entry. CBP reported a 1,736% increase in seized marijuana and 227% increase in weapons seized -- enough to supply a small army. Why the increase in illegal items crossing the border?
Over half ton of marijuana seized from trash hauler at Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron
DETROIT – On Sunday, Oct. 18 at around 11:15 p.m., the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations Officers at the Blue Water Bridge encountered a driver operating a trash hauler. The driver declared he was transporting municipal trash destined for a landfill in New Boston, Michigan to CBP. During the exam of the hauler, officers uncovered over 1,000 pounds of marijuana concealed in trash bags in the rear of truck. “Traffickers will use any means to attempt to transport illegal narcotics across our borders,” said Acting Port Director April Donaghy, who oversees operations at the Port Huron Area Port of Entry. In Fiscal Year 2020, CBP Field Operations seized more than 9,000 pounds of marijuana at ports of entry across the state.
Over 1,000 pounds of marijuana seized at Fort Street Cargo Facility in Detroit
DETROIT On Aug. 23, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations Officers at the Fort Street Cargo Facility encountered a commercial truck operated by a Canadian citizen. After examining the truck, CBP officers discovered over 1,031 pounds of marijuana concealed in five wooden crates. CBP officers became suspicious and referred the shipment for additional inspection. The Port of Detroit is proud to have prevented the exploitation of our borders and the introduction of illicit drugs into our communities, said Detroit Port Director Devin Chamberlain. Since March, CBP Field Operations has seized over 5,500 pounds of marijuana at ports of entry across the state.
Customs and Border Protection seize more than half ton of marijuana at Blue Water Bridge
PORT HURON, Mich. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations Officers at the Blue Water Bridge seized more than a half ton of marijuana from an Ontario plated commercial truck on Monday. The truck was believed to be carrying office furniture to locations in Michigan. CBP officers investigated and uncovered more than 1,114 pounds of marijuana in vacuum sealed packages concealed in cardboard boxes. Our officers remain steadfast in their commitment to protecting our borders from all types of criminal activity.Since March, CBP Field Operations has seized over 4,400 pounds of marijuana at ports of entry across the state. READ: More local news coverage
Travel delays at Ambassador Bridge due to CBP system issues
DETROIT – U.S. Customs and Border Protection have advised that they are experiencing some National System Issues and are doing everything that they can to minimize the impacts. They are also coordinating with the Ambassador Bridge Authority along with other bridge operators and stakeholders that are affected by the issue. For updated border wait times please go to the CBP website.
CBP officers seize over 400 pounds of marijuana in Detroit
DETROIT – CBP officers working cargo operations at the Fort Street Cargo Facility discovered 418 pounds of marijuana in a trash hauler driven by a Canadian citizen. During the inspection, 15 large trash bags of drugs were discovered hidden in the rear of the hauler. During an x-ray exam of the hauler, CBP officers discovered several odd shapes in the rear of the hauler. The odd shapes turned out to be bags of marijuana. “This seizure once again demonstrates the vigilance of CBP Officers – even during these trying times,” said Devin Chamberlain, Detroit Port Director.
Suspect arrested in Canada after shining laser at CBP helicopter in Detroit
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter was struck by a laser beam Wednesday, interfering with the operations it was conducting protests in Detroit. According to authorities, the crew was flying near the Renaissance Center when they detected their aircraft was being targeted by a green laser. The crew temporarily ceased operations, contacted the Windsor Ontario Control Tower to report the incident and kept their cameras on the person who shined the laser until Windsor Police took the person into custody. The CBP is reminding residents that lasers present a very serious risk to aviator safety and while owning a laser pointer isnt illegal, shining it into a cockpit of an aircraft is a federal crime. According to the FAA, laser pointers can potentially damage sensitive equipment and flash blind a pilot.
Michigan woman driving stolen vehicle with over $130,000 in gold bars, 30 grams of marijuana arrested at Blue Water Bridge
PORT HURON, Mich. On Thursday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested a 43-year-old woman at the Blue Water Bridge driving a stolen vehicle with marijuana and $130,000 in gold. The incident took place after the woman from Eaton County made a wrong turn and ended up on the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron. In this case, CBP officers took the extra steps to identify an individual in possession of a stolen vehicle and a large amount of gold, said Port Director Michael Fox. This is another prime example of our excellent working relationship with our partners.After arresting the woman CBP officers turned the case over to Michigan State Police, who were given custody of the woman. The gold, marijuana and stolen vehicle were also turned over to MSP.
DHS issues restrictions on inbound flights with travelers who have been in China
Generally, foreign nationals (other than immediate family of U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and flight crew) who have traveled in China within 14 days of their arrival, will be denied entry into the United States. “While the overall risk to the American public remains low, funneling all flights with passengers who have recently been in China is the most important and prudent step we can take at this time to decrease the strain on public health officials screening incoming travelers. To minimize disruptions, CBP and air carriers are working to identify qualifying passengers before their scheduled flights. Americans flying to the United States from China will be re-routed to the following airports at no cost to the traveler:John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New York;Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Illinois;San Francisco International Airport (SFO), California;Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), Washington;Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), Hawaii;Los Angeles International Airport, (LAX), California; andHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), Georgia. Travelers showing symptoms should be prepared for the possibility of prolonged delay to avoid spreading the infection.
Asylum-seekers get attorney access before return to Mexico
It is correct that either side can appeal within 30 days of a decision, but the form that CBP gave the Salvadoran woman states that she has a court date Dec. 16, which is untrue. The AP confirmed with the court that there was no court date for her case and also received a copy of the judge's order that the case is closed. It also falls outside the 30-day window to appeal.chicagotribune.com
Federal officials to study port trade inequities
Port director Paul LaMarre III and U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., have met with Customs and Border Protections regarding their questions about Port of Monroe. The CBP Detroit office claims it has limited resources and is unable to dedicate staff members to Monroe or other ports. For years, the Detroit office, which holds administrative jurisdiction over maritime trade in the state, has barred Monroes port from dealing with international containerized and crated cargo. The Port of Toledo and Port of Cleveland, the nearest ports on Lake Erie, are subject to CBPs Chicago office. He has been working with LaMarre, the port and Peters to nail down why different regions seemingly have different rules.monroenews.com