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  • Thousands of Customs and Border Protection Agents Risk Losing Job Over COVID Vaccine Mandate: Vaccination rate for Border Patrol agents is lower than for the agency as a whole

    11/11/2021 9:06:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Just The News ^ | 11/11/2021
    About 18% percent of the Customs and Border Protection workforce as of Monday had reportedly not received a COVID-19 vaccine, putting roughly 12,000 agency employees at risk for losing their job if they do not get vaccinated or receive a religious or medical exemption by the federal government's Nov. 22 deadline. The agency risks losing the thousands of employees amid a record number of immigrants coming to the U.S.-Mexico border The estimations are based on internal documents reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon. The Office of Personnel Management says federal agencies could as of Tuesday impose disciplinary action, such as...
  • Shipments Containing Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine Seized by Customs Officials in Chicago

    10/09/2021 10:20:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 10/09/2021 | MATTHEW IMPELLI
    Shipments containing Ivermectin tablets and Hydroxychloroquine pills were recently seized by customs officials in Chicago. According to a press release from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the seizure happened at the international mail facility within Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on October 4. The press release said that while officers were conducting an x-ray inspection of a package from China, "officers noticed some discrepancies." The package stated that it contained "decorative beads," CBP said. After officers noticed the discrepancies within this package, they conducted a further investigation and discovered that instead of "decorative beads," the package actually contained 100 tablets of...
  • The agency founded because of 9/11 shifts to face the threat of domestic terrorism

    02/14/2021 4:58:43 PM PST · by Mariner · 42 replies
    The Washington Post via MSN ^ | February 14th, 2021 | Nick Miroff
    On a Saturday morning in August 2019, a 21-year-old White man with ear protectors, safety glasses and an AK-47-style rifle walked into a crowded Walmart in El Paso, Tex., his pockets bulging with ammunition. He had to driven hundreds of miles across the state, prosecutors say, because he wanted to kill Latinos.Kevin McAleenan, the acting Homeland Security secretary, was at a Coast Guard picnic in Virginia that day, and soon the urgent messages began arriving. A sinking feeling of horror set in as the magnitude of the attack became clear. “It was devastating,” he said.Twenty-three people were murdered in the...
  • Why Are Italians Worshipping An Ugly Witch?

    01/04/2021 3:36:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/3/2021 | Silvia Marchetti
    Italy is in red zone lockdown these last festivity days but Italians haven't forsaken a sacred ritual: the worshipping of an ugly old witch - aka the Befana. January 6 marks the Epifania (Epiphany) and it's big time celebration - only this year, it will be at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Before going to bed Children hang bright socks above the fireplace, the Befana flies by during the night and the next morning kids either find black candy charcoal (if they've been naughty) or chocolates, sweets, pocket money and little gifts. For many Italians it's a more heartfelt,...
  • US Customs Seize Millions Worth of Illicit Narcotics and Assault Weapon Parts From China

    06/28/2020 7:48:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 06/28/2020 | Frank Fang
    U.S. customs officials in Cincinnati recently seized 530 pounds of illicit narcotics and other controlled substances in a shipment originating from China, which had a street value of over $2 million. The cargo also contained other illicit goods such as counterfeit products and prohibited food items. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the seizure in a press release on June 26. The shipment, intercepted by customs officials on May 11, was destined for a single importer in Aurora, Colorado. “This is the largest synthetic seizure in the history of our port,” said Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie in the press...
  • New border technology helps combat illegal drug, weapon and cash smuggling

    06/16/2020 5:46:02 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 16, 2020 | Stephanie Bennett
    A new piece of X-ray technology may help prevent illegal drug and gun smuggling at the U.S.-Mexico border. Security technology company Viken Detection created a unique handheld scanner called the HBI-120 for law enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. It’s goal is to help fight drug trafficking, terrorism and other hazardous threats, all with a simple X-ray scan... Officers can quickly find items in compartments hidden in the seats of a car. “No kidding, in ten seconds an officer who has never even put hands on this machine found 8 kilos of meth in a compartment," he explained....
  • 'I'll be back,' foiled hijacker told agent

    01/27/2004 4:19:26 AM PST · by kattracks · 12 replies · 206+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 1/27/04 | JAMES GORDON MEEK
    WASHINGTON - A U.S. customs inspector praised for keeping the 20th hijacker in the 9/11 plot from getting into the country told Congress yesterday that the "hostile" Saudi gave him the creeps and vowed, "I'll be back." Jose Melendez-Perez told the 9/11 Commission, the panel probing the attacks on America, that he was spooked enough by the man identified only as "Al-Qahtani" to put him on a plane out of Orlando after he arrived in the U.S. from London and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, with a one-way ticket and $2,800 in cash. Al-Qahtani was dressed head-to-toe in black when he...
  • Detroit Metropolitan Airport Latest to Receive Facial Recognition Technology

    10/04/2019 11:28:49 AM PDT · by BigKahuna · 13 replies
    H4 Solutions ^ | 10/04/2019 | Kelly Hoggan
    U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s facial recognition technology program has now arrived at Detroit’s international airport. Known as ‘Simplified Arrival,’ CBP’s biometric-based system matches the faces of arriving international travelers at Detroit Metropolitan Airport against the images contained in their travel documents, enabling the agency to quickly verify their identities. Detroit also joins a growing list of top US airports using the Simplified Arrivals system, where at least 20 of them will offer the facial recognition technology to speed through the Customs process by the end of 2020. Systems like Simplified Arrivals and its brother facial recognition program, Biometric Exit...
  • Press Briefing by CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan (immigration, whitehouse.gov press release)

    09/09/2019 8:00:26 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 5 replies
    whitehouse.gov ^ | Mark Morgan
    Press Briefing by CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan IMMIGRATION Issued on: September 9, 2019 James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 1:02 P.M. EDT ACTING COMMISSIONER MORGAN: Good morning. And thank you all for being here today. As the Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, I’m pleased to announce the official release of CBP’s southwest border migration statistics for the month of August. And I’ve said this many times: Since Congress has failed and continue to fail to pass meaningful legislation to address the crisis at the border — which would ultimately stop children from being used as passports and end...
  • US Customs Computer Shutdown Causes Delays At LAX, Airports Nationwide

    08/16/2019 2:41:29 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 08/16/2019
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection computers were shutdown nationwide Friday creating long lines at LAX and other airports around the country. LAX Airport tweeted out at 1:33 p.m. that “@CBP systems are experiencing an issue which appears to be impacting multiple airports including LAX. Officers are processing passengers manually so please check with your airline for the latest status of any flight impacts. More details as they become available. LAX recommended travelers continue to check with their airline directly for information on any potential flight impacts. Social media posts indicated that John F. Kennedy Airport in New York was experiencing...
  • Border Crisis Disrupting Global Entry Program, Hitting Summer Travel

    06/27/2019 3:09:41 PM PDT · by BigKahuna · 4 replies
    H4 Solutions ^ | 6/27/2019 | Kelly Hoggan
    The flood of illegal immigrants trying to push through the nation’s southern border is beginning to negatively affect international travel by U.S. citizens upon reentry to the country. For one, U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently announced it was canceling “some” Global Entry interviews through the remainder of the current fiscal year, which ends September 30th. CBP officers who usually deal with Global Entry applicant interviews are instead responding to the migrant surge in the southwestern U.S. This isn’t a welcome development for Americans seeking Global Entry preapproval for expedited customs clearance when they return to the U.S. after traveling...
  • Heads up, anyone going to Belize (VANITY)

    06/23/2019 2:30:33 PM PDT · by eastforker · 38 replies
    me ^ | 06/23/2019 | eastforker
    If ever traveling to Belize, take this tip when you land. After going through immigration, when at the baggage claim, make a short trip to the duty free store, get your booze or smokes then get your bags. continue to customs. there is a line for folks with duty free goods, usually empty. They will ask for receipt for your goods, ask a couple questions and then be waved through while all your fellow passengers are stuck in line while they poke through your luggage. I was told about this trick from an expat that lives there. We tried it...
  • 'Sanctuary City' Measure Dies In Honolulu City Council

    06/15/2019 2:49:12 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 40 replies
    Honolulu Civil Beat ^ | June 13, 2019 | Joel Lau
    Bill 31 would have restricted the Honolulu Police Department from aiding federal immigration authorities. 'Sanctuary City' Measure Dies In Honolulu City Council The sponsors of a City Council measure that would have made Honolulu a "sanctuary city" have decided not to pursue its passage after it generated considerable opposition. Bill 31, which was introduced by Councilwomen Ann Kobayashi and Carol Fukunaga before the full council June 5, would have barred the Honolulu Police Department from cooperating with federal immigration enforcement agencies in many instances. Kobayashi and Fukunaga declined to comment on the bill, but released a joint statement explaining why...
  • $4,900 Found Sewn Into Passenger’s Underwear At Logan Airport

    11/15/2018 5:35:09 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 73 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | November 15, 2018
    BOSTON (CBS) – Customs officers at Logan International Airport seized about $27,000 from an Indonesian couple, including $4,900 that was sewn inside a woman’s underwear. The incident happened November 8, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers said.
  • Roasted Pig Head Sniffed Out By Customs Beagle At Airport

    10/17/2018 9:09:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    cbs2la ^ | October 17, 2018 at 7:02 am
    Hardy is a highly-trained U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Detector dog and he sniffed out the roasted pig’s head in the luggage of a passenger traveling from Ecuador at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Oct. 11. [P]ork and pork products from other continents are not allowed into the United States in an effort to avoid introducing foot and mouth disease, classical swine fever and other animal diseases. CBP Area Port Director Carey Davis hailed Hardy’s work as illustrating “the tremendous expertise of our four-legged K-9 partners in protecting the United States.” Hardy has worked at Atlanta’s airport since 2015,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: ICE Whistleblower May Depose Harry Reid

    03/20/2016 10:59:45 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3-22-2016 | Evan Gahr
    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid could be deposed for ICE whistleblower Taylor Johnson’s new lawsuit because complaints from his office precipitated her ouster. Johnson’s attorney, Morris Fischer, told the Washington Gadfly that, “We will attempt to depose whoever is involved in this corruption up to and including Harry Reid. His fingerprints are all over the place.” The veteran law enforcement agent, who DHS fired in February after she rejected $100,000 in hush money, filed a Merit System Protection Board claim against the agency earlier this month. Johnson, a single mother of four, had a storied career until she ran afoul...
  • Trump takes first step to building the wall by requesting bids from contractors (Tr.)

    02/26/2017 5:04:59 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 24 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2-25-2017 | Karen Ruiz
    The Trump administration has taken its first step to building the wall on the Mexican-American border as it has requested proposals from contractors and plans to have a prototype built by mid-March. The US Customs and Border Protection issued the preliminary requests on Friday and said it will accept proposals next month for the design of the wall. The agency also said the it would release requests on or about March 6 asking companies for prototype ideas.
  • Muhammad Ali's son detained at Florida airport for his 'Arabic-sounding name'

    02/24/2017 10:12:16 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 74 replies
    Rediff.com ^ | Saturday, February 25, 2017 | ANI
    In a shocking development, it has been revealed that the son of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali was detained for hours by immigration officials earlier this month at a Florida airport, and was repeatedly asked about his religion. Muhammad Ali Jr, 44, and his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the first wife of Muhammad Ali, were arriving at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on February 7 after an event in Jamaica, when they were pulled aside while going through customs because of their 'Arabic-sounding names', reports the USA Today quoting Ali's family friend and lawyer Chris Mancini. Camacho-Ali was let go after she showed...
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kerlikowski Resigns? (Vanity for Verification ...)

    01/26/2017 10:11:43 AM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 10 replies
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection ^ | 1/26/2017 | Uncle Miltie
    Commissioner's Blog for Kerlikowski: https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/blogs Leadership page, NO KERLIKOWSKI, but an Acting Commissioner: https://www.cbp.gov/about/leadership-organization Did Kerlikowski just resign or get canned? Please verify...
  • Thousands of Middle Eastern Illegal Immigrants Busted with Forged Papers at Border

    08/19/2016 8:56:21 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 25 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 18, 2016 | Rob Price
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents working with Mexican immigration officials have found thousands of non-Hispanic illegal immigrants crossing Mexico’s southern border to make their way to Texas. The “extra-continental” immigrants enter countries as far south as Brazil and make their way to the United States, often with forged travel documents. “The reality is that the vast majority of the people that Mexico encounters [on its southern border] that are extra-continental will eventually end up on our border,” a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) official told Reuters this week. The Reuters article confirmed the Syrian nationals reported at...