Latest U.S. Customs and Border Protection News

Border agents in NY make 2 large-scale marijuana seizures

Jan. 22, 2021 4:19 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Large-scale seizures of marijuana along the northern border continued this week with a total of 2,500 pounds discovered in two commercial shipments on the same day, authorities in New York said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Champlain crossing in northern New York...

Former border officer sentenced to prison in bribery case

Jan. 21, 2021 12:11 AM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge in Tucson has sentenced a former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer from Nogales to 2.5 years in prison on a bribery conviction. U.S. District Judge Rosemary Marquez sentenced 58-year-old Jose Rosalio Fuentes on Jan. 13 and ordered him to surrender by March 26...

An elderly Chinese man looks at map of Chinese showing its different ethnic groups and the slogan

US to block cotton from China region targeted in crackdown

Jan. 13, 2021 9:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government announced Wednesday that it will halt imports of cotton and tomatoes from the Uighur region of China in its most sweeping action yet to pressure the Communist Party over its campaign against ethnic minorities. Officials said Customs and Border Protection will use its...

Federal investigation nets seizures of counterfeit masks

Dec. 31, 2020 12:07 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say federal agents have seized over 200,000 counterfeit surgical masks intended for hospital workers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said an investigation by a group of CBP officers and Homeland Security Investigations agents based at Sky Harbor International Airport in...

FILE - In this March 2, 2019, file photo, a Customs and Border Control agent patrols on the U.S. side of a razor-wire-covered border wall along Mexico east of Nogales, Ariz. After a record hot and dry summer, more deaths among border-crossers have been documented in Arizona's desert and mountains. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Arizona migrant border deaths on track for record amid heat

Dec. 20, 2020 11:42 AM EST

DOUGLAS, Ariz. (AP) — Heat exposure killed 19-year-old Cesar de la Cruz on an Arizona trail in July during his trek up from southern Mexico. The body of Juan Lopez Valencia, another young Mexican man, was discovered Aug. 3 along a dry wash on Native American land. After the hottest, driest summer in state...

Authorities pass a border wall construction site, in Mission, Texas, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. President-elect Joe Biden will face immediate pressure to fulfill his pledge to stop border wall construction. But he will confront a series of tough choices left behind by President Donald Trump, who's ramped up construction in his final weeks.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Biden is facing high hopes, tough choices on border wall

Dec. 3, 2020 12:02 PM EST

LOS EBANOS, Texas (AP) — The U.S. government has been trying to take Pamela Rivas' land for a border wall since before Joe Biden was vice president. From a brushy bluff, Rivas can look across the Rio Grande to Mexico on the other side. She spent her childhood fishing on the river. The government wants to...

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, a guard tower and barbed wire fences are seen around a facility in the Kunshan Industrial Park in Artux in western China's Xinjiang region. The U.S. Customd snd Border Protection on Wednesday said it will block imports from a major Chinese producer of cotton goods for its suspected use of workers detained as part of a crackdown on ethnic minorities in China's northwest. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

US to block goods from Chinese company over rights abuses

Dec. 3, 2020 5:07 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. said Wednesday it would block imports from a major Chinese producer of cotton goods because of its reliance on workers detained as part of a crackdown on ethnic minorities in China's northwest. Customs and Border Protection issued an order halting shipments from the...