Latest U.S. Customs and Border Protection News

More US citizens apprehended for moving drugs over border

May. 31, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An increasing number of American citizens have been apprehended as they have tried to smuggle illegal drugs into the U.S. since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, an uptick that's come amid travel restrictions at the border with Mexico. For more than...

US blocks seafood from Chinese fleet over crew mistreatment

May. 28, 2021 21:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government blocked imports of seafood Friday from the entire fleet of a Chinese company that authorities say forced crew members to work in slave-like conditions that led to the deaths of several Indonesian fishermen last year. Customs and...

Many wait uneasily as Biden unwinds key Trump asylum policy

May. 26, 2021 02:50 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In March of 2020, Estela Lazo appeared before Immigration Judge Lee O’Connor with her two children, her muscles tensed and a lump in her throat. Would they receive asylum? O’Connor’s answer: No – he wasn’t even ready to consider the question. ...

Many wait uneasily as Biden unwinds key Trump asylum policy

May. 26, 2021 02:49 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In March of 2020, Estela Lazo appeared before Immigration Judge Lee O’Connor with her two children, her muscles tensed and a lump in her throat. Would they receive asylum? O’Connor’s answer: No – he wasn’t even ready to consider the question. ...

FBI still looking for whoever flew drone near CBP helicopter

May. 21, 2021 00:04 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The FBI is seeking to identify whoever is responsible for illegally flying a drone near a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter about three months ago. On the night of Feb. 9, Border Protection employees told Tucson police that a drone was...

Border Patrol tent facility in Texas evacuated during storm

May. 13, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

DONNA, Texas (AP) — A compound of tents to detain migrant children and families was evacuated for hours this week when struck by fierce winds in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, authorities said. All migrants at the Border Patrol's holding center in Donna, Texas, were moved to...

Migrant children held in mass shelters with little oversight

May. 11, 2021 07:08 AM EDT

The Biden administration is holding tens of thousands of asylum-seeking children in an opaque network of some 200 facilities that The Associated Press has learned spans two dozen states and includes five shelters with more than 1,000 children packed inside. Confidential...

Top Glove hopes to resolve U.S. seizure of its rubber gloves

May. 05, 2021 05:30 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's Top Glove Corp., the world's largest rubber glove maker, said Wednesday it hopes to swiftly end a U.S. ban on its products due to allegations of forced labor after one of its shipment was seized at a U.S. port. U.S. Customs and...

Customs: Woman hid cocaine in shoes at Atlanta airport

May. 04, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia woman was caught trying to smuggle $40,000 worth of cocaine in multiple pairs of shoes through the Atlanta airport, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Customs officers stopped the 21-year-old on Sunday after she arrived on a flight...

San Diego boat wreck kills 3, shows risks of ocean smuggling

May. 03, 2021 21:31 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A tractor-trailer slams into an SUV at an intersection on a remote California desert highway, killing 13 of 25 people crammed inside the late model Ford Expedition. A man dangles a toddler over a border wall near Santa Teresa, New Mexico, allowing her...