Latest U.S. Customs and Border Protection News

Inside Biden’s border plans: How optimism turned to chaos

Nov. 03, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — For about four months before President Joe Biden took office, advisers engaged in intense internal debate about how quickly they should undo his predecessor's hardline border policies. The answer, almost always, was that Donald Trump's mark...

Lawmakers demand apology for border detention of Iranians

Nov. 02, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. congresswomen renewed demands Tuesday for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to provide a formal apology and release records in connection with the January 2020 detainment of 200 Iranian Americans at the U.S.-Canada border. Reps. Pramila...

2 border agents are fired for offensive Facebook posts

Oct. 25, 2021 15:07 PM EDT

Two Border Patrol agents were fired from among 60 found to have committed misconduct for participating in a private Facebook group that mocked migrants and lawmakers, investigators said Monday in the most detailed public account yet of an episode that tarnished the agency's reputation. ...

US blocks tomato imports from Mexican farm over labor abuses

Oct. 21, 2021 12:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States ordered a halt Thursday to imports of tomatoes from a Mexican farming company and its subsidiaries for what officials said was abusive treatment of workers that amounts to forced labor. Customs and Border Protection issued an order...

US bars disposable gloves from Malaysia over forced labor

Oct. 20, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government ordered a halt Wednesday to imports of disposable gloves from a Malaysian company and its subsidiaries after determining they rely on forced labor. Customs and Border Protection issued an order to stop any inbound shipments from...

Greyhound settles lawsuit over immigration sweeps on buses

Sep. 27, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Greyhound Lines Inc. will pay $2.2 million to settle a lawsuit over the bus line’s practice of allowing U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents to board its buses in Washington state to conduct warrantless immigration sweeps, the state attorney general said Monday....

Faith groups aid Haitian migrants, denounce mistreatment

Sep. 27, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

Faith-based groups — many of them longtime advocates for a more welcoming immigration policy -- have been scrambling to keep up with fast-paced developments in the Haitian migrant crisis, trying to assist those in need while assailing the harsh Border Patrol tactics employed against them. ...

14 Mexican soldiers crossed into US; 1 had marijuana

Sep. 25, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Fourteen Mexican army soldiers were briefly detained and then returned to Mexico after they crossed into the U.S. at a border bridge in El Paso, Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that two Mexican military vehicles crossed...

Texas border crossing where migrants made camp to reopen

Sep. 25, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The Texas border crossing where thousands of Haitian migrants converged in recent weeks will be partially reopened late Saturday afternoon, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. Federal and local officials said no migrants remained at the...

Court: Vermont pair stopped near border can't be prosecuted

Sep. 24, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

The state Supreme Court ruled Friday that a Vermont couple cannot be prosecuted in state court for drug violations with evidence seized by a U.S. Border Patrol agent. The court, in a 3-2 decision, said the federal law used by the Border Patrol agent to search the Vermont...