Latest U.S. Customs and Border Protection News

Dominican sugar imports tied to forced labor rejected by US

Nov. 23, 2022 11:57 AM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. government announced Wednesday that it will detain all imports of sugar and related products made in the Dominican Republic by Central Romana Corporation, Ltd. amid allegations that it uses forced labor. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection...

3 men charged after deadly shootout off Puerto Rico coast

Nov. 18, 2022 16:40 PM EST

Federal authorities filed drug trafficking charges Friday against three men allegedly involved in a deadly shootout with U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents off the coast of Puerto Rico. One agent was killed and two more were injured after men traveling on a boat headed toward...

US agent, suspected smuggler killed off Puerto Rico coast

Nov. 17, 2022 19:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent and a suspected smuggler died during a shootout Thursday off the Puerto Rico coast, authorities said. Two other U.S. officers were injured. CBP's Air and Marine Operations unit was on routine patrol around 8 a.m. Thursday...

Customs and Border Protection says 3 agents shot and wounded in exchange of gunfire with smuggling boat off Puerto Rico

Nov. 17, 2022 11:55 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Customs and Border Protection says 3 agents shot and wounded in exchange of gunfire with smuggling boat off Puerto Rico.

Cubans, Nicaraguans drive illegal border crossings higher

Nov. 15, 2022 01:40 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. authorities stopped migrants more than 230,000 times on the Mexican border in October, the third-highest month of Joe Biden's presidency amid growing numbers from Cuba, Nicaragua, Colombia and other countries. Fewer Venezuelans came after the the Biden...

Illegal border crossings to US from Mexico hit annual high

Oct. 22, 2022 21:02 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A surge in migration from Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua in September brought the number of illegal crossings to the highest level ever recorded in a fiscal year, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The year-end numbers reflect deteriorating economic...

US businesses propose hiding trade data used to trace abuse

Oct. 17, 2022 22:02 PM EDT

A group of major U.S. businesses wants the government to hide key import data -- a move trade experts say would make it more difficult for Americans to link the products they buy to labor abuse overseas. The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee is made up of executives...

US officials: Border crossings soar among Venezuelans

Sep. 19, 2022 23:14 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The number of Venezuelans taken into custody at the U.S. border with Mexico soared in August, while fewer migrants from Mexico and some Central American countries were stopped, officials said Monday. Venezuelans surpassed Guatemalans and Hondurans to become the...

Inspections of chile imports heat up at New Mexico border

Sep. 12, 2022 18:12 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s green chile season is in full swing as the aroma of fresh roasted peppers permeates the air, but growers and exporters in Mexico are just as busy and that’s causing a crunch at the international border. Authorities said Monday that...

Border Patrol halts tweets from agency's West Texas region

Sep. 11, 2022 14:19 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection has deactivated the agency's Twitter account for the West Texas region after it retweeted posts criticizing President Joe Biden's border policies and liked posts that made gay slurs against U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. ...