Tag: Customs and Border Protection (US)

Customs Computer Failure Snarls Passengers at U.S. Airports

A nationwide customs service computer failure Friday afternoon left throngs of passengers bottlenecked at airports, waiting to be processed, United States Customs and Border Protection said. The agency said in a statement that it was experiencing “a temporary outage” at various airports and that it was “taking immediate action to address the technology disruption.” It […]

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Chinese Billionaire Indicted in $1.8 Billion Tariff Fraud Scheme

A Chinese company fraudulently exported huge amounts of aluminum to Southern California and then orchestrated bogus sales to deceive investors, according to a federal grand jury indictment unsealed this week. Federal prosecutors said the company, China Zhongwang Holdings Limited, designed the scheme to avoid paying $1.8 billion in tariffs that were imposed on certain types […]

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Edelman, Public Relations Giant, Drops Client Over Border Detention Centers

In May, executives from the giant public relations firm Edelman went to Florida to pitch a potential client: a private prisons company with contracts from the Trump administration to run immigrant detention centers. The GEO Group, a multibillion-dollar business based in Boca Raton, was being battered by negative media attention in the uproar over reports […]

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Trump’s Wall Gets America Nowhere on Border Security

A surge of migrants from Central America has overwhelmed the border management system. Nearly a million are expected to cross the southwestern border by the end of year. Most hope to apply for asylum, adding to a backlog already stretching back years. From the earliest days of the Trump administration, the president has been clear […]

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At Detention Camps and Shelters, Art Helps Migrant Youths Find Their Voices

EL PASO — The young migrants often arrived at night. They were teenagers from Central and South America, brought by border agents to the Tornillo Detention Facility and led to rows of metal bunk beds in military tents ringed by barbed wire. Human touch, even a simple hug, was rare inside this secured temporary city, […]

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Tariffs on China Don’t Cover the Costs of Trump’s Trade War

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday portrayed America as being on the winning end of his trade war, saying tariffs are punishing China’s economy while generating billions of dollars for the United States, an economic victory that will allow him to continue his fight without domestic harm. “We’ve taken in tens of billions of dollars […]

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Pence Defends Conditions at Migrant Detention Centers in Texas

Vice President Mike Pence played down reports of overcrowding and unsanitary conditions at two migrant detention centers in Texas that he visited on Friday, but he acknowledged the gravity of the humanitarian crisis unfolding along the United States’ southwestern border. The tour gave journalists covering the vice president a rare glimpse inside a Border Patrol […]

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A Dramatic Drop in Migrant Arrivals on the Border: What’s Happening?

SAN DIEGO — In the sleeping quarters, green cots that were once occupied by hundreds of parents and children on a single night were stacked against the wall. For dinner on Tuesday, just two tables were set for the handful of families staying at the large shelter near the California border that takes in migrant […]

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Drawings by Migrant Children in Texas Catch the Smithsonian’s Eye

At a Catholic respite center in McAllen, Tex., last month, three children put marker to canvas and created little works of art. The children were migrants who had recently been released from the custody of United States Customs and Border Protection, and their drawings recalled conditions at their detention facilities. All three pieces are dominated […]

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Trump Officials Dismiss Reports of Disease and Hunger in Border Facilities

WASHINGTON — Top Trump administration immigration officials on Sunday contested reports that migrant children were being held in horrific conditions in federal detention facilities, arguing that the government was enforcing oversight standards even as it struggled to house and care for an influx of migrants. Accounts of disease, hunger and overcrowding have multiplied in recent […]

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Cory Booker’s Brand of Advocacy: Show Up. Cameras Often Follow.

Senator Cory Booker, tieless and in a blazer on the southwestern border in early July, approached a Customs and Border Protection officer, blue passport in hand. They greeted each other and the officer asked: “Is there somebody with you?” Yes, Mr. Booker said, he had a group with him. Specifically, Mr. Booker said, he was […]

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Top Border Officials Condemn ‘Highly Inappropriate’ Secret Facebook Group

WASHINGTON — Top officials in the agency overseeing border security condemned a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents that featured jokes about migrant deaths, obscene images of Hispanic lawmakers and threats to members of Congress as the lawmakers themselves on Tuesday amplified their criticism of the agency. Carla Provost, the chief […]

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The Immigration Crisis Is Corrupting the Nation

Last year, as part of an effort to carry out President Trump’s promise of “extreme vetting” of visitors to the United States, the Department of Homeland Security began collecting social media account information from millions of people seeking to cross the border. After all, a radical online could be a radical offline. That’s why the […]

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Inside the Migrant Detention Center in Clint, Tex.

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Federal courts have ruled that migrant children inside the United States must be housed in “safe and sanitary” accommodation. So what explains the conditions at a border patrol station in Clint, Tex.? [For an exclusive look […]

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Judge Orders Swift Action to Improve Conditions for Migrant Children in Texas

LOS ANGELES — A federal judge has ordered a mediator to move swiftly to improve health and sanitation at Border Patrol facilities in Texas, where observers reported migrant children were subject to filthy conditions that imperiled their health. Judge Dolly M. Gee of the Central District of California asked late on Friday that an independent […]

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Everyone Involved in Harming Migrant Kids Should Be Living in Shame

The debate over whether “concentration camps” is the right term for migrant detention centers on the southern border has drawn long-overdue attention to the American government’s dehumanizing treatment of defenseless children. A pediatrician who visited in June said the centers could be compared to “torture facilities.” Having studied mass atrocities for over a decade, I […]

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‘Don’t Talk to Her’: A Glimpse Inside a Troubled Border Station Housing Migrant Children

CLINT, Tex. — Children as young as 3 pressed their faces against the windows of one crowded cell holding nearly 20 migrant girls, some sprawled on the floor. Boys gazed through the fencing of a containment zone exposed to the 101-degree heat. Customs and Border Protection authorities on Wednesday allowed a group of journalists on […]

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‘A Constant Game of Musical Chairs’ Amid Another Homeland Security Shake-Up

WASHINGTON — Turmoil intensified on Tuesday inside the agency responsible for securing the nation’s borders as a top official was replaced by an immigration hard-liner and former Fox News contributor who last week pushed for nationwide deportations. That hard-liner, Mark Morgan, will take over as the head of Customs and Border Protection in July, administration […]

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Mark Morgan to Lead Customs and Border Protection in Latest Shake-Up During Migrant Crisis

WASHINGTON — Chaos intensified on Tuesday inside the agency responsible for securing the nation’s borders as a top official was replaced by an immigration hard-liner and former Fox News contributor who last week pushed for nationwide deportations. Mark Morgan, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting director who pushed for raids to deport undocumented families, will […]

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