Tag: Customs and Border Protection (US)

China Cracks Down on Fentanyl. But Is It Enough to End the U.S. Epidemic?

When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times investigates to see if those promises were kept. XINGTAI, China — An online pharmacy advertising itself as a seller of “high purity, real pure” fentanyl still responds right away to potential customers. “Which products […]

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Google Fires 4 Workers Active in Labor Organizing

SAN FRANCISCO — Google on Monday fired four employees who had been active in labor organizing at the company, according to a memo that was seen by The New York Times. The memo, sent by Google’s security and investigations team, told employees that the company had dismissed four employees “for clear and repeated violations of […]

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Empty Businesses and Tough Times at the Other Border

MASSENA, N.Y. — Those who know Steven Nadeau, a restaurant owner in this town near the Canadian border, like to joke that his place is internationally renowned. A decade ago, the crispy wings and deep dish pizza were so popular among his northern neighbors that he bought a second cash box for Canadian dollars. But […]

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Escaped Murder Suspects Are Arrested Trying to Re-enter the U.S.

Two murder suspects who escaped from a California jail on Sunday were captured late Tuesday night while trying to cross the southern border back into the United States, according to United States Customs and Border Protection. The escapees, Santos Samuel Fonseca, 21, and Jonathan Salazar, 20, were arrested trying to re-enter the country near Tijuana, […]

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PreCheck, Global Entry or Clear? How to Get Through Airport Lines Faster

I love flying, but I hate airports. Specifically, I hate the endless lines. Lines to check in, lines for security, lines for passport control, and then at the other end, lines for your luggage, more lines for passport control and, if you’re really lucky, lines for taxis or buses to get you away. Some of […]

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British Family Says One Wrong Turn Led to ICE Detention Nightmare

Seven British citizens said they were vacationing in Canada when they had to swerve to avoid an animal, not an uncommon occurrence in rural British Columbia. But doing that proved dangerous in its own way. They had turned off the road into the United States, across an international border. Border Patrol officials detained the two […]

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Kevin McAleenan Is Out as Acting Homeland Security Secretary

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Friday the departure of Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting secretary for the Department of Homeland Security who spent his six-month tenure trying to curb a surge of asylum seekers at the southwestern border while managing a turbulent relationship with a president intent on restricting immigration. Noting that they have […]

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At the Border, Lawmakers See a Broken System and Little Common Ground

EL PASO — The delegation of Democratic lawmakers jostled for space in the cramped room in the border processing center, straining to hear over the sounds of crinkling mylar blankets and a crying baby, as a Venezuelan migrant told her grim story. They listened sympathetically as the woman told of the weeks she would have […]

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A Conversation With a Border Patrol Agent

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher President Trump vowed to crack down on undocumented immigration and empower the Border Patrol. Three years later, the agency is the target of outrage, protest and investigation into its mission and conduct, and many of the […]

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Iranian Students Set to Start at U.S. Universities Are Barred From Country

At least a dozen Iranian students who were set to begin graduate programs in engineering and computer science say their visas were abruptly canceled and they were barred from their flights to the United States this month. The sudden batch of visa cancellations, which came at a time of heightened tensions between the United States […]

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Visiting Wall, Trump Points to Barrier to Burnish His Campaign

OTAY MESA, Calif. — One thing President Trump loves about his job is signing his name. He relishes signing executive orders, letters to foreign leaders and even red Make America Great Again hats. But on Wednesday, he signed a wall. At the invitation of the team building his new barrier along the border, he affixed […]

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The Trump Administration’s Latest Experiment on the Border: Tent Courts

SAN ANTONIO — The immigration court judge stared at his long docket list on Thursday morning and told the officer he was ready to hear the next case. No one inside the small courtroom made a move. All the action was happening up front on a large flat-screen television. On the screen, an officer could […]

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Judge Reinstates Nationwide Injunction on Trump Asylum Rule

A federal judge on Monday issued a nationwide order barring a Trump administration policy that denies asylum to migrants crossing the border unless they have already tried and failed to obtain asylum in another country along the way, a rule that effectively bans claims for most Central Americans fleeing persecution and poverty. Judge Jon S. […]

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Staring Down a 3-Week Deadline, Congress Braces for Another Brutal Funding Fight

WASHINGTON — Congress is bracing this month for another round of bitter spending battles over President Trump’s promised border wall and his immigration agenda, with only three weeks remaining before the government runs out of money. With the memory of the nation’s longest government shutdown still fresh in their minds, White House officials and congressional […]

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Dozens of Bahamas Hurricane Evacuees Kicked Off Ferry Bound for U.S.

Dozens of weary Bahamas residents hoping to seek refuge in the United States from the storm-ravaged islands were kicked off a ferry headed for Florida on Sunday night, after an announcement on board that anyone without a valid visa would “have problems” at the American port of entry. Videos of the incident spread rapidly on […]

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Poor Conditions Persist for Migrant Children Detained at the Border, Democrats Say

Migrant children detained at the border continue to sleep in cold cells without proper clothing or adequate food, a top Democratic lawmaker said on Thursday, accusing the Department of Homeland Security of blocking members of Congress from visiting the facilities. Parents were not provided enough diapers for their children, toddlers were fed “burritos rather than […]

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Harvard Freshman Says He Was Barred From U.S. Over His Friends’ Social Media Posts

A Palestinian student from Lebanon who was set to begin his freshman year at Harvard was denied entry to the United States after immigration officials objected to his friends’ social media posts, he said this week, prompting furor among free-speech advocates. The student, Ismail B. Ajjawi, 17, landed at Logan International Airport in Boston on […]

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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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