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The 5 Best Travel Hacks You've Never Heard Before

Erika Lafrennie | Posted 09.10.2015 | Travel
Erika Lafrennie

There are bunches of articles out there about travel hacking with a variety of focuses from saving money to saving space when you pack. While they are all incredibly helpful, I'm not looking to recreate the wheel.

Being Polite Does Not Diminish Security: The Sometimes Shameful Treatment of Valid U.S. Visitors and Residents

Sandra A. Grossman, Esq. | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Sandra A. Grossman, Esq.

CBP is the first point of contact for all foreign nationals entering the US, and are themselves a reflection of American principles and ideals.

Michael McLaughlin

Opium Soap, Meth-Filled Cheese: U.S. Customs' Strangest Border Busts | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 01.01.2015 | Crime

Meth inside a cheese wheel. Opium inside 66 bars of soap from Thailand. Smugglers were imaginative when trying to sneak drugs and other illegal object...

Travel 101: Getting Souvenirs Through Customs

Go Ahead Tours | Posted 09.16.2014 | Travel
Go Ahead Tours

We always recommend checking with the U.S. Customs & Border Control directly for the most up-to-date regulations, but these tips will help make your pass through customs a breeze:

Kate Sheppard

Obama Plans To Designate New Monument, Republicans Plan To Freak Out | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- President Barack Obama plans to announce a new national monument on Wednesday, protecting nearly half a million acres in southern New ...

Elise Foley

Bipartisan Duo Hopes House Can At Least Agree To Stop Border Patrol Abuses | Elise Foley | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Comprehensive immigration reform efforts haven't been successful in the House, but two members are hoping they can address at least one ...

Hunter Stuart

U.S. Customs Destroys Musician's Handmade Instruments | Hunter Stuart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel

A professional musician flying home to Massachusetts over the holidays says he had 13 of his instruments destroyed by U.S. Customs and Border Protecti...

Woman Forced Into Illegal Body Cavity Search, Observed Bowel Movement: Lawsuit

Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime

What started as a random screening by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents quickly became an invasive, illegal body cavity search on a New Mexico...

Dave Jamieson

Customs And Border Agents Receive Furlough Notices | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Customs and Border Protections agency started sending furlough notices out to its employees on Thursday, warning them they may ...

Zach Carter

Sequestration Won't Clip Airports' Wings | Zach Carter | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics

PADUCAH, Ky. -- Despite extensive warnings from the Obama administration over the effects of sequestration budget cuts on air traffic control staff, t...

Michael McLaughlin

Report: Border Guards Rewarded With Gift Cards | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 01.31.2013 | Crime

The lure of bonus pay and extra vacation time perhaps drove border patrol agents in western New York to arrest hundreds of people that were in the cou...

Just Another Expensive, Inefficient Weapon In War On Drugs

| Posted 01.19.2013 | Los Angeles

This story comes courtesy of California Watch. By Andrew Becker U.S. Customs and Border Protection last month received its latest unmanned airc...

Teen's Creative High School Dance Proposal Prompts Federal Probe

Posted 09.21.2012 | Education

It’s not every day a high school dance invitation prompts a federal investigation, but such was the case last week at Patriot High School in Nokesvi...

Cristina Costantini

More Border Patrol Abuses Unearthed | Cristina Costantini | Posted 07.23.2012 | Latino Voices

The "basic values" of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency include, "professionalism, honor, integrity, [and] respect for human life." Accor...

This Is What 25 Pounds Of Cocaine Looks Like

Posted 05.16.2012 | New York

Earlier this month, officials inspecting a shipping container at the Red Hook Container Terminal discovered a staggering 24.6 pounds of cocaine, The N...

Elise Foley

Immigrants Near U.S.-Canada Border Fear Racial Profiling | Elise Foley | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Immigrants and minorities who live near the U.S. northern border are fearful of Customs and Border Protection agents, accusing them of r...

Elise Foley

New Customs Rule Would Treat Same-Sex Couples As Families | Elise Foley | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration proposed on Tuesday to recognize same-sex couples as families on customs forms, a small but significant step, s...

LOOK: Do These Heroin Pellets Make My Stomach Look Fat?

Posted 03.21.2012 | Weird News

Want to get noticed for a rock-solid stomach? Try ingesting almost five pounds of heroin pellets. During a patdown, customs agents spotted a Niger...

Heroic Strangers Rescue Car Accident Victim

Posted 11.29.2011 | Los Angeles

Yesterday morning, a group of devoted and determined passers-by lifted an over-turned pick up truck to free a female victim from beneath the cab of th...

Tropical Intrigue As Dominican Man Caught Smuggling Cubans Into Puerto Rico | Posted 11.03.2011 | Latino Voices

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico.- A federal grand jury indicted Braulio Santana-Beltre, 19, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, arrested by US Customs and Bord...

Shooting Blanks: The Ailing Fight Against Gun Trafficking

The Center for Public Integrity | John Solomon, David Heath, Ricardo Sandoval Palos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On Jan. 14, 2010, federal border patrol agents stopped two men driving a car through the border-crossing town of Columbus, New Mexico. Inside the vehi...

Lucia Graves

Arizona Probation Officer Fired For Supporting Marijuana Legalization | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than two months after signing a letter calling for the legalization, taxation, and regulation of marijuana, Joe Miller was terminat...

Lucia Graves

Border Patrol Agent Fired For Views On Drug Legalization Files Lawsuit | Lucia Graves | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In September of 2009, border patrol agent Bryan Gonzalez was fired for expressing his views on drug legalization to a fellow agent. Now, the American ...

Feds Seize $1.2M Of Chinese Knockoff Electronics At O'Hare

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Federal agents at O'Hare Airport intercepted 25 cartons of counterfeit electronics coming in from China and bound for Florida. An estimated $1.2 milli...

US Border Authorities Detain German Political Leader and Undermine American Brand

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

I think that every American should feel embarrassed by the treatment important guests of the United States received this past week at the hands of US Customs and Border Protection officials.