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9 Things To Never Say At Customs

Thrillist | Posted 07.24.2014 | Travel
Thrillist

Being detained in the airport basement is the perfect way to ruin the beginning of any vacation.

Travel 101: Getting Souvenirs Through Customs

Go Ahead Tours | Posted 07.17.2014 | 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:

John McCain: Let Me Keep My Cell Phone!

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) doesn't like it when the government tells him to leave his cell phone behind. The senator grew heated at a hearing of th...

The Unsung Heroes in the Immigration Crisis

J. David Cox Sr. | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
J. David Cox Sr.

The wave of unaccompanied children from Central America flooding the U.S. border is a regrettable situation that is taxing many federal government agencies - none more severely than the U.S. Border Patrol.

Elise Foley

Raul Grijalva Cancels Visit To Border Facility Children After U.S. Rebuffs Clergy

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Raúl Grijalva's (D-Ariz.) visit on Monday to a facility holding hundreds of unaccompanied minors near the U.S.-Mexico border was d...

Elise Foley

Bipartisan Duo Hopes House Can At Least Agree To Stop Border Patrol Abuses

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

As Congress Moves to Dismantle Immigration Reform, We Will Continue Our Fight to Defend Migrant Rights

Michelle Brané | Posted 05.25.2014 | Impact
Michelle Brané

The Women's Refugee Commission is encouraged by President Obama's recent call to review enforcement procedures. We have long advocated for DHS to reform its immigration custody and deportation policies and have made numerous concrete and practical recommendations

'Rogue' Ex-Border Inspect Sentenced For Corruption

AP | ELLIOT SPAGAT | Posted 03.24.2014 | Crime

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A longtime U.S. border inspector was sentenced Monday to 7 1/2 years in prison for corruption after a jury convicted him of working...

Roque Planas

Woman Likens Repeated Cavity Searches By Border Officer To Sexual Abuse

HuffingtonPost.com | Roque Planas | Posted 03.06.2014 | Latino Voices

Customs and Border Protection and a Texas hospital allegedly subjected a woman to repeated anal and vaginal cavity searches over a period of six hours...

Feds Intercept Ton Of Cocaine Worth Millions

AP | Posted 03.04.2014 | Crime

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Federal authorities in Puerto Rico have seized $30 million worth of cocaine and charged two men with drug smuggling. U...

Homeland Security Reviewing Use Of Controversial Force Policies

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — New Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is reviewing the department's use of force policies, a Homeland Security official said...

Ryan J. Reilly

Feds Keep Drone Info From Congress That They've Already Released Publicly

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Homeland Security appears to have redacted entire sections of information from documents about U.S. Customs and Border...

Officials Seize Toy Shipment With Dangerous Lead Levels

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 11.18.2013 | New York

Before they could make it into Santa's sack, shipments of children's toys from China were seized on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 by Consumer Product Safety Com...

Sister of Border Agency Leader Pleads Guilty to Human Smuggling Charge

Andrew Becker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Andrew Becker

Tammy Leigh Stephens, 52, of Phoenix, admitted in U.S. District Court in Tucson to aiding and abetting an illegal entry.

The Wall Street Journal Misplays the 'Asylum Card'

Mark Hetfield | Posted 12.28.2013 | Impact
Mark Hetfield

While expedited removal remains yet another dysfunctional component of our broken immigration system, it is one of the few that can be fixed without waiting for legislation.

Warning: You'll Never Get These Items Through Customs!

Budget Travel | Posted 09.11.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

There are a few no-no's that U.S. customs will confiscate if you try to get them past the border --some for health reasons, others for complex economic and cultural reasons. In the interest of saving you time, money -- and embarrassment! -- here are a few you should be wary of.

Customs And Border Protection Gets New Leader

AP | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A government agency responsible for securing the border and facilitating trade and travel is getting a new acting commissioner. Customs...

Matt Sledge

Border Patrol Drones May Soon Wiretap

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Newly released documents show the Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection agency is preparing to deploy drones alo...

NYT: Menendez Discouraged Giving Port Security Equipment To Dominicans

The New York Times | ERIC LIPTON and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics

Senator Robert Menendez sought to discourage any plan by the United States government to donate port security equipment to the Dominican Republic, cit...

Why Was Emma Watson Stopped At Passport Control At JFK Airport?

Posted 01.08.2013 | Celebrity

Emma Watson may be a famous actress and model, but that doesn't mean the fresh-faced "Harry Potter" starlet isn't sometimes hassled by airport staff. ...

Elise Foley

Immigration Enforcement Costlier Than FBI, Drug Enforcement, Guns Combined

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 01.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States spends more money on immigration enforcement -- nearly $18 billion in the 2012 fiscal year -- than on its other law en...

Few Arrested by Homeland Security Watchdog Are Employees

Andrew Becker | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Andrew Becker

The watchdog agency that polices the Homeland Security Department for waste, fraud and abuse may have given the wrong impression on the extent of crimes committed by immigration officers, border agents and other employees in a recent summary report of its accomplishments.

Elise Foley

House Republicans Make Puzzling Accusation

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House Judiciary Committee unleashed its latest attack Friday on the Obama administration for its immigration enforcement: a claim th...

DHS Watchdog: Anti-corruption Efforts Not 'A Perfect Marriage'

Andrew Becker | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
Andrew Becker

The top watchdog for the Homeland Security Department told a House oversight panel Wednesday that turf battles over internal corruption investigations have subsided and his agency is not backlogged with employee misconduct cases, but he deflected questions about an ongoing criminal investigation of a Texas branch office.

Cristina Costantini

More Border Patrol Abuses Unearthed

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...