NEWS & ANALYSIS

New CBP Rules Will Redefine Many Knives as "Switchblades"

Customs and Border Protection's proposal to designate any knife that opens using a spring- or release-assisted mechanism a switchblade, thus barring its import into the United States, has provoked outrage on Capitol Hill as well as among sportsmen organizations and knifemakers.

CBP Testing Drone Along Northern Border

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has adopted a new addition to help the agency watch over the northern border in upstate New York: a Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System, according to WWTI in Watertown, New York.

New DHS Border Radiation Detectors Fare Marginally in Tests, Investigators Say

Tests of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s next-generation radiation portal detectors slated for use at the country’s ports of entry yielded mixed results, spurring the government’s watchdog agency to recommend further testing and phased fielding of the devices.

Is There A Drug War Going On Inside the U.S. Government?

That's what Bradley C. Schreiber, a former a senior adviser at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from 2007 to 2009, argued on The New York Times op-ed page yesterday.

Texas Prisons Implementing Screening of Criminal Illegal Aliens

Texas prisons have begun implementing a new Obama administration policy to check the immigration status of all incoming prisoners processed, reports The Houston Chronicle.

Lawmakers Blast DHS Protective Mask Policy

The Department of Homeland Security was roundly criticized during a subcommittee hearing yesterday for not formalizing the use of protective masks for border control agents after swine flu spread into the United States from Mexico, reports The Washington Post.

E-Verify Gains in Popularity Before It's a Must for Federal Contractors

About a thousand employers a week are subscribing to the government's voluntary Web-based program to check on the legal working status of job applicants.

Obama Proposes $27 Billion Budget for Border and Transportation Security

The Los Angeles Times breaks down President Barack Obama's $27 billion request for border and transportation security in the proposed 2010 budget.

Swine Flu Infections Rise to 245; U.S. in "Upswing," CDC Says

The total number of people with confirmed swine flu infections climbed to 245 yesterday in 35 states as laboratories caught up on a backlog of lab tests, the Associated Press reports.

Border Sheriffs Say Federal Government Must Do More to Secure Border

Law enforcement officers from border states criticized the federal government’s response to border security issues at a hearing today, as officials outlined how federal personnel and resources are being used to respond to the various, and often violent, crimes associated with Mexican drug cartels.
 




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