Site Map - Border Security

Government Search and Seizure Powers Have Gradually Expanded Since 9-11

- The Washington Post reports that border agents, according to internal policies, used to need probable cause to search, seize, detain, and copy materials carried by travelers.

CBP Officers Seized More Than $1.3 Million in Drugs Last Week

- Twelve people at two California ports of entry were arrested for alleged drug smuggling over a three-day period last week while CBP officers in Kentucky found a bag of heroin inside a woman's suit shipped from India.

Supply-Chain Security

- Customs and Border Protection is having a hard time making importers comply with minimal security levels, according to a government report.

Chertoff Says Laptop Border Searches Based on Suspicion

- Senator Russ Feingold charges that DHS' published policy on laptop searches states the exact opposite and says Chertoff's comments as "misleading" and "flat-out wrong."

Immigration Status Checks Required for All Federal Contractors

- President Bush has signed an executive order mandating all federal contractors electronically verify that their employees are legally allowed to work in the United States.

U.S. Federal Legislation: Border Security

- A bill (H.R. 3916) introduced by Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) that would encourage the development of new border security technology especially with regard to unmanned aerial vehicles, technology to detect tunnels, and an anticounterfeiting program has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee. The House of Representatives must take up the measure for it to proceed.

Preventing Wrongful Deportation

- The case of a mentally impaired person who was deported despite being a citizen has raised questions about the government's deportation procedures.

An "Iron River of Guns" Flows South

- Weapons from American gun shows and stores are showing up in Mexico's drug wars.


- 18 The percentage drop in apprehensions at the southern border for the first quarter of 2008. According to testimony by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, the reduction is a trend (apprehensions dropped 20 percent overall in 2007 from the previous year) and indicates that fewer immigrants are attempting to enter the country illegally.

U.S. Federal Legislation: Border Security

- A bill (H.R. 3916) introduced by Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) that would encourage the development of new border security technology has been approved by the  House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation. Under the bill, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would be required to spell out the requirements, expected use, and operational concept of any new border or maritime security technology.

DHS Scraps — or Replaces — Virtual Fence Prototype

- The government is taking down 28 miles of prototype “virtual” fence on the U.S.-Mexico border amid technological problems. Officials say it’s an upgrade, not abandonment.

Virtual Fence Won't Be Operational for 3 Years

- Technical problems discovered in the virtual fencing system's prototype have led DHS officials to push back its deployment date to 2011.

Bush's Budget Proposal Bolsters Border Security

- The additional funding will increase the number of fences, border agents, and illegal immigration raids on workplaces.

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