Tagged: border

Increasing Border Security and Decreasing Queue Times: GPO & CBP’s Trusted Traveler Program Cards

The Government Printing Office (GPO) finished the production of five million Trusted Traveler Program (TPP) cards for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). These credentials will be used to identify participants in CBP’s TPP programs, which includes NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST and Global Entry. These...

A Friend in Need: Challenges for Cross-border Emergency Response

Photo: “An intersection which separates the State of Vermont and the Province of Quebec. The international boundary transects buildings on Church Street in Derby Line, Vermont, and Rue Church in Stanstead, Quebec, highlighting the close relationship between local first responders who frequently cross the border to render aid.” The Canadian Interoperability...

OIG Finds Flaws in Border Patrol Drone Program

“The $443 million CBP plans to spend on the Unmanned Aircraft Program expansion could be put to better use by investing in alternatives.” –Office of the Inspector General As border security has become a more prevalent policy issue, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Air and Marine (OAM)...

Southern Border Security: Blueprint for Operational Control

Today in Texas, U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul will release his new “Blueprint for Southern Border Security.” As posted by Dane Schiller of “Chron” (Houston Chronicle) today, McCaul will visit Houston and Austin to unveil the new plan. What Chairman McCaul brings to this iteration of...

President Obama’s Supplemental Funding Request for Immigration and Wildfires Incites Congressional Action

Immigration issues are reaching a boiling point in the Texas desert. Sparked by recent events, President Obama submitted a letter to Congress on July 8th titled, “Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Request to Address the Increase in Child and Adult Migration from Central America in the Rio Grande Valley Areas of the...

Minor Offenses: The Growing Issue of “Unaccompanied Alien Children” at U.S. Borders

An issue that is now at the forefront of U.S. immigration policy is the influx and apprehension of “unaccompanied alien children” (UAC) at the U.S./Mexico border. The arrival of UAC, or undocumented migrant children unaccompanied by a parent or guardian, poses a unique challenge to the work of U.S. border...

Can Deportation Policies be both Humane and Tough?

This report published by the Migration Policy Institute and titled, “The Deportation Dilemma: Reconciling Tough and Human Enforcement” explores whether or not deportation policies can be both humane and tough. The disagreement on whether the current administration’s immigration enforcement is adequate or not reveals a fundamental difference in the definition of...