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ICE Air brought home 114 US citizens from El Salvador amid COVID-19 outbreak

WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), working with the U.S. Department of State, brought home a total of 114 United States citizens on the return leg of a removal flight via ICE Air Operations yesterday. U.S. citizens occupied the Space Available (“Space A”) seats on flights to the United States from El Salvador. ICE removed Salvadoran nationals with ...

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Trump Admin Deploying 500 Troops To Southern Border As Coronavirus Pandemic Continues

The Department of Defense approved a request to send more than 500 additional troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, with an official saying the move is meant to help manage the coronavirus pandemic. The Pentagon is deploying 540 military personnel to the U.S. southern border, a spokesman confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation on Tuesday. The border — which touts ...

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A Chinese Biologist Carrying Suspected SARS And MERS Samples Attempted To Enter The US

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials prevented a Chinese national from sneaking undeclared biological materials into the United States in late 2018, roughly one year before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan. An unnamed Chinese biologist carrying suspected vials of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) arrived at the Detroit ...

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Coronavirus Impact: US Returning Illegal Aliens to Mexico Just 96 Minutes After Capture

Bolstered by new emergency measures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, Border Patrol agents at the U.S.-Mexico border are able to return illegal crossers at an extremely fast rate. Aliens who unlawfully cross into the U.S. are currently being sent back to Mexico in an average of 96 minutes, according to government officials who spoke with the Washington Post. The ...

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Trump Administration Includes Unaccompanied Minors In Border Closure Order

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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed that underage minors who unlawfully enter the U.S. without any parents or guardians are now subject to immediate deportation, the latest action in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Trump administration, under orders from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), earlier this month declared that both the northern and southern borders would be sealed off ...

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ICE Air flying home 466 US citizens from Central America during COVID-19 outbreak

WASHINGTON – On March 27, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), working with the U.S. Department of State, brought home a total of 257 United States citizens on the return leg of three separate removal flights via ICE Air Operations, bringing the total to 466 US citizens returning home since March 22. U.S. citizens occupied the Space Available (“Space A”) ...

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Judge Orders Release Of New Jersey ICE Detainees Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

A federal judge ordered ten aliens under Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody in New Jersey to be released, finding that their underlying health conditions make them vulnerable to the coronavirus. Judge Analisa Torres of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, an Obama appointee, on Thursday night ordered for the release of 10 ICE detainees ...

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CBP Field Operations Seizes Nearly $37 Million in Methamphetamine within Commercial Shipment

LAREDO, Texas—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge seized a substantial amount of methamphetamine in a single enforcement action that totaled nearly $37 million in street value. “Officers at the Laredo Port of Entry have heightened their enforcement strategy when targeting these high-risk commodities, successfully disrupting the flow of deadly narcotics ...

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CBP Officers Seize Large Quantity of Cold/Flu Medications and Diluted Cleaning Supplies

EL PASO, Texas – Buyer beware when ordering medication online. CBP officers working at the Bridge of the Americas international crossing at the El Paso port of entry seized a large quantity of over the counter medications and bottles of diluted Clorox arriving from Mexico on March 25. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers seized a total of 4,340 tablets ...

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ICE Air flying home US citizens from Central America during COVID-19 outbreak

WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), working with the U.S. Department of State, has brought home a total of 209 United States citizens on the return leg of two removal flights via ICE Air Operations. U.S. citizens occupied the Space Available seats on flights to the United States from Honduras and El Salvador. ICE removed Honduran nationals with ...

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Trump Administration Declares Travel Ban On Northern, Southern Borders

The Trump administration on Friday announced a ban on all non-essential travel on the northern and southern borders, the latest response to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, standing beside President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, declared that both the Mexican and Canadian borders would be shut down to all ...

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CBP Officers at O’Hare Seize Prohibited Medical Test Kits

CHICAGO – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers assigned to O’Hare International Airport, International Mail Facility (IMF) intercepted packages containing prohibited medical drug kits arriving from the United Kingdom. On March 17, 2020, CBP officers intercepted shipments containing “Test Kits” for various viruses and diseases to include COVID-19.  Not all the COVID-19 test kits were in each parcel, and ...

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Trump Confirms He Will Close Southern Border to Illegal Aliens, Asylum Seekers

President Donald Trump confirmed reports that his administration will turn away illegal aliens and asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border. During a White House press briefing on Wednesday regarding the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic, Trump confirmed speculation that the southern border will be closed off to asylum seekers and anyone else who attempts to enter the U.S. illegally. ...

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Trump Administration Suspends Refugee Program During Coronavirus Outbreak

The Trump administration is placing a temporary pause on admissions of refugees into the United States, a response to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Refugee Admissions Programs, which manages the number of refugees admitted into the country, confirmed to the Daily Caller News Foundation that it is pausing the program as the government continues to duel with COVID-19. The ...

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