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Heroin, fentanyl seizures increasing in US; feds stepping up efforts to address issue

While overall nationwide drug seizures dropped 13 percent from fiscal years 2013 to 2014, the head of the Customs and Border Protection agency recently said that heroin seizures rose by 12 percent during the same period.

Audit finds security vulnerabilities in CBP's internal intelligence analysis system

While Customs and Border Protection deployed an analyst intelligence platform on time and within budget, the Homeland Security Department's watchdog found security problems that could expose the system to "unnecessary risk."

CBP testing wireless tech at US airports to verify identities of foreign travelers in real time

Officers will use a wireless handheld device to collect biometric and biographic data on foreign travelers exiting the United States in real time. U.S. citizens and certain other international travelers will be exempt from the pilot.

DHS, State Dept. need to better assess programs to counter influx of migrant children, GAO says

U.S. officials and others have said that extreme violence, persistent poverty and other problems in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala spurred last summer's migration of tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children.

CBP agents not consistently screening unaccompanied migrant children, GAO says

From fiscal 2009 through 2014, DHS apprehended more than 200,000 unaccompanied alien children, who are identified as younger than 18 years old with no lawful immigration status and no parent or legal guardian in the United States. Over 90 percent of those apprehensions occurred along the southwest border.

New internal DHS report says measures needed to probe CBP corruption, use-of-force policies

The Homeland Security Advisory Council subcommittee report presented recommendations aimed at improving investigations into alleged corruption at CBP, but also said the agency's use-of-force policy guidelines need to revised.

Class-action lawsuit alleges overcrowding, filthy conditions for detained migrants in Tucson

The suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, said such conditions violate the U.S. Constitution and CBP's own policies. It names Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, among others as defendants.

Audit: Little progress on interoperable radio communications among DHS agencies

In a November 2012 report, the DHS inspector general found that less than 0.25 percent of the 479 radio users tested could access and use the common channel. Additionally, only 78 of 382 radios tested, or about 20 percent, had all the correct program settings for the common channel.

DHS preclearance security program expansion will double number of vetted airline passengers

Under the Homeland Security Department's preclearance operations, which are currenlty conducted in 15 airports across six countries, each traveler undergoes immigration, customs and agriculture inspection before boarding a direct flight to the U.S.

DHS IG: CBP needs better metrics for program aimed at deterring illegal border crossers

A Customs and Border Protection initiative designed to reduce recidivism rates of aliens who illegally try to enter or re-enter the United States isn't being measured well enough to determine its effectiveness.