Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher issued a long-awaited directive March 7 to clarify the agency's use-of-force policy. Don't fire weapons at moving vehicles or in response to rock-throwing, the directive (.pdf) says – not unless there's grounds for believing that "an immediate danger of death of serious injury" exists.
Customs and Border Protection's budget would rise to $13.1 billion and the agency would hire an additional 2,000 officers under the White House fiscal 2015 request.
The Obama administration's fiscal 2015 budget requests $1.05 billion less in discretionary spending for the Homeland Security Department than it's set to receive this year. Still, its total budget authority, including mandatory spending and fees, would rise by about $264 million.
The Homeland Security Department finalized a rule Friday to prevent sexual abuse in its detention facilities by adding training for officers who work in detention facilities and boosting audit standards.
A long-awaited, somewhat delayed contract for towers hung with high-tech sensors to detect movement along the southwest border went to Texas-based EFW, Customs and Border Patrol announced Feb. 27.
Customs and Border Protection and its Canadian counterpart have launched the next phase of their pilot program to inspect and clear truck cargo before it reaches the border.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson stressed the need to reform the Border Patrol's use-of-force policies during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing Feb. 26. Johnson said he wanted to personally review recent cases where Border Patrol agents used force, "to ensure that we're getting this right."
Before businesses can clear their goods for import or export, they have to submit documents, often on paper, to an assortment of federal agencies. The ITDS would let them submit all the required data electronically and all in one place. The system would then distribute the data to the agencies that need it.
A mock airport facility where Customs and Border Protection plans to test devices to record biometric data from travelers exiting the country is due to open in April. At the facility in Landover, Md., CBP will test a variety of biometric devices and narrow them down to the two top performers, said Colleen Manaher, who heads the agency's Entry/Exit Transformation Office.
The drones that Customs and Border Protection uses for surveillance returned to the air Feb. 7, after the agency suspended flights for nearly two weeks, Reuters reported. One of CBP's ten drones crashed into the Pacific Ocean Jan. 27 following a mechanical failure, prompting the agency to ground its other nine drones while it investigated the crash.