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  • CBP Announces New Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Field Operations(801 KB - 12/18/2014)
    CBP announcement on the selection of Mr. Todd C. Owen as Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations (OFO), who will oversee operations involving national security, traveler admissibility and immigration, customs, and commercial trade, and is expected to assume duties in February 2015.
    AILA Doc. No. 14121842.
  • CBP Launches Border Wait Time App(510 KB - 12/17/2014)
    CBP press release announcing the release of the Border Wait Time app, which provides estimated wait times and open lane status at land ports of entry. Travelers can also compare wait times across three ports of entry and map the best route. The app is available for free.
    AILA Doc. No. 14121742.
  • CBP Notice Explaining Additional ESTA Data Fields for Visa Waiver Program Applicants(653 KB - 11/3/2014)
    CBP notice explaining why Visa Waiver Program applicants will be required to answer additional questions on the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) application, which questions will be added, concerns relating to security, data retention, fees, and more.
    AILA Doc. No. 14110346.
  • CBP Requests Feedback About ESTA(931 KB - 9/23/2014)
    CBP announcement that it is currently recruiting focus group participants in eight different countries to provide feedback on the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website redesign effort. In-person registration information included.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092349.
  • CBP to Hire Additional CBP Officers(1123 KB - 9/23/2014)
    CBP announcement that it will accept applications for CBP officer positions at air, land, and sea ports of entry on the Southwest border and other select locations. CBP will hire 2,000 additional officers by the end of FY2015.
    AILA Doc. No. 14092340.
  • DHS Delegates Criminal Misconduct Investigative Authority to CBP(654 KB - 9/19/2014)
    CBP press release announcing that, in response to a U.S. Government Accountability Office recommendation, CBP now has the authority to investigate its employees for alleged criminal misconduct and will convert qualified internal affairs employees from general investigators to criminal investigators.
    AILA Doc. No. 14091961.
  • CBP Designates POEs for First-Time Canadian TN and L Applicants Seeking Entry Under NAFTA(955 KB - 9/16/2014)
    CBP announcement that beginning in mid-September 2014, the agency is designating 14 ports of entry (POEs) for optimized processing for first-time Canadian TN and L applicants seeking entry into the U.S. under NAFTA.
    AILA Doc. No. 14091645.
  • USCIS No Longer Using Red Ink for Secure Stamps(564 KB - 8/28/2014)
    CBP alert that on 7/1/14, USCIS began using blue ink for many of its secure stamps. The older secure red ink will be retired and no longer used by USCIS. Alert includes a list of stamps that will be blue and a list of stamps that are black.
    AILA Doc. No. 14082843.
  • CBP Announces Availability of New Mobile Passport Control App(796 KB - 8/12/2014)
    CBP press release announcing the launch of the first authorized app, Mobile Passport Control, beginning at the Atlanta airport on 8/13/14, which will allow eligible travelers to submit passport information and customs declaration forms via a smartphone or tablet prior to CBP inspection.
    AILA Doc. No. 14081260.
  • CBP Solicitation to Non-Profit Organizations for Donations to Assist Unaccompanied Children and Families(827 KB - 8/1/2014)
    CBP notice that it received authorization to solicit and accept items for unaccompanied children and families in CBP’s care and custody. CBP is not accepting donations from individuals and for-profit donors at this time. A list of organizations accepting donations in Texas and Arizona is included.
    AILA Doc. No. 14080140.
  • CBP Issues New Customs Declarations Form with Expanded Family Member Definition(629 KB - 7/31/2014)
    CBP press release announcing a new customs declarations form, in print and online, expanding the definition of family members for arriving travelers, as “members of a family residing in the same household who are related by blood, marriage, domestic relationship, or adoption.”
    AILA Doc. No. 14073145.
  • CBP Announces Immediate Deployment of 150 Border Patrol Agents to Rio Grande Valley(846 KB - 7/7/2014)
    CBP press release announces the immediate deployment of approximately 150 additional Border Patrol agents to the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, where the largest number of unaccompanied minors are arriving. Press release includes information on Dangers Awareness campaign.
    AILA Doc. No. 14070749.
  • CBP Chart with FY2013 and FY2014 Comparisons of Southwestern Border Apprehensions(1222 KB - 7/7/2014)
    CBP press release with a chart comparing southwest border unaccompanied children apprehensions from FY2014 (10/1/13 through 6/15/14) to the same time period in FY2013, broken down by CBP sector and by country of origin.
    AILA Doc. No. 14070747.
  • CBP Press Release on Border Crossing Dangers Awareness Campaign(2322 KB - 7/2/2014)
    CBP press release that CBP Commissioner discussed the Danger Awareness Campaign, a Spanish language outreach effort in U.S. metropolitan cities and in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, to warn families about the dangers encountered by unaccompanied minors who attempt to travel to U.S.
    AILA Doc. No. 14070258.
  • CBP Automated Passport Control Information and FAQs(2275 KB - 6/6/2014)
    CBP information and FAQs on Automated Passport Control, a CBP program for U.S., Canadian, and eligible Visa Waiver Program travelers that provides an automated process through CBP’s Primary Inspection area, using self-service kiosks to submit declaration forms and biographic information.
    AILA Doc. No. 14060640.
  • CBP Fact Sheet on Entry/Exit Transformation Office(1210 KB - 6/2/2014)
    CBP fact sheet on the Entry/Exit Transformation Office. The office’s goal is to accurately verify who arrives and to determine who is abiding by the terms of their admission and who is not, by improving current biographic entry-exit system, targeted biometric operations, and improved processing.
    AILA Doc. No. 14060244.
  • CBP to Deploy Two Additional Aerostats in Rio Grande Valley(2492 KB - 5/7/2014)
    CBP press release announcing that CBP has completed the operational utility evaluation of three aerostats that were deployed in the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector in November 2013, and the agency is planning to deploy two additional aerostats in June 2014.
    AILA Doc. No. 14050761.
  • CBP Website Now Allows Nonimmigrant Travelers Access to Arrival/Departure Records(792 KB - 4/30/2014)
    CBP press release announcing that a new CBP website now allows nonimmigrant travelers to access arrival and departure records going back five years from the request date. This website may eliminate the need for travelers to file FOIA requests for this information.
    AILA Doc. No. 14043044.
  • CBP FY2013 Border Enforcement Efforts in Review(569 KB - 1/22/2014)
    CBP press release with a summary of FY2013 border enforcement efforts, including a total of 420,789 apprehensions at or between ports of entry, 16% above FY2012. Apprehensions of individuals from countries other than Mexico increased by 55%.
    AILA Doc. No. 14012241.
 
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