Increased scrutiny by CBP for frequent ESTA business travelers

After less than two months into the new Trump Administration, the President has issued two Executive Orders imposing a temporary travel ban on foreign nationals from certain predominantly Muslim countries, and both have been subject to Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO).   With...

A US-born NASA scientist was detained at the border until he unlocked his phone

Two weeks ago, Sidd Bikkannavar flew back into the United States after spending a few weeks abroad in South America. An employee of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Bikkannavar had been on a personal trip, pursuing his hobby of racing solar-powered cars. He had recently...

How Can I Easily Go Back and Find All Of My Travel Records?

By Jonathan Lachowitz Do you need to figure out how many days you spent in the United States in a given year? It is easier than you think. In early 2013, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency started a program to automate the collection of data for non-immigrants who...

Corruption Flourishes Within CBP

In 2002, in the wake of 9/11, Congress and the White House embarked upon an unprecedented bureaucratic experiment: grafting together 22 federal agencies into a single entity that was supposed to protect the nation from terrorist attack or any other potential threat. The result...

CBP to Begin Biometric Entry / Exit Testing at Otay Mesa Port of Entry

SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection will begin testing new biometric technology at the Otay Mesa pedestrian crossing this week to enhance identification of certain non-U.S. citizens entering and exiting the U.S. CBP uses biometrics in order to accurately verify who...

Laptop Evidence Suppressed, Feds Drop Criminal Case Against Businessman

Federal prosecutors in Washington have dropped the criminal case against a Korean businessman charged with violating U.S. economic sanctions after a federal judge suppressed evidence seized from his laptop. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled in May that prosecutors...

CBP to Collect Biometric Departure Data from Select Foreign Nationals

On July 14, 2015, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the agency will begin collecting biometric data from select foreign nationals departing the United States.  The new initiative, which is scheduled to run through at least June 2016, is being implemented...

Will I-94 Automation Cause More Headaches for U.S. Employers?

By Susan J. Cohen and Gary Endelman Did you get the memo from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that the I-94 card is now being automated?  Don’t worry if you didn’t. Most employers didn’t either.  We wrote about those developments on our sister blog here. Why I-94...
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