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Beyond the border: After 10-fold manpower increase, Grand Forks-region border agents helping out local police

December 1, 2013 in Uncategorized

NECHE — The iconic Maytag repairman — TV’s poster child of loneliness — has nothing on U.S. Border Patrol agents who monitor the nation’s northern border.

But that peacefulness can be punctured in an instant, by a camera or sensor from a…continue reading on

Border Patrol to build $13 million station in Pembina

October 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to build the 30,000-square-foot facility on an undeveloped 10-acre parcel of vacant land in the southwest portion of the Pembina County community of 675. The city beat out two other finalists: Joliette, N.D., and Hallock, Minn. Continue Reading

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Behind the Scenes at the Pembina Port

May 16, 2012 in WDAZ

PEMBINA PORT OF ENTRY (WDAZ-TV) – It’s the largest port of entry between Blaine, WA, and Detroit, MI.

Last year more than 200,000 trucks and 300,000 cars passed through the Pembina port and officers made more than 500 arrests. Continue Reading

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Expanded ‘Trusted Traveler’ Program Means Faster Lines at Canadian Border

April 6, 2012 in WDAZ

(WDAZ-TV) – A lot of travelers will be crossing the Canadian border this holiday weekend and lines to get through customs can be long.

But with the Trusted Traveler Program, lines will move a little faster. Continue Reading

‘Consequence Delivery System': Border Patrol overhauling approach with migrants

January 17, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The U.S. Border Patrol is moving to halt a revolving-door policy of sending migrants back to Mexico without any punishment. The new plan divides border crossers into seven categories, ranging from first-time offenders to people with criminal records. The common thread: simply turning people around after taking their fingerprints is the choice of last resort.
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Better for the border

January 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Car and truck traffic moved smoothly through the U.S.-Canada border on a mid-day this past week at the Pembina Port of Entry. Continue Reading

Arrests made at the Mexican border are dropping

December 6, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The Border Patrol says arrests of illegal immigrants along the U.S. border with Mexico are at the lowest level since the Nixon administration. Continue Reading

Security vs. environment: Fed bill would give Border Patrol unprecedent authority in BWCA, Voyageurs bill pits security against the environment

November 14, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

More than 30 environmental laws would be waived and the Department of Homeland Security would be allowed to build roads, erect fences, set up monitoring equipment and use vehicles to patrol public lands within 100 miles of the Mexican and Canadian borders, according to proposed legislation in the House. No current plans exist to build such infrastructure, but a border-long environmental assessment is being completed to expedite such plans if needed in the future.
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Border Patrol agents say U.S. northern border checks scaled back

October 28, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Current and former Border Patrol agents tell The Associated Press that field offices around the country began receiving the order last month. It came soon after the Obama administration announced it would focus immigration efforts on deporting criminals. Continue Reading

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At Northern Border, Agents Fight Drug War on Ice

February 14, 2011 in WDAZ

This is the United States’ forgotten border, where federal agents and police play cat-and-mouse with smugglers and illegal immigrants along 4,000 miles of a mostly unmarked and unfortified frontier with Canada Continue Reading

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