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Securing a Nation: U.S. Border Control, Ports of Entry and Customs

Explore the measures taken to secure a nation's borders, including ports of entry and customs, and learn how national security, travel and immigration impact each other.

Mexican Economy Rises, Migration Falls
As the Mexican economy has grown stronger in recent years, the U.S. Border Patrol reports fewer migrant apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border.

U.S. Economy Dictates Migration
As the U.S economy improves and the recession recedes, more migrants from Mexico are crossing the U.S. border to find jobs here.

High Cost of Detention
National Immigration Forum study shows that rising detention costs for illegal immigrants are draining U.S. taxpayer dollars.

Scandal at ICE Shakes the Agency
Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement official James M. Woosley received a 20-month prison sentence for defrauding the agency of more than $500,000.

Seeking Asylum in the United States
There are two ways that refugees can obtain asylum in the United States.

Entering the U.S.
You have your visa and your headed for the U.S. There's one more step to take before you can enter the country: border control. Get information on what to expect when you arrive at a port-of-entry.

U.S.-Mexico Border Fence Pros and Cons
The purpose of the border fence is to tighten homeland security and prevent illegal immigration using a combination of physical barriers and high-tech "virtual" surveillance networks. This provides a quick-reading overview of the popular arguments for and against the border fence.

Department of Homeland Security
Official site of the governmental agency. Includes the latest news and advisories about issues that affect our country's safety and security.

U.S. Allows Cuban Migrants Different Treatment
The United States gives migrants from Cuba special treatment under the "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy.

ICE Cracks Down on Counterfeit Rings
Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are cracking down on foreign vendors selling counterfeit goods over the Internet.

First Time Passport Application
New citizens will want to apply for a U.S. passport as soon as they become eligible. The Department of State provides information on how to apply.

ICE Targets Gang Members
ICE agents targeting violent gang members involved in drug and human trafficking.

Human Trafficking Victimizes Immigrants
Millions of immigrants worldwide are victims of human trafficking, and President Obama announces new measures to help fight it inside U.S. borders and around the world.

Government Considers New Checks on Student Visas
State Department, Homeland Security consider new measures to monitor student visa holders and colleges after two cases of fraud and potential terrorism.

US-VISIT Program
Virtually all visitors to the U.S. must register in the US-VISIT program when they arrive at a port-of-entry. The purpose of this Department of Homeland Security initiative is to enhance border security.

What is the SEVP?
The SEVP monitors foreign exchange students and scholars who come to the United States to study.

Rand Beers, Acting DHS Secretary
Rand Beers, a border security specialist, stepped in as acting Department of Homeland Security secretary when Janet Napolitano resigned in 2013.

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