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Noi Mahoney Tuesday, November 19, 2019

CBP increases inspections of imported tomatoes and pepper fruits for virus

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will increase inspections of imported tomatoes and peppers by Nov. 22 to protect against the introduction of the tomato brown rugose virus (ToBRFV). The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) ordered the inspections on Nov. 18. “For commercial shipment, [Customs and Border Protection (CBP)] will be doing […]

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Noi Mahoney Thursday, July 18, 2019

Pentagon sends 2,100 more troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to assist migrants and ports

The United States is sending an additional deployment of 1,100 active-duty troops and 1,000 Texas National Guard soldiers to the U.S.-Mexico border, Pentagon officials announced July 17. The new active-duty troops will arrive in Texas “in the next several weeks” and will provide “aerial surveillance, operational, logistical and administrative support” to U.S. Customs and Border […]

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Noi Mahoney Thursday, July 11, 2019

Texas border bill aims to stop produce imports from wilting at international ports-of-entry

Texas Gov. Greg Abott recently signed a bill aiming to speed up the inspection process for trucks carrying fresh produce across ports-of-entries along the Texas-Mexico border.  Texas House Bill 2155, which goes into effect September 1, reauthorizes a 2015 program allowing the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) to award grants totaling $750,000 over the next […]

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Noi Mahoney Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Texas border ports-of-entry continue to confront spillover from international migration crisis

A week after several international border bridges between the United States and Mexico had to be closed because of the migration crisis, U.S. officials announced migrant border arrests fell 28 percent in June. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced July 9 that about 104,000 migrants were taken into custody entering the Southwest border […]

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