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Morning Security Brief: Isaac Update, UKBA Targets London University, Hazmat Database for First Responders, and More

- Hurricane Isaac is weakening after dropping 20 inches of rain and producing three tornadoes. The UK Border Agency revokes a university’s ability to issue student visas, calling it “threat to immigration control.” And more.

Border Security

- A bill (H.R. 915) that is designed to improve security along the U.S. border with Mexico has been approved by the House of Representatives. The bill is now pending in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Border Security

- A bill (H.R. 4119) that would criminalize the act of conspiring to illegally cross the border into the United States has been approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The bill has been presented to President Obama for his signature.

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Most of Arizona Immigration Law

- The U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision today in S.B. 1070, Arizona’s controversial immigration law. The Court ruled that three out of the four contested provisions in are unconstitutional. The provision allowing law enforcement to check immigration status is legal, ruled the Court, so long as it is interpreted narrowly.

Morning Security Brief: Drug Smuggling, FBI Most Wanted List, Charges in Trayvon Martin Case, and More

- DHS sees more cases of people unknowingly transporting drugs across the border. A schoolteacher replaces Osama bin Laden on the FBI’s most wanted list. George Zimmerman is charged with murder. And more.

Border Security

- A new law (P.L. 112-93) will extend an existing border security program. Under the program, the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security identify equipment and technology that could also be used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to combat illicit trafficking across the U.S. borders with Mexico and with Canada. The bill specifically notes that information should be shared on how to detect and track ultralight aircraft.

Giffords' Final Legislation Targets Airborne Drug Smugglers

- H.R.3801, the Ultralight Aircraft Smuggling Prevention Act of 2012, passed unanimously in the House Wednesday to a round of applause as Gabrielle Giffords cast her vote.

Border Security

- A bill (H.R. 2124) introduced by Rep. Francisco Canseco (R-TX) would establish new reporting methods to help the government track violence along the U.S. border with Mexico. Under the bill, the government would devise metrics for reporting violence and would require that reports based on those metrics be submitted to Congress every 90 days.

Morning Security Brief: Troops on the Southwest Border, Verizon Emergency Alert Mixup, DHS en Español, and More

- Officials mull pulling troops from Southwest border. Verizon sends out false emergency alert to New Jersey customers. DHS releases Spanish language ads. And more.

North By Northwest

- While some critics say U.S. Customs and Border Protection has not given the northern border due attention, the agency maintains that it has crafted a strategy for targeting limited assets that does the job without a massive number of boots on the ground.

Border Security

- A bill (H.R. 915) that is designed to improve security along the U.S. border with Mexico, has been approved by the House. Homeland Security Committee. The House of Representatives has not announced whether it will take up the measure. The bill would require that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) establish a border enforcement security task force that would facilitate collaboration among federal, state, local, tribal, and foreign law enforcement agencies. These groups would share information and launch coordinated crime reduction activities.  

North By Northwest

- While some critics say U.S. Customs and Border Protection has not given the northern border due attention, the agency maintains that it has crafted a strategy for targeting limited assets that does the job without a massive number of boots on the ground.

Morning Security Brief: Child Soldiers, Global Homicide, Border Security, and More

- White House issues aid waivers to countries that recruit and use child soldiers. One in 50 Central American males will be killed before 31. A Washington, D.C., man was arrested for selling a sensitive government map of northern border security technology deployments to a DHS informant. And much more.
 




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