U.S. Customs and Border Protection

  • News

    May 22, 2014

    Could Legalization of Marijuana Be in Texas's Future?

    Opinions on pot are changing in the Lone Star State.

  • News

    April 17, 2014

    For Many Refugees, the Journey to America Ends in a Cold Jail Cell

    While the United States decides their fate, asylum seekers sit in immigration detention.

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    U.S. Woman Got 'Invasive Cavity Searches' Coming Back to the U.S., ACLU Says

    If there's anything worse than rolling up to the U.S.-Texas border and getting flagged by agents with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, it's getting flagged, searched and probed by those agents. On December 8, 2012, agents frisked and strip-searched a U.S. citizen as she was trying to return ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    ACLU of Texas Sues For Execessive Force and False Arrest at Texas-Mexico Border

    In a lawsuit filed Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas charges that an agent of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection used unwarranted force and physically abused a U.S. citizen when she questioned his search of her purse. Laura Mireles, who is disabled, suffered physical injuries ... More >>

  • News

    March 21, 2013

    Bloody Tide: How Puerto Rico Affects the U.S.

    As Puerto Rico is battered by a wave of drugs and brazen murders, Houston and other continental U.S. cities feel the blowback.

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Jose Cabrera-Pastor: Swims Across Ship Channel With 98 Pounds of Pot Strapped to His Back

    Maybe Jose Guadalupe Cabrera-Pastor of Matamoros, Mexico misinterpreted the meaning of "wet marijuana," which stoners sometimes call straight off the plant/not dried pot. At approximately 10 p.m. Saturday night, the 47-year-old man was detained by the United States Border Patrol for possessing 98 ... More >>

  • News

    June 7, 2012

    Crossing The Line: Days of Rage

    The U.S. Supreme Court and President Obama leave the undocumented and their allies no choice but to escalate civil disobedience.

  • News

    May 10, 2012

    Friends Like These

    Woman sexes hospitalized pal's teen.

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Bootleg Clacker Balls!! The Feds Make Huge Seizure In Houston

    The eagle-eyed inspectors at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection have prevented Houston from suffering a scourge of unimaginable proportions: clacker balls. You may be too young to remember, but an entire generation of baby boomers was almost wiped out by playing with clacker balls. two balls on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Nationwide ICE Crackdown Nets 91 Illegal-Immigrant Arrests In Houston

    ICE nets some bad guys​The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced today that more than 2,400 criminal illegal aliens or fugitives had been arrested in a nationwide crackdown last month, and 91 of them were in Houston. "All of the criminal aliens taken into custody had pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    An Even Crazier 4Loko Coming Soon from the Mexican Drug Cartels

    When 4Loko just isn't enough, try meth-laced Corona.​Caffeinated beer is for amateurs. The really powerful stuff appears to be just starting to seep across the Mexican border right now. Saturday night U.S. Customs and Border Protection working the McAllen-Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    Mexican Pop Singer Fights Rape Allegations, Racism

    ​The latest chapter in Mexican pop singer Kalimba's life saddens us for a number of reasons, but the possibility of never hearing his music again is not one of them. If you haven't heard, while recording his latest album in El Paso, Kalimba was held by the U.S. Border Patrol on suspicion of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2010

    Weed In Texas: The Top Seven Stories Of The Year

    Merry Christmas: our Top Weed Stories. ​It's been a decent year for potheads. So what if Prop 19 didn't pass in California, because medical marijuana laws, even in places outside that dirty hippy state, expanded. This year ends with two more states, Arizona and New Jersey, along with Washington, D ... More >>

  • News

    December 16, 2010

    Cloaked Brutality

    The feds bury border patrol abuses of immigrants, but what’s been unearthed reveals a culture of cruelty.

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Willie Nelson's "Green Friday" Leads To Teapot Party

    ​If you are a cop in Texas - OK, a cop anywhere in the world - when you pull over a tour bus and out pops a gnomish man with grayish-red hair and you smell pot smoke, you smile and nod, get an autograph and go on your way. It's 2010, and we live in a world where Willie Nelson can still get a ... More >>

  • News

    October 21, 2010

    Grinding Justice

    Operation Streamline costs millions, tramples the Constitution, treats migrants like cattle and doesn't work.

  • News

    August 26, 2010

    Asylum Denied

    Unlike refugees from other troubled countries, only a fraction of Mexicans seeking U.S. asylum are accepted – no matter how horrible their wounds or their stories.

  • News

    August 12, 2010


    Inside the brutal world of America's kidnapping capital

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Sergio Guereca: Watch Out, America -- Parents Of Kid Shot On Mexican Side Of Border Have Hired A Houston Personal-Injury Attorney

    What? A lawsuit coming from a controversial, well-publicized event?​The June 7 shooting of 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Guereca near El Paso became an internet sensation and has provoked demonstations against the U.S. Border Patrol.But the feds have no idea what's hit them yet: The parents ... More >>

  • News

    June 3, 2010


    From Ground Zero of the immigration crisis along the Mexican border

  • News

    April 29, 2010

    The Crucifixion of Juarez

    On the front line of the U.S. war on drugs, a Mexican city bleeds to death.

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2010

    Silence Of The Hams

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThis was a pig at one time.​Sad to report that I'm not clever enough to have come up with that little pun on my own (or even, "It puts the BBQ sauce on its skin, or else it gets the hose again!" - a friend came up with that gem shortly afterwards). No, the credit fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2010

    PETA Be Buggin' About Blinged-Out Border Beetle

    Photo courtesy CBP​Contraband along the Texas-Mexico border flows both ways. Drugs tend to come north. Desperados on the lam tend to flow south. But every now and then there's a novelty like this woman and her strange pet. The Brownsville Herald picks up the tale: It wasn't marijuana, co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2009

    The Sheriff Of Crosby, N.D Protects His Citizens From Terror Better Than Adrian Garcia

    ​Harris County Republican chair Jared Woodfill is steamed, according to a letter we first found on Isiah Carey's Insite.He is totally pissed and outraged because Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia has "opened the doors" of his office to Al-Jazeera. A, umm, media outlet.Maybe not a media outlet wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2009

    A Quicker Way Through Customs At Bush Intercontinental

    Photo by Paul KnightHair Balls was escorted by a customs agent out of the Bush airport today, and we left through a door with a big red sign that said, "Do Not Exit, Alarm Will Sound." When we exited and the alarm didn't sound, the agent chuckled a bit and said, "That's government."We were at the a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Nasty, Destructive Little Bug Discovered On A Ship In Houston

    Courtesy US Customs & Border ProtectionThe dead skin of a Khapra beetle, found in HoustonCustoms officials in Houston made a pretty startling discovery while inspecting a furniture shipment last week. They found some cast-off skins from Khapra beetles among the straw brooms and burlap sacks in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    The Honorable Gentleman From Tyler, Fighting The Illegal Hordes

    Atencion! Things will get tougher for pesky border-crossers in Texas if any of Rep. Leo Berman’s (R-Tyler) nine illegal alien bills filed Monday pass. And if they don’t, then he might just have to run for governor – or at least that’s what he told the Austin American-Statesman. Among th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008

    Border Patrol Amps It Up This Weekend

    At midnight on Saturday, the U.S. Border Patrol launches "Operation River Freedom Denial," a response to several clashes between agents and drug smugglers this week along the border. The operation will move more agents to the Brownsville and McAllen areas, to assist sheriffs' departments and local ... More >>

  • News

    July 31, 2008
  • Blogs

    July 22, 2008

    Ivory Smugglers Get Nabbed

    They looked like normal drums, or at least normal drums that came from Ethiopia. Made of wood and leather, they were part of a shipment being inspected by federal agents at the Port of Houston late last week. An agent thought six of the drums seemed heavier than normal; he tapped on them and got o ... More >>

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    January 10, 2008
  • Music

    September 13, 2007



  • News

    August 30, 2007

    Telemarketing Offers

    MGR promises help with federal grants and racks up hundreds of consumer complaints

  • News

    May 31, 2007

    Border Fence May Destroy Wildlife Habitat

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife services spent $80 million to reclaim wildlife habitat in South Texas. Now Homeland Security is ready to wipe that out.

  • News

    August 18, 2005

    At the Ready

    The Minutemen have come to Texas

  • News

    July 29, 2004

    Pretty Please, Tilman

    Houston's Donald Trump can't be bothered with paperwork

  • Culture

    February 26, 2004

    Pepper-Spraying Jos

    A "Bubba Mexican" polices the border in Buford Gomez

  • News

    September 18, 2003

    Soldiers of Misfortune

    Ranch Rescue finds its welcome mat withdrawn

  • News

    April 11, 2002

    Camera Ready

    Chronicle staffers tout their stories on Channel 11

  • News

    August 16, 2001

    End of the Bend?

    Jetports and elite resorts may do what border bandits, blistering heat and harsh desert life couldn't: rob Big Bend of its rugged beauty.

  • News

    June 21, 2001

    The Bored Patrol

    Border Patrol agents in South Texas contend they are getting paid to stay put as illegal immigrants go around them. Is this how the much-hyped crackdown along the Rio Grande is supposed to work?

  • News

    April 26, 2001

    Lean & Mean

    Those who drink codeine syrup call it lean because of its most obvious effect: a loss of coordination. Those who study the drug call it liquid crack. Those who abuse it can wind up dead.

  • News

    March 1, 2001

    Tresspassers Will Be Prosecuted

    Ranch Rescue's Jack Foote swears he just wants to mend fences. Is pseudomilitary secrecy, right-wing rhetoric and an armed vigilante militia the best way?

  • News

    July 20, 2000

    Livin' Large

    Carlos Sosa promised to sell seized goods from the Port of Houston on the cheap. Many believed him. Until they learned he was a Customs Service snitch, and perhaps a con man on the side.

  • News

    July 29, 1999

    Trading Places

    Fueling justice

  • Calendar

    January 14, 1999

    Night & Day

    January 14 - 20, 1999

  • News

    June 4, 1998

    Trading with the Enemy

    Houston oil companies maintain their profitable ties to Libya, in roundabout ways

  • Music

    November 28, 1996

    Wild Things

    With a stiff dose of vatobilly, the Flamin' Hellcats aim to cure rock and roll of what ails it

  • News

    March 21, 1996

    The Cheap Secrets of Harwin

    Beyond the Galleria, beyond Target - and sometimes beyond the law - lies Houston's last untamed wilderness of shopping

  • News

    April 14, 1994

    Trashing Houston

    To a world worried about waste, Houston may offer an answer -- or at least a place for the garbage to go

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