U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents need to have "reasonable suspicion" to carry out "advanced" searches on electronic devices, including smartphones and tablets, that belong to individuals entering or exiting the country, the agency announced Friday.

The updated rules allow agents to continue to inspect information that's stored on a device, not in the cloud. But from now on, they can't copy that information or connect to an external device to analyze the contents, unless they have reasonable suspicion of criminal behavior.

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More than two decades ago, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was signed at the German-English School on South Alamo Street in San Antonio. On Friday, U.S. Representatives William Hurd  and Henry Cuellar held a meeting at the Pearl Stable, where they shared their hopes for modernizing the agreement. 

David Martin Davies / TPR News

TUCSON, Ariz.  — The U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector routinely holds immigrants in dirty and extremely cold cells for extended periods of time, a coalition of advocacy groups claims in a lawsuit filed in federal court this week.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of three immigrants who said they were held in inhumane conditions while waiting to be transferred to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which handles long-term detainment and deportations.

Mexico Loosening Rules for Armed U.S. Agents

Jun 9, 2015
Jennifer Whitney / The Texas Tribune

After decades of forbidding foreign law enforcement officers from carrying weapons on Mexican soil, the Mexican government is on the verge of allowing U.S. agents to carry guns in places where they help speed the flow of goods between the two countries. 

Texas lawmakers are celebrating the move as a significant step toward increasing trade, and say Mexico is also expected to draw up new rules allowing security personnel for visiting dignitaries to obtain permits to carry weapons. 

In August, the Mexican and United States governments are expected to finalize details of a permitting process that will allow U.S. immigration and customs agents to carry arms while working in foreign trade zones, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, said Monday.

Hernán Rozemberg

CORPUS CHRISTI — A South Texas university’s drone research has been expanded to include air traffic, border oversight and fire prevention. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Monday announced additional projects using unmanned aircraft.

The school has collaborations with NASA, the Texas A&M Forest Service and U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.

A&M-Corpus Christi operates one of six Federal Aviation Administration test sites for unmanned aircraft systems.