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CBP confiscates over 900k in cocaine and meth at the border over Labor Day weekend

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Customs and Border Protection officers seized $933,000 in cocaine and methamphetamine at the Hidalgo and Pharr International Bridges this weekend alone.

First, officers discovered 16 packages of alleged cocaine weighing 38.97 pounds hidden in a vehicle arriving from Mexico Friday. Then on Sunday, officers discovered 40 packages of methamphetamine weighing 45.19 pounds hidden in a tractor. The tractor was also arriving from Mexico.

Port Director of the Hidalgo, Pharr and Anzalduas areas Carlos Rodriguez was grateful for the officers’ diligence.

“Drug smuggling organizations sometimes use the large volumes of traffic during holiday weekends as cover to try to sneak in narcotics,” Roriguez said in a statement Monday. “But our vigilant CBP officers intercepted these loads of cocaine and methamphetamine thanks to the great teamwork of our frontline CBP officers and their utilization of all available tools and resources.”

A little over two weeks ago, CBP confiscated a combined $3 million worth of cocaine and meth at the same port. At the time, they captured two instances of people attempting to smuggle as much as 91 pounds of cocaine and 169 pounds of meth. Canine units helped sniff out the narcotics.

As a result, all vehicles and drugs were confiscated. All four cases are still under investigation.

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A new policy by the U.S. Immigration Authority asks Israelis if they were involved in war crimes

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According to attorney Liam Schwartz, head of the Labor and Corporate Immigration Department at the Tel Aviv-based law firm of Goldfarb, Seligman, a new policy by the U.S. Immigration Authority aimed at Israelis seeks detailed explanations about military service, potentially to identify involvement in war crimes or other serious offenses.

“The U.S. Immigration Authority’s new policy is extremely worrisome,” Schwartz said. “Its impact on Israelis could be broad, affecting areas such as relocation for work, academic studies, and family reunification.”

This policy extends beyond green card applications. Israelis applying for visas at U.S. embassies outside Israel may also face rigorous questioning. Y Net News discusses the case of Yuval, a senior manager at a high-tech company in Silicon Valley, who recently received a surprising letter from the U.S. Immigration Authority regarding his green card application. The letter requested detailed information about his service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) from 2005 to 2008, raising concerns about a potential shift in U.S. immigration policy towards Israeli applicants.

The letter demanded an affidavit under oath addressing several specific questions about Yuval’s military service. These included queries about his participation in combat, command roles, guarding detainees, and the use of weapons or explosives. Yuval must provide satisfactory answers within 87 days to avoid deportation.

Yuval expressed shock at the detailed nature of the questions, noting that he had previously provided basic information about his military service when applying for his work visa two years ago. “I feel as if questions were copied from the Office of the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague,” he remarked.

While cooperation with U.S. authorities regarding military service is necessary for visa or green card applications, Schwartz highlighted a conflict with Israeli laws on military confidentiality. He suggested that in some cases, it might be more practical for applicants to consider leaving the U.S.

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