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Recent advancements in facial recognition technology have increased its accuracy and its usage. Our earlier work has included examinations of its use by federal law enforcement, at ports of entry, and in commercial settings.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a number of detention facilities around the country. As of March 2021, ICE had confirmed over 10,000 cases of COVID-19 among detainees within its detention facilities, and recorded 8 deaths.
In 2018, substances related to fentanyl—a very potent synthetic opioid—were temporarily classified as "Schedule I." This designated them as illicit drugs with high abuse potential and no medical use.
This classification has likely affected research, law enforcement, and more.
An executive order directed the Department of Homeland Security to plan, design, and construct additional barriers along the southwest border in Jan. 2017. Private landowners own a portion of the land that the government needs to construct the barriers.
Counterfeiters sometimes post photos of authentic goods on e-commerce sites, but then fill orders with fakes. These counterfeit goods infringe on intellectual property rights, and can harm the U.S. economy and threaten consumer safety.
Many federal agencies have specialized law enforcement teams trained and equipped for critical incidents such as hostage rescue. This report describes these federal tactical teams, including their deployments and equipment.