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DHS: 'Unprecedented' Drop in Illegal Immigrants From Mexico

40% decline in apprehensions from January to February of this year

(Newser) - There's usually a significant increase, of up to 20%, each January to February in the apprehension of illegal immigrants crossing over into the States from Mexico. But this year, a surprising development, the BBC reports: Based on figures released by Customs and Border Protection , January's number of 31,... More »

US Gov Considers Breaking Up Families at Border: Report

Mothers illegally entering US would be separated from their children

(Newser) - The US government is considering forcibly separating mothers found illegally entering the country from their children, according to an exclusive report. Three government officials tell Reuters the proposal is being considered by the Department of Homeland Security. Under current practice, families illegally entering the US are allowed to stay together... More »

DHS Has $20M on Hand for $21.6B Wall: Report

It's a little short of what's needed, if estimates are accurate

(Newser) - Administration officials may have to mine the Oval Office couch for loose change in the wake of the latest financial report from the Department of Homeland Security. Per a DHS document Reuters saw, the agency has pored over the "existing funds and resources" President Trump said would be tapped... More »

White House, Intel Office at Odds Over Travel Ban

Report dismissed by White House disagrees with threat from 7 nations

(Newser) - A new source of friction has emerged between President Trump and US intelligence officials, this time over his travel ban. A report out of an office in the Department of Homeland Security challenges Trump's assertion that blocking travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries will make the nation any safer, reports... More »

Homeland Security Plans Aggressive Stance on Illegal Immigration

Agency wants to prosecute parents who illegally bring kids to US

(Newser) - "The surge of immigration at the southern border has overwhelmed federal agencies and resources and has created a significant national security vulnerability," Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly writes in sweeping new guidelines on immigration policy. According to draft guidelines seen by the Washington Post , Kelly plans to... More »

Border Wall Cost Estimate Soars in Leaked Report

DHS says it will cost $21.6B over 3.5 years

(Newser) - A barrier along the border with Mexico could be ready in 2020, but it won't be cheap, according to a leaked Department of Homeland Security report seen by Reuters . The internal report estimates that the cost will be $21.6 billion, around double the $10 billion to $12 billion... More »

ISIS Supporters Publish List of US Churches Before Christmas

FBI asks local law enforcement to be extra vigilant

(Newser) - The country's law-enforcement agencies are being asked to be extra vigilant this holiday weekend after a list of US churches was published on pro-ISIS websites, CNN reports. In a warning issued Friday, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security say ISIS supporters "continue aspirational calls for attacks on... More »

Homeland Security Candidate Accidentally Leaks His Plan

Kris Kobach's ideas include 'extreme vetting'

(Newser) - Potential Homeland Security chief Kris Kobach has a thing to learn about keeping his own documents secure: The Kansas secretary of state was photographed with his "Department of Homeland Security Kobach Strategic Plan for First 365 Days" clearly visible before a meeting with Donald Trump on Sunday, the AP... More »

At Least 858 Immigrants Mistakenly Granted Citizenship

According to internal Homeland Security audit

(Newser) - The US government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders, according to an internal Homeland Security audit. The Homeland Security Department's inspector general found that the immigrants used... More »

Homeland Security Employee Accused of Plotting Attack

He tried to bring knife, gun, handcuffs into HQ

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors are investigating whether a Department of Homeland Security employee with top-secret clearance was planning an attack at the agency's Washington headquarters when he entered the building with a gun, a knife, an infrared camera, pepper spray, and handcuffs. Jonathan Wienke, an analyst in the Office of Intelligence... More »

TSA Struggling to Deal With Out-of-Control Security Lines

Even the announced hiring of nearly 800 officers might not do the trick

(Newser) - The Department of Homeland Security is urging airline passengers to "be patient" with security lines during the busy summer travel season, the AP reports. But that might be easier said than done as more and more passengers miss flights while waiting in security lines for literally hours. According to... More »

DHS: Windows Users Better Delete QuickTime

The Apple program appears vulnerable to attacks

(Newser) - Windows users, watch out: The Department of Homeland Security is advising you to delete QuickTime from your system, Network World reports. The problem is that Apple is no longer supporting Windows versions of the program, and antivirus vendor TrendMicro has found vulnerabilities that allow "attackers to execute arbitrary code... More »

University of Northern NJ Is Fake—and a Gov't Trap

Homeland Security busts 21 in visa fraud sting

(Newser) - The University of Northern New Jersey looked like any other school: It had a website, a Facebook page, and a crest. Unlike other colleges, however, it was staffed entirely by Homeland Security agents. The Department of Justice announced this week it had indicted 21 people for visa fraud in a... More »

US Begins 'Wave of Removals' of Migrants

121 arrested in Georgia, Texas, NC over the weekend

(Newser) - A "wave of removals of parents and children" will go forward as planned , reports the New York Times : US authorities made 121 arrests over the weekend—mainly in Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina—of migrants who arrived in the US in 2014 but failed to win the favor of... More »

Report: Mass Raids Planned in US, Then Deportations

Raids could begin as early as January: WaPo report

(Newser) - Hundreds of families who fled violence in Central America and are now living in the US could be deported in a nationwide campaign kicking off as early as January. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are expected to conduct a series of raids targeting those families that an immigration judge has... More »

US Bans UK Muslim Family From Disneyland Visit

Man says US authorities 'think every Muslim poses a threat'

(Newser) - A Muslim family of 11 had a major hiccup in their Disneyland vacation plans last week when US authorities barred them from boarding a flight from London to Los Angeles without explanation. The British family had been given travel authorization online prior to the Dec. 15 flight, but Homeland Security... More »

Despite Lawsuit, Syrian Refugees Arrive in Texas

Texas alters strategy against resettlement agency

(Newser) - Hide your husbands, hide your wives: A family of six Syrian refugees is arriving in Dallas today as Texas shifts its legal strategy against refugee resettlement, the Dallas Morning News reports. The family—which includes two small children and has a relative in Dallas—came over with a relief agency... More »

We're Getting a New Terror Alert System

It's the 3rd so far

(Newser) - The Obama administration will announce a new terror alert system "in the coming days," Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday. Johnson said the new alert system will better inform the public about threats to the United States, but he did not provide specific details. This will be... More »

Yes, a Paris-Style Attack Could Happen in US

Former NYPD official warns against false sense of security

(Newser) - Could terrorists pull off an attack in the US along the lines of what happened in Paris? The answer is an unequivocal yes, writes a former director of intelligence analysis for the NYPD in the Wall Street Journal . While it's true that the US "has—in absolute numbers... More »

TSA Boss Dumped Over Stunning Security Lapses

Acting director Melvin Carraway replaced 'effective immediately'

(Newser) - The TSA's acting director has been replaced by the acting deputy after an embarrassing report showed TSA agents failed 95% of tests in which fake explosives and weapons were smuggled through security. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says Mark Hatfield will replace Melvin Carraway until the Senate can confirm... More »

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