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Judge Orders Government to Restart DACA

He says decison to end program was unlawful

(Newser) - A federal judge ruled Tuesday against the Trump administration's decision to end a program protecting some young immigrants from deportation, calling the Department of Homeland Security's rationale against the program "arbitrary and capricious." US District Judge John D. Bates in Washington wrote that the decision to... More »

Feds Admit to Hush-Hush Policy on US Border

Children are indeed being separated from parents

(Newser) - Border agents are separating immigrants from their children—a plan once floated by the Trump administration—despite denials that the policy was underway, the New York Times reports. With Congress seeking official numbers on immigrant/child separation along the southwest border and officials refusing to provide it, the Times dug up... More »

'Rogue' Phone Spying Devices Detected in Washington

Homeland Security isn't sure who's operating them

(Newser) - For the first time, the US government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages. The use of what are known as cell-site simulators by foreign powers... More »

Warning About Russia: They Can 'Shut the Power Off'

US says hackers have gained entry to power plants, including nuclear facilities

(Newser) - A US security alert on Thursday contained a jarring warning: Russia has infiltrated the US energy grid and could wreak havoc if it chose to do so. "They have the ability to shut the power off," an exec with the digital security firm Symantec tells the New York ... More »

CNN Worker Finds Sensitive DHS Docs in Plane Seat Pocket

Papers were marked 'important to national security,' tied to Super Bowl bioterrorism exercises

(Newser) - Before you get off the plane, always check the seat-back pocket for your headphones, any magazines you might want, and those super-sensitive Homeland Security documents outlining how to protect Super Bowl attendees from an anthrax attack. One government scientist apparently didn't do so, as a CNN employee found out... More »

Feds Consider Harsh Measures to Deter Illegal Crossings

Parents may be separated from their children

(Newser) - With illegal border crossings on the rise once again, the Trump administration is considering a move that even some immigration hardliners consider draconian. Sources tell the New York Times and the Washington Post that the administration might try to discourage Central American families from making the crossing by splitting up... More »

Bioterror Tests Planned Near Graves of Native American Kids

Five tribes are opposing the Department of Homeland Security's plans

(Newser) - Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the US Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government's plan, saying the agency didn't inform them about chemicals it plans to release on grounds the tribes consider sacred because more... More »

Homeland Security Has Devastating News for 60K Haitians in US

Protected status to be lifted after 18 months

(Newser) - It was the news tens of thousands of Haitian residents of the US were dreading: The administration has decided to end the Temporary Protected Status that shielded them from deportation after their country's 2010 earthquake. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke announced Monday that the status will... More »

Homeland Security Official Quits After Remarks Surface

Rev. Jamie Johnson insulted black people, Islam

(Newser) - The Department of Homeland Security's head of community outreach has quit over comments deeply offensive to more than one community. In recordings of past talk radio appearances unearthed by CNN , the Rev. Jamie Johnson made incendiary comments about black people and Islam, saying the religion had contributed nothing in... More »

TSA Screenings Fail at a 'Disturbing' Rate

Democrat says TSA funds are being used to pay national debt

(Newser) - An alarming new report weeks before the busiest air travel days of the year finds that TSA agents at airport checkpoints miss test weapons, explosives, and other contraband items most of the time. During an undercover operation, Department of Homeland Security inspectors "identified vulnerabilities with TSA's screener performance,... More »

Trump Announces His Pick for Head of Homeland Security

Kirstjen Nielsen served as John Kelly's deputy at DHS and in White House

(Newser) - President Trump announced Wednesday he will nominate Kirstjen Nielsen to replace John Kelly as the head of the Department of Homeland Security after the latter left the post to become Trump's chief of staff, Politico reports. Nielsen is an attorney and cybersecurity expert who served in the Transportation Security... More »

DHS Denies Puerto Rico Waiver to Expedite Shipping

Trump administration says damaged island ports are issue, won't OK Jones Act waiver

(Newser) - As Puerto Ricans struggle after Hurricane Maria, a request to ease shipping restrictions for urgently needed supplies was turned down Tuesday by the Trump administration. Reuters notes the Jones Act , aka the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 , mandates only US-built and -flagged ships may ship between US coasts. In the... More »

Immigrants' Social Media Use Will Be Surveilled by Feds

That includes permanent residents and naturalized citizens

(Newser) - The Department of Homeland Security announced a new rule in the Federal Register that will allow it to collect immigrants' social media information and search results, BuzzFeed reports. And the rule doesn't just apply to new or soon-to-be immigrants. The social media accounts of green card holders, permanent residents,... More »

New Travel Ban Rules May Start Sunday

Officials say country-specific restrictions to replace Trump's travel ban

(Newser) - Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump administration on one facet of the president's travel ban—but that may all be moot now, with reports filtering in that the ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries may now be supplanted by country-specific restrictions. Sources... More »

Government Sued Over Border Searches of Electronic Devices

ACLU argues devices nowadays contain tons of personal, private information

(Newser) - A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday claims the US government's growing practice of searching laptops and cellphones at the border is unconstitutional because electronic devices now carry troves of private personal and business information, the AP reports. But the government has vociferously defended its searches as critical to protecting the... More »

Feds Choose 4 Border Wall Prototypes

Next steps will be building, testing

(Newser) - Thursday was a big day in the border wall business: US Customs and Border Protection announced that four concrete wall prototypes had been chosen from among more than 200 proposals. The border wall designs, each 30 feet long and up to 30 feet tall, will be built in the San... More »

Feds: Hackers Have Hit US Nuclear Plants

Their methods include fake resumes

(Newser) - Hackers have made their way into the systems of American nuclear power plants with methods including malware hidden in fake resumes sent to engineers who control critical systems, federal authorities warn in a report seen by the New York Times . The report from the FBI and the Department of Homeland... More »

Border Wall Prototypes Will Go Up This Summer

Up to 8 designs will be built in San Dieg o

(Newser) - People trying to make their way into the US illegally in the San Diego area may have their choice of eight kinds of border wall to tackle by September. Department of Homeland Security official Ronald Vitiello said Tuesday that authorities hope to have up to eight prototype border wall sections... More »

Controversial Sheriff Says He Got Homeland Security Gig

David Clarke says he's leaving position as Milwaukee County Sheriff

(Newser) - Controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. says he's accepted a position in the Department of Homeland Security, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. Clarke said on a radio talk show Wednesdsay that he'd be leaving his position as sheriff next month to work as an assistant secretary in... More »

DHS Plans to Curb Illegal Immigration Revealed

New border agents could skip polygraph test: report

(Newser) - How President Trump might curtail illegal immigration is laid out in a new Department of Homeland Security memo. How he might afford it is not, reports the Washington Post . The assessment reveals plans to quickly hire 5,000 new Customs and Border Protection agents—just 500 would cost up to... More »

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