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ICE Set Up a Fake College. Then Came the Arrests

The 'University of Farmington' was used to nab recruiters of undocumented immigrants

(Newser) - A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday names eight suspects accused of "harboring aliens for profit"—and it was a phony university set up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that nabbed them. NBC News reports on the fake "University of Farmington," which set up shop in 2015 near... More »

John Kelly Joins Former DHS Chiefs in Shutdown Letter

They implore Trump and Congress to end the impasse in name of national security

(Newser) - Five former Homeland Security chiefs have written a letter to President Trump and Congress imploring them to end the government shutdown in the name of national security. One name in particular stands out, that of John Kelly, who left the Trump administration on not-so-great terms. “DHS employees who protect... More »

Federal Workers File Suit

Union doesn't want them working for nothing

(Newser) - Work without pay? Nope, federal workers are balking at that requirement and filing suit over the US government shutdown, ABC News reports. The lawsuit , filed Wednesday by the American Federation of Government Employees, objects to the requirement that so-called "essential" employees work for nothing. That category includes roughly 420,... More »

Trump Doles Out Blame in Migrant Child Deaths

As Kirstjen Nielsen visits medical staff in Arizona

(Newser) - President Trump deflected any blame from his administration for the deaths of two Guatemalan children this month in US government custody as his Homeland Security chief visited Border Patrol medical officials amid promises of more thorough health screenings for migrant children, the AP reports. Instead, the president, whose administration has... More »

Mexico Just Made a Big Change on Migrants

People seeking asylum in US will be returned to Mexico to wait out the process

(Newser) - Mexico has agreed to a fundamental change on how it deals with migrants seeking asylum in the US. Instead of being allowed to cross into America, they will now be returned to Mexico to wait out the legal process, reports the AP . The Homeland Security Department calls Mexico's agreement... More »

Pelosi Takes Hard Line on Paying for Border Wall

Trump warns about 'Boarder Security'

(Newser) - House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday rejected the idea of paying for President Trump's border wall in exchange for helping hundreds of thousands of young immigrants avoid deportation. Funding for the wall—a top Trump priority—and legal protections for so-called Dreamers, a key Democratic goal, should not... More »

Report: Trump Has Had It With Homeland Security Chief

He's seeking Nielsen replacement, sources say

(Newser) - Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has fallen out of favor with President Trump and could be replaced before she makes it to the one-year mark on Dec. 6, the Washington Post reports, citing "five current and former White House officials." The sources say Trump has grown frustrated with... More »

Judge Halts Deportation, Warns Jeff Sessions

He says AG could be held in contempt

(Newser) - On learning that the mother and daughter at the center of a lawsuit before him were being deported, a federal judge called the move "outrageous" and ordered its reversal. US District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan warned Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security officials that they could be held... More »

Judge Orders DACA Program to Be Restarted

Judge John Bates says DHS 'inadequately explained' rationale for ending program

(Newser) - Back in April, US District Judge John Bates gave the Trump administration 90 days to provide some kind of rationale for why the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, aka DACA, was unlawful, which is what the Department of Homeland Security claimed when the program was officially rescinded in... More »

Russia Not Hacking Election on 'Scale and Scope' of '16: Nielsen

But DHS secretary says she's seeing 'persistent Russian efforts' to 'sow discord'

(Newser) - There are no signs Russia is targeting the 2018 midterm elections for cyberattacks with the "scale and scope" it used in 2016, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a conference of state secretaries of state and other high-ranking election officials on Saturday. She added, however, that US intelligence officials... More »

Babies Separated From Parents End Up in Michigan

Feds say families won't be reunited immediately

(Newser) - Two baby boys who had been separated from their parents at the border arrived in Grand Rapids, Michigan, early Wednesday—days after Homeland Security officials insisted that babies were not being taken from their parents. The boys, eight months and 11 months old, are among scores of children, average age... More »

Homeland Security Chief Heckled in Mexican Restaurant

'If kids don't eat in peace, you don't eat in peace'

(Newser) - Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, one of the main defenders of the administration's harsh border policies , decided to dine at a Mexican restaurant Tuesday night. It did not go well. Protesters entered the MXDC restaurant in Washington and confronted Nielsen and her dinner companion about the family separation policy,... More »

Trump: Criminals Exploiting Kids at the Border

Meanwhile, UN human rights chief likens the separations to 'abuse'

(Newser) - The UN humans rights chief issued his strongest denunciation yet regarding the separation of immigrant children from their parents at the US border and demanded that it stop immediately, reports the New York Times . "The thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on... More »

Border Crosser Kills Himself After Family Separation

Honduran man was found dead in Texas cell

(Newser) - A Honduran man who "lost it" when he entered the US and was told he would be separated from his family killed himself in a Texas jail cell, according to police and Border Patrol agents. Agents speaking under condition of anonymity tell the Washington Post that Marco Antonio Munoz,... More »

For 3rd Straight Month, Border Arrests Exceed 50K

It's highest level since Trump took office

(Newser) - More than 50,000 people were arrested trying to cross the US border in May, the third consecutive month that figure has been reached. The high volume suggests that tough new rules put in place by the Trump administration—including the separation of migrant children from their parents—are not... More »

Report: Homeland Chief Nearly Quit Over Trump Tirade

But Kirstjen Nielsen says she's frustrated too

(Newser) - Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is pushing back against a report that she told colleagues she was close to resigning after President Donald Trump scolded her at a Wednesday cabinet meeting, the AP reports. Nielsen says in a statement that Trump "is rightly frustrated" that his administration has been... More »

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 »

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