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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 »

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 »

DHS Chief: Don't Expect Border Wall 'From Sea to Shining Sea'

Company proposes storing nuclear waste along wall

(Newser) - President Trump's vision of a "big, beautiful wall" along the entire length of America's border with Mexico probably won't become reality, Homeland Security chief John Kelly admitted during a Senate hearing Wednesday. Kelly told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that he couldn't... More »

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 »

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 »

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