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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 »

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 »

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