US signs a deal to make El Salvador a haven for migrants seeking asylum

U.S. 09/21/19, 06:24

The United States and El Salvador on Friday, Sept. 20, signed an agreement to help make the Central American country a haven for migrants seeking asylum. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan and El Salvador Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill Tinoco, signed the “cooperative asylum agreement” in a live-streamed press conference. ...

US Homeland Security chief in Panama to talk drugs, migration

Central America 08/22/19, 18:19

U.S. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan was in Panama City on Thursday, Aug. 22, to meet with security officials and ministers from Central America and Colombia. He tweeted his arrival for the Ninth Northern Triangle Ministerial and his readiness to engage with his colleagues for solutions facing the region. Yesterday, I ...

White House’s new immigration rule protects children from exploitation

U.S. 08/21/19, 20:23

The Trump administration plans to scrap the Flores rule and introduce a new rule, allowing the U.S. government to keep migrant families together and end the limits on the detention of migrant families. The new regulation will protect children by reducing incentives for adults and human smugglers “to exploit minors in ...

Homeland Security chief says less than 1,000 family separations

U.S. 07/18/19, 19:00

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Thursday, July 18, said the number of family separations at the border has dropped, and that separation happens only for compelling reasons. Amid outcries over the handling of illegal migrants and the Trump administration’s endeavor this week to stop asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, ...

DHS Chief Says Media Mislead About Border, Welcomes Funds, Praises Border Patrol

U.S. 06/28/19, 20:46

Acting Department of Homeland Secretary, Kevin McAleenan, spoke to the media Friday and thanked Congress and the Senate for emergency funding to deal with the crisis at the southern border. The $4.6 billion bipartisan measure was drafted and passed by the Republican controlled Senate and passed by the Democrat controlled House. “This ...

Trump eyes former ICE chief Thomas Homan as border czar

Politics 06/14/19, 09:21

President Donald Trump says he's planning to name a former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a border czar who'll report directly to him. Trump tells "Fox & Friends" that Tom Homan will "probably" work from the White House but will spend a lot of time on the U.S.-Mexico ...

House heating gets heated over migrant children’s deaths

Politics 05/22/19, 11:36

A Democratic lawmaker on Wednesday blamed the Trump administration's border policies for the deaths of migrant children, and the acting head of the Homeland Security Department lashed out at the "appalling accusation." The brouhaha came a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on the budget for the sprawling law enforcement department, which ...

Trump denies plans to fly migrants from border to Florida

U.S. 05/19/19, 16:48

President Donald Trump on Sunday denied reports that hundreds of migrants would be flown from the Mexican border to Florida and other areas in the U.S. interior to lessen the workload at crowded Border Patrol facilities. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, also on Sunday, acknowledged that federal officials did initially ...

DHS chief says more funds needed to handle crush of migrants

Politics 04/30/19, 09:51

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan says the department is running out of money amid the crush of migrants crossing the Southern border. He says the White House will send a supplemental request for more funds. McAleenan told a House panel Tuesday the money will be for temporary and semi-permanent facilities ...

Update: Nielsen opens new DHS campus on her last day

Politics 04/10/19, 14:57

The Latest on the Trump administration and immigration (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is welcoming employees to their new campus on her last day on the job. Outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, left, speaks accompanied by outgoing acting deputy secretary Claire Grady, at the dedication ceremony ...

Who’s in charge of immigration policy? Trump says it’s him

Politics 04/10/19, 09:38

President Donald Trump says there's only one person in charge of his immigration policy: Him. Trump was asked as he was leaving the White House Wednesday whether he had ever considering tapping his influential aide, Stephen Miller, to lead the department in the wake of Kirstjen Nielsen's departure. Trump says Miller is ...

What to know about Kevin McAleenan, Trump’s acting Homeland Security Chief

Politics 04/08/19, 20:12

Kevin McAleenan wasn’t a political aide in his rise through government, where he served in senior border security positions under both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations.  Nevertheless, President Donald Trump’s promotion of the commissioner  of Customs and Border Protection to serve as acting secretary of the Department of ...

Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen resigns

Politics 04/07/19, 17:23

President Donald Trump says Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is leaving her job amid growing frustration by the administration over the number of southern border crossings. Trump said in a tweet on Sunday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will become the acting head of the sprawling department ...

US immigration to close holding area under El Paso bridge

U.S. 03/31/19, 20:16

U.S. immigration officials say they will close a holding area under a bridge connecting El Paso, Texas, with Juarez, Mexico, that is just a short distance from where a senior official declared an "operational crisis" at the border last week.In a statement Sunday, Customs and Border Protection says that migrants ...

Update: US will reassign 750 border inspectors

Texas 03/27/19, 11:59

The Latest on growing numbers of migrants arriving at U.S. border with Mexico, many of them Central American asylum seekers (all times local): 10:58 a.m. U.S. authorities are reassigning 750 border inspectors to care for growing numbers of Central American families arriving at the Mexican border. This Tuesday, March 26, 2019, photo shows ...

On Hill, Homeland Security officials describe emergency at the border

Politics 03/06/19, 21:25

Changing immigration laws could reduce the inflow of illegal border crossers by almost two-thirds, a top border security official testified Wednesday at a Senate hearing.  Kevin McAleenan, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Border Patrol should be able to detain families as a ...

Update: New facility to be built in El Paso for migrants

Texas 03/06/19, 03:09

The Latest on border protection along the U.S.-Mexico border (all times local): 2:10 p.m. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is building a new facility in El Paso, Texas, to help manage the ever-growing number of families crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Commissioner Kevin McAleenan says the facility will be a centralized location where migrants ...

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