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 ...

The open borders agenda rears its ugly head

Opinion 04/10/19, 19:47

This week, President Donald Trump fired his homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen. Nielsen was, according to media and the Democrats, a monster of the highest order. She was allegedly the force behind the caging of children (that practice began under President Barack Obama and actually ended under Trump); she was supposedly ...

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 ...

Pompeo defends Trump Central America aid cuts

Politics 04/10/19, 11:02

The Trump administration defended on Wednesday cuts in direct aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras amid a surge of migrants crossing into the U.S. the southern border. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo insisted that U.S. aid to Central America has so far been ineffective. "The United states has spent hundreds ...

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 ...

Update: Pentagon expecting to help DHS more on border

Politics 04/09/19, 17:04

The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times local): 5:55 p.m. The acting Pentagon chief says he expects the military to be asked by the Department of Homeland Security to do more this year to help with security at the U.S.-Mexico border. Patrick Shanahan told two reporters traveling with him Tuesday ...

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 ...

Secret Service head Alles leaving, career official tapped

U.S. 04/08/19, 12:47

U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles is leaving the Trump administration, the White House said, amid a shake-up in the upper echelon of the Department of Homeland Security. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump has selected career Secret Service official James Murray to lead the agency, saying he ...

How Democrats react to the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen

Politics 04/07/19, 21:46

Shortly after news broke of Nielsen's departure, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, released a statement saying "the resignation is deeply alarming." Pelosi wrote in the statement: "The Trump Administration’s increasingly toxic anti-immigrant policies were resoundingly rejected by the American people in the midterm election.  America needs a Homeland Security Secretary who ...

The resignation letter of Kirstjen Nielsen

U.S. 04/07/19, 20:35

President Donald Trump announced on Sunday that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen would be leaving the office after just over 1 year in this position. President Trump thanked her for her work in a tweet and announced U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan would be taking over as acting head ...

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 ...

Security on agenda of G-7 meetings in France

Europe 04/05/19, 02:41

The world's security challenges are at the top of the agenda of foreign and interior ministers of the Group of Seven countries who are gathering in France.Interior ministers in Paris are focusing Friday on environmental crime, including reckless deforestation, waste trafficking and protection of lands and wildlife.They will then detail ...

Glaring US absences raise questions about relevance of G-7

Europe 04/04/19, 01:28

Foreign and interior ministers from the Group of Seven are gathering in France this week to try to find ambitious solutions to world security challenges. Putting a dampener on that are two glaring American absences: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. The fact that ranking ...

Update: DHS likens border issues to Category 5 hurricane

Politics 04/02/19, 20:00

The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says in an emergency call with Cabinet members and White House aides that the administration will treat U.S.-Mexico border issues "as if we have been hit by a Category 5 hurricane." That's according to a ...

More US officers may be reassigned to deal with border crush

U.S. 04/01/19, 13:58

As many as 2,000 U.S. inspectors who screen cargo and vehicles at ports of entry along the Mexican border may be reassigned to help handle the surge of Central American families coming across, the Trump administration said Monday. The temporary reassignments, up from the current 750 inspectors, threaten to slow the ...

Number of asylum seekers sent back over border to grow

Politics 03/30/19, 15:59

Border officials are aiming to more than quadruple the number of asylum seekers sent back over the southern border each day, a major expansion of a top government effort to address the swelling number of Central Americans arriving in the country, a Trump administration official said Saturday. It was the latest ...

Border crossings to reach highest levels in over a decade, Nielsen warns

Politics 03/19/19, 12:09

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen pushed back against claims that the U.S.-Mexico border crisis is “manufactured” and warned that crossings are on track to reach levels not seen in over 10 years. “I want to cut through the politics today to tell you loud and clear: There is no ‘manufactured’ crisis at ...

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