The nation’s top immigration and border officials are urging Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to detain and prosecute all parents caught crossing the Mexican border illegally with their children, a stark change in policy that would result in the separation of families that until now have mostly been kept together. If approved, the zero-tolerance measure could split up thousands of families, although officials say they would not prosecute those who turn themselves in at legal ports of entry and claim asylum. More than 20,000 of the 30,000 migrants who sought asylum during the first quarter — the period from October-December — of the current fiscal year crossed the border illegally. In a memorandum that outlines the proposal and was obtained by The Washington Post, officials say that threatening adults with criminal charges and prison time would be the “most effective” way to reverse the steadily rising number of attempted crossings. Most parents … [Read more...] about Top Homeland Security officials urge criminal prosecution of parents crossing border with children
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White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert is leaving the Trump administration, another departure during what has been a chaotic few months of personnel changes. Bossert, a favorite of Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, is leaving one day after national security adviser John Bolton began the job. Bossert was believed to be on shaky footing in the Bolton era, and he resigned two days after Michael Anton, the National Security Council spokesman, also quit. Bossert’s resignation was requested by Bolton, according to three people familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal personnel issues. Bolton himself conveyed that request to Bossert on Tuesday morning when Bossert walked into the office, the people said. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment on whether Bossert was pushed out. “I’m not going to get into specific details about the ongoings of personnel. But I can tell you that he … [Read more...] about White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert resigns
Should a proposed government database of top influencers raise concern for Black media professionals in the age of Trump? See Also: Black Lawmakers Question FBI Director About ‘Black Identity Extremists’ Report The U.S. Department of Homeland Security posted a notice on Tuesday to hire contractors to develop a database of journalists, editors, foreign correspondents, and bloggers to identify top “media influencers,” Bloomberg Law reported. DHS wants to monitor news sources—from online, print and broadcast outlets to trade and industry publications. The federal agency, which is tasked with protecting the nation from terrorism among other responsibilities, wants to track media coverage in more than 100 languages around the world. This comes against the backdrop of Congressional Black Caucus members quizzing the FBI and DHS about an FBI report, titled “Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law … [Read more...] about Homeland Security creating ‘Media Influencers’ database, as government monitors black activists
Senators are expected to press Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on the department's efforts to secure state election systems as the Senate Intelligence Committee launches an effort to safeguard against foreign meddling in this year's elections. Nielsen will testify Wednesday along with Jeh Johnson, who was President Barack Obama's head of Homeland Security when Russian agents targeted election systems in 21 states ahead of the 2016 general election. Senators on the panel have criticized both administrations for not moving quickly enough to stem the Russian threat. The hearing follows a Tuesday news conference in which committee members from both parties said government efforts to protect state and local elections from Russian cyberattacks haven't gone far enough. Federal warnings last time did not provide enough information or in some cases go to the right people, the senators said, though they reiterated that there was no evidence votes were changed. Top U.S. intelligence … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Homeland Security officials talk election security on Capitol Hill
The following is a script from "Homeland Security" which aired on April 5, 2015. Lesley Stahl is the correspondent. Rich Bonin, producer. The man running the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, has a lot on his shoulders, protecting the country from another terrorist attack -- especially now with the rise of homegrown terrorism. Just this past week two women -- both Americans and both allegedly inspired by jihadist propaganda -- were arrested and charged with planning to detonate a bomb in the United States. The Department of Homeland Security is a collection of federal agencies including TSA's airport security, border control and cargo inspection that have long been charged with stopping terrorists from abroad, slipping into the country. Now, Jeh Johnson is scrambling to adapt to the new threat of lone wolves that he admits is more difficult to detect and stop. Before coming to Homeland Security, Johnson served as the general counsel of the Defense Department, where he … [Read more...] about Homeland Security
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans sounded a retreat from a battle that could partially shut down the Homeland Security Department, agreeing to push short-term funding for the agency while leaving in place Mr. Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal. Spending for the department, which oversees the nation's borders, expires Friday at midnight, and was being held hostage in a proxy battle over President Obama's recent executive actions that spared millions of immigrants in this country illegally from deportation. Republicans said legislation to provide funding for Homeland Security for three weeks would be put to a vote in the House on Friday. Senate Democratic officials indicated they would agree to it, and predicted Mr. Obama would sign the measure, averting a partial shutdown of an agency with major anti-terrorism responsibilities. Outlining a second step in their revised strategy, Rep. Dennis Ross said House Republicans would also seek negotiations with the … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Homeland Security funding showdown averted for now?
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will spend Wednesday night and Thursday in Mexico City, meeting with government officials including Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. As the first visit of US officials to the neighboring country since President Trump’s inauguration, which has strained U.S.-Mexico relations, it will be a stark reminder of the complexities that shape the relationship between the two countries. Before leaving for the trip, Tillerson met with President Trump at the White House. These discussions could not be more timely: on Tuesday, DHS rolled out new guidelines for cracking down on illegal immigration which included making it easier for “expedited removal.” This is the latest in a series of administration policies that have offended Mexico. A new order on immigration is also expected next week. Tillerson and Kelly are expected to dive into new border and deportation plans head on. … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Secretaries of State, Homeland Security head to Mexico
Several U.S. governors are threatening to halt efforts to allow Syrian refugees into their states in the aftermath of the coordinated attacks in Paris, though immigration experts say under the Refugee Act of 1980 governors cannot legally block refugees from settling in their communities. Here's a look at where some state governors stand, and the number (in parentheses) of Syrian refugees who have arrived in each state since Jan. 1, according to the U.S. State Department's Refugee Processing Center: ALABAMA (0) Republican Gov. Robert Bentley says he'll refuse Syrian refugees relocating to the state. He issued a news release Sunday, saying: "I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm's way." ALASKA (0) The oil-dependent state is grappling with an estimated budget deficit of $3.5 billion amid low oil prices, and Gov. Bill Walker, a Republican turned independent, "has been focused on solving the state's fiscal challenges," spokeswoman Katie Marquette … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo What states are taking Syrian refugees?
PHOENIX — Three former heads of the Department of Homeland Security told Congress in an open letter Wednesday that immigration legislation to protect "dreamers" is urgently needed to avoid triggering large-scale deportation problems and disruptions to the economy.The letter — signed by Michael Chertoff, who headed the agency under President George W. Bush, and Janet Napolitano and Jeh Johnson, who headed it under President Obama — says the issue involving the legal status of nearly 700,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. as children needs to be resolved sooner than its official March 5 expiration date."The realistic deadline for successfully establishing a Dreamers program in time to prevent large scale loss of work authorization and deportation protection is only weeks away, in the middle of January," the former secretaries wrote.The letter comes as Congress tries to assess what to do about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections conferred by … [Read more...] about Former Homeland Security secretaries warn DACA fix needed urgently
Three former heads of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security told Congress in an open letter Wednesday that immigration legislation to protect "dreamers" is urgently needed to avoid triggering large-scale deportation problems and disruptions to the economy.The letter — signed by Michael Chertoff, who headed the agency under President George W. Bush, and Janet Napolitano and Jeh Johnson, who headed it under President Barack Obama — says the issue involving the legal status of nearly 700,000 immigrants brought to the U.S. as children needs to be resolved sooner than its official March 5 expiration date."The realistic deadline for successfully establishing a Dreamers program in time to prevent large scale loss of work authorization and deportation protection is only weeks away, in the middle of January," the former secretaries wrote. MORE: 6 questions explain what happens to 'dreamers' after DACA ends The letter comes as Congress tries … [Read more...] about Former Homeland Security secretaries warn DACA fix needed by mid-January