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Acting Homeland Security Chief Is Out

Kevin McAleenan is stepping down

(Newser) - Kevin McAleenan, a career civil servant who became the unlikely point man for President Trump's hard-line immigration policies, is stepping down as acting Homeland Security secretary after six months on the job. McAleenan told the AP he's leaving on his own terms—a contrast to other top administration...

Report: Trump Suggested Shooting Migrants in Legs

He wanted alligators in border trench, sources say

(Newser) - President Trump aired some disturbing ideas during a "frenzied" week in March when his frustration with border security reached a boiling point, reports the New York Times , which cites "more than a dozen White House and administration officials." According to the sources, during one meeting in March...

Trump Officials Divert FEMA Funds to Border

Disaster relief cash pulled to pay for courtrooms

(Newser) - The Trump administration is shifting money from disaster relief to immigration enforcement—even with Tropical Storm Dorian threatening a direct hit on Puerto Rico. Officials confirmed Tuesday that $271 million in Homeland Security funding is being diverted to Immigration and Customs Enforcement to pay for detention beds and temporary courtrooms,...

White House Makes Its Move Against Flores Agreement

Will issue new rule that would end 20-day limit on detaining migrant kids

(Newser) - The Flores agreement was put into place during the Clinton administration; the Trump administration is now formally trying to replace it. The federal consent decree has since 1997 put parameters around the detention of migrant children and teens. The new rule the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of...

Report: Fentanyl Is Putting CBP Agents at Risk

CBP has enough fentanyl to kill roughly 794M people

(Newser) - Fentanyl is pouring into America, and that's putting border officers at risk. Homeland Security released a report Friday saying border agents are seizing and storing more of the dangerous drug but aren't receiving proper protection, ABC News reports. With US Customs and Border Protection grabbing enough fentanyl in...

Feds Accused of Covering Up Death of Migrant Girl, 10

Salvadoran girl died in September last year

(Newser) - House lawmakers grilled acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan Wednesday about the deaths of five migrant children in US custody in recent months—but it later emerged that the real number was six. In a previously unreported case, a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador with a history of heart defects...

'Immigration Knife Fight' Breaks Out at White House

Stephen Miller wanted someone else to lead ICE, officials say

(Newser) - President Trump's right-hand man on immigration tried another shakeup at Homeland Security this week and triggered a behind-the-scenes battle—one so vicious that an aide called it an "immigration knife fight." Per administration officials, Stephen Miller objected to President Trump naming former FBI official Mark Morgan as...

Trump Wants to Charge Asylum Seekers to Apply

President orders crackdown on 'rampant abuse'

(Newser) - President Trump is proposing charging asylum-seekers a fee to process their applications as he continues to try to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants trying to cross into the US. In a presidential memorandum signed Monday, Trump directed his attorney general and acting homeland security secretary to...

Pentagon, DHS Thinking of Naming New WMD

'Because of its strength, it's like nothing else that we've seen'

(Newser) - Fentanyl is already killing a staggering number of Americans—30,000 in 2017 alone, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse—and authorities say it would be "disturbingly easy" to use the synthetic opioid in a terrorist attack. Pentagon and Homeland Security officials are considering designating the drug...

Heads Keep Rolling at Homeland Security

Nielsen praises 'steady force' No. 2 Claire Grady, who is leaving Wednesday

(Newser) - Wednesday is Kirstjen Nielsen's final day as Homeland Security chief —and her second-in-command will be leaving with her. Nielsen, whose abrupt departure comes as part of a wider shakeup of immigration officials, tweeted Tuesday night that Acting Deputy Secretary Claire Grady has handed in her resignation, effective Wednesday,...

Kirstjen Nielsen Makes First Remarks Since Resignation

Former DHS chief thanks Trump, says she supports his goal of secure border

(Newser) - If Kirstjen Nielsen has any animosity after her abrupt resignation as Homeland Security chief, she didn't let it show in her first public comments since the news broke. "I just want to thank the president again for the tremendous opportunity to serve this country," Nielsen told reporters...

Report: Kirstjen Nielsen Was Forced to Step Down
Report: Kirstjen Nielsen
Was Forced to Step Down

Report: Kirstjen Nielsen Was Forced to Step Down

Sources say hardliners are demanding DHS shakeup

(Newser) - Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's abrupt resignation Sunday wasn't her idea, reports the Washington Post , which cites "two senior administration officials." The sources say Nielsen wasn't planning to resign when she went to a meeting with President Trump on Sunday, two days after...

'Frustrated' Kirstjen Nielsen Hands In Her Resignation

Kevin McAleenan will become acting head of Homeland Security

(Newser) - Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned on Sunday amid the administration's growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border, two people familiar with the decision said. President Donald Trump thanked her for her work in a tweet and announced US Customs and...

ICE Set Up a Fake College. Then Came the Arrests

The 'University of Farmington' was used to nab recruiters of undocumented immigrants

(Newser) - A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday names eight suspects accused of "harboring aliens for profit"—and it was a phony university set up by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that nabbed them. NBC News reports on the fake "University of Farmington," which set up shop in 2015 near...

John Kelly Joins Former DHS Chiefs in Shutdown Letter

They implore Trump and Congress to end the impasse in name of national security

(Newser) - Five former Homeland Security chiefs have written a letter to President Trump and Congress imploring them to end the government shutdown in the name of national security. One name in particular stands out, that of John Kelly, who left the Trump administration on not-so-great terms. “DHS employees who protect...

Federal Workers Push Back Over Shutdown
Federal Workers File Suit

Federal Workers File Suit

Union doesn't want them working for nothing

(Newser) - Work without pay? Nope, federal workers are balking at that requirement and filing suit over the US government shutdown, ABC News reports. The lawsuit , filed Wednesday by the American Federation of Government Employees, objects to the requirement that so-called "essential" employees work for nothing. That category includes roughly 420,...

DHS Chief: Border Crisis Isn&#39;t My Fault
Trump Doles Out Blame
in Migrant Child Deaths

Trump Doles Out Blame in Migrant Child Deaths

As Kirstjen Nielsen visits medical staff in Arizona

(Newser) - President Trump deflected any blame from his administration for the deaths of two Guatemalan children this month in US government custody as his Homeland Security chief visited Border Patrol medical officials amid promises of more thorough health screenings for migrant children, the AP reports. Instead, the president, whose administration has...

Mexico Just Made a Big Change on Migrants

People seeking asylum in US will be returned to Mexico to wait out the process

(Newser) - Mexico has agreed to a fundamental change on how it deals with migrants seeking asylum in the US. Instead of being allowed to cross into America, they will now be returned to Mexico to wait out the legal process, reports the AP . The Homeland Security Department calls Mexico's agreement...

Pelosi Takes Hard Line on Paying for Border Wall

Trump warns about 'Boarder Security'

(Newser) - House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday rejected the idea of paying for President Trump's border wall in exchange for helping hundreds of thousands of young immigrants avoid deportation. Funding for the wall—a top Trump priority—and legal protections for so-called Dreamers, a key Democratic goal, should not...

Report: Trump Has Had It With Homeland Security Chief

He's seeking Nielsen replacement, sources say

(Newser) - Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has fallen out of favor with President Trump and could be replaced before she makes it to the one-year mark on Dec. 6, the Washington Post reports, citing "five current and former White House officials." The sources say Trump has grown frustrated with...

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