Tag: Homeland Security Department

How the Trump Administration Eroded Its Own Legal Case on DACA

WASHINGTON — When Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared before news cameras at the Justice Department in early September 2017 to announce that President Trump was ending deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants, he knew the administration had left itself more legally vulnerable than it should have. At a contentious meeting in the White House Roosevelt […]

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The Supreme Court Confronts DACA

In the four months since the Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s cynical effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the decision — which the president came dangerously close to defying — has faded from view under the weight of all that has happened since. The census will proceed next spring in […]

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Trump Says He Intends to Name Chad Wolf as Acting Secretary

President Trump said on Friday that he would name Chad Wolf as the next acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Friday, the fifth person to lead the agency responsible for securing the country for this administration. Mr. Wolf was the chief of staff to Kirstjen Nielsen, who was homeland security secretary until […]

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White House Finds Loophole in Search for Homeland Security Secretary

WASHINGTON — The White House has found a way to bypass a federal statute that dictates who can fill secretary positions, potentially allowing President Trump to choose whomever he wants to lead the Department of Homeland Security, according to an administration official. The route may run through an office established to counter weapons of mass […]

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Kevin McAleenan Is Out as Acting Homeland Security Secretary

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Friday the departure of Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting secretary for the Department of Homeland Security who spent his six-month tenure trying to curb a surge of asylum seekers at the southwestern border while managing a turbulent relationship with a president intent on restricting immigration. Noting that they have […]

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Acting Homeland Security Chief Booed Off Stage at Georgetown Law

WASHINGTON — Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting secretary of homeland security, was forced offstage at Georgetown University’s law school by demonstrators who shut down his planned keynote address as they protested the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Almost immediately after Mr. McAleenan was introduced to give a speech hosted by the Migration Policy Institute, nearly a […]

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When Trump Gets His Alligator

If Watergate became, for Richard Nixon, a cancer on his presidency, then Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal is shaping up as something different: It’s an alligator in his White House. The alligator, for readers who missed its recent moment in the news cycle, is the predatory beast that the president reportedly wanted to swim hungrily in […]

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Government Plans to Begin DNA Testing on Detained Immigrants

The Trump administration is moving to begin collecting DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of people booked into federal immigration custody each year for entry into a national criminal database, an immense expansion of the use of technology to enforce the nation’s immigration laws. Senior officials at the Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that […]

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Homeland Security Dept. Affirms Threat of White Supremacy After Years of Prodding

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security is beginning to address white supremacist terrorism as a primary security threat, breaking with a decade of flagging attention after bigoted mass shooters from New Zealand to Texas took the lives of nearly 100 people in the last six months. In a little-noticed strategy document published last month […]

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Army Officer Assigned to Mar-a-Lago Sentenced for Lying in Child Pornography Case

A noncommissioned Army officer who was once in charge of White House communications equipment at Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s private club in Palm Beach, Fla., was sentenced to three years of probation on Friday for lying to a federal officer during a child pornography investigation, court documents show. According to an initial charging document, the officer, […]

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Rethinking Counterterrorism

Kevin McAleenan, the acting secretary of homeland security, has a cold. “I won’t shake your hand,” he said, palms upward. He is in the prevention business. Mr. McAleenan wears two black bands on his right wrist. The first commemorates the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, the second the victims of the mass shooting in […]

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United States to Sign Asylum Agreement With El Salvador, Official Says

WASHINGTON — The United States is expected Friday to sign an asylum agreement with the government of El Salvador to prevent certain migrants who pass through the violent and dangerous country from seeking refuge in the United States, according to an administration official. The agreement is similar to one that President Trump’s administration negotiated with […]

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Deportation Exemptions to Resume for Immigrants Needing Medical Treatment

In a policy reversal, the Trump administration on Thursday said it would resume a program that enabled some immigrants to remain in the country without fear of deportation while undergoing lifesaving medical treatment. The unannounced termination last month of much of the so-called deferred action program generated public outrage and drew sharp rebuke from the […]

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Salvadorans, Washington’s Builders, Face Expulsion Under Trump

A few minutes before going to work deep beneath Washington’s streets, the Salvadoran construction workers checked off the projects they had built for the city’s residents: storm water tunnels, new Metro lines and train stations, and shuttles at Dulles International Airport. Now these workers are at risk of losing their jobs and being removed from […]

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Staring Down a 3-Week Deadline, Congress Braces for Another Brutal Funding Fight

WASHINGTON — Congress is bracing this month for another round of bitter spending battles over President Trump’s promised border wall and his immigration agenda, with only three weeks remaining before the government runs out of money. With the memory of the nation’s longest government shutdown still fresh in their minds, White House officials and congressional […]

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What Is the Refugee Program and Why Does the Trump Administration Want to Make Cuts?

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is looking to cut the number of refugees who come to the United States to escape persecution and humanitarian crises, a program that formally dates back to 1980, though the United States had long been accepting refugees and had established its image as a haven for people from around the […]

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Ken Cuccinelli Emerges as Public Face, and Irritant, of Homeland Security

WASHINGTON — As Donald J. Trump moved to wrap up his unlikely Republican nomination for the presidency, a senior adviser to Senator Ted Cruz laced into the front-runner in March 2016, in a last-ditch effort to swing the contest to Mr. Cruz, the more traditionally conservative candidate. The target? Mr. Trump’s soft stand on immigrant […]

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Judge Rules Terrorism Watchlist Violates Constitutional Rights

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a federal government database that compiles people deemed to be “known or suspected terrorists” violates the rights of American citizens who are added to the watchlist, calling into question the constitutionality of a major tool the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland Security use for screening potential […]

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