Tag: Homeland Security Department

Real ID Deadline Delayed Until Late 2021 Because of Coronavirus

The Department of Homeland Security has extended the deadline for Real ID enforcement by 12 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic, postponing an already delayed government requirement for enhanced identification to board domestic flights. The new deadline is Oct. 1, 2021, one year from the previous date, Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of […]

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Job Vacancies and Inexperience Mar Federal Response to Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — Of the 75 senior positions at the Department of Homeland Security, 20 are either vacant or filled by acting officials, including Chad F. Wolf, the acting secretary who recently was unable to tell a Senate committee how many respirators and protective face masks were available in the United States. The National Park Service, […]

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At Least 13,500 Americans Abroad Need Help Getting Home, State Dept. Says

WASHINGTON — An estimated 13,500 Americans abroad have asked the State Department for help returning to the United States as the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in closed borders and suspended commercial flights, two senior officials said Monday. About 5,700 additional U.S. citizens and legal residents have already been brought back on flights organized by the […]

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Coronavirus Outbreak: A Cascade of Warnings, Heard but Unheeded

WASHINGTON — The outbreak of the respiratory virus began in China and was quickly spread around the world by air travelers, who ran high fevers. In the United States, it was first detected in Chicago, and 47 days later the World Health Organization declared a pandemic. By then it was too late: 110 million Americans […]

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Trump Finally Enlists Much of Government in Coronavirus Attack

WASHINGTON — The mayor of Seattle wanted “mass tents” from the federal government to rapidly build shelters to house people in quarantine. The state of New York pleaded for help from the Army Corps of Engineers to quickly build hospitals. Oregon’s governor repeatedly pressed the Department of Health and Human Services for hundreds of thousands […]

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Hackers Attack Health and Human Services Computer System

WASHINGTON — A crude effort by hackers to test the defenses of computer systems for the Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday evening escalated Monday, with administration officials saying they were investigating a significant increase in activity on the department’s cyberinfrastructure. But officials backed off earlier suggestions that a foreign power was behind […]

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‘Flood the Streets’: ICE Targets Sanctuary Cities With Increased Surveillance

Intensifying its enforcement in so-called sanctuary cities across the country, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun 24-hour-a-day surveillance operations around the homes and workplaces of undocumented immigrants. The agency plans to deploy hundreds of additional officers in unmarked cars in the coming weeks to increase arrests in cities where local law enforcement agencies do not […]

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Trump Administration Sends Mixed Signals on Coronavirus Testing

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration sent mixed signals on Tuesday about how quickly testing for the coronavirus would ramp up, stressing that close to a million coronavirus tests should be available this week but also that the number of tests to be administered remained unknown. Dr. Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug […]

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Cuccinelli’s Appointment to Immigration Post Is Illegal, Judge Rules

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled on Sunday that Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II was unlawfully appointed to lead United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and that two policies he put in place that limited asylum seekers’ access to counsel should be nullified. The judge, Randolph D. Moss of United States District Court in Washington, said […]

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C.D.C. Officials Warn of Coronavirus Outbreaks in the U.S.

The coronavirus almost certainly will begin spreading in communities in the United States, and Americans should begin preparations now, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday. “It’s not so much of a question of if this will happen anymore but rather more of a question of exactly when this will […]

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Health Officials Warn of Coronavirus Outbreaks in the U.S.

The coronavirus almost certainly will begin spreading in communities in the United States, and Americans should begin preparations now, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday. “It’s not so much of a question of if this will happen anymore but rather more of a question of exactly when this will […]

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How a Neighbors’ Feud in Paradise Launched an International Rape Case

The Bahamian pleasure palace featured a faux Mayan temple, sculptures of smoke-breathing snakes and a disco with a stripper pole. The owner, Peter Nygard, a Canadian fashion executive, showed off his estate on TV shows like “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and threw loud beachfront parties, reveling in the company of teenage girls and […]

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Trump Targets New York Again, This Time Over Car Exports

Several times a month, ships loaded with used cars leave ports around New York, bound for sale in the Caribbean, West Africa and the Middle East. It is a bustling business that starts with car dealerships and involves auction companies, exporters, freight carriers and shipping lines. Tens of thousands of cars make their way overseas […]

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The President Takes a Campaign Donation From the Pentagon

That “big, beautiful wall” President Trump never tires of carrying on about is becoming one of the most expensive campaign stunts ever. It is a potentially unconstitutional one as well, as the Defense Department prepares to divert more billions of dollars authorized by Congress from a variety of weapons programs to generate bragging rights for […]

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Border Patrol Will Deploy Elite Tactical Agents to Sanctuary Cities

The Trump administration is deploying law enforcement tactical units from the southern border as part of a supercharged arrest operation in sanctuary cities across the country, an escalation in the president’s battle against localities that refuse to participate in immigration enforcement. The specially trained officers are being sent to cities including Chicago and New York […]

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The Feud Between Trump and New York

[Want to get New York Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.] It’s Friday. We’re off on Monday for Presidents’ Day. Weather: Today, expect a high in the low 30s and a biting wind, but the sun is back for the long weekend. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Monday (Presidents’ Day). ImageCredit…Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times […]

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Trump’s Policy on New York’s ‘Trusted Travelers’ Is Unconstitutional

The Department of Homeland Security recently decided to bar New York residents from federal programs that allow “trusted travelers” expedited transit through airports and border checkpoints. The Trump administration is defending the decision as a rational response to New York’s enactment of a law denying federal immigration authorities free access to the state’s motor vehicle […]

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Administration to Divert Billions From Pentagon to Fund Border Wall

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon plans to divert $3.8 billion intended for military equipment to the construction of a wall at the southwestern border, it informed lawmakers on Thursday, drawing bipartisan outrage and reviving a long-running battle with Congress over funding for President Trump’s signature campaign promise. The formal notification to Congress on Thursday, which was […]

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The Supreme Court in the Mean Season

The Freudian concept of psychological projection refers to the behavior of people who, unable to acknowledge their own weaknesses, ascribe those same failings to others. President Trump provides a striking example in his multiple post-impeachment rants calling those who sought his removal “vicious” and “mean.” His choice of the word “mean” caught my attention, because […]

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Cuomo Offers Compromise to Trump on Global Entry Applicants

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Wednesday that he would seek to give federal officials access to state driving records for applicants to Global Entry and other federal programs that allow travelers to quickly pass through airports and borders. The announcement by Mr. Cuomo comes days after federal officials banned New York residents from applying […]

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Global Entry: What to Know About the Enrollment Freeze

Weather: Expect rain, with a high in the mid- to upper 40s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Wednesday (Lincoln’s Birthday). ImageCredit…Marilynn K. Yee/The New York Times The New York City area has long benefited from having easy access to three major airports: two in Queens and one in nearby Newark. And for some travelers, getting […]

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New York to Sue Trump Administration Over Global Entry Freeze

New York State officials said on Friday that they planned to sue the Trump administration over its decision this week to ban thousands of New Yorkers from enrolling in programs that allow travelers to circumvent long lines at airports and borders. The lawsuit would be the latest escalation in tensions between President Trump and his […]

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You From New York? You’re First on Trump’s Revenge List

Fresh from his impeachment acquittal by Senate Republicans, President Trump has shifted into payback mode. In his combative State of the Union address Tuesday, Mr. Trump launched a broadside against one of his favorite targets: “sanctuary cities,” those jurisdictions that limit cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration officials. “In sanctuary cities, local officials […]

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