Tag: Homeland Security Department

How America Got to ‘Zero Tolerance’ on Immigration: The Inside Story

On the last day of March, Kirstjen Nielsen set off for what was supposed to be a weeklong trip to Europe with a packed itinerary. In London, she would meet with British officials on counterterrorism matters, then travel on to Stockholm to discuss election security with her Swedish counterparts and finally head to Paris, where […]

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Waiting for the Immigration Raids

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher This past weekend, immigration officials were scheduled to begin arresting and deporting thousands of undocumented immigrants who had been ordered to leave the United States but had remained. On Friday evening, we spoke to one woman […]

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ICE Launches Low-Key Raids Targeting Migrant Families

Coordinated federal raids targeting undocumented migrant parents and their children began over the weekend, part of President Trump’s pledge to swiftly enforce deportation orders against thousands of recently arrived migrants who are not eligible to remain in the country. Only a handful of arrests appeared to take place, and they were reported in only a […]

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All Presidents Are Deporters in Chief

Every person who assumes the title of president of the United States also takes on the role of deporter in chief. That’s because the office comes with the responsibility to enforce the nation’s laws — laws that require that the borders be secure and that some of the people who aren’t legally authorized to live […]

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Investigators Say a Ring Smuggled $145 Million in Ancient Artifacts

In a sweeping new criminal case, Subhash Kapoor, a former Manhattan art dealer the authorities describe as one of the world’s largest smugglers of antiquities, was charged Monday with running a multinational ring that trafficked in thousands of stolen objects, valued at more than $145 million, over 30 years. Mr. Kapoor, 70, is currently jailed […]

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U.S. Prepares to Arrest Thousands of Immigrant Family Members

Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled to begin Sunday, according to two current and one former homeland security officials, moving forward with a rapidly changing operation, the final details of which remain in flux. The operation, backed by President Trump, had been postponed, partly because of resistance among […]

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Border Arrests Drop by 28% in June in First Decline of the Year

WASHINGTON — Arrests at the southwestern border dropped by 28 percent in June, according to the Department of Homeland Security, signaling the first time this year that the number of border crossings declined. The department said that 104,344 arrests occurred in June, down from 144,278 in May — the highest monthly total in 13 years. […]

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Trump Says Migrants Are ‘Living Far Better’ in Overcrowded Border Facilities

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday that migrants were “living far better” in Border Patrol detention centers than in their home countries, one day after his own administration reported that children in some facilities were denied hot meals or showers, and that cells were so crowded that migrants begged to be freed. In a […]

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Federal Judge Blocks Barr’s Attempt to Deny Asylum Seekers Bail

WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Seattle on Tuesday blocked an order by Attorney General William P. Barr that would have kept thousands of migrants detained indefinitely while waiting for their asylum cases to be decided. Judge Marsha J. Pechman of United States District Court for the Western District of Washington described the order, which […]

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Booker Proposes Drastic Changes to Immigration Detention System

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey on Tuesday announced a plan to drastically alter the nation’s immigration detention system through an executive order on his first day in office if he is elected president. In an effort to draw stark contrast to the immigration detention policies of the Trump administration, Mr. Booker’s platform simultaneously establishes […]

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The Immigration Crisis Is Corrupting the Nation

Last year, as part of an effort to carry out President Trump’s promise of “extreme vetting” of visitors to the United States, the Department of Homeland Security began collecting social media account information from millions of people seeking to cross the border. After all, a radical online could be a radical offline. That’s why the […]

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Stop Collecting Immigrants’ Social Media Data

Since the 2016 election, Congress has woken up to the consequences of allowing social media companies to hold vast stores of information about hundreds of millions of users and use it for their own purposes. But it continues to close its eyes to the dangers of allowing the Department of Homeland Security to tap into […]

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Yet More Fear for ‘Dreamers’

Undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children have reason to be disappointed by the Supreme Court’s announcement on Friday that it will consider how President Trump went about ending the popular Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. The court could have declined to review challenges to the initiative, […]

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‘A Constant Game of Musical Chairs’ Amid Another Homeland Security Shake-Up

WASHINGTON — Turmoil intensified on Tuesday inside the agency responsible for securing the nation’s borders as a top official was replaced by an immigration hard-liner and former Fox News contributor who last week pushed for nationwide deportations. That hard-liner, Mark Morgan, will take over as the head of Customs and Border Protection in July, administration […]

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Mark Morgan to Lead Customs and Border Protection in Latest Shake-Up During Migrant Crisis

WASHINGTON — Chaos intensified on Tuesday inside the agency responsible for securing the nation’s borders as a top official was replaced by an immigration hard-liner and former Fox News contributor who last week pushed for nationwide deportations. Mark Morgan, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting director who pushed for raids to deport undocumented families, will […]

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The Travel Ban Shows What Happens When the Supreme Court Trusts Trump

A year ago, the Supreme Court upheld, by a 5-4 vote, President Trump’s imposition of a ban on travel from several predominantly Muslim countries. The court’s decision was gravely disappointing the day it was handed down. A year later, it looks even worse — particularly because it rested on three premises pushed by Trump Administration […]

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U.S. Carried Out Cyberattacks on Iran

WASHINGTON — United States Cyber Command on Thursday conducted online attacks against an Iranian intelligence group that American officials believe helped plan the attacks against oil tankers in recent weeks, according to people briefed on the operation. The intrusion occurred the same day President Trump called off a strike on Iranian targets like radar and […]

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ICE Is Expected to Begin Operation on Sunday Targeting 2,000 Immigrant Family Members

WASHINGTON — Immigration and Customs Enforcement is expected to send agents into communities on Sunday morning to begin a coordinated operation deporting undocumented immigrant family members across the country, according to two Department of Homeland Security officials. The effort has been planned as a show of force to deter migration to the southwestern border, but […]

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Immigration Agency Says It Plans Deportation Operation Aimed at Undocumented Families

WASHINGTON — The acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said on Wednesday that he would follow through with plans to send agents into communities to round up and deport undocumented families, in the Trump administration’s latest attempt to deter large-scale migration of Central Americans to the southwest border. The acting director, Mark […]

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