Tag: McAleenan, Kevin K

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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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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Poor Conditions Persist for Migrant Children Detained at the Border, Democrats Say

Migrant children detained at the border continue to sleep in cold cells without proper clothing or adequate food, a top Democratic lawmaker said on Thursday, accusing the Department of Homeland Security of blocking members of Congress from visiting the facilities. Parents were not provided enough diapers for their children, toddlers were fed “burritos rather than […]

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Trump Administration Rule Would Allow Immigrant Families to Be Held Indefinitely

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration unveiled a regulation on Wednesday that would allow it to detain indefinitely migrant families who cross the border illegally, replacing a decades-old court agreement that imposed a limit on how long the government could hold migrant children in custody and specified the level of care they must receive. The White […]

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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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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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Trump Officials Dismiss Reports of Disease and Hunger in Border Facilities

WASHINGTON — Top Trump administration immigration officials on Sunday contested reports that migrant children were being held in horrific conditions in federal detention facilities, arguing that the government was enforcing oversight standards even as it struggled to house and care for an influx of migrants. Accounts of disease, hunger and overcrowding have multiplied in recent […]

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Trump Appoints Fierce Loyalist to Top Border Post

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Friday that he planned to appoint Thomas D. Homan, his former acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and a fierce supporter of his policies during frequent appearances on Fox News, to oversee border policy in the White House. “He’ll be a border czar,” Mr. Trump said during a […]

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Mexico Agreed to Take Border Actions Months Before Trump Announced Tariff Deal

WASHINGTON — The deal to avert tariffs that President Trump announced with great fanfare on Friday night consists largely of actions that Mexico had already promised to take in prior discussions with the United States over the past several months, according to officials from both countries who are familiar with the negotiations. Friday’s joint declaration […]

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U.S. Promises Security Aid, but No Funds, to Guatemala to Curb Migration

GUATEMALA CITY — The tears that migrants tried to cover with their shirts as they stepped off the plane that had deported them from the United States turned to smiles and applause as they were welcomed home, and told how crucial they are to Guatemala’s growth. But Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting secretary for the […]

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