Tag: Homeland Security Department

T.S.A. Agents Refuse to Work During Shutdown, Raising Fears of Airport Turmoil

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The partial shutdown of the federal government is starting to affect air travel as a growing number of security agents are refusing to work for no pay. So far, however, the impact on air […]

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More T.S.A. Agents Refuse to Work During Shutdown, Raising Fears of Airport Turmoil

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The partial shutdown of the federal government is starting to affect air travel as a growing number of security agents are refusing to work for no pay. So far, however, the impact on air […]

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The Price of Trump’s Migrant Deterrence Strategy: New Chaos on the Border

EL PASO — At a migrant shelter near the Mexican border, three girls from Guatemala — sisters aged 10, 9 and 6 — coughed and sniffled. One of them clung to both a teddy bear and a large bottle of Pedialyte, to soothe her dehydration and flu. The girls’ mother, […]

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U.S. Agents Use Tear Gas to Drive Away Migrants at Mexico Border, Officials Say

American border officers sent tear gas into Mexico early Tuesday to drive away about 150 migrants trying to cross the border into the United States, the authorities said. In a statement, the Customs and Border Protection agency said that the migrants tried to climb over and crawl under the border […]

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Kelly, on His Way Out, Says Administration Long Ago Abandoned Idea of Concrete Wall

The concrete border wall that President Trump has repeatedly called for as a signature campaign promise is not actually a wall and has not been since “early on in the administration,” the outgoing White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, said in an interview published on Sunday. The comments […]

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In Rebuke of Trump Policy, Judge Criticizes Asylum Seeker’s Detention

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Adou Kouadio, a citizen of Ivory Coast, arrived at the Texas border in early 2016 and asked for asylum, claiming that he had been threatened after supporting a political opponent of his country’s president. […]

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A Forest of Ancient Trees, Poisoned by Rising Seas

PHILADELPHIA — Bear Swamp is a forest of 400- and 500-year-old black gums, some of the oldest trees in eastern North America, along the Delaware Bay in southeastern New Jersey. The trees have begun to die. The cause is the rising sea, which is making the groundwater at the base […]

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How Did Rifles With an American Stamp End Up in the Hands of African Poachers?

HOEDSPRUIT, South Africa — High-powered hunting rifles are the tools of the trade for poachers in South Africa and Mozambique. Steady and deadly accurate, the rifles are capable of dropping a rhinoceros with one shot from long distances, and are a major reason the rhinos in those African countries, highly […]

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Impact of Border Deployments Is Felt by Troops at Home and Away

WASHINGTON — Instead of preparing for a coming deployment to Europe, soldiers with the First Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Tex., are checking IDs at the base’s entrance gates, filling in for troops who have been sent to the southwest border. Nearby, a medical company is not getting ready for […]

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From Parks to Airports, How a Shutdown Would Affect Federal Agencies

Art Del Cueto wants the wall, but he also needs a paycheck. Border Patrol agents like Mr. Del Cueto — in the crossfire of the government shutdown fight over President Trump’s demand for a border wall — are preparing to work without pay if the government shuts down Friday night. […]

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Could a Drone Disruption Like Gatwick’s Happen at a U.S. Airport?

Two drones that went floating over a runway at Gatwick Airport outside London this week caused chaos, disrupting hundreds of flights there, and stranding tens of thousands of passengers at England’s second-largest airport and elsewhere at the peak of the holiday season. The drone disruption raises a host of questions, […]

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White House Says ‘Horrific, Tragic’ Death of Migrant Girl Is Not Its Responsibility

WASHINGTON — A White House official said on Friday that the Trump administration was not responsible for the death of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died from dehydration last week while in the custody of the Border Patrol. Officials said the girl, Jakelin Caal Maquin, and her father were among […]

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SpaceX May Be New Barrier for Trump’s Border Wall

WASHINGTON — Four years ago, Elon Musk, the brash, outspoken Silicon Valley entrepreneur, strolled into South Texas for the groundbreaking of a site for SpaceX, his private rocket company. Joining Mr. Musk was Representative Filemon Vela, Democrat of Texas, and Rick Perry, who was governor of Texas at the time […]

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Fact Check of the Day: Trump Makes Misleading Border Wall Claims Before Meeting With Democrats

A few hours ahead of a scheduled meeting with Representative Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leaders in Congress, President Trump pushed a false narrative on Tuesday about the progress of a new wall along the country’s Southwest border. The wall — and funding for it — is […]

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John Kelly, Trump’s Chief of Staff, to Leave White House

WASHINGTON — John F. Kelly, the retired Marine general tapped as chief of staff by President Trump last year to bring order to his chaotic White House, will leave the job by the end of the year, Mr. Trump said on Saturday, the latest departure from the president’s inner circle […]

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U.S. Asks, Are You a Terrorist? Scottish Grandfather Gives Wrong Answer

LONDON — He could have misspelled his address, or entered an incorrect age — something fairly harmless — but no, the error John Stevenson made in an online form for the United States Department of Homeland Security was clicking on the wrong answer to a question. The question asked whether […]

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Homeland Security Dept. Request Would Keep Troops on Border Through January

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security formally asked the Pentagon on Friday to extend the mission of active-duty troops on the southwest border through the end of January. If Defense Secretary Jim Mattis approves the request, as one Pentagon official said was expected, at least some of the military […]

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First Lady Says an Aide ‘No Longer Deserves the Honor of Serving in This White House’

WASHINGTON — She bad-mouthed the defense secretary. She was the hatchet woman for John R. Bolton, the famously combative national security adviser, and drove out staff members from the National Security Council who were deemed insufficiently conservative or loyal. But in disparaging two members of Melania Trump’s staff who traveled […]

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Trump Dreams Up Another Immigrant Crisis

Public safety, national security and the rule of law are among the incantations the Trump administration likes to chant when rolling out one of its deliberately and pointlessly cruel immigration policies. It evidently hopes that repetition will somehow insulate its actions from public or judicial scrutiny. President Trump’s newest proclamation, […]

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Trump Bars Immigrants Who Cross Border Illegally From Seeking Asylum

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced new immigration rules on Thursday that give President Trump vast new authority to deny asylum to virtually any migrant who crosses the border illegally, invoking national security powers meant to protect the United States against threats from abroad. Officials declined to say who will […]

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Who Owns the Supreme Court?

The Trump administration’s treatment of the Supreme Court as a wholly owned subsidiary is one of the most compelling dramas now unfolding in Washington. Whether this drama plays out as comedy or tragedy is up to the court. “Comedy” may be an odd word in this context, but I have […]

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Corporate Chiefs Say Trump’s Immigration Policies Are Hurting U.S. Economy

Dozens of American business leaders are challenging the Trump administration over changes to immigration policy that they say threaten the livelihoods of thousands of their skilled foreign workers, and the nation’s economic growth and competitiveness as well. The executives, members of the Business Roundtable, expressed their “serious concern” over the […]

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