Tag: Homeland Security Department

A Grand Compromise on Immigration

Americans are frustrated by the inaction of their federal government on comprehensive immigration reform and border security. So are we. We both represent districts on Long Island, and we have both worked on immigration-related issues for over 25 years — one of us, Representative Suozzi, from the perspective of immigrant’s rights as a mayor, as […]

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One Dept. Limited Their Protections. Another Singled Out Their Countries for Rights Violations.

WASHINGTON — In announcing the United States’ annual list of the world’s worst human rights violations, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this past week singled out South Sudan and Nicaragua for government-sanctioned atrocities against their own people. Over the past year in South Sudan, Mr. Pompeo said, “military forces waged sexual violence against civilians based […]

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Census Bureau Will Ask for Federal Files on Noncitizens

The Census Bureau will tap Department of Homeland Security files on millions of immigrants, including noncitizens, as part of its data collection for the 2020 census, bureau officials said Thursday. The move comes as the Trump administration faces court challenges to its efforts to add a citizenship question to the […]

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Kirstjen Nielsen, Homeland Security Chief, Cites ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ on Southern Border

WASHINGTON — Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, on Wednesday implored Congress to confront what she called a “humanitarian catastrophe” on the southern border by supporting President Trump’s call for a border wall and changing laws to crack down on asylum-seekers and illegal border-crossers. In her first congressional appearance since […]

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Kirstjen Nielsen to Testify on Immigration Policy Before House Committee

WASHINGTON — Kirstjen Nielsen, the homeland security secretary, will be pressed on Wednesday about the Trump administration’s family separation policy, the deaths of migrant children in federal custody and President Trump’s claim of a national emergency at the border. Ms. Nielsen, who will testify before the House Homeland Security Committee, […]

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Democrats Issue Subpoenas on Trump’s Migrant Family Separations

WASHINGTON — House Democrats issued subpoenas late Tuesday to three cabinet officials, in a sharp escalation of their battle over the administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the southern border. Administration officials did not immediately say if the cabinet officials — the homeland security secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen; the attorney […]

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Trump Says He Is ‘Not Happy’ With Border Deal but Does Not Say if He Will Sign It

WASHINGTON — President Trump declared on Tuesday that he was “not happy” about the bipartisan border security compromise negotiated by congressional leaders but would not say whether he would sign it or veto it before another government shutdown hits at midnight Friday. In his first comments since learning details of […]

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Democrats Lose on Detention Beds as Trump Mulls Options on Border Deal

WASHINGTON — The bipartisan border security compromise struck on Monday includes a provision that could give the Trump administration broad discretion to increase the number of slots to shelter detained migrants, a win for Republicans that could ease the sting of President Trump’s failure to secure full funding for his […]

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U.S. to Begin Blocking Asylum Seekers From Entering Over Mexican Border

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday that it would start blocking a small number of asylum seekers from entering the United States from Mexico, using the San Ysidro border crossing near San Diego as the first location to turn back immigrants applying for refugee status. The policy to block […]

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Supreme Court Doesn’t Act on Trump’s Appeal in ‘Dreamers’ Case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court took no action on Tuesday on the Trump administration’s plans to shut down a program that shields some 700,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation. The court’s inaction almost certainly means it will not hear the administration’s challenge in its current term, which ends in June. […]

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The Lost Children of the Trump Administration

Last summer, a federal judge in San Diego said the Trump administration treated immigrant children detained at the border worse than chattel. “The unfortunate reality,” wrote Judge Dana Sabraw in ordering a halt to President Trump’s policy of separating the children from their parents, “is that under the present system, […]

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Thousands More Migrant Children Were Probably Taken From Families Than Reported

HOUSTON — The Trump administration likely separated thousands more children from their parents at the Southern border than was previously believed, according to a report by government inspectors released on Thursday. The federal government has reported that nearly 3,000 children were forcibly separated from their parents under last year’s “zero-tolerance” […]

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Thousands More Migrant Children Likely Taken From Families Than First Reported

The Trump administration likely separated thousands more children from their parents at the Southern border than was previously believed, according to a report by government inspectors released on Thursday. Nearly 3,000 children were previously reported to have been forcibly separated from their parents under last year’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy under […]

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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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