Tag: Homeland Security Department

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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The Power of ‘Abolish ICE’

In Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, who wants to replace Keith Ellison, who is running for attorney general, notes that ICE is relatively new. “ICE’s mission was created in 2002 — they’ve only been around for 15 years,” she told me. “In that time, they have grown to be an agency whose mission is to tear families […]

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Judge Upholds Order for Trump Administration to Restore DACA

A federal judge on Friday upheld his previous order to revive an Obama-era program that shields some 700,000 young immigrants from deportation, saying that the Trump administration had failed to justify eliminating it. Judge John D. Bates of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia gave the government 20 days to appeal his […]

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Some Separated Children Will Go Home, Despite Government’s Failure to Act

Nearly 600 children remain in government custody, including 410 who have had a parent deported, according to the filing. More than 300 are from Guatemala and another 100 are from Honduras. The rest are from El Salvador, Brazil and Romania, among other countries. The children from New York are among the first to be reunited […]

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There’s Trump’s Foreign Policy and Then There’s His Administration’s

Yet at a rally in Pennsylvania hours later, Mr. Trump dismissed the special counsel’s investigation of Russian interference as a “hoax” that was impeding his efforts to nurture a constructive relationship with the Russian president. “I got along great with Putin,” he said of their recent meeting in Helsinki, Finland. As for NATO’s members, he […]

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How the U.S. Is Fighting Russian Election Interference

Nationally, the two major political parties stepped up security after the 2016 breach of computers at the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Voting machines, often described as old, insecure and lacking a paper trail, are more secure than widely understood. Four in five Americans vote on machines that incorporate paper ballots or […]

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White House Weighs Another Reduction in Refugees Admitted to U.S.

But throughout its history, the refugee program has been seen instead as a component of American foreign policy. It has allowed the military to protect translators in Iraq who have risked their lives to work for American forces, for instance, as well as others who have aided United States missions around the world. Resettlement of […]

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Russian Hackers Appear to Shift Focus to U.S. Power Grid

WASHINGTON — State-sponsored Russian hackers appear far more interested this year in demonstrating that they can disrupt the American electric utility grid than the midterm elections, according to United States intelligence officials and technology company executives. Despite attempts to infiltrate the online accounts of two Senate Democrats up for re-election, intelligence officials said they have […]

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The Northland’s Forgotten Border

American policies have complicated life along the often remote and haphazard line dividing the United States and Canada. By Porter Fox Mr. Fox spent the last three years traveling along America’s northern border. July 21, 2018 At 5,525 miles, the United States-Canada border is the world’s longest land boundary, more than double the length of […]

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As Migrant Families Reunite, Texas Border Cities Scramble to Help

For parents who have in many cases spent weeks in detention, struggling to learn the whereabouts of their children, their ordeal does not end once they are reunited. Lives remain in upheaval: They are led to other shelters, obtain donated clothes, line up for food and rely on others to arrange their bus and air […]

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MGM Resorts Sues 1,000 Victims of Las Vegas Shooting, Seeking to Avoid Liability

Faced with potential lawsuits from hundreds of victims of last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, MGM Resorts International is trying an untested strategy: suing the victims first. The company’s aggressive legal approach, which stirred outrage on social media Tuesday, turns on an interpretation of federal law that one of MGM’s own lawyers admits he […]

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Trump Administration Returns to ‘Catch and Release’ of Migrants

WASHINGTON — The government said on Tuesday that it would release hundreds of migrant families wearing ankle bracelet monitors into the United States, effectively returning to the “catch and release” policy that President Trump promised to eliminate. Faced with a pair of court orders restricting immigration detentions, federal officials said they could not hold all […]

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First Wave of Migrant Children Set for Reunions With Parents

HOUSTON — Federal officials struggled on Tuesday to pull off a series of court-ordered reunifications between dozens of detained migrant children and their families at various sites around the country, as they rapidly shifted logistical gears and seemed to be as much improvising as carrying out a plan. The scheduled reunions were designed to comply […]

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Arrests at U.S.-Mexico Border Drop for First Time in Months

WASHINGTON — Federal immigration agents apprehended just over 42,500 people at the southwestern border in June, according to data released on Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security, a drop in the number of migrants trying to enter the United States after a spike the previous three months. Border Patrol agents arrested 34,114 people trying […]

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‘This Is Intimidation’: Interview With ICE Whistle-Blower Is Interrupted by Federal Agents

Investigators with the Department of Homeland Security made an unannounced visit on Wednesday to the home of a former Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman who abruptly resigned three months ago because he could not bring himself to lie on behalf of the Trump administration. The former spokesman, James Schwab, announced his resignation from the agency […]

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Why Do We Value Country Folk More Than City People?

Terrified children, shattered families and an archipelago of invisible gulags for the disappeared are not “the will of the people.” These horrors are the result of the disenfranchised metropolis and perverse, anti-majoritarian legislative rules, which have allowed a minority of mainly small-state representatives in one branch of Congress to stymie repeatedly the overwhelming popular desire […]

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Due Process for Undocumented Immigrants, Explained

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Twitter this weekend that undocumented immigrants were invaders who “must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases,” be sent home. Mr. Trump’s comments prompted criticism that he wanted the United States to strip immigrants and asylum seekers of due-process rights. He also appeared to ignore the fact that some […]

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Javier Solana, Ex-Chief of NATO, Is Denied Permission to Travel to U.S.

BRUSSELS — Javier Solana, a former secretary general of NATO who played a central role in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program when he was the European Union’s foreign policy chief, has been denied electronic authorization to enter the United States because of a visit to Iran in 2013. Mr. Solana said on Monday that his […]

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