Tag: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Sessions: Undocumented Families to be Separated, Parents Jailed

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday that The U.S. Department of Homeland Security would refer all arrests for illegal entry to federal prosecutors. A conviction for illegal entry carries a maximum penalty of six months in custody for first-time border-crossers. Nearly one of every four Border Patrol arrests on the Mexican border from October through…

DHS To Turn Over Mar-a-Lago Visitor Logs

The Department of Homeland Security will release visitor logs from President Trump’s private Mar-a-Lago club by September 8, Politico reported Monday. The documents will be released to the watchdog group Citizens for Responsible Ethics in Washington, which said it will then release the documents to the public. The club doesn’t keep an official records of…

Bannon Threatened to Leave White House Over Clash With Kushner

Steve Bannon, former executive chair of Breitbart News and current chief strategist at the White House, threatened to quit over a clash with the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Politico reports. Bannon believes that Kushner, who has taken on an increasingly important position within the administration over the last few weeks, is trying to undermine his…

Rick Perry Added to NSC After Bannon’s Ouster

Following top White House strategist Steve Bannon’s Wednesday morning ouster from the National Security Council, the president has reportedly added Energy Secretary Rick Perry to fill the vacancy. Along with Perry, Trump added the director of national intelligence, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the director of the CIA, and the U.S. ambassador…

Report: Trump Reviewing ‘Extreme Vetting’ Policies

President Trump’s administration is reviewing ways to enact the “extreme vetting” practices that often mentioned during his campaign, The Wall Street Journal reported. Administration officials told the newspaper they are evaluating whether to require foreign nationals who visit the U.S. to divulge cell phone contacts and passwords for social networking websites. “If there is any…

Trump’s First Budget Seeks Deep Cuts To Everything But Military, Border

President Trump unveiled his 2018 budget proposal Thursday, providing the clearest view yet of the policies he wants to use to deliver on his campaign promises. The plan includes a $54 billion increase in defense spending and a substantial bump for border security, while calling for deep cuts to most federal agencies, including roughly 30…

Pence Used Personal Email As Governor And Was Hacked

While serving as governor of Indiana, Vice President Mike Pence often used a private AOL email account while conducting official business, sometimes corresponding with top advisers about homeland security matters and other sensitive topics, the Indianapolis Star reports. The IndyStar made a public records request, and the office of Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) released more…

DHS Has Just $20 Million For Trump’s Border Wall

The White House has said construction could begin quickly on President Trump’s border wall using “existing funds and resources” from the Department of Homeland Security, but a DHS document says the agency so far has identified just $20 million that could be redirected to the project, Reuters reported Wednesday. The document, which was given to…

AP: Trump To Mobilize 100,000 National Guard Troops On Immigrants

The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press. The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland,…

Trump Blames Airport Chaos on Delta

Airports all over the United States spun into crisis over the weekend after President Trump signed an order closing the nation to refugees and to people from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Lawyers and protesters rushed to the aid of American residents who were barred from reentry, and legal battles began all over the country. Despite…

Refugees Detained at U.S. Airports Take Legal Action Over Trump’s Order

Right after President Trump signed an executive order that bans U.S. entry from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia for 90 days while suspending the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, the rule already faces partial challenge in court. Immigration lawyers acting on behalf of two Iraqi men, one a former U.S.…

Trump Expected To Order Construction Of Mexican Border Wall

On Wednesday, President Trump will order the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, White House officials told The New York Times. Trump will sign an executive order at the Department of Homeland Security ordering that federal funds be shifted in order to build the wall, which during his campaign he vowed would be…

Trump Nominates Gen. John Kelly For Homeland Security

On Monday, President-elect Donald Trump officially nominated retired Marine Gen. John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security. It was reported last week that Trump would tap Kelly, but Trump had not yet formally offered him the position. “Gen. John Kelly’s decades of military service and deep commitment to fighting the threat of terrorism…

Controversial Cybersecurity CISA Bill Passes [VIDEO]

The Senate approved the Cyber security Information Sharing Act in a 74 to 21 vote on Tuesday despite accusations that the legislation allows for more government spying powers. The bill would encourage companies to share security intelligence with the Department of Homeland Security and other government agencies. The terms are somewhat vague and there is…

GOP Threaten To Defund Homeland Security Dept. Over Immigration

The GOP have a new thing they hate, it used to be just Obamacare, ACA as it’s know as, now it’s immigration, and more specifically President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The republican house have tied the funding of the agency known as DHS, created under Bush to keep America safe, to The President’s immigration…

Chinese hackers pursue key data on US workers, officials say

Chinese hackers broke into the the computer networks of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which houses the personal information of all federal employees, senior officials said. An official at the Department of Homeland Security confirmed the attack to the New York Times but said that “at this time,” neither the personnel agency nor Homeland…

US Orders Enhanced Security At Some Overseas Airports

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson ordered the TSA on Wednesday to begin implementing ‘enhanced security measures’ at some overseas airports with direct flights to the US. Homeland Security declined to report which airports would be affected or what is prompting the the increased security. [reuters]