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    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants to dissolve the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Department of Homeland Security in a massive overhaul to the immigration system after it was revealed Joe Biden reopened facilities for housing unaccompanied minors arriving at the border. 'It's only 2 [months] into this admin & our fraught, unjust immigration system will not transform in that time,' the New York progressive representative posted to Twitter Tuesday evening. 'That's why bold reimagination is so [important.]' She asserted: 'DHS shouldn't exist, agencies should be reorganized, ICE gotta go, ban for-profit detention, create climate refugee status & more.' The far-left congresswoman is also pushing a proposal by fellow Democratic Representative Pramila Jayapal demanding the U.S. let in refugees fleeing an area due to climate change – known as 'climate refugees'. AOC blasted the administration for reopening a temporary influx center for unaccompanied minors in Carrizo Springs, Texas and another shelter in Miami,...
    Rinaldo Nazzaro, 47, the founder of The Base, a neo-Nazi terrorist organization, once worked for the Department of Homeland Security, it has been reported The 47-year-old American founder of a neo-Nazi terrorist organization who is currently living in Russia was once employed by the Department of Homeland Security, the federal agency confirmed on Wednesday. Rinaldo Nazzaro, the founder and leader of The Base, reportedly posted letters of appreciation from DHS and the Pentagon complimenting him for his job performance. He is thought to have worked in intelligence analysis at DHS and in terrorism training for the military.  One letter that has Marine Corps letterhead praised Nazzaro for helping to kill 13 targeted insurgents.  The three undated letters included one from DHS as well as two that featured official Marine Corps letterhead, according to Vice. ‘I can confirm that Rinaldo Nazzaro worked at DHS from 2004 to 2006,’ a spokesperson...
    Southfield (CW50) – There is no doubt that the people of Detroit love the city they live in, but what kind of impact does the city of Detroit make on the people who grow up here and move away to pursue careers outside of the city? Karinda L. Washington grew up in Detroit, eventually choosing a career path in the medical field. She began as a pre-med student at Eastern Michigan University, but after her junior year, she decided that the path she had chosen wasn’t right for her. Her father pushed her to choose a path in which she’d be happy doing something for free. This led her to change her major in her final year and complete graduate school with a degree in public relations. Washington would go on to spend nearly a decade at the nonprofit Michigan Legal Services, helping people in low-income communities. RELATED: Wayne County Executive...
    TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – For Super Bowl 55, federal and local security measures have been put in place. Local, state and federal public safety partners wasted no time stressing the importance of protocol during the annual Super Bowl public-safety press conference on Wednesday. “There are no credible threats to the Super Bowl or any related activity at this moment,” said Mike McPherson, Special Agent in Charge with the FBI. He added, “I assure you the FBI, along with the law enforcement and public safety partners here with me today have planned, prepared and practiced to make this – a historic Super Bowl, safe and secure.” CW44 News At 10 From cybersecurity to Homeland Security and the FBI, there was one mission shared to provide you at home with the information you need to safely and securely enjoy Super Bowl festivities. David Pekoske, the Acting Secretary with the...
    (CNN)Domestic terrorism is "one of the greatest threats" to the United States, newly minted Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told CNN on Wednesday, underscoring that the threat persists."To see the insurrection, the horrific acts of January 6, were not only personally devastating, but created in me a commitment to redouble our efforts, to fight hate and to fight one of the greatest threats that we face currently on our homeland, which is the threat of domestic terrorism," Mayorkas said in an interview with CNN's Ana Cabrera that aired on "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."Biden signs immigration executive orders and establishes task force to reunite separated familiesMayorkas, who was sworn in Tuesday, is the first Senate-confirmed Homeland Security secretary in nearly two years and will oversee the department's sprawling mission, which includes cybersecurity, immigration and Covid-19 response, among many others. He's the first Latino and immigrant to helm the department....
    Washington — The Senate on Tuesday approved the nomination of Alejandro Mayorkas to become secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), confirming the former federal prosecutor and Obama-era immigration official to lead the department by a vote of 56 to 43. The final tally reflected opposition from some Republican senators to the new administration's immigration policies, as well as concerns about an internal 2015 DHS investigation into Mayorkas' actions as head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under the Obama administration.  As secretary of the sprawling department, Mayorkas will be tasked with tackling some of the nation's most pressing issues, including the coronavirus pandemic, domestic terrorism, cyberattacks and migration to the U.S. southern border. DHS is responsible for a diverse range of federal functions, ranging from immigration and border policy to transportation security and natural disaster management. A Cuban immigrant who arrived in the U.S. 1960s...
    Washington (CNN)The delay in confirming President Joe Biden's Homeland Security secretary has left the department without clear direction as it confronts a series of stark challenges, including domestic terror threats, a massive cyber breach, uncertainty at the border and helping coordinate the distribution of Covid vaccines. Alejandro Mayorkas, the nominee for DHS secretary, will have a final confirmation vote this week after a holdup in the Senate that angered Democrats and caused a flurry of effort to get the confirmation done quickly.The vote, originally scheduled for Monday, has been pushed to Tuesday due to the winter storm that hit the Washington, DC, metropolitan area, which is impacting flights of senators coming into town, according to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's office."You can tell that we are in a semi-holding pattern at the very top until Mr. Mayorkas is confirmed as Secretary and starts giving more clear public direction and more...
    The Department of Homeland Security did not cite a specific threat. The Department of Homeland Security issued a national terrorism bulletin Wednesday warning of the potential for lingering violence from people motivated by anti-government sentiment after President Joe Biden's election, suggesting the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol may embolden extremists and set the stage for additional attacks. The department did not cite a specific threat, but pointed to "a heightened threat environment across the United States" that it believes "will persist" for weeks after Biden's Jan. 20 inauguration. It is not uncommon for the federal government to warn local law enforcement through bulletins about the prospect for violence tied to a particular date or event, such as July 4.
    Alejandro Mayorkas, President Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was one step closer to taking the position on Tuesday after the Senate Homeland Security Committee advanced his nomination. Mayorkas’ nomination was approved 7-4, with Democrats and GOP Sens. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, voting to advance the nomination. It will now advance to the Senate floor, when he is likely to be confirmed. HAWLEY BLOCKS QUICK CONSIDERATION OF BIDEN DHS NOMINEE, CITING 'AMNESTY' PLAN Mayorkas, a former head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and deputy Homeland Security secretary, would be the first immigrant to run the department if confirmed.  He would enter into a department facing both the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riots in Washington D.C. as well as implementing a new wave of immigration policy measures from President Biden, who has promised to undo much of President Donald Trump’s legacy in...
    The acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, resigned from his position Monday, citing the legal battle over whether he can do his job. Wolf's resignation comes a day before President Donald Trump plans to tour wall construction on the U.S.-Mexico border - a trip the DHS head would normally take.  In a note to agency workers, obtained by Fox News Channel, Wolf said he was quitting because of 'recent events.'  'Including the ongoing and meritless court rulings regarding the validity of my authority as Acting Secretary,' Wolf went on. 'These events and concerns increasingly serve to divert attention and resources away from the important work of the Department in this critical time of a transition of power.'  He said that FEMA's Administrator Peter Gaynor, who was Senate-confirmed, would take over DHS through the end of the transition.     Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf...
    “Stolen intellectual property,” adds the document, has been “essential” to bolstering the technical knowledge and capabilities of the People’s Liberation Army. And as well as stolen knowledge, the report says that China uses its growing technological footprint to monitor opposition figures and dissidents. It cites the example of a Huawei-built, China-funded data center in Papua New Guinea which, when finished, was described by Data Center Dynamics as being built with “glaring errors that opened the facility up to spying.”  As ZDNet reports, this is another in a series of pronouncements from acting DHS chief Chad F. Wolf, who on Monday said that China was a “clear and present danger” to democracy. That story also quotes FBI Director Christopher Wray from the summer, who said that around half of its counterintelligence cases are related to China. While the new administration will look to put its own people in leadership positions, it...
    HOMELAND Security and thousands of businesses were revealed to have been hacked in what security officials believe to be an orchestrated attack by Russia. Emails sent by the department officials were monitored by hackers in a series of sophisticated breaches against the department, which oversees border security and hacking defense. 5The Department of Homeland Security was infiltrated by suspected Russian hackersCredit: AFP or licensors The hackers also targeted the Treasury Department and Commerce Departments. Other departments, like the Department of Defense and Department of State, as well as the National Institute of Health, also reported parts of their systems were hacked. "For operational security reasons the DoD will not comment on specific mitigation measures or specify systems that may have been impacted," a Pentagon spokesperson told Reuters. Hackers initially used SolarWinds, a technology company that said up to 18,000 of its customers had downloaded a software that allowed hackers...
    Joe Biden needs to do something about the Department of Homeland Security. There will be no shortage of items competing for attention on the president-elect’s agenda when he takes office in January. Dealing with the pandemic and the economy are the top items, obviously, because they constitute an emergency, but there is also the question of trying to undo the considerable damage President Trump has done to the government itself during his four years in office. The problems of DHS fall in the latter category. Even before Trump was inaugurated, the department all-too-often proved indifferent (at best) to human rights and civil liberties, but over the last year it has shown itself ripe for abuse by an authoritarian-minded president. Biden probably won’t be that kind of president — certainly, not to the degree that Trump has been. But DHS needs reform, not just a nicer person at the top of...
    WASHINGTON (CBSMiami/CNN) – President-Elect Joe Biden has picked Alejandro Mayorkas, a Cuban-American, to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Mayorkas was born in Havana. When his parents fled, they came to Miami first. If confirmed, he would be the first Latino-American and immigrant nominated as Secretary of the department. Mayorkas worked at DHS under the Obama administration. His nomination signals an intent to bring experienced leadership to the third-largest federal department after years of instability. The announcement was immediately met with praise from immigrant advocates and Democratic lawmakers, as well as former and current officials who have expressed concern over the politicization of the department from some of its top leaders. Over the last four years, the rotating acting leadership at DHS has disrupted some of President Donald Trump’s actions, including a second attempt to curtail the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It’s also contributed to unpredictability...
    The November 3rd election was the “most secure in American history” and “there is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” according to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The statement follows numerous claims of supposed election fraud by President Donald Trump and his allies. “While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too,” the statement continues. The statement also follows a report from Reuters that Christopher Krebs, the official in charge of election cybersecurity and the director of CISA, expects to be fired by the White House. Krebs has been using Twitter to actively combat misinformation about the election,...
    Twitter/Miles Taylor Miles Taylor is the former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff who wrote the anonymous New York Times op-ed in September 2018. Following the publication of the op-ed, President Donald Trump retweeted a link to the post with the comment, “TREASON?” Maylor revealed himself as the author of the piece on October 28 in a blog post on Medium. Taylor worked as the Department of Homeland Security chief of staff between February 2019 and November 2019. Following his departure from the White House, Taylor began working as a contributor for CNN. READ NEXT: Former Fans Want TikTok Star Canceled Over ‘Racist’ Video – Watch it Here
    The US Department of Homeland Security has confirmed Iran was responsible for a series of threatening emails claiming to be from far-right group Proud Boys sent to Democratic voters this week.  The emails were reported by residents in Alaska, Arizona, Florida and Pennsylvania  - all but Alaska are highly contested states for the election.  They appeared to have been sent to registered voters in the states using 'voter files' and other digital databases.  '(Insert name) we are in possession of all of your information,' the concerning email reads. 'You are currently registered Democrat and we know this because we have gained access to the entire voting infrastructure.  'You will vote for Trump or we will come after you. Change your party affiliation to Republican to let us know you received our message and will comply. We will know which candidate you voted for. I would take this seriously if I were...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement say they have arrested 15 nonimmigrant students as part of an investigation into alleged fraud. Homeland Security and ICE held a news conference Wednesday morning to discuss what’s called “Operation OPTical Illusion.” (Photo Credit: KDKA) In total, the operation, which is ongoing, has led to the arrest of 15 nonimmigrant students who investigators say claimed to be employed by companies that do not exist. Some of those students are in Pittsburgh. The Department of Homeland Security says these foreign students are here in the United States to further their education, but some are staying here for other illegal opportunities. Those within the department say students must maintain their non-immigration status and follow the rules of the Optional Practical Training, or OPT, program. ICE officials say they are policing these individuals to make sure the students...
    Two-and-a-half weeks before the election, top Trump administration officials in charge of immigration enforcement blasted Denver and other cities for their unwillingness to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "Sanctuary city policies shield violent criminals, criminal aliens, at the expense of American lives," Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said at an October 16 press conference announcing results of a recent ICE enforcement operation that targeted jurisdictions covered by field offices in Denver (which oversees Colorado and Wyoming), Philadelphia, New York, Seattle, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. The operation had been telegraphed by the Washington Post, which reported on September 29 that the Trump administration was preparing an "immigration enforcement blitz" that would start in California and then expand to other places, including Denver. Related Stories GEO Group Coerced Aurora ICE Detainees Into Cleaning Common Areas Aurora Immigration Court Shuts Down Hearings After Major COVID Outbreak Colorado...
    Portland, Ore., and Oakland, Calif. filed a lawsuit against two government agencies, claiming they unconstitutionally overreached federal law when sending in troops to "quash civil protests."  According to the 48-page lawsuit, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as the heads of both agencies (Attorney General William Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf), instituted "a policy that authorized the deployment and operation of federal agents allegedly for the purpose of assuring domestic law and order and tak[ing] over cities." The move by both agencies was allegedly in response to directives from President Trump beginning "in or around June 2020," the suit stated.  PORTLAND POLICE FIND SUSPECTED RIOT GEAR WHILE SEARCHING CAR NEAR DEMONSTRATION Both cities have faced numerous protests since Breonna Taylor and George Floyd died at the hands of police earlier this year. Portland in particular is seeing almost nightly demonstrations.  The protest within Oregon's largest city has often devolved into...
    By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says the committee is scheduled to depose a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower on Friday, pushing the closed-door testimony back four days due to a dispute with the Trump administration over his appearance. A subpoena may be necessary, said Rep. Adam Schiff. Brian Murphy said in a whistleblower complaint this month that he was pressured by more senior officials to suppress facts in intelligence reports about Russian interference and other matters. He has indicated that he wants to tell his story to Congress, but his lawyer said last week that he cannot appear until he resolves issues with the department over access to information. In a statement Sunday, Schiff said that the department has refused to authorize security clearances for Murphy's lawyers and also is blocking Murphy from reviewing “relevant classified documents” before the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says the committee is scheduled to depose a Department of Homeland Security whistleblower on Friday, pushing the closed-door testimony back four days due to a dispute with the Trump administration over his appearance. A subpoena may be necessary, said Rep. Adam Schiff. Brian Murphy said in a whistleblower complaint this month that he was pressured by more senior officials to suppress facts in intelligence reports about Russian interference and other matters. He has indicated that he wants to tell his story to Congress, but his lawyer said last week that he cannot appear until he resolves issues with the department over access to information. In a statement Sunday, Schiff said that the department has refused to authorize security clearances for Murphy’s lawyers and also is blocking Murphy from reviewing “relevant classified documents” before the deposition. Schiff, D-Calif., said the...
    By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A congressional panel is postponing a closed door deposition with a former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intelligence chief because of delays in obtaining access to classified records and approval of security clearances for his lawyers. Mark Zaid, a lawyer for the former official Brian Murphy, who has filed a whistleblower complaint, said on Friday that "Monday's deposition is going to be rescheduled." In the complaint released earlier this month, Murphy said acting DHS chief Chad Wolf told him to stop providing assessments of the threat of Russian interference in the Nov. 3 election and to play down U.S. white supremacist activity. Zaid said DHS was working on arranging security clearances for legal counsel. "DHS needs to allow Mr. Murphy to have immediate access to the relevant classified information that supports his whistleblower complaint," Zaid said. A DHS spokesman did not immediately respond to...
    For weeks, Donald Trump ordered a rag-tag mix of border patrol, U. S. marshals, and other elements of federal enforcement—none of them trained to deal with the public—into the streets of Portland, Oregon, where they upped the level of violence, grabbed people off the street without charges, and savagely beat a group of local moms trying to get them to halt their violence. After some weeks, Trump finally decided he’d done enough to generate footage for his doom-themed campaign commercials (with a few supplements) and took his beat-down squad off the streets. Understandably, Congress would like to talk to the people who thought that dragging people into unmarked vans, shooting journalists in the face, defying local officials, and filling the streets with banned chemical weapons was a great idea. They’ve asked officials form the Department of Homeland Security to provide witnesses about the incident in Portland, and about ongoing efforts to create a make-believe threat of “antifa terrorists” to...
    A WHISTLEBLOWER is claiming that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leaders pressured him to suppress Russian election interference and other details in his intelligence assessments that would be displeasing to President Donald Trump.  In the complaint filed with the DHS inspector general and released on Wednesday, Brian Murphy claimed that he was demoted for not altering his intelligence reports in “illegal and improper” ways.  5A whistleblower filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security inspector general claiming he was demoted for not modifying his intelligence assessments in "illegal and improper" ways Credit: AP:Associated Press Murphy, a former FBI agent, claimed that DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf told him to stop giving intelligence reports on Russian interference threats because it “made the President look bad.”  The whistleblower added that he refused to follow Wolf’s orders because it would violate his duties to not provide accurate information.  Murphy alleged that Wolf’s...
    Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf. Chad Wolf, the unlawfully appointed acting homeland security secretary, claimed Monday night that the Justice Department is “working on” criminal charges for the leaders of Black Lives Matter and antifa (the latter being leaderless, which renders this claim especially ridiculous). On Tuesday morning the Justice Department denied its attempts to infringe on First Amendment rights, but Wolf raised a giant red flag that doesn't disappear with that denial. Wolf’s claim came during an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, who really, really wants such criminal charges, having fantasized publicly about seeing Black Lives Matter leaders “frog-marched” in “mass arrests.” Monday night he pressed Wolf to fulfill his fantasy. “Why haven’t we seen the leaders of antifa and BLM arrested and charged with conspiracy under, say, RICO like the heads of Mafia families were?” Carlson asked. ”Well, this is something that I have talked to the A.G. personally about,” Wolf replied....
    Elizabeth Neumann, Assistant Homeland Security Secretary for Threat Prevention and Security Policy in the Office of Strategy, Policy and Plans Alex Wong / Getty Images A former Department of Homeland domestic terrorism expert said the Trump administration is letting right-wing extremists "start a race war." Elizabeth Neumann stepped down in April from her role as an assistant secretary at the DHS.  Neumann criticized speakers at this week's Republican National Convention portraying the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests as "lawless" when it is white supremacists instigating the violence.  "It is completely a sideshow to distract from the real threat and it's extremely dangerous," Neumann said on "Skullduggery," a Yahoo News podcast. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Elizabeth Neumann, a former assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security specializing in domestic terrorism, said the Trump administration is allowing right-wing extremists to "start a race war." Neumann, who...
    A private security guard for an Orange County retirement community was arrested Monday, Aug. 24, on suspicion of pretending to be a federal law enforcement agent. A newly unsealed federal complaint alleges that Donovan Pham Nguyen, 34, of Riverside pretended for years to be a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations and accuses him of using a fake federal ID badge to buy firearms. At one point, the complaint says, Nguyen was introduced to members of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office by a mutual friend and met with them while claiming to be a federal agent in order to discuss a potential criminal investigation. He later told the DA’s Office that, after discussing the matter with a “supervisor,” he could not help them with the suggested investigation, according to federal prosecutors. On another occasion, while working for a retirement community, Nguyen falsely claimed he was a federal law enforcement...
    So now, the ACLU wants to abolish the Department of Homeland Security. If that sounds like an idea out of left field, why, it most certainly is. First, there were calls to defund the police. Then, demands for steep cuts in defense. Now, the left wants to abolish the department created — with overwhelming bipartisan support — to make us safer after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Of course, the ACLU learned long ago that championing far-left fantasies was an express pass to fund-raising bonanzas. After 9/11, the ACLU made attacking the Patriot Act their cause célèbre — and an aroused left cheerfully opened its wallets. SCHUMER CALLS FOR DHS CHIEF TO RESIGN AFTER GAO CONCLUDES APPOINTMENT WAS INVALID Of course, the organization’s claims that the law would undermine the Constitution and destroy the Republic never played out. The Patriot Act is still with us, and so is are our democratic...
    Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), speaks during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020.Alex Wong | Bloomberg | Getty Images WASHINGTON — A U.S. government watchdog concluded Friday that the top two officials at the Department of Homeland Security were improperly appointed following a slew of hasty resignations at the federal agency. The Government Accountability Office, or GAO, found that the appointments of Chad Wolf, acting secretary of Homeland Security, and Ken Cuccinelli, acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security, did not follow processes outlined in the Vacancies Reform Act. Therefore, the watchdog ruled, the appointments are invalid. The Vacancies Reform Act allows for the temporary filling of vacant agency positions that require presidential appointment and Senate confirmation. Because the department did not follow the proper chain of succession following the resignation of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in...
    (CNN)The appointments of Chad Wolf and Ken Cuccinelli to the top two leadership roles at the Department of Homeland Security are invalid, the Government Accountability Office found in a new report, delivering a major rebuke to the Trump administration, which has repeatedly tried to skirt the confirmation process.The Trump administration has increasingly relied on filling top posts with people on a temporary basis, fielding criticism from lawmakers. The Department of Homeland Security -- the third-largest federal department -- is no exception. It hasn't had a Senate-confirmed secretary since Kirstjen Nielsen, who resigned last April. The appointment of Wolf and Cuccinelli have previously come into question. Earlier this year, a federal judge ruled that it was unlawful to appoint Cuccinelli, an immigration hardliner chosen by President Donald Trump, to lead the agency responsible for processing US immigration requests.DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.This story is breaking and...
    The American Civil Liberties Union’s sudden call to abolish the Department of Homeland Security is being characterized by opponents as a nonstarter and shameless fundraising attempt, but it is not without support among congressional and other Washington Democrats. The ACLU, which has taken more than 400 legal actions against the Trump administration since January 2017, called Monday for the shuttering of the federal government’s third-largest department. DHS is under its fifth leader since President Trump took office — one of the reasons the civil liberties organization described it as having acquired a “badge of shame.” “Nearly 20 years of abuse, waste, and corruption demonstrate the failure of the DHS experiment. Many knew DHS to be an ineffective superagency, but President Trump has converted DHS into our government’s most notable badge of shame,” the ACLU wrote in a tweet. James Carafano, vice president of the Heritage Foundation’s Kathryn...
    The Department of Homeland Security must be dismantled and partially defunded, says an op-ed by the far-left director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “Dismantling DHS, breaking it apart into various federal agencies, and shrinking its allocation of federal dollars will allow for more effective oversight, accountability and public transparency,” says the USAToday op-ed by ACLU director Anthony Romero, the son of migrants from Puerto Rica. The op-ed comes as pro-migration groups lobby Congress to split the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) bureau from the DHS’s enforcement agencies, including the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau. Their goal is to make the USCIS into “even more of a rubber-stamp” for Fortune 500 employers and migrants, and a political ally for pro-migration groups, said Mark Krikorian, director for the Center for Immigraiton Studies. Romero hinted at this pro-migration goal in a short passage saying, “Why, for example, is an agency...
    The remaining federal agents stationed in Portland, Ore., will stop wearing military-style uniforms after calls intensified for federal forces to ditch the camouflage patterns and wear clothing that indicates they are law enforcement officers. Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli addressed concerns during his Tuesday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying the agents would transition from the uniforms. “To address concerns about military-like appearance of some of Customs [and] Border Protection’s (CBP) officers’ uniforms, which are the normal uniforms used by some CBP teams in the course of regular duty, we are moving rapidly to replace those uniforms for those personnel,” he said. Federal agents have been stationed in Portland since June to protect a federal courthouse as nightly protests have raged and frequently turned violent. Federal officers and protesters have clashed outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse in downtown Portland. The building has frequently been...
    The remaining federal agents stationed in Portland, Ore., will stop wearing military-style uniforms after calls intensified for federal forces to ditch the camouflage patterns and wear clothing that indicates they are law enforcement officers. Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli addressed concerns during his Tuesday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying the agents would transition from the uniforms. "To address concerns about military-like appearance of some of Customs [and] Border Protection’s (CBP) officers’ uniforms, which are the normal uniforms used by some CBP teams in the course of regular duty, we are moving rapidly to replace those uniforms for those personnel,” he said. FBI HAS OPENED 300 'DOMESTIC TERROR' INVESTIGATIONS AS A RESULT OF RIOTS, ATTORNEY TELLS CAPITOL HEARING ON ANTIFA A federal officer holds a tear gas rifle during a Black Lives Matter protest at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Federal...
    Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf speaks during a press conference on the actions taken by Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security agents in Portland during continued protests at the US Customs and Border Patrol headquarters on July 21, 2020 in Washington, DC.Samuel Corum | Getty Images Several former lobbying clients of Chad Wolf, now the acting secretary of Homeland Security, have received millions of dollars' worth of government contracts while he has held senior positions within the department.  Wolf, who became the acting chief of the department late last year, was a lobbyist for over a decade at Wexler & Walker before he took leadership roles with DHS under President Donald Trump. Wolf served as the acting chief of staff at the Transportation Security Administration in 2017 and later became the chief of staff for former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.   Since then, several of Wolf's former clients reaped...
    Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) stated during an Instagram Live video on Tuesday that “it doesn’t make sense” that federal agencies that are charged with protecting the American homeland would be structured under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). “And, by the way, ICE as an agency, as a structure, should not exist,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “DHS as an agency, the way it is currently organized, someone tell me why it makes sense, why FEMA and CBP and ICE and the Coast Guard should all be part of the same agency. It doesn’t make sense and, in fact, it’s incredibly dangerous when it’s structured that way.” “And so what’s happening is that, um, billions and billions of dollars have gone to ICE and CBP and as we’re talking about police uprisings in this country, I think it’s really important that people understand, do you know what is now the largest law enforcement...
    People being taken into unmarked vans by masked strangers and driven away without any explanation is something that most, if not all, people would agree is scary and unlawful. It seems like a crime that the police or government officials would be trying to investigate and stop. However, this is exactly what is going on in Portland at the hands of Trump and federal agents. Recently, there have been many videos showing police escalating peaceful BLM protests and assaulting protestors. Officers have used teargas, mace, animals, excessive force, and rubber bullets to severely harm innocent people who are protesting against this kind of brutality. Now, things are getting even worse and more violent. After President Trump signed an executive order concerned with providing federal protection for monuments and buildings, the Department of Homeland Security deployed federal officers to Portland, Oregon. The executive order allows Trump to bypass receiving permission...
    Reuters July 25, 2020 0 Comments New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state may seek damages after the Trump administration admitted making false statements in a U.S. lawsuit over New Yorkers being barred from a program that allows the use of expedited lanes at U.S. airports. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan admitted late Thursday it had made inaccurate statements in a lawsuit brought by New York state over the Trusted Traveler program. It said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would immediately lift the ban. “I believe there are civil damages that New York State is owed and we’ll be pursuing possible claims for that,” Cuomo said. “It was a clear abuse of government power for political purposes.” Cuomo suggested the acting head of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, and the acting deputy, Ken Cuccinelli, “violated their oath of office” and said they could face “possible...
    By Jonathan Allen and David Shepardson (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the state may seek damages after the Trump administration admitted making false statements in a U.S. lawsuit over New Yorkers being barred from a program that allows the use of expedited lanes at U.S. airports. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan admitted late Thursday it had made inaccurate statements in a lawsuit brought by New York state over the Trusted Traveler program. It said the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would immediately lift the ban. "I believe there are civil damages that New York State is owed and we'll be pursuing possible claims for that," Cuomo said. "It was a clear abuse of government power for political purposes." Cuomo suggested the acting head of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, and the acting deputy, Ken Cuccinelli, "violated their oath of office" and said they could face...
    Getty Acting Secretary of Homeland Security faces criticism for his handling of the protests in Portland, Oregon. Chad Wolf is the acting Secretary of Homeland Security. The department’s handling of the protests in Portland, Oregon has drawn criticism recently and put Wolf in the media spotlight. Representative Veronica Escobar called out Wolf on Twitter on July 17 after he defended the Department of Homeland Security in an interview with Fox News. Escobar said Wolf’s interview showed “extraordinary vanity and arrogance” and asked him to resign. This came after the Department of Homeland Security was questioned about the legitimacy of its deployment of federal agents to Portland. Viral videos show federal officers arresting protestors in unmarked vehicles, which prompted the U.S. Attorney for the Oregon District Billy J. Williams to call for an investigation into the arrests, according to CNN. Here’s what you need to know:1. Wolf Is Being...
    Several top Democrats wrote a letter to the inspectors general of the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security demanding an investigation into the use of federal agents in Portland. Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, and Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney wrote to Inspectors General Michael Horowitz and Joseph Cuffari on Sunday requesting a review of the use of agents from the DOJ and the DHS to quash violent protests in Portland over the weekend. "As we continue to stand with our fellow citizens protesting systemic racism and police brutality throughout the country, we are increasingly alarmed at the Trump Administration’s use of federal law enforcement to violate the civil rights of our constituents. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appear to have increasingly abused emergency authorities to justify the use of force against Americans...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal agency that was created to improve the nation’s response to terrorism announced Wednesday that it will be adding the protection of statues and monuments to its mission. Acting U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf says the agency has established a task force to protect historic landmarks against vandalism and destruction from “violent anarchists and rioters" around the nation. Wolf said DHS personnel would be deployed over the Fourth of July weekend to protect landmarks in the event of any civil unrest. “We want to make sure that our facilities are protected, the statues and monuments on those facilities are protected and of course the people that work in those buildings are protected as well,” he said in an interview on “Fox & Friends.” The establishment of the task force comes at the direction of President Donald Trump, who issued an executive order Friday...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal agency that was created to improve the nation’s response to terrorism announced Wednesday that it will be adding the protection of statues and monuments to its mission. Acting U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf says the agency has established a task force to protect historic landmarks against vandalism and destruction from “violent anarchists and rioters” around the nation. Wolf said DHS personnel would be deployed over the Fourth of July weekend to protect landmarks in the event of any civil unrest. “We want to make sure that our facilities are protected, the statues and monuments on those facilities are protected and of course the people that work in those buildings are protected as well,” he said in an interview on “Fox & Friends.” The establishment of the task force comes at the direction of President Donald Trump, who issued an executive order Friday...
    A special federal unit will be deployed across the country for the July 4 weekend in order to protect federal monuments and statues from a possible fresh wave of "domestic extremist" vandalism, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced Wednesday. In an interview on "Fox & Friends" with hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade, Wolf said that the idea was sparked by the "lawlessness" in a variety of communities over the past four weeks and President Trump's drive to take "strong action" against the destruction of federal property. DHS DEPLOYS SPECIAL FEDERAL UNIT TO PROTECT MONUMENTS OVER JULY 4 WEEKEND AMID VANDALISM FEARS "So, we surged federal resources here into the D.C. area about four weeks ago to put down a lot of these violent protests. We have seen a number of arrests. We have seen an executive order from the president," he said. Video"And, what the department is doing as we go into this July 4th holiday, we want...
    The Department of Homeland Security has created a specialized task force dedicated to protecting national monuments, statues, and memorials. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad F. Wolf, announced the creation of the DHS Protecting American Communities Task Force on Wednesday morning. The group will coordinate departmental law enforcement agency assets to best defend the monuments. “DHS is answering the President’s call to use our law enforcement personnel across the country to protect our historic landmarks,” Wolf said in a DHS press release. “We won’t stand idly by while violent anarchists and rioters seek not only to vandalize and destroy the symbols of our nation, but to disrupt law and order and sow chaos in our communities.” “As we approach the July 4th holiday, I have directed the deployment and pre-positioning of Rapid Deployment Teams (RDT) across the country to respond to potential threats to facilities and property,” he added. “While...
    The Department of Homeland Security has warned that the United States could see a shortage of generic pharmaceutical drugs if the coronavirus outbreak continues.  According to the report, obtained by ABC News, the department said the country is already seeing shortages of more than 200 drugs and medical supplies due to strains caused by international shutdowns during the pandemic.    Officials concluded that if the outbreak forces another round of widespread shutdowns, many US-based pharmaceutical companies would be 'unable to quickly offset'. 'Chinese factories that produce raw ingredients for common antibiotics closed for weeks as of March and India's lockdown extended until the end of May,' the report said. The Department of Homeland Security has warned that the United States could see a shortage of generic pharmaceutical drugs if the coronavirus outbreak continues According to officials, 'France, Germany, and China have also considered re-imposing lockdown measures as COVID-19 cases have...
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