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    PORTLAND, ORE. - Federal agents in green camouflage uniforms have been taking into custody people in the streets of Portland, not close to federal property that they were sent to protect, in what the ACLU on Friday said "should concern everyone in the United States."  "Usually when we see people in unmarked cars forcibly grab someone off the street we call it kidnapping," said Jann Carson, interim executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon."The actions of the militarized federal officers are flat-out unconstitutional and will not go unanswered."  Gov. Kate Brown said President Donald Trump, who deployed Department of Homeland Security officers to Portland, is looking for a confrontation in the hopes of winning political points elsewhere.  The Democratic governor on Thursday called the actions "a blatant abuse of power by the federal government." Her spokesman, Charles Boyle, said Friday that arresting people without probable cause is "extraordinarily concerning...
    By Andrew Selsky and Gillian Flaccus | Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — Federal agents in green camouflage uniforms have been taking into custody people in the streets of Portland, not close to federal property that they were sent to protect, in what the ACLU on Friday said “should concern everyone in the United States.” “Usually when we see people in unmarked cars forcibly grab someone off the street we call it kidnapping,” said Jann Carson, interim executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon. “The actions of the militarized federal officers are flat-out unconstitutional and will not go unanswered.” Gov. Kate Brown said President Donald Trump, who deployed Department of Homeland Security officers to Portland, is looking for a confrontation in the hopes of winning political points elsewhere. The Democratic governor on Thursday called the actions “a blatant abuse of power by the federal government.” Her spokesman,...
    (CNN)The Trump administration must begin accepting new applications for the Obama-era program that shields undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children from deportation, a federal judge ruled Friday. The order comes nearly a month since the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration's attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. That ruling emphasized that the administration failed to provide an adequate reason to justify scrapping DACA.Judge Paul Grimm of the US District Court for the District of Maryland said Friday that the program is to be restored to its "pre-September 5, 2017 status," meaning the status quo before President Donald Trump tried to terminate it, thereby giving hundreds of thousands of DACA-eligible immigrants the opportunity to apply. What the Supreme Courts ruling means for DACA participants and immigrants"We are extremely pleased and excited by Judge Grimm's order, but it's really just effectuating the decision the Supreme...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Federal officers deployed tear gas and fired less-lethal rounds into a crowd of protesters in Oregon, hours after the the head of the Department of Homeland Security visited Portland and called the demonstrators “violent anarchists.” Video showed many protesters leaving the area near the federal courthouse late Thursday as smoke filled the air. Protests have taken place for nearly two months in Portland, since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. During a visit to Portland earlier Thursday, Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said state and city authorities are to blame for not putting an end to the protests, angering local officials. Mayor Ted Wheeler and other local officials have said they didn’t ask for help from federal law enforcement and have asked them to leave. A few hundred people had gathered near the federal courthouse Thursday night, news...
    PORTLAND -- A 23-year-old Texas man is facing federal charges after he allegedly hit a U.S. Marshal deputy with a hammer in Portland during a night of protests.The Oregon U.S. Attorney's Office released images they say show Jacob Michael Gaines armed with a hammer outside a federal courthouse in downtown Portland on July 11.After Gaines damaged the door to the building, video shows U.S. Marshals in full tactical gear pouring out of the courthouse.Authorities say Gaines attempted to breach the barricaded entrance and as deputies attempted to detain him, he hit a deputy with the hammer three times.The deputy was hit in the shoulder, neck and back but was not seriously hurt.Police on Twitter posted a photo of the hammer they say was recovered at the scene. Gaines was arrested and is charged with one count of assaulting a federal officer. Hammer recovered. pic.twitter.com/Y5Z0qFxF9D— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) July 11, 2020Protests...
    Federal officers deployed tear gas and fired less-lethal rounds into a crowd of protesters in Oregon, hours after the the head of the Department of Homeland Security visited Portland and called the demonstrators “violent anarchists.” Video showed many protesters leaving the area near the federal courthouse late Thursday as smoke filled the air. Protests have taken place for nearly two months in Portland, since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. During a visit to Portland earlier Thursday, Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf said state and city authorities are to blame for not putting an end to the protests, angering local officials. Mayor Ted Wheeler and other local officials have said they didn’t ask for help from federal law enforcement and have asked them to leave. A few hundred people had gathered near the federal courthouse Thursday night, news outlets reported. Police told protesters to...
    Reuters July 16, 2020 0 Comments The U.S. Homeland Security Department said Thursday it will extend restrictions on non-essential travel at U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico through August 20. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced the 30-day extension on Twitter that “close collaboration with our neighbors has allowed us to respond to #COVID19 in a North American approach and slow the travel-related spread of the virus.” Reuters reported Monday that Canada and the United States were set to extend a ban imposed to fight the coronavirus outbreak. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) Categories: News Tagged: Coronavirus Outbreak Responses Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. © 2020 - IJR GDPR Privacy policy Terms of Service Agreement US Extends Non-Essential Travel Restrictions With Canada, Mexico Through August 20
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Homeland Security Department said Thursday it will extend restrictions on non-essential travel at U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico through August 20. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced the 30-day extension on Twitter that "close collaboration with our neighbors has allowed us to respond to #COVID19 in a North American approach and slow the travel-related spread of the virus." Reuters reported Monday that Canada and the United States were set to extend a ban imposed to fight the coronavirus outbreak. (Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    There have been 47 consecutive nights of protests in Portland following the death of George Floyd, but Mayor Ted Wheeler rejected an offer to help from the acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Wheeler, a Democrat, said acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf reached out to his office to offer assistance in quelling the demonstrations. Wheeler responded that his “biggest immediate concern is the violence federal officers brought to our streets in recent days, and the life-threatening tactics [Department of Homeland Security] agents use.” "We do not need or want their help," he added. I told the Acting Secretary that my biggest immediate concern is the violence federal officers brought to our streets in recent days, and the life-threatening tactics his agents use. We do not need or want their help.— Mayor Ted Wheeler (@tedwheeler) July 14, 2020 Wheeler told federal agents to...
    A STATE trooper was fired after admitting to secretly taking photos and a video of a female victim in the shower and saving it to his phone. The former patrol officer has been identified as Keith D. Garrett of Lafayette, Tennessee, by local media WKRN. 2 Keith Garrett, former Tennessee Highway Patrol officer, was fired after admitting that he took photos and video of a female victim in the showerCredit: Macon County Sheriff's Office The news agency said the Federal Bureau of Investigation contacted the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security on June 2 regarding an investigation into Trooper Garrett. The suspect was reportedly interviewed by investigators on June 19. The fired trooper admitted to secretly recording the female victim “while she was nude in the shower” and saving it to his personal phone, the document obtained by WKRN alleges. Investigators have not revealed the relationship, if any, between...
    DETROIT (AP) — An internet domain has been seized as part of an international arms trafficking investigation into gun silencers from China, federal authorities in Detroit said Monday. Visitors to lafoauto.com will find a seizure notice bearing law enforcement shields, according to Homeland Security Investigations. More than 350 suppressors seized by law enforcement across the county were purchased from the website and smuggled into the United States from China as automotive parts. Images on the website resembled firearms components but were advertised as components for vehicles, authorities said in a release. Silencers also are known as suppressors. They reduce the sound and muzzle flash from gunshots. They are illegal to buy or possess in many states without a proper license. “This website, operated from China, blatantly disregarded our customs laws, smuggled illegal silencers into our country, and placed the American public at risk,” said Vance Callender, Homeland Security special agent...
    NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — A planned congressional hearing on the handling of racial harassment at the Coast Guard Academy has been canceled after the commandant of the Coast Guard declined to testify. The hearing before the House committees on Homeland Security and Oversight and Reform had been scheduled for Thursday, the committee's House leaders said. It was to address a report released in June by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, which found the academy failed to properly respond to allegations of harassment on campus. Of 16 allegations of race-based harassment at the academy between 2013 and 2018 identified by the inspector general, the academy failed to properly investigate or handle 11 of them, the report said. The complaints investigated by the Inspector General’s Office included episodes in which cadets used racial epithets, posed with a Confederate flag and and laughed at a blackface video in...
    Donald Trump's former Homeland Security chief has revealed that she deliberately undermined the president's attempt to end protection for 'Dreamers' because it ran contrary to her own beliefs. Elaine Duke, a life-long Republican, served as the acting secretary from July 31, 2017 until December 6 of the same year. Her short tenure coincided with the president's push to end protection from deportation for 700,000 young people known as 'Dreamers', who were brought to the United States as children. Barack Obama had enacted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which shielded them from deportation as long as they did not break any laws. Elaine Duke, outside the White House in Sept 2017, spoke on Saturday to the New York Times Duke's actions in deliberately weakening the policy led the Supreme Court to rule last month that Trump's actions on DACA were unconstitutional.  Duke, 62, told The New York Times in an...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump considered the idea of selling Puerto Rico in 2017 after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria, the former acting Homeland Security secretary told The New York Times in an interview published Friday. "The President's initial ideas were more of as a businessman, you know," Elaine Duke, who was serving as DHS' acting secretary when the hurricane hit the island in September 2017, told the Times. "'Can we outsource the electricity? Can we can we sell the island? You know, or divest of that asset?'" Trump reportedly said, according to Duke in the newspaper interview. "(She said the idea of selling Puerto Rico was never seriously considered or discussed after Mr. Trump raised it.)," the paper reported. Trump has had a fraught history with the US territory since Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria. Nearly 3,000 people died as a result of the storm and...
              PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Protesters who have clashed with authorities in the Pacific Northwest are not just confronting local police. Some are also facing off against federal officers whose presence reflects President Donald Trump’s decision to make cracking down on “violent mayhem” a federal priority. The Department of Homeland Security has deployed officers in tactical gear from around the country, and from more than a half-dozen federal law enforcement agencies and departments, to Portland, Oregon, as part of a surge aimed at what a senior official said were people taking advantage of demonstrations over the police killing of George Floyd to engage in violence and vandalism. In this photo provided by Doug Brown, agents from different components of the Department of Homeland Security are deployed to protect a federal courthouse in Portland, Ore., on Sunday, July 5, 2020. Protesters who have clashed with authorities in Portland...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters who have clashed with authorities in the Pacific Northwest are not just confronting local police. Some are also facing off against federal officers whose presence reflects President Donald Trump’s decision to make cracking down on “violent mayhem” a federal priority. The Department of Homeland Security has deployed officers in tactical gear from around the country, and from more than a half dozen federal law enforcement agencies and departments, to Portland, Oregon, as part of a surge aimed at what a senior official said were people taking advantage of demonstrations over the police killing of George Floyd to commit violence and vandalism. “Once we surged federal law enforcement officers to Portland, the agitators quickly got the message,” said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing operation. The deployment represents somewhat of a departure for DHS, which was created after the Sept. 11,...
    SANTA CRUZ — Former Santa Cruz gang leaders arrested in connection with a 2017 Homeland Security operation have been sentenced to long-term prison sentences as part of federal plea deals struck with the men earlier this year. Former Santa Cruz resident Tomas Rivera, a.k.a. “Jonas Portillo Escobar,” a.k.a. “Profugo,” a.k.a. “Caballo,” was sentenced June 29 in the Northern District of California to 27 years in prison for conspiring to engage in racketeering, extortion by force and murder in aid of racketeering in connection with his role as a leader of the local Santa Cruz-based chapter of the transnational street gang La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13. Rivera, 27, of El Salvador, arrived in Santa Cruz in April of 2016, where he soon stepped in as second-in-command of the Santa Cruz clique of the MS-13 gang, according to a media release from Homeland Security. Related Articles San Jose...
    The House Committee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing about “Examining the National Response to the Worsening Coronavirus Pandemic” on Wednesday morning. The virtual meeting is slated to begin at 11 a.m. but delays are possible. If there is not a livestream available, check back at a later time. Dr. Umair A. Shah, the executive director of the Harris County Public Health, will be among the witnesses to speak during the briefing. 778 new COVID-19 cases, 5 new deaths reported in Bexar County Houston in Harris County and San Antonio are among the nation’s biggest cities where intensive care units are filling up due to the surge in COVID-19 patients, according to the Associated Press. Nearly 80% of the state’s hospital beds are in use. Texas has recorded more than 2,670 deaths and more than 200,000 confirmed cases of the virus. Across the U.S., there have been 3 million...
    The federal government plans to inform foreign nationals living in the United States while they attend universities that their visas will only be eligible for schools that hold in-person classes. "Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States," the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, a Department of Homeland Security program, said in a statement Monday. "The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States." Active students currently in the U.S. enrolled in such programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction, to remain in lawful status, the department said. If found...
    ABC News homeland security analyst Tom Bossert was not impressed by Food and Drug Administration Chief Dr. Stephen Hahn and his failure to explain why President Donald Trump claims 99 percent of coronavirus cases are “harmless.” ABC’s Martha Raddatz conducted an interview with Hahn for This Week, and she began by pressing him over Trump’s claim from the White House that 99 percent of coronavirus cases are “totally harmless.” The interview was similar to the one Hahn gave to CNN’s Dana Bash. In both cases, Hahn was repeated grilled over Trump’s claim, and he deflected both times without providing any evidence to back up the president. Bossert, a former homeland security adviser for the Trump administration, joined Raddtaz later in the show to react to Hahn. While he gave Hahn credit for his insistence that the FDA is working on developing a Covid-19 vaccine, Bossert also ripped Hahn because...
    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...
    (CNN)The Department of Homeland Security announced a new task force Wednesday centered on protecting "American monuments, memorials and statues." "DHS is answering the President's call to use our law enforcement personnel across the country to protect our historic landmarks," said Chad Wolf, acting Secretary of Homeland Security, in a news release. The Protecting American Communities Task Force will coordinate the DHS response, which may include assessing any potential unrest or deploying personnel, according to the press release. DHS will also partner with the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to share information, according to the release. "As we approach the July 4th holiday, I have directed the deployment and pre-positioning of Rapid Deployment Teams across the country to respond to potential threats to facilities and property," Wolf said. "While the Department respects every American's right to protest peacefully, violence and civil unrest will not be tolerated."Earlier this...
    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 Trump administration will reportedly deploy specially trained federal officers to protect American monuments during the Fourth of July weekend. The Department of Homeland Security will dispatch the units to Seattle, Portland and Washington D.C., after ongoing civil unrest over the police killing of George Floyd has carried on for more than a month, according to a memo obtained by Fox News. “The upcoming July 4th holiday weekend has the potential for increased disruptive activity at specific locations across the country that could threaten our personnel and the Federal facilities and property they protect,” according to the memo, written by acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf. “DHS will be forward leaning in preparing to protect federal facilities and property.” The DHS is tapping its Rapid Deployment Teams (RDTs) from the Protecting American Communities Task Force (PACT), which include police who are trained to handle crowd and riot control. It is not...
    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...
    Department of Homeland Security agents came to Santa Ana on Wednesday with an armored vehicle to serve a search warrant, and were not conducting activities related to immigration enforcement, officials said. Congressman Lou Correa, a Santa Ana Democrat, said on social media “this incident is very concerning and alarming to me.” Correa added, “My office and I are investigating this incident.” Earlier today, DHSs Homeland Security Investigations unit conducted an operation in our community. My office and I are investigating this incident. pic.twitter.com/sDxSGGXP6I — Rep. Lou Correa (@RepLouCorrea) June 25, 2020 The incident took place at the 1300 block of Center Dr., Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. It was conducted by a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) response team, which is a branch of the DHS but is not affiliated with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley said. They came to Santa Ana serve a...
    The country’s top border official expects a dramatic rise in the number of migrants who flee home countries in Mexico and Central America and head to the U.S. in the coming months due to economic peril. “What we are seeing right now is that while our economy is struggling, it is by far worse in Mexico, Northern Triangle countries, really in the Western Hemisphere really,” Mark Morgan, who is performing the duties of acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, testified Thursday before the Senate Homeland Security panel. “What I’m concerned is we’re going to see the same pull factors that we have historically, but it’s going to be magnified because what we like to say - the accelerant of COVID,” said Morgan. “Their economic conditions are going to be far worse than ours. We anticipate that we’re going to see an increase, another surge of migration due to...
    Federal Homeland Security agents on Wednesday arrested a Jersey Shore man who they said collected child pornography. Agents began investigating Joseph J. Punderson, 31, of Island Heights after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said. Tracing emails and social media accounts, they learned that Punderson “received and possessed images and videos of child sexual abuse downloaded from the Internet,” Carpenito said. U.S. Magistrate Judge Tonianne J. Bongiovanni ordered Punderson held without bail on charges of receiving and possessing images of child sexual abuse during a Wednesday afternoon teleconference. Carpenito credited special agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Atlantic City, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and the Island Heights Police Department. Handling the case for the government is Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander E. Ramey of Carpenito’s Criminal Division in Trenton.
    (CBS DETROIT) – More than 400 pounds of marijuana was found in a garbage truck that crossed over from Canada Tuesday morning. An X-ray screening on ambassador bridge alerted Detroit border patrol to search the truck. The 36-year-old driver from Ontario faces charges for possession and transportation of illegal drugs. This follows the arrest of a 30-year-old Canadian man who tried to smuggle over 3-thousand pounds of pot through buffalo, New York two weeks ago. © 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Related
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Two Republicans with low-budget campaigns are in a congressional primary runoff Tuesday in Mississippi. The winner advances to the November ballot to face Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. The Republican runoff is between Thomas L. Carey, a retired real estate agent who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2014, and Brian Flowers, a military veteran who works at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station. Thompson won a 1993 a special election and is the longest-serving member of Mississippi’s current congressional delegation. He's also the only Democrat and the only African American representing the state on Capitol Hill. Neither Flowers nor Carey has filed a campaign finance report with the Federal Election Commission. Thompson has more than $1.4 million in his campaign fund. The 2nd District stretches along the Mississippi River, through the Delta and into Jackson. People who voted in a...
    Jody SerranoFriday 10:21PM•Filed to:George FloydGeorge FloydSurveillancePrivacyDepartment of Homeland Securitycustoms and border protection821Protestors look up as a military helicopter flies low onto the crowd.Photo: Roberto Schmidt (AFP via Getty Images)Apparently, the government was watching. The New York Times reports that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) used helicopters, airplanes, and drones in 15 cities to monitor demonstrations that protested the killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis who died after a police officer knelt on his neck to restrain him. Feds Charge Philly Protester With Torching Police Cars After Following Unnerving Online TrailFBI agents used online evidence including an Etsy shop and profiles on LinkedIn and fashion website Read moreThe government’s purported use of surveillance aircraft to monitor protests in cities such as Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, and Minneapolis has set off alarm bells at civil liberties organizations and in Congress. However, the Times report suggests that the...
    Lee Jeffers Facebook Lee Jeffers has been identified as the white man who harassed teenage black girls in a gated community in Florida on Sunday, telling them repeatedly they didn’t ”belong“ in the development. One of the girl’s friends videotaped the incident, and the video has since gone viral. The exchange between Jeffers and a group of teenage girls took place in Wellington, Florida. Breonna Nelson-Hicks, 15, was one of the girls who interacted with Jeffers. Nelson-Hicks is Black. Her grandfather, Tony Nelson, lives in the development. As Breonna and her friends were approaching her grandfather’s house, they say Jeffers pulled over and told them they shouldn’t be there. At one point, Jeffers said, “I don’t care if you take my picture … because you don’t belong in this development.” While one of Breonna’s friends videotaped Jeffers, she went inside her house to get her grandfather. Nelson went on...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security report obtained by AP warns personal information of police across US being leaked online amid protests. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)Acting Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli said Sunday that he does not believe that George Floyd's life would have been spared if he were white. Floyd, a black man, was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis last month. His death has sparked nationwide protests against racism and police violence.Asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer if he thought Floyd would still be alive if he were white, Cuccinelli said, "No, I don't think he would.""What I heard in that eight-and-a-half minute clip was someone who was a bully, who is abusing his position of authority and power in the law," Cuccinelli said in reference to a video of Floyd's death. "And I have a funny feeling, I don't know anything about his professional history, but I have a feeling that we're going to find that he wasn't necessarily that well thought of as a role...
    (CNN)House Democrats are requesting additional information from the Department of Homeland Security after a drone flew to Minneapolis last Friday amid protests and department personnel were deployed to city streets to respond to the unrest, according to a letter sent to acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Friday. "We write with grave concern about the use of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) resources—including drones and armed uniformed officers—to surveil and intimidate peaceful protesters who were exercising their First Amendment rights to protest the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department," says the letter, sent by the House Oversight Committee. DHS has deployed resources nationwide, including in Washington, DC, to assist law enforcement responding to protests stemming from the death of Floyd. "While the Department respects every American's right to protest peacefully, violence and civil unrest will not be tolerated," Wolf said in a statement Tuesday. "We will...
    The Senate Homeland Security Committee on Thursday voted to authorize subpoenas to the FBI and other agencies for records and testimony from Obama-era officials related to the bureau’s original Russia investigation and the Justice Department inspector general’s review of that probe. The committee voted 8-6 to give Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., the authority to send subpoenas as part of the panel’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe and the process of “unmasking.” LIST OF OFFICIALS WHO SOUGHT TO UNMASK FLYNN RELEASED: BIDEN, COMEY, OBAMA CHIEF OF STAFF AMONG THEM The committee authorized subpoenas to the FBI for the production of all records related to the Crossfire Hurricane Investigation—the bureau’s internal code name for the Russia probe, which began in July 2016. The subpoenas would cover all records made available to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz for his review of the Russia probe and alleged misconduct surrounding the Foreign Intelligence...
    House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson is requesting an immediate briefing on the Secret Service's use of tear gas on protestors outside the White House before President Donald Trump's visit to St. John's Episcopal Church. Thompson asked for a briefing "to understand the role of the United States Secret Service in planning, coordinating and executing these actions" to be delivered no later than June 5.Read more White House Says Lights Go Out Same Time 'Almost Every Night' Reverend Says She Was Tear-Gassed for Trump Bible Photo Op Democrats Plan Official Rebuke of Trump for Teargassing Peaceful Protesters On Monday afternoon, tear gas was deployed onto a nonviolent protest in Lafayette Park in Washington D.C., forcing demonstrators to flee the area. Moments later, Trump emerged from the White House, followed by his daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, alongside other administration officials. Trump made his way to St....
    House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson wrote to Secret Service Director James Murray Tuesday, requesting a briefing on how authorities responded to protestors outside the White House ahead of President Trump’s photo-op at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Mr. Thompson, Mississippi Democrat, wrote that he understood the difficult decisions made by secret service agents “in responding to acts of violence,” but was “stunned, disturbed and furious” at Monday evening’s events. “It is shameful that the President used the power of the federal government to attack Americans exercising their Constitutional right to protest just so he could stage a photo opportunity,” he wrote. TOP STORIES George Soros, 89, is still on a quest to destroy America Richmond police chief says rioters blocked firefighters from burning home with child inside Active-duty troops on short alert status outside Washington, Pentagon says Mr. Thompson wants to have the briefing by Friday. Demonstrators...
    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday warned in a memo that “suspected anarchist extremists and militia extremists allegedly planned to storm and burn the Minnesota State Capitol,” Politico reported Monday. The Pioneer Press was unable to independently confirm the warning, which cited FBI information and was contained in a Friday memo sent to law enforcement officials across the country, according to Politico. Asked about the reported memo and threat Monday evening, Minnesota Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell neither confirmed nor denied it specifically, saying “Threats do exist .. I can’t get into specifics.” For days, a robust host of National Guard and law enforcement have been guarding the Capitol in St. Paul, although their numbers are unclear and often not visible from the outside. The St. Paul information, according to Politico, was part of a wider warning that “domestic terrorist actors” might try to exploit First Amendment-protected...
    Homeland Security and the Labor Department have transmitted recommendations to President Trump for next steps in his immigration pause, putting the White House on the clock for its next big decision about whether foreign workers will help or hurt the coronavirus recovery. Both sides are bracing for the worst. Mr. Trump in April announced a 60-day pause on some permanent immigration visas, saying he didn’t want those foreigners to compete with out-of-work Americans seeking jobs as the coronavirus recovery ramps up. TOP STORIES Asphyxiation not the cause of George Floyds death: Autopsy Chattanooga police chief tells officers OK with George Floyd death to turn in badges Rep. Ilhan Omar: Protesters feeling terrorized by National Guard troops, militarized police But the president left untouched the much larger pool of competitors — temporary guest workers, who arrive on non-immigrant visas. He told his Labor and Homeland Security secretaries to report back...
    Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson is considering subpoenas for records and testimony from current and former FBI officials involved in the bureau’s original Russia investigation, as investigations into the origins of that probe ramp back up again on Capitol Hill. Fox News has learned that Johnson is seeking authorization to issue subpoenas next Thursday for documents and testimony related to the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation, the Justice Department inspector general’s review of that investigation, and the “unmasking” of U.S. individuals affiliated with the Trump campaign, transition teams, and the Trump administration. SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TO VOTE ON SUBPOENAS IN REVIEW OF RUSSIA PROBE “Crossfire Hurricane” was the FBI’s internal code name for the bureau’s original investigation, beginning in July 2016, into whether members of the Trump campaign were colluding with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. That investigation was launched by the FBI in...