Author Archives: COLLEEN LONG

Number of migrants at southern border tops 100k again

The number of migrants apprehended at the Southern border topped 100,000 for the second month in a row, as the Trump administration manages an ever increasing number of Central American families streaming to the U.S. According to Homeland Security figu… Continue reading

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FBI: 850 open investigations into domestic terrorism

Officials from the Justice and Homeland Security departments say they have more than 850 open investigations into domestic terrorism across the country, and the threat continues to grow. Continue reading

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ACLU seeks to stop Trump on border wall funding

The American Civil Liberties Union on Thursday asked a judge in California to block the Trump administration from building a border wall using funds obtained through his national emergency declaration. Continue reading

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Watchdog: FEMA wrongly released personal data of victims

A government watchdog has found the Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the California wildfires in 2017. Continue reading

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Emerging online threats changing Homeland Security’s role

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday that her department may have been founded to combat terrorism, but its mission is shifting to also confront emerging online threats. Continue reading

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AP Newsbreak: Border agents using firearms less

Firearms use by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agents is on the decline. Continue reading

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Customs officers searching more travelers’ devices

A new watchdog report has found that U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are searching the electronic devices of travelers more often, and are not always following proper protocol. Continue reading

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Trump administration vows to prosecute migrants in future

Trump administration officials are vowing to address some of issues that forced them to decide against criminally prosecuting any of the 42 members of a Central American migrant caravan arrested last weekend. Continue reading

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Border Patrol’s first female chief hopes to inspire women

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost says she hopes she can inspire other women to sign up with the agency, which has just one female agent for every 20 men. Continue reading

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DHS secretary: FEMA chief misused cars, but won’t lose job

The head of the federal disaster response agency used government vehicles without proper authorization, but will not lose his job over it. Continue reading

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AP NewsBreak: DHS Secretary says FEMA head won’t lose job

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says the head of the federal disaster response agency did use government vehicles without proper authorization, but will not lose his job over it. Continue reading

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FEMA head denies intentionally misusing federal vehicles

The head of the government’s disaster relief agency said Thursday he never intentionally misused federal vehicles, following a report he was under investigation by the Homeland Security Department’s internal watchdog. Continue reading

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DHS Secretary: Election security is a priority

Election security wasn’t a mission initially envisioned for the Department of Homeland Security, the sprawling department creating after the Sept. 11 attacks. Continue reading

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Exhausted and subdued, reunited families return to Guatemala

Donelda Pulex stepped off the airplane into the sun, clutching her 5-year-old daughter’s hand and burst into heaving sobs. Continue reading

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Families split at US border return to Guatemala _ reunited

Eleven families who had been detained and separated after they were caught crossing the U.S. border illegally returned home to Guatemala aboard a chartered flight. Continue reading

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DHS, Central American governments gather to talk migration

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is creating an office within the department to help the governments of Central America and Mexico get information about reunifying families following their separation by the Trump administration. Continue reading

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Border Protection says NYC mayor crossed border illegally

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is alleging that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio illegally crossed from Mexico into the U.S. while visiting the El Paso, Texas, area in June, an accusation the mayor’s office flatly denies. Continue reading

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Sessions cites Bible to defend separating immigrant families

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is citing the Bible in defending the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant parents from their children after they enter the U.S. illegally. Continue reading

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Officials: Weinstein to surrender in sexual misconduct probe

Law enforcement officials say Harvey Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities Friday morning to face criminal charges in a months-long investigation into allegations that he sexually assaulted women. Continue reading

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Erosion unearthing bones on New York’s island of the dead

Storms and tides are unearthing the long-hidden bones of Hart Island, the sliver of land where New York City’s destitute dead have for 150 years been sent to be buried and forgotten. Continue reading

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