Agents Are Blocked From Using Discretion in Deportation Arrests

The Biden administration had instructed ICE agents to focus on immigrants who were considered a threat. But a judge’s order means millions more could now be targeted for deportation.

#appeals-courts-us, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #decisions-and-verdicts, #deportation, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #mayorkas-alejandro, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

U.S. to Begin Allowing Migrants to Apply for Asylum Under a New System

The rollout of the process for some arrivals at the southwestern border will be small, but could represent the tip of broad changes to the asylum system.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-politics-and-government

Thousands of Migrants Have Been Waiting for Months to Enter U.S.

People from around the world have been lingering on the border, awaiting the end of pandemic restrictions. Their fate remains one of the Biden administration’s biggest challenges on immigration.

#arizona, #asylum-right-of, #border-patrol-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #mayorkas-alejandro, #mexico

D.H.S. Watchdog Said Damaging Findings Removed From Reports Were Already Known

Two House committees were so concerned by the explanation that they requested an array of internal documents related to the reports on sexual misconduct and domestic violence.

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They Grew Up Legally in the U.S., but Can’t Stay After They Turn 21

Children of temporary visa holders who can’t gain permanent residency are one of several groups urging the Biden administration to act on an immigration overhaul.

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G.O.P. Memo Shows Plan to Attack Democrats on Immigration

A document prepared by Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio shows how Republicans plan to weaponize the issue of immigration as part of their midterm campaign strategy.

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2 Men Posing as Federal Agents Tricked Secret Service, U.S. Says

Four Secret Service members were placed on leave after receiving gifts from the men, including rent-free apartments, an affidavit said. One was in the first lady’s protective detail.

#ali-haider, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #homeland-security-department, #impostors-criminal, #secret-service, #taherzadeh-arian, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc

Homeland Security Watchdog Omitted Damaging Findings From Reports

The findings were removed from inspector general investigations of domestic violence and sexual misconduct committed by officers in the department’s law enforcement agencies.

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Yale Museum Surrenders Items as Part of Art Looting Investigation

The 13 artifacts, valued at more than $1 million and all from South Asia, were given to investigators who say some of them are linked to an accused antiquities smuggler.

#art, #art-of-the-past-manhattan-ny, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #district-attorneys, #homeland-security-department, #india, #kapoor-subhash-1949, #museums, #rubin-ladd-foundation, #smuggling, #yale-university-art-gallery

C.D.C. Confirms It Will Lift Public Health Order Restricting Immigration

The agency cited “current public health conditions and an increased availability of tools to fight Covid-19” as grounds for returning in late May to prepandemic policies for admitting migrants.

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U.S. to Provide 35,000 More Seasonal Worker Visas

Alejandro N. Mayorkas, the secretary of homeland security, said the decision was meant to help American businesses in need of workers as the summer approaches.

#foreign-workers, #homeland-security-department, #labor-and-jobs, #mayorkas-alejandro, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #summer-season, #visas

C.D.C. to Lift Order Restricting Immigration During the Pandemic

The change is to take effect in late May, according to people familiar with the planning, and should restore the right of migrants to request asylum once they cross the border into the United States.

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Homeland Security Is Making Plans to Handle a Record Surge of Migrants

Officials are bracing for the number of interceptions at the border to rise much higher if a public health order that has limited immigration during the pandemic is lifted.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Administration Will Vaccinate Migrants at Border

Some migrants who refuse will be detained and placed in removal proceedings, according to directions given to homeland security officials.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #mayorkas-alejandro, #vaccination-and-immunization

Biden Offers Protected Status to Afghans Already in the United States

The program does not provide a path to a green card or citizenship, which many advocates say is warranted for Afghans who risked their lives to assist U.S. forces.

#afghan-americans, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #homeland-security-department, #humanitarian-aid, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trucker Convoy Protesting Covid Mandates Slows Traffic Around Washington

The convoy slowed traffic outside the capital for hours before fading in the afternoon.

#adelanto-calif, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #frederick-md, #hagerstown-md, #homeland-security-department, #masks, #ottawa-ontario, #trucks-and-trucking, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-dc

U.S. Can’t Use Health Rule to Expel Migrant Families Facing Persecution, Court Says

An appeals court said the Biden administration could continue expelling migrant families under the pandemic-era rule, but not to countries where they would be persecuted.

#appeals-courts-us, #asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeland-security-department, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #united-states-politics-and-government

Gold Ingots From 18th-Century Shipwreck Returned to France

The Chinese ingots, illegally harvested from a French frigate that sank while returning from Nanjing, were seized by U.S. investigators when they were put up for auction in California.

#antiques-roadshow-tv-program, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #auctions, #currency, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #homeland-security-department, #nanjing-china, #shipwrecks-historic

Bracing for Biden and Protests, Officials Fortify the Capitol

A security fence, National Guard troops and more police surround the Capitol in preparation for the State of the Union address and a possible truck convoy of protesters.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bowser-muriel-e, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #homeland-security-department, #metropolitan-police-department-dc, #national-guard, #security-and-warning-systems, #state-of-the-union-message-us, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-capitol-police, #united-states-politics-and-government

Democrats Ask Biden to Review Treatment of Black Migrants

Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, is among 100 Democrats seeking a review of how Black migrants are treated by the immigration enforcement system.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-patrol-us, #haiti, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #race-and-ethnicity, #schumer-charles-e, #united-states-politics-and-government

Jan. 6 Panel Examining Trump’s Role in Proposals to Seize Voting Machines

The House committee is looking into efforts by the former president’s outside advisers to create a legal basis for national security agencies to help reverse his defeat in 2020.

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Trump Had Role in Weighing Proposals to Seize 2020 Election Voting Machines

New accounts show that the former president was more directly involved than previously known in plans developed by outside advisers to use national security agencies to seek evidence of fraud.

#cuccinelli-kenneth-t-ii, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #homeland-security-department, #powell-sidney-attorney, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-machines

Democrats in Congress Seek Review of Teams Within the Border Patrol

Lawmakers asked the Government Accountability Office to review “critical incident teams,” and two House committees will conduct a separate investigation.

#border-patrol-us, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #government-accountability-office, #homeland-security-department, #house-committee-on-oversight-and-government-reform, #house-of-representatives, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

11 Hours of Fear, Negotiation and Finally, Relief

The F.B.I. identified Malik Faisal Akram, a British national, as the man who took hostages in a Texas synagogue on Saturday. He was killed during the rescue operation.

#akram-malik-faisal, #colleyville-tex, #dallas-tex, #deaths-fatalities, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #homeland-security-department, #jews-and-judaism, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #rabbis, #synagogues

A Rise in Deadly Border Patrol Chases Renews Accountability Concerns About

The increasing number of deaths adds urgency to questions about when and how agents should engage in high-speed chases as they pursue smugglers and migrants.

#border-patrol-us, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #deaths-fatalities, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #las-cruces-nm, #mayorkas-alejandro, #molix-erik-a-d-2021, #smuggling, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Best Defense Against Another Jan. 6

The United States needs a public health approach to effectively counter mainstream domestic extremism. 

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Haitian Migrants File Lawsuit Protesting Treatment by Border Patrol

Images of Border Patrol agents corralling Black migrants prompted criticism of the Biden administration’s response to an influx of thousands in Del Rio, Texas.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-patrol-us, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #del-rio-tex, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #haiti, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #office-of-professional-responsibility, #rio-grande-river, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states-politics-and-government

Three Months After Hurricane Ida, Residents Are Still Waiting for FEMA Housing

As storms and fires become more severe, disaster housing policy has failed to keep up, leaving people displaced for months on end.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #enterprise-community-partners, #federal-emergency-management-agency, #homeland-security-department, #houma-la, #hurricane-ida-2021, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #lake-charles-la, #louisiana, #mobile-homes-and-trailers, #new-orleans-la

Inside the U.S. Military Base Where 11,000 Afghans Are Starting Over

A New Jersey military base is the only site accepting new Afghan arrivals from overseas. It holds more evacuees than any other U.S. safe haven.

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #homeland-security-department, #military-bases-and-installations, #new-jersey, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #state-department

Many Migrants Are Quickly Expelled, but Others Can Stay. Here’s Why.

The Biden administration is fighting to preserve Title 42, a public health rule that turns back families at the border during the pandemic. But some have been allowed to stay in the United States, despite the rule.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #mexico, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

U.S. Returns Over 900 Confiscated Artifacts to Mali

A Homeland Security investigation had discovered funerary objects, Neolithic relics and more in a shipping container in 2009.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #bamako-mali, #homeland-security-department, #houston-tex, #museums

In Rittenhouse Verdict, Paramilitary Groups See Vindication

His acquittal has reinvigorated support on the right for armed responses to racial justice protests and unrest.

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2 Ivory Smugglers Captured in International Operation, U.S. Says

The undercover joint operation by the U.S. and Congolese governments also resulted in the seizure of millions of dollars’ worth of illegal wildlife plunder.

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Another Attempt to End ‘Remain in Mexico’ Immigration Policy

A court ordered the administration in August to reinstate the program, which forces some migrants to wait in Mexico while their asylum cases are pending.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #homeland-security-department, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #mayorkas-alejandro, #mexico, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Families Separated at Border Under Trump Policy May Each Receive Up to $450,000

After the Trump administration separated migrant parents from children at the southern border, President Biden pledged to make it up to the families.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #family-separation-policy-us-immigration, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Border Patrol Repeatedly Gave Agents Light Punishments, Report Finds

After an inquiry into a private Facebook group where racist memes were shared, 60 employees were found to have violated the agency’s code of conduct. Two were fired.

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U.S. Struggles With Afghan Evacuees Weeded Out, and Now in Limbo

No final decisions have been made, but dozens red-flagged for apparent criminal pasts or links to militants have been sent to a base in Kosovo, where their fate is uncertain.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #homeland-security-department, #kosovo, #mayorkas-alejandro, #national-counterterrorism-center, #united-states-international-relations

Climate Change Poses a Widening Threat to National Security

Intelligence and defense agencies issued reports warning that the warming planet will increase strife between countries and spur migration.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #national-intelligence-estimates, #national-security-council, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

‘It Should Not Have Happened’: Asylum Officers Detail Migrants’ Accounts of Abuse

More than 160 reports, obtained by Human Rights Watch, reveal details of mistreatment that asylum seekers described experiencing from border officials and while in U.S. custody.

#asylum-right-of, #border-patrol-us, #citizenship-and-immigration-services-us, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #homeland-security-department, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trump’s Pentagon Chief Ruled Out Ramping Up Troops at US-Mexico Border

Top national security aides to former President Trump also talked him out of launching military raids against drug cartels inside Mexico.

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Trump’s Pentagon Chief Ruled Out Ramping Up Troops at Border

Top national security aides to former President Trump also talked him out of launching military raids against drug cartels inside Mexico.

#border-barriers, #homeland-security-department, #miller-stephen-1985, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

After Del Rio, Calls for Fairer Treatment of Black Migrants

The treatment of Haitians apprehended in Del Rio, Texas, has galvanized civil rights groups and others to press for change.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #border-patrol-us, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #del-rio-tex, #deportation, #haiti, #haitian-americans, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #magnus-chris-1960, #mayorkas-alejandro, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Ends Workplace Immigration Raids, Reversing Trump Policy

The change comes during a labor shortage in the United States, offering reassurance that undocumented workers are not at risk of being deported en masse.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #deportation, #foreign-workers, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #mayorkas-alejandro, #shortages, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Biden Guidelines Direct ICE to Focus on Immigrants Who Pose Safety Threat

The new priorities, which also give agents broad case-by-case discretion, attempt to undo the indiscriminate immigration arrest policies of the Trump administration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-customs-enforcement-us, #immigration-and-emigration, #mayorkas-alejandro, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Pushes Deterrent Border Policy After Promising ‘Humane’ Approach

The deportation of Haitian migrants is a stark example of how President Biden has deployed some of the most aggressive approaches to immigration put in place by former President Donald J. Trump.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-patrol-us, #deportation, #haiti, #homeland-security-department, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Images of Border Patrol’s Treatment of Haitian Migrants Prompt Outrage

The footage offered a glimpse of the chaos that has been unfolding in Texas and called into question President Biden’s decision to swiftly deport thousands.

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Deported by U.S., Haitians Are in Shock: ‘I Don’t Know This Country’

Haitians who lived abroad for years have been returned to a country in crisis that they barely recognize — often, they say, without a hearing.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #del-rio-tex, #deportation, #haiti, #haiti-earthquake-august-2021, #henry-ariel, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #mayorkas-alejandro

Biden Administration to Deport Haitians in South Texas

More than 14,000 Haitians are camping out under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, awaiting processing by the United States Border Patrol.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-patrol-us, #del-rio-tex, #haiti, #harris-kamala-d, #homeland-security-department, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico

Measles Cases Bring Temporary Halt to Afghanistan Refugee Arrivals in US

The C.D.C. asked that the evacuation flights from overseas bases be suspended after four Afghans were found to be infected.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #homeland-security-department, #measles, #united-states-international-relations

20 Years After 9/11, Top National Security Posts Sit Empty

Two decades after the Sept. 11 attacks, there are again dozens of unfilled Senate-confirmed national security positions.

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