Categories for DHS

30,144. 11/1/2019

DHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Trump will name Chad Wolf to be the next acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, the fifth person in the administration to lead the agency responsible for securing the country. Mr. Wolf was the chief of staff to Kirstjen Nielsen, who was the homeland security secretary until she was replaced this year by Kevin McAleenan, who said last month that he would resign…He declined to say whom the president would nominate to lead the department on a permanent basis. Confusion over Mr. Wolf’s post spread for about two hours late Friday [11-1-19] after the president, responding to rumors that Mr. Wolf would oversee the department, told reporters: ‘Well, he’s right now acting and we’ll see what happens. We have great people in there.’”

Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Maggie Haberman, “Trump to Name Chad Wolf as Acting Secretary,” The New York Times online, November 1, 2019

29,771. 10/22/2019

DHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @FrancoOrdonez: Immigration Hardliners Fight For Cuccinelli To Be Next DHS Secretary : NPR https://t.co/csVNSlfro9

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 22, 2019 9:02 am

29,724. 10/21/2019

DHS/ELECTION/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Nearly a year before the 2020 election, President Trump is running out of options in his search for a leader for the Department of Homeland Security who could win Senate confirmation or even serve in an acting capacity — and still carry out the president’s immigration crackdown. The White House’s top personnel official advised Mr. Trump on Monday [10-21-19] that two potential choices to lead the department, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, the acting director of the agency overseeing legal immigration, and Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, are both ineligible for the position of acting homeland security secretary under the federal law that dictates who can fill secretary positions without Senate confirmation. The Wall Street Journal and Politico first reported the development. Kevin K. McAleenan announced more than a week ago that he would leave as the fourth head of the department in Mr. Trump’s nearly three years in office.”

Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Maggie Haberman, “Trump Running Out of Options for Homeland Security Secretary,” The New York Times online, October 21, 2019

29,398. 10/11/2019

DHS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Kevin McAleenan has done an outstanding job as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. We have worked well together with Border Crossings being way down. Kevin now, after many years in Government, wants to spend more time with his family and go to the private sector….” 

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, October 11, 2019 6:46 pm

28,140. 9/4/2019

DHS/HOUSE OF REPS/IMMIGRATION/INVESTIGATIONS/PARDONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday [9-4-19] subpoenaed the Department of Homeland Security for documents connected to President Donald Trump’s alleged offer to pardon officials who break the law while carrying out his immigration agenda. Trump has denied making such an offer, and his allies have reportedly claimed his closed-door comments — revealed in media reports — were jokes. But Democrats say they want to see the records from inside the department, particularly as the Judiciary Committee weighs the prospect of impeachment…Nadler said his panel will also hold hearings in the coming months related to the issue of pardons as it continues its sweeping investigation into possible obstruction of justice, corruption and abuses of power by the president. The New York Democrat added that the ‘troubling pattern of obstruction of justice would represent a continuation of the misconduct identified in the Mueller report.’”

Kyle Cheney, “Judiciary panel issues subpoena on Trump’s alleged offer to pardon DHS officials,” Politico, September 4, 2019 5:52 pm

28,053. 9/2/2019

DHS/HEALTHCARE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration on Monday [9-2-19] announced that it would reconsider its decision to force immigrants facing life-threatening health crises to return to their home countries, an abrupt move last month that generated public outrage and was roundly condemned by the medical establishment. On Aug. 7, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, without public notice, eliminated a ‘deferred action’ program that had allowed immigrants to avoid deportation while they or their relatives were undergoing lifesaving medical treatment. The agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, had sent letters informing those who had asked for a renewal, which the immigrants must make every two years, that it was no longer entertaining such requests. The letters said that the immigrants must leave the country within 33 days, or face deportation. On Monday, the agency said in a statement that while limiting the program was ‘appropriate,’ officials would ‘complete the caseload that was pending on August 7.’”

Miriam Jordan, “Faced With Criticism, Trump Administration Reverses Abrupt End to Humanitarian Relief,” The New York Times online, September 2, 2019

27,848. 8/26/2019

DHS/IMMIGRATION/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to allow a rule limiting asylum claims to go into effect nationwide while a lower court ruling blocking it is appealed. A federal judge had blocked the Trump administration rule, which dramatically limits the ability of Central American migrants to claim asylum if they enter the US by land through Mexico, nationwide. Earlier this month, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals dialed back the nationwide injunction, saying that it can only apply to migrants claiming asylum in California and Arizona, states that fall under the Ninth Circuit’s jurisdiction. In its filing Monday [8-26-19], the administration laid out its case for the rule, arguing that, among other things, it ‘alleviates a crushing burden on the US asylum system’ and deters migrants from coming to the US…The Trump administration has rolled out a slew of policies in recent weeks to try to curb migration to the United States amid high border apprehension numbers.”

Priscilla Alvarez, “Trump lawyers ask Supreme Court to allow rule limiting asylum claims to go into effect nationwide,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, August 26, 2019 6:04 pm

27,446. 8/14/2019

DHS/FEDERAL FUNDING/ICE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration wants to pour more federal funding into Immigration and Customs Enforcement by shifting money out of other Department of Homeland Security accounts, two House aides and a congressional office confirmed to POLITICO. The move is sure to rile Democrats already angered by what they see as President Donald Trump’s harsh immigration policies, most recently ICE raids across seven Mississippi food-processing plants that resulted in the arrest of 680 workers. Congressional appropriators are reviewing a request from Homeland Security to redirect more money to ICE, aides said. It’s unclear how much the administration wants to move around through a process known as reprogramming, what the funds would be used for or whether the request would require congressional approval. Aides declined to provide details or a copy of the request. House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), however, was quick to throw cold water on the Trump administration’s bid for more ICE funding.”

Caitlin Emma and Jennifer Scholtes, “Trump administration aims to shift money to immigration enforcement,” Politico, August 14, 2019 5:21 pm

27,273. 8/7/2019

DHS/RACISM/TERRORISM/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “White House officials rebuffed efforts by their colleagues at the Department of Homeland Security for more than a year to make combating domestic terror threats, such as those from white supremacists, a greater priority as specifically spelled out in the National Counterterrorism Strategy, current and former senior administration officials as well as other sources close to the Trump administration tell CNN…‘Ultimately the White House just added one paragraph about domestic terrorism as a throw-away line,” a senior source involved in the discussion told CNN. That paragraph mentions “other forms of violent extremism, such as racially motivated extremism, animal rights extremism, environmental extremism, sovereign citizen extremism, and militia extremism.” It made no mention of white supremacists.”

Jake Tapper, “Exclusive: White House rebuffed attempts by DHS to make combating domestic terrorism a higher priority,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, August 7, 2019 7:38 pm

27,157. 8/2/2019

DHS/IMMIGRATION/STEPHEN MILLER/TRUMP PEOPLE: “White House senior adviser Stephen Miller wasn’t getting an immigration regulation he wanted. So he sent a series of scorching emails to top immigration officials, calling the department an ‘embarrassment’ for not acting faster. The regulation in question would allow the Department of Homeland Security to bar legal immigrants from obtaining green cards if they receive certain government benefits. The rule will likely be released in the coming days, according to a pair of current and former Trump officials briefed on the timeline. he emails, which POLITICO obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, shed new light on how aggressively Miller has pressured the Department of Homeland Security to move faster on regulations to limit immigration. Critics say the new rule will be used to shore up Trump’s political base in the coming election year, and that it’s an illegitimate tool to reduce legal immigration. One former Trump official said Miller has maintained a ‘singular obsession’ with the public charge rule, which he’s argued would bring about a transformative change to U.S. immigration.”

Ted Hesson, “Emails show Stephen Miller pressed hard to limit green cards,” Politico, August 2, 2019 4:19 pm

26,955. 7/26/2019

CENTRAL AMERICA/DHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The US signed an asylum agreement Friday [7-26-19] afternoon with Guatemala that could limit the ability of some Central American migrants to claim asylum in the US. The agreement, which President Donald Trump announced in the Oval Office, commits Guatemala to extend asylum to migrants who seek it when they’re moving through the country. Migrants who still decide to journey to the US to claim asylum will be returned to Guatemala, according to acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan…Friday’s agreement is a show of cooperation between the two countries, as they’ve done numerous times before, on the heels of the President’s frustrations with the Guatemala for not moving pressing forward with a ‘safe-third’ agreement. Earlier this month, the US appeared close to signing a safe-third country agreement with Guatemala. But Guatemala’s Constitutional Court blocked the Guatemalan president from signing the agreement.”

Priscilla Alvarez and Geneva Sands, “US signs asylum agreement with Guatemala,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, July 26, 2019 6:17 pm

26,700. 7/18/2019

BORDER/DHS/FAMILY SEPARATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings slammed acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and border conditions during a dramatic congressional hearing Thursday [7-18-19], at one point asking if the department has an ‘empathy deficit.’ Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, demanded ‘improvement’ in a heated exchanged with McAleenan. After McAleenan said they were ‘doing our level best,’ Cummings interrupted and raised his voice: ‘What does that mean? What does that mean when a child is sitting in their own feces, can’t take a shower?Come on, man. What’s that about? None of us would have our children in that position. They are human beings.’ The back and forth was indicative of the frustration held among lawmakers and the department amid deteriorating conditions at the border…Later in the hearing, McAleenan said he would ‘go back and redo’ the zero-tolerance policy if he could, saying the policy played a role in the department losing the public trust.”

Priscilla Alvarez and Geneva Sands, “Chairman Cummings erupts at acting Homeland Security Secretary McAleenan over family separation,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, July 18, 2019 5:06 pm

26,646. 7/17/2019

DHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The United States is — by far — one of the most heavily visited countries in the world. In 2018, nearly 80 million people visited the U.S., pumping over $1 trillion into its economy. Most business travelers and tourists are allowed to stay anywhere from 90 days to six months before returning home. While the vast majority do just that, a few never actually leave. They become ‘overstayers,’ and although it’s a tiny percentage of visa-holders — less than 2 percent —the numbers add up pretty quickly. According to the Department of Homeland Security, more than 700,000 people overstayed their visas last year. While many eventually leave, the aggregate numbers add up: It’s estimated that half of the 12 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are visa overstayers. They didn’t cross the border illegally; they arrived legally but then just did not go home when they were supposed to. Overstayers don’t get nearly the attention that illegal border-crossers do, but they amount to such a big chunk of the undocumented- immigrant population that they shouldn’t be ignored in the immigration debate.”

Martin L. Oppus, “Why Trump’s immigration bonds proposal won’t work,” Politico, July 17, 2019 5:08 am

26,547. 7/13/2019

DHS/OBAMA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “RT @thehill: Former Obama Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned that decriminalization would attract hundreds of thousands of new…”

Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 13, 2019 6:45 am

26,412. 7/10/2019

BUDGET/DHS/HOLIDAY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s July Fourth event and protests surrounding it cost the Washington government approximately $1.7 million and drained the city’s fund for security, according to Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser. The Emergency Planning and Security Fund will be depleted before the end of the 2019 fiscal year and will stand more than $6 million over budget, Bowser said in a letter to the President on Tuesday [7-9-19], citing recent estimates by the District’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. Bowser requested that the Trump administration commit to fully reimbursing the fund, which provides for public safety at events in DC and response support to terrorist threats or attacks in the district, and accommodates requests from the US Secret Service…On Thursday [7-11-19], Bowser told CNN’s John Berman on ‘New Day’ that ‘our experience in working with the White House over several administrations is that the White House pays its bills’ and that if the fund isn’t replenished, the city ‘will either be able to provide less support for upcoming events”’ or be forced to ask DC taxpayers to pay off the debt.”

Kate Sullivan, “DC mayor says Trump’s July 4th bash drained city budget for security,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, July 10, 2019 8:50 am

26,301. 7/5/2019

CITIZENSHIP/DHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP BUSINESS: “After months of silence, President Trump responded on Friday [7-5-19] to reports that the Trump Organization has employed dozens of undocumented immigrants by saying that he doesn’t know whether the organization does or not…The New York Times first reported in December that Victorina Morales, a Guatemalan undocumented immigrant, and several others living in the country unlawfully, had been employed at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., where Mr. Trump was heading on Friday. Many undocumented workers at other Trump properties, including resorts in Philadelphia, Westchester County, N.Y., and Jupiter, Fla., have come forward since then and said they were also employed using phony Social Security numbers and green cards. After the revelations, the Trump Organization said that it had begun to use E-Verify, an electronic verification system that checks documents provided by new hires against Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security records to identify fakes, at all properties.”

Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs and Miriam Jordan, “‘I Don’t Run It’: Trump Responds to Reports of Undocumented Workers at His Properties,” The New York Times online, July 5, 2019

26,235. 7/3/2019

BORDER/DEMS/DHS/ICE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump said on Wednesday [7-3-19] that migrants were ‘living far better’ in Border Patrol detention centers than in their home countries, one day after his own administration reported that children in some facilities were denied hot meals or showers, and that cells were so crowded that migrants begged to be freed. In a series of posts on Twitter, Mr. Trump criticized Democrats who this week visited Border Patrol facilities in Texas, and reported that migrants had been forced to drink from a toilet. Customs and Border Protection officials have disputed that claim…Mr. Trump’s statements followed weeks of public backlash over allegations about the care of migrants who are held in Border Patrol facilities. Last month, a team of lawyers who spoke to migrants at a holding center in Clint, Tex., said children did not have access to soap or showers. The Democratic lawmakers said the asylum seekers were kept in cells without running water and slept on concrete. On Tuesday [7-2-19], the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general backed some of those findings in a report on conditions in detention centers in the Rio Grande Valley. ”

Zolan Kanno-Youngs, “Trump Says Migrants Are ‘Living Far Better’ in Overcrowded Border Facilities,” The New York Times online, July 3, 2019 

26,137. 6/28/2019

BORDER/DHS/IMMIGRATION/MEXICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said Friday [6-28-19] that it appears there will be a 25% decrease in June in numbers of migrants crossing at the US-Mexico border. More than 144,000 migrants had been encountered or arrested at the US-Mexico border in May, the highest monthly total in 13 years. McAleenan credited Trump administration initiatives, especially the increase in interdictions by Mexico over the past three weeks and the return of some asylum seekers to Mexico for the duration of their immigration proceeds, a program McAleenan says is being expanded. That program, however, is being fought in court, including by a union representing asylum officers which opposes the initiative. A dip in border crossings is common during the hot summer months, though McAleenan downplayed the role of seasonal trends in migration, saying that he expects to be able to tell by late July if these initiatives will have a sustained impact. Over recent months, there’s been a dramatic spike in apprehensions at the southern border, particularly of families and unaccompanied minors — overwhelming the administration and prompting a request for emergency funding to the border.”

Priscilla Alvarez, “Administration forecasts 25% decrease in migrant apprehensions at US-Mexico border in June,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 28, 2019 4:54 pm

25,996. 6/25/2019

BORDER/DHS/ICE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Turmoil intensified on Tuesday [6-25-19] inside the agency responsible for securing the country’s borders as a top official was replaced by an immigration hard-liner and former Fox News contributor who last week pushed for nationwide raids to deport undocumented families. That hard-liner, Mark Morgan, will take over as the head of Customs and Border Protection, administration officials said Tuesday. The move again overhauls leadership at the Department of Homeland Security, which is responsible for cybersecurity, disaster relief and the enforcement of customs, border and immigration law, just two months after a purge of officials destabilized the agency…The White House in recent months has installed multiple officials at the department who have gone on television to support Mr. Trump’s more aggressive immigration policies, using certain officials to knock out others without any clear vision for homeland security. Each of the homeland security agencies responsible for enforcing immigration policy — Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services — is led by an acting official.”

Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Maggie Haberman, “‘A Constant Game of Musical Chairs’ Amid Another Homeland Security Shake-,” The New York Times online, June 25, 2019

25,905. 6/20/2019

DHS/ICE/IMMIGRATION/LEGAL/MASSACHUSETTS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge in Massachusetts on Thursday [6-20-19] blocked federal authorities from making civil immigration arrests inside the state’s courthouses. District Judge Indira Talwani issued a preliminary injunction that blocks US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security ‘from civilly arresting parties, witnesses, and others attending Massachusetts courthouses on official business while they are going to, attending, or leaving the courthouse,” according to the court order. The order follows a lawsuit from Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan and Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, the Committee for Public Counsel Services — Massachusetts’ public defender agency, and advocacy group Chelsea Collaborative. It also comes after a Massachusetts judge and a former court officer were accused in April of helping a twice-deported undocumented defendant elude immigration authorities by slipping out a rear courthouse door.”

Kate Sullivan, “Massachusetts federal judge blocks ICE from making civil immigration arrests inside state’s courthouses,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, June 20, 2019 5:27 pm

25,850. 6/18/2019

DHS/ICE/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Immigration and Customs Enforcement in recent days has bulked up the branch responsible for carrying out deportations in preparation for the mass arrests of undocumented immigrants, two Department of Homeland Security officials said on Tuesday [6-18-19], adding that the agency could not immediately deport “millions of illegal aliens” as President Trump had promised the night before. Senior ICE officials, many of whom were blindsided by Mr. Trump’s tweet, have signaled for weeks that the agency would conduct raids targeting thousands of migrant families in homes and communities, something one of the homeland security officials confirmed on Tuesday was expected in the coming weeks. ICE has requested that agents in Homeland Security Investigations — the branch of the agency that conducts long-term investigations into human trafficking and drug smuggling — assist Enforcement and Removal Operations, which deports undocumented immigrants, according to the two homeland security officials.”

Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Michael D. Shear, “ICE Signals Mass Immigration Arrests, but Not the ‘Millions’ Trump Promised,” The New York Times online, June 18, 2019

25,240. 5/23/2019

BORDER/DHS/GOP/TRUMP PEOPLE/WALL: “President Donald Trump has ‘aggressively’ pushed for the Army Corps of Engineers to award a contract to a North Dakota-based construction company to build sections of his proposed wall along the southern US border, The Washington Post reported Thursday [5-23-19]. Citing conversations with multiple unnamed administration officials, the paper said the President has been pushing Department of Homeland Security leaders and Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, the commanding general of the Army Corps of Engineers, to award a contract potentially worth billions of dollars to Fisher Industries, ‘whose top executive is a GOP donor and frequent guest on Fox News.’ The Post said Trump’s push for the contract with Fisher, which is suing the federal government over its solicitation process for border wall contracts, ‘has alarmed military commanders and DHS officials.’ The President, who has ‘repeatedly’ lobbied on behalf of the company to officials, again brought it up on Thursday during an Oval Office meeting about the border wall with Semonite, the paper said. Trump, according to officials the Post spoke to, ‘immediately brought up Fisher’ during the meeting.”

Devan Cole, “Washington Post: Trump ‘aggressively’ pushing for GOP donor’s company to get border wall contract,” CNN Politics, CNN.com, May 23, 2019 10:46 pm

25,205. 5/22/2019

BORDER/CHILDREN/DEMS/DHS/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The House Homeland Security Committee broke out in a skirmish today after Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.) accused the Trump administration of intentionally killing immigrant children at the border. Underwood’s comments — in which she said a recent string of child deaths were ‘intentional’ and a ‘policy change’ — came during the testimony of acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan…Republicans quickly jumped on Underwood’s comments, arguing that she violated House rules that prevent members from impugning a witness. After repeating her comments a second time, Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) briefly gaveled out the committee amid protests. When the committee returned, it voted 9-7 to strike Underwood’s comments from the record. The controversy came two days after a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy died in custody near Hidalgo, Texas — the fifth migrant child to due in U.S. custody since December.”

Ian Kullgren, “Democratic congresswoman: Immigrant child deaths are ‘intentional’ Trump administration policy,” Politico, May 22, 2019 11:28 am

25,138. 5/21/2019

DHS/IMMIGRATION/NOMINATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Trump is expected to name Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, a former attorney general of Virginia and an immigration hard-liner, as his choice to coordinate the administration’s immigration policies, a White House official confirmed on Tuesday [5-21-19]. Mr. Trump has been considering creating an immigration ‘czar’ for months. But the specifics of Mr. Cuccinelli’s role — including his title and the scope of his duties — are still being hashed out, according to the official. And while the position was originally conceived of as a White House job, Mr. Cuccinelli is expected to be based in the Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Cuccinelli met with Mr. Trump in the Oval Office on Monday, along with nearly a dozen other administration officials, including Kevin K. McAleenan, the acting secretary of homeland security. By Monday evening, Mr. Cuccinelli had begun placing calls to people to alert them that he expects to get the job, according to people familiar with the discussions.”

Maggie Haberman and Zolan Kanno-Youngs, “Trump Expected to Pick Ken Cuccinelli for Immigration Policy Role,” The New York Times online, May 21, 2019

25,078. 5/17/2019

DHS/ICE/IMMIGRATION/STEPHEN MILLER/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Acting Homeland Security Director Kevin McAleenan threatened to step down this week if he did not get more authority over his agency in response to another attempt by White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller to dictate agency hiring, The Washington Post reported Friday [5-17-19]. The clash highlights yet another instance of Miller causing tension with his far-reaching influence as a counselor on immigration matters to President Donald Trump. The private confrontation centered on Miller’s advice to Trump that he should pick Mark Morgan — whom Trump has named to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement — for commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, and keep current acting ICE Director Matthew Albence in his role, the paper reported. Three Trump administration officials told the Post that McAleenan informed senior White House officials that he, not Miller, leads the department and that he should have at least a hand in departmental hiring choices. McAleenan met with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, the officials said. One Trump aide described the internal turmoil surrounding the issue as akin to an ‘immigration knife fight.’”

Caroline Kelly, “Washington Post: Acting Homeland Security chief threatened to leave over Stephen Miller,” The New York Times online, May 17, 2019 10:48 pm