Homeland Security Department

How the Trump Administration Eroded Its Own Legal Case on DACA

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — When Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared before news cameras at the Justice Department in early September 2017 to announce that President Trump was ending deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants, he knew the administration had left itself more legally vulnerable than it should have. At a contentious meeting […]

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U.S. Agreement With El Salvador Seeks to Divert Asylum Seekers

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — The Trump administration signed an agreement with the government of El Salvador on Friday that could force Central American migrants traveling through El Salvador to seek refuge in that violent and dangerous country instead of in the United States. The agreement is a win for President Trump and […]

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White House Fires Homeland Security Dept.’s General Counsel

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — The White House on Tuesday fired John Mitnick, the general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security, after months of shake-up at an agency responsible for carrying out President Trump’s immigration agenda. “We thank John for this service, and we wish him well,” a department spokeswoman said Tuesday […]

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Staring Down a 3-Week Deadline, Congress Braces for Another Brutal Funding Fight

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — Congress is bracing this month for another round of bitter spending battles over President Trump’s promised border wall and his immigration agenda, with only three weeks remaining before the government runs out of money. With the memory of the nation’s longest government shutdown still fresh in their minds, […]

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What Is the Refugee Program and Why Does the Trump Administration Want to Make Cuts?

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is looking to cut the number of refugees who come to the United States to escape persecution and humanitarian crises, a program that formally dates back to 1980, though the United States had long been accepting refugees and had established its image as a haven […]

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Judge Rules Terrorism Watchlist Violates Constitutional Rights

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that a federal government database that compiles people deemed to be “known or suspected terrorists” violates the rights of American citizens who are on the watchlist, calling into question the constitutionality of a major tool the F.B.I. and the Department of Homeland […]

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Federal Workers’ Children Born Abroad May Not Receive Automatic Citizenship

NYT > U.S. > Politics Children born abroad to certain United States service members and other federal employees will no longer be granted automatic citizenship under a Trump administration policy set to take effect in October. Parents of those children, including those born on military bases, will have to apply for citizenship on the children’s […]

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Migrant Families Would Face Indefinite Detention Under New Trump Rule

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — The Trump administration unveiled a regulation on Wednesday that would allow it to detain indefinitely migrant families who cross the border illegally, replacing a decades-old court agreement that imposed a limit on how long the government could hold migrant children in custody and specified the level of care […]

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Inside the Government, Addressing Domestic Terrorism Has Been Fraught

NYT > U.S. > Politics WASHINGTON — Not long after Barack Obama took office in 2009, a Homeland Security Department analyst produced a report presciently predicting that the deep economic downturn, the rise of social media and the election of the first black president would combine to make race-driven extremism a growing and serious threat […]

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Thousands Are Targeted as ICE Prepares to Raid Migrant Families

NYT > U.S. > Politics Nationwide raids to arrest thousands of members of undocumented families have been scheduled to begin Sunday, according to two current and one former homeland security officials, moving forward with a rapidly changing operation, the final details of which remain in flux. The operation, backed by President Trump, had been postponed, […]

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