Latest Kevin McAleenan News

Migrants say they face danger before court in Texas tents

Sep. 18, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — Abel Oset was seized with panic. After an 11-country odyssey that began when he and his namesake son fled Cuba, and included a moment on U.S. soil, he was crossing back into America. But he wasn't sure he'd be able to stay. The two were going to plead their case in a court set...

El Salvador sends police, soldiers to patrol border

Sep. 12, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

LA HACHADURA, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador is deploying 800 police and soldiers to patrol blind spots along its borders where migrant smugglers and transnational criminals operate. Justice and Public Safety Minister Rogelio Rivas said Thursday that the contingent will be joined by about 300 immigration...

Judiciary panel subpoenas Homeland Security over pardons

Sep. 4, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed the Department of Homeland Security over questions about whether officials were offered pardons by President Donald Trump. The committee issued the subpoenas Wednesday, having approved them in July. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said...

The Latest: West Texas residents grieve at prayer vigil

Sep. 1, 2019 10:12 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a shooting in West Texas (all times local): 9 p.m. Hundreds of West Texas residents stood and bowed their heads together, reciting the Lord's Prayer at a vigil for those killed in Saturday's mass shooting. In Spanish and English, pastors asked those gathered at the...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Aug. 31, 2019 7:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan; Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" — Pete Gaynor, acting head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency; Democratic presidential candidate...

El Salvador busts alleged migrant smuggling network, nabs 25

Aug. 29, 2019 3:10 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — At least 25 people were arrested across El Salvador on Thursday, including businesspeople, lawyers and a former police officer, as part of an operation to break up an alleged migrant smuggling network. Authorities said they conducted raids in a number of municipalities and...

House Dems say Trump admin blocking visits to border sites

Aug. 29, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Oversight and Reform Committee is objecting to the Trump administration's decision to block committee staffers from conducting additional visits at 11 border detention facilities after visits last week revealed serious problems. The committee chairman, Democratic Rep. Elijah...

US, El Salvador to boost cooperation on security, migration

Aug. 28, 2019 10:26 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — U.S. and Salvadoran officials signed a letter of intent Wednesday to strengthen cooperation on security and migration during a visit by the acting U.S. homeland security secretary to the Central American nation. Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan said the deal focuses on...

Questions after US turns away Palestinian Harvard freshman

Aug. 28, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Palestinian student trying to start classes at Harvard University was denied entry to the U.S. in a case that critics of the Trump administration call emblematic of overly invasive screening at border checkpoints. Ismail Ajjawi, who had been living in Lebanon, was refused entry into the...

US homeland security chief tours Panama jungle migrant camp

Aug. 23, 2019 6:44 PM EDT

PENITAS, Panama (AP) — The acting U.S. homeland security secretary visited a camp in the Panamanian jungle Friday housing hundreds of migrants who survived the perilous border crossing from Colombia, usually heading for the United States. Kevin McAleenan arrived by SUV in Penitas shortly before midday and...