Latest U.S. Department of Homeland Security News

Fate of FEMA leader in doubt as Florence cleanup continues

Sep. 19, 2018 12:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — While Hurricane Florence barreled through the Carolinas, a different type of storm was brewing within the federal disaster relief agency tasked with responding to the fallout. The fate of Brock Long, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, was cast in doubt with revelations...

FEMA head says he'll stay on job amid watchdog investigation

Sep. 16, 2018 11:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the government's disaster relief agency says he has no intention of stepping aside, especially during Florence, despite being under investigation by a federal watchdog. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long says, "I'm here to serve my country every day....

FEMA head denies intentionally misusing federal vehicles

Sep. 13, 2018 3:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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. Brock Long discussed the investigation, first reported by Politico, at...

The Latest: Florence now a Category 2 storm, still dangerous

Sep. 12, 2018 11:17 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Florence (all times local): 11:00 p.m. Hurricane Florence has been downgraded to a Category 2 storm but it is still considered an extremely dangerous and life-threatening storm. As of 11 p.m., the storm was centered 280 miles (455 kilometers) east southeast of...

Trump OKs sanctions for foreigners who meddle in elections

Sep. 12, 2018 4:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday authorizing sanctions against foreigners who meddle in U.S. elections, acting amid criticism that he has not taken election security seriously enough. "We felt it was important to demonstrate the president has taken command of...

US says transfer from FEMA funds won't harm hurricane relief

Sep. 12, 2018 3:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials pushed back Wednesday against a Democratic senator's claim that nearly $10 million from the government's disaster relief agency was transferred to immigration enforcement. Sen. Jeff Merkley's claim, which came as a monster hurricane barreled toward the...

Nielsen: Election security among biggest security threats

Sep. 10, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says risks to election security are now among the "principal security threats" facing the country. Nielsen spoke Monday at a summit on election security in suburban St. Louis. The two-day summit is focused partly on halting threats to the...

Trump administration moves to detain migrant families longer

Sep. 6, 2018 3:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday moved to abandon a longstanding court settlement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept locked up, proposing new regulations that would allow the government to detain families until their immigration cases are decided. Homeland Security...

DHS Secretary: Election security is a priority

Sep. 5, 2018 12:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Election security wasn't a mission initially envisioned for the Department of Homeland Security, the sprawling department creating after the Sept. 11 attacks. But it's now one of the highest priorities, Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday. Nielsen said in a speech the department...

Election security bill backers say delay helps Russia

Sep. 4, 2018 10:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two months before the midterm elections, bipartisan legislation to try to prevent foreign hacking into U.S. election systems is stalled in Congress as the White House and some Republicans worry it could exert too much federal control over the states. Supporters of the bill say the...