Latest U.S. Department of Homeland Security News

Asylum seekers waiting in Mexico seek to stay in US

Mar. 19, 2019 11:57 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Several asylum seekers who are being forced to wait in Mexico while their cases wind through U.S. immigration court told a judge Tuesday that they are afraid to return to Mexico as they await their next hearing — a development that introduces a new wrinkle to a major U.S. policy...

Trump tweets donation check to Homeland Security

Mar. 18, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has tweeted a picture of a $100,000 check he recently wrote to the Department of Homeland Security, his latest donation to a federal agency. Trump pledged as a candidate in 2016 to not accept the $400,000 annual presidential salary he would be due if elected. Trump...

Emerging online threats changing Homeland Security's role

Mar. 18, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Monday that her department may have been founded to combat terrorism, but its mission is shifting to also confront emerging online threats. China, Iran and other countries are mimicking the approach that Russia used to interfere in the...

Judge who blocked deportation to rule on keeping man in US

Mar. 15, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A federal judge who blocked a Maryland resident's deportation while he was on a flight to his native China is weighing whether to allow the man to stay in the U.S. with his family while he seeks to legalize his immigration status. U.S. District Judge George Hazel said he will issue a...

Fate of Venezuelans in US has Trump priorities in conflict

Mar. 13, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the themes President Donald Trump is expected to hammer during his campaign for re-election are at odds as his administration considers whether to offer new deportation protections to tens of thousands of Venezuelans in the U.S. amid ongoing unrest in the South American country....

US immigration agency moves to close international offices

Mar. 12, 2019 9:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is moving toward closing immigration services offices outside the United States, saying it is expected to free up millions of dollars a year to better address a backlog in domestic locations. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services spokeswoman Jessica...

Pentagon seeks base site to house 5,000 migrant children

Mar. 12, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department is reviewing a number of military bases to find a location that can house up to 5,000 unaccompanied migrant children as the U.S. braces for a surge of people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border this spring. The Department of Health and Human Services submitted the...

US expands program making asylum seekers wait in Mexico

Mar. 12, 2019 5:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government said Tuesday it has expanded a program requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases proceed through immigration court. Officials also reported that 240 migrants seeking asylum have been returned to Mexico under the program. Homeland Security officials...

The Latest: Nielsen tells Congress border crisis is real

Mar. 6, 2019 12:46 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen testifying in the House (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says the crisis at the southern border is not manufactured. Nielsen is speaking before the House Homeland Security Committee on...

Homeland Security secretary insists border crisis is 'real'

Mar. 6, 2019 12:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen insisted Wednesday the crisis at the southern border is not manufactured, as she faced questions from Democrats for the first time since they took control of the House. "We face a crisis — a real, serious and sustained crisis at our...