Latest U.S. Department of Homeland Security News

Trump moves to end limits on detention of migrant children

Aug. 21, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to end a federal agreement that limits how long immigrant children can be kept in detention. A court fight will almost certainly follow over the government's desire to hold migrant families until their cases are decided. The current settlement overseen...

Schools' active-shooter training video may come with opt-out

Aug. 20, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico's largest school districts is likely to give parents the final say on whether their children see an instructional video on strategies for surviving an active-shooter situation. The district's custom-made safety video was posted on the school district website and...

Whitmer names Saad to lead Michigan's immigration

Aug. 19, 2019 6:39 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has appointed a former U.S. homeland security official to oversee the state's efforts related to immigration. Fayrouz Saad worked at the Department of Homeland Security during Barack Obama's presidency and later served as the city of Detroit's first...

Claims: Migrant children molested in U.S.-funded foster care

Aug. 16, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — This story is part of an ongoing joint investigation between The Associated Press and the PBS series FRONTLINE on the treatment of migrant children, which includes an upcoming film. ___ Dozens of families separated at the border as part of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy...

Concerns raised about immigration cases moving out of state

Aug. 15, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A plan to stop holding federal detention hearings in Connecticut's only immigration court is raising concerns among political leaders and immigrant rights advocates, who say the defendants, their families and lawyers will be unfairly forced to travel out of state to have their day in...

House subpoenas owner of message board tied to mass killings

Aug. 14, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key House committee has subpoenaed the owner of 8chan, an online message board favored by violent white nationalists including the man suspected of killing 22 people in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson and the panel's top Republican...

In New Mexico, US defends authority over parole of migrants

Aug. 13, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Department of Justice is urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by the state of New Mexico that seeks to halt the quick release of asylum seeking migrants into local communities without economic assistance. In a motion filed Monday, Albuquerque-based U.S. Attorney James...

New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

Aug. 12, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced Monday it is moving forward with one of its most aggressive steps yet to restrict legal immigration: Denying green cards to many migrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance. Federal law already requires...

'Let our voices be heard': March against immigration raids

Aug. 11, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — The children of Sacred Heart Catholic Church streamed out into Mississippi's heat on a blistering Sunday afternoon, carrying what they said was a message of opposition against immigration raids their parents could not. "I will not sit in silence while my parents are taken away," read a...

McSally, Homeland Secretary to tour Arizona border center

Aug. 8, 2019 12:19 AM EDT

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Sen. Martha McSally is heading down to the Arizona-Mexico border to meet with Acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan. The Republican senator's office says she and McAleenan will tour the Yuma Border Patrol Processing Center on Thursday afternoon. They will receive a...