Latest U.S. Department of Homeland Security News

US sends first non-Guatemalan migrant families to Guatemala

Dec. 12, 2019 7:37 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — Guatemala on Thursday received the first families of migrants sent by the United States under an agreement to return non-Guatemalans who passed through that country on their way to the U.S. border. The national migration agency confirmed the arrival of 14 people, seven from Honduras...

US says no new foreign military students until better checks

Dec. 12, 2019 2:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — No new international military students will come to the United States for training until new screening procedures are in place, the Pentagon said Thursday in the wake of the deadly shooting last week by a Saudi Arabian aviation trainee at a Florida Navy base. The Defense Department's...

Pentagon watchdog investigating $400M border wall contract

Dec. 12, 2019 1:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department's internal watchdog is investigating a $400 million border wall contract awarded to a firm that used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job. The Pentagon's inspector general sent a letter Thursday to House Homeland Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson...

Report: Teen who died in US custody unresponsive for hours

Dec. 5, 2019 11:15 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A flu-ridden 16-year-old from Guatemala writhed in agony inside a U.S. Border Patrol cell and collapsed on the floor where he lay for several hours before he was found dead, according to video released Thursday that further calls into question the Trump administration's treatment of...

DHS retreats on possible facial screening of US citizens

Dec. 5, 2019 6:45 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is backing away from requiring that U.S. citizens submit to facial-recognition technology when they leave or enter the country. The department said Thursday that it has no plans to expand facial recognition to U.S. citizens. A spokesman said DHS will delete...

Lawsuit: US border officers questioned journalists at length

Nov. 21, 2019 12:00 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Five American journalists sued the U.S. government Wednesday, alleging border authorities violated their First Amendment rights by inspecting their cameras and notebooks and questioning them extensively about their coverage of last year’s migrant caravan. The lawsuit filed by the...

Warren unveils a plan to combat white nationalist crime

Nov. 19, 2019 9:12 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren has released a proposal to combat white nationalism that includes making prosecuting crimes committed by hate groups a top priority for the departments of Justice and Homeland Security. The Massachusetts senator and Democratic presidential candidate promises to use both...

Data shows upswing in child exploitation cases

Nov. 14, 2019 1:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government investigators who uncover child exploitation initiated more than 4,000 cases around the world in the 2019 budget year, resulting in thousands of arrests and the identification of more than 1,000 victims, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The caseloads are...

New acting DHS head takes over; hard-liner named as deputy

Nov. 14, 2019 12:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest official to lead the Department of Homeland Security has been sworn in and has named as his deputy a fervent supporter of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies who had been in the running for the top job himself. Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, the fifth person to...

Court rules against warrantless searches of phones, laptops

Nov. 12, 2019 11:10 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A federal court in Boston has ruled that warrantless U.S. government searches of the phones and laptops of international travelers at airports and other U.S. ports of entry violate the Fourth Amendment. Tuesday's ruling in U.S. District Court came in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil...