Latest U.S. Department of Homeland Security News

North Carolina officials emphasize voting security efforts

Oct. 17, 2019 3:36 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Countering any voter anxieties about the integrity of the ballot box, North Carolina officials embarked Thursday on a public campaign to highlight current safeguards and strategies against interference entering the 2020 elections. The "Your Vote Counts NC" effort will emphasize social...

Suit says feds using immigration marriage interviews as trap

Oct. 12, 2019 12:47 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Alyse and Elmer Sanchez were thrilled when they survived their "green card" interview, a crucial step in obtaining lawful status in the United States. She texted her family from the immigration office as relief washed over her: The officer had agreed that their marriage is legitimate....

McAleenan, acting Homeland Security secretary, stepping down

Oct. 11, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kevin McAleenan, a career civil servant who became the unlikely point man for President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies, is stepping down as acting Homeland Security secretary after six months on the job. McAleenan told The Associated Press he was leaving on his own terms...

President Donald Trump says acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan is stepping down

Oct. 11, 2019 7:51 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan is stepping down.

State AG sues over refusal to honor state's pardon system

Oct. 11, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's Attorney General William Tong filed a lawsuit Thursday against federal immigration enforcement agencies over the refusal to honor the state's pardon system as it relates to immigration. According to the suit, Tong argued the agencies abandoned 66 years of practice by...

Suit says feds using immigration marriage interviews as trap

Oct. 8, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Alyse and Elmer Sanchez were thrilled when they survived their "green card" interview, a crucial step in obtaining lawful status in the United States. She texted her family from the immigration office as relief washed over her: The officer had agreed that their marriage is legitimate....

Immigration protesters shout down acting DHS secretary

Oct. 7, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan left an immigration policy conference Monday without speaking after protesters shouted him down. McAleenan was scheduled as the keynote speaker at Georgetown University Law Center during an annual immigration law and policy conference...

Trump scolds Romney over criticism about Trump's China words

Oct. 5, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Republican leaders were silent or supportive of President Donald Trump's public call for another foreign government, China, to investigate his political foe, while a handful voiced concern that the president was trying to enlist a rival power in his reelection effort. Several House...

Ex-federal agent convicted in green card scam case

Oct. 4, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A former supervisor in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been convicted in connection with a green card fraud scheme that bilked immigrants out of millions of dollars. Johnny Martin was convicted in San Diego federal court Friday of making a false statement to a federal agent....

Iranian hackers said to target presidential campaign

Oct. 4, 2019 6:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Microsoft said Friday that hackers linked to the Iranian government targeted a U.S. presidential campaign, as well as government officials, media targets and prominent expatriate Iranians. Overall, the hackers attempted to penetrate 241 accounts — four successfully — though...