Latest U.S. Department of Homeland Security News

Options shrink for Haitian migrants straddling Texas border

Sep. 21, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The options remaining for thousands of Haitian migrants straddling the Mexico-Texas border are narrowing as the United States government was ramping up expulsion flights to Haiti on Tuesday and Mexico began busing some away from the border. More...

Mayorkas says images from US border 'horrified' him

Sep. 21, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas said Tuesday images of what appeared to be Border Patrol agents on horseback rounding up migrants trying to cross the southern border “horrified” him, but he stopped short of calling the new influx of migrants there a crisis....

EXPLAINER: Biden uses Trump-era tool against Haiti migrants

Sep. 20, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is relying on a contested Trump-era policy as it disperses thousands of Haitian migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border in and around the small South Texas city of Del Rio. Much to the dismay of migrant advocates, the Department...

Official: US to expel Haitians from border, fly to Haiti

Sep. 18, 2021 05:04 AM EDT

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration plans the widescale expulsion of Haitian migrants from a small Texas border city by putting them on flights to Haiti starting Sunday, an official said Friday, representing a swift and dramatic response to thousands who suddenly crossed the...

Dozens of Afghan refugees will resettle in North Dakota

Sep. 17, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota will help settle dozens of Afghan refugees who will begin arriving later this month. The state Department of Human Services said Friday it has been notified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that North Dakota will...

US doubles the fine for people who break mask rule on planes

Sep. 09, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is doubling the fine for people who break the rule requiring masks on planes, trains and other forms of public transit to slow the spread of COVID-19, with President Joe Biden warning Thursday that violators should “be prepared to pay.” ...

The Latest: Taliban decrees end to unapproved demonstrations

Sep. 08, 2021 23:10 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan — The interior ministry of the new Taliban government is seeking to end protests in Afghanistan after days of demonstrations that have brought heavy-handed assaults on protesters. The minister has issued an order to end all protests in the country —...

Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy offered COVID-19 vaccines

Sep. 06, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy are being offered free COVID-19 vaccines — one of many precautions being taken at the military base to prevent the spread of the virus. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said all Afghans and U.S. residents...

US expects to admit more than 50,000 evacuated Afghans

Sep. 03, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 50,000 Afghans are expected to be admitted into the United States following the fall of Kabul as part of an “enduring commitment" to help people who aided the American war effort and others who are particularly vulnerable under Taliban rule, the secretary of...

GOP rift widens amid growing hostility to Afghan refugees

Aug. 28, 2021 11:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the U.S. rushes to evacuate Americans and allies from the chaos of Afghanistan, a growing number of Republicans are questioning why the U.S. should take in Afghan citizens who worked side by side with Americans, further exacerbating divides within the party heading into...