Latest U.S. Department of Homeland Security News

Homeland Security chief: Family border separations are down

Jul. 18, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Trump administration official said Thursday the number of family separations at the border has fallen since last summer's zero tolerance policy, and they are done only for compelling reasons. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said fewer than 1,000 children have been...

Trump moves to effectively end asylum at southern border

Jul. 15, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reversing decades of U.S. policy, the Trump administration said Monday it will end all asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border — the president's most forceful attempt yet to block asylum claims and slash the number of people seeking refuge in...

Police: 69-year-old man dies after attacking migrant jail

Jul. 14, 2019 6:34 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 69-year-old man armed with a rifle threw incendiary devices at an immigration jail in Washington state early Saturday morning, then was found dead after four police officers arrived and opened fire, authorities said. The Tacoma Police Department said the officers responded about 4...

Dems, Republicans air warring views on migrants' conditions

Jul. 12, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four House Democratic freshmen who recently toured detention stations for migrants along the Texas border told a House committee Friday of jam-packed, fetid holding areas "in front of the American flag" and accused President Donald Trump of intentional cruelty to discourage future...

The Latest: Trump approves federal declaration due to Barry

Jul. 11, 2019 10:52 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a tropical weather system in the Gulf of Mexico (all times local): 10:45 p.m. President Donald Trump has declared a federal declaration of emergency for Louisiana ahead of Tropical Storm Barry's expected landfall late Friday or early Saturday along the state's coast. The...

The Latest: Immigration sweeps won't target storm evacuees

Jul. 11, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

The Latest on immigration raids (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Officials say migrant families who are evacuating due to Tropical Storm Barry will not be targeted during a nationwide immigration enforcement operation that could happen as soon as this weekend. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said in a news...

House panel authorizes subpoenas tied to Mueller report

Jul. 11, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to authorize subpoenas for 12 people mentioned in special counsel Robert Mueller's report , including President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The panel also voted to authorize subpoenas for...

US returns first asylum seekers to violent Nuevo Laredo

Jul. 9, 2019 9:28 PM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — A U.S. policy to make asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their cases wind through clogged U.S. immigration courts expanded to a fourth Mexican border city Tuesday with the arrival of a first group of migrants to the violent city of Nuevo Laredo. The 10 migrants crossed the...

House Judiciary will vote on subpoenas for Kushner, Sessions

Jul. 9, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee is moving to authorize subpoenas for several people tied to special counsel Robert Mueller's report, including President Donald Trump's son in law, Jared Kushner, and former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The resolution coming up for a vote Thursday would...

Border numbers drop amid heat, Mexico crackdown

Jul. 9, 2019 6:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security officials said Tuesday there was a 28% drop in the number of migrants encountered by Customs and Border Protection last month, amid a crackdown on migrants by Mexico. There were 104,344 people encountered in June, down from 144,278 the month before. Homeland Security...