Latest U.S. Department of Homeland Security News

US, El Salvador sign asylum deal, details to be worked out

Sep. 20, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States on Friday signed an agreement that paves the way for the U.S. to send many asylum-seekers to one of the world's most violent countries, El Salvador. But both countries must first take necessary legal actions and implement major border security and asylum procedures before...

The Latest: US may send some asylum-seekers to El Salvador

Sep. 20, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on an agreement between the U.S. and El Salvador to make it a haven for migrants seeking asylum. (all times local): 5:25 p.m. A copy of an agreement between the United States and El Salvador says the U.S. may send some asylum-seekers to El Salvador but not until both countries...

Cuccinelli emerging as Trump's leading voice on immigration

Sep. 19, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lady Liberty, constructed in this case of paper-mâché, stands about 7-feet-tall or so in the corner of the office of Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. It overlooks Massachusetts Avenue from floor-to-ceiling windows. It wasn't a...

University of California chief Janet Napolitano to step down

Sep. 18, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California President Janet Napolitano, who oversaw historic expansions of the 10-campus system and championed immigrant students, but whose management structure faced criticism and embarrassing scrutiny, said Wednesday she will step down in August 2020. Napolitano, a...

Migrants say they face danger before court in Texas tents

Sep. 18, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico (AP) — Abel Oset was seized with panic. After an 11-country odyssey that began when he and his namesake son fled Cuba, and included a moment on U.S. soil, he was crossing back into America. But he wasn't sure he'd be able to stay. The two were going to plead their case in a court set...

The Latest: US begins tough new policy on asylum seekers

Sep. 13, 2019 1:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. denial of asylum claims from Central Americans (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The Trump administration has begun enforcing radical new restrictions on who qualifies for asylum as tens of thousands of migrants wait on the Mexican border, seeking refuge. The new U.S. policy...

US tells migrant woman 8 months pregnant to wait in Mexico

Sep. 6, 2019 2:51 PM EDT

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) — Eight-and-a-half-months pregnant and experiencing contractions, a Salvadoran woman who had crossed the Rio Grande and was apprehended by the Border Patrol was forced to go back to Mexico. Agents took her to the hospital, where doctors gave her medication to stop the contractions....

Judiciary panel subpoenas Homeland Security over pardons

Sep. 4, 2019 7:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed the Department of Homeland Security over questions about whether officials were offered pardons by President Donald Trump. The committee issued the subpoenas Wednesday, having approved them in July. House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said...

US plans for fake social media run afoul of Facebook rules

Sep. 3, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook said Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would be violating the company's rules if agents create fake profiles to monitor the social media of foreigners seeking to enter the country. "Law enforcement authorities, like everyone else, are required to use their...

The Latest: West Texas residents grieve at prayer vigil

Sep. 1, 2019 10:12 PM EDT

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — The Latest on a shooting in West Texas (all times local): 9 p.m. Hundreds of West Texas residents stood and bowed their heads together, reciting the Lord's Prayer at a vigil for those killed in Saturday's mass shooting. In Spanish and English, pastors asked those gathered at the...