Latest U.S. Department of Homeland Security News

GOP election chief who rejects fraud claims named to fed job

Oct. 26, 2021 14:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican secretary of state who challenged former President Donald Trump's false claims of election fraud in 2020 will lead the Biden administration's effort to protect future elections. Kim Wyman, 59, has led elections in Washington state for...

GOP election chief who rejects fraud claims up for fed job

Oct. 25, 2021 21:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican secretary of state who challenged former President Donald Trump's false claims of election fraud in 2020 is the front-runner for a job heading the Biden administration's effort to protect future elections, according to people familiar with the discussions. ...

Secrecy shrouds Afghan refugees sent by US to base in Kosovo

Oct. 23, 2021 12:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is welcoming tens of thousands of Afghans airlifted out of Kabul but has disclosed little publicly about a small group who remain overseas: dozens who triggered potential security issues during security vetting and have been sent to an American base in the Balkan...

US Homeland Security secretary tests positive for COVID

Oct. 19, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tested positive Tuesday for COVID-19 and is isolating at home, the agency said. The secretary has been fully vaccinated and is experiencing only “mild congestion,” DHS said in a statement. ...

Haitian group files complaint over treatment of migrants

Oct. 18, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A civil rights group filed a federal complaint Monday on behalf of a Haitian American group in Boston over the treatment of nearly 50 Haitians who recently arrived in Massachusetts as part of a wave of migrants from the struggling Caribbean nation. Lawyers...

Indiana county may cash in as Illinois bans detentions

Oct. 16, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

BRAZIL, Ind. (AP) — Clay County is a lot like the other counties around it: rural, overwhelmingly white, lower middle class, and very Republican. But one thing that sets the county apart is its local jail, which is the only jail in Indiana that holds immigrants and asylum-seekers in U.S....

Federal immigration agents to end practice of worksite raids

Oct. 12, 2021 16:15 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal immigration agents will end mass workplace arrests of immigrant employees suspected of living in the U.S. without legal permission, according to a memo issued Tuesday by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Instead, the focus will shift...

Passenger detained at LaGuardia after flight evacuated

Oct. 09, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A passenger aboard a Republic Airways flight from Indianapolis was taken into custody on the tarmac of LaGuardia Airport, shortly after the plane touched down Saturday afternoon. Authorities said another passenger had reported the man acting suspiciously...

Mexico wants progress on US extraditions, arms trafficking

Oct. 05, 2021 19:38 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico said it wants to see more U.S. action on extraditions and weapons trafficking at security meetings scheduled for Friday with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Mexico’s top diplomat said Tuesday he wants to see faster extraditions of...

US resumes Afghan refugee flights after measles shots

Oct. 04, 2021 18:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghan refugees will soon be arriving again in the U.S. after a massive campaign to vaccinate them against measles following a small outbreak that caused a three-week pause in evacuations, officials said Monday. Authorities have administered the...