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Along the Border, an 'Unexpected Reprieve' for Biden

Illegal migrant crossings have plummeted 54% since December, per government figures

(Newser) - News along the southern border is offering the Biden administration "an unexpected reprieve" as the November election looms. Internal government stats show that illegal migration from Mexico into the US has fallen 54% from December to May, with US Border Patrol officials recording a daily average of 3,700...

Attending Pride Events? Heed This FBI Warning

FBI, Homeland Security warn that terrorists may target next month's celebrations

(Newser) - Those planning to attend June's Pride Month celebrations should be on the watch for terrorist threats, according to the FBI and Homeland Security. The security agencies warned of the "potential targeting of LGBTQIA+-related events and venues" by foreign terrorist organizations and their supporters in a news release , which...

Agents Raid Combs' Properties
Agents Raid Combs' Properties

Agents Raid Combs' Properties

Hip-hop mogul faces accusations of sex trafficking in lawsuits

(Newser) - Federal agents searched homes in Miami and Los Angeles on Monday that are associated with Sean Combs, who has been accused in lawsuits of sexual assault and sex trafficking. The raid was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, NBC News reports, under warrants issued by the Southern District of...

House Votes Against Impeaching Mayorkas
House Votes Against
Impeaching Mayorkas

House Votes Against Impeaching Mayorkas

Measure failed in 214-216 vote

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. The House held a historic vote Tuesday on impeaching Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas—and the move was shot down in a massive defeat for House Speaker Mike Johnson. The speaker had insisted he had enough votes for impeachment, but the measure...

House Preps for Historic Cabinet Impeachment Vote
House Preps for Historic
Cabinet Impeachment Vote
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House Preps for Historic Cabinet Impeachment Vote

Republicans hope to impeach DHS secretary Mayorkas, but the margin is slim

(Newser) - With an unprecedented vote, lawmakers will decide Tuesday evening whether Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas becomes the first Cabinet member impeached by the House in nearly 150 years. The House will vote on two articles of impeachment advanced by the Republican-controlled House Homeland Security Committee. Here's what to know:...

House GOP Pushes Ahead With Mayorkas Impeachment

Panel debates sending articles to full House

(Newser) - "The actions and decisions of Secretary Mayorkas have left us with no other option but to proceed with articles of impeachment," Republican Rep. Mark Green said Tuesday at the start of a daylong hearing on sending the articles detailed Sunday to the full House. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro...

House Takes Step Toward Impeaching DHS Chief

Republicans accuse Mayorkas of failing to enforce immigration laws

(Newser) - House Republicans took another step Wednesday toward making Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas the first Cabinet member to be impeached since William Belknap, President Ulysses Grant's secretary of war, in 1876. The House Homeland Security committee held the first in a series of hearings that could lead to articles...

Top Border Official Refuses Request to Resign

Chris Magnus says he'll go to work Monday anyway

(Newser) - "I have no plans to resign as CBP commissioner," Chris Magnus said in a statement Friday. That may conflict with the Biden administration's plans, the New York Times reports. Magnus said Alejandro Mayorkas, secretary of Homeland Security, gave him a choice: Resign or be fired by President...

Jan. 6 Inquiry: DHS Has Had 24 Secret Service Phones for 2 Months

They went to DHS Inspector General, who's been accused of a lack of transparency: report

(Newser) - Secret Service leadership confiscated the cellphones of 24 agents involved in the response to the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, and gave them to the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general up to two months ago, reports NBC News . The phones were handed over to Inspector General Joseph...

Texts From DHS Officials Are Missing, Too

Inspector General Joseph Cuffari failed to notify Congress: 'Washington Post'

(Newser) - Texts from Secret Service agents related to Jan. 6, 2021, aren't the only messages to have escaped the peering eyes of the House select committee. According to the Washington Post , texts between the two top officials at the Department of Homeland Security under former President Trump sent in the...

Secret Service Under Criminal Investigation

Inspector general tells agency to stop its own search for deleted texts

(Newser) - A government watchdog has informed the Secret Service that it's under criminal investigation over its deletion of text messages agents sent around the time of the attack on the Capitol. Because of that, the service was told it should shut down its internal investigation, the Washington Post reports. "...

Americans Can Sponsor Ukrainian Refugees

US government unveils new program

(Newser) - Americans can now sign up to be prospective sponsors of specific Ukrainians looking to come to the US. Border officials have admitted 15,000 Ukrainians without valid travel documents in the past three months, with most of those entering through the US-Mexico border "after multi-flight trips from Eastern Europe,...

Ukrainians in US to Have Protections

Lawmakers of both parties had pushed administration for the move

(Newser) - As members of Congress and others have urged, the Biden administration on Thursday created a Temporary Protected Status program to protect Ukrainians living in the US from deportation. Homeland Security announced that the 18-month program will apply to Ukrainians who have lived in the US since March 1, CBS News...

FBI Server Hacked As 100,000 Get Fake Emails

Federal authorities aren't saying much

(Newser) - At least 100,000 emails were sent from FBI servers in an apparent hack of the federal agencies servers. Per NBC News , the emails warned recipients that their information may be under attack from hacker Vinny Troia, who owns the cybersecurity company Night Lion Security. The emails reportedly also referenced...

Illegal Guns, Fake FBI Badges Found in Deputy Mayor's Home

Brian Downey of Airmont, NY, faces more than 30 state, federal charges

(Newser) - Brian Downey is the deputy mayor of Airmont, NY. He is not, however, an FBI agent, a DEA agent, or a US marshal, and authorities are trying to figure out why he had a stash of fake credentials for those roles. The bogus federal IDs were found along with 17...

Homeland Security Warns of Threat from Trump Conspiracy

DHS cites online chatter, says threat is modest

(Newser) - The Department of Homeland Security is raising the alarm. There’s a growing trend of calls for violence from conspiracy theorists who want former president Donald Trump reinstated, the agency said in a bulletin sent to state and local authorities. The Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, an event...

Canada, Mexico Border Restrictions Extended Again

US cites continued risk of COVID-19 transmission, despite Canadian easing

(Newser) - The US government on Wednesday extended the closure of the land borders with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travelers until at least Aug. 21, per the AP . The announcement by the Department of Homeland Security came two days after the Canadian government announced it would begin letting fully vaccinated US...

Terrorism Alert Warns About Eased Restrictions

Homeland Security says new conditions could provide opportunities

(Newser) - A national terrorism alert issued Friday warns that violent extremists may take advantage of the easing of pandemic restrictions to attack. The alert does not cite any specific threats, the AP reports. But it warns of potential danger from an increasingly complex and volatile mix that includes domestic terrorists inspired...

DHS Seizes 11 Million Counterfeit N95 Masks
11M Counterfeit
N95 Masks Seized

11M Counterfeit N95 Masks Seized

More 'enforcement actions' are expected in the coming weeks

(Newser) - The DHS announced Wednesday that it has seized more than 11 million counterfeit 3M N95 masks during raids over the past few weeks, CNBC reports. The masks were meant for frontline workers, per the Washington Post . "That individuals, criminals exploit our vulnerabilities for a quick buck is something that...

Migrants Made to 'Remain in Mexico' Will Soon Arrive in US

Biden administration rolls back Trump DHS program, will start letting asylum-seekers trickle in

(Newser) - Starting next Friday, asylum-seekers languishing south of the border will start to see a respite. Under the Trump administration, Central American migrants trying to cross into the US from Mexico were made to "Remain in Mexico"—Trump's name for the Migrant Protection Protocols program , set up in...

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