Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Colleen Long and Jill Colvin Associated Press April 10, 2019 WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing bipartisan pushback to his immigration shake-up, President Donald Trump said Tuesday he’s not looking to revive the much-criticized practice of separating migrant children from their families at the southern border. At the same time, he suggested the policy had worked to deter migrants from coming into the U.S., although he offered no evidence to support his position.Last summer the administration separated more than 2,500 children from their families before international outrage forced Trump to halt the practice and a judge ordered them reunited.‘‘We’re not looking to do that,’’ Trump told reporters before meeting with Egypt’s president at the White House. But he also noted: ‘‘Once you don’t have it, that’s … [Read more...] about Acting head of Homeland Security resigns as turmoil continues over immigration policy
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U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles is leaving the Trump administration, the White House said, amid a shake-up in the upper echelon of the Department of Homeland Security.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump has selected career Secret Service official James Murray to lead the agency, saying he will assume the role next month. She added Alles will be “leaving shortly.”Alles’ departure stems from a personality conflict within the agency, three officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the personnel matter. The officials said it was unrelated to the resignation of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and a recent security breach at the president’s private club in Florida.Still, it comes amid a spate of turnover across DHS that began last week when Trump withdrew his Immigration and Customs Enforcement director’s nomination to stay on permanently. After Nielsen’s departure, an … [Read more...] about Secret Service director leaving in Trump’s Homeland Security shakeup
By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: April 7, 2019 at 3:27 pm | UPDATED: April 7, 2019 at 3:57 pm By Nick Miroff, Josh Dawsey and Seung Min Kim | The Washington Post WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced Sunday that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was leaving the administration, marking the exit of a second top immigration official in a matter of days as the White House continues to grapple with an influx of migrants on the southern border. Replacing her on an acting basis will be Kevin McAleenan, who currently serves as the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Trump said Sunday. The announcement on Twitter came shortly after Trump and Nielsen met at the White House, according to two senior administration officials. “Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen will be leaving her position, and I would like to thank her for her service,” Trump tweeted Sunday evening. “I am pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current … [Read more...] about With migration surging, Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen steps down
Kirstjen Nielsen, secretary of Homeland Security, put down her pen and headphones then stood and hugged the officials from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras she had just listened to, thanking them for their work on what she hailed as a “historic” pact to target unauthorized migration.Within hours, President Trump had accused the Northern Triangle countries of doing “nothing,” and threatened not to only cancel aid to all three, but to close the U.S.-Mexico border entirely.“We’re not paying them anymore because they haven’t done a thing for us,” Trump declared.For Nielsen, that incident last week was only the latest example of being publicly undercut by the president. Fifteen months into her tenure as head of the government’s third-largest department, Nielsen embodies a paradox: She has succeeded in holding onto her job, defying numerous reports that Trump had decided to fire her, but has done so by becoming the public face of … [Read more...] about Kirstjen Nielsen has hung on as Homeland Security secretary, but at what price?
PHILADELPHIA — Some problem police officers in Philadelphia have been assigned to monitor security cameras in a highly sensitive Homeland Security intelligence facility. The location has become a sort of holding area for officers on restricted duty, meaning they are unfit for street duty because of pending criminal charges or accusations of wrongdoing, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer . Among those assigned to the unit is a homicide detective accused of making secret cash payments to an imprisoned informant and a former detective accused of coercing false confessions. Police Commissioner Richard Ross defended the practice in an email to the newspaper, saying that it’s a low-risk and “efficient” use of officers who work under stringent supervision, and that they have no access to data or information systems. “This has been a practice since 2012,” he wrote. “Since that time, to our knowledge, there have been no issues regarding … [Read more...] about Problem police are moved to jobs at Homeland Security center