Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who defended the separation of thousands of migrant children from their families on the southern border, carried out the most sweeping changes to U.S. asylum policy in decades, and saw two Guatemalan children die in her agency’s custody, left her job Sunday.President Trump announced the departure in a tweet, briefly thanking Nielsen for her service and saying that Kevin McAleenan, the head of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, will become acting secretary.It was not immediately clear if Nielsen quit or was fired.Her departure came just two days after Trump blind-sided Homeland Security officials by withdrawing the nomination of a career official, Ronald D. Vitiello, to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Homeland Security agency that arrests and deports people who are in the U.S. illegally. Trump said at the time that he wanted to go “in a tougher direction.”Nielsen’s departure will soon … [Read more...] about Kirstjen Nielsen, Homeland Security chief, leaves after rocky tenure
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
By Michael Todd | [email protected] | Santa Cruz Sentinel PUBLISHED: February 16, 2019 at 6:50 am | UPDATED: February 18, 2019 at 3:39 am SANTA CRUZ —The raid Friday in the 500 block of Windsor Street had nothing to do with immigration enforcement, according to Homeland Security Investigations. The federal agency brought an armored vehicle, more than a dozen unmarked cars and vans and a team of officers that busted open the door of a home with a man, woman and 10-year-old daughter sleeping inside about 4 a.m., witnesses told the Sentinel. The couple was detained and taken to a Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office interview room with an agreement that the criminal investigation — a search warrant issued by a U.S. District Court judge to be served day or night — had nothing to do with immigration enforcement, local authorities said. Distraught relatives consoled the couple about 1 p.m. Friday, shortly after the man and woman were brought home in a van. … [Read more...] about Homeland Security raids Santa Cruz home before dawn
Robert Snell The Detroit News Published 5:06 PM EST Jan 30, 2019 Federal agents used a fake university in Farmington Hills to lure alleged phony foreign students who were trying to stay in the United States illegally. The University of Farmington had no staff, no instructors, no curriculum and no classes but was utilized by undercover Homeland Security agents to identify people involved in immigration fraud, according to federal grand jury indictments unsealed Wednesday. Eight student recruiters were charged with participating in a conspiracy to help at least 600 foreign citizens stay in the U.S. illegally, according to the indictments, which describe a novel investigation that dates to 2015 but intensified one month into President Donald Trump's tenure as part of a broader crackdown on illegal immigration. “It’s creative and it’s not entrapment,” said Peter Henning, a Wayne State University law professor and former federal prosecutor. … [Read more...] about Homeland Security uses \