The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday it will not accept any new applications for a program that shields from deportation people who were brought to the country illegally as children, drawing criticism from immigrant rights advocates and Democrats in Congress.
Acting Secretary Chad Wolf wrote in a memo he is launching a review of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and that in addition to rejecting new applications during that time, his agency is also allowing current participants to renew their status and work permits for only one year instead of the previous two-year periods.
A third restriction will not allow existing participants to travel and re-enter the United States under a system called advanced parole, unless in cases of “exceptional circumstances.”
President Donald Trump tried to end the DACA program that was enacted by his predecessor President Barack Obama in 2012, but the Supreme Court ruled last month that the Trump administration did not follow proper procedures in shutting it down.
There are about 650,000 people who are part of DACA. To qualify, they had to have come to the United States before their 16th birthday, been in the country continuously since mid-2007, be under the age of 31 in mid-2012, have no felony or significant misdemeanor convictions, pose no national security threat, and have either a high school diploma, been enrolled in school, or have a record of service in the U.S. military.
In the most alarming revelation yet that coronavirus is getting ever closer to severely impacting the White House, Yahoo News has unveiled documents showing that nearly a dozen US Secret Service members have tested positive for COVID-19.
A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) internal memo or ‘daily report’ showed the Secret Service currently has eleven active cases of the virus (as of this past Thursday night) — this after it was learned Friday that Katie Miller, a spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence, tested positive for coronavirus. And the day before, Trump’s personal military valet was confirmed positive, prompting the president to indicate he would be receiving daily tests as opposed to weekly, according to The Hill.
The Department of Homeland Security declared firearms manufacturers and retailers “essential businesses” in a document on “The Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce,” updated on Saturday.
Originally the DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a directive using data and analysis from President George W. Bush’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council in 2007 that did not include gun shops and manufacturers in the list of essential businesses.
Because of the omission, firearms dealers and manufacturers were being forced to close by governments referring to the memo.
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The Department of Homeland Security left out the Second Amendment rights of Americans in a memorandum listing “essential” businesses allowed to stay open during an emergency such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
The DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a directive last week using data and analysis from President George W. Bush’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council in 2007.
According to the CISA website, “The list does not impose any mandates on state or local jurisdictions or private companies,” however, cities, counties and states nationwide are copying language from the agency’s memorandum in their own orders.
Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf rebuked reports that the federal government is considering implementing a nationwide lockdown as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
In an interview on Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Wolf called reports of an impending martial law scenario “absolutely false.”
“We’ve seen a number of reports and I’ve personally gotten contacted a number of times about text messages or these screenshots going around that say ‘I know someone at DHS and they say we are going to have a national lockdown or a national quarantine.’ I would say that’s absolutely false. That’s not true,” Wolf told host Maria Bartiromo.
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has reversed course on plans to submit Americans to compulsory biometric scans at airports across the country, following a wave of intense pushback to the privacy-eroding proposal.
“There are no current plans to require US citizens to provide photographs upon entry and exit from the United States,” a CBP spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday.
“CBP intends to have the planned regulatory action regarding US citizens removed from the unified agenda next time it is published.”
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Update2: According to CNN‘s Jeremy Diamond, Nielsen was not planning to resign when she walked into her meeting with Trump today.
Meanwhile, House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) slammed Nielsen’s tenure at DHS as “a disaster from the start,” claiming that her immigration policies have been “an abysmal failure” which she has refused to take responsibility for.
Update: Nielsen has officially resigned. President Trump thanked her for her service in a Sunday night tweet, adding that he was “pleased to announce that Kevin McAleenan, the current U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, will become Acting Secretary for @DHSgov.”
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is reportedly meeting with President Trump Sunday evening to submit her resignation, according to CBS News correspondents Steven Portnoy and Paula Reid.
Hours after President Trump declared he would “100 percent” close America’s southern border if he can’t make a deal with Congress on border security and immigration, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that eliminating birthright citizenship is “on the table” as a way to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants and asylum-seeking migrants.
Nielsen, who recently requested additional resources from Congress as border officials aim to quadruple the number of deportations of asylum seekers, appeared on Tucker Carlson Tonight Tuesday evening to discuss the influx of Central American migrants at the southern border, and Carlson immediately began grilling her about what the administration was doing to “fix this.”
At times, it even seemed as if the Fox News host might be gunning for Nielsen’s job as he bombarded her with his own proposed solutions to the border crisis.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen poured cold water on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) justification to delay President Trump’s State of the Union address, assuring the American public that the agency was “fully prepared to secure” the event.
“The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union,” she tweeted Wednesday. “We thank the Service for their mission focus and dedication and for all they do each day to secure our homeland.”
Pelosi had written a letter to Trump requesting he delay the address for “security” reasons, citing lack of funding for the Secret Service amid the partial government shutdown.
As thousands of Central Americans continue marching north, President Trump reportedly plans to make a major immigration speech on Tuesday.
According to the Washington Post, he is expected to announce that he is invoking emergency powers, on national security grounds, to stop those people and others from entering the United States.
“I think what the president has been saying and will continue to say, and certainly what I have been saying, is, this caravan is not getting in,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told “Fox News Sunday.”