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Kamala Harris Grills DHS Chief On Racist Remarks And White Nationalist Threat

Reprinted with permission from Alternet. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) sparred with Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen over the president’s racist remarks — and the administration official’s apparent support for those views. Nielsen said earlier Tuesday during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee that the president was simply repeating an observation about hard-working Norwegian immigrants, but Harris said […]

January 17, 2018
Puerto Rico

No, Mr. President — The Puerto Rico Crisis Is Not About You

When the going gets tough, the tough go golfing. Doubtless in years to come, every home in Puerto Rico will proudly display replicas of the golfing trophy President Trump dedicated to the brave citizens of the beleaguered island to memorialize Hurricane Maria. Unless I miss my guess, will soon be peddling them along with […]

October 3, 2017

Democrats Must Also Address Illegal Immigration

As respectable Republicans panic over Donald Trump’s storm of insults against Hispanics, Democrats may be tempted to sit back and watch the other party estrange millions of potential voters. But they do so at their own peril.

January 12, 2016

Court Blocks Deportations Of Several Central American Families

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says ‘Our borders are not open to illegal migration.’

January 7, 2016
Texas Senator Ted Cruz (Peter Stevens/Flickr)

GOP Campaign Slogan: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

“Republicans have always been trusted more on national security,” said Republican pollster Whit Ayres, “and Obama has been a weaker leader than people expected.”

May 2, 2015
Cybersecurity, Michael McCaul, Immunity, Infrastructure, Internet, Data, Devin Nunes, NCCIC, Homeland Security

A Cybersecurity Turf War At Home And Abroad

Two bills make their way through Congress, contradicting one another, as each seeks to dictate the federal government’s access to data from private companies.

April 28, 2015
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (Dec. 31, 2009) A Soldier stands guard in a tower at Camp Delta at Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Cody Black/Released)

Dispelling The Myths Of Guantanamo Bay

It’s time to stop lying and start basing our national security on facts.

March 30, 2015

Boehner: Senate Democrats Need To ‘Get Off Their …’

Unwilling to negotiate on immigration, John Boehner is lashing out at Senate Democrats.

February 11, 2015
US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, December 10, 2014 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

Republicans Challenging Obama On Immigration Fail In Third Try

Senate Republicans aren’t getting anywhere with their effort to fight President Obama on immigration.

February 5, 2015

Democrats Block DHS Bill Over Immigration Provisions

Republicans are struggling to find a way forward on immigration.

February 3, 2015

Senate Turns To Immigration Amid Return Of Shutdown Rhetoric

The Senate battle over immigration is about to get ugly.

February 2, 2015

Senate Democrats Press Immigration Funds Without Blocking Obama

Senate Democrats are ready for a fight over funding the Homeland Security Department.

January 28, 2015

Obama Renews Attempt To Close Guantanamo Prison

There’s new momentum for President Obama’s plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

January 26, 2015

Hurdles Abound For Guantanamo Closure, 13 Years Later

Despite President Obama’s wishes, there’s no end in sight for the infamous prison.

January 12, 2015
President Barack Obama says US ideals are more effective than torture techniques in fighting terrorism

Obama Says Report Shows CIA Torture Program At Odds With U.S. Values

Find out what President Obama has to say about the CIA torture report.

December 9, 2014

The Urgent Need For Diplomacy With Iran

America owes it to its armed forces to see these negotiations through.

November 28, 2014

Obama Ends Secure Communities Program, Saying U.S. Should Deport ‘Felons, Not Families’

Inside one of the biggest victories ever won by immigration activists.

November 21, 2014

Passengers From Ebola-Stricken Countries To Use Five U.S. Airports

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Passengers flying to the U.S. from three Ebola-stricken countries will have to fly into one of five designated American airports for additional screening, including having their temperature taken, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Tuesday. The restriction was immediately criticized by House Republicans who want […]

October 21, 2014

U.S. Border Agency’s Head Of Internal Affairs Removed From Post

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The head of internal affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection was removed from his post Monday amid criticism that he failed to investigate hundreds of allegations of abuse and use of force by armed border agents, officials said. James F. Tomscheck, who has held the post […]

June 9, 2014
Private prisons, deportations

Homeland Security Head To Review Release Of Immigrants Convicted Of Crimes

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Under pressure from lawmakers, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Thursday he was reviewing the release from jail of thousands of immigrants in the country illegally who were convicted of crimes and faced deportation. The Department of Homeland Security last year released 36,007 such immigrants who had been […]

May 29, 2014

Homeland Security Charges 14 With Operating Child Pornography Website

By Daniel Rothberg, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Fourteen men have been charged with operating a child pornography website with 27,000 members and more than 2,000 videos, federal law enforcement officials announced Tuesday. The investigation, one of the largest online child exploitation probes ever launched by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, found 251 victims in […]

March 18, 2014

Border Patrol’s Use Of Deadly Force Criticized In Report

By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Border Patrol agents have deliberately stepped in the path of cars to justify shooting at the drivers and have fired in frustration at people throwing rocks from the Mexican side of the border, according to an independent review of 67 cases that resulted in 19 deaths. The report […]

February 27, 2014