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UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

The Trump administration is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, moving the president closer to fulfilling a signature campaign promise in an election year …


Citizens academy at Homeland Security Investigation unit seeks to build public trust

The Homeland Security Investigations field office in Seattle is responsible for investigations in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska. Major satellite offices are located in Spokane, Portland and Blaine, with smaller …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

DHS gives Kansas legislators secret briefings on security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is giving Kansas legislators extraordinary private briefings about undisclosed security issues.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 6, 2020

Homeland Security will share citizenship data with Census

The Department of Homeland Security is agreeing to share citizenship information with the U.S. Census Bureau as part of President Donald Trump’s order to collect data on who is a …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Pentagon watchdog investigating $400M border wall contract

The Defense Department’s internal watchdog is investigating a $400 million border wall contract awarded to a firm that used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

Pentagon to probe legality of using troops on US border

The Pentagon’s independent investigations office says it will evaluate the legality of the Trump administration’s use of the military at the U.S. southwestern border.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

Trump: Kevin McAleenan out at Homeland Security

Kevin McAleenan is stepping down from his post as acting Homeland Security secretary after six months on the job, President Donald Trump announced Friday. McAleenan told The Associated Press that …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019

Immigration protesters shout down acting DHS secretary

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan left an immigration policy conference Monday without speaking after protesters shouted him down.


Watchdog finds rotting food at migrant detention facilities

Homeland Security’s watchdog agency says it has found rotting food, moldy and dilapidated bathrooms and practices that violated standards at immigration detention facilities.


Border Patrol will screen asylum requests in new push to restrict claims, memos show

Homeland Security officials are making it tougher for people seeking asylum to get over the first hurdle in the lengthy process of gaining U.S. protection, giving new power to Border …


Former Homeland secretary took up cyber security despite White House aversion

Former DHS secretary pushed cybersecurity and election security within the Trump administration despite lack of White House coordination, people familiar with the matter say


UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019

Trump says only 1 person is in charge of immigration: Him

President Donald Trump says there’s only one person in charge of his immigration policy: Him.


Conservatives push Kris Kobach for Homeland Security head

Outside allies of President Donald Trump have launched a public campaign urging him to nominate former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as his next secretary of Homeland Security.


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019

Shake-up at Homeland Security goes beyond Nielsen’s exit

President Donald Trump and White House allies pressing for a harder line on immigration sped up their campaign Monday to clean house at the Department of Homeland Security with a …


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019

Nielsen out at Homeland Security as Trump focuses on border

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned amid President Donald Trump’s growing frustration and bitterness over the number of Central American families crossing the southern border.


Homeland Security secretary expected to leave

President Donald Trump has soured on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and she is expected to leave her job, perhaps as soon as this week, according to two people with …


Homeland Security advisory council members resign over immigration policies

Four members of a Homeland Security advisory council have resigned in protest over the Trump administration’s immigration policies, citing the “morally repugnant” practice of separating immigrant families at the border.


UPDATED: Sat., July 14, 2018

U.S. official: Russia using social media to divide Americans

The U.S. homeland security secretary said on Saturday there are no signs that Russia is targeting this year’s midterm elections with the same “scale or scope” as it targeted the …


“Operation Hopscotch” nets 62 arrests in Grant, Chelan and Douglas counties

An operation involving federal and Washington law enforcement has led to the arrest of 62 “violent offenders” on mostly state charges as part of an effort called “Operation Hopscotch” in …


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018

Washington driver’s licenses, ID cards to change on July 1

Standard driver’s licenses and state identification cards will change on July 1 as state moves to comply with the federal Real ID law.


UPDATED: Fri., June 15, 2018

DHS reports about 2,000 minors separated from families

Nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their families at the U.S. border over a six-week period during a crackdown on illegal entries, according to Department of Homeland Security figures …


Homeland Security boss defends separating immigrant families

The head of the Department of Homeland Security defended the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from parents when the family is being prosecuted for entering the U.S. illegally, telling …


Texas suing to end ‘Dreamers’ program once and for all

Texas and six other states are suing to end once and for all a program that would protect some young immigrants from deportation.


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018

Senators press Trump officials on safeguarding 2018 ballots

With the 2018 elections already underway, senators chided the current and former secretaries of Homeland Security on Wednesday for not more strongly warning the American public about past Russian intrusions …


Trump’s attempts to show voter fraud appear to have stalled

President Donald Trump hasn’t backed away from his unsubstantiated claim that millions of illegally cast ballots cost him the popular vote in 2016, but his efforts to investigate it appear …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 16, 2017

Tribes oppose planned bioterror tests near Oklahoma graves

Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government’s plan, saying the …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

Feds seize 75 guns and pounds of drugs in raids from North Idaho to Mattawa

Federal agents raided some 15 locations from North Idaho to southern Grant County Wednesday morning and arrested 20 people who have been charged as part of investigation into a conspiracy …


Senate confirms Kirstjen Nielsen to head Homeland Security

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Deputy White House chief of staff Kirstjen Nielsen as President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 21, 2017

Customs and Border Protection caught off-guard by travel ban

Customs and Border Protection was caught off-guard by President Donald Trump’s travel ban despite being the entity responsible for implementing it, the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general said.


Ex-Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge hospitalized

Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge was in critical condition Thursday after undergoing an emergency heart procedure.