Sending a message: Mayorkas’ visit to Valley signals Washington’s attempts to toughen up on border
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas visited the Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday to deliver a message to migrants planning to head north and to seek input from those preparing to handle the increase — all as anxiety builds over the possible end of a public health policy that bars migrants from seeking asylum at the border next week.myrgv.com
Mayorkas tours border to prepare for asylum limits to end
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says authorities are prepared for an expected increase in migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border amid plans to lift a public health order that has been used to turn away migrants nearly 2 million times without a chance to seek asylum.
'Not the opinion police': Disinformation board is latest headache for White House
Questions about whether a new Department of Homeland Security panel to combat disinformation will curb Americans’ free speech, and whether the woman named to run the board is too partisan, have emerged as the latest headache for the Biden administration.news.yahoo.com
Musk breaks silence on Biden disinformation board formation after Twitter buyout: 'Discomforting'
Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared to react negatively on Twitter in response to the Biden administration’s establishment of a 'Disinformation Governance Board' to combat online disinformation just days after Musk’s deal to buy Twitter.news.yahoo.com
Mayorkas says U.S. is preparing for "significant challenges" along the border, asking countries to accept deportees
In an interview with CBS News, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said his department is trying to reduce border apprehensions by referring some migrants for criminal prosecution.cbsnews.com
Homeland Security chief denies double standard at the southern border after he says nearly 3,000 Ukrainians allowed to enter U.S.
Ukrainian refugees have been an exception to the Trump-era policy that led to the quick deportations of hundreds of thousands of migrants from Central America during the COVID-19 pandemic.cbsnews.com
On the Texas border, Democrats split on end to Title 42 policy – Houston Public Media
The Trump-era policy has been used to expel asylum-seeking migrants since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. While some lawmakers hail its end, others have asked the Biden administration to hold off on ending the policy.houstonpublicmedia.org
US seeks regional approach to migration and asylum seekers
The U.S. is faced with the likelihood of eventually reopening its southern border to asylum seekers, and the government is urging allies in Latin America to shore up their immigration controls and expand their own asylum programswashingtonpost.com
Border Patrol chief tackles internal, operational challenges in candid interview
A month after facing “unprofessional” challenges by Border Patrol subordinates in a video leaked to media, Chief Raul Ortiz embarked on a border tour to engage agents on concerns raised as the agency braces for a greater test to their operations.myrgv.com
White House: Texas hostage-taker had raised no red flags
A White House spokeswoman says an armed British man who took four people hostage during a 10-hour standoff at a Texas synagogue that ended in his death entered the United States without raising any red flags during multiple checks against law enforcement databases.
Investigation of journalists by Customs unit is under review
An internal review has been launched into the actions of a special Customs and Border Protection unit that used sensitive government databases intended to track terrorists to investigate as many as 20 U.S.-based journalists, including an Associated Press reporter.
Correction: Homeland Security body cameras story
In a story published Dec. 21 about the use of body cameras by an investigative unit of the Department of Homeland Security, The Associated Press erroneously reported that agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Phoenix and Detroit were the first federal officers to wear body cams.
AP seeks answers from US gov't on tracking of journalists
The Associated Press is seeking answers from the Department of Homeland Security on its use of sensitive government databases for tracking international terrorists to investigate as many as 20 American journalists, including an acclaimed AP reporter.