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Relist Watch: The Muller Report

John Elwood reviews Monday’s relists. I normally try to have Relist Watch written up by Wednesday after the court issues its order list. Here it is late Thursday and I’m just getting it out. It’s not just that I’m lazy, though I am. It’s that I’ve been mulling over the five new relists, and what I think their prospects are for Supreme Court review. In fact, I’ve been mulling these cases so deeply that you could call today’s installment the “Muller Report.” I like the ring of it. I’ve also spent ...
Tags: Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Oregon, San Francisco, Indiana, Dhs, United States, Nielsen, Illinois, Smith, Naacp, Ada


Inside the Department of Homeland Security after the purge

The recent shakeup has left DHS leadership in a state of limbo and more than half its top roles filled by temporary leaders even as it's charged with containing the worsening situation at the border.
Tags: Dhs, Cnn, Department Of Homeland Security


California Lawmakers Return Fire At Trump Over Sanctuary Cities Threat

California Democrats are swiping back as President Donald Trump gleefully muses about dumping immigrants in sanctuary cities to punish the lawmakers who instituted the policy. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) pointed out the inconsistencies in Trump’s desire to boot immigrants from the country and simultaneous threat to load them into U.S. city centers. “Which one is it, Mr. President?” Newsom asked during an interview with the Los Angeles Times. “That fundamental flaw in the logic needs to be considere...
Tags: News, California, Washington Post, White House, Immigration, Los Angeles, Dhs, Oakland, Donald Trump, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Times, Gavin Newsom, Trump, Newsom, Libby Schaaf, Sanctuary Cities


DHS Might Classify Fentanyl as a Weapon of Mass Destruction Because Everything Is Unbelievably Stupid Now

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security might classify fentanyl, a highly addictive pain reliever that’s at the center of American’s opioid epidemic, as a weapon of mass destruction, according to a leaked document obtained by military-focused news site Task & Purpose.Read more...
Tags: Science, Drugs, Dhs, CBP, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Customs And Border Protection, U S Department of Homeland Security, Illegal Drugs, Fentanyl, President Trump, Opioid Crisis


House Judiciary Dems Ask McAleenan For Info On Reports Trump Dangled Pardon

The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday requested information from acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan regarding reports that President Donald Trump offered him a pardon should he be found to have violated the law by following Trump’s direction to close the border. “A corrupt pardon offer would violate the Constitution’s command that the president ‘faithfully’ execute the law,” read a letter to McAleenan, first reported by CNN, from committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Rep....
Tags: News, Dhs, Cnn, United States, New York Times, Homeland Security, CBP, Donald Trump, Pardon, Border Patrol, Trump, Steve Cohen, House Judiciary Committee, Zoe Lofgren, Judiciary Committee, Matt Shuham


TIMELINE: Inside Trump’s Escalating Anti-Immigrant Attacks

President Donald Trump kicked off his campaign back in 2015 by attacking immigrants and Mexico. Now, as the 2020 campaign begins in earnest, Trump has ramped up his incendiary anti-immigrant rhetoric yet again. “Secure the Border NOW” one subject line from Trump’s campaign blared on Monday, above an email that asserts the country is “too full, and the problem will only get worse until we secure the border.” “FINISH THE WALL” another recent email yelled, before telling its recipient that “Demo...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington Post, Mexico, White House, Politico, Immigration, Dhs, Cnn, United States, Border, Fox News, Secret Service, Michigan, CBP, The New York Times


Homeland Security Whistleblowers Who Exposed Family Separations Honored

“Sometimes it feels like America has lost her soul,” said Pamela McPherson, a medical and mental health expert with DHS’s Office Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
Tags: America, Management, Dhs, Pamela McPherson


Pentagon expected to tap DHS official as next spokesman

The Pentagon has asked Jonathan Hoffman, a spokesman at the Department of Homeland Security, to be the next spokesman at the Defense Department, several officials tell CNN.
Tags: Dhs, Cnn, Pentagon, Department Of Homeland Security, Defense Department, Jonathan Hoffman


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: ‘I Support Impeaching This President’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Sunday said she supports impeaching President Donald Trump. In an interview on Yahoo News’ “Skullduggery” podcast, Ocasio-Cortez said of Trump: “I think you could reach in a bag and pull so many things out that are impeachable of this President.” “I support impeaching this President,” she said. It’s not the first time Ocasio-Cortez has said as much. In June of last year, ahead of her November election victory, Ocasio-Cortez said she would support impeac...
Tags: News, Senate, Russia, Dhs, Customs, Donald Trump, Trump, Yahoo News, Mueller, Impeachment, Matt Shuham, Kevin McAleenan, Emoluments, McAleenan, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez


Border Patrol Holds Hundreds of Migrants in Growing Tent City Away From Prying Eyes

Justin HamelEL PASO, Texas—Hundreds of migrants are being held for days in an emerging tent city at a Border Patrol station in a preview of what the Trump administration is reportedly considering to absorb a surge on the border.   Five U.S. Army tents meant for battlefield hospitals have been repurposed to hold men, women, and children, including infants. Two of the tents were erected over the past week, expanding the facility’s capacity by several hundred people. The tents are tightly surrounde...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Nbc News, Dhs, CBP, Customs, Border Patrol, Central America, Trump, El Paso, Ortiz, Juarez, Hamel, Customs Enforcement, Erika Andiola


Play of the Day: The American Security Apparatus Is Running Smoothly

No DHS chief? No Secret Service chief? No problem!
Tags: Dhs, Secret Service, Oversight


Trump Again Floats Busing Migrants To Sanctuary Cities, Decries Reporting On It

President Donald Trump on Saturday re-stated his belief that sanctuary cities should take in migrants and asylum seekers who are released from government custody. But it was not clear whether he would actually order the Department of Homeland Security to begin transporting people in its custody to sanctuary cities, or whether the tweets were meant as political attacks alone. When The Washington Post first reported Thursday on early, behind-the-scenes discussions among Trump administration off...
Tags: Usa, News, California, Mexico, White House, Immigration, Dhs, Cnn, New York Times, Ice, Customs, Oakland, Times, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, The Washington Post


Reporter slaps down Donald Trump's claim New York Times failed to observe basic tenet of journalism

Donald Trump has unleashed a series of angry tweets attacking The New York Times over a report claiming he was thinking about sending undocumented immigrants into so-called “sanctuary cities” represented by Democrats.The president accused the newspaper of failing to “call to check for truth”, only for White House correspondent Maggie Haberman to explain the Times had in fact emailed his press team “three times for comment and [the] press office acknowledged receipt of emails”.The newspaper claim...
Tags: Usa, News, California, White House, US, San Francisco, Dhs, New York Times, Oakland, Times, Donald Trump, Trump, Department of Homeland Security DHS, Donald J Trump, Maggie Haberman, Schaaf


Some Enterprise VPN Apps Store Authentication/Session Cookies Insecurely

At least four Virtual Private Network (VPN) applications sold or made available to enterprise customers share security flaws, warns the Carnegie Mellon University CERT Coordination Center (CERT/CC) and the Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Response Center (US-CERT). From a report: VPN apps from Cisco, F5 Networks, Palo Alto Networks, and Pulse Secure are impacted, CERT/CC analyst Madison Oliver said in a security alert published earlier today, echoed by the DHS' US-CERT. All f...
Tags: Tech, Cisco, Dhs, Vpn, Madison Oliver


"The Trump administration pressured the Department of Homeland Security to release immigrants detained at the southern border into so-called sanctuary cities in part to retaliate..."

"... against Democrats who oppose President Donald Trump's plans for a border wall, a source familiar with the discussions told CNN on Thursday. Trump personally pushed Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to follow through on the plan, the source said. Nielsen resisted and the DHS legal team eventually produced an analysis that killed the plan, which was first reported by The Washington Post. The proposal is another example of Trump's willingness to enact hardline immigration policies t...
Tags: Law, White House, Dhs, Cnn, Homeland Security, Nancy Pelosi, Nielsen, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, The Washington Post, Miller, Trump, Pelosi, Stephen Miller, Ann Althouse, Trump and immigration


Trump aides considered releasing detained immigrants into sanctuary cities in revenge against Democrats, leaked emails reveal

White House officials have tried to pressure US immigration authorities to release migrants detained at the border onto the streets of “sanctuary cities” to retaliate against Donald Trump's political adversaries. The Washington Post which reviewed emails on the issue and spoke to unnamed officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said the White House proposed the measure at least twice in the past six months.According to the emails, the measure was first suggested in Novembe...
Tags: Post, News, Congress, Washington Post, White House, US, San Francisco, Dhs, House, Ice, Davis, Homeland Security, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Miller


Trump told DHS to release detained immigrants in 'sanctuary cities'

The Trump administration pressured the Department of Homeland Security to release immigrants detained at the southern border into so-called sanctuary cities in part to retaliate against Democrats who oppose President Donald Trump's plans for a border wall, a source familiar with the discussions told CNN on Thursday.
Tags: News, Dhs, Cnn, Stories, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Trump


White House tried pressuring immigration officials to release detainees in sanctuary cities

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's district in San Francisco was among those the White House wanted to target, according to DHS officials.
Tags: White House, San Francisco, Dhs, House, Nancy Pelosi


Matthew Albence set to lead ICE following massive DHS shakeup, sources say

Matthew Albence, the deputy director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, will be tapped to head the agency, two officials told USA TODAY.            [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Dhs, Usa Today, U S Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Matthew Albence


Suddenly The Trump Administration Cares About Diversity In Biglaw — See Also

Biglaw Get Pressured On Diversity From An Unexpected Source: The Trump administration. The Legal Woes Of Michael Avenatti Just Keep Coming: But he doesn't sound worried. Celebrating A Divorce With Some Ice Cream: A surprisingly normal reaction from Jeff Bezos.  What's Next For Kris Kobach? Is the DHS in his future?
Tags: Law, Dhs, Jeff Bezos, Trump, Kris Kobach, See Also


This Week: The Real Problem With Trump’s DHS Purge

The ousted Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles recently said that he “was told weeks ago by the administration that transitions in leadership should be expected across the Department of Homeland Security.” Those “transitions in leadership” have now touched the DHS secretary, the acting deputy DHS secretary, the acting ICE director, and Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan (who’ll take over as acting DHS secretary). Reportedly, the director of U.S. Citizenship an...
Tags: News, Congress, Senate, White House, Nbc News, Dhs, Cnn, New York Times, Treasury, Secret Service, Nielsen, Accenture, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Irs


Trump Nominates Clowns Herman Cain and Stephen Moore to Bring the Fed to Heel

Bloomberg/Getty“When you think it can’t get any worse, it does,” servile Senate Republicans keep whimpering. The sentiment came up when Trump announced his latest choice for an open Federal Reserve Board seat—former presidential candidate and Trump super PAC head Herman Cain. Until then, Trump’s previous selection for another open seat, Stephen Moore, think tank executive, pundit, and author of Trumponomics, a homage to the president whom he also recommended for the Nobel Prize in Economics, hel...
Tags: News, Justice, Obama, Senate, White House, Bloomberg, Dhs, Fbi, Nato, PAC, Homeland Security, Secret Service, Janet Yellen, Sports Illustrated, Trump, Fed


A show of unity by top DHS officials amid department tumult

Outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen introduced the new department headquarters Wednesday under the shadow of a former psychiatric hospital, in a speech that was better suited for a farewell than a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Tags: Dhs, Cnn, Kirstjen Nielsen


Read: Kirstjen Nielsen's farewell message to DHS employees

President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Sunday that Kirstjen Nielsen, the secretary of Homeland Security, is leaving his administration.
Tags: Dhs, Cnn, Homeland Security, Donald Trump, Kirstjen Nielsen


Acting ICE Director To Leave, Days After Trump Withdrew Nomination Citing ‘Tougher Direction’

Current Immigration and Customs Enforcement acting Director Ronald Vitiello will leave that post on Friday, an ICE spokesperson confirmed to TPM Wednesday, just one week after President Donald Trump withdrew his nomination of Vitiello to be permanent ICE director, saying he wanted to go in a “tougher direction.” “Mr. Vitiello’s last day as the Acting Director of ICE will be Friday, April 12, 2019,” an ICE spokesperson told TPM in an email. Trump said Friday, after withdrawing Vitiello’s nomin...
Tags: News, White House, Dhs, Cnn, Ice, Secret Service, CBP, Nielsen, Customs, Donald Trump, Trump, Border Protection, USCIS, Ron, Customs Enforcement, U S Citizenship and Immigration Services


Donald Trump Is Magnifying the Border Crisis

It’s time to face facts: Donald Trump is failing on his signature issue. There is a humanitarian crisis at the southern border. The number of people crossing is surging to numbers not seen in a decade. In February, 76,103 undocumented immigrants either presented themselves at ports of entry or were apprehended at the border. That was the largest number since February 2007 — until March, when border officials stopped 103,000 undocumented immigrants crossing the border.Making matters far worse, hu...
Tags: News, Congress, Mexico, America, Dhs, House, Donald Trump, Trump, Roosevelt, Ann Coulter, Stephen Miller, Oval Office While, Department of Homeland Security Even


Amid DHS Chaos, Ron Johnson Pleads for Honest, Policy-Focused Immigration Debate

With Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s departure from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week, the future of the Trump administration’s immigration policy has been thrown into uncertainty, even as the situation at the southern border becomes increasingly unstable.According to a New York Times report, Nielsen’s relationship with the president worsened in recent months as he repeatedly blamed her for the ongoing surge in apprehensions at the border. The breaking point apparently came when T...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Congress, Dhs, New York Times, Wisconsin, CBP, Nielsen, Johnson, Times, Department Of Homeland Security, Reno, Ron Johnson, Flores, Trump, Democratic


Report: Former Director Of Anti-Immigration Group Could Lead US Immigration Services

The Trump administration is considering giving an anti-immigration-advocate-turned-Trump-administration-staffer a promotion to the top of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Politico reported Wednesday. Before joining the 2016 Trump campaign as an immigration adviser, Julie Kirchner was executive director of the Federation for American Immigration (FAIR) for eight years. FAIR was founded by notorious xenophobe John Tanton, who later in life said “I’ve come to the point of view tha...
Tags: News, Obama, White House, Politico, Dhs, Cnn, Homeland Security, Customs, Trump, Border Protection, USCIS, Sen Chuck Grassley R IA, Kirchner, John Tanton, Tanton, Matt Shuham


Nielsen’s Deputy Resigns, Clears Way For Trump’s Preferred Choice

As was expected, acting DHS deputy secretary Claire Grady has tendered her resignation, clearing away a pesky obstacle for President Donald Trump in his attempt to install his preferred candidate in ousted DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s place. Nielsen tweeted out Grady’s resignation Tuesday night: Acting Deputy Secretary Claire Grady has offered the President her resignation, effective tomorrow. For the last two years, Claire has served @DHSgov w excellence and distinction. She has been an...
Tags: News, Dhs, Nielsen, Customs, Donald Trump, Border Patrol, Trump, Claire, Grady, House Committee on Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan, Kirstjen Nielsen, Kate Riga, Claire Grady, Bennie Thomas


Vice President Mike Pence to visit Border Patrol station in Arizona following DHS shakeup

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit the U.S. Border Patrol station in Nogales, marking his second trip to Arizona in as many months.            [Author: Arizona Republic]
Tags: News, Dhs, Arizona, Mike Pence, Arizona Republic, U S Border Patrol, Nogales