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Court allows Trump's border wall to violate several conservation acts

Donald Trump is moving forward with the construction of his controversial border wall, even if it means sidestepping important environmental laws. A federal judge ruled in favor of Trump’s wall construction along California’s southern border, a project that is expected to violate several conservation acts. The federal court ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has the power to wave environmental laws in the construction of the border wall, including the National Environmental Po...
Tags: Politics, Texas, Design, News, California, White House, Animals, Environment, Dhs, Conservation, Donald Trump, San Diego County, Endangered, Environmental Destruction, Trump, Department of Homeland Security DHS


SpaceX's launch site in Texas, where Elon Musk hopes to fire off moon and Mars rockets, may be saved by a $1.37 billion border-security deal

SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, is building spaceship prototypes at a launch site in southern Texas. The site is less than 3 miles from the US-Mexico border and embroiled in President Donald Trump's push for a border wall. Government maps reportedly show a proposed physical barrier running directly through SpaceX's site. President Trump on Thursday said he will sign a nearly $1.4 billion border-security deal that excludes SpaceX's site from fencing. However, Trump on Friday de...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Congress, Mexico, Senate, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Dhs, Virgin Galactic, Mitch McConnell, Associated Press, Mars, Donald Trump, Border Patrol


A $1.37 billion border-security deal might save SpaceX's launch site in Texas, where Elon Musk hopes to fire off moon and Mars rockets

SpaceX, the rocket company founded by Elon Musk, is building spaceship prototypes at a launch site in southern Texas. The site is less than 3 miles from the US-Mexico border and embroiled in President Donald Trump's push for a border wall. Government maps reportedly show a proposed physical barrier running directly through SpaceX's site. President Trump on Thursday said he will sign a nearly $1.4 billion border-security deal that excludes SpaceX's site from fencing. However, Trump on Friday de...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Texas, Congress, Mexico, Senate, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Dhs, Virgin Galactic, Mitch McConnell, Associated Press, Mars, Donald Trump, Border Patrol


Beto Advocates Tearing Down Existing Wall on Texas Border

Former congressman Beto O'Rourke said Thursday evening that he would “absolutely” tear down the existing fencing separating his hometown of El Paso, Texas from Mexico.“Yes, absolutely. I’d take the wall down,” O'Rourke told MSNBC's Chris Hayes when the host referenced a question posed by Representative Dan Crenshaw (R., Texas) on Twitter ahead of the interview.> [email protected] should answer a simple question tonight with respect to the border debate:> > If you could snap your fingers ...
Tags: News, Mexico, Senate, Dhs, Msnbc, Department Of Homeland Security, BETO, El Paso, Rourke, Chris Hayes, CRENSHAW, El Paso Texas, O'Rourke, Beto O Rourke, Dan Crenshaw, R Texas on Twitter


Democratic Lawmakers Demand Firing of DHS Official for Past Political Targeting

State Dept. IG was denied interview with appointee accused of intimidating career staff.
Tags: Dhs, Oversight


DHS Watchdog: Political Appointee Is Stonewalling Probe Into Alleged Retaliation

The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general said in a memo to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Wednesday that a political appointee had refused to cooperate with a review of allegations of politically motivated retaliation at the State Department. Christine Ciccone, once the chief operating officer of Jeb Bush’s campaign, eventually in a small circle of then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s close advisers in the early days of the Trump administration.   In November 2017, as...
Tags: News, Congress, Politico, Dhs, Jeb Bush, State Department, Department Of Homeland Security, Trump, State, Kelly, Obama Clinton, Rex Tillerson, Tillerson, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Matt Shuham, Ciccone


Ocasio-Cortez among Democrat rebels opposing shutdown deal over DHS spending – live

Newly elected progressive Democrats say they’ll vote no on the shutdown deal because it boosts funding for homeland securitySign up for the US morning briefing for a fresh perspective 5.39pm GMT Presidential candidates are now hitting the “soup supper” circuit in Iowa and showing up at local county Democratic Party fundraisers.As Iowa Starting Line reports:The Monroe County Democrats will hear from Amy Klobuchar, John Delaney, and Eric Swalwell this Sunday in Albia at their annual Spaghetti ...
Tags: Minnesota, US, US news, Dhs, US politics, Iowa, House Of Representatives, US Congress, Donald Trump, Democratic Party, Knoxville, Delaney, Klobuchar, Eric Swalwell, Trump Administration, Paul Manafort


Amid Trump’s Indifference, DHS Is Wildly Unprepared To Stop Election Tampering

Against a backdrop of indifference from President Donald Trump’s White House, the DHS is allowing its teams created to fight election interference to wither and is unprepared to fend off almost certain attempts by foreign actors to tamper in 2020. According to a Wednesday Daily Beast report, the task forces formed in response to Russia’s meddling in 2016 have been gutted. The teams were created primarily to ensure that other countries don’t change American vote counts, and to expose efforts b...
Tags: News, Mexico, White House, Russia, Dhs, Donald Trump, Daily Beast, Kate Riga, Wednesday Daily Beast


The Lobbying Swamp Is Flourishing In Trump’s Washington

At least 33 former officials — including ex-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke — have found ways to sidestep the administration’s ethics pledge. Of those, at least 18 are now registered federal lobbyists and the rest work in jobs that closely resemble lobbying. It’s been more than two years since President Donald Trump, who rallied campaign supporters with calls to “drain the swamp” of lobbyists and their ilk, took office. But despite that campaign promise, Washington influence peddlers continue ...
Tags: Amazon, News, Obama, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Politico, San Francisco, Dhs, House, Hsbc, Cigna, Treasury, Homeland Security


United States: Hunton Immigration Law Blog: Our 2019 Forecast In Business Immigration Law, Part 2 - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

DHS's Fall 2017 regulatory agenda proposed "comprehensive reform" to practical training programs, which allow foreign students to obtain paid work after graduation
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United States: DHS Finalizes Changes To H-1B Lottery, But Delays New H-1B Prefiling Registration System Till 2020 - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

DHS has announced that it has finalized the previously proposed rule governing the H-1B lottery. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on January 31, 2019.
Tags: News, Dhs, United States, Gump Strauss Hauer, Feld LLP


United States: DHS Prioritizes U.S. Advanced Degrees In H-1B Final Rule; Electronic Registration Requirement Postponed - Fakhoury Law Group

The Department of Homeland Security has published a final rule amending regulations governing H-1B cap-subject petitions
Tags: News, Dhs, United States, Department Of Homeland Security


FEMA Administrator Brock Long Announces Resignation

FEMA Administrator Brock Long announced Wednesday that he would step down from the emergency management agency. Long’s improper use of government resources for personal travel fit a pattern among senior Trump administration officials. In a statement posted to the FEMA website he wrote: “While this has been the opportunity of the lifetime, it is time for me to go home to my family – my beautiful wife and two incredible boys.” “As a career emergency management professional, I could not be proud...
Tags: Florida, News, California, Dhs, Long, Hawaii, Fema, Homeland Security, North Carolina, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Maria, Michael, Puerto Rico, Trump, Brock


ICE detains 30 people after raids on Bear Creek Arsenal

ICE detains 30 people after raids on Bear Creek Arsenal Sanford, North Carolina –-(Ammoland.com)- On Tuesday morning at 8 AM, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement executed a search warrant and took approximately 30 people into custody at the firearms manufacture, Bear Creek Arsenal, located in Sanford, North Carolina. ICE officials with the help of the local Sheriff's Department gather all the employees of Bear Creek Arsenal into a break room. Officials started checking their IDs and deta...
Tags: Facebook, Guns, Immigration, Dhs, Social Security, Homeland Security, John, Department Of Homeland Security, Nra, Chapel Hill, Carter, U S Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Northern Virginia, Barnes, Lee County Sheriff s Office, Lee County


Voting Rights: Texas Officials Face Growing Scrutiny Over List Of Alleged Voter Fraudsters

As the lawsuits against Texas mount for its sloppy handling of a list of 58,000 alleged noncitizen voters, the elections official responsible for putting together the error-ridden list faced a rough confirmation hearing Thursday. David Whitley, who was selected to be Texas Secretary of State, will likely need Democratic votes to be confirmed in the state, which requires a two thirds majority in the state senate. Whitley struggled to answer questions about the accuracy of the list and and the met...
Tags: Texas, News, Supreme Court, Senate, Dhs, Gop, House, Kansas, Ohio, North Carolina, Justice Department, Trump, Democratic, Tierney Sneed, State, David Whitley


United States: DHS Issues Final Rule Changing H-1B Cap Selection Process - Foley & Lardner

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a new rule on January 31, 2019 that makes significant changes to the way in which DHS will administer the annual H-1B
Tags: News, Dhs, United States, Department of Homeland Security DHS, Foley, Lardner


Report: DHS Wants to Build Trump's Dumb Border Wall Right Through SpaceX's Texas Launch Facility

The 50-acre Boca Chica, Texas facility where Elon Musk’s SpaceX is testing the prototype version of its Starship rocket—recently in the news for tipping over in high wind—could be split in twain by Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexican border, Bloomberg reported on Friday.Read more...
Tags: Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Technology, Bloomberg, Dhs, Rockets, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Customs And Border Protection, Starship, Border Wall, Boca Chica Texas, Texas Launch Facility


Trump's Border Wall Could Split SpaceX's Texas Launchpad In Two

An anonymous reader quotes the Los Angeles Times A launchpad on the U.S.-Mexico border, which it plans to use for rockets carrying humans around the world and eventually to Mars, could be split in two by the Trump administration's planned wall... Lawmakers said they were concerned about the effect on the company's 50-acre facility after seeing a Department of Homeland Security map showing a barrier running through what they described as a launchpad... James Gleeson, a SpaceX spokesman, decline...
Tags: Spacex, Texas, Mexico, Tech, Dhs, Mars, Department Of Homeland Security, Los Angeles Times, Musk, Trump, U S Customs, Border Protection, James Gleeson, South Texas Launch


Matt Whitaker Offers Bogus Denial Of Existence Of Family Separation Policy

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker denied Friday that the Trump administration had a policy of family separation, despite internal memos showing that the administration had contemplated that its so-called “zero tolerance” policy would prompt migrant families to be separated. The claim drew gasps in the House Judiciary Committee hearing room. It came during an impassioned line of questioning from Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) about involvement of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Whitake...
Tags: News, Washington Post, Dhs, Doj, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Whitaker, HHS, House Judiciary Committee, Government Accountability Office, Sen Jeff Merkley, Jayapal, Matt Whitaker, Kirstjen Nielsen, Pramila Jayapal D WA, Muckraker


US Senators Ask DHS To Look Into US Government Workers Using Foreign VPNs

Two US senators have asked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to look into the possible dangers of US government workers using VPN apps that are owned by foreign companies and which redirect sensitive government-related traffic through servers located in other countries -- namely China and Russia. From a report: "If U.S. intelligence experts believe Beijing and Moscow are leveraging Chinese and Russian-made technology to surveil Americans, surely DHS should also be concerned about America...
Tags: China, Russia, US, Tech, Dhs, Beijing, Moscow, Vpn, Ron Wyden, Department of Homeland Security DHS, Marco Rubio R FL, Christopher Krebs, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency


United States: H-1B Update: DHS Publishes Final Rule Amending Application Process For Upcoming H-1B Lottery - Squire Patton Boggs LLP

The United States Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") issued a press release on January 30, 2019, announcing revisions to the H1-B visa program
Tags: News, Dhs, United States, United States Department of Homeland Security DHS, Lottery Squire Patton Boggs LLP


DHS prioritizes restart of election security programs post-shutdown

Since the shutdown ended, the Department of Homeland Security has prioritized the resumption of its election security programs, some of which were forced to go on hiatus during the lapse in government funding, according to Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Chris Krebs.
Tags: Dhs, Cnn, Department Of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency


United States: DHS Finalizes Changes To H-1B Selection Process - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart

On January 31, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its H-1B registration rule in the Federal Register,
Tags: News, Dhs, United States, Stewart, Department of Homeland Security DHS, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak


United States: Department Of Homeland Security Publishes Final Rule Regarding H-1B Pre-Registration Process - Seyfarth Shaw LLP

On January 31, 2019 DHS published the final rule for the electronic pre-registration of H-1B cap petitions and changed the order of selection of filings.
Tags: News, Dhs, United States, Department Of Homeland Security, Seyfarth Shaw


CBP Gets Ready To Build Texas ‘Border Wall System’ Amid Funding Standoff

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government is preparing to begin construction of more border walls and fencing in South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, likely on federally owned land set aside as wildlife refuge property. Heavy construction equipment was expected to arrive starting Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said. A photo posted by the nonprofit National Butterfly Center shows an excavator parked next to its property. Congress last March approved more than $600 million for 33 miles (53 kilom...
Tags: Facebook, Texas, News, Congress, Mexico, Ap, Dhs, House, Catholic, CBP, Houston, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Doj, Trump, U S Customs


ICE Failed to Hold Detention Center Contractors Accountable, Report Finds

According to an inspector general report, DHS inspector general found 14,000 deficiencies but only issued two fines. The deficiencies include not disclosing sexual assaults.(Image credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
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DHS special agent on how a border wall can help curb sex trafficking

Former DHS special agent Tim Ballard and Fox News contributor Sara Carter weigh in on the sex trafficking crisis at the southern border.
Tags: News, Dhs, Fox News, Sara Carter, Tim Ballard


Super Bowl: 33 arrested for sex trafficking in Atlanta in run-up to game

Four victims have been rescued, authorities say, as more than 600 DHS officials will be in the city on Sunday for protectionFederal authorities say 33 people have been arrested in Atlanta, Georgia, on sex trafficking charges before the Super Bowl this weekend. Related: The NFL is 70% black, so why is its TV coverage so white? Continue reading...
Tags: NFL, Atlanta, Georgia, US news, Dhs, Super Bowl, US crime, Sex trade, Atlanta Georgia, Super Bowl LIII


Super Bowl: 33 arrested for sex trafficking in Atlanta before game

Four victims have been rescued, authorities say, as more than 600 DHS officials will be in the city on Sunday for protectionFederal authorities say 33 people have been arrested in Atlanta, Georgia, on sex trafficking charges before the Super Bowl this weekend. Related: The NFL is 70% black, so why is its TV coverage so white? Continue reading...
Tags: NFL, Atlanta, Georgia, US news, Dhs, Super Bowl, US crime, Sex trade, Atlanta Georgia, Super Bowl LIII


Did the DHS Find That 12 Million-Plus Votes for Trump Were Never Counted?

And if so, does he get an extra year in office to make up for it?
Tags: News, Dhs, Voter Fraud