Department of Homeland Security
See also Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.
|2017.11.15||Donald Trump signed two executive orders soon after his inauguration calling for the Department of Homeland Security to hire thousands of new Border Patrol and immigration agents, but the department has not only fallen short on hiring efforts, and they also can’t provide data to show how it would use additional agents — or that there’s even a need for them. fivethirtyeight.com (See also Immigration)|
|2017.12.01||A federal judge has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to begin accepting applications for foreign entrepreneurs to enter the U.S. under the International Entrepreneur Rule, blocking the Trump administration’s efforts to delay implementation of the Obama-era policy. geekwire.com (See also Immigration, Legal Issues)|
|2017.12.05||The Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Kirstjen M. Nielsen as the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, installing a close confidant of White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly to lead the federal agency responsible for carrying out many of Donald Trump’s most ambitious domestic policy plans. washingtonpost.com (See also John Kelly, Trump Cabinet)|
|2017.12.14||A White House senior adviser at the Department of Homeland Security previously promoted conspiracy theories about former President Barack Obama's birthplace, lamented the "Zimbabwe-fication of America," and mocked the LGBT community. cnn.com (See also LGBTQIA, Racism, Black Americans, Belief in Conspiracy Theories)|
|2017.12.18||Donald Trump is removing climate change from the United States' National Security Strategy. futurism.com (See also Climate Change, Environment, Mexico Wall)|
|2017.12.21||The Trump administration is considering a plan to separate parents from their children when families are caught entering the country illegally. nytimes.com (See also Immigration, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
|2018.01.08||The Trump administration has canceled the provisional residency permits of about 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in the country since at least 2001, leaving them vulnerable to deportation. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigration)|
|2018.01.08||The Trump administration would cut or delay funding for border surveillance, radar technology, patrol boats and customs agents in its upcoming spending plan to curb illegal immigration — all proven security measures that officials and experts have said are more effective than building a wall along the Mexican border. nytimes.com (See also Mexico Wall, Immigration)|
|2018.01.09||The White House intends to destroy voter data collected by the election fraud commission recently shut down by Donald Trump, rather than transfer it to the Department of Homeland Security or the National Archives and Records Administration. politico.com (See also Corruption, Voter Fraud, Voter Suppression)|
|2018.01.18||Haitian farmers and other laborers seeking to come to the United States through temporary work visas will no longer be eligible. mcclatchydc.com (See also Racism, Jobs)|
|2018.01.21||Even though the Trump administration released a report supposedly from the Department of Homeland Security saying that "73% of terrorists were ‘foreign-born," DHS analysts had nothing to do with the report or the conclusion. thedailybeast.com (See also Immigration, Nationalism, Department of Justice, Jeff Sessions, Muslims)|
|2018.01.22||ICE has detained a Polish doctor and green-card holder who has lived in the U.S. for nearly 40 years. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigration, Nationalism)|
|2018.01.22||The Trump administration is waiving dozens of environmental regulations to speed up construction of Donald Trump’s proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. thehill.com (See also Environment, Mexico Wall, Immigration)|
The waiver excludes rules from major laws including the National Environment Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Historic Preservation Act and the Antiquities Act, among others.
|2018.02.08||The U.S. official in charge of protecting American elections from hacking says the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election. nbcnews.com (See also 2016 Election, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2018.02.27||The American Civil Liberties Union accused the U.S. government of unlawfully separating a Congolese woman and her 7-year-old daughter by holding them in different immigration facilities, two time zones apart, after they sought asylum four months ago. apnews.com (See also Immigration)|
The child was taken away "screaming and crying, pleading with guards not to take her away from her mother."
|2018.03.23||Donald Trump on Friday issued orders to ban transgender troops who require surgery or significant medical treatment from serving in the military except in select cases. politico.com (See also Department of Defense, LGBTQIA)|
|2018.03.27||Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he will let the Deferred Enforced Departure status for Liberians expire on March 31st as is scheduled and will not extend legal protection for them to remain in the U.S. axios.com (See also Nationalism)|
The Department of Homeland Security has recently announced the end of Temporary Protective Status for those from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan.
|2018.03.28||Immigrants who accept almost any form of welfare or public benefit, even popular tax deductions, could be denied legal U.S. residency according to a draft under proposal awaiting approval by the Trump administration, which is seeking to reduce the number of foreigners living in the United States. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigration, Immigrants)|
It could affect immigrants protected by DACA if they attempt to file for full legal residency.
|2018.04.04||The security advocacy group Global Cyber Alliance tested the 26 email domains managed by the Executive Office of the President (EOP) and found that only one fully implements a security protocol that verifies the emails as genuinely from the White House. axios.com (See also Hypocrisy, Cybersecurity)|
Of the 26 domains, 18 are not in compliance with a Department of Homeland Security directive to implement that protocol.
|2018.04.05||The U.S. Department of Homeland Security wants to monitor hundreds of thousands of news sources around the world and compile a database of journalists, editors, foreign correspondents, and bloggers to identify top “media influencers.” biglawbusiness.com (See also Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
Note that this is not from the Communications Office, but from the Department of Homeland Security.
|2018.04.24||A federal judge ruled that the protections for DACA must stay in place and that the government must resume accepting new applications. nytimes.com (See also Immigration, Legal Activity)|
The judge rejected the government’s assertion that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was unlawful.
|2018.05.07||The Trump administration will unveil a new border enforcement policy which will separate parents from their children if caught. latimes.com (See also Immigration)|
|2018.05.23||Donald Trump warned that unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the southern border are exposing the nation to gang crime saying, "They look so innocent. They're not innocent." washingtonpost.com (See also Immigration, Department of Justice, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2018.05.25||The Department of Homeland Security has officially proposed cancelling the International Entrepreneur Rule, which allows foreign entrepreneurs to legally stay in the U.S. to build their companies, provided they meet a host of business requirements. axios.com (See also Economy, Jobs)|
|The Trump administration has given nearly 60,000 Haitians with provisional legal residency in the United States 18 months to leave, announcing that it will not renew the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that has allowed them to remain in this country. washingtonpost.com (See also Racism, Immigrants)|