Homeland Security

Immigration Services Agency Cancels Furloughs for 13,000 Employees

Agency expects major operational impacts and says furloughs still possible in the future.

ICE Guards 'Systematically' Sexually Assault Detainees in an El Paso Detention Center, Lawyers Say

Allegations include guards attacking victims in camera “blind spots” and telling them that “no one would believe” them in ICE detention centers, which imprison about 50,000 immigrants each year at a taxpayer expense of $2.7 billion.

Top Two Homeland Security Officials Are Serving Illegally, GAO Rules

Both acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and second in command Ken Cuccinelli were unlawfully appointed to their posts, watchdog says.

Retired Diplomats Urge State Dept. to Address Mistreatment of Minority Foreign Service Officers At the U.S. Border

There are “debilitating effects on the morale of our Black, Hispanic and other minority officers [from] this systemic discrimination,” said the organization. 

DHS Staffing Shakeups Continue Amid Early Retirement and Reassignment Offers

Some employees will also face mandatory deployments outside their normal duty stations.

Homeland Security Democrats Implore TSA to Institute Mask Requirement

“The only controversy surrounding masks is a dangerous political one manufactured by President Trump,” they wrote.

DHS Predicted A Summer of Violence, Radicalization and Conspiracies

In an April 7 internal memo, Homeland Security officials warned that the pandemic's “extended isolation” could spark trouble.

Reps. Sylvia Garcia, Joaquin Castro Call on ICE to Release Migrants in Immigration Detention Centers as Coronavirus Cases Surge

As cases surge in Texas and the pandemic rages on, the representatives said ICE should release all detainees who are not a safety risk and who are more vulnerable to contracting the virus.

In Zapata County, Local Government Is Fighting the Federal Government to Stop One Piece of the Border Wall

The rural border county is digging in and challenging the Department of Homeland Security in court over the government’s attempt to gain access to small tract of county-owned land.

CBP Walks Back Furlough Threat

As many as 8,000 customs officers and other employees could be sent home without pay.

GovExec Daily: Homeland Security Operations During the Pandemic

Eric Katz joins the podcast to examine how the agency will operate under this stage of the COVID-19 crisis.

More Homeland Security Employees Fear Furloughs as Funding From Fee Collections Drops

Lawmakers also raise concerns the department will bring employees back in unsafe conditions.

Can the President Really Order the Military to Occupy U.S. Cities and States?

President Trump has warned that he will send the military into states to curb protests. Is Trump’s warning bluster? Or does the president have the authority to send the military into American cities?

Border Agency Cancels Weather and Safety Leave for Some Employees, Angering Union and Lawmakers

The agency had been using weather and safety leave to mitigate employees’ potential exposure to the coronavirus, but cancelled that practice along the northern and southern borders because of “COVID-19 related requirements.”