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A Girl Died After Staying At a Facility Not Meant To Hold Immigrants

December 17, 2018 Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is calling the death of a 7-year-old girl in her agency’s custody “a very sad example” of the dangers of coming to the U.S. illegally. The girl died last Saturday, more than two days after she and her father were taken into custody by Border...

As Trump Mulls Firing The Head Of DHS, The Agency’s Second Top Role Is Already Empty

November 26, 2018 The Homeland Security Department hasn’t had a deputy secretary since April. Now it doesn’t even have an acting deputy secretary. Claire Grady, the career civil servant who had been doing the job on an interim basis after Elaine Duke stepped down, was officially taken off the role last week, the...

The Border Wall's Return on Investment Is Dubious

November 19, 2018 Donald Trump can’t wait to build border walls between the U.S. and Mexico. He wants to spend $5 billion, and recently said he’s prepared to shut down the government to force Congress to approve the cost. Walling off the border will help prevent immigrants from taking American workers’ jobs and...

Trump Wants Troops To Defend U.S. Borders. His Staff Wants Another Solution.

October 26, 2018 Donald Trump has grown increasingly frustrated by a group of thousands of Central American immigrants heading toward the U.S. On Thursday, he was preparing to deploy up to 1,000 U.S. military troops to the border with Mexico, according to media reports. His administration is also reportedly considering barring Central Americans...

There Is No Historical Precedent for the Anonymous New York Times Op-Ed Against Trump

September 6, 2018 After Woodrow Wilson had a stroke in 1919, members of Congress raised concerns about his ability to serve as U.S. president. Nearly seven decades later, the same questions were privately posed by White House staffers about a reportedly aloof Ronald Reagan at the end of his second term. But until...

Puerto Rico’s Official Study On Hurricane Maria Deaths Puts Toll At 2,975

August 28, 2018 Despite an official count of just 64 deaths, Puerto Ricans have long insisted that hundreds died as a result of Hurricane Maria. Today, they got official confirmation. A study commissioned by the island’s government found that 2,975 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico last...

Fewer People Want U.S. Citizenship But The Line Keeps Getting Longer

July 31, 2018 Fewer immigrants are queuing up to become U.S. citizens, but that doesn’t mean the line is getting any shorter. The number of naturalization applications fell by more than 70,000 in the first three months of 2018, compared with the same period in 2017, according to data from U.S. Citizen and...

U.S Officials Must Now Say 'Illegal Aliens,' Not 'Undocumented Immigrants'

July 25, 2018 The U.S. Department of Justice wants U.S. attorneys offices to stop referring to immigrants as “undocumented,” the term that media and immigrant advocates have increasingly used to refer to people who are in the country illegally. The department now wants government lawyers to use “illegal alien,” according to an email...

'Utter Depravity:' Read a Homeland Security Department Adviser’s Fiery Resignation Letter

July 24, 2018 A prominent advisor to the Department of Homeland Security, Elizabeth Holtzman, quit her position last week in protest of Donald Trump’s immigration policies. In her resignation letter, dated July 16, she says that agency head Kirstjen Nielsen should really be the one stepping down, instead. “Under your administration and that...

The U.S. Decided To Keep 46 Kids Under Five Separated From Their Families. Here’s Why

July 12, 2018 The Trump administration said today that it has reunited 57 of the 103 children under five years old who were separated from their parents. It also announced that 46 would not be immediately returned to their families. A federal court had ordered the government to return all kids under five...