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What You Don't Know About Immigration and Border Patrol Will Horrify You

David Henry Sterry | Posted 04.10.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

I met Todd Miller after a friend told me about the amazing work he was doing on the issue of immigration, borders and the people who guard them. My pa...

DHS Secretary Reevaluating Deportation Priorities

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday he's re-evaluating the Obama administration's deportation priorities to mak...

Sordid Service

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 04.04.2014 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

This is not a "boys will be boys" tale, but rather endangerment of the President of the United States, national secrets and America's reputation.

How President Obama Can Curb Deportations Now

Laura W. Murphy | Posted 03.31.2014 | Politics
Laura W. Murphy

The president already has the power to reverse his failed immigration and border security policies. Now he just needs the political will and moral courage.

U.S. Security Agencies Are Out of Control

Ivan Eland | Posted 03.19.2014 | World
Ivan Eland

Many recent indicators point to a U.S. national security bureaucracy running roughshod over the sad remnants of the founder's republican vision. As in the Roman world, empire is gradually snuffing out the republic.

Snow Day at the Department of Homeland Security

Medea Benjamin | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Medea Benjamin

We appreciate that the secretary heard us out and took the time to meet. However, he's mistaken if he thinks that chatting with us for 40 minutes is going to make us forget about drone victims and the horrible treatment of the immigrant community.

Elise Foley

Major Step Taken Toward Preventing Sexual Abuse In Immigrant Detention | Elise Foley | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Homeland Security announced Friday that it has finalized regulations to prevent sexual abuse in immigrant detention ce...

The Tears of Immigrants Reach the Heavens

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 02.20.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

The Jewish tradition teaches that at special moments in life the gates of heavens are open. I felt standing among these vulnerable, powerless immigrants crying for their daughters, husbands and sisters that the gates of heaven were open to their prayers.

Paranoia, Surveillance and Military Tactics: Have We Become Enemies of the Government?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 02.20.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

While this hyper-militarization of the government is being sold to the public as a means of preventing terrorism and maintaining national security, it is little more than a wolf in sheep's clothing.

Homeland Security Drops Plan To Collect License Tag Data

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department abruptly reversed course Wednesday and dropped plans to ask a private company to give the governm...

Federal Gov't Wants Access To License Plate Data

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department is proposing that a private company give it access to a nationwide database of license plate trac...

Kate Sheppard

Pennsylvania Isn't Very Excited About Getting The Chemicals Left After West Virginia's Spill | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As West Virginians continue to deal with the aftermath of a chemical spill that left hundreds of thousands without safe tap water, some ...


Joanne Lin | Posted 04.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Joanne Lin

Whether measured by budget allocations, criminal prosecution volumes, or people deported -- it is clear that the federal government has pursued an enforcement-first policy. This enforcement-first and enforcement-only approach is precisely what has produced our failed immigration state.

Ryan J. Reilly

Feds Keep Drone Info From Congress That They've Already Released Publicly | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 01.31.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Department of Homeland Security appears to have redacted entire sections of information from documents about U.S. Customs and Border...

Senate Confirms Nominee To No. 2 Homeland Security Post

AP | LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed immigration director Alejandro Mayorkas to be the No. 2 official at the Department of Homleand Security. ...

Report Reveals No Evidence Of Widespread Problems At Secret Service

AP | By ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — There is no evidence of widespread misconduct within the Secret Service, according to a Homeland Security Department inspector gen...

Elise Foley

Deportations Drop To Under 370,000 In 2013 | Elise Foley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's deportation numbers hit a low for his presidency in the last year with nearly 370,000 total removals, down fr...

Elise Foley

New DHS Secretary: 'Deportation Quotas' Aren't A Good Idea | Elise Foley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newly-confirmed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in a Dec. 12 letter that he opposes setting quota...

Where Does Jeh Johnson Stand on Immigration? No One Has Bothered to Ask

Salvador G. Sarmiento | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Salvador G. Sarmiento

Johnson's nomination is an opportunity to preview the direction for the Department and to gain clarity on various questions left unanswered by his predecessor.

Senate Clears Path For Confirmation Of Obama Nominees

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's picks to fill key national security and foreign policy posts, including a new leader at the Department of...

Key Homeland Security Nominee Approved By Senate Panel

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 12.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee has approved President Barack Obama's pick to be the No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department. Democ...

Orwell's 'Big Brother' Prediction on a Fast Track to Reality

Diane Dimond | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime
Diane Dimond

We're all well aware of the millions of randomly situated video cameras all across the country capturing what we do 24/7. But what you may not realize is the extent to which other types of taxpayer-funded surveillance capabilities have been put in place.

Deferred Action for All!

Michael LaRosa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael LaRosa

The largest minority group in the nation, Hispanics, could help rescue Barack Obama's floundering presidency. But for that to happen, the President needs to take significant action soon on immigration reform rather than wait for a "do nothing" Congress.

Drones, Tanks, and Grenade Launchers: Coming Soon to a Police Department Near You

John W. Whitehead | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

While recycling unused military equipment might sound thrifty and practical, the ramifications are proving to be far more dangerous and deadly.

Obama Nominee Deviates From Predecessors On Key Priorities

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL and EILEEN SULLIVAN | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's pick to be the Homeland Security secretary said Wednesday that filling key leadership vacancies and impro...