Homeland Security Reassigns Official Whose Office Compiled Intelligence on Journalists

WASHINGTON — The head of the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence branch was removed from his position after his office compiled reports about protesters and journalists covering the Trump administration’s response to unrest in Portland, Ore., last month. Brian Murphy, the acting under secretary for intelligence and analysis, was reassigned to a new position in […]

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Senate Democrats press Postal Service on delivery complaints

© Reuters. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, in Washington By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Four U.S. Senate Democrats on Friday pressed new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy about complaints from Americans about slow delivery since he took office in June and whether service problems could hinder attempts to mail in 2020 election […]

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Homeland Security Shuts Down ‘Intelligence’ Reports on Journalists

WASHINGTON — The acting secretary of homeland security said on Friday that he had shut down an intelligence examination of the work of reporters covering the government’s response to protests in Portland, Ore., beginning an investigation into what he suggested was an infringement on First Amendment rights. The effort by the Department of Homeland Security’s […]

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DHS Secretary Wolf says Portland protests different from ‘normal criminal activity’

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf defended on Sunday the federal government’s response to the protests in Portland and criticized local leaders for claiming the demonstrations are peaceful. Speaking on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Wolf said the protests in Portland were different from the “normal criminal activity” that is being witnessed in cities like Chicago, […]

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CBP chief blasts ’10 year-old’ Portland mayor, says lack of cooperation could be ‘deadly’

Cooperation between federal law enforcement has deteriorated as Portland’s mayor rebuffed the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) overtures and the city council made a “deadly” decision to block police assistance, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark Morgan told Fox News. For weeks, Portland has been rocked by violence and attacks on federal property, which Morgan says […]

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DHS chief slams Pelosi for calling federal law enforcement ‘stormtroopers’

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Friday slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for what he called “dangerous” comments after the California Democrat dubbed federal law enforcement protecting federal property in Portland “stormtroopers.” “One, it’s disgusting, two it’s an assault on every federal or civilian or state and local law enforcement officer who has taken an oath to protect […]

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FEMA boss clashes with Dem rep over pandemic planning at hearing: ‘I’m not telling you that’

FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor was grilled by Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday over his agency’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, but he struggled to even get answers out during a particularly tense exchange with California Rep. Lou Correa. Correa began with questions about whether masks are effective in slowing the spread […]

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Homeland Security Leaders on Defensive Amid Calls to Withdraw From Portland

WASHINGTON — Senior officials with the Department of Homeland Security addressed the increased presence of federal agents in Portland, Ore., in a press briefing for the first time on Tuesday, defending the tactics of the agents who have been widely criticized for escalating an already tense conflict with protesters. They said agents of the department […]

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DHS chief promises ‘we will not retreat’ from Portland despite criticism, tells rioters ‘find another line of work’

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Tuesday pushed back against criticism over the agency’s response to rioting in Portland, promising that federal law enforcement “will not retreat” from the city and telling rioters to “find another line of work.” “If you are a violent rioter looking to inflict damage on federal property or law […]

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Ex-DHS secretary says Trump treating federal agents like ‘personal militia’ in Portland

The nation’s first Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary on Tuesday condemned his former department’s presence in Portland, saying it was not the agency’s mission to act as domestic law enforcement. “The department was established to protect America from the ever-present threat of global terrorism. It was not established to be the president’s personal militia, […]

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US attorney calls for probe into federal crackdown on Portland riots; DHS chief promises ‘we will never surrender’

The U.S. Attorney for Oregon on Friday called for an investigation into the Department of Homeland Security’s conduct in cracking down on the riots that have plagued the city of Portland for weeks — just as DHS chief Chad Wolf said his agency would ‘never surrender” to extremists. Attorney Billy Williams requested the investigation by […]

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Were the Actions of Federal Agents in Portland Legal?

The Department of Homeland Security’s deployment of federal agents to Portland, Ore., has shown the broad legal authority an agency created to protect the United States from national security threats has to crack down on American citizens. After President Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to send personnel to protect monuments, statues and […]

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DHS pushes back against claim federal agents detaining Portland protesters aren’t identifying themselves

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pushed back Friday against a claim being amplified by liberal politicians and activists that federal agents who deployed to Portland to disperse protesters this week aren’t identifying themselves. In a statement, DHS insisted that agents are identifying themselves as Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents. But they admitted agents are not wearing […]

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US official visits Portland, calls protesters ‘anarchists’

The head of the Department of Homeland Security visited Portland, Oregon, on Thursday, just hours after issuing a scathing statement that called the protesters who have taken to the streets every night for nearly two months “violent anarchists” and a “violent mob” that have kept the liberal Northwest city under siege. Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, […]

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DHS accuses Portland officials of enabling ‘mob,’ posts timeline of damage by ‘violent anarchists’

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Thursday accused Portland politicians of enabling the “mob” of protesters who have besieged the city for more than six weeks — and posted a lengthy timeline of the damage caused by “violent anarchists.” “The city of Portland has been under siege for 47 straight days by a violent mob while local […]

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Defiant Portland mayor tells feds to ‘stay inside’ or ‘leave’ city, asks DHS to clean up graffiti

Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler lashed out at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Twitter Tuesday, urging federal agents to “stay inside” or “leave” as the city faces its sixth-straight week of protests and unrest. “I told the Acting Secretary that my biggest immediate concern is the violence federal officers brought to our streets […]

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Leading Homeland Security Under a President Who Embraces ‘Hate-Filled’ Talk

WASHINGTON — Elaine C. Duke, then President Trump’s acting secretary of homeland security, arrived at the Roosevelt Room, down the hall from the Oval Office, on a steamy August afternoon in 2017 expecting a discussion about President Trump’s pledge to terminate DACA, the Obama-era protections for young immigrants. Instead, she said, it was “an ambush.” […]

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Collins urges DHS to ‘immediately rescind’ new ICE policy on foreign students, warns of ‘long-lasting harm’

GOP Sen. Susan Collins on Thursday urged the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to “immediately rescind” a new policy that would force foreign students to return home if the courses they are enrolled in are entirely online, calling it “unfair and unrealistic.” Collins, R-Maine, in a letter to Acting Homeland Security […]

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Harvard, MIT sue over ICE demand that foreign students leave US if courses are online-only

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are suing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over a new policy that would force foreign students to return home if the courses they are enrolled in are entirely online. “For many students, returning to their home countries to participate […]

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DHS deploys special federal unit to protect monuments over July 4 weekend amid vandalism fears

EXCLUSIVE: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is deploying a special federal unit across the country for the July 4 weekend in order to protect federal monuments and statues from a possible fresh wave of vandalism. “The upcoming July 4th holiday weekend has the potential for increased disruptive activity at specific locations across the country that could […]

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DHS asks tech giants to make sure social media platforms aren’t used as tool to promote riots

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf has written to the heads of tech giants, including Facebook and Twitter, urging them to make sure their platforms are not used to promote or incite riots of the kind that tore through major cities earlier this month. “In the wake of George Floyd’s death, America faced an unprecedented threat from […]

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U.S. Watched George Floyd Protests in Over 15 Cities Using Aerial Surveillance

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The Department of Homeland Security deployed helicopters, airplanes and drones over 15 cities where demonstrators gathered to protest the death of George Floyd, logging at least 270 hours of surveillance, far more than previously revealed, according to Customs and Border Protection data. The department’s dispatching of unmanned aircraft over protests in […]

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DHS chief hits DACA ruling, says it ‘usurps’ executive branch’s authority

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Thursday criticized the Supreme Court’s decision on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, accusing the high court of failing to deliver certainty to recipients of the program, and of usurping the authority of the executive branch. The court ruled Thursday in a 5-4 decision that […]

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DHS report warns police officers’ personal info is being posted on social media

A new report by the Department of Homeland Security is warning that the personal information of police officers and other law enforcement personnel across the country is being posted on social media — and warning that it could lead to the threat of violence from opportunists and extremists. The information note, obtained by Fox News, warned that “some cyber […]

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Rep. Demings pushes back on acting DHS secretary’s comments about systematic racism

Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., shot back at acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf’s comments about racism on Sunday, saying that “systemic racism is always the ghost in the room.” The comments from Demings – who’s been rumored to be in contention to be Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate – come following a statement […]

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Acting DHS Secretary Wolf: Feds will take ‘action’ against protest hijackers

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf said Sunday that while violent protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death are “diminishing” and “subsiding,” he remains concerned about those who he says have taken advantage of the demonstrations to carry out their own agendas. Wolf echoed statements from Attorney General Bill Barr and FBI Director […]

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