Secret Service director delays retirement amid 1/6 scrutiny
Secret Service Director James Murray is delaying his retirement as the agency deals with an inspector general’s investigation and congressional inquiries related to missing text messages around the time of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
US to fill border wall gaps at open area near Yuma, Arizona
The Biden administration on Thursday authorized completion of the Trump-funded U.S.-Mexico border wall in an open area of southern Arizona near Yuma that has become one of the busiest corridors for illegal crossings. Biden had pledged during his campaign to cease all future wall construction, but the administration later agreed to some barriers, citing safety. The Department of Homeland Security said Thursday the work to close four wide gaps in the wall near Yuma will better protect migrants who can slip down a slope or drown walking through a low section of the Colorado River.news.yahoo.com
Mayorkas tours border to prepare for asylum limits to end
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas says authorities are prepared for an expected increase in migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border amid plans to lift a public health order that has been used to turn away migrants nearly 2 million times without a chance to seek asylum.
'Not the opinion police': Disinformation board is latest headache for White House
Questions about whether a new Department of Homeland Security panel to combat disinformation will curb Americans’ free speech, and whether the woman named to run the board is too partisan, have emerged as the latest headache for the Biden administration.news.yahoo.com
Musk breaks silence on Biden disinformation board formation after Twitter buyout: 'Discomforting'
Tesla CEO Elon Musk appeared to react negatively on Twitter in response to the Biden administration’s establishment of a 'Disinformation Governance Board' to combat online disinformation just days after Musk’s deal to buy Twitter.news.yahoo.com
US seeks regional approach to migration and asylum seekers
The U.S. is faced with the likelihood of eventually reopening its southern border to asylum seekers, and the government is urging allies in Latin America to shore up their immigration controls and expand their own asylum programswashingtonpost.com
White House: Texas hostage-taker had raised no red flags
A White House spokeswoman says an armed British man who took four people hostage during a 10-hour standoff at a Texas synagogue that ended in his death entered the United States without raising any red flags during multiple checks against law enforcement databases.
Investigation of journalists by Customs unit is under review
An internal review has been launched into the actions of a special Customs and Border Protection unit that used sensitive government databases intended to track terrorists to investigate as many as 20 U.S.-based journalists, including an Associated Press reporter.
Agents with Homeland Security team to wear body cameras
Agents with an investigative unit of the Department of Homeland Security will wear body cameras for the first time as part of a six-month pilot program that will focus on the costs and benefits of using the technology in federal law enforcement.
Joint U.S.-EU statement following the U.S.-EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland hosted the U.S.-EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial at the Department of Justice on Dec. 16, 2021. Joined by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, the Attorney General welcomed Commissioner for Justice and Consumer Affairs Didier Reynders, Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson, and Slovenian Ministers for Justice Marjan Dikaučič and for Home Affairs Aleš Hojs representing the Presidency of the EU Council. Other senior EU officials who participated in person or remotely, included the Director of Europol, President of Eurojust and EU Counterterrorism Coordinator. A joint statement was issued following the meeting, which can be found here: https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1457246/downloadAttorney General Garland and Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas are joined by EU Commissioners, Presidency of the EU Council and others at U.S.-EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial.justice.gov
AP seeks answers from US gov't on tracking of journalists
The Associated Press is seeking answers from the Department of Homeland Security on its use of sensitive government databases for tracking international terrorists to investigate as many as 20 American journalists, including an acclaimed AP reporter.