The Department of Homeland Security, the nation’s third largest federal agency, has been so deeply compromised by White House politics and systematic violations of the Constitution that only a major restructuring will help it escape calls for abolition, says a bipartisan Washington, DC think tank.
Presidential and vice-presidential candidates automatically receive Secret Service protection within 120 days of the general election under the law. But after Tuesday’s incident in Los Angeles, some observers wonder whether the protection should start earlier.
A day after Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was forced to step aside, senior Homeland Security Department officials remained in a fog about the fate of their agency’s leaders, expecting more firings as part of a widening purge. “They are decapitating the entire department,” said one homeland security official.
A study by the Immigrant Defense Project finds that the federal agency strategically targets New York courthouses for undocumented immigrant arrests— a move it claims will have a chilling effect on immigrants’ willingness to collaborate with courts across the state.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who was on the brink of losing her job, is now expected to survive the Cabinet shake-up President Trump has spent weeks teasing, and she may have the caravan to thank.
Six lawsuits say Customs and Border Protection officers subjected women who were not found with any contraband to harsh interrogations and genital probing. The government has settled another half-dozen cases for $1.2 million.
A media investigation found that Pennsylvania troopers and some local officers were helping federal authorities round up immigrants for deportation, using tactics that raise questions about racial profiling and unlawful arrest.
In a dramatic departure from his support of Trump, the head of the national Border Patrol union called the ballyhooed deployment of National Guard troops on the border “a colossal waste of resources…We have seen no benefit.”
President Trump went into a tirade at a cabinet meeting about the failure to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen was reportedly close to resigning, but she later issued a statement backing the president.