About 2,000 Homeland Security employees are now deployed to more than 70 countries around the world. Hundreds more are either at sea for weeks at a time aboard Coast Guard ships or patrolling the skies in surveillance planes. The expansion has created tensions with some European countries.
President Trump and other politicians used the Nov. 18 death of border patrol agent Rogelio Martinez as political fodder. But six weeks later, there are more questions than answers about how Martinez died.
The Senate votes 62 to 37 to install White House chief of staff John Kelly’s aide to succeed him as the secretary of the third-largest federal department. She has no experience running a large organization.
White House chief of staff John Kelly, who led the Department of Homeland Security before being tapped for his new job, reportedly has raised red flags about Texas Rep. Mike McCaul’s stance on immigration, which has at times diverged from that of President Trump.
Since the 9/11 attacks, federal authorities have focused most of their attention on foreign “Jihadi terrorism.” That’s left policymakers poorly equipped to understand the threat posed by non-Jihadi American extremist groups and individuals, says a Congressional Research Service study.
Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security under former President George W. Bush, contends that President Trump’s request for voter data could pose a threat to national security, noting the recent attempts by hackers to steal the data.
A survey conducted by the John Jay College Center on Terrorism found that only 38% of all respondents “expressed familiarity with the general idea that climate change could multiply global threats such as political violence or mass migrations, or act as a catalyst for conflict.”