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Tag: Homeland Security

Homeland Security Council Criticizes Private Detention Facilities for Immigrants

jail2photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An advisory council to Homeland Security criticized a report Thursday that suggested privately run detention facilities may be the only way to house the surging numbers of immigrants facing deportations.

More than three-quarters of the Homeland Security Advisory Council rejected a key section of the report that state the “reliance on private prisons should, or inevitably must, continue,” US News reports.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson formed a six-member subcommittee to write the report.

The Homeland Security Advisory Council upheld sections of the report that demanded more oversight and monitoring of immigration detention facility.

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President-Elect Trump’s Transition Team Shifts Focus to Homeland Security

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Following weeks of delays, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has begun shifting its focus to Homeland Security.

Trump met with two prospective Homeland Security leaders this week, the Wall Street Journal reports.  They were Frances Townsend and Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.

Trump also is considering retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, the former commander of the U.S. Southern Command.

Homeland security was created by then-President George W. Bush following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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Donald Trump’s Candidate for Homeland Security Riles Border Hawks

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump’s potential selection of Rep. Michael T. McCaul for secretary of Homeland Security incensed border hawks because of the congressman’s position on immigration.

McCaul, a Texas Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security  Committee, is perceived by some as weak on border security and a supporter of amnesty, the Washington Times reports. 

McCaul has been frequently criticized by conservatives and border activists for co-authoring the 2015 Secure Our Borders First Act, which ignored the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

“We certainly hope that Donald Trump would not reward a deceptive pro-amnesty lawmaker like Michael McCaul with a Cabinet position,” said William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC. “That would be very disappointing to all of us that believed his campaign promises to secure our borders and deport millions of illegal immigrants under current U.S. laws.”

The Homeland Security secretary will be a critical nomination for Trump, who has pledged to fight illegal immigration. 

Trump’s Potential Choice for Homeland Security Director Has Extreme Views on Handling Domestic Terrorism

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr., who is reportedly being considered to head Homeland Security, supports suspending the constitutional rights of up to 1 million people and sending them to the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay.

Clarke, an outspoken conservative who has downplayed police brutality, advocates treating terrorism suspects from the U.S. as “enemy combatants,” Mother Jones reports, citing his upcoming memoir.

Clarke also supports questioning Americans suspected of terrorism without an attorney and holding them indefinitely.

Last year, his position was even more extreme after calling for the roundup of Americans who sympathize with terrorists and sending them to an offshore prison.

Trump Considers Appointing Marine Gen. Kelly to Lead Homeland Security

Marine Gen. John Kelly

Marine Gen. John Kelly

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump is considering Marine Gen. John Kelly as head of Homeland Security or secretary of state.

That’s significant because Trump became interested in Kelly after hearing about his hawkish views on the Mexican border, The Washington Times reports. 

What caught Trump’s attention was Kelly’s testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2015, when he warned that smuggling routes along the border are vulnerable to terrorists and weapons of mass destruction.

“In my opinion, the relative ease with which human smugglers moved tens of thousands of people to our nation’s doorstep also serves as another warning sign: These smuggling routes are a potential vulnerability to our homeland,” Kelly said at the time.

Kelly is a four-star general who has been endorsed by fellow retired Marine Gen. James Mattis.

Thousands of Green Cards Mishandled Over Past 3 Years, Inspector General Reports

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal government mishandled thousands of green cards over the past three years, according to a new Department of Homeland Security inspector general report. 

Among the problems were electronic system errors that led to at least 19,000 cards being issued with correct information or as duplicates.

The inspector general also found that some green card applicants received a card valid for 10 years, instead of the intended two years.

But the head of U.S. Customs and Immigration Services said some of the report’s conclusions were exaggerated, ABC News reports. 

The USCIS director said none of the green cards were sent to people who were ineligible to receive them.

Ex-Homeland Security Staffer Says Muslim Registry ‘Ineffective’ But ‘Easy’ to Reinstate

islamic-hand-photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump’s reported desire to reinstate a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries would be logistically “really easy” but also “costly and ineffective,” said a former Homeland Security policy staffer under Presidents Bush and Obama.

Theresa Cardinal Brown said the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), which is now defunct, was laborious and difficult to manage, BuzzFeed reports. 

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who reportedly is advising Trump, said the president-elect has indicated he wants to reactivate the program.

BuzzFeed wrote:

Under NSEERS, men from 25 majority-Muslim countries entering the country were forced to register, get fingerprinted, and told to check in regularly with immigration officers. The program ran until 2011, when DHS deemed it redundant. However, NSEERS still remains on the books at DHS — except all 25 countries have been removed, so no registration requirements currently exist for anyone.

Brown, who overall worked at DHS from 2005 through 2011 and is now director of immigration policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, told BuzzFeed News “I’m not sure I understand the rationale for it now.”

She added that NSEERS was “costly and ineffective” and that there was “a lot of confusion around the program.” For instance, registered individuals were supposed to periodically check in with local Immigration officers, but “people weren’t given the proper follow-up information,” Brown said.

Brown recalls that the program did lead to a few thousand deportations — mostly for individuals who had overstayed their visas. No suspected terrorists or terrorist plotters identified through the system were prosecuted, she said.

Man Who Stole Rifle from Parked Homeland Security Car Say He Sold Gun to Drug Dealer

Russel Lawrence

Russel Lawrence

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal agents worry that a drug dealer is now in possession of a .223-caliber rifle that was stolen from the backseat of a car driven by a Homeland Security agent.

The rifle was stolen while the car was parked overnight in Brighton, N.Y., the Democrat and Chronicle reports. 

The discovery came from Russell Lawrence, a heroin addict who admitted he stole the gun and a tactical police vest.

Lawrence told authorities that he sold the vest and gun to a drug dealer.

The vehicle that was broken into was marked as a DHS car.

According to an affidavit, the agent may have forgotten to lock his car.