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Border Patrol, ICE on Pace to Run Out of Money Before New Budget Year Begins

Steve Neavling

ICE and Border Patrol are set to run out of money if Congress doesn’t approve a $3.7 billion request for emergency funds from President Obama, the Arizona Republic reports.

ICE expects to run out of money by mid-August, while Border Patrol said it could be penniless by mid-September.

Both agencies blame the border crisis on the funding shortage.

The new budget year begins Oct. 1.

“Doing nothing is not an option,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson  told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.


Opinion: A Lot of Blame to Go Around on Issue Surrounding Central American Immigrants

By Desert Sun Editorial Board
Desert Sun

The protests in Murrieta that turned away buses full of undocumented women and children last week is not a chapter in the long story of immigration of which to be proud.

There’s lots of blame to go around.

President Obama deserves some for over-promising the message that refugees from Central America can seek citizenship in the United States.

Congress deserves some for failing to provide the resources to secure the border and reform national immigration policy.

The Department of Homeland Security deserves some for bringing the immigrants to Murrieta’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection Station at all. This is a place where drug dealers are dealt with. There is no dorm and no dining hall. Federal officials should have known that.

Murrieta Mayor Alan Long deserves some for politicizing the event.

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Homeland Security Secretary Johnson Orders More Security at Overseas Airports

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

Steve Neavling

The U.S. is increasing security at some overseas airports because of fears that some terrorist groups in the Middle East are devising bombs to slip past security, the USA Today reports.

Noting that security risks are constantly evolving, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said TSA will begin “enhanced security measures in the coming days”

“We will work to ensure these necessary steps pose as few disruptions to travelers as possible,” Johnson said.

Airlines for America, the trade group that represents most major U.S. carries, expressed approval, saying the organization “supports efforts to employ a targeted, risk-based security strategy, in conjunction with the multi-layered approach already in place and, our members work cooperatively with DHS on requirements it deems appropriate.”


DHS: 150 Border Patrol Agents Sent to South Texas Over Immigration Crunch

Steve Neavling

About 150 Border Patrol agents are being sent to South Texas to help out authorities who are overwhelmed by a spike in illegal immigration from Central America, the Statesman reports.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson made the announcement on his third trip to the Border Patrol’s McAllen station in southernmost Texas in the last month and a half.

The station has been inundated by tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who have been arrested since October.

What remains unclear is whether the new agents are temporary or permanent.

Johnson said again that he children won’t be invited to stay in the U.S., saying “journey is not safe.”


Homeland Security Chief Defends Handling of Growing Crisis Involving Central American Children

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

Steve Neavling

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is defending the agency’s handling of tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrants from Central America who were photographed in squalid, overcrowded conditions.

The McClatchy Washington Bureau reports that Johnson also rejected Republican demands for the National Guard to respond to the crisis.

Johnson unveiled a plan to handle the influx, saying the agency will work to dismantle smuggling operations and get out word to Central American parents not to send their children to the U.S.

“I believe we will stem this tide,” Johnson testified before the House Homeland Security Commission.

Since October, more than 85,000 children have entered the country without an adult.



Wedding Crasher Impersonates Homeland Security Officer, Takes Off with Gifts

Steve Neavling

The 25-year-old walked into a wedding reception in Louisiana with law enforcement attire and said he was with Homeland Security.

Apparently that was enough for family and friends of the bride and groom to trust him, the Times-Picayune reports.

When everyone departed and the newlyweds left for their reception, the suspect loaded the gifts into his car until he was spotted by the town’s fire chief. The family had planned to return the next day for the gifts.

The suspect was arrested and booked with theft and impersonating a law enforcement official.


Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson Acknowledges Border Security Needs to Be Improved

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

Steve Neavling

In a major departure from his predecessor, new Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson is complaining that the border needs to be strengthened, the Washington Times reports.

Unlike predecessor Janet Napolitano, Johnson is urging Congress to help improve border security.

Napolitano took on the tone that the border was more secure than ever.

“When we met with him, he acknowledged right off the bat that he was well aware there was a problem on the southern border. There was not even a debate about that,” said Rosemary Jenks, government relations manager for NumbersUSA.

Johnson has been on the job for nearly six months and was alarmed by the condition at the border.

Federal Agent Fatally Shoots Himself Inside Pittsburgh Homeland Security Office

Steve Neavling

A federal agent committed suicide inside a Homeland Security building in Pittsburgh on Thursday afternoon, Reuters reports.

James McConaughy, 43, of Beaver Falls, shot himself and was pronounced dead at 4:19 p.m.

An autopsy is scheduled for today.

Pittsburgh police would only say that homicide investigators were called to the scene.

Homeland Security didn’t respond to questions as of Friday morning, Reuters wrote.