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Tag: Homeland Security

FBI Questions Suspect in Attack on U.S. Consulate in Benghazi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has finally been given access to a man suspected of being involved in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, sources close to the case told the Washington Times.

Sources told the Times that the suspect is being detained and questioned.

Authorities found the man, Farai al-Shibli, after he returned from a trip to Pakistan, the Times reported.

The level of involvement of the suspect remains unclear.

Homeland Security officials said they believe more than a dozen people were involved in the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

Homeland Security Reaches 10th Anniversary But Has its Trials

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks revealed flaws in the U.S.’s national security.

So on March 1, 2003, Congress passed the Homeland Security Act, which created the Homeland Security Department.

Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano described it as “the largest reorganization of the federal government since the Department of Defense,” wrote Fox News. The department was designed to “protect our homeland,” then-President George Bush said. 

“I don’t think people understand what (DHS) does and no part of it really wins any respect from the public,” Ben Friedman, a research fellow in defense and homeland security studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, told Fox News.

Since Sept. 11, the department has received nearly $800 billion, according to MSNBC.

Since its creation, the department has been criticized for numerous reasons.

The Homeland Security Department Stands to Lose $3.2 billion Because of Sequestration

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If sequestration cuts aren’t restored, they will cost the Homeland Security Department about $3.2 billion this fiscal year, Fierce Homeland Security reports.

To make up for the lost money, the department, which reached 10 years old March 1, would need to cut more than 5% across the board.

Other federal agencies face big losses. Customs and Border Protection is set to lose $595 million, while ICE cuts could total $295 million.

“Sequestration would roll back border security, increase wait times at our Nation’s land ports of entry and airports, affect aviation and maritime safety and security, leave critical infrastructure vulnerable to attacks, hamper disaster response time and our Surge Force capabilities, and significantly scale back cyber security infrastructure protections that have been developed in recent years,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wrote in a letter to the House Homeland Security Committee.

Looming Budget Cuts Prompted Homeland Security to Release Thousands of Illegal Immigrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security released more than 2,000 illegal immigrants facing deportation because of looming budget cuts, not a few hundred as originally reported, Catholic Online writes.Since Feb. 15, about 1,000 illegal immigrants considered low risk have been released each week, according to Catholic Online. 

The Obama administration said it was not aware of the plan, and Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano criticized her agency’s handling of the release.

“Beyond that normal movement, and as fiscal uncertainty remains over the continuing resolution and possible sequestration, ICE reviewed its detained population to ensure detention levels stay within ICE’s current budget and placed several hundred individuals on methods of supervision less costly than detention,” ICE spokesman Brian Hale said.

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Illegal Immigrants Being Released Ahead of Looming Mandatory Budget Cuts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Department of Homeland Security has begun to empty out some immigration jails ahead of the looming mandatory budget cuts, the Associated Press reports.

The AP wrote that ICE has reviewed hundreds of cases and began removing an undisclosed number of illegal immigrants, who were “placed on an appropriate, more cost-effective form of supervised release,” ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said.

The agency’s “priority for detention remains on serious criminal offenders and other individuals who pose a significant threat to public safety,” she said.

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Opinion: Automatic Budget Cuts Would Hamper Progress on Immigration Reform

Opinion
The Bakersfield Californian 

The prospect for real bipartisan progress on immigration reform may take a serious hit if sequestration, the automatic cuts scheduled for March 1, take place.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano informed the Senate Appropriations Committee last week the cuts will result in a workforce-hours reduction equivalent to 5,000 Border Patrol agents, or about 25 percent of the workforce. That kind of reduction will almost surely impact current efforts and future plans to secure the U.S. border with Mexico, which happens to be one of the key components of the immigration reform proposal forwarded by a bipartisan panel of senators last month. In fact, those senators are demanding that the border be secure before proceeding with opening paths to U.S. citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. In other words, no matter which side of the immigration debate you’re on, you can’t be happy with that kind of hit to the Border Patrol.

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Napolitano: Budget Reductions Would Put U.S. at Increased Risk of Terrorist Attack

Janet Napolitano/file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The nation’s security is at risk under $85 billion in budget reductions that will go into effect if Republicans and Democrats can’t agree soon on spending cuts, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, CNN reports.

“Sequestration would roll back border security, increase wait times at our nation’s land ports of entry and airports, affect aviation and maritime safety and security, leave critical infrastructure vulnerable to attacks, hamper disaster response time … and significantly scale back cyber security infrastructure protections,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wrote in a letter to lawmakers.

A sequester, which is a series of automatic cuts to take place March 1 if Democrats and Republicans can’t reach agreement on alternative budget reductions, would mean at least 14 furlough days for law enforcement personnel with Homeland Security, CNN wrote.

Homeland Security Secretary: Mexican Border Safer Now Than in Past

 

Janet Napolitano

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano criticized Republican lawmakers for suggesting that immigration is on the verge of getting out of control, the Associated Press reported.

While inspecting border security in El Paso, Napolitano said arrests and the seizure of drugs, weapons and currency are up.

“I believe the border is secure. I believe the border’s a safe border. That’s not to say everything is 100 percent,” Napolitano said Monday in San Diego during the first leg of her trip to the Southwest border.

The Obama administration has “deployed historic levels of personnel, technology and infrastructure to help secure the Southwest border,” she said Tuesday in El Paso.

Attempts to illegally cross the Mexican border are have been halved since 2008, Napolitano said.

It has meant that attempts to illegally cross from Mexico are half of what they were in 2008 and 78-percent down from their peak in 2000. “The numbers are the numbers,” she said.