ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The head of one of New Mexico's most powerful statewide offices is raising concerns about the lack of an environmental review as the U.S. government prepares to replace...
A U.S. government watchdog agency has launched an investigation in the wake of an Associated Press report revealing complaints about how immigration authorities treated hunger strikers at a...
US government tells Montana it is compliant with ID law
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Officials say Montana is now complying with federal driver's license rules after years of resisting the REAL ID Act.
Montana Department of Justice officials said Monday...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a man in connection with the January robbery of a bank in Bismarck.
The Bismarck Tribune reports that Robert Wolter was stopped Feb. 5 at...
MACON, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man has pleaded guilty to trafficking counterfeit car parts made in China and passing them off as authentic pieces from American car makers.
SCOUT KEY, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in the Florida Keys say an agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was arrested for driving under the influence in an agency vehicle after he slurred...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's U.S. senators are working with a bipartisan group of colleagues to call for an increased number of work visas to help small businesses find seasonal...
State elections chief to back election cybersecurity bill
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's new elections chief is ready to voice his support for a bill he says aims to better protect the battleground state's election systems from...
More immigrants sue US over end to protected status
Immigrants from Honduras and Nepal have filed a lawsuit alleging the Trump administration unfairly ended a program that lets them live and work in the United States.
Migrant caravan reaches town on Texas border
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A caravan of about 1,600 Central American migrants camped Tuesday in the Mexican border city of Piedras Negras, just west of Eagle Pass, Texas.
The governor of the northern state of Coahuila described the migrants as "asylum seekers," suggesting all had express intentions of surrendering to U.S. authorities.
Vegas police plan to be ‘all hands on deck’ for New Year’s
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo says Las Vegas police are planning an "all hands on deck approach" to New Year's Eve security.
Lombardo said at a news conference Thursday that he plans to have teams of officers inside casino-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and snipers watching overhead.
Mississippi lawmakers announce $930M contract for shipyard
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Lawmakers say a Mississippi shipyard has been awarded a $930.8 million contract to build the 10th and 11th U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutters.
U.S. Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker and U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo, in a news release, said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security contract award to Huntington Ingalls in Pascagoula has a total potential value of $1.7 billion.
Hawaii’s false missile alert leads to new recommendations
HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's inspector general has recommended changes to the nation's emergency alert system after Hawaii officials in January mistakenly warned the public about an incoming ballistic missile.
The report issued last week calls for mandating that software vendors include message preview and cancelling features in their alert software. It recommends requiring that software vendors provide training to officials using their products.
Northwestern instructs students on how to react to violence
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Northwestern University has created a video this fall to help prepare students, staff and faculty on how to respond to a situation of active violence.
The eight-minute video simulates a shooter on the Evanston campus, and portrays students, faculty and staff reacting in the "Run, Hide, Fight" manner recommended by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Phishing attempts on Oregon election officials increase
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's paper-ballot voting system in the state has never been more accurate or secure, though the number of phishing attempts targeting election officials has increased, the state's elections director said.
Oregon Elections Director Steve Trout said he himself has been hit by a dozen phishing attempts since July. In all of 2017, he had only one or two.
DHS: States will have help to ensure security of midterms
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Every state will have help from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to ensure the midterm elections are secure, one of the department's top cybersecurity officials said Friday.
Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications, met with officials in Rhode Island to talk about elections security.
"There's absolutely no expectation that anybody should have to defend themselves alone," Manfra said.
San Luis, Arizona, pedestrian border crossing expanded
SAN LUIS, Ariz. (AP) — Federal officials are marking the expansion of a pedestrian annex building at the San Luis, Arizona port of entry on the border with Mexico.
The crossing is south of Yuma, where Arizona and California meet on the border with Sonora, Mexico.
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Judge rules against voting security advocates in Tennessee
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge declined Tuesday to order election officials in Tennessee's largest county to perform rigorous safeguards to its voting systems ahead of early voting for the November elections.
U.S. District Judge Thomas Parker denied a request for an order requiring that the Shelby County Election Commission ask the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to perform risk and vulnerability assessments on electronic voting systems.
Advocate demands election system review in Tennessee county
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An elections integrity activist is demanding a rigorous security review of voting systems in Tennessee's largest county before the November election, and the replacement in the next year of its electronic voting machines with paper ballots.
Rocket launch planned at Kodiak’s Pacific Spaceport Complex
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — California-based Astra Space Inc. has scheduled a commercial rocket launch at the Pacific Spaceport Complex on Kodiak Island.
The Latest: License officials lacked updated headscarf rules
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a complaint that a Muslim woman renewing her Hawaii driver's license was discriminated against (all times local):
Hawaii County officials say they were following U.S. requirements when they issued a temporary driver's license to a Muslim woman who wears a hijab.
The county issued a statement Tuesday after the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii sent a letter complaining that unconstitutional policies made it difficult for Laycie Tobosa to renew her license.
Homeland Security to waive laws for South Texas border gates
HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that it will waive environmental laws so it can build gates between sections of border barriers in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley.
The waiver posted online lists 11 locations where the government plans to install gates in existing fencing. DHS has in recent months issued similar waivers of environmental laws for other projects to construct barriers along the southwest border.
Missouri gets more time to comply with REAL ID Act
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri has more time to comply with stricter identification requirements under the Real ID Act.
Governor says Oklahoma given 1-year REAL ID extension
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal government will continue to recognize Oklahoma driver's licenses and identification cards as an acceptable form of ID for at least another year.
Gov. Mary Fallin announced on Friday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted the state another extension, this one through October 2019. That means state licenses can still be used to board commercial flights or enter federal government buildings.
Homeland Security says no Wisconsin election threats seen
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A security official for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says no new threats against election security in Wisconsin have been detected to date ahead of the November midterm election.
Wisconsin was the target of Russian hackers before the 2016 election. Federal and state officials have said Wisconsin's elections systems were not compromised, but the state and Elections Commission have taken numerous steps since then to increase security.
Federal government will review Irma debris removal costs
MIAMI (AP) — The federal government is reviewing debris removal costs in the Florida Keys following Hurricane Irma last year.
WFOR-TV reports that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has responded to requests for an audit from Florida's 11 Democratic members of Congress.
- Globe NewswireManTech Wins $128 Million Award to Provide Program Management and Engineering Support for Homeland Security’s Customs and Border ProtectionApril 8, 2019
- Business WireEastern Kentucky Business Secures Major Supply Contract with the Department of Homeland SecurityFebruary 20, 2019
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ICE detains dozens of workers in Arkansas factory raid
ALMA, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has detained at least two dozen people suspected of living in the country illegally after raiding a northwestern Arkansas food-processing plant.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents served a search warrant Wednesday morning at the Bryant Preserving Co. in Alma. The warrant was for an existing criminal investigation, but ICE spokesman Bryan Cox wouldn't provide further detail.
Kansas officials back Trump plan for biodefense lab
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are backing President Donald Trump's plan to switch federal agency control of a biodefense laboratory complex under construction in the state.
The National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan is currently controlled by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The $1.25 billion project will aid efforts to prepare for threats against agriculture and research how to protect the country's food supply, according to federal and state officials.
Head of Homeland Security touring Manhattan lab
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is touring the National Agro-Defense Facility that is under construction in Manhattan.
Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is visiting the facility Monday with a host of federal and state leaders. They include U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, U.S. Reps. Roger Marshall and Kevin Yoder, Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and Kansas State President Richard Myers.
US, China probe of fentanyl ring stops international dealer
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — United States and Chinese officials say a joint investigation into a fentanyl ring has dismantled an international supplier.
Fire departments to receive $300K in funding for boat, tools
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island congressional delegation says two fire departments will receive over $300,000 in grant funding to help with emergency water responses.
The Newport Daily News reports the grants announced Tuesday will benefit the Newport and Bristol fire departments. Officials say the funding is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Port Security Grant Program.
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is creating a center aimed at protecting banks, electric companies and other critical infrastructure against cyberattacks — a threat that now exceeds the danger of a physical attack against the U.S. by a hostile foreign group, Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is expected to decide by Thursday whether it will extend temporary legal protections for about 250 Somalis who fled violence and famine in their home country, many of whom live in Minnesota.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A vendor that provides key services for Maryland elections has been acquired by a parent company with links to a Russian oligarch, state officials said Friday after a briefing a day earlier from the FBI.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch made the announcement at a news conference in the Maryland State House, a gathering that included staff members of Gov. Larry Hogan.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Mexican American civil rights group says two female past detainees want a federal investigation of the privately run immigrant detention center where they'd been held.
St. Louis to be site of election security summit
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A national gathering in St. Louis in September will focus on election security.
Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced this week that the National Election Security Summit will be Sept. 10-11. Participants will include national, state and local election authorities, who will be joined by officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Election Assistance Commission and other experts.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Dozens of elected officials in Rep. Kevin Yoder's congressional district in Kansas are pushing him to demand an end to the forced separation of families caught crossing the U.S. border illegally.
Democratic state Rep. Jarrod Ousley of Merriam and Republican state Rep. Linda Gallagher of Lenexa delivered a letter Wednesday to Yoder's office in Overland Park.
CAIRO (AP) — An Eritrean national who was denied asylum in the United States and was being sent back to his homeland has died in an apparent suicide in a holding area at Cairo International Airport, airport officials said on Saturday.
Zeresenay Ermias Testfatsion was a detainee of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and was being held by Egyptian authorities at the airport, awaiting his return to Asmara, Eritrea, ICE said.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A group of 14 Muslim women claims Transportation Security Administration agents at Newark Liberty International Airport harassed and profiled them last December.
The women, who were traveling separately, say they were forced to step out of the security line for additional screening and missed their flights as a result.
They allege they were treated differently because they were wearing Muslim headscarves.
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MESA, Ariz. (AP) — One man is dead and another injured after U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents were involved in a shooting in Mesa.
Police say Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents were working a narcotics investigation Tuesday and met two suspects.
They say 23-year-old Giovanny Leon pulled a handgun out and attempted to rob an agent.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska officials said Wednesday a hacker gained access to a server that hosts the state elections website on the morning of the 2016 general election but did not manipulate any information.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Worried about increasingly aggressive tactics, civil liberties groups in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont sued the federal government Tuesday for records of immigration enforcement actions to get a clearer picture of what's happened since Republican President Donald Trump took office.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A "zero-tolerance" policy toward people who enter the United States illegally may cause families to be separated while parents are prosecuted, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration said Friday that it is ending special immigration protections for about 57,000 Hondurans, adding them to hundreds of thousands of immigrants from other countries battered by violence and natural disasters who are losing permission to be in the United States.
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The Maine American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to get citizen checkpoint records stemming from a stopped coach bus.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's criticism of federal immigration officials for a recent raid on an upstate dairy farm (all times local):
A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is firing back at New York's governor for criticizing the tactics of immigration agents following a raid on an upstate dairy farm.