Congress passes one-week Homeland Security funding bill, Obama signs it


Congress approved a stopgap measure late Friday to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded for another week — averting a crisis just before money was set to run out at midnight, but setting up a new standoff as conservatives press their fight over President Obama’s immigration…
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Indian artwork goes to Homeland Security as part of global investigation


Indian rattle. Of course no museum wants to get a visit from the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Particularly when they inform you that a 2,200-year-old terracotta Indian rattle that has been part of the museum’s extensive collection of South Asian art since 2003 was most likely looted from an archeological site in India. Museum director Stephan Jost was disappointed when ICE HSI agents contacted the museum on Aug. 22 about the ancient four-inch-long Read more [...]

Homeland Security may reduce deportations of nonviolent immigrants


As city and county jails across the country increasingly refuse federal requests to hold foreigners who have overstayed their visas or slipped across the border, the Obama administration is moving toward a new policy that would limit deportations chiefly to immigrants who have been convicted of…
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Homeland Security cancels plans for new BioWatch technology


The decision to cancel 'Generation 3' of the system for detecting biological attacks marks a policy reversal. The overall BioWatch program, which has cost more than $ 1 billion, is still under review. WASHINGTON — Amid concerns about its effectiveness and multibillion-dollar cost, the Department of Homeland Security has canceled plans to install an automated technology that was meant to speed the 24-hour operations of BioWatch, the national system for detecting a biological attack. Nation Read more [...]

Former Homeland Security watchdog comes under fire in Senate


Charles K. Edwards revised reports and delayed investigations at the request of aides to former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, a Senate inquiry says.WASHINGTON — The former top watchdog for the Homeland Security Department rewrote reports and slowed investigations at the request of senior staff for then-Secretary Janet Napolitano, a review conducted by Senate staff found. Nation - latimes.com Read more [...]

Obama calls on Homeland Security to ease deportations


The agency considers policy changes that would slow the removal of immigrants in the U.S. illegally.WASHINGTON — Under orders by President Obama to enforce immigration laws "more humanely," Homeland Security officials are focusing on at least two major policy changes that would slow the pace of deportations of immigrants in the U.S. illegally. Nation - latimes.com Read more [...]

American Trucking Associations Names Con-way’s Curtis J. Shewchuk Chairman of Homeland Security Policy Committee


Con-way Inc. (NYSE:CNW) announced that Curtis J. Shewchuk, the company’s Chief Security Officer, has been appointed Chairman of the American Trucking Associations’ (ATA) Homeland Security Policy Committee. Shewchuk will lead a key ATA committee that works closely with government agencies on the development of national security policies and procedures involving the trucking industry and ensures that the industry’s interests are effectively represented. Shewchuk, who formerly was the committee’s Read more [...]