Homeland Security

Transport Security Administration / Ben Balter (background)

As the threat of terrorism has grown, civilian agencies are increasingly thrust into the national security conversation. The laws and regulations that govern aviation, immigration, and international trade have become key parts of the national security apparatus. Debates over no-fly lists, border security, and the protection of airplane technology now take place alongside those over the military’s rules of engagement or the value of NSA programs. These new debates seem no less likely to disappear.

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Cybersecurity and Deterrence

The State of FirstNet, America’s Public Safety Broadband Network

On April 1, AT&T announced that the Navy and the Marine Corps had signed up to the FirstNet public safety broadband network, which prioritizes public safety communications over other types of traffic. A policy directive from the secretary of the Navy provides guidance on how the Navy and the Marine Corps should procure and deploy FirstNet devices and services.

Department of Homeland Security

The Federal Vacancies Reform Act Under Trump: The Department of Homeland Security Edition

To quote Yogi Berra, “it’s like déjà vu all over again.” For at least the fourth time in just over two years, a dispute has arisen over the president’s authority to name “acting” agency heads under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (FVRA) of 1998. This time around, the debate involves the Department of Homeland Security—and the resignation/firing/un-resignation/ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

Homeland Security

Livestream: Secretary Neilsen Testifies Before House Homeland Security Committee

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is scheduled to testify before the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. The testimony marks her first appearance before a House panel during the 116th Congress. Read Nielsen’s opening statement and watch the live feed of the testimony.

Latin America

AMLO’s National Guard: Mexico Still Needs Its Military to Restore Public Safety

In the months since Mexico’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (often called “AMLO”), announced the creation of a “national guard” as a core component of his public security strategy, the proposal has received significant criticism.

Homeland Security

Overview of U.S. Lie Detection Systems for Airport Security Checkpoints

Over the next five months, travelers crossing external borders in Hungary, Latvia and Greece will have the opportunity to participate in the European Union’s latest effort to increase the security, efficiency and efficacy of its border checkpoints. The new system, “iBorderCtrl,” involves a voluntary two-step procedure. First, travelers register online, where an animated border agent asks a series of questions.

Homeland Security

Document: Immigration Advocates File Lawsuit Challenging Legality of Asylum Rule and Proclamation

Three immigrant advocacy organizations represented by the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a lawsuit in the Northern District of California against the president, the Justice Department, Homeland Security Department and other government agencies alleging that the Trump administration's proclamation and rule on asylum applications violates the Immigration and Nationality Act and the Administrative Procedures Act.

immigration

Document: Amended Rule and Presidential Proclamation on Asylum at the Southern Border

On Thursday, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security announced an amendment to the rules governing asylum requests rendering ineligible for asylum those who attempt to enter the United States in violation of an order issued under Section 212(f) or 215(a)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Those statutes give the president certain authorities to restrict the entry of aliens to the United States.

Immigration

Document: Federal Judge Orders Government to Reunite Families

Judge Dana Sabraw of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California granted a request for an injunction on behalf of a class of immigrants whose children were separated from them by the Department of Homeland Security. The full order is below. For details on to whom the injunction applies, read Judge Sabraw’s order granting class certification.

Homeland Security

What’s In Trump’s Executive Order on Separating Migrant Families—And What It Is Missing

Amid growing political pressure, the president issued an executive order Wednesday addressing his administration’s policy of separating migrant children and parents at the U.S. border. The order is fewer than 800 words, but it does little to resolve the chaos generated by the family separation policy.

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