Jeff Flake Isn’t Giving Up on Immigration Reform, Says Will Force a Vote on His Proposal as Soon as Senate Returns from Recess

Jeff Flake Isn’t Giving Up on Immigration Reform, Says Will Force a Vote on His Proposal as Soon as Senate Returns from Recess

Senator Jeff Flake isn’t giving up on immigration reform.  The junior Senator from Arizona said that he plans to force a vote on a proposal as soon as the Senate returns from its winter recess after next week.  Flake proposed a fallback option for immigration reform last week when it looked like larger plans being put forth by Senators from both sides of the aisle were going to fall through. A Republican plan that would’ve granted a pathway to citizenship…

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Immigration Reform Dies Again

Immigration Reform Dies Again

Republicans made a last-ditch effort to pass a DACA solution this week only to have it thwarted by Democrats.  Are we seeing the beginning of a midterm election strategy by Democrats?  We discuss DACA and the failure of Congress to once again get an immigration bill passed in today’s episode.   http://media.blubrry.com/itn/p/content.blubrry.com/itn/Immigration_Reform_Dies_Again.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

Arrests of Both Criminal and Noncriminal Immigrants Up After First Year of Trump Administration

Arrests of Both Criminal and Noncriminal Immigrants Up After First Year of Trump Administration

Arrests of noncriminal immigrants more than doubled last year under the Trump administration according to a new analysis by The Washington Post.  According to the report 37,734 noncriminal immigrants were detailed in 2017. Arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials of undocumented immigrants have increased by 40% in President Trump’s first year in office. The number of immigrants who were convicted of crimes last year, 105,736, was also a small increase. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has instructed the Justice Department…

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The Top Priority for Security Officials at the Winter Games May Be Cyber

The Top Priority for Security Officials at the Winter Games May Be Cyber

The Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, are drawing an element from all over the world besides athletes: Cyber attackers.  Experts believe the biggest security threat to the Games may be virtual. Cyber criminals have long targeted Olympic Games.  At the Beijing, London and Brazil events, officials recorked millions of attempted attacks a day – some were successful.  They were mostly low-level scams involving the stealing of tickets or money.  But experts believe attacks at the games in South Korea…

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DHS Confirms 21 State Voting Systems Were Targeted by Hackers in 2016, Some Had Their Voter-Roll Systems Breached

DHS Confirms 21 State Voting Systems Were Targeted by Hackers in 2016, Some Had Their Voter-Roll Systems Breached

The head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security Jeanette Manfra confirmed today that a significant number of U.S. states had their voter registration rolls targeted by hackers during the 2016 election.  A number of states actually had their systems breached. Manfra said she couldn’t discuss classified information publicly but said, “We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated.” Asked whether there was any doubt that the hacking efforts originated from…

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Detailed Super Bowl Security Plans Left on Plane in Seat Back Pocket

Detailed Super Bowl Security Plans Left on Plane in Seat Back Pocket

A CNN employee found copies of DHS plans detailing the response to a simulated anthrax attack on Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis in the seat-back pocket of a commercial plane.  Also found were a travel itinerary and a boarding pass of the government scientist in charge of BioWatch, the DHS program that conducted the anthrax drills ahead of yesterday’s main event. The documents were marked “For Official Use Only” and “important for national security.” The news agency decided to withhold…

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Lindsey Graham: Immigration Reform Has Turned into a “’S’ Show”

Lindsey Graham: Immigration Reform Has Turned into a “’S’ Show”

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham criticized the current state of the immigration debate taking place on Capitol Hill right now, calling it a “S” show.  “This has turned into a “S” show, and we need to get back to being a great country where Democrats and Republicans will work together to do something that we should have done years ago,” Graham said. Graham was speaking at a Homeland Security Oversight hearing when he summarized the current state of the immigration…

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73% of Those Convicted of Terrorism-Related Charges Foreign Born, New DHS Study Finds

73% of Those Convicted of Terrorism-Related Charges Foreign Born, New DHS Study Finds

A new report from the Department of Homeland Security says that 73% of individuals convicted of terrorism-related charges in the U.S. over the last 15 years were foreign born.  And twenty-seven percent of them had become naturalized citizens.  In all, 549 people were convicted of terrorism related charges in the U.S. between Sept. 11, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2016.  One hundred and forty-eight had become naturalized citizens and 147 were born in the U.S. DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the…

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New Jersey Man First to Have His Citizenship Stripped Under New Homeland Security Initiative

New Jersey Man First to Have His Citizenship Stripped Under New Homeland Security Initiative

A New Jersey man was stripped of his citizenship last week on the grounds that he provided a false name to authorities to avoid deportation.  The man, Baljinder Singh, has lived in the US for 25 years. Authorities say that when Sing arrived in the US from his native India in 1991 he was carrying no identification with him.  He gave authorities the name Davinder Singh.  After failing to appear in immigration court in January 1992, a judge ordered him…

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