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Thousands of migrant children and adults are currently subject to dangerous overcrowding, unsanitary conditions and prolonged internment at U.S. detention facilities.


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Texas law enforcement are now getting a big assist from the federal government. Texas is the first and only state to get access to a massive Department of Homeland Security biometric database through a pilot program.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the release of hundreds of women and children from South Texas detention centers over the past week were scheduled as part of "normal operations"—and not in response to a court ruling last Friday barring such facilities from getting childcare licenses. Jonathan Ryan is executive director of San Antonio’s Refugee and Immigrant Center For Education and Legal Services, a group that assists these asylum-seekers. Ryan told TPR that the recent surge is far from routine.  

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Since last summer's influx of migrants from Central and South America, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been detaining asylum seekers in private detention centers in Karnes City and Dilley, TX.  The facilities are marketed as family-friendly, but legal advocates for the detained have been working to shine a light on the deficiencies.  They aren't alone. 

Nearly 4 million past and current federal employees may have fallen victim to the latest cybersecurity attack against the Office of Personnel Management.

The federal agency said in a statement that it discovered the breach in April, during a recent push to update the its "cybersecurity posture." OPM says people's names, social security numbers, dates and places of birth, and current and former addresses were hacked.

Garland Gunman’s Hashtag Hinted At Texas Plot; Feds Track Tweets

May 6, 2015
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PHOENIX — About 20 minutes before the shooting at a Texas cartoon contest that featured images of the Prophet Muhammad, a final tweet posted on an account linked to one of the gunmen said: “May Allah accept us as mujahideen,” or holy warriors.

Among the hashtags used by the account was “#texasattack.”

Federal authorities were tracking the Twitter account linked to 31-year-old Elton Simpson of Phoenix before he and another gunman opened fire Sunday in the Dallas suburb of Garland, said Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, who was briefed on the investigation by federal law enforcement officials.

Monday night's NCAA men's basketball final will attract millions of viewers. One player on Duke's team — Sean Obi — hails from Nigeria. He's not the only African player who has enjoyed a successful hoops career in the U.S. The most famous is Nigerian Hakeem Olajuwon, who starred at the University of Houston before going on to a Hall of Fame career with the Houston Rockets and the Toronto Raptors.

Bipartisan Deal Sets Up Homeland Security Vote In Senate

Feb 25, 2015
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WASHINGTON — Three days before a partial Homeland Security shutdown, lawmakers cleared the way Wednesday for Senate passage of legislation to fund the agency without immigration-related provisions opposed by President Barack Obama. Approval in the Senate would send the issue to the House, where some conservatives derided the plan as surrender to the White House. Other Republicans predicted it would clear, but Speaker John Boehner declined to say if he would put it to a vote.