Port of entry infrastructure along the U.S. borders has struggled to keep up with the needs of cross-border trade and travelers, lawmakers and federal officials testing during a House hearing.
Two lawmakers plan to introduce bipartisan border legislation that they say would treat all unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border equally and ensure due process. Though text of the legislation isn't available, a July 16 statement from Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) it would allow for voluntary reunification of children with their families whether they are from Mexico, Central America or any other country.
President Barack Obama is seeking $3.7 billion in emergency appropriations from Congress to help deal with the thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the southwest border.
Two reports that the Homeland Security Department office of inspector general removed from its website following alleged misconduct by the office's now-former leader have undergone slight modifications. Charles Edwards, the former acting inspector general at DHS, resigned in December amid numerous allegations of misconduct during his nearly three years leading the OIG
While the Homeland Security Department has established performance measures and reporting processes within multiagency security efforts along the Southwest border, congressional investigators said it still needs to do more to strengthen the collaboration and improve efficiency.
Two Homeland Security Department officials testified before a Senate subcommittee that international travelers face several challenges, such as increased wait times and poor service at many U.S. ports of entry, but efforts are underway to improve those areas as the U.S. tries to reach a goal of attracting 100 million visitors annually by 2021.
While sequestration resulted in a 4-percent decline across the Homeland Security Department's funded contract obligations, its impact was uneven across the department's various agencies and bureaus, a new study has shown.
The massive number of unaccompanied children crossing the southwestern border has federal officials scrambling to provide enough people and space to deal with the crisis.
Sequestration in fiscal 2013 significantly reduced services provided by federal agencies, including public housing assistance, border inspections and military training. The Defense Department reported that canceled or limited military training and readiness activities due to sequestration could increase the number of non-deployable units, decrease surge capacity to meet additional requirements with ready forces and lead to skills gaps, a May 28 Government Accountability Office report says.
The fiscal 2015 Homeland Security Department appropriations bill advanced May 28 as the House Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security approved it by a voice vote.