Analysis found that DHS's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office has shortfalls in its documentation procedures, making it difficult to understand how well its R&D investments are addressing the gaps in the government's global nuclear detection architecture.
Conditions at Mexico's southern border show little to suggest that Mexico and Guatemala have enough capacity for or interest in building the kind of strict controls seen at Mexico's northern border, a new report indicates.
A federal appeals court ruled that a Mexican immigrant was wrongly deported after he failed to prove that he couldn't escape torture by relocating to another part of Mexico. Instead, whether or not internal relocation is an option should be just one factor weighed in determining whether the person is likely to be tortured, the ruling says.
The Homeland Security Department announced April 2 that about $1.6 billion in grant funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, among others, is available to help improve the nation's readiness in preventing, responding to and recovering from terrorist attacks.
Through four separate reports, the Homeland Security Department's watchdog said it's confirmed allegations from whistleblowers about widespread misuse of "administratively uncontrollable overtime" by some U.S. border patrol agents.
Canadian and U.S. government officials announced March 16 a new agreement that allows federal agencies to conduct immigration, customs and agriculture inspections in each other's countries while facilitating travel.
United States customs officers didn't always effectively use certain critera to assess the risk of some rail shipments entering from Canada and Mexico nor did some use required radiation detection equipment to examine high-risk cargo – problems that have since been addressed.
Federal officials conducted interviews with migrants, their families and other organizations, analyzed various reports, and conducted surveys, among other things. The GAO report also included examples of programs implemented by those officials to address the migration.
Several Homeland Security Department officials testified at a congressional hearing that their agency's operations, staff and work with emergency officials and the private sector would be significantly jolted if lawmakers don't fund the department past Feb. 27.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which enforces immigration laws and conducts counterterrorism and other border security investigations, was one of the biggest budget winners among agencies within the Homeland Security Department. The agency is requesting $6.28 billion for next fiscal year, or nearly $923 million above this year's estimated spending level.