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New York Times: Trump suggested shooting migrants in the legs

President Donald Trump suggested shooting migrants in the legs in order to slow them down after they crossed the southern border during a March meeting in which he called for a shutdown of the entire US-Mexico border, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

DHS press secretary to leave for position at State Department

Department of Homeland Security press secretary Tyler Q. Houlton is leaving his position at the end of the week after nearly two years delivering the public message for a department that has been at the center of the Trump administration's focus on immigration and many of its controversial policies.

NYT: Nielsen urged not to bring up Russian meddling to Trump

Attempted Russian interference in US public affairs has continued as Department of Homeland Security officials and senior leaders have alerted the White House about the risks ahead of the 2020 presidential election -- but it was "like pulling teeth" to get the White House to pay attention, a US government official told CNN Wednesday.

How border hardliners nudged out Nielsen

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen left Washington last Sunday for what was supposed to be a week-long trip to Europe. While there, Nielsen planned to discuss cybersecurity and terror threats with senior UK and Swedish government officials, and attend a meeting of G7 interior ministers in Paris -- providing her a t

Nielsen holds 'emergency' border call with Trump's Cabinet

Department of Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen convened an emergency conference call with members of President Donald Trump's Cabinet on Tuesday evening to discuss migration at the southern border, according to a participant on the call.

Nielsen bowing out of G7 to deal with border situation

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is leaving bilateral security meetings with European officials early -- and bowing out of the G7 Interior Ministers' Meeting in Paris -- to head back to Washington to continue managing the situation at the southern border, according to a Department of Homeland Security official.

Nielsen asks Congress for new authority to deport and detain migrants

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson is pushing back on Homeland Security Secretary's Kirstjen Nielsen request to Congress for legislation that would allow her department to deport Central American unaccompanied minors quickly and detain families longer.

DHS's Nielsen defends administration's immigration policies

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and House Democrats sparred Wednesday over the Trump administration's controversial immigration policies that resulted in children being separated from their parents and President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency.

Kirstjen Nielsen to testify before House committee

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will testify before a House panel March 6, Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson announced Monday, following days of back-and-forth between the Trump Cabinet member and House Democrats.

Homeland Security chair warns of subpoena for Nielsen

A tense fight between House Democrats and President Donald Trump's administration over Cabinet officials resisting testifying on Capitol Hill escalated Wednesday when the House Homeland Security chairman warned he would not hesitate to issue a subpoena for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to appear before his panel.

What isn't getting done at DHS during shutdown

While the majority of Department of Homeland Security employees are working without pay during the partial government shutdown, thousands are furloughed and no longer doing the daily work of the department.

Nielsen: All children in Border Patrol custody receive screenings

All children in US Border Patrol custody have received medical screenings and apprehended children will now be assessed more thoroughly, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced Wednesday in a statement on the death of an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy in Border Patrol custody.

US to send asylum seekers back to Mexico during immigration proceedings

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced Thursday that the United States has told Mexico that individuals entering the US illegally or entering without proper documentation and seek asylum will be sent to Mexico to wait for the duration of their US immigration proceedings.

Trump administration to comply with, appeal asylum-ban ruling

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday that the Trump administration plans to comply with and appeal a federal judge's recent decision to temporarily block the government from denying asylum to those who cross the southern border between ports of entry.