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DHS secretary on being shouted off stage by protesters at Georgetown: I’m disappointed but ‘not surprised’

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Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kevin McAleenan said Wednesday that he was “disappointed” but “not surprised” after getting shouted off the stage by protesters at Georgetown Law Center’s annual immigration conference.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” McAleenan told hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade that, “part of the irony here is that this is supposed to be a group of immigration law experts who wanted to hear the facts of what’s happening on the border. The facts of what’s broken about our immigration system.”

“I was going to challenge them on how we could talk and start a dialogue about how to fix it,” said McAleenan. “But, apparently [I] didn’t get that opportunity.”

“I was there [for] probably eight minutes,” he surmised. “I wasn’t going to be intimidated or deterred and we had a good message to share.”

BORDER APPREHENSIONS DOWN FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH

McAleenan said that he had wanted to challenge those “operating in the immigration law space, especially on the advocate and activist side, to show them what’s broken about this system and why we still need Congress to act to help fundamentally change the dynamic.”

However, when it was clear that Georgetown Law Center was “not going to change that direction of that dialogue,” McAleenan recognized it was “time to go.”

The Law Center has since released a statement sharing McAleenan’s regret, saying “Georgetown is deeply committed to freedom of speech and expression.”

In a written statement released afterward, DHS echoed those concerns: “The First Amendment guarantees all Americans the right to free speech and assembly. Unfortunately, that right was robbed from many who were scheduled to speak and attend today’s event at Georgetown. Unfortunately, the Acting Secretary and the audience did not get the opportunity to engage in a robust dialogue this morning due to the disruptions of a few activists.”

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The DHS, which published the secretary’s prepared remarks, said those in attendance would have “learned more about DHS’s successful strategy to work with international partners to reduce unlawful migration and end the exploitation of children by smugglers and cartels, and then they would have had the opportunity to participate in an unmoderated question and answer session.”

Nevertheless, McAleenan said that the department would continue on and “make progress on the agenda,” boasting strengthened partnerships with Mexico and Guatemala to stem the tide of migrants at the southern border.

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Kirstjen Nielsen cancels Atlantic Festival appearance after backlash from the left: reports

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Cancel culture” appears to have claimed another victim. Former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is no longer scheduled to participate in a three-day festival hosted by The Atlantic next week, the publication said Friday.

Several liberal groups are claiming victory, saying they pressured Nielsen to back out of the event.

“We previously announced that we would be interviewing former DHS Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen at @TheAtlanticFest next week. Nielsen’s team has let us know that she is no longer able to participate in the interview,” The Atlantic Communications tweeted Friday afternoon.

KIRSTJEN NIELSEN MAKES FIRST PUBLIC COMMENTS AFTER RESIGNATION AS DHS BOSS

The magazine maintains Nielsen was the one to cancel the scheduled appearance.

“I wanted to let everyone know that Kirstjen Nielsen’s team has let us know that she is no longer able to participate in TAF [The Atlantic Festival],” Margaret Low, president of AtlanticLive, wrote in an email to staff obtained by The Hill.

Two sources familiar with the matter told The Hill that several Atlantic staffers protested the decision to include Nielsen in the festival, but a magazine spokesperson said Nielsen’s “invitation was not rescinded, so that is 100 percent inaccurate.”

Liberals take credit

But liberal organizations took credit and also criticized The Atlantic for initially including the former Trump administration immigration official on the festival’s set list.

The announcement came following backlash from a progressive grassroots group called CREDO Action, which claimed “Public pressure from thousands of CREDO members and grassroots activists forced Kirstjen Nielsen to withdraw from the Atlantic Fest, which is a huge victory and should set a precedent for not putting profits over morals when it comes to Trump administration alumni.”

Credo Action campaign director Nicole Regalado, told The Hill “No one from Trump’s administration should get a soft landing to sanitize their actions while supporting and pushing forward a white nationalist, fascist agenda.”

‘Public backlash’ threatened

The group also threatened that the media and corporations should think twice before giving a platform to “people who worked hand-in-hand with Trump to separate families, lock babies up in cages, and terrorize communities of color.”

“Public backlash will be swift and powerful for anyone who tries to help rehabilitate the reputations of Trump’s top henchmen,” CREDO Action said in a statement, according to Common Dreams.

“Public backlash will be swift and powerful for anyone who tries to help rehabilitate the reputations of Trump’s top henchmen.”

— CREDO Action statement

The Atlantic had announced earlier this week that Nielsen would be interviewed during the three-day The Atlantic Festival on “the Trump administration’s immigration policy, which she implemented as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.”

The Atlantic’s Tuesday news release also said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, and Disney CEO Bob Iger would be interviewed onstage during the festival, set to be held in Washington, Tuesday through Thursday.

Other current and former Trump administration officials remain on the guest list. Jim Mattis, who served a tumultuous two years as Trump’s defense secretary before he was fired, is scheduled to speak, as is current Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II.

Liberal groups on Twitter also took aim at The Atlantic and pointed to Nielsen’s record of perceived offenses against immigrants.  

“Kirstjen Nielsen, you don’t get to separate families, cause long-lasting trauma to our kids, and think you can walk away scot-free,” Vote Latino, a voter advocacy group, said on Twitter. “We will not forget the harm you’ve caused to our community. You don’t get to rehabilitate your image.”

“Good—but she never should have been invited in the first place,” daily kos author Gabe Ortiz said. “Nielsen’s role in implementing the administration’s inhumane family separation policy will be remembered as one of the darkest times in modern U.S. history.”

“Glad she’s not getting this platform to rehabilitate her image, but she shouldn’t have ever been invited,” Bend the Arc: Jewish Action also tweeted.

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Past confrontations

Before she left the Trump administration in April, Nielsen was the target of several public confrontations waged by critics of President Trump’s immigration policies.

In June 2018, an angry mob of socialists heckled Nielsen at a restaurant in Washington, forcing her to leave.

That same month, another group of protesters gathered outside Nielsen’s home.

Other Republicans who have been confronted in public include former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and Senate Majority Mitch McConnell and his wife, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

Also on the guest list at The Atlantic Festival: former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice; former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki; NBA Commissioner Adam Silver; Michele Roberts, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association; CEO and executive editor of Rappler Maria Ressa; and “Tonight Show” musician Questlove.

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Trump administration may consider fresh cutback to refugee cap, official says

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The Trump administration may consider a making significant reduction to the number of refugees admitted into the U.S. beginning next month due to a massive backlog of more than 900,000 asylum cases, a senior administration official told Fox News Friday.

The number of people seeking asylum is severely limiting how many refugees can be vetted, the official said, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) might not even hit this year’s cap of 30,000 refugees. The Associated Press reported that 28,501 refugees were accepted between Oct. 1, 2018, and Sept. 6.

WARREN PLANS TO INCREASE ANNUAL REFUGEE ADMISSIONS NEARLY 800 PERCENT FROM FY2018

USCIS is in the process of reassigning workers who process refugee cases to handle asylum claims, which have put a strain on the system, the official said, stressing that the crisis at the southern border takes priority over processing refugee claims.

The New York Times reported that top officials will meet in the Situation Room on Tuesday to discuss new proposals to the refugee cap, which is set by the president. The Associated Press reported that some officials have argued for the cap to be set as low as 15,000, while the Times reported that others have argued the cap should be reduced all the way to zero.

It’s unclear what direction the White House will take in setting the new refugee policy, or if a new cap will be reconfigured to include both refugees and asylum seekers.

MEXICO ANNOUNCES 56 PERCENT DROP IN NUMBER OF MIGRANTS ARRIVING AT US BORDER

President Trump has a Sept. 30 deadline to set the refugee cap.

In fiscal year 2018, the cap was 45,000 and 22,491 were admitted. That’s one-quarter of the number allowed to enter two years ago and the lowest since Congress passed a law in 1980 creating the modern resettlement system.

The reduced number of refugees being admitted is due to the more stringent protocols for citizens from 11 countries that the administration has said present the greatest security threat, and the State Department has acknowledged there are fewer refugee admissions due to the screening and vetting procedures.

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The tighter screening procedures reflect President Trump’s travel ban on people from seven Muslim majority countries – Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Administration officials have said the U.S. remains at the forefront of helping those fleeing persecution, and they note that from the 2008 budget year to 2017, the U.S. gave lawful permanent resident status to 1.7 million people for humanitarian reasons.

Fox News’ John Roberts and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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US says it plans to create fake social media accounts to monitor immigrants

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers can now use fake social media accounts to monitor immigrants seeking visas, green cards and citizenship.

The new plan is a policy change from July that reverses a Homeland Security Department ban that cited privacy issues.

A statement from USCIS said the agency will use the fake accounts only “to access social media content that is publicly available to all users of the social media platform,” adding its personnel will respect users’ privacy settings and won’t “friend” or “follow” users.

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USCIS said it doesn’t proactively monitor social media accounts.

“We use social media information to investigate an existing request for immigration benefits, as part of our background and security check process,” the statement said.

In June, the State Department started requiring visa applicants to give their social media information.

However, the new USCIS policy may violate Facebook’s and Twitter’s terms of use, which both prohibit users from creating fake accounts.

“It is against our policies to use fake personae and to use Twitter data for persistent surveillance of individuals. We look forward to understanding USCIS’s proposed practices to determine whether they are consistent with our terms of service,” Twitter said in a statement to Fox News.

Dave Maass, a senior investigative researcher for the civil liberties advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the new policy “undermines our trust in social media companies and our ability to communicate and organize and stay in touch with people.”

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There has been bipartisan support for more social media background checks since the 2015 massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., in which 14 people were killed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Internal CBP memo pushes back against watchdog findings on migrant detainee DNA law

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Less than 24 hours after a leading government watchdog found the Department of Homeland Security’s border agency in violation of a DNA collection law, an internal memo exclusively obtained by Fox News shows mixed messages about the border agency’s willingness to accept the findings — as well as future compliance with the 2005 federal law.

The federal government’s Office of Special Counsel sent a letter last week to President Trump and Congress saying that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had been in violation of federal law for nearly a decade by failing to collect DNA from illegal migrants and running it against an FBI violent crimes database. The goal was to identify suspects and tie them to open cases for murder, rape and other crimes.

WATCHDOG ALERTS TRUMP THAT BORDER AGENCY VIOLATED DNA COLLECTION LAW FOR YEARS

That same day, Aug. 21, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responded to Fox News by suggesting changes were in the works, saying they are “working closely with the Department of Justice on a path forward for DNA collection.”

But an internal DHS memo – sent within minutes of the public statement – appeared to challenge the Office of Special Counsel findings and raised questions over the department’s future compliance.

The one-page internal memo from a CBP spokesperson to the public affairs shop and other officials for “principals out doing media” outlines five “high-line talking points” that were “cleared by CBP Counsel.”

“The bottom line is that we – the U.S. government – are doing DNA testing,” the talking points state. “When CBP makes a criminal referral, meaning an alien with a warrant or someone who has committed a crime in front of us, we turn them over to ICE or the U.S. Marshals, and those entities do DNA collection.”

It continued: “So we believe the government is doing DNA testing on the right people.”

That appears to conflict with the Office of Special Counsel report, which found CBP’s “noncompliance with the law has allowed subjects subsequently accused of violent crimes, including homicide and sexual assault, to elude detection even when detained multiple times by CBP or Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE].”

In response to this story and the apparent conflict between last week’s public statement and internal email, a DHS official said Wednesday: “DHS component office of public affairs teams are fully aware of the Department’s position given to the media regarding DNA for CODIS and path forward.” CODIS is shorthand for the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System for violent crimes.

CBP REBUKED BY WATCHDOG, WHISTLEBLOWERS FOR ‘FAILURE’ TO COLLECT DNA FROM MIGRANT DETAINEES

Last month, Fox News initially profiled three CBP whistleblowers — Mark Jones, Fred Wynn and Mike Taylor — who formally complained to the Office of Special Counsel last year after they said their efforts to implement the 2005 DNA collection law were blocked.

In a strongly-worded letter to Trump on Aug. 21, Special Counsel Henry Kerner said: “CBP’s reliance on the assertion that ICE collects DNA from CBP transfers and submits this information to the FBI is not supported by data published by the FBI and provided by the whistleblowers.”

The data, he said, indicated that ICE reported 181,246 arrests in 2017 yet collected DNA only from 4,977 of those people, or approximately 2.7 percent. CBP, the letter continued, took DNA samples from “fewer than 100 out of the approximately 330,000 individuals they arrested or apprehended.”

The Special Counsel reaffirmed that “under the DNA Fingerprint Act of 2005, federal law enforcement agencies are required to collect DNA sample from arrested or detained individuals.”

In 2010, then-DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano got a waiver for the DNA requirements from then-Attorney General Eric Holder, citing “severe organizational, resource and financial challenges.” CBP has consistently taken the position that the waiver was still in effect due to operational challenges, and no laws were broken.

But the Office of Special Counsel sided with the whistleblowers in saying the DNA waiver was never meant to be permanent.

Kerner wrote CBP’s behavior constituted an “unacceptable dereliction of the agency’s law enforcement mandate.”  He also said it “is disturbing that this would occur even once, let alone routinely, for approximately a decade.”

“Many cold cases might have been solved — and victims of violent crimes granted closure — by now if CBP had complied with its obligations under the law,” he said.

After the Fox News story profiling the whistleblowers and the OSC findings were made public, a DHS official provided a lengthy statement.

“Although DHS is currently operating under the determination that the exceptions noted in the 2010 waiver remain unchanged, under the direction of Acting Secretary McAleenan, DHS is working closely with the Department of Justice on a path forward for DNA collection for CODIS,” it said.

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In an additional statement, DHS highlighted its use of a separate DNA program to establish familial ties.

“The Department of Homeland Security and its components, under the direction of Acting Secretary McAleenan, has deployed the use of DNA testing to protect children from exploitation by cartels and smugglers as the administration continues to respond to the humanitarian crisis at the southern border,” the department said. “DHS will continue that program and we are currently working with DOJ to expand the collection of DNA for CODIS.”

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DHS bars Dem staffers from visiting border facilities after ‘rude’ and ‘disruptive’ behavior

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EXCLUSIVE: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has barred Democratic staffers from the House Oversight Committee from visiting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border as part of a planned trip this week after committee staff allegedly were “disruptive” and refused to follow instructions during their last trip, Fox News has learned.

Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., had sent his staff to visit border facilities for “oversight inspections” last week and planned to send staff again to view Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and CBP centers.

ICE OFFICES, WORKERS HIT BY WAVE OF VIOLENCE AND THREATS

But sources told Fox News that DHS has revoked access to CBP facilities for the upcoming visit, citing staff behavior that “interfered” with law enforcement operations — including refusing to leave one site after their scheduled window, skipping some tours and being “rude” to officers. A DHS official said that ICE visits will still be allowed this week, but with a two-hour time limit. One of those visits took place on Tuesday.

“Due to the operational burden placed on the field by their refusal to comply with instruction during last week’s STAFFDEL [staff delegation visit], CBP pulled the trip in which more site visits were to take place at CBP and ICE facilities this week,” a senior DHS official told Fox News in an email Wednesday. “DHS communicated to the committee that due to their conduct, CBP could not support visits from the committee this week.”

A Democratic source suggested the visit is being nixed due to concerns about what staff were learning from detainees about conditions on the ground.

That’s not how the agency described it. Last week, following a visit to one of the first facilities on the committee staff’s itinerary, DHS Assistant Secretary of Legislative Affairs Christine Ciccone wrote to Cummings, notifying him that due to his staff’s violations of guidelines, their planned follow-up tour could not be accommodated.

“During discussions between Department and Committee staff, however, the Committee staff repeatedly stated that they do not intend to abide by DHS guidelines,” Ciccone wrote in the letter obtained by Fox News. “In light of this, we are unable to accommodate your staff’s visit … unless we receive a firm commitment that the Committee and its staff will comply fully with all existing guidelines and policies.”

She added that the staff’s attempts to “conduct interviews and take photographs” without limitations are “a significant deviation” from DHS policy and “could jeopardize” the department’s ability to meet legal obligations.

The night before last week’s visits, DHS officials had a “late-night” phone call with committee staff, urging them to “respect officers on the ground” as to not “disrupt business” at facilities.

But according to a CBP official, the committee’s chief counsel, who led the delegation starting in Yuma, Ariz., “refused to leave the facility after the hour-long tour,” despite previously agreeing to a 45-minute tour at each location.

“I informed him that his actions on behalf of the Committee made a huge operational impact by not communicating back to CBP his true intent and expectations for this delegation,” the official said, noting that because of this, part of the delegation only toured Yuma and had to cancel other facilities that were previously scheduled. “This left agents in a position where they were waiting on staff to show and then they did not show at all.”

The official added that another part of the delegation began in the San Diego Sector. The official said that two staffers missed the first portion of the tour, and “apparently ended up crossing the border due to following their GPS guidance and were unable to make it.”

Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, in a letter to Cummings, also said Democratic staff crossed into Mexico “without consultation from the Department of State.” Jordan said the Democratic staff was “rude” and “dismissive” of law enforcement officials during the visit.

A Democratic committee aide, though, said Jordan’s letter was “riddled with inaccuracies and misrepresentations.”

The aide said some of the meetings Jordan complained about “were freely attended by his own staff, who raised absolutely no concerns at the time.”

The aide continued: “The real news here is that the Department of Homeland Security abruptly canceled future inspections and denied Committee investigators access to 11 CBP facilities as soon as Committee investigators began confirming with detainees some of the very same problems identified by the independent Inspector General. It appears that the Ranking Member [Jordan] would rather defend the Trump Administration than conduct meaningful independent oversight.”

ON THE BORDER, OFFICIALS SEE DIVIDENDS FROM TRUMP’S DEAL WITH MEXICO

But Jordan and DHS officials cited a range of concerns about the Democrats’ conduct on-site.

“DHS asked the Committee to abide by the instructions of DHS personnel on the ground and to respect the significant operational interests of the border facilities visited,” Jordan wrote. “Unfortunately, at your apparent direction, Democrats refused to listen to law-enforcement instructions and made demands at the facilities ‘against the express written notice DHS had provided earlier.’”

Jordan said Democratic staff “abandoned” the agreement with DHS for limited photography and detainee interactions, and accused them of “wasting DHS manpower and taxpayer resources.”

Jordan also accused Democrats of withholding information from Republican committee staff and being “secretive” about details of itineraries and locations of meetings and visits.

Jordan also claimed that Democratic staff took “direction from liberal special interests” before last week’s tours, citing a meeting with representatives of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), a liberal organization currently suing the Trump administration over detention facilities at the border. Jordan claimed the SPLC gave directions to Democratic staff about what to look for and ask about during their tours, as well as suggested questions for staff to pose to detainees and DHS officials during their visit.

“One aspect missing from your staff travel to date has been any interest in the well-being of, or resources provided to, the brave men and women who serve to secure our border,” Jordan added. “Several Border Patrol agents told us the nasty rhetoric from Democrats in Congress—one Member of this committee even likened them to Nazis—hurts morale and makes some agents reluctant to tell people what they do for a living.”

The member Jordan was referring to was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who has referred to border facilities as “concentration camps on the Southern Border.”

Last week’s altercations between DHS officials and committee aides are not the first such dust-ups. Last month, a delegation of lawmakers visited the border—a trip that became the subject of controversy after witnesses told The Washington Examiner that Ocasio-Cortez was “screaming” at agents and behaving in a “threatening” manner.

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Ocasio-Cortez, seemingly in response to the report, tweeted: “They confiscated my phone, and they were all armed. I’m 5’4”. They’re just upset I exposed their inhumane behavior.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s visit and allegations came after the discovery of a secret Facebook group for Border Patrol agents where some posted vulgar jokes and images about her, as well as illegal immigrants.

“They’re threatening violence on members of Congress,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “How do you think they’re treating caged children+families?”

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Restore migrant DNA collection, whistleblower says: ‘We have a great tool … and we’re not using it’

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A whistleblower from U.S.Customs and Border Protection who helped reveal that the agency failed to comply with a law forcing it to collect DNA from detained migrants spoke Thursday about his decision to go public on the issue.

“We have a great tool that was mandated by and approved by Congress as a law and we’re not using it,” Mark Jones told Laura Ingraham, host of “The Ingraham Angle.” “We are allowing ourselves to apprehend individuals and process them — and by not taking the DNA sample, we’re not giving our law enforcement, both state and federal, the additional tool to solve these outstanding crimes.”

“We have a great tool that was mandated by and approved by Congress as a law and we’re not using it.”

— Mark Jones, CBP whistleblower

Jones told Ingraham that the program was given a waiver in 2010 based on “exigent circumstances.”

“We can’t get an answer that says why we would allow what was defined as a one-year delay [to] go into nearly a decade,” he said. “It was originally based on exigent circumstances of volume of individuals [and] time taken to collect the sample. It was not necessarily personnel, it was about a 15-minute initial process.”

“We can’t get an answer that says why we would allow what was defined as a one-year delay [to] go into nearly a decade.”

— Mark Jones, CBP whistleblower

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Currently, Jones said, the collection time plus turnaround is “much quicker.”

“We filed the complaint with the [U.S.] Office of Special Counsel and one of our predicates was that this waiver or delay was never intended to be permanent, let alone a decade.”

After Fox News published an article on the OSC’s letter to President Trump on the matter, a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official said late Wednesday the agency was now going to work closely with the DOJ on a “path forward” on DNA collection. Currently, the official said, DHS was operating under the determination that an Obama-era waiver of the DNA collection requirements was in effect.

But the Office of Special Counsel did not accept that DHS explanation for delaying the law’s implementation.

On “The Ingraham Angle,” Jones said that, potentially, Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan could take prompt action on the matter.

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“What we could do, based on the findings of the [Office of] Special Counsel, is the secretary could write a letter to the attorney general today … and say, ‘We recognize that this waiver was never intended to be for a decade,’ and order DHS to begin the process of implementation.”

Under the law, CBP was required to collect DNA from individuals in its custody, to be run against FBI violent-crimes databases. The procedure is separate from DNA collection designed to establish familial relationships among migrants at the border.

Previously speaking exclusively to Fox News, Jones suggested federal authorities were concerned about facing legal liability from “angel families,” or those who have lost loved ones at the hands of illegal immigrants — and that, by admitting fault, CBP potentially would expose the agency to lawsuits.

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In a scathing letter to Trump, exclusively obtained by Fox News, the OSC said CBP’s “noncompliance with the law has allowed subjects subsequently accused of violent crimes, including homicide and sexual assault, to elude detection even when detained multiple times by CBP or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).”

The OSC told the White House that it was taking the “strongest possible step” to “rebuke the agency’s failure to comply with the law,” as well as its “unreasonable” attempts to defend its own conduct.

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, Gregg Re and Cyd Upson contributed to this report.

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White House expected to replace illegal-immigrant family ‘loophole’: reports

The Trump administration on Wednesday plans to end a legal “loophole” that has allowed illegal-immigrant families to enter the U.S., according to reports.

The action would replace a court order known as the Flores Settlement that has helped create a “catch and release” policy regarding immigrant families.

Under the new planned policy, migrant families could be detained together while immigration judges consider their cases, instead of being released after 20 days, as stipulated under Flores.

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​​​​​​​Immigrants play soccer at the U.S. government’s holding center for migrant children in Carrizo Springs, Texas, July 9, 2019. (Associated Press)

“President Trump has made it clear that he’s going to secure America’s border at all cost and this rule plays a vital role in the strategy to restore the integrity to our immigration system and our national security,” an administration official told the Washington Times.

“President Trump has made it clear that he’s going to secure America’s border at all cost and this rule plays a vital role in the strategy to restore the integrity to our immigration system and our national security.”

— Trump administration official

New national standards for detention housing for families will be part of the plan, the Daily Caller reported.

The Flores Settlement refers to a 1980s case in which a girl named Jenny Flores, then 15, was detained with adults by U.S. authorities after she fled El Salvador. Beginning in 1997, the Flores Settlement called for migrant children to be sent to care programs after 20 days, and be given access to medical treatment and visits with relatives.

In July, at a House Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., accused acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and other administration officials of seeking to scrap the Flores Settlement, with the alleged goal “to keep kids longer” in custody.

McAleenan pushed back against that characterization. He explained that he wanted to keep families together for the time necessary it takes for immigration proceedings to go through, and for the justice system to make a ruling on the case.

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“We don’t want to change the provisions about conditions in our custody. We want to codify those provisions to maintain the highest possible standard,” he said, adding: “We want to keep families together through an immigration proceeding that’s fair and expeditious in an appropriate setting. That can’t be done in 20 days with due process.”

Democrats have slammed the detentions as “inhumane,” while many Republicans have accused the Democrats of hypocrisy, saying they were silent about similar detentions under the Obama administration.

Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this story.

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Rep. Dan Crenshaw rips Antifa demonstrators, blasts Portland protests as ‘sad showing’

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In a Twitter message Saturday, U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw declared Saturday’s protests in Portland, Ore., “a sad showing,” and said the city’s Antifa activists paled in comparison to the demonstrators fighting for democracy in Hong Kong.

“In Hong Kong,” the Republican congressman from Texas wrote, “antifascists wave American flags, demand freedom and actually fight fascists.

“In Portland,” he continued, “ ‘antifascists’ burn American flags, demand violence in the name of socialism.”

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Crenshaw, 35, is in his first term in the U.S. House after being elected las November. The former U.S. Navy SEAL served in Afghanistan and is the recipient of two Bronze Stars for heroic service and a Purple Heart after being wounded in combat.

On Saturday, demonstrators from both left-wing and right-wing groups converged in Portland, Ore., the scene of numerous violent confrontations in the past.

As of Saturday evening, the city’s mayor was declaring the day’s events “largely peaceful,” with 13 arrests and a small number of minor injuries reported.

Members of the Proud Boys and other conservative groups have argued that Antifa protesters have instigated violence at their events, but have often escaped prosecution because many of their members keep their faces covered during attacks.

In July, the city’s police chief called for new laws against wearing masks during such protests.

“We cannot allow people to continue to use the guide of free speech to commit a crime,” Chief Danielle Outlaw said.

On Saturday, President Trump threatened to push for Antifa to be declared a terror organization.

As a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Crenshaw frequently speaks out on matters of security and terrorism.

In July, Crenshaw accused Democratic U.S. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., of using the U.S.-Mexico border crisis as a stage for criticizing President Trump rather than for proposing solutions to the nation’s immigration problem.

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“What they really want is more commissions … more investigations they can point to, to call the president evil,” Crenshaw said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.” “That’s what they want.”

In June, Crenshaw went after Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, accusing her of “literally repeating the lies of the Iranian regime” after she asserted that President Trump was trying to provoke a conflict with Iran.

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Cuban man, 26, arrested after stowing away on plane to Miami, CBP says

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A 26-year-old Cuban man was arrested at Miami International Airport early Friday after he was found in the cargo hold of a flight that had arrived from Havana, officials said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement that a ramp agent encountered the man while unloading luggage from the undercarriage of Swift Air Flight 704. The agent called the police, as did the pilot of the aircraft.

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“Police! Police! Juliet nine, Juliet niner. Apparently, we just came in from Havana,” the pilot said, according to WSVN. “Apparently, we had a stowaway in the belly,

Cellphone video posted on Twitter showed airport workers surrounding the suspected stowaway. A guard can be heard telling the man to “back away from the aircraft,” the station reported.

The man was refused entry and processed by CBP as a stowaway. Authorities in Cuba and the U.S. were investigating how he managed to get past airport security in Havana and get on board the aircraft.

“Individuals are taking extreme risks when they try to conceal themselves in confined spaces and CBP is trained and ready to respond with appropriate actions to prevent serious injuries or death whenever possible,” Miami International Airport Port Director Christopher D. Maston said in a statement. “Teams of CBP officers maintain a robust posture regarding the enforcement of our immigration laws while facilitating trade and travel at ports of entry statewide.”

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An attorney for the stowaway identified him Friday as Yunier Garcia Duarte. The attorney told WSVN Duarte has family and friends in Atlanta who are planning to come to Miami to try and visit him.

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