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Ken Cuccinelli denies fleeing DC bar due to ‘juvenile’ verbal assault by former Dem governor

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Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli contradicted a claim that he “retreated” from a bar in Washington, D.C., as former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley hurled expletives at him and attacked the Trump administration.

“I didn’t leave there,” Cuccinelli told Fox News host Charles Payne on Saturday. “He physically confronted me, and I walked by him but I found my classmates from Gonzaga in the Dubliner [pub] and had my Guiness and had another Guiness.”

The Washington Post had reported on a witness claiming that Cuccinelli had “retreated” amid O’Malley’s shouting. According to the Post, O’Malley and Cuccinelli offered conflicting views of the event. Both O’Malley and Cuccinelli were meeting up with fellow graduates of Gonzaga high school on Wednesday.

Cucinelli said that when he walked into the Dubliner, he heard “screaming and cursing” from a section of the bar. He initially ignored the outburst, but said he later turned around to see O’Malley, a Democrat, with his “veins bulging from his neck, screaming and yelling.”

CUCCINELLI FIRES BACK AT O’MALLEY, CALLS BEHAVIOR ‘SAD’ AND ‘SHOCKING’

That encounter reminded Cuccinelli of the kind of harassment that former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, faced in public.

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“So, you know, the juvenile behavior like Sarah Sanders suffered and Sen. Cruz. We’re not succumbing to that. And this is a guy who thought he could be president,” he said.

Republicans have faced public backlash over the administration’s practice of separating families at the border. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., famously called on Americans to harass administration officials over the president’s immigration policy.

During his “Cavuto Live” appearance on Saturday, Cuccinelli adamantly defended the administration’s vetting policy, pointing to the recent terror attack in London on Friday.

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“This kind of incident is exactly what we’re trying to avoid in this country. We can never avoid 100 percent of them,” he said.

“But the kind of defense that this president has put in place, unlike his predecessor, who was frankly inviting people in, for instance, massive numbers of Syrian refugees and so forth, that we’re unvetted by relative standards of this administration.”

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He added that former President Obama’s practices were posing a “great danger to the United States and to the people of this country.”

“And that’s not something President Trump has ever been willing to tolerate from the very beginning of taking his oath of office. And if executing that policy annoys some people, will that’s what elections are about. I make no apologies for the president’s, frankly, very successful immigration and vetting and homeland security policy.”

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Navarro & Amin: Trump administration protects consumers by keeping dangerous counterfeit goods out of US

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PROGRAMMING ALERT: Watch Assistant to the President and Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Peter Navarro discuss this topic and more Nov. 24 on “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo” on Fox News Channel at 10 a.m. EST.

American consumers shopping online this holiday season and year-round face a significant risk of purchasing counterfeit goods – from fake watches and lead-laced toys to phony “goose down” duvets stuffed with duck feathers and supposedly high-end ear buds with the low fidelity of tin cans.

In response to this rising e-commerce threat, President Trump signed a Memorandum on Combating Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods on April 3. He thereby initiated a process to stop the flow of such contraband into the United States.

As one part of this process, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) conceived and launched Operation Mega Flex. It mandates the inspection of thousands of additional packages from countries with a high counterfeiting risk, such as Cambodia, China and Singapore.

TRUMP SIGNS MEMORANDUM TO STEM COUNTERFEIT GOODS TRAFFICKING

Operation Mega Flex has taken place at seven international mail facilities and four express consignment hubs and initiated over 25,000 additional inspections. The results do indeed confirm the significant dangers to American consumers.

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During an operation, CBP officers seized counterfeit Rolex watches valued at over $1.4 million.  Over the course of four Mega Flex operations between July 16 and Oct. 23, CBP discovered more than a 1,000 parcels containing counterfeit goods, more than 170 parcels containing illicit drugs (including deadly fentanyl or its opioid analogs), three pill presses used to process illicit drugs, and 13 separate parcels with illegal gun-modification parts.

Besides deadly fentanyl, controlled or prohibited substances seized included drugs like LSD, cocaine, DMT, ecstasy, marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, and poppy pods – as well as steroids and highly addictive painkillers like Tramadol.

In total, an astonishing 14 percent of the parcels inspected violated one or more U.S. laws or regulations.

Counterfeit cancer treatments with ingredients from China may have killed as many as 81 cancer patients.

Annual statistics from CBP regarding seizures at the border provide additional confirmation of the risks facing consumers as they prepare for their online holiday shopping.

In 2018, counterfeit apparel and accessories such as athletic jerseys, designer sunglasses, brand name footwear, watches, jewelry, and handbags accounted for 56 percent of all seizures. Consumer electronics made up an additional 10 percent.

Fake pharmaceuticals and personal care items like cosmetics accounted for a relatively low 7 percent of total seizures. However, many of the products in these categories pose significant dangers to the consumer.

Fake prescription opioids are often laced with deadly fentanyl made in China. The musician Prince reportedly died from fake Vicodin laced with fentanyl. Counterfeit cancer treatments with ingredients from China may have killed as many as 81 cancer patients. The Drug Enforcement Administration reports seizing counterfeit Adderall that was actually methamphetamine in pill form.

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Fake personal care items such as cosmetics have been found to contain everything from harmful bacteria to human waste. Between 2017 and 2018, CBP seized over $31 million in fake perfumes from China. In April 2018, the Los Angeles Police Department seized $700,000 in fake cosmetics found to contain both bacteria and human waste.

In the coming months, and in fulfillment of a requirement of President Trump’s presidential memorandum, the Department of Homeland Security will deliver a full report to the president on how to effectively combat the trafficking of counterfeit goods.

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In the meantime, online buyers should beware of counterfeits, buy online directly from trusted brand websites rather than e-commerce platforms and third-party marketplaces, and shop only from reputable sources.

CBP will continue to serve at the frontline for the U.S. government’s enforcement of intellectual property rights and defend American consumers from the trafficking of counterfeit and pirated goods.

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Vishal Amin is intellectual property enforcement coordinator for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

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Nearly 80,000 immigrants approved for DACA have arrest records, USCIS report finds

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Nearly 80,000 immigrants approved for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which shields those who came to the country illegally as minors from deportation, have an arrest record — including arrests for violent or sexual offenses.

The data released Saturday by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) shows only arrests or apprehensions for a criminal offense or an immigration-related civil offense and does not take into account whether there was a conviction, acquittal, dismissal or a lessening of charges.

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The report finds that of the nearly 889,000 applicants for the DACA program, 110,000 had arrest records. Of the more than 765,000 approved for DACA, 79,398 had arrest records. Of that number, 67,861 were arrested before their most recent DACA approval, while 15,903 were arrested after their most recent approval.

The offenses incurred by DACA requestors who were arrested before their most recent approval include battery (3,421), assault (3,308), burglary, breaking and entering (1,471), rape (62), murder (15) and theft or larceny (7,926). The largest population arrested were suspected of driving-related offenses excluding DUIs (23,305) and immigration-related offenses (12,968.)

The report comes as the Obama-era program’s constitutionality is under examination at the Supreme Court. Oral arguments in the case began this week.

“As DACA continues to be the subject of both public discourse and ongoing litigation, USCIS remains committed to ensuring transparency and that the American people are informed about those receiving DACA,” USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement. 

“This agency is obligated to continue accepting DACA requests from illegal aliens as a direct result of the previous administration’s decision to circumvent the laws as passed by Congress. We hope this data provides a better sense of the reality of those granted the privilege of a temporary deferral of removal action and work authorization under DACA,” he said. 

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The Trump administration announced its plan to phase out the program in 2017, only for the federal courts to rule that it could not apply retroactively and that DACA should be restarted in full. The White House fought back against those decisions, saying the president has broad authority over immigration enforcement policy.

Trump on Tuesday ripped into the program, saying that some in DACA are “far from ‘angels’” but also promising to make a deal to let recipients of the program stay.

“Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from ‘angels,’” Trump tweeted. “Some are very tough, hardened criminals. President Obama said he had no legal right to sign order, but would anyway. If Supreme Court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!”

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Supporters of DACA have noted that the program comes with restrictions on who can be eligible with a criminal record. According to the USCIS website, those eligible can request DACA only if they “have not been convicted of a felony, significant misdemeanor, or three or more other misdemeanors, and do not otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety.

Supporters will also note that the level of arrests for DACA recipients is lower than the estimated 30 percent of U.S. adults who have an arrest record.

The Trump administration announced last week that it will place a $275 fee on DACA recipients, as part of an across the board increase in fees for immigration applications.

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John Kelly warned of impeachment for Trump if he hired ‘yes man’: ‘I feel bad that I left’

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Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Saturday that he warned President Trump about a possible impeachment were he to hire a “yes man,” allegedly pointing fingers at Trump’s current acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and other advisers.

“I said, whatever you do — and we were still in the process of trying to find someone to take my place — I said whatever you do, don’t hire a ‘yes man,’ someone who won’t tell you the truth — don’t do that,” Kelly said at the Washington Examiner’s Sea Island Summit political conference in Georgia. “Because if you do, I believe you will be impeached.”

President Trump announced last December that Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general, would leave his post at the end of 2018 following a 17-month tenure in the administration. Kelly previously served as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. It was widely rumored he was considering leaving his position as chief of staff.

“It pains me to see what’s going on because I believe if I was still there or someone like me was there, he would not be kind of, all over the place,” the retired general said Saturday, later saying that the “system” of advising the president so he can make informed decisions “clearly is not in place.”

“And I feel bad that I left,” Kelly added.

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Trump fired back at Kelly’s statements Saturday, claiming his former chief of staff “never said that, never said anything like that.”

“If he would have said that I would have thrown him out of office,” Trump said in a statement Saturday. “He just wants to come back into the action like everybody else does.”

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said Kelly “was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great president.”

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Kelly, 69, said Saturday: “Someone has got to be a guide that tells [the president] that you either have the authority or you don’t, or Mr. President, don’t do it. Don’t hire someone that will just nod and say, ‘That’s a great idea, Mr. President.’ Because you will be impeached.”

House Democrats in September launched an impeachment probe into President Trump after an intelligence community whistleblower filed a complaint that accused Trump of “using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”

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The complaint centered around a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. It alleged Trump pushed for a “quid pro quo,” threatening to withhold military aid from Ukraine unless the country investigated 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden, his 49-year-old son Hunter and their business dealings in the country.

Democrats, spearheaded by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., have since issued a slew of subpoenas and requests for massive amounts of documents they say relate to the call, and Trump and others’ interactions with Ukraine — including Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Guiliani.

Kelly said Saturday he warned Trump “almost 11 months ago,” adding that he had “second thoughts about leaving.”

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Acting Homeland Security Secretary McAleenan fights subpoena

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WASHINGTON — Kevin McAleenan, the acting Homeland Security secretary, is challenging a subpoena to appear before a congressional committee to discuss terrorism threats to the U.S. on the day before he’s set to leave office.

Kevin McAleenan sent a letter to House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson on Friday saying he was surprised and disappointed to get the subpoena a day earlier. McAleenan had suggested that the department’s top intelligence officer testify in his stead.

Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, is holding a hearing on Oct. 30 on terrorist threats facing the country. McAleenan is set to leave his job on Oct. 31 after six months in the position. He took over after Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen quit.

“It was surprising to receive your subpoena because your staff and mine were in the middle of constructive and ongoing discussion regarding the committee’s hearing,” McAleenan wrote.

He said he intended to “exhaustively prepare” for the hearing but instead is focused on winding down his tenure and “facilitating an orderly departure.”

But it’s still unclear who is taking over.

No replacement has been named to the department, which has seen its top ranks decimated through firings and resignations. The acting DHS deputy secretary is the head of the Transportation Security Administration.

The House committee subpoenaed McAleenan along with Russell Travers, the acting director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

If McAleenan defies the subpoena, he could be held in contempt following a vote that could be referred to the Justice Department for possible prosecution — which would be highly unlikely.

Thompson said in a statement Thursday that he was concerned that turmoil within the White House and “vacancies at the highest levels of the Department of Homeland Security are undermining our ability to respond to terrorist threats.”

“It is inexcusable that the people charged with keeping the country safe from terrorism are refusing to show up to testify before Congress and speak to the American people about what they are doing to secure the homeland,” he said.

None of the other witnesses on the panel was a member of the Cabinet. He or she would not have the same access to the president and would not necessarily be subjected to the same types of questions.

Democrats are proceeding with an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, though this hearing was unrelated.

The 240,000-person Department of Homeland Security is tasked with election security and cybersecurity, disaster response and even the Secret Service. But in Trump’s world, homeland security means one thing: immigration.

The president’s signature issue makes the department his focus and his ire. Balancing a White House eager to push major changes with the reality on the ground is a constant challenge.

McAleenan, who has years of experience with border issues and is a longtime civil servant, was seen in Trump’s circle as someone who could get control over the crisis, despite his stance as a moderate Democrat who pushed for aid to be restored to Central American nations.

He was among those behind the administration’s widely maligned practice of separating families at the border last year, though McAleenan later said he regretted the policy because it lost the public trust.

He also expanded a program where asylum seekers are forced to wait their claims out in Mexico; more than 42,000 migrants have been subjected to it. And most recently, the administration made migrants ineligible for asylum if they crossed through a third country on their way to the U.S.

He also brokered major agreements with Central American countries on asylum and border security — something others were unable to do.

McAleenan suggested that the way the subpoena was issued may have violated committee rules — he said he was given no notice and neither was the ranking member.

Thompson said in a statement on Friday that McAleenan’s facts were wrong.

“To be clear, no rules were broken by the Committee and his appearance remains legally required.  It seems he just doesn’t want to testify,” Thompson said. “The American people have a right to know if anyone is in charge at DHS and what is being done to keep the country safe.”

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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