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  • Gary Wagner, of Elbit Systems of America, cleans the lens of a long range thermal imaging targeting system at the 8th annual Border Security Expo, Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in Phoenix. The two day event will feature panel discussions, sharing intelligence, and exhibitors displaying high-tech wares aimed at securing lucrative government contracts and private sales. (AP Photo/Matt York)

    Border Security Expo showcases high-tech wares

    A border security convention opened in Phoenix with speeches from top government officials and exhibits of high-tech wares including drones, bulletproof vehicles, shock-proof clothing and mobile surveillance systems.

  • Homeland security official visits Texas border

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's second-in-command says border security remains a top priority for the administration of President Barack Obama.

  • The Homeland Security Department's inspector general is investigating the program and the former director of USCIS, Alejandro Mayorkas, whom President Obama has since promoted to be deputy secretary of Homeland Security.

    Issues of corruption, fraud in investor-visa program date back two decades

    An investor-visa program Congress wants to permanently extend was rife with fraud and corruption from its start more than two decades ago, with hundreds of millions of dollars improperly diverted as government officials lamented a persistent lack of oversight and an inability to investigate or prosecute the perpetrators.

  • Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson "was impressed with Mr. Marrone's integrity and management abilities" while serving together at the Department of Defense, a DHS spokesman said.

    New Homeland chief: Agency will be ready for legalization of immigrants

    New Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday he has tapped his deputy, Alejandro Mayorkas, to prepare the department for an eventual legalization program that would oversee the processing of millions of illegal immigrants into future citizens.

  • ** FILE ** Sen. Harry Reid. (Associated Press)

    Watchdog group calls for ethics investigation into Harry Reid

    A conservative-leaning watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint against Senate Majority leader Harry Reid, accusing him of violating the chamber's code of conduct by pushing to help a politically connected Las Vegas casino project get visas for foreign investors.

  • Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., center, joined at left by Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., talks to reporters about the final work of the Senate as their legislative year comes to a close, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Reid promises a vote no later than Jan. 7 on a measure to extend jobless benefits for three months. He said the number of jobless people out of work for more than six months is far greater than in past economic recoveries. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    After Senate Dems go nuclear, GOP fights back with conventional weapons

    Democrats may have changed the rules on filibusters, but far from ending the intense battle over President Obama's nominations, the move has pushed Republicans to fight harder — and to pioneer other tactics.

  • **FILE** Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's nominee to become deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 25, 2013, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination. (Associated Press)

    Dems use new filibuster rules to approve DHS nominee Alejandro Mayorkas under investigation

    Senate Democrats used the new filibuster rules Friday to win confirmation of a controversial top Homeland Security official, approving a new deputy secretary who is still under investigation of wrongdoing in his current post as head of one of the immigration agencies.

  • Charles Edwards, acting inspector general of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, testifies before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs at the Dirksen Building in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, May 23, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    Charles Edwards, criticized Homeland Security IG, leaving post

    Charles Edwards, the acting Homeland Security inspector general who has both investigated controversy and come under scrutiny himself, has been reassigned amid congressional criticism of his oversight record.

  • All in a day's work: White House press secretary Jay Carney praises former President George W. Bush's paintings ("I think the results are pretty impressive") and wrangles with skeptical press over transparency issues. (Associated Press)

    Inside the Beltway: A brief tale from Beverly Hills

    Behold, a passing cultural moment: An interested party contacted Inside the Beltway to point out that former Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Alejandro Mayorkas were classmates at Beverly Hills High School in — where-else? — California, members of the Class of 1977.

  • **FILE** Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's nominee to become deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 25, 2013, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination. Mayorkas strongly denied allegations that he had helped a politically connected company obtain a foreign investor visa, as his nomination got a White House vote of confidence. (Associated Press)

    Despite questions, Senate panel backs top Homeland nominee

    Senate Democrats pushed through committee President Obama's pick to become the No. 2 official at Homeland Security on Wednesday, dismissing warnings about an ongoing probe of the nominee's role in a visa program that has raised security concerns about politically connected foreigners using it to buy citizenship.

  • Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's choice for deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, is facing questions about statements he's made that are seen as misleading or untrue. No vote to confirm him is set. (associated press)

    Democrats proceed with Mayorkas vote despite pending investigation

    Senate Democrats will plow ahead Wednesday with a vote on President Obama's nominee for the No. 2 job at the Department of Homeland Security, even though he is the subject of an ongoing inspector general's investigation — an unprecedented move that has riled Republicans.

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Alejandro Mayorkas, director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, says fees have to be raised to cover the budget for processing requests for immigration benefits. But proposed increases are being kept as low as possible, he says.

    EDITORIAL: Harry Reid's favor factory

    The radioactive smoke has yet to clear from Harry Reid's detonation of the nuclear option, but the senator from Las Vegas is already using his new powers. Mr. Reid can rubber-stamp any name President Obama puts forward to hold a high office; Republicans have been cut out entirely. Cushy sinecures are handed out as reward for faithful service (and cash) to the Democratic Party.

  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas. (AP file photo)

    Immigration staffers pressured to rush visas for wealthy investors

    Staff at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in California were regularly pressured by senior officials to fast-track visa applications from wealthy and well-connected foreign investors, causing security concerns so severe that the program was moved to Washington this year.

  • Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's choice for deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, is facing questions about statements he's made that are seen as misleading or untrue. No vote to confirm him is set. (associated press)

    Homeland security pick's remarks questioned

    The man in charge of a controversial immigrant visa program under FBI review has more to worry about than just a criminal investigation into his alleged attempts to influence a visa application on behalf of a political insider.

  • **FILE** Alejandro Mayorkas, President Obama's nominee to become deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 25, 2013, before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on his nomination. Mayorkas strongly denied allegations that he had helped a politically connected company obtain a foreign investor visa, as his nomination got a White House vote of confidence. (Associated Press)

    E-mails: 'Political pressure' in Gulf Coast visa case

    President Obama's pick to be the next No. 2 at the Department of Homeland Security was involved in "political pressure" to influence a visa case linked to Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's former car company, according to e-mails released Friday — documents that may contradict testimony nominee Alejandro Mayorkas gave last month to a Senate committee.

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