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  • FILE - This June 18, 2014, file photo, detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection,  processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. Immigration courts backlogged by years of staffing shortages and tougher enforcement face an even more daunting challenge since tens of thousands of Central Americans began arriving on the U.S. border fleeing violence back home. For years, children from Central America traveling alone and immigrants who prove they have a credible fear of returning home have been entitled to a hearing before an immigration judge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool, File)

    Overwhelmed feds putting illegal immigrant children at risk

    While much of the focus in the illegal immigrant surge has been on border security, the federal government does a poor job of ensuring relatives who claim children who enter the U.S. illegally are giving them the care they need, according to internal audits that suggest problems remain despite years of warnings.


  • Ohio Homeland Security unveils phone safety app

    Ohioans can now report suspicious activity to the state's Homeland Security agency with a new app that can be downloaded on mobile devices.


  • Oklahoma agencies aim to dismantle criminal groups

    Federal investigators touted an Oklahoma-based task force on Monday that targets criminals who abuse the U.S. financial system, saying it has netted hundreds of arrests and shows that their focus on disrupting criminal enterprises in the region is working.


  • In a letter to the Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson, Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, said that not only is the border insecure but that it is patrolled ineffectively. (Associated Press)

    McCain slams way border is patrolled

    Sen. John McCain, one of the chief authors of the Senate immigration bill, said Wednesday that the border is still not secure, and said he thinks U.S. Customs and Border Protection isn't even patrolling it correctly.


  • New allegations over the EB-5 program, which has snagged one nomination to the Homeland Security Department, now threatens to embroil Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Senator's memo shows Iran links in Homeland Security's troubled immigration program

    A program that gives coveted immigrant green cards to wealthy foreign investors was so susceptible to fraud and abuse that it was used by an Iranian network that sought to send banned high technology home and spread terrorism abroad, federal investigators said.


  • Department of Homeland Security police officers keep an eye on planes at Los Angeles International Airport. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

    Negotiators skirt customs, make flights easier from UAE to U.S.

    Top officials at the Homeland Security Department skirted customary channels in negotiating a special U.S. customs facility at an international airport in the United Arab Emirates, and then some advised on UAE security-related projects after leaving the government, according to congressional and business sources.


  • Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

    Homeland Security at risk of computer breach

    Created to safeguard the nation, the Department of Homeland Security is instead having difficulty ensuring its own computers are protected from hacking and cybersecurity breaches, a new report says.


  • A Mexican marine patrols near the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Tijuana, Mexico, on March 18, 2009. The administration of President Obama is preparing to send federal agents to the U.S.-Mexico border as reinforcements in the fight against Mexican drug cartels. The Obama administration is preparing to send federal agents to the US-Mexico border as reinforcements in the fight against Mexican drug cartels. (Associated Press)

    Mexican drug cartels exploit asylum system by claiming 'credible fear'

    The House Judiciary Committee has begun looking at reports that Mexican drug cartel members are abusing the U.S. asylum system to bypass regular immigration checks and get into the country, where some are setting up smuggling operations and others engage in the same violent feuds that caused them to flee Mexico in the first place.


  • The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse.

    Golden Hammer: Radios sit in storage amid 'critical' calls; Homeland Security gets static

    Even as U.S. Border Patrol agents were reporting "critical equipment shortages," the Department of Homeland Security let $28 million worth of radio equipment sit in a warehouse unused for more than a year, the agency's internal watchdog said.


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