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The Obama administration on Thursday once again delayed the deadline for states to comply with stricter standards for driver's licenses, which were put in place after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S. and were designed to keep illegal immigrants from being able to get valid identification.
Virginia has not used more than $38 million of the $90 million in federal homeland security grants it was given from 2008 through 2010, a federal audit has found.
The federal government's system of tracking immigration status is so broken that it gives a green light to one in eight aliens who have been ordered deported, according to an audit Tuesday that found the government has gone on to approve some of those who slip through for work in sensitive areas of airports and granted them benefits such as Medicaid or food stamps.
Sen. Robert Menendez employed as an unpaid intern in his Senate office an illegal immigrant who was a registered sex offender, now under arrest by immigration authorities, The Associated Press has learned. The Homeland Security Department instructed federal agents not to arrest him until after Election Day, a official involved in the case told the AP.
The Homeland Security Department paid for an underwater robot in a Midwest city with no major rivers or lakes nearby, a hog catcher in rural Texas and a fish tank in a small Texas town, according to a new congressional report highlighting what it described as wasteful spending of tax money intended for counterterrorism purposes.
A $7.1 billion Homeland Security Department program to make cities safer from terrorism has paid for 13 sno-cone machines in Michigan, a $98,000 underwater robot in Columbus, Ohio, an armored vehicle for a tiny New Hampshire town that uses it to patrol the annual pumpkin festival, and humorous videos that offered little valuable information for fighting real threats, according to an investigation by Sen. Tom Coburn.
In the midst of a historic surge in gun violence along the Mexican border and a rise in attacks on its own agents, the Homeland Security Department’s Customs and Border Patrol agency dished out $8.4 million for an unprecedented strategy.
The Senate failed again to approve cybersecurity legislation to better protect the power grid and other critical infrastructure, leaving the job to President Barack Obama to carry out through executive fiat.
Seven years after El Dorado County, California, suffered severe flooding and mudslides during freak Christmas holiday season storms, the federal government finally got around this year to checking on how taxpayers' disaster funds were spent. What it found was, well, another disaster."The County did not comply with federal grant regulations and FEMA guidelines to award a contract totaling $2.2 million, nor did it ensure the reasonableness of the contract price," the Homeland Security Department's inspector general concluded in a recent report that reminds American taxpayers in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy that they often get fleeced during the cleanup and restoration efforts after natural disasters.