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Migrants line up after being detained by U.S. authorities at the US-Mexico border in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, Sunday, April 30, 2023. (AP Photo/Christian Chávez)

Homeland Security bused migrants away to hide border chaos

The Border Patrol would beef up its staff and bus out migrants ahead of dignitary visits to hide the true extent of the chaos at the southern border, leaving the false impression that they were prepared to handle a surge, according to a new inspector general's report. Published May 5, 2023

JUNE 8, 2019: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - ATF - Department of Justice - sign at headquarters building. File photo credit: DCStockPhotography via Shutterstock.

ATF lied about job duties to overpay employees

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives intentionally overstated the duties of dozens of employees, labeling them as law enforcement agents so it could pay them more money, costing the government tens of millions of dollars. Published May 4, 2023

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on the FY2024 budget hearing for DHS Tuesday, April 18, 2023, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

DHS wants to cut funding to combat cartel drones at the border

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has told Congress that combatting drones is a priority, yet his new budget cancels funding to develop the Border Patrol's capabilities to detect and derail cartel-operated drones at the border. Published May 3, 2023

In this July 21, 2020 file photo, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, speaks during a news conference in Washington. In December, U.S. officials discovered that federal agencies had fallen victim to a cyberespionage effort pulled off largely through a hack of SolarWinds software .The hackers accessed accounts belonging to then-acting Secretary Chad Wolf and staff at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency who focus on finding cyber threats from nation-state adversaries like Russia, according to current and former senior Homeland Security Department and intelligence officials who were briefed on the extent of the breach.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

‘Smoke and mirrors’: Trump’s DHS secretary pans Biden border moves

Chad Wolf, who served as acting Homeland Security secretary in the Trump administration, said the move by President Biden team to deploy troops ahead of a new border surge is "smoke and mirrors" and can't be successful without a change in the president's policies. Published May 2, 2023

A group of people boards a Chicago Transit Authority bus before being taken to a Salvation Army after arriving on a bus with other migrants from Texas at Union Station, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, in Chicago. The immigrants are being bused from Texas as part of a strategy launched by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott this year to share the influx of people from outside the United States with liberal cities. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Democratic mayors lash out ahead of feared new migrant surge

The Democratic mayors of New York and Chicago lashed out over a resurgence of migrants expected along the U.S. southern border in coming weeks, pleading with Texas not to ship any more of them to their cities. Published May 1, 2023

A voter casts their ballot at a secure ballot drop box at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center in Phoenix, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt York, File).

Hundreds of noncitizens ended up on voting rolls in Maricopa County

More than 200 self-acknowledged noncitizens have managed to register to vote in Arizona's Maricopa County and at least nine of them have cast ballots in federal elections, according to a report that questions the federal law that pushes states to register more voters. Published April 25, 2023