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Trump Admin to end Haitian emergency illegal status protection for 60,000…

The acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine C. Duke has ruled that like the protected status for Nicaraguans….The same for Hailtians will be ended…..Following the view of her privious boss John Kelley….Their view is that Congress should be passing law to deal with this….

Congress probably won’t since they seem unable to come up with a law to protect the ‘Dreamers’ /DACA children brought to this country illegally that have been following the law and registering ….

Thier numbers are estimated from 500,000 to a million…

The Haitian ‘s involved could be around 60,000….

Duke has the Hatian dedline at July 2019 and the Nicaraguians at  January 2019 in hopes that either Congress will deal with the issue or those impacted will try other means to qualify to stay legally in the country…

….Immigration advocates have said it is wrong and unfair to consider sending large numbers of immigrants back to troubled countries, particularly Haiti. A report by the United Nations in January said the country is still mired in poverty and struggling to recover from a legacy of political upheaval and serial disasters, with about 2.5 million people still needing help.

The decision will upend the lives of thousands of Haitians in the U.S., many of whom have taken advantage of their legal status to put down roots, building careers and raising children, many of whom are American citizens.

“This administration has no plan in place for the children who are U.S. citizens but may now lose their parents and caregivers to deportation,” said Amanda Baran of the Washington office of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, a advocacy group for immigrants.

The group called on Congress to change the law to allow immigrants currently covered by temporary status to stay.

Immigrants affected by the order said they worried for their future….

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State Dept has informed Homeland Security that 300, 000 Haitiana and Central Americans no longer have an Ok to be in America…

The Sec of State Rex Tillerson has to, by law inform,  the Depratment of Home;land Security if illegals ALLOWED into the United States due to specail conditions are being allowed specail apermission to stay….

The final call on this is up to the Dept. of Homeland Security actually….

DHS has given the Hatians a 6 month reprieve  to get their paperwork done or arrange to leave the country

Trump has kicked this issue back to Congress which can legislate the issue,,,,,,But prbably won’t since they have little time before the DHS could start looking to deport those here….

Elections have consequences and people looking to come to America NOW know this….

More than 300,000 Central Americans and Haitians living in the United States under a form of temporary permission no longer need to be shielded from deportation, the State Department told Homeland Security officials this week, a few days ahead of a highly anticipated DHS announcement about whether to renew that protection.

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a letter to acting DHS secretary Elaine Duke to inform her that conditions in Central America and Haiti that had been used to justify the protection no longer necessitate a reprieve for the migrants, some of whom have been allowed to live and work in the United States for 20 years under a program known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Tillerson’s assessment, required by law, has not been made public, but its recommendations were confirmed by several administration officials familiar with its contents. The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

DHS has until Monday to announce its plans for roughly 57,000 Hondurans and 2,500 Nicaraguans whose TPS protections will expire in early January. Although most arrived here illegally, they were exempted from deportation after Hurricane Mitch devastated Central America in 1998. Their TPS protections have been renewed routinely since then, in some cases following additional natural disasters and resulting insecurity…..

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Department of Homeland Security is quietly looking to rewrite the US immigration policy….

The Trump Admin has problems changing things thru Congress….

So Trump….Like Obama, is working to make changes thru executive directives…

Even as the Trump administration is asking Congress to approve a tough overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, the Department of Homeland Security is also quietly exploring ways it could transform the US immigration system on its own.

The department has been examining a range of subtle modifications to immigration policies that could have major consequences, including limiting protections for unaccompanied minors who come to the US illegally, expanding the use of speedy deportation proceedings, and tightening visa programs in ways that could limit legal immigration to the US, according to multiple sources familiar with the plans.
None of the policies being explored are finalized, according to the sources, and are in various stages of development. Any of them could change or fall by the wayside. Some of them are also included at least in part in the wish list of immigration priorities that President Donald Trump sent to Congress this week, and it’s unclear whether the administration will wait to see the results of negotiations over the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that President Donald Trump has chosen to end.
Still, the proposals under consideration illustrate the extent to which the administration could attempt to dramatically change immigration in the US through unilateral executive action.
“Do you think Obama did a lot? That’s my answer,” said one former DHS official when asked how transformative the change could be. “They could do quite a bit…
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DHS Head Kelly embraces Trump Immigration policy leaving Democrats unhappy….

Defense Sec Mattis has held on to HIS basic feeling on policy after 6 months on the job …

That has meant that on several issues he has held steady and changed his bosses utterances to a more moderate policy position ….

That has not been the ca for DHS Chief Joh  Kelly several Democrat Senators have come to feel….

While Democrats who voted for his confirmation THOUGHT he would find a middle ground between Trump/Conservative Republics and Obama’s policy on handling undocumented person’s?….Under Kelly there have been even more deportations that under Obama , who order record numbers until last year….

Today, it’s tough to find anyone on the left willing to defend Kelly. He has alienated potential allies on Capitol Hill, including Democrats who voted to confirm him, and is endangering his reputation as a nonpartisan figure in a presidential administration that has relatively few.

“I think Secretary Kelly has drank the Kool-Aid,” said Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, who was among the Democrats who voted to confirm Kelly in January. “He’s not the person who I thought I was voting for.”

Kelly, a blunt-spoken Boston native, is the former commander of U.S. Southern Command. That gave him a close-up view of border security issues in the Southern Hemisphere, including problems with drug trafficking and illegal immigration. The Senate confirmed him 88-11.

One reason so many Democrats supported Kelly, 67, was because he indicated he would not target people enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a 2012 program put into effect by President Barack Obama to give work permits to young undocumented immigrants and protect them from deportation.

The program has not been canceled by the president, but there have been several reports of DACA recipients being detained or deported, undermining Kelly’s standing among Democrats and pro-immigration activists.

The secretary, who was retired from the Marines for less than a year before being tapped for Trump’s Cabinet, has repeatedly declared that his agency is targeting undocumented immigrants with criminal backgrounds for removal from the United States. But he has moved away from an Obama administration policy that prioritized deporting those with serious criminal records and offered relief to lower-level offenders…..

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Trump & Bannon get No Homeland Security Dept. support on banning people from 7 Muslim Nations…Update…Order Finished

The Trump guys want the Dept. of Homeland Security  to help them reintroduce a ban on 7 muslim countries by supplying an intelligence  report pointing to those countries as terror risks…

It appears some in the agency have leaked that their people do NOT want to go along with the Trump’s guys view , which DHS facts do NOT support…

One would think Trump’s guys went to the Dept. of Homeland Security because they KNEW the Intelligence community wasn’t gonna go along from the jump….

The new Muslin Ban roll out has been stalled for more than a week…

Why?

A draft intelligence report compiled by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finds little evidence that citizens from the seven countries included in President Trump’s travel ban pose a terror threat, according to The Associated Press.

The document, compiled by the agency’s intelligence unit, reportedly says citizenship is an “unlikely indicator” for terror threats within the U.S.

It also points notes that just a handful of people from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Libya and Sudan have been linked to terrorist activity in the U.S. or participated in attacks.

The report undermines the rationale for Trump’s executive order, which he said was put in place to protect the country from terror threats.

The ban, which also halted the U.S. refugee program, has been on hold since early this month by order of a federal judge in Washington state. The White House is drafting a new order that it believes can pass legal muster, which Trump said Friday will be released in the coming days.

DHS spokeswoman Gillian Christensen told the AP the document is just a draft and is not a final assessment of the potential threat posed by people covered by the travel ban.

Trump had reportedly requested that the DHS, alongside the Justice Department, help it build its legal case in defense of the ban.

Former officials and intelligence policy experts have expressed dismay at the request, arguing that it amounts to politicization of intelligence. They say that the administration is asking the agency to cherry-pick intelligence to support a foregone conclusion — rather than following the intelligence where it leads them….

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The report reveals that more than half the terror cases studied has people FROM the US as subjects…..

Update….

…twitter….

POLITICO@politico
White House says a revised travel order is finished, but is delaying implementation to consult with federal agencies http://politi.co/2kVt7b6

…..excerp….”Regardless of what changes the White House makes in version 2.0 of the travel ban order, courts are likely to view it in the context of what happened the first time.

“The damage done by issuing the faulty order in the first place is going to continue,” Meyer said. “I don’t see them completely escaping it no matter what they do.”….

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Homeland Security Sec advies new No Enter ban is being drawn up….

The DHS boss says this time he’s in the mix and that the executive order from Trump will account for those traveling and should not effect those with Visa’s and Green Cards….

We’ll see….

And expect freash legal action against any new ban….

President Donald Trump’s revised executive order on immigration will be “more streamlined” than the version now being challenged in U.S. courts, with a roll-out plan aimed at ensuring no one is caught up in it while traveling, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said.

It’s a “good assumption” that the new order won’t affect people holding valid visas or green cards, Kelly said, as the administration seeks to avoid both new legal resistance and the chaotic scenes seen at airports last month, when many travelers were caught in limbo in the hours after Trump signed the order.

“I will have opportunity to work a roll-out plan, in particular to make sure that there’s no one, in a sense, caught in the system of moving from overseas to our airports, which happened on our first release,” Kelly told a panel at the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday…..

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Obama Admin moves to new strategy on undocumented migrants

The President has had the Dept. of Homeland Security change it’s action against illegal’s in the US…..

The DHS has instructed its agents to move away from taking deportation action against those undocumented migrants that have clean records and have been in this country for extended periods of time…Years….

While the head of the agency Jeb, Johnson has issued memo’s on how HE wants things done in the field….There has been a large amount of distrust in the actions of the lead enforcement agency in DHS….Immigration, Customs Enforcement, whose own members have not been happy with the polices coming from on high….

The President HAS tried to make his own moves to reform the countries immigration system, but at almost every corner he has been stopped by the courts under pushes by those who do NOT Immigration reform and want those undocumented held and shipped out of the country…

The Obama administration has begun a profound shift in its enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws, aiming to hasten the integration of long-term illegal immigrants into society rather than targeting them for deportation, according to documents and federal officials.

In recent months, the Department of Homeland Security has taken steps to ensure that the majority of the United States’ 11.3 million undocumented immigrants can stay in this country, with agents narrowing enforcement efforts to three groups of illegal migrants: convicted criminals, terrorism threats or those who recently crossed the border.

While public attention has been focused on the court fight over President Obama’s highly publicized executive action on immigration, DHS has with little fanfare been training thousands of immigration agents nationwide to carry out new policies on everyday enforcement.

The legal battle centers on the constitutionality of a program that would officially shield as many as 5 million eligible illegal immigrants from deportation, mainly parents of children who are U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. A federal judge put the program, known by the acronym DAPA, on hold in February after 26 states sued.

But the shift in DHS’s enforcement priorities, which are separate from the DAPA program and have not been challenged in court, could prove even more far-reaching…..

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US Shopping Malls as a target?

…from Politico…..

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Sunday his agency is taking a new terrorist threat against the Mall of America “very seriously” and that people should be “particularly careful” when visiting the mall in Minnesota.

The Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group al Shabaab recently called for attacks on U.S. shopping malls, specifically citing the Minnesota mall in a recent video.

“What we’re telling the public in general is you’ve got to be vigilant,” Johnson said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We’ve just revamped our ‘If You See, Say Something’ campaign at the Super Bowl … Americans should still feel that they are free to associate, they are free to go to public gatherings. But it’s critical that we have public awareness and public participation in our efforts.”

“Anytime a terrorist organization calls for an attack on a specific place, we’ve got to take that seriously,” he explained, “So, through our intelligence bulletins, through working with state and local law enforcement, through working with the FBI, we take this kind of thing very seriously.”

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TSA screening warning tied to Syrian unrest…..

The American Department of Homeland Security chief, Jeh Johnson has revealed that his agency is worried about people who travel to Syria and return with possible war tested expertise…

The move to tighten security measures at international airports with direct flights to the U.S. was partially motivated by concerns emanating from the civil war in Syria, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.

“We in national security are very concerned about the foreign fighter flow going into Syria, in particular from the United States, from European countries, other countries,” Johnson said during an interview Wednesday with MSNBC. “And we’re tracking that population. And we’re very concerned about it because there are extremists within the borders of Syria that would like to indoctrinate these people and send them back to their own countries with a different purpose.”

Earlier Wednesday, Johnson announced that he had directed the Transportation Security Administration to “implement enhanced security measures in the coming days” and said his department was reevaluating “the measures we take to promote aviation security.”

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Judge rules against the government no-fly list…..

…from the LA Times…..

An Oregon federal judge ruled Tuesday that international air travel is a “sacred” liberty protected by the U.S. Constitution and ordered the government to amend its rules governing the so-called no-fly list, which seeks to prevent suspected terrorists from boarding airlines.

In the first such ruling of its kind, U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown in Portland said that “international travel is not a mere convenience or luxury in this modern world. Indeed, for many, international travel is a necessary aspect of liberties sacred to members of a free society.”

Therefore, she said, the government must change its procedures to allow U.S. citizens who find themselves on the no-fly list to challenge the designation.

She ordered the government to come up with new procedures that protect citizens’ due-process rights without jeopardizing national security. Passengers must be given notice of their inclusion on the list and a rationale for the designation and be allowed to submit evidence to challenge it, Brown said.

Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson said government lawyers were reviewing the decision, and declined to comment further…..

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