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U.S. to collect DNA of all undocumented migrants

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The Department of Homeland Security is developing a plan to take DNA samples from each of the undocumented immigrants and store it in a national database for criminal DNA profiles

Migrant children from different Latin American wait to receive food at the Casa del Refugiado, or The House of Refugee, a new centre opened by the Annunciation House to help the large flow of migrants being released by the United States Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in El Paso, Texas on April 24, 2019. The 125,000 foot space will accomodate about 500 migrants, with plans to expand for up to 1,500. While this is larger then other centres in the El Paso area, Father Ruben Garcia the director of Annunciation house says that they will still rely on churches around the community for help housing migrants. According to the CBP, border patrol agents apprehended 92,607 people along the southwest border in March, up from 66,884 in February. US President Donald Trump, who has made immigration the core of his message to his conservative base, said on Twitter that "a very big Caravan of over 20,000 people" is making its way through Mexico toward the United States. Paul Ratje / AFP

U.S. to allow indefinite detention of migrant children – DHS

Aug 21, 2019 - 11:38 PM

The move is aimed at deterring migrant expectations that they will be released after being arrested by the US border authorities and able to disappear into the US population

MIGRANTS. This file photo shows Central American migrant children traveling to the United States, play at a temporary shelter in downtown Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on December 26, 2018. File photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

U.S. lifts advisory on NAIA security concerns

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:48 AM

The United States Department of Homeland Security cites 'significant improvements' in the security operations of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

SECURITY. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport has made significant improvements to its security measures, says the US Department of Homeland Security. Photo from NAIA Wikipedia page

U.S. Dept of Homeland Security requests 1,000 soldiers to manage migrant crisis

Jul 09, 2019 - 12:43 PM

The Pentagon says they had been asked to authorize the Texas National Guard to lend support to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials, who say they are overwhelmed by the numbers of refugees crossing the southern US border

MIGRANT DETENTION CENTERS. In this file photo taken on July 1, 2019 two women stand close to a Border Patrol Station as 15 members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus gathered to tour Border Patrol facilities and migrant detention centers in Clint, Texas. Photo by Luke Montavon/AFP

U.N. rights chief 'shocked' by conditions at U.S. migrant detention centers

Jul 08, 2019 - 9:52 PM

A Department of Homeland Security report has warned of 'dangerous overcrowding' in multiple detention facilities holding thousands of migrants seeking to remain in the United States

PROTEST. Protesters hold signs as they block a street in front of US Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) office during a demonstration against migrant detention facilities on July 2, 2019 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. judge blocks Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' asylum policy

Apr 09, 2019 - 12:54 PM

The ruling by US District Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco will go into effect on Friday, April 12

BORDER PATROL. In this file photo taken on April 5, 2019 US Customs and Border Patrol cars are seen near the border wall between the United States and Mexico in Calexico, California. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

U.S. declares Philippines ineligible for H-2A, H-2B visas

Jan 22, 2019 - 3:31 PM

The Philippines says it is open to working with the United States to address the visa concerns

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PH gov't to prioritize strict airport security

Dec 28, 2018 - 11:27 AM

Malacañang says Philippine authorities will consider the recommendations of the US Department of Homeland Security, which issued a travel advisory on inadequate aviation security at the NAIA

AIRPORT SECURITY. The US Department of Homeland Security warns travellers against the lax security measures at NAIA. Photo by Jae Maryanol/Rappler

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Dec 27, 2018 - 9:17 PM

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'No cause for alarm' despite U.S. advisory on inadequate security at NAIA – MIAA

Dec 27, 2018 - 8:25 PM

MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal also says no complications regarding passengers are expected to arise as services for the airport were not downgraded

ASSURANCES. MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal gave assurances passengers will not be burdened by security enhancements at NAIA. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

U.S. airlines ordered to alert passengers of inadequate security at NAIA

Dec 27, 2018 - 2:38 PM

(UPDATED) The Homeland Security of the US says experts determined that the NAIA does not maintain or carry out 'effective security' that meets the standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization

SECURITY. Security experts from the US Department of Homeland Security Transport Security Authority found the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is employing inadequate security measures. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

U.S. says NAIA security measures inadequate – envoy

Dec 26, 2018 - 7:03 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Transportation says it is acting on recommendations of US authorities to improve security at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport

SECURITY. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport is employing inadequate security measures, says the US Department of Homeland Security. Photo from NAIA Wikipedia page

U.S. to deny asylum to illegal border crossers

Nov 09, 2018 - 10:34 AM

The restriction on asylum claims will seek to address what a senior administration official calls the 'historically unparalleled abuse of our immigration system' along the border with Mexico

ASYLUM. In this file photo, US activist Ricardo Garcia (R) from Casa Asuncion shelter, accompanies 6 Honduran and Guatemalan migrants to ask for political asylum in US, at the Paso del Norte International Bridge, in Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua, Mexico on the border with El Paso, Texas, US, on June 15, 2018. File photo by Herika Martinez/AFP

Proposed U.S. law to clamp down on green card holders on benefits

Sep 24, 2018 - 9:47 AM

The US Department of Homeland Security estimates the rule will affect just over 382,200 immigrants applying to adjust their status to lawful permanent residents each year

Creation of PH homeland security department eyed as key vs terrorism

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:10 PM

The department is seen to consolidate security agencies like the Philippine National Police to focus on internal security

SECURITY CRISIS. A Philippine Marine walks past graffiti during a patrol along a deserted street at the frontline in Marawi, on the southern island of Mindanao on July 22, 2017. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

US moves to remove limits on detaining immigrant children

Sep 07, 2018 - 5:09 PM

The Department of Homeland Security files a proposal in the Federal Register indicating it would end its adherence to the Flores Settlement, a 1997 agreement with a federal court to not detain children separated from their parents for more than 20 days

CHILDREN'S FATE. This June 21, 2018 file photo shows security personal standing before shoes and toys left at the Tornillo Port of Entry in Tornillo, Texas where minors crossing the border without proper papers have been housed after being separated from adults. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

U.S. government still holds 565 immigrant children

Aug 18, 2018 - 9:53 AM

The Office of Refugee Resettlement says that parents of 366 of the 565 children are outside of the United States, some of which were against reunification with the children or were flagged as threats

A Mexican woman holds a doll next to children at the Paso Del Norte Port of Entry, in the US-Mexico border in Chihuahua state, Mexico on June 20, 2018.  US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would sign an executive order to keep migrant families together at the border with Mexico, amid an escalating uproar over the separation of children from their parents. / AFP PHOTO / HERIKA MARTINEZ

Why is the Trump administration separating immigrant families?

Jun 19, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Here is a look at the key facts and figures behind the crisis

AT THE BORDER. A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle illuminates a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

New North Korean malware 'Typeframe' discovered by U.S.

Jun 18, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Shortly after the Trump-Kim summit, the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security discover new malware 'Typeframe'

Trump gives many Liberians a year to quit U.S.

Mar 28, 2018 - 3:01 PM

US President Donald Trump says in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security that he would accord the Liberians a 12-month 'wind-down' period to prepare their departure

ON IMMIGRANTS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump attends an event at the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 20, 2017. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

No laptop ban as U.S. says all airlines have raised security

Jul 21, 2017 - 3:11 PM

The more intense inspections of carry on electronics are expected to make airport boarding procedures longer than before

GREENLIT. Laptops remain allowed on flights as US authorities beef up on-ground security checks

Utilities including nuclear firms hacked – New York Times

Jul 07, 2017 - 11:21 AM

One of the nuclear firms named in the report is Kansas Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation The hacks received an amber warning the second highest rating for threat severity from the Department of Homeland Security

U.S. lifts laptop ban for Etihad flights

Jul 03, 2017 - 7:32 AM

The decision to lift the ban on US bound Etihad flights from Abu Dhabi comes after the airline implemented enhanced security measures

TOUCHDOWN. In this file photo, an Etihad Airways aircraft, flight 171 from Abu Dhabi, comes in for a landing at Los Angeles International Airport on March 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Frederick J Brown/AFP

U.S. to toughen airline security; no laptop ban expansion

Jun 29, 2017 - 10:03 AM

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly says evolving terror threats makes it imperative to raise overall security standards rather than take a piecemeal approach on personal electronics

AIRPORT SECURITY. This file photo taken on January 27, 2014, shows a traveler walking past a newly-opened TSA Pre-check application center at Terminal C of the LaGuardia Airport in New York City. John Moore / Getty Images North America / AFP

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Trump ends policy protecting undocumented immigrant families

Jun 16, 2017 - 2:03 PM

UPDATED Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly does not say whether the government has plans to replace DAPA or the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents

DAPA. The Department of Homeland Security says it is rescinding the 2014 policy known as DAPA or Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents. Trump file photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP. Protesters file photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP.

U.S. appeals court upholds block on Trump travel ban

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:48 AM

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit keeps in place a lower court injunction on the ban arguing the president has overstepped his authority and his executive order discriminated against travelers based on their nationality

WELCOME TO THE USA. This file photo taken on February 8, 2017 shows Yemenis who were among those stranded in Djibouti when US President Donald Trump ordered his travel ban, arrive to Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, California. David McNew/File/AFP

Laptop ban on flights to U.S. 'likely' to expand – official

May 17, 2017 - 9:06 AM

US Department of Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan is set to attend high level talks with European partners in Brussels on the scale and scope of the expanded laptop ban

LAPTOP BAN. Kuwaiti social media activist Thamer al-Dakheel Bourashed puts his laptop inside his suitcase at Kuwait International Airport in Kuwait City before boarding a flight to the United States on March 23, 2017. Photo by Yasser Al-Zayyat / AFP

U.S. promises no mass deportations in bid to calm Mexico

Feb 24, 2017 - 8:12 AM

There will be no use of military force for immigration operations says US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

U.S. targets millions in sweeping deportation plan

Feb 22, 2017 - 6:49 AM

UPDATED Two memos issued by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly order border patrol and immigration officers to deport as quickly as possible any illegal immigrants they find with only a few exceptions

ICE agents visiting a home. File image courtesy US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

No other countries eyed for travel ban, U.S. says

Feb 04, 2017 - 10:55 AM

The US says this is contrary to false reports that a draft order by US President Donald Trump includes other countries including the Philippines in the travel ban

TRAVEL BAN. Protesters stage a rally on February 1, 2017, against President Donald Trump's recent executive order halting refugee admissions for 120 days and banning entry to the US for citizens of 7 predominantly-Muslim nations. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Trump poised to move on Mexican border wall

Jan 25, 2017 - 12:06 PM

UPDATED Experts have voiced serious doubts about whether a wall would actually stem illegal immigration or if its worth investing billions in such a project

View of the border line between Mexico and the U.S in the community of Sasabe in Sonora state, Mexico, on January 13, 2017. Alfredo Estrella/AFP

US Homeland Security thanks PH for helping catch pedophile

Jan 18, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Agents of the Philippines Department of Justice are commended for assisting US authorities in the case of American Calvin Bernhardt who was convicted of child pornography and child exploitation

Trump stacks top government posts with retired generals

Dec 08, 2016 - 10:58 AM

Trump s naming of at least 3 retired generals to top posts raises questions as to why there will be so much military brass in cabinet level jobs

This file photo taken on November 19, 2016 shows US President-elect Donald Trump shaking hands with retired United States Marine Corps General James Mattis after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, in Bedminster, New Jersey. Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Cyber attack likely mitigated, US Homeland Security says

Oct 25, 2016 - 11:09 AM

The malware may have passed through Internet of Things devices such as surveillance cameras and entertainment systems connected to the internet

US readies New Year push to expel migrants

Dec 25, 2015 - 10:31 AM

US President Barack Obama s administration is planning an operation to round up and expel migrant families fleeing drought and violence in Central America

WAITING. Migrants from Central America wait for the train that will take them to the US border in Guadalajara, Jalisco State, Mexico, on December 7, 2013. Photo by Hector Guerrero / AFP

US adds 'bulletin' category to terror alert system

Dec 17, 2015 - 8:24 AM

Under the new system the lower level category of bulletin will be used for describing broader or more general trends and current developments regarding threats of terrorism the Department of Homeland Security says

JEH HONSON.US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson participates in a discussion on how the Homeland Security Department is working with the Pentagon, intelligence community and other law enforcement agencies to fight terrorism, cybercrime and other threats to the homeland, in Washington, DC, USA, December 7, 2015. Photo by Michael Reynolds/EPA

US on alert for terror threat on July 4 holiday

Jul 04, 2015 - 8:26 AM

New York State is ratcheting up its monitoring of celebrations and events on Saturday July 4 expected to draw large crowds to America s biggest city

8 kids rescued from cybersex den in Taguig

Jun 11, 2015 - 6:34 PM

Authorities arrest the alleged mastermind and the mother of 3 of the rescued children

PH murder suspect nabbed in California

Apr 20, 2015 - 1:48 PM

Ezra Maling is wanted in connection of the 2003 murder of Rebedy Graceda Vergara of Cainta Rizal

NBI raids cybersex den in Pateros

Mar 06, 2015 - 10:03 PM

The tip about the den comes from the US Department of Homeland Security

US Congress averts Homeland Security shutdown

Feb 28, 2015 - 1:45 PM

With just two hours to spare the House of Representatives passes a measure funding the premier agency securing the US against terror threats

Cocooned in scaffolding, the US Capitol dome is seen in a reflecting pool on October 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. Paul J. Richards/AFP

Undocumented Filipino teachers in US asked to come forward

Oct 23, 2014 - 4:06 PM

The Philippine embassy in the US vows to pin down an illegal recruiter who had victimized 1 000 Filipino teachers from 2003 to 2007

Do undocumented Filipinos in US qualify for TPS?

Sep 22, 2014 - 5:29 PM

The Philippines says the US has to look at the conditions very carefully to consider whether the Philippines qualifies for immigration relief through a temporary protected status

CONSULTING IMMIGRANTS. Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario will meet with Filipino-Americans to discuss US immigration relief. File photo by Luong Thai Linh/EPA

US Secret Service launches security review after White House breach

Sep 21, 2014 - 8:29 AM

The Secret Service statement said the review commenced late Friday with a physical assessment of the site and personnel interviews and would encompass all operational policies and security procedures during this process

A file photo of the White House by Michael Reynolds/EPA

No likely data breach from reported Chinese hacking

Jul 11, 2014 - 9:10 AM

We have no reason to believe that any personally identifiable information was compromised Psaki says declining to directly confirm the account detailed in the Times

Obama seeks $3.7B to stem illegal border entries

Jul 09, 2014 - 9:23 AM

Obama says the funds will help ease an urgent humanitarian situation that has seen tens of thousands of minors from El Salvador Guatemala and Honduras illegally cross the southern US border

CHECKPOINT. Border Patrol officers guard the US Border Patrol facility in Murrieta, California on July 3, 2014, where tension is rising over the arrival of undocumented immigrants. Frederick J. Brown/AFP

'Border is wide open': Small US town with big grievance

Jul 08, 2014 - 10:14 AM

Overwhelmed by the massive waves of mostly lone child immigrants crossing from Mexico into Texas and Arizona the US government has been forced to transfer some of them to detention centers elsewhere including in California

FACE-OFF. Anti-immigration activist Sabina Durden (R) and immigration sympathizer Mary Estrada (L) debate during a protest outside of the U.S. Border Patrol Murrieta Station on July 7, 2014 in Murrieta, California. Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images/AFP

Smartphones, electronics to get closer airport checks – US

Jul 07, 2014 - 11:33 AM

TSA statement: Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft The traveler may also undergo additional screening

A passengers with a laptop computer is screened in the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) passenger screening area at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia USA, 19 August 2013. Erik Lesser/EPA

Washington to tighten security for US-bound flights

Jul 03, 2014 - 10:47 AM

US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced unspecified steps that would be carried out in coming days amid concern that terror groups are developing new explosives to circumvent airport security

TIGHTER SECURITY SOON. In this photo, passengers wait in line at a security checkpoint at JFK Airport, New York, USA, 03 January 2014. Andrew Gombert/EPA