NEWS & ANALYSIS

New DHS Border Radiation Detectors Fare Marginally in Tests, Investigators Say

Tests of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s next-generation radiation portal detectors slated for use at the country’s ports of entry yielded mixed results, spurring the government’s watchdog agency to recommend further testing and phased fielding of the devices.

Is There A Drug War Going On Inside the U.S. Government?

That's what Bradley C. Schreiber, a former a senior adviser at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from 2007 to 2009, argued on The New York Times op-ed page yesterday.

Texas Prisons Implementing Screening of Criminal Illegal Aliens

Texas prisons have begun implementing a new Obama administration policy to check the immigration status of all incoming prisoners processed, reports The Houston Chronicle.

Lawmakers Blast DHS Protective Mask Policy

The Department of Homeland Security was roundly criticized during a subcommittee hearing yesterday for not formalizing the use of protective masks for border control agents after swine flu spread into the United States from Mexico, reports The Washington Post.

E-Verify Gains in Popularity Before It's a Must for Federal Contractors

About a thousand employers a week are subscribing to the government's voluntary Web-based program to check on the legal working status of job applicants.

Obama Proposes $27 Billion Budget for Border and Transportation Security

The Los Angeles Times breaks down President Barack Obama's $27 billion request for border and transportation security in the proposed 2010 budget.

Swine Flu Infections Rise to 245; U.S. in "Upswing," CDC Says

The total number of people with confirmed swine flu infections climbed to 245 yesterday in 35 states as laboratories caught up on a backlog of lab tests, the Associated Press reports.

Border Sheriffs Say Federal Government Must Do More to Secure Border

Law enforcement officers from border states criticized the federal government’s response to border security issues at a hearing today, as officials outlined how federal personnel and resources are being used to respond to the various, and often violent, crimes associated with Mexican drug cartels.

U.S. Intelligence Chief: Mexico Will Not Fail

As the U.S.'s top intelligence official reiterated that Mexico is not teetering on collapse yesterday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) backed his state's request for additional National Guardsmen for border security as worries mount Mexican drug cartel violence will spill more widely onto U.S. soil.

TSA's "Cleared List" of Fliers Tops 80,000

The "cleared list" of fliers on the terrorism watch list has grown to 80,000 names, prompting criticism from civil libertarians that names are added to the list too easily, reports USA Today.
 




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