Authorities are investigating a Department of Homeland Security employee with a top-secret clearance after he was caught bringing a gun, knife, infrared camera, pepper spray, and handcuffs into the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., CBS News reported Wednesday.
Government oversight officials warned on Tuesday that the Department of Homeland Security is failing to secure the southern border, with at least 331,000 illegal immigrants arrested along the southwest border in 2015 alone, according to a new report.
The Department of Homeland Security removed the names of nearly 1,000 individuals suspected of terrorism ties from the U.S. terrorist watch list, according to newly released documents obtained by an advocacy group under a Freedom of Information Act request.
The Department of Homeland Security remains unable to accurately report the number of aliens who illegally overstay their visas into the country more than 12 years after the agency was ordered to employ a tracking system to monitor these individuals, according to a new government oversight report that is highly critical of the department’s efforts.
A senior Department of Homeland Security official was unable to tell Congress the number of Syrian refugees who have entered the United States in the last year, nor the number of Americans who have travelled to Syria and returned, according to testimony on Capitol Hill that angered many lawmakers and raises serious concerns.
A senior Department of Homeland Security official said on Wednesday that “some” of the terrorist attackers who killed 130 people in Paris would have been prevented from entering the United States, leaving open the possibility that others might have been able to bypass current screening measures.
The Department of Homeland Security’s top official is slated to hold a press conference Monday at a controversial Muslim center that was reportedly raided by federal agents as part of an investigation into a terror organization.