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PERM Ad PlacementSecretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano appeared before a large audience at the Sanford School of Public Policy to discuss the subject of security.

Basically, because there hasn’t been much focus on implementing immigration reform,her leadership of the DHS has had to focus on enforcing existing laws.

The discussion centered around operational facets of DHS, as well as various internal policies and how they relate to new and existing security concerns.

She did stat:

“I am a strong believer in the Dream Act,”

which seems to conflict with an item listed here linking to a report by ex-generals that the US Border is a veritable lawless zone.

Especially since she noted that:

“I have never seen the borders more secure,”

So which is it? The boss says they are secure, POTUS says they’re secure.

The Duke University article on the subject goes into more detail about how her department works in the context of day-to-day operations:

The department operates in an “evolving threat environment” and seeks to “maximize our ability to minimize risk,” she said. The paradigm for terrorism has changed, from a complex conspiracy created abroad and coming here, to a growing threat from homegrown, “lone wolf” actors.  She pointed to the Fort Hood shooting and the bomb planted along a parade route in Spokane, Wash., as examples of domestic terrorism.

“Homeland security is really hometown security,” and is a shared responsibility, she said.

The article also quoted Janet Napolitano on her response to a question about the DREAM Act:

During a question-and-answer session, an audience member identified herself as “an undocumented dreamer,” while her companion asked if President Obama would enact Dream Act provisions via executive order.

“The president will not do it through executive fiat. Only Congress can address this,” Napolitano said, but she stressed the importance of Obama’s support for the reform, which until recently had bipartisan support.

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January 2019 Visa Bulletin

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VISA BULLETIN JANUARY 2019

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Here’s the latest Visa Bulletin.

https://travel.state.gov/content/dam/visas/Bulletins/visabulletin_january2019.pdf

 

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A battle over Trump’s border wall could shut down major parts of the government for the third time this year

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President Donald Trump has requested $5 billion in U.S. funding for his proposed wall on the U.S.-Meixco border, however, the Democrats refused to agree to such a sum.

On CNBC, the story quotes:

Once again, a spat over President Donald Trump’s immigration plans has derailed talks to keep the government open.

Congress faces a Dec. 7 deadline to fund parts of the government. Trump signed spending legislation in September for five agencies, such as the departments of Defense and Health and Human Services, for the next fiscal year. But lawmakers still need to fund seven other agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security.

As Congress has already approved money for large parts of the federal government, a partial shutdown will have limited effects on its core functions. The funding fight does have stakes for how much of the president’s immigration agenda he can enact as a migrant crisis plays out at the southern border.

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Migrant Caravan Set To Cross Border

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The “Migrant Caravan” is now set to attempt to cross the Mexican border into the United States.

It’s uncertain as to what will take place, but there have been very pointed statements by both those opposing, and supporting the undertaking.

On Yahoo, the story quotes:

As the issue exploded into a diplomatic row, organizers of the caravan quietly broke it up.

The Department of Homeland Security issued a stark warning Wednesday to the first 120 who arrived, including some 50 minors.

“If you enter our country illegally, you have broken the law and will be referred for prosecution,” DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said.

Nielsen said those making false immigration claims or helping others to do so would also be prosecuted.

Around 600 migrants are still traveling more or less together by hopping trains and taking buses.

The first two buses will be followed by three more, said organizer Irineo Mujica of the migrant rights group People Without Borders.

and Reuters reports:

Busloads of migrants began arriving on Tuesday at a shelter that was a five minute-walk from the border and within sight of a U.S. flag waving under an overpass connecting the two countries.

While many rested in tents after a month-long journey across Mexico, others wandered up to the border to contemplate the next stage in their journey.

“The wall doesn’t look that tall,” said Kimberly George, a 15-year-old girl from Honduras as she looked toward a stunted barrier a few feet away. “I really want to cross it.”

 

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