Homeland Security chief: ‘We’re going to stem this tide’ of illegal immigration
July 6th, 2014
11:16 AM ET
3 months ago

Homeland Security chief: ‘We’re going to stem this tide’ of illegal immigration

Washington (CNN) – Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Sunday the Obama administration will take steps to fix the nation’s broken immigration system, even without the help of Congress.

“There are a number of things that the President and I, within the confines of the law, can do to fix the broken immigration system, and we will,” Johnson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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Filed under: Homeland Security • Immigration
Senate confirms Jeh Johnson to lead homeland security
December 16th, 2013
06:43 PM ET
10 months ago

Senate confirms Jeh Johnson to lead homeland security

(CNN) – The Senate broke another Republican filibuster on Monday in confirming former top Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson to head the Homeland Security Department.

The vote to approve Johnson, a key architect of President Barack Obama's anti-terrorism policies that have included stepped up drone use in terrorist hotspots, was 78-16.

Johnson was nominated by Obama in October and will replace former Secretary Janet Napolitano, who left the Cabinet post earlier this year to head California's public university system.
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Filed under: Homeland Security • Pentagon • President Obama • Terrorism
December 8th, 2013
10:51 AM ET
10 months ago

Homeland Security chairman: Threat of terrorism spreading like 'wildfire' overseas

(CNN) - The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said the threat of terrorism overseas is "getting worse, not better."

"I personally see it spreading like a spiderweb, like a wildfire, through Northern Africa and the Middle East," Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, told CNN's Candy Crowley on "State of the Union."
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Filed under: Homeland Security • House • Mike McCaul • TV-State of the Union
Coburn objects to 'cut and paste' job on DHS nominee's questionnaire
Sen. Tom Coburn
November 13th, 2013
03:10 PM ET
6 months ago

Coburn objects to 'cut and paste' job on DHS nominee's questionnaire

Washington (CNN) - There was a heated exchange at the confirmation hearing for Homeland Security Secretary designate Jeh Johnson, but it had nothing to do with questions over his qualifications or politics, but rather questions over his questionnaire.

"I'm extremely disturbed by the responses to the questionnaire," Republican Sen. Tom Coburn said in his opening statement. "Either the legislative staff or the White House has cut and pasted identical answers to 23 questions in your response. Identical responses to that of other nominees."
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Filed under: Homeland Security • Tom Coburn
November 3rd, 2013
11:52 AM ET
11 months ago

McCaul: TSA, law enforcement need better coordination

Washington (CNN) - House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said Sunday that Transportation Security Administration officers at the nation's airports need to work better with local law enforcement to help prevent incidents like Friday's shooting at Los Angeles International Airport.

"The coordination with the local police is key because, remember, TSA officers are not armed," the Texas Republican told CNN's Candy Crowley on "State of the Union."

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Filed under: Homeland Security • Mike McCaul
Obama to nominate former Pentagon lawyer as homeland chief
October 17th, 2013
04:37 PM ET
12 months ago

Obama to nominate former Pentagon lawyer as homeland chief

(CNN) - President Barack Obama plans to nominate Jeh Johnson, the Pentagon's former top lawyer, to be the next Homeland Security Secretary, sources tell CNN.

The nomination is expected on Friday. He must be confirmed by the Senate.

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Filed under: Homeland Security • President Obama
Napolitano defends record at DHS as she prepares to step down
August 27th, 2013
08:14 PM ET
1 year ago

Napolitano defends record at DHS as she prepares to step down

Washington (CNN) - Janet Napolitano has a few words of advice for whoever succeeds her as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security: "You will need a large bottle of Advil."

Napolitano said Tuesday her job is "very big and complex" but is also very rewarding.
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Filed under: Homeland Security • Janet Napolitano
GOP shuns hearing where homeland nominee denies wrongdoing
July 25th, 2013
05:09 PM ET
1 year ago

GOP shuns hearing where homeland nominee denies wrongdoing

Washington (CNN) - At a hearing on Thursday that Republicans didn't attend, the nominee for the No. 2 job at the Department of Homeland Security strongly denied reported allegations he helped obtain a special visa for an international investor.

Alejandro Mayorkas told Democrats on a Senate panel considering his nomination by President Barack Obama that he was unaware of being under investigation by a government inspector general until media reports emerged this week.

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Filed under: Homeland Security • Republicans
Homeland Security nominee under scrutiny over foreign investor's visa
July 23rd, 2013
07:42 PM ET
1 year ago

Homeland Security nominee under scrutiny over foreign investor's visa

(CNN) – The nominee for the No. 2 job at the Department of Homeland Security is under investigation amid allegations he helped obtain a special visa for an international investor after the initial application was denied by the U.S. government.

An e-mail sent to congressional lawmakers from the department's inspector general and obtained by CNN said Alejandro Mayorkas is being investigated, but at this point, "we do not have any findings of criminal misconduct."

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Filed under: Homeland Security
Napolitano leaving Obama Cabinet
July 12th, 2013
10:19 AM ET
1 year ago

Napolitano leaving Obama Cabinet

Washington (CNN) – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will resign and be named president of the University of California system, she announced Friday.

She will leave the Department of Homeland Security in September, a source familiar with the decision told CNN.

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Filed under: California • Homeland Security • Janet Napolitano
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