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Livestream: House Committee on Homeland Security Assesses the Adequacy of DHS Efforts to Prevent Child Deaths in Custody

On Jan. 14, the House Committee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing titled “Assessing the Adequacy of DHS Efforts to Prevent Child Deaths in Custody.” The Committee will hear testimony from Mr. Brian Hastings, Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Law Enforcement Operations, and Dr. Alex Eastman MD, MPH, FACS, FAEMS, Senior Medical Officer -- Operations of the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office.

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House Committees Request Review of Succession at Department of Homeland Security

On Nov. 15, the House Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and acting Chairwoman of the Oversight and Reform Committee sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office. The letter requests a review of whether the Federal Vacancies and Reform Act was violated in the recently updated process of succession at the Department of Homeland Security. The document is available here and below.

Immigration

What Ending the Flores Agreement on Detention of Immigrant Children Really Means

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its final rule on custody of two groups of noncitizen children, establishing different procedures for the treatment of children accompanied by at least one parent at the border prior to arrest and “unaccompanied alien children” (UACs) who crossed the border and were arrested without a parent.

Immigration

New Asylum Limits: A Balancing Act for the Homeland Security Secretary

President Trump continued his push for new restrictions on asylum seekers with his April 29 memorandum to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Justice Department. In the memo, Trump directed DHS to issue regulations that would bar work permits for asylum seekers who enter the United States unlawfully and—for the first time—charge a fee for applying for asylum.

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The Federal Vacancies Reform Act Under Trump: The Department of Homeland Security Edition

To quote Yogi Berra, “it’s like déjà vu all over again.” For at least the fourth time in just over two years, a dispute has arisen over the president’s authority to name “acting” agency heads under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (FVRA) of 1998. This time around, the debate involves the Department of Homeland Security—and the resignation/firing/un-resignation/ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

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