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Nation Oct 06Trump administration to sharply limit issuance of skilled-worker visas
The Trump administration has announced plans to sharply limit visas issued to skilled workers from overseas. The new rules will be issued soon to restrict the use of what's known as the H-1B program.
Politics Sep 23WATCH: Trump Homeland Security pick denies intelligence meddling
It was a part of a wide-ranging confirmation hearing for a nominee who has been criticized over his agency's handling of civil unrest, the coronavirus and immigration. It's not yet clear when the Senate will vote on his nomination.
Economy Sep 22Congress seeks to block goods from China over forced labor
A bipartisan bill aimed at keeping goods out of the U.S. that are made with the forced labor of detained ethnic minorities in China passed overwhelmingly Tuesday in the House of Representatives.
Politics Sep 18WATCH: Trump shifts on Puerto Rico, releases aid as election nears
President Donald Trump has announced the release of $13 billion in assistance to repair the damage in Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria three years ago, and has pledged to restore its economy.
Politics Sep 14U.S. halts imports from China’s Uighur region over suspected forced labor
Companies that ship clothing and other cotton goods, computer parts and hair products from the Xinjiang region were named in the order issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Politics Sep 11Trump Homeland Security pick faces hurdles to confirmation
Republican senators, who are fighting to keep their majority in November, appear in no rush to launch a heated confirmation that will force uncomfortable questions about whether agency actions were driven by Trump's political agenda.
Nation Sep 09DHS whistleblower says agency leaders pressured him to suppress intel that Trump would find objectionable
Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, released the complaint, which he said contained “grave and disturbing” allegations.
Nation Sep 09Top Homeland Security official defends response to protests
Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said that the civil unrest in downtown Portland ranks among the top threats facing the United States, along with the COVID-19 pandemic, election interference and drug trafficking along the southern border.
Nation Sep 01U.S. seeks to collect more personal information of noncitizens
The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that it would soon propose to expand the collection of personal biological information by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Nation Aug 27Hurricane Laura further strains FEMA in disaster-filled year
Hurricane Laura was also testing an already-stretched Federal Emergency Management Agency in what is shaping up to be a unprecedentedly disastrous year. FEMA has never faced a year like 2020.