Department of Homeland Security

Citing plot against Whitmer, Nessel urges Congress to adopt stronger federal anti-domestic terrorism laws

BY: - March 24, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel testified before a congressional Homeland Security subcommittee Wednesday morning, alongside two other state attorneys general, for a hearing meant to explore ways the federal government can better address and confront domestic terrorism issues. Nessel spoke and answered questions virtually along with Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford and Wisconsin District Attorney John […]

Gilchrist presided over the Senate during the April armed protest. He says Shirkey’s meeting with militia leaders is ‘incredibly problematic.’

BY: - February 2, 2021

With news that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had issued a warning about rising domestic terrorism threats and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) meeting with leaders of militias last summer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, the first Black person to hold the post, has seen the anger and hatred up close.  He calls the […]

Hawley to delay Senate confirmation of Biden Homeland Security pick

BY: - January 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley will object to the rapid confirmation vote planned for President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security, part of the national security team that was expected to be confirmed Wednesday. Hawley, a Missouri Republican, announced his opposition to Alejandro Mayorkas following Tuesday’s hearing on the DHS […]

Stabenow, Peters in line to chair key committees with Dem wins in Ga.

BY: - January 7, 2021

With the Rev. Raphael Warnock of Georgia’s win over U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and Jon Ossoff’s victory over U.S. Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), the Democrats are primed to control the U.S. Senate. And that means that Michigan’s two U.S. senators are likely to secure significant committee chairmanships.  The GOP currently controls the U.S. Senate […]

Former DHS official: Plot against Whitmer was ‘reminiscent’ of ISIS

BY: - October 26, 2020

Miles Taylor is one of several former President Trump administration senior officials who has now endorsed Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Taylor served as chief of staff to former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and acting Secretary Chad Wolf from 2017 to 2019. Taylor joins Olivia Troye, a former coronavirus adviser to Vice […]

Peters grills acting Homeland Security chief on federal agents

BY: - August 7, 2020

WASHINGTON — The top official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Thursday defended the deployment of federal officers to counter protesters in Portland, Ore., saying it was comparable to protecting the U.S. Capitol from attack. “That’s all we’re trying to do in Portland — protecting a federal facility, a seat of justice,” said Acting […]

Detroit group to protest against Trump police plan on Friday

BY: - August 6, 2020

Detroit Will Breathe, the progressive anti-police brutality group, on Wednesday continued to push back against President Donald Trump’s recent decision to send federal agents to Detroit to help reduce firearm violence. During a rally and march — its 69th since late May — the group announced that it will hold a demonstration on Friday evening, […]

Top Trump official vows federal agents ‘will not back away’ from protests

BY: - August 6, 2020

WASHINGTON — The President Trump administration’s No. 2 at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Tuesday defended federal law enforcement officers’ intervention in anti-police brutality protests in Portland, Ore., and other cities this summer. Characterizing some of the protests as “mob rule,” Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli told lawmakers that federal agents […]

Tlaib denounces Trump admin immigrant DNA collection

BY: - January 7, 2020

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) on Tuesday called the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) action to collect DNA from immigrants and migrants at the border in Detroit “disgusting and inhumane.” “This administration moves our society toward one of injustice and suffering day after day,” Tlaib said. “This alarming effort to collect DNA from immigrants […]