9:10 AM, Sep 25, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The Rio Grande Valley sector of the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) is looking to buy 40,000 emergency Mylar blankets. The silvery, polyester blankets are often used in detention facilities where those caught illegally crossing the border into the United States are held. A number of photos of children in a government holding facility using Mylar blankets appeared extensively in the press earlier this year, via the Associated Press:
The USBP seems anxious to have the blankets on hand relatively quickly. Bids are being accepted for only three days (through September 25), after which a contract is expected to be awarded to the lowest bidder with a good contracting history with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The vendor then has thirty days to deliver the first 20,000 blankets, with the remaining 20,000 required a maximum of forty-five days later.
Less than two weeks ago, the White House posted an update on the recent influx of Central American migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. The update includes a chart showing the fluctuations in the average number of children picked up daily in the very Rio Grande sector for which the blanket order was placed:
The latest figures on the chart appear to show the number has fallen below 50 per day, down from a high of over 450 per day at one point in June. Although the numbers have fallen dramatically, there has been some speculation that the cooler temperatures in the fall might cause those numbers to begin to rise again. It is unclear if the blanket order is in response to specific expectations of a resumption of the influx or is a more general restocking order.
An inquiry to DHS about the specific reason for the blanket order has so far gone unanswered.
8:34 AM, Sep 8, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The "busiest land port of entry in the Western Hemisphere" is getting an upgrade, and according to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), about a half a million dollars worth of new artwork will be part of the package.
9:10 AM, Aug 14, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
As part of the U.S. Crisis Support Package for Ukraine announced by the White House in April, the State Department awarded a $435,000 contract to B.K.
11:13 AM, Aug 5, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Sanctioned, but so far undeterred, Vladimir Putin is making the Russian presence felt on the Ukraine border. As Michael R.
8:13 PM, Jul 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Thousands of illegal immigrants are streaming across America's southern border, but on Wednesday the chief of the Department of Homeland Security will be attending an educational event with schoolchildren in Washington, D.C.
In an email to reporters with the subject line reading, "SECRETARY JOHNSON TO PARTICIPATE IN A LET’S READ! LET’S MOVE! EVENT," the department announced that Jeh Johnson will be attending an event Wednesday morning at the library of Congress, along with other government officials, a chef, and a retired NFL player. Here's an excerpt from the email:
10:25 AM, Jul 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown has a new ad targeting what the Republican calls the Democrats' "pro-amnesty policies." The 30-second spot, among the first in the 2014 cycle to address the illegal immigration crisis on the border, features the former Massachusetts senator juxtaposing the security lines at airports and public events with the lack of security at the Mexican border.
"We have an immigration crisis on our hands. We respond with compassion, but it's time for us to secure the border once and for all," Brown says. Watch the ad below:
4:02 PM, Jul 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Obama administration is preparing to effectively "nullify" the immigration laws of the United States through an executive action, says one Republican senator. As Time reported Thursday, President Obama appears prepared to provide millions of illegal immigrants living in the U.S. work authorization via executive orders:
Hosted by Michael Graham.3:02 PM, Jul 18, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the happenings this week in Ukraine, Israel, and the United States.
8:01 AM, Jul 14, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The boss, joined Cokie Roberts, Ana Navarro, and David Plouffe, joined George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week to discuss the border crisis, attacks on Israel, and more. Watch the video below:
6:25 PM, Jul 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Border protection chief Gil Kerlikowske, whose official title is commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, says the influx of illegal immigrants on the Southern boarder need not be feared. "These are family members. These are not gang members. These are not dangerous individuals," said Kerlikowske.
He made the comments on ABC:
Government agencies largely avoided sequestration furloughs in 2013.7:36 AM, Mar 13, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
As sequestration bore down in February 2013, the threat of furloughs for thousands of government workers was a common refrain from those warning of the dire effects of the across the board budget cuts.
6:53 AM, Jan 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The new secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, went to Texas yesterday to check out the U.S. border with Mexico and to push immigration reform.
8:49 AM, Feb 4, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will travel to California and Texas today and tomorrow "to inspect border security," the federal agency announced today.
9:18 AM, Jan 30, 2013 • By LEE SMITH
There are reports this morning that Israeli jets conducted a raid on the Syria-Lebanon border yesterday. On Tuesday, chief of military intelligence Maj. Gen.