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An Iowa law that prohibits Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgeries for transgender residents violates state law and the state constitution, a judge ruled in a decision made public Monday. The ruling is a victory for Aiden Vasquez and Mika Covington, two Iowans represented by the ACLU of Iowa. The ACLU of Iowa filed a lawsuit in April against the state of Iowa challenging a 2019 law that allows Medicaid to deny payment for sex reassignment surgeries for transgender residents. The court concluded that Iowa’s Medicaid program may not categorically discriminate against transgender people seeking gender-affirming, medically necessary care. Reynolds’ spokesman Alex Murphy said she is disappointed by the ruling “and disagrees with the district court’s ruling on Medicaid coverage for transgender reassignment surgeries.
Persons: Judge William Kelly, Aiden Vasquez, Mika Covington, Kelly, ” Kelly, , ” Rita Bettis Austen, ” Bettis Austen, Covington, ” Vasquez, Vasquez, Kim Reynolds, Reynolds, Alex Murphy Organizations: Iowa Department of Human Services, American Psychiatric Association, D.C, Movement Advancement, ACLU, Vasquez, Iowa, Iowa Civil Rights, Republicans, Iowa Legislature, of Human Services, Iowa DHS, Gov, Civil, Twitter, Facebook Locations: Iowa, Washington, Covington, Vasquez
Social media users are sharing a video in which an unidentified woman claims an “ICD 10 code Z28.20” will be used to place unvaccinated individuals in education camps. This new code will allow us to follow vaccine counseling visits and take more steps to vaccinate.”She continues: “Y’all, we’ve just been issued a code. Regarding the video’s mention of “Education camps”, the comments of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Rochelle Walensky may have been misconstrued during a FOX News interview on Oct. 24, 2021, visible (here). Reuters has previously debunked claims that unvaccinated people will be placed in camps here , here and here . There is no evidence that a classification code will be used to place unvaccinated people into education camps.
Persons: , “ DOH, we’ve, Gynecologists, Rochelle Walensky, Walensky, Read Organizations: DHS, Disease Control, Prevention, Department of Health, Human Services, Health, World Health Organization, WHO, CDC, American College of Obstetricians, HHS, for Disease Control, FOX, Reuters Locations: Florida, United States
The new National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin is expected to be released Wednesday afternoon, according to officials familiar with it. It replaces an existing bulletin published in August, which said that "ethnically motivated violent extremists and anti-government/anti-authority violent extremists will remain a national threat priority for the United States." In general, the bulletin continues, "threats include those posed by individuals and small groups engaged in violence, including domestic violent extremists and those inspired or motivated by foreign terrorists and other malign foreign influences. If a new Covid variant emerges and new restrictions are imposed, "anti-government violent extremists could potentially use the new restrictions as a rationale to target government or public health facilities." Foreign intelligence services, foreign terrorist organizations and domestic violent extremists "continue to introduce, amplify and disseminate narratives online calling for violence," the bulletin says.
Persons: John Cohen, DHS's Organizations: WASHINGTON, Domestic, Department of Homeland Security, Terrorism Locations: United States, Afghanistan, U.S
Democratic members of Congress are asking the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to investigate Texas Gov. Through the operation, Abbott has used state law officers, police, Texas National Guard and law enforcement from other states on the Texas-Mexico border. On Thursday, the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Military Department said the operation has led to the seizure of illegal drugs and arrests of tens of thousands of people. Lawyers in the case of two men who were held for more than 50 days without charges said Abbott’s operation is targeting Mexican and Central American men. The governor signed a bill last month that adds another nearly $2 billon for border enforcement, including money for a border wall Abbott is building.
Persons: Greg Abbott’s, Joaquin Castro of, General Merrick Garland, Alejandro Mayorkas, Abbott, Castro, they’ve Organizations: of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Texas, Homeland, Lone Star, Texas National Guard, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Military Department, Central, Operation Lone Star, Customs, DHS, Biden, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Joaquin Castro of Texas, Texas, Mexico
The U.S. Supreme Court in August rejected an effort by the Biden administration to block the judge’s ruling. The new memo is comprehensive, DHS officials said on a call with reporters. The administration will seek to have the court order vacated in light of the new memo, the officials said. Meanwhile, the Biden administration will continue to take steps to restart the program by mid-November, to comply with the judge’s ruling, officials said. The DHS officials said Mexico and the United States are still in talks.
Persons: Jose Luis Gonzalez, Biden, that’s, Organizations: Paso del, REUTERS, Reuters, Trump, Department of Homeland Security, Mexico ”, U.S, Supreme, DHS Locations: Paso, Paso del Norte, United States, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, U.S
The Biden administration is close to a deal with families separated under Trump, the WSJ reported. The payments being considered are either $450,000 per person or $1 million per family. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy PolicyThe Biden administration is considering compensating immigrant families that were separated at the US border during the Trump administration, with payments of $450,000 per person, according to The Wall Street Journal. The American Civil Liberties Union is representing several families in lawsuits related to the zero-tolerance family separations initiated in 2018 and continued throughout the Trump administration. Recently, a task force in the Biden administration reunited 52 families who were separated by the Trump administration out of the over 1,000 they have identified.
Persons: Biden, Trump, Jeff Sessions, Lee Gelernt Organizations: Trump, ACLU, Service, Wall Street, of Justice, Homeland Security, Human Services, American Civil Liberties Union, Department of Justice, The, DHS, DOJ, White
ICE also keeps biometric information like face, iris, fingerprint, and voice data, a report said. US Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement use phone hacking, license-plate scanning, iris recognition, and a host of other surveillance technology to monitor the US border, according to a report released on Thursday by immigrant-rights groups. Cinthya Rodriguez, a Mijente organizer, said the US border was a "testing ground" for more widespread expansions of government surveillance. Integrated fixed towersAlong the US-Mexico border, CBP operates tall towers designed to spot people from almost 10 miles away. Border Patrol agents then seek out the people captured on ICAD, ask these people for their biographic data, and store this information, according to the report.
Persons: Mijente, Cinthya Rodriguez, Biden, Anduril, General Atomics, Lockheed Martin, that's Organizations: Futures Law, Coalition, ICE, Customs, Border Protection, Wall Coalition, CBP, Motorola Solutions, Vigilant Solutions, Elbit Systems, General Dynamics, Mobile, Tactical, PureTech Systems, FLIR Systems, Lockheed, DHS, Department Homeland Security, Technology, Amazon Web Services, Northrop Grumman, Border Patrol, Forensics, Grayshift, Reuters, Berla Corp, Analytics, BuzzFeed Locations: Mexico, Swedish
Scammers are washing and repackaging used medical gloves to sell to the US, CNN reported. Tens of millions of counterfeit and already used nitrile gloves came to the US during the pandemic. CNN reported that it's unclear if these gloves ended up being used in a medical setting or caused harm to providers and patients. I couldn't believe my eyes," Kirschen told CNN. CNN reported that authorities in Thailand and the US have launched investigations into the faulty PPE.
Persons: scammers, Tarek Kirschen, Kirschen Organizations: CNN, Service, Food and Drug Administration, Customs, FDA, Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, Justice Department, DHS Locations: Thailand, Miami, Thai
The caravan gathered in Tapachula near the Mexico-Guatemala border includes thousands of migrants fleeing Haiti, Venezuela, Cuba and other Latin American countries, say two Department of Homeland Security officials. Violent clashes with Mexican police have broken out as desperate migrants attempt to leave the camp and continue their journey. But, the official said, migrants may recalculate and decide not to journey further due to the forceful push back by Mexican officials in Tapachula. But overall, the 2021 fiscal year, which runs from October through September, hit border crossing totals never seen before. The Washington Post first reported that more than 190,000 migrants were apprehended crossing the border in September, for a fiscal year total of 1.7 million.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden Organizations: Customs, NBC News, of Homeland Security, Telemundo, U.S ., DHS, CBP, Washington Post, for Disease Locations: U.S, Mexico, Tapachula, Guatemala, Haiti, Venezuela, Cuba, Colombia, Del Rio , Texas, Rio, Covid
Trump aide Stephen Miller wanted US troops to guard the entire Mexico border, the NYT said. The DHS and DOD discussed sending 250,000 troops to the border in spring 2020, the Times said. The Pentagon stopped considering the plan after Miller and Esper held a short and explosive conversation in the Oval Office. The idea was "never presented formally" to Trump, the Times said, but the president was reportedly fixated on his plans regarding Mexico. Though the plan to send 250,000 troops to the Mexico border never materialized, the US secured the border another way.
Persons: Trump, Stephen Miller, Mark Esper, Donald Trump's, Miller, Esper, Chad Wolf, Joe Biden's Organizations: DHS, DOD, Times, Service, Pentagon, The New York Times, Department of Homeland Security, Command, US Army, Trump, US, US Centers for Disease Control Locations: Mexico, Miller, Mexican
WASHINGTON — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday, according to a department spokesperson. Mayorkas "tested positive this morning for the COVID-19 virus after taking a test as part of routine pre-travel protocols," DHS spokeswoman Marsha Espinosa said in a statement Tuesday. Mayorkas, the first Latino and immigrant to serve as DHS secretary, was sworn in as secretary in February. He is slated to appear as a witness before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday to testify on the oversight of DHS. It's unclear if he had been expected to appear virtually or in-person or if the testimony will proceed as scheduled.
Persons: Alejandro Mayorkas, Mayorkas, Marsha Espinosa, Espinosa Organizations: Homeland, DHS Locations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Mexico
It allowed key intelligence and operational capabilities to atrophy,” one of the officials, who was appointed by President Joe Biden, said on the condition of anonymity. Senior leaders at CBP, ICE, the Office of Intelligence and Analysis and the Coast Guard met Wednesday to solidify the plans, the officials said. Part of their mission will be to build and monitor algorithms that can monitor social media chatter about migration movements. More than 20,000 migrants from Haiti are gathered in northern Colombia and Panama, for example, and may soon decide to try to immigrate to the U.S. The goal is to “institutionalize” the intelligence-gathering systems so future administrations cannot dismantle them, the officials said.
Persons: it’s, , Trump, Biden, Joe Biden, institutionalize, Lee Gelernt, ” Gelernt Organizations: WASHINGTON, Department of Homeland Security, NBC News, DHS, DHS ’, of Intelligence, Border Protection, Trump, CBP, ICE, Coast Guard, Facebook, Intelligence, American Civil Liberties Union, Biden Locations: U.S, Texas, Central, South America, they’re, Mexico, Washington, Haiti, Colombia, Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala
President Joe Biden had ended the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" policy when he took office this year, saying it was inhumane because of the violence migrants faced waiting in Mexico for their court hearings. Texas and Missouri sued the Biden administration in April over the suspension of Remain in Mexico, which is formally known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP. In August, a federal judge in Texas ordered the Biden administration to reinstate the policy pending the outcome of the suit. The plans to implement the revised policy, however, would be put on hold if the Biden administration ultimately wins the lawsuit filed by Texas and Missouri. "There are certain issues Mexico has also raised about the prior implementation" of Remain in Mexico, one of the officials said.
Persons: WASHINGTON —, Biden, Joe Biden, Trump, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Trump, Biden, Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Government Locations: Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Brownsville, Laredo , Texas, Southwest
The administration said it can only move forward if Mexico agrees. Trump, a Republican known for hardline immigration policies, created the MPP policy in 2019, arguing that many asylum claims were fraudulent and applicants allowed into the United States might end up staying illegally if they skipped court hearings. The administration has said it will comply with Kacsmaryk's ruling "in good faith" while continuing its appeal in the case. The official said the administration has taken steps including preparing courts, some housed in tents, near the border where asylum hearings could be held. Mexico has also expressed its concern over this policy, the foreign ministry said on Thursday, warning that it incentivises repeat crossings and puts migrants at risk.
Persons: Eduardo Torobo, Amelin Acosta, Jose Luis Gonzalez, Joe Biden's, Donald Trump, Matthew Kacsmaryk, Biden, Kacsmaryk, Trump, Mica Rosenberg, Kristina Cooke, Frank Jack Daniel, Will Dunham Organizations: REUTERS, Republican, Democrat, U.S, Supreme, Trump, U.S . Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Mexican, Mexico, Thomson Locations: Cuba, Mexico, U.S, United States, Ciudad Juarez, Texas, Rio, Missouri, New York, San Francisco
The Biden administration will reinstate a Trump-era border policy in November that forces asylum seekers to stay in Mexico until their U.S. immigration court date. On his first day in office, President Joe Biden ended the policy, known as Migrant Protection Protocols, or MPP. The Republican-led states of Texas and Missouri sued the Biden administration in April over the suspension of the policy. Title 42, first implemented in March 2020 at the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, denies certain migrants the opportunity to apply for asylum. The revival of the MPP policy still hinges on the approval of the Mexican government.
Persons: Biden, Donald Trump, Joe Biden Organizations: Central America, U.S . Border Patrol, Trump, Central, Republican, Biden, Northern, Northern District of Texas, DHS, Department of Homeland, NBC, American Immigration, Disease Control, Prevention Locations: Central, United States, Mexico, Sunland Park , New Mexico, Texas, Missouri, Northern District, U.S, Covid, Canada
The United States will allow fully vaccinated legal travelers to enter the country through land borders in Canada and Mexico, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is expected to announce Wednesday. A similar, previously announced policy will also take effect at the same time for air travelers entering the U.S.Around the start of the new year, essential travelers, such as truck drivers crossing U.S. land borders, will also be required to be fully vaccinated. The officials said the delay will allow essential workers time to get vaccinated without disrupting trade. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, only “essential travel” has been allowed across the Canadian and Mexican borders, keeping many family members and loved ones separated. Essential travel, however, has been allowed regardless of vaccination status.
Persons: Alejandro Mayorkas Organizations: Homeland, Customs, Border Protection, Canadian, The Department of Homeland Security, Centers for Disease Control, U.S ., DHS Locations: States, Canada, Mexico, U.S, Texas
Absent Title 42, U.S. law requires that all migrants who cross the border, with or without papers, be given the opportunity to seek asylum. Unaccompanied children are exempt from the health law. "The Title 42 restrictions are really about protecting the migrants themselves, the DHS workforce and local communities," a senior administration official told reporters Tuesday. "There's a strong public health basis, for the moment, for continuing with the Title 42 restrictions." An official also noted that the health policy remains necessary as social distancing is difficult to enforce in Border Patrol facilities where migrants are typically held.
Persons: Jose Luis Gonzalez, Biden, Jen Psaki, Donald Trump's Organizations: Reuters, Wednesday, U.S, White, U.S . Customs, Protection, Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, DHS, Border Patrol Locations: U.S, Mexico, Paso, Norte, Ciudad Juarez, Canada, United States, Covid
He asked the company to provide information about how it responded to extremism ahead of and after the Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol. At an April 19 briefing, the Department of Homeland Security said US extremists used TikTok to organize, Politico reported. In the letter, Peters expressed concern to TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew that "domestic extremists reportedly used TikTok to recruit, organize, and communicate" ahead of the Jan 6. riot and "continue to spread their messages through content supporting white supremacists, extremists, and terrorist organizations." In its community guidelines, the company says it takes "a firm stance against enabling violence on or off TikTok." In June this year, TikTok said it removed more than 300,000 videos for spreading "violent extremism" in the first three months of the year.
Persons: Sen, Gary Peters, Peters, Shou Zi Chew, TikTok Organizations: The Washington Post, Department of Homeland Security, Politico, Service, Senate Homeland Security Committee, Federal Bureau of Investigation, DHS, FBI, of Intelligence, Wall Street, Strategic, ISIS, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Locations: TikTok, Michigan
In a memo to immigration agency officials, Mayorkas outlined new enforcement priorities that aim to target employers that exploit unauthorized immigrants. Tuesday's action is part of the Biden administration's efforts to narrow the scope of who can be arrested and detained by U.S. immigration officials. It was the largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in U.S. history. He directed immigration agency officials to refrain from placing such immigrants in deportation proceedings and to consider granting them temporary legal status. By targeting employers instead of unauthorized employees, Mayorkas said the U.S. could establish a fairer labor market and benefit businesses that compete with employers that exploit unauthorized immigrants.
Persons: Alejandro Mayorkas, Mayorkas, Biden, Donald Trump's Organizations: Homeland, White, Center for American Progress, Customs, Immigration Law Center, Republicans, Disease Control, Prevention Locations: Brady, Washington, U.S, Mississippi, Mexico
The Biden administration on Friday canceled contracts for border wall construction in Texas. The move "isn't going to solve the Biden Border Crisis," Sen. Tom Cotton said. Friday's move by the Biden administration raised the ire of a handful of Republican lawmakers, including Rep. Dan Crenshaw, of Texas. "Canceling construction of the border wall isn't going to solve the Biden Border Crisis," Sen. Tom Cotton, of Arkansas, said on Twitter. In June, the White House returned $2 billion from border wall projects to the military.
Persons: Biden, Sen, Tom Cotton, Donald Trump's, Donald Trump, Dan Crenshaw, Impeach Mayorkas, Crenshaw, Alejandro Mayorkas Organizations: Service, Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Republican, Twitter, Earth Justice, Trump, White House, White, Office of Management Locations: Texas, Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, Mexico, Rio Grande, Arkansas, Webb, Zapata
That’s according to a nearly 400-page report released Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, which provides a detailed timeline of Trump’s campaign to pressure DOJ officials to help him try to reverse Joe Biden’s victory. The report’s findings are based on testimony from three former DOJ officials as well as documents and emails. These efforts led to a Jan. 3 Oval Office meeting that Trump held for two to three hours with senior DOJ officials and White House officials. “According to Rosen, Trump opened the meeting by saying, ‘One thing we know is you, Rosen, aren’t going to do anything to overturn the election,’” the Senate report said. Even after the meeting, Trump still kept pushing his conspiracy theories that the election was stolen.
Persons: Donald Trump, Trump, Joe Biden’s, Jeffrey Rosen, Jeffrey Clark, Rosen, Richard Donoghue, aren’t, , Donoghue, Clark, Steven Engel, “ Donoghue, , Pat Cipollone, ” Cipollone, Patrick Philbin, Organizations: WASHINGTON, Top Justice Department, White, Senate, Committee, DOJ, Trump, White House, DHS, Department of Homeland Security, FBI, Capitol, NBC, Biden's Locations: Rosen’s, Atlanta, U.S
In an interview Sept. 20 in Del Rio, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said, "I don't think we expected the rapidity of the increase that occurred." Throughout the summer, two of the officials said, there were also disagreements within the Biden administration over whether it should increase deportations of Haitians already in the U.S. illegally. The two officials said some argued that deportations — even of small numbers — would deter more people from coming, particularly Haitians living in South America. By mid-September, seeing the large numbers massing in Del Rio, ICE restarted the flights, and it has now deported more than 7,200 migrants to Haiti. During his administration, border crossings have surged, passing records not recorded in two decades.
Persons: WASHINGTON, Alejandro Mayorkas, Biden, Donald Trump's, Marsha Espinosa, " Espinosa Organizations: Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Protection, Customs, of Intelligence, Del Rio , Homeland, ICE, U.S, Department Locations: The U.S, U.S, Texas, Del Rio , Texas, Customs, South, Central America, Del Rio ,, South America, Del Rio, Haiti, Colombia, Panama
This summer, both decided to set out on a harrowing journey through a dozen countries to seek a new life in the United States. Haitian migrants interviewed by Reuters reported inconsistent testing for COVID-19 at the border, with some who were expelled saying they were not tested in the United States at all. There, with Renois clutching her husband Destinoble with one hand and Angelina with the other, they waded into the United States. By this summer, the couple had saved the $11,000 they needed for their journey to the United States. The family arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border and slept on the ground under the bridge for several days until they were transferred to a Border Patrol facility.
Persons: Marcus, Zalah, Marco Bello, Macdalla Renois, Renois, Sajous, Oberto Destinoble, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Biden, Clara Long, Destinoble, Angelina, Zarah, Mica Rosenberg, Gessika Thomas, Kristina Cooke, Daina Beth Soloman, Ciudad Acuna, Daniel Becerril, Alistair Bell Organizations: . Customs, Protection, REUTERS, Marco Bello PORT, U.S, Reuters, U.S . Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Trump, Central, Human Rights Watch, U.S . Border Patrol, Central America, Patrol, Thomson Locations: Haitian, Lake Park , Florida, U.S, Del Rio, Haiti, South America, United States, Colombia, Panama, Mexico, Rio, Del Rio , Texas, Florida, USA, MEXICO, Mexico's, Guatemala, Rio Grande, Chile, Mexican, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Darien, Costa Rica, Central, New York, Port, San Francisco, Ciudad, Lake Park
The letter didn’t come as a surprise, she added, as the agency had been at odds with Casa Ruby for some time. It has operated the Casa Ruby Shelter on Georgia Avenue in D.C.’s Shepard Park neighborhood for four years, after moving from a row house in 2017. “Some housing programs will kick them out if they don’t come home at 10 o’clock, but I don’t do that,” Corado told NBC News in 2017. “Now there will be no safe space, and that’s a tragedy,” Corado told NBC News. “I think it’s clear that they look at Casa Ruby as Ruby Corado.
Persons: Ruby Corado, Casa, Ruby, , Sheila Strain Clark, Corado, Clark, ” Ruby Corado, Linda Davidson, Casa Ruby, , , ” Corado, Dee Dee ” Dodds, we’re, “ We’re, , she’s, outlive, Alexis Blackmon Organizations: D.C, of Human Services, Northwest D.C, District of Columbia, Family Services Administration, NBC News, Washington , D.C, Washington, Getty, , Casa Ruby, Facebook, NBC, DHS, Northeast D.C, Washington Blade, Prosecutors, Casa, Covenant House Washington, Covenant House, New York Daily News, DC, Services, Health Department, Latino Affairs, Covenant, Twitter Locations: Washington, Northwest, District, Casa Ruby, Washington ,, Georgia, D.C, Covid, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Northeast, Deanwood, U.S
Attorneys had to threaten Texas state officials with legal action and chase prison buses to find two men who were imprisoned in Gov. Greg Abbott’s border immigration operation, but who were ordered released when trespassing charges against them were dropped this week. In state prisons, the migrants have less access to attorneys and advocacy groups, attorneys have said. Sending them to the Val Verde County processing center is part of the usual process and complies with the judge’s order, he said. The governor's operation has created confusion about what to do with the migrants who are released.
Persons: Greg Abbott’s, Ivan Ruano Nava, David Vega Muñoz, Dolph Briscoe, , , Alicia Torres, Torres, , Kevin Herrera, Nava, Muñoz, Briscoe, Maria Ramirez, Robert Hurst, Hurst Organizations: Gov, Grassroots Leadership, Futures, Customs, Protection, DHS, Lone Star, Central, Border Protection, NBC News, Texas Department, Criminal, ICE, Tribune, NBC, Twitter, Facebook Locations: Texas, Dilley, Val Verde County, Kinney County, Customs, Kinney, Del Rio
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