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In an election-year policy change, the Obama administration said Friday it will stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children if they meet certain requirements.

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Iran moving forward with nuclear programupdated: Thu Feb 16 2012 07:28:00

A ceremony allows Iran to announce what it calls its peaceful nuclear program. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.

Homeland security chief talks security in Mideastupdated: Sat Dec 03 2011 13:29:00

America's homeland security chief is visiting two Gulf states over the next few days in a trip that underscores the agency's "international footprint" and stresses the importance of international security cooperation.

Homeland chief: Feds won't help Alabama implement immigration lawupdated: Wed Oct 26 2011 20:35:00

The Department of Homeland Security is not helping Alabama as it tries to implement its controversial new immigration law, Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday.

Napolitano: Deportation reviews to begin shortlyupdated: Thu Oct 20 2011 02:02:00

The Obama administration soon will begin its systematic review of the approximately 300,000 pending deportation cases, separating "high priority" cases involving criminals it wants to deport from "low priority" cases it will drop, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told Congress Wednesday.

U.S. deportations reach historic levelsupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 16:22:00

Nearly 400,000 people were deported from the United States in the past fiscal year, the largest number in the history of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, the government announced Tuesday.

Napolitano: Record number of deportations expected in 2011updated: Wed Oct 05 2011 17:03:00

The U.S. government expects to deport a record number of people this year, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday.

Senator: Protect airliners from shoulder-fired missilesupdated: Tue Sep 27 2011 18:48:00

Fresh concerns that thousands of highly portable anti-aircraft missiles may be missing in Libya are prompting a new call to protect American jetliners from attack.

Napolitano: 'Lots of chatter' on jihadi websites ahead of 9/11updated: Fri Sep 09 2011 19:23:00

Intelligence officials have picked up "lots of chatter" on jihadi websites and elsewhere about the impending 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, but nothing yet that warrants issuing a threat advisory, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Thursday.

Soon: Shoes stay on at airport securityupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 10:49:00

In the wake of an 'incomplete' report card, Homeland Security says changes are coming for flyers.

Keep your shoes on at the airport? Maybeupdated: Fri Sep 09 2011 10:49:00

There's been a lot of talk lately suggesting that the era of taking your shoes off when you pass through airport security may be coming to an end. That sounds great, but I wouldn't get too excited just yet.

Napolitano: Teachable moments from East Coast quakeupdated: Mon Aug 29 2011 18:37:00

CNN's Jeanne Meserve talks to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about whether the East Coast was prepared for the earthquake.

Immigration attorneys: U.S. deportation policy shift startingupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 02:44:00

Judy Flanagan's phone rang Tuesday with a call the Arizona immigration attorney wasn't expecting.

Administration says it will conduct case-by-case review on deportationupdated: Fri Aug 19 2011 05:44:00

In a move that could shake up the U.S. immigration system, the Department of Homeland Security is going to begin reviewing all 300,000 pending deportation cases in federal immigration courts to determine which individuals meet specific criteria for removal and to focus on "our highest priorities."

Will DREAM Act create 'better' America?updated: Fri Aug 19 2011 05:44:00

Kate Bolduan reports on debate over the DREAM Act, which would set a pathway to legalization for undocumented youth.

Homeland Security launches new ads for public awareness campaignupdated: Wed Aug 17 2011 16:30:00

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano unveiled new television ads Wednesday for the public awareness campaign "If you see something, say something," as the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks nears.

Ridge: US should rethink 'war on terror'updated: Wed Aug 17 2011 16:30:00

Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge explains why he thinks the U.S. needs to refocus its "War on Terror."

Bin Laden's death is not the end of terror, Napolitano saysupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 06:55:00

The death of Osama bin Laden "is not the death of terrorism, unfortunately," U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told CNN at an international security conference Thursday.

Homeland Security chief visits Mumbai, India, site of terrorist attackupdated: Wed May 25 2011 14:53:00

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano on Wednesday wrapped up a two-day visit to Mumbai, India, the site of the November 2008 terrorist attacks by 10 gunmen that killed more than 160 people. She met with counterterrorism and law enforcement officials.

Mexican man arraigned for murder in U.S. border patrol agent's deathupdated: Fri May 06 2011 20:56:00

A Mexican man was arraigned in a federal court Friday for the murder last December of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona, as well as 13 other charges.

Napolitano on storm damageupdated: Sun May 01 2011 19:41:00

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano talk about damage from recent storms.

Top federal officials tour, promise help to tornado-ravaged Southupdated: Sun May 01 2011 19:41:00

Top federal officials voiced admiration and vowed cooperation Sunday after touring tornado-ravaged areas in Alabama and Mississippi, promising help to those who made it through this week's storms as they reconstruct their lives and communities.

New terrorism alert system will offer specific warningsupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 19:13:00

A new terrorism warning system will provide the public with information on specific threats, replacing the color-coded alerts put in place after the September 11, 2001, attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday.

New terror alert system announcedupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 19:13:00

Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano unveils a new terror threat level system that will go into effect next week.

Homeland Security nears decision on terror warning systemupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 15:18:00

The Department of Homeland Security is nearing a decision on its plan to replace the color-coded terror warning alert introduced after the attacks on 9/11 with a two tier detailed advisory system.

Napolitano sidesteps congressman's call for immigration compassionupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 21:25:00

A day after a member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus called for compassion instead of a crackdown on illegal immigrant families, a key Obama administration figure offered little hope for special treatment.

DHS: Arizona officers with 'bean bag' guns also had lethal weaponsupdated: Fri Mar 11 2011 20:08:00

All four members of a Border Patrol team present when one of the agents was fatally shot last year were armed with lethal weapons, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Friday, refuting claims that some of the officers were armed only with "bean bag" guns.

Analysis: 1 in 5 terror cases started with tips from Muslimsupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 14:42:00

Last month, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said the threat of terrorism to the United States is at its "most heightened" since the September 11, 2001, attacks -- a threat that she asserted has taken on a new and disquieting form because of the growing emphasis by Islamist terrorist groups on recruiting Americans.

Napolitano: Border agents not ordered to use 'less-than-lethal' forceupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 22:36:00

Four Border Patrol officers who confronted armed immigrants in the Arizona desert last December were not under orders to use "less-than-lethal" force, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said, countering critics who say an ill-advised shooting policy contributed to one of the agent's death.

DHS says it had suspicions about terror suspect before companies' tipupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 22:29:00

When FBI agents arrested a Saudi student in Texas on a terror-related charge last week, authorities praised two companies that, it appeared, triggered the investigation by reporting the man's suspicious attempt to purchase a hazardous chemical.

Napolitano defends proposed Homeland Security budgetupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 08:36:00

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano defended her department's proposed fiscal year 2012 budget Wednesday, saying cuts proposed by House Republicans would hurt the nation's security.

Napolitano: terror threat may be highest since 9/11updated: Wed Feb 09 2011 13:54:00

The terrorist threat to the U.S. homeland has continued to "evolve" and may now "be at its most heightened state" since the September 11, 2001, terror attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told members of Congress on Wednesday.

Napolitano: Threat to U.S. has evolvedupdated: Wed Feb 09 2011 13:54:00

Janet Napolitano says the terrorist threat to the US may "be at its most heightened state" since the September 11, 2001.

Napolitano's good words, short memory on immigrationupdated: Thu Feb 03 2011 09:53:00

On Monday, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano gave a remarkable speech at the University of Texas at El Paso on immigration and border security. It was the kind of address where you take the good with the bad.

Napolitano announces new alert systemupdated: Fri Jan 28 2011 11:41:00

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announces the end of the color-coded terror alert system.

U.S. replaces color-coded terror alertsupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 15:48:00

The United States is replacing its much-mocked system of color-coded terrorism alerts with detailed advisories about specific threats, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Thursday.

Homeland Security chief cancels costly virtual border fenceupdated: Fri Jan 14 2011 20:15:00

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Friday canceled the controversial virtual fence along the U.S. border with Mexico, citing technical problems, cost overruns and schedule delays since its inception in 2005.

Napolitano: U.S. committed to combating terror threats in Afghanistanupdated: Sat Jan 01 2011 11:59:00

The United States has made "significant progress" in combating terrorist threats to the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Saturday after meeting with the Afghan president and the minister of finance.

Homeland security chief arrives in Afghanistanupdated: Fri Dec 31 2010 11:59:00

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano arrived in Afghanistan on Friday and planned to spend New Year's Eve with U.S. troops in the region.

Growing backlash against TSA body scanners, pat-downsupdated: Sat Nov 13 2010 20:39:00

A growing pilot and passenger revolt over full-body scans and what many consider intrusive pat-downs couldn't have come at a worse time for the nation's air travel system.

Privacy group sues TSA over scannersupdated: Sat Nov 13 2010 20:39:00

Marc Rotenberg, Electronic Privacy Information Center, is suing TSA and wants body scanners removed from airports.

Napolitano: More security measures because of air cargo explosivesupdated: Wed Nov 03 2010 05:50:00

The United States is taking additional undisclosed security steps in the wake of explosive devices found in two air cargo packages, but is not yet following Britain's lead in halting unaccompanied air freight from Somalia, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday.

How safe is cargo on your flight?updated: Wed Nov 03 2010 05:50:00

CNN's Brian Todd takes a closer look at how cargo is screened.

Terror threat against America diversifying, security officials sayupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 17:42:00

The terrorism threat against the United States has evolved, with homegrown terrorists and a greater diversity in the scope and methods of attack making it more difficult to prevent them, top security officials told a Senate committee Wednesday.

Nun's death sparks immigration debateupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 05:22:00

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has ordered an investigation after a man who was in the United States illegally killed a nun in a car crash, authorities said.

Illegal immigrant suspect in nun's deathupdated: Wed Aug 04 2010 05:22:00

Twice convicted of DUI, a man is suspected of drunk driving in a crash that killed a nun. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

Napolitano presses for immigration reform and border securityupdated: Wed Jun 23 2010 21:18:00

Congress should proceed on immigration reform while the administration strengthens security at the southwestern border, a top U.S. official said Wednesday.

TSA nominee appears for confirmation hearingupdated: Thu Jun 10 2010 02:12:00

FBI Deputy Director John Pistole appears before the Senate Commerce Committee on Thursday for the first of two confirmation hearings to become the head of the Transportation Security Administration.

Napolitano 'heartsick' over oil spillupdated: Mon May 24 2010 18:26:00

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the government will do everything possible to clean up gulf oil spill.

Oil spill politicsupdated: Sun May 02 2010 11:38:00

CNN's Dan Lothian reports on the Obama administration's effort to show it's on top of the oil spill response.

Officials warn of potential catastrophe from Gulf of Mexico oil spillupdated: Sun May 02 2010 11:38:00

Top federal officials said Sunday that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is a potential catastrophe and defended the Obama administration's response so far.

Holder: Federal court challenge to new immigration law possibleupdated: Tue Apr 27 2010 20:14:00

A federal court challenge to a new Arizona law aimed at curbing illegal immigration isn't out of the question, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.

Napolitano: 'Deep concerns' on AZ lawupdated: Tue Apr 27 2010 16:46:00

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she has 'deep concerns' with a new Arizona illegal immigration law.

New airport security measures on the wayupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 20:48:00

Homeland Security Secy. Janet Napolitano confirms the addition of "real-time" threat-based intelligence at U.S. airports.

U.S. announces new airport security measuresupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 20:48:00

U.S. officials are revising the way they screen air passengers coming to the United States, dropping measures hastily implemented after the Christmas Day bombing attempt and replacing them with a plan to give airlines and other nations "real-time, threat-based intelligence" about potential terrorists.

Secure Border Initiative to undergo overhaulupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 23:15:00

Another brick is falling from the Bush administration's highly touted "virtual wall" that was intended to keep illegal immigrants from entering the United States.

Additional airports to get full-body scanners, feds sayupdated: Sun Mar 07 2010 11:20:00

The federal government is starting to deploy full-body scanning machines to 11 airports across the United States, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Friday.

Contractors outnumber full-time workers at DHS; lawmakers 'astounded'updated: Wed Feb 24 2010 03:15:00

The Department of Homeland Security has more contractors working for it than full-time employees, a situation two members of Congress said Tuesday was "unacceptable, untenable and unsustainable."

Napolitano sees chance to set global standards in airline securityupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 21:56:00

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Tuesday there is a "renewed sense of urgency in the international community" about terrorism after the Christmas Day bombing attempt aboard a U.S.-bound plane, and the U.S. should now push for global security standards for international airports and aircraft.

Airport scare suspect searchupdated: Wed Jan 20 2010 16:28:00

A suspect remains at large after his laptop bag tested positive for explosives at Munich's airport. Fred Pleitgen reports.

Senators hear testimony on alleged Christmas Day bomb plotupdated: Wed Jan 20 2010 14:02:00

A Senate committee began its assessment of intelligence reforms put in place after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks by focusing Wednesday on the alleged Christmas Day attack aboard a plane landing in Detroit, Michigan.

Experts question U.S. terror alert systemupdated: Fri Jan 15 2010 13:47:00

Despite the "palpable level of angst" that a source described over an al Qaeda threat against the United States, the national terror threat level remains at "Elevated" or "Yellow" -- where it has been stuck since 2005.

McCain and Lieberman on terrorupdated: Fri Jan 15 2010 13:47:00

In an exclusive interview, CNN's John King talks with Sen. John McCain and Joe Lieberman about the fight against al Qaeda.

Brennan: 'We didn't follow up'updated: Fri Jan 08 2010 17:42:00

Obama's top security advisers admit they had the intelligence on a possible attack but didn't put two and two together.

Melding U.S. and foreign intelligence a challengeupdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 17:42:00

Former President Reagan used the signature phrase "trust but verify" throughout his presidency.

The case for firing Janet Napolitanoupdated: Wed Jan 06 2010 13:49:00

On the second page of the executive summary of the 9/11 commission report is a line we should all remember: "[T]he 9/11 attacks were a shock but they should not have been a surprise. Islamist extremists had given plenty of warning that they meant to kill Americans indiscriminately and in large numbers."

Obama team fumbling the key messagesupdated: Mon Jan 04 2010 09:57:00

Hopefully the President is returning rested from the closest thing to a vacation a President can get, which is not much.

Blame game won't stop terrorismupdated: Sun Jan 03 2010 15:36:00

Almost as soon as the botched Christmas airplane bombing hit the airwaves, the politics of national security reared its head.

The return of terror politicsupdated: Tue Dec 29 2009 11:24:00

The botched attack aboard an airliner revives focus on politics and terrorism. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

The return of terror politicsupdated: Tue Dec 29 2009 11:24:00

When President Obama spoke out on the terrorism scare in Detroit, Michigan, he entered a debate that had already begun over his administration's new approach to combating terrorism.

Napolitano talks terror attackupdated: Mon Dec 28 2009 17:14:00

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the botched airline attack is not likely part of a wider terror plot.

Air travel security under review, officials sayupdated: Mon Dec 28 2009 17:14:00

Air travel security is being increased as authorities continue to question how a man got explosives on a U.S.-bound passenger jet, according to federal officials, including the president and his homeland security chief.

Homeland Security chief: No sign airplane attack part of larger plotupdated: Sun Dec 27 2009 12:08:00

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Sunday there was no indication so far that an alleged botched terror attack on a U.S. airliner was part of a broad international effort.

Keep ugliness out of immigration debateupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 07:06:00

'Tis the season of peace on Earth and good will toward men. Yet you wouldn't know it from the screed from the conservative radio talk show host who recently charged into the immigration debate with gums flapping.

TSA puts 5 on leave after security manual hits Internetupdated: Thu Dec 10 2009 10:22:00

Five Transportation Security Administration employees have been placed on administrative leave after a sensitive airport security manual was posted on the Internet, the agency announced Wednesday.

DHS to hire up to 1,000 cybersecurity expertsupdated: Fri Oct 02 2009 03:33:00

The Department of Homeland Security will hire up to 1,000 cybersecurity experts over the next three years to help protect U.S. computer networks, an Obama administration official said.

Americans warned to keep up guard against potential terrorismupdated: Thu Sep 03 2009 12:24:00

Americans will soon observe the eighth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and although there have been no similar attacks since, people can't afford to become complacent, the official in charge of national safety warns.

Napping guards firedupdated: Thu Sep 03 2009 12:24:00

A man took pictures of two guards napping while on duty at the George Washington Bridge.

Public's help needed in terror fight, Napolitano saysupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 12:10:00

Almost eight years after the September 11 attacks, the American public remains insufficiently engaged in the fight against terrorism, the nation's homeland security chief warned Wednesday.

U.S. may help train Mexican customs agents under pactupdated: Mon Jun 15 2009 15:07:00

An agreement signed Monday by U.S. and Mexican officials some day may mean travelers headed into Mexico will see Mexican customs officials -- trained and equipped with the help of the U.S. government.

Swine flu, part II: What's in store in the months to comeupdated: Thu May 07 2009 11:56:00

With mostly mild cases of swine flu in the United States, swine flu fears are lessening. But viruses have a way of re-appearing. While nobody has a crystal ball, here are some thoughts about what the 2009 H1N1 virus might do in the months to come.

H1N1 'not stronger' than fluupdated: Wed May 06 2009 10:50:00

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she doesn't think the H1N1 flu is stronger than regular seasonal flu.

Swine flu no worse than regular flu, Napolitano saysupdated: Wed May 06 2009 10:50:00

The swine flu virus that has sparked fear and precautions worldwide appears to be no more dangerous than the regular flu virus that makes its rounds each year, U.S. officials said Monday.

John King: Flu and politics dominate Sunday talkupdated: Mon May 04 2009 13:31:00

It was another remarkably busy and newsy Sunday. And Sunday morning TV junkies saw the return of a term of Clinton-era lore: "The Full Ginsburg."

King: Crisis and controversy dominate Sunday talkupdated: Mon Apr 27 2009 07:43:00

Our executive producer said it all, "All those people who told me that news never happens on Sunday mornings are out of their minds." Yes, there was plenty of criticism and controversy on the Sunday talk shows -- and a fair amount of news was made -- but the most important story broke after the usual pundits and politicians had had their say.

Homeland Security chief seeks to repeal Real ID Actupdated: Wed Apr 22 2009 23:08:00

A post-9/11 law that sets federal standards for state driver's licenses and identification cards is under fire from the head of the agency enforcing that law, the Department of Homeland Security.

Illegal no more -- for nowupdated: Fri Apr 17 2009 11:35:00

Illegal immigrant detainees are freed and given help in obtaining work papers. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports.

Illegal immigrants detained, then freed to workupdated: Fri Apr 17 2009 11:35:00

After 11 years of living illegally in the United States, it was not until Gerardo Arreola Gonzalez was nearly deported that he finally received permission to work here.

Homeland security chief apologizes to veterans groupsupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 11:39:00

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apologized Thursday after some veterans groups were offended by a department report about right-wing extremism.

Right-wing extremismupdated: Wed Apr 15 2009 17:11:00

The DHS issues an assessment about right-wing extremism that isn't pleasing everyone. CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.

Napolitano defends report on right-wing extremist groupsupdated: Wed Apr 15 2009 17:11:00

The Department of Homeland Security will never monitor ideology or political beliefs, the head of the agency said Wednesday, responding to criticism of a recent report on right-wing extremist groups.

'It's all about border safety' for DHS, Napolitano saysupdated: Wed Mar 25 2009 16:11:00

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano unveiled a $700 million plan on Tuesday to help Mexico fight violent drug cartels, which includes a U.S. crackdown on the flow of weapons and money into Mexico.

Obama to beef up Mexico border policyupdated: Wed Mar 25 2009 11:50:00

President Obama on Tuesday vowed to invest the resources needed to address the threat posed by drug traffickers in Mexico.

TSA: Mule skinners need background checks, tooupdated: Wed Feb 25 2009 17:52:00

A federal anti-terror law that requires longshoremen, truckers and others to submit to criminal background checks has ensnared another class of transportation worker -- mule drivers.

New homeland security chief dives right inupdated: Sat Jan 31 2009 09:19:00

In her first full week as the nation's homeland security secretary, Janet Napolitano got a full dose of the job's diverse responsibilities -- responding to ice storms in the Midwest, dealing with Congress on budget matters and scrutinizing security plans for the Super Bowl.

Commentary: Is Napolitano ready to lead Homeland Security?updated: Mon Jan 12 2009 15:15:00

There's a name for public officials who are willing to fight the powerful in defense of the weak, even if it jeopardizes their careers: leaders.

Open mic oopsupdated: Tue Dec 02 2008 22:53:00

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