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Ellen M. Gilmer

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Past articles by Ellen:

Homeland Chief Targeted for Ouster Touts Focus on Agency Mission

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas insists he doesn’t take Republican-led political attacks personally, but he can’t just shrug off the mounting criticism. → Read More

Why Biden Officials Are Flexing More Immigration ‘Parole’ Power

The Biden administration has embraced a pathway for thousands of immigrants to cross into the US and make temporary homes, drawing plaudits from humanitarian groups and skepticism from GOP lawmakers. → Read More

Mayorkas Allies Brace for GOP Investigation, Impeachment Quest

Lawmakers and the Biden administration are gearing up for a fracas on Capitol Hill as House Republicans escalate threats to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. → Read More

Immigration Fights Flare Up as Midterms Yield Uneven Results

Supporters of overhauling US immigration laws are descending on Capitol Hill next week, hoping to make a deal in the wake of midterm elections that left Republicans with less of a power boost than they expected. → Read More

NFL Fears ‘Nefarious’ Drones, Seeks Law to Thwart Stadium Risks

The NFL’s head of security is keeping an eye on the sky as America’s most popular spectator sport kicks off its season in stadiums across the country. → Read More

Wide-Ranging Health Threats Prompt Homeland Office Overhaul (1)

Pritesh Gandhi has a daunting set of responsibilities: keep the Department of Homeland Security’s workforce healthy, ensure care for thousands of desperate migrants at the border, prepare for the next pandemic. And don’t forget about the horses. → Read More

TSA Pay Boost Proposal Faces Resistance From Senate Republicans

Key Senate Republicans are pushing back on a proposal to boost wages for Transportation Security Administration personnel at airport checkpoints, despite the agency leader’s argument their paychecks are “fundamentally unfair.” → Read More

Border Security Storm Spirals in Congress Despite DHS Assurances

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas struggled to quell a political uproar over border security in the latest of a series of Capitol Hill appearances. → Read More

Homeland’s Extra Border Money Pitch Finds Lawmakers Wary (1)

The Department of Homeland Security will ask Congress for supplemental funding to address border needs if the agency’s efforts to shuffle existing accounts fall short. → Read More

Biden Unveils Border Plan Details After Democrat Defections (1)

The Biden administration is sharing new details of how it will manage increased border crossings when pandemic-related restrictions end, an effort to mollify the growing number of Democrats who’ve criticized the plan. → Read More

U.S. Prep for Wave of Migrant Arrivals Seen as Falling Short

Concern that the White House lacks adequate plans to manage an uptick in migrant arrivals when pandemic-related border restrictions end has emerged as both a political cudgel and a source of anxiety for some on the ground. → Read More

Ukrainians Fleeing War Gain New Opportunity for U.S. Refuge (1)

The U.S. is opening a new door to Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s invasion, the Biden administration’s biggest step to date to help those seeking refuge. → Read More

Biden Border Move Sows Congress Divide as Democrats Splinter (1)

A once-obscure border policy created chaos on Capitol Hill this week and showcased the increasingly fraught nature of immigration politics, as well as some unexpected avenues for bipartisan action. → Read More

Biden’s Termination of Immigration Barrier Draws GOP Lawsuit (1)

Republican-led states are taking the Biden administration to court over its plans to end a pandemic-related restriction on border crossings. → Read More

Airport Face Scans Embraced by Agencies Despite Nagging Mistrust

The Department of Homeland Security wants to make facial recognition technology the future of travel, but it will have to win over skeptical travelers to make a smooth transition. → Read More

Biden Use of Trump Border Policy Draws Fresh Rebuke From Allies

Top Democratic lawmakers and immigrants’ rights advocates are ramping up pressure on President Joe Biden to end a pandemic-related policy that allows U.S. officials to expel asylum-seekers and other migrants swiftly at the border. → Read More

Green Card Backlog Fix Dropped From Lawmakers’ Budget Deal (1)

Immigrants stuck in chronic green card backlogs lost out on a policy solution in a government funding deal lawmakers unveiled earlier Wednesday. → Read More

PreCheck Ban, Steep Fines Pitched for Flyers Carrying Firearms

Travelers will face thousands of dollars in fines for repeatedly bringing guns to airport security under a proposal House lawmakers will consider this week. → Read More

Stymied Immigration Advocates Ask Biden to ‘Build Something New’

Immigrants’ rights and humanitarian groups are promoting a laundry list of executive actions they want President Joe Biden to embrace ahead of his State of the Union address next week. → Read More

Top Senate Democrat Aims to ‘Go as Big as We Can’ on Immigration

A top Democrat is pushing colleagues to pursue all options to revamp the U.S. immigration system and offer a path to citizenship for undocumented individuals. → Read More