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Career officials at the Department of Homeland Security reportedly said they feel sidelined by Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and his deputy Ken Cuccinelli. Two current and two former DHS officials told NBC News that leadership was ignoring their input.
The agency’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties said it felt the issue most acutely. Employees there reportedly raised concerns about a new CBP use-of-force policy that would allow agents to use chemical deterrents against people trying to damage the border wall. Their concerns have not yet been addressed. Patricia Nation, a former Justice Department official and former Republican candidate for Arkansas attorney general, is set to take over the office. ICE and CBP staffers have also said new policies are being streamlined to prevent leaks and to accelerate their implementation. NBC News
In other federal immigration news…
Democrats Call for Undocumented to Receive Stimulus
In a letter to the top members of the House and Senate, 34 House Democrats requested that the next coronavirus relief bill include stimulus checks for undocumented immigrants. “Immigrants are disproportionately working in essential jobs to keep Americans healthy, safe, fed and poised for economic recovery—often at great risk to their own lives and health,” the letter said. People who file taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, which includes noncitizens, were excluded from the last stimulus packages. New York Daily News
Court Rules Congress’s Border Wall Lawsuit Can Continue
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that House Democrats can continue their lawsuit over President Trump’s decision to divert $2.5 billion from Pentagon funding to build a wall on the U.S.–Mexico border. The court found that lawmakers have the legal right to sue the administration. The Hill