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Homeland Security Department employees were told to report colleagues they suspected of leaking information or asking for information that fell outside of their day-to-day duties. BuzzFeed News reports Randolph D. “Tex” Alles, a senior DHS official, emailed all staff to warn them against unauthorized disclosures that risked violating agency policy and potentially federal law. He said unclassified but sensitive information had been shared with “external entities.” DHS officials have been repeatedly warned about leaking information, with the Trump administration hoping to root out negative leaks. BuzzFeed News
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House Dems Call for Detainees to be Vaccinated
House Democrats asked acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to reverse the agency’s policy of not providing flu vaccines to short-term immigration detainees. Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) task force on immigration, the Democrats requested a DHS plan on handling the flu season during the pandemic. The flu was the leading cause of death for children in CBP custody in previous seasons, and it could be even deadlier during the pandemic. The Hill
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