Delta headquarters employees affected by shrinking of workforce
ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines is eliminating some positions at its Atlanta headquarters as it reshapes its workforce, but also allowing employees whose spots are affected to apply for vacant jobs.The move could lead to more departures of employees, as those who choose to not reapply for jobs can take a buyout.More than 17,000 Delta employees nationally have already taken early retirements and buyouts as it and other airlines struggle to reduce work forces in an industry savaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. Air travel is still down by 65-70% because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Transportatio...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Trump administration announces further slash in refugee program to historic low
The Trump administration proposed Thursday to further slash the country’s refugee program, a move that would bring the refugee population to an all-time low.The announcement to reduce how many refugees will be admitted into the United States during the new fiscal year, which started Thursday, was posted near midnight Wednesday by the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services.In the notice, officials said the administration would allow 15,000 refugees to enter the United States during fiscal year 2020-2021, an almost 17% reduction from...
As journalists are made to leave, Hong Kong’s global status will suffer
The ongoing journalists’ visa war between the United States and China shows no sign of abating. Rather than easing, it seems headed towards its end game.It began back in February when the US State Department ordered five Chinese news outlets to register as foreign entities and forced them to reduce their staff by roughly 40 percent. Beijing promptly expelled three journalists from the Wall Street Journal, using an op-ed published by the Journal as an excuse even though the journalists had nothing to do with the piece.Since then, the situation has further spiralled downwards, with both sides we...
Hong Kong Free Press
Trump hotels bill taxpayers $1.1 million for Secret Service stays
Trump hotels have reportedly billed $1.1 million to cover Secret Service stays during presidential visits — including a five-figure tab while the New Jersey golf resort was closed for the coronavirus shutdown.The Washington Post on Thursday revealed an additional $188,000 in hotel bills picked up by the American taxpayers covering his eponymous outpost in Bedminster, New Jersey, where agents camped out for months on end in case the mercurial president decided to make a spur-of-the-moment jaunt there.The resort in leafy horse country even charged taxpayers $21,000 to stay in a spiffy cottage fo...
New York Daily News
Pelosi calls for probe of conditions at Georgia immigration detention center
ATLANTA — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on the Trump administration Tuesday to investigate a whistleblower complaint alleging deplorable conditions at a federal immigration detention center in South Georgia.Filed by a coalition of advocacy groups with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, the 27-page complaint alleges a high number of hysterectomies have been performed on detainees held at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla.It also accuses the center of refusing to test symptomatic detainees for COVID-19, failing to distribute personal protecti...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
White supremacy is 'most persistent and lethal' terror threat in the US, according to DHS report draft
A draft report from the Department of Homeland Security has predicted white supremacy will be the “most persistent and lethal” terror threat in the United States next year.In three different draft documents, obtained by Lawfare Editor in Chief Benjamin Wittes and first reported on by Politico, the DHS expressed greater worry about the controversial ideology than both foreign terrorist groups and disinformation efforts from Russia.“Foreign terrorist organizations will continue to call for Homeland attacks but probably will remain constrained in their ability to direct such plots over the next y...
New York Daily News
H-1B: Trump administration pushes ahead on long-promised changes to controversial visa
A long-promised but thrice-delayed change to the H-1B visa program by the administration of President Donald Trump has been pushed ahead, but immigration lawyers are already predicting a legal fight.The administration has been saying since 2017 that it would change the definition of what qualifies as a “specialty occupation” for the H-1B, a visa intended for skilled foreign workers that is often used as a pathway to a green card.Now, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has taken a concrete step forward, sending its proposed new rule to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. Th...
The Mercury News
Spirit Airlines plans to offer contact-free bag dropoff using biometric face scan at O'Hare
Spirit Airlines has a new automated bag dropoff system at O’Hare International Airport that the airline says will eventually let travelers deposit checked bags without interacting with an employee.The system, which needs approval from the Transportation Security Administration, will allow passengers to scan their ID at a kiosk attached to a conveyor belt. The system will compare the ID to a facial scan and, if there’s a match, instruct the traveler to put their bags on the belt to be loaded on the plane.The airline began testing automated checked bag drop-off units in New York earlier this yea...
Commentary: A pandemic trip to Europe was going great — until the return to O'Hare airport
The Department of Homeland Security official scowled at the little clutch of weary passengers, recently disgorged into Terminal 5 of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport from Dublin on a hot August Saturday afternoon.“Aer Lingus passengers,” the man barked. “Everyone up against the wall.”I thought I was hearing things. Anger welling, I turned to my son.“You remember all that Aer Lingus did to keep us safe?” I said, “the socially distant boarding, the careful distancing on the plane, the space all around us, our masks, the flight attendants with the wipes? This renders all of that moot.”But w...
Rashida Tlaib asks US to allow Lebanese nationals to remain in country because of blast
DETROIT — Led by U.S. House Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., 80 members of Congress sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking that Lebanese nationals living temporarily in the U.S. be allowed to remain because of the recent explosion in Beirut.The letter asks the Department of Homeland Security to designate Lebanon for Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, or Deferred Enforced Departure, or DED, which allows Lebanese visitors of immigrants in the U.S. on a temporary basis the right to stay since they would be exposed to dangerous conditions in their native land. The U.S. has used such designati...
Detroit Free Press