Ties between TSA and DHS tighten amid travel ban
Ties with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) have been fraying for months as Trump’s administration moves to restrict travel to the U and other countries.
Travel restrictions were put into place on March 6 in the wake of the March 15 terrorist attacks in Paris, but the measures have been challenged in court and remain in place in some regions.
Trump signed an executive order on Feb. 10 that suspends the refugee resettlement program for 120 days.
But the order has not been implemented and there are fears that other countries might follow suit.
The executive order, which was signed by Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, said he wanted to ensure that refugees coming to the United States had the same opportunity to apply for admission as other applicants.
The order also bars the resettlement of refugees from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
Kelly, who served as DHS secretary under President Barack Obama, was not available for an interview.
On Feb. 27, the Department’s Office of Refugee Resettlement issued a letter to all U.s. federal agencies saying that while it has not yet determined how it will implement the new executive order in the coming weeks, the agency will continue to work with the State Department and other relevant agencies.
The DHS is part of the U:DHS umbrella group that oversees the Department.
A DHS official said the agency was not involved in any decisions or implementation of the executive order.
“The Department has not received a response to the letter and will not be providing any further comment on the letter,” said a DHS official.
On Monday, the DHS announced a $1.8 billion plan to expand the Department Travelers’ and Medical Services, which provides support for travelers and medical facilities.
The Department of Health and Human Services is also considering funding for additional travel services to help ease the burden on hospitals and other health care facilities, a source familiar with the proposal told Reuters.
On March 6, the department announced that it was extending its pilot program, called Operation Safe Harbor, to all countries affected by the travel ban.
The agency said the pilot program will continue through March 31.
But it added that the program would also be expanded to allow travelers to enter the U., as well as for U. s from some other countries and countries that have been impacted by previous executive orders.
The department is working with State Department officials to expand access to travel, but there is no timetable for the program to be fully implemented.
The White House has also sought to address the issue by announcing that the US. would allow refugees to return home for one year from March 16 through March 23, the same day they were originally detained.
But Trump’s executive order was challenged in the courts, with federal courts ordering that the president could not unilaterally cancel the program and that the government must make a determination on whether refugees are likely to reenter the country.
The U. S. Supreme Court has already ruled that the executive orders can go into effect.
DHS has also been criticized for the delays in implementing the order.
On Tuesday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that the agency would be extending a ban on the carrying of guns in carry-on luggage.
The ban is in effect from March 21 through March 30.
But TSA is also planning to allow passengers with valid visas to carry guns in their carry-ons through March 28, the first day they can board flights from the U S. and Canada.
“While we’re working through this process, we are taking steps to ensure travelers traveling to the world are protected from terrorism and are receiving the services they need to make their lives easier,” TSA spokeswoman Katie Krawczynski said in a statement.
The TSA did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
The new executive orders come as Trump and the White House are trying to convince Congress that they can win approval for a spending bill that includes funding for border security measures.
While the House has passed a spending plan that includes some relief for the travel restrictions, the Senate has passed an omnibus spending bill.
The Senate is set to take up the spending bill next week.
If it passes, the House bill will be sent to Trump for his signature, with the Senate approving it on the Senate floor on Tuesday.
If that happens, the administration will be required to approve the legislation in the Senate.
On Friday, the White, House and congressional leaders met to try to get bipartisan support for a measure that would allow the Department to waive some of the travel bans.
The House bill would waive the travel restriction on a case-by-case basis, but it is unclear if that would be enough for the Senate to pass the measure.
Trump is also expected to sign an order on Wednesday that will allow the U s to reissue visas to citizens of Iran, Syria, Somalia and Sudan.
The president is expected to also sign an executive action