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As millions of Americans finalize their Thanksgiving travel plans, a new report is revealing what Sen. Chuck Schumer calls "deeply alarming" facts about the effectiveness of Transportation Security Administration screening at U.S. airports.

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A criminal complaint filed by federal prosecutors accuses Sayfullo Saipov of carrying out the truck attack in Lower Manhattan that killed at least eight people and injured a dozen more on Tuesday.

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President Trump is nominating Kirstjen Nielsen to be the next homeland security secretary, the White House announced Wednesday.

Nielsen would succeed now-White House chief of staff John Kelly in the position if confirmed by the Senate. She currently serves as Kelly's principal deputy chief of staff and was also his chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security.

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Buffalo's Green Code and federal law collided before the city Planning Board Tuesday in a dispute over planned commercial space on an old chemical plant site in South Buffalo.

Republicans who might have been leery of supporting the bipartisan Dream Act got a more conservative-friendly option this week in the form of a new bill dubbed the SUCCEED Act (Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers, Employment, Education and Defending our nation).

The Trump administration is updating its travel ban, just hours before it was set to expire. In a proclamation signed by President Trump on Sunday, the travel restrictions now include eight countries, a couple of which are not majority-Muslim, as had been the case with all the nations in the original ban.

Five openly transgender members of the U.S. military are suing President Trump and other leaders of the U.S. government over Trump's declaration, over Twitter, that trans people will no longer be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. The suit alleges that Trump's directive is "arbitrary and capricious," unconstitutionally depriving the service members of due process.

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On Day Two of the National Homeland Security Association Conference in downtown Buffalo, local police, fire and emergency response departments put some of their equipment on display in Niagara Square for guests and local residents to view.


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The National Homeland Security Association's annual conference commenced Tuesday in downtown Buffalo. The estimated 1,500 guests from various police, fire and first response agencies heard presentations from those involved in recent live shooter situations, including a local law enforcer.


Homeland security conference opens in downtown Buffalo

Jun 6, 2017
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An estimated 1,500 guests from numerous police, fire and first-response agencies are in Buffalo for an annual homeland security conference. The first morning of the event included tales told by police who were there for the Orlando Pulse Nightclub and Dallas police officer ambush shootings.


Attorney General Jeff Sessions is narrowing the scope of an executive order on so-called sanctuary cities.

A federal judge in California last month blocked a key part of that order, reasoning that the Trump administration had overstepped by threatening to yank federal money from those places.

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The Trump administration's new budget blueprint aims to quantify the president's nationalistic agenda in dollars and cents. The plan, released Thursday morning, calls for significant increases in military and border-security spending, along with corresponding cuts in many other parts of the government.

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The Trump administration is releasing more on its plans to crack down on illegal immigration, enforcing the executive orders President Trump issued in late January. Those orders called for increased border security and stricter enforcement of immigration laws.

The Department of Homeland Security issued the new rules on Tuesday, laid out in two documents signed by Secretary John Kelly.

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Congressman Chris Collins has written a letter to the Department of Homeland Security, asking it to examine the biometric entry-exit system announced by the Trump administration for U.S. borders.

On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order promising to withhold federal money from what it calls sanctuary jurisdictions. What's not clear is which cities and counties qualify for this punishment, and whether this kind of federal pressure is even legal.

Canadian man charged with smuggling cocaine into WNY

Dec 22, 2016
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Law enforcers in Erie and Niagara Counties say they've arrested a Vancouver, British Columbia man who, according to their intelligence, has been smuggling drugs into the United States by entering Western New York.

Congressman Brian Higgins is raising doubts about a Washington plan to start asking visitors to this country about their social media accounts.


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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered New York law enforcement and Homeland Security agencies to remain vigilant after the deadly attacks in Paris on Friday.

Police arrest three in a prostitution ring bust

Jul 25, 2015

A Tonawanda massage parlor was the subject of a prostitution ring bust led by three women.

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An active shooter field training exercise will be held Sunday, July 12 at Eastern Hills Mall from 6p to 10pm.

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A magazine linked to Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula cites Buffalo-Niagara in a new article about America's "failing and fruitless" war against terror.

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New federal funding has been targeted for the Western New York region to shore up security at international points of entry.

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The Buffalo-Niagara Region was recently cut from a portion of Homeland Security funding, and Congressman Brian Higgins is striving to have that funding restored.

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A key piece of the region's anti-terrorism task force is facing elimination by the Department of Homeland Security, according to U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.

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Americans should feel more secure, even with what happened at the Boston Marathon.  That's from Steven MacMartin, former U.S. Customs officer and director of the Homeland Security Program at Medaille College.

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A local Homeland Security expert is weighing in on the terrorism attack at the Boston Marathon Monday. WBFO's Eileen Buckley spoke with Steven MacMartin, director of the Homeland Security program at Medaille College in Buffalo. MacMartin says all signs point to domestic terrorism.

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Washington celebrated Cyber Monday with major busts around the country of websites selling fake merchandise.

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After years of rejecting the concept, authorities on both sides of the border have agreed to allow U.S. inspectors to conduct truck searches in Fort Erie.

The Buffalo News reports an 18-month pilot program at the Peace Bridge and at an international crossing in Washington state will be monitored to see if traffic flow can be improved without compromising security.

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Economic opportunity and security challenges along the northern border were among the issues discussed during an Congressional Field Hearing in Buffalo today. 

Representative Brian Higgins, the Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence arranged the hearing.  Erie County Emergency Management Commissioner Dan Neaverth and Niagara County Sheriff James Voutour were among the witnesses called to testify at Buffalo's Federal Courthouse. 

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A new program at Medaille College is becoming a popular major at the school.   About six months ago the school launched a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security. 

The director of the program says it  is attracting the attention of students.

"We almost tripled enrollment from single digits up into the high double digits.  The program is appearing to be very popular," said Steven MacMartin is a clinical assistant professor and director of the Homeland Security program at Medaille.