US Sees Uptick in Terrorist Threats: What to Know in Washington

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Mayorkas Detects Uptick in Foreign Terrorist Threats

The US sees increased foreign terrorist threats compared to a year ago, thanks to renewed efforts by ISIS and Middle East unrest tied to the Israel-Hamas war.

The warning marks a recent shift for Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas — who spoke yesterday to a group of Bloomberg editors and reporters. The department has focused on domestic extremism as the most pressing threat facing Americans over the past few years. Mayorkas said that though his concern about domestic extremists “certainly persists,” worry about foreign terrorism is rising.

“The threat of foreign terrorism is uppermost in our minds as well now, more so than it was last year. The war in the Middle East following the Oct. 7 attacks has heightened the threat landscape,” Mayorkas told the group. Read More

  • Mayorkas also said the number of migrants crossing the US-Mexico border has fallen since President Joe Biden’s move to restrict asylum claims. US officials logged around 2,600 encounters on the southern border on Sunday, down sharply in the two weeks since Biden’s changes, he said. Read More

Biden will today announce a streamlined path to legal status for more than 500,000 immigrants, marking his administration’s broadest effort so far to offer deportation protections while trying to counteract criticism by some allies of his recent border crackdown.

Under the policy, eligible spouses and children of American citizens who have been in the country for at least a decade will be able to apply for lawful permanent residence without first being forced to leave the country. Biden framed the policy as necessary after talks over a bipartisan immigration deal collapsed amid criticism from former President Donald Trump. Read More

BIDEN’S SCHEDULE

  • 1:30 p.m. Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will hold a briefing
  • 2:45 p.m. The president and first lady will host an event at the White House to mark the 12th anniversary of DACA.
  • 6:15 p.m. The president and first lady will participate in a campaign reception in McLean, Va.

CONGRESS’ AGENDA

Programming Note

This newsletter won’t publish Wednesday, June 19, due to the holiday. We will resume our normal production schedule on Thursday, June 20.

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US Army’s New Hypersonic Weapon Is Still Months Away, GAO Says

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US, India Pledge to Spend $90 Million on AI, Technology Research

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Mallory Calls on States to Save Wetlands After High Court Ruling

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HHS to End Medicare Pay Program After Change Healthcare Breach

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To contact the reporters on this story: Brandon Lee in Washington at blee@bgov.com; Jeannie Baumann in Washington at jbaumann@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Kayla Sharpe at ksharpe@bloombergindustry.com; Giuseppe Macri at gmacri@bgov.com

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