homeland security

Watch Live: Senate Hearing on Child Migrant Crisis

Protesters swarm buses carrying undocumented migrants for processing at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station in Murrieta, Calif. (David McNew/Getty Images)

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Investigations holds a hearing on issues with procedures used by the Department of Health and Human Services to handle unaccompanied immigrant children arriving in the United States.

Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services are among the witnesses expected to testify.

Top Democrats on Homeland Security Committees Endorse Clinton's Security Plan

Clinton outlined her counterterrorism strategy at the University of Minnesota on Tuesday. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

The top Democrats on the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees are backing the homeland security strategy Hillary Clinton laid out at a speech at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis on Tuesday.  

Delaware Sen. Thomas R. Carper and Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson on Wednesday praised what Clinton called a "360-degree" strategy — a five-part plan to root out domestic radicalization and fight ISIS abroad — and said it would help stop another attack like the one that was carried out in San Bernardino, California, earlier this month.  

Senators Focused on Visa Waiver Vulnerabilities

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and others have pushed for changes to the visa waiver program in response to the Paris attacks. (Photo By Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)

While Syrian refugee resettlement has dominated the headlines in Congress this week, the more pressing national security debate in the Senate is about the way tourists and other travelers enter the United States.  

Senators from both sides of the aisle emerged from closed briefings concerned about security risks posed by the visa waiver program, which allows citizens from 38 countries to visit the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa. After an all-senators briefing by administration officials late Wednesday afternoon, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said she intends to introduce legislation Thursday — along with Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. — that would bar individuals who have been in Syria or Iraq within the past five years from making use of the visa waiver program to gain entry into the U.S.