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ACLU response to Hawaii County’s statement regarding not issuing a driver’s license to a woman with headscarf

“The County’s response is misleading. It seeks to justify its violations of the Constitution by claiming they were unaware of the Department of Homeland Security’s guidance on the REAL ID Act and religious accommodation – which were in fact published on the DHS website as early as 2016. The County of Hawaii’s discriminatory enforcement of […]

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Homeland Security prepares against EMP threats

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the release of the Strategy for Protecting and Preparing the Homeland against Threats from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) and Geomagnetic Disturbance (GMD). The Strategy lays out a clear vision and an approach for DHS to take to protect critical infrastructure and prepare to respond and recover from potentially […]

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Dept of Human Services Kailua-Kona office temporarily closes

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has temporarily closed its North Kona Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division Processing Center. This office processes applications for financial assistance and SNAP. It also houses First-to-Work and Child Care Licensing offices.

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Hawaii driver’s licenses must have gold star to serve as ID after October 2020

On January 16, 2018, motorists renewing their Hawai’i driver’s licenses began bearing a star in a gold circle, indicating that the license is in full compliance with new Federal guidelines. The Department of Homeland Security has mandated that all driver’s licenses used as identification to board flights and enter all Federal buildings must bear the […]

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Open application period begins for Preschool Open Doors Program

The Department of Human Services encourages families to apply for its Preschool Open Doors (POD) program, which is currently open until Thursday, March 29, 2018. Applications received during this period will be considered for preschool participation during July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

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Department of Homeland Security announces new travel restrictions

The Department of Homeland Security, in coordination with the Departments of State and Justice, will begin the implementation of certain travel restriction provisions in the President’s Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States at 8 pm EDT Thursday (June 29).

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DHS grants Kona farmer Magana Ortiz a 30-day stay of deportation

Senator Mazie K. Hirono applauded the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to grant Andres Magana Ortiz a 30-day stay of deportation. This is a temporary reprieve as the Department of Homeland Security considers Mr. Magana Ortiz’s wife’s Petition for Alien Relative.

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Homeland Security Secretary Kelly on recent ICE operations

Last week, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched a series of targeted enforcement operations across the country. These operations targeted public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members, as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, including those who illegally re-entered the country after being removed and immigration […]

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Additional open application period begins Monday (May 2) for Preschool Open Doors program

This program, which is currently serving more than 1,100 children statewide, provides child care subsidies to eligible low- and moderate-income families to pay preschool tuition. POD aims to provide children whose families might otherwise not be able to afford preschool the opportunity to gain essential skills to be successful in school and in life.

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Governor signs into law collection of nursing facility fees for special fund

In support of increasing the sustainability of Hawai’i’s long-term care system, Governor Neil Abercrombie today signed into law Senate Bill 2466. The measure establishes a nursing facility sustainability fee. Fees collected will go towards a Nursing Facility Sustainability Program special fund. These funds will result in matching federal dollars.

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TSA opens applications to avoid removing shoes and other items at airports

If TSA determines a passenger is eligible for expedited screening following the TSA Pre✓™ vetting process, information will be embedded in the barcode of the passenger’s boarding pass. TSA Pre✓™ passengers would no longer remove the following items: Shoes 3-1-1 compliant bag from carry-on Laptop from bag Light outerwear/jacket Belt

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Governor Abercrombie appoints Barbara Yamashita as DHS Deputy Director

Governor Neil Abercrombie today announced the appointment of Barbara Yamashita as deputy director of the state Department of Human Services (DHS). She fills the vacancy left by Pankaj Bhanot, who returned to his previous position as chief administrator of the DHS Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division (BESSD).

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The Department of Human Services (DHS) and its Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division (BESSD) have launched their Business Processing Re-engineering Project (BPRP) on Maui and the Hawaii Island.  Residents who apply for public assistance programs (food stamps, cash, Medicaid), and the eligibility workers that process their applications, are reporting significant improvements in timeliness.

Dept of Human Services updates processing system

The Department of Human Services (DHS) and its Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division (BESSD) have launched their Business Processing Re-engineering Project (BPRP) on Maui and the Hawaii Island. Residents who apply for public assistance programs (food stamps, cash, Medicaid), and the eligibility workers that process their applications, are reporting significant improvements in timeliness.

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U.S. Senators Daniel K. Akaka and Daniel K. Inouye announced that Hawaii will receive more than $13.9 million in preparedness grants distributed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for Fiscal Year 2011.

Hawaii to receive $13.9M in Homeland Security grants

U.S. Senators Daniel K. Akaka and Daniel K. Inouye announced that Hawaii will receive more than $13.9 million in preparedness grants distributed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for Fiscal Year 2011.

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