Jerry Markon

Washington, D.C.

Jerry Markon covered the Department of Homeland Security for The Washington Post’s National Desk. He left The Post in February 2017.
Latest from Jerry Markon

Amid protests and confusion, Trump defends executive order: ‘This is not a Muslim ban’

Trump defended the action even as his chief of staff walked back a controversial element.

January 29, 2017

Judge halts deportations as refugee ban causes worldwide furor

Visa-holders and refugees arriving late Friday were detained; the travel ban also was applied to green-card holders.

January 29, 2017

A little-noticed move by Trump could make it easier to deport immigrants

The president’s action removed protections for personal data, alarming advocates.

January 27, 2017

Border Patrol chief removed from post after clashing with powerful union

Mark Morgan’s departure comes one day after President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration.

January 26, 2017

Why Trump can’t simply build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border with an executive order

He will also need Congress to appropriate an estimated $20 billion.

January 25, 2017

Trump to sign executive orders enabling construction of proposed border wall and targeting sanctuary cities

The moves represent Trump’s first effort to deliver on perhaps his signature issue of immigration.

January 25, 2017

John F. Kelly confirmed as homeland security secretary

Retired Marine general is charged with helping securing the border with Mexico.

January 20, 2017

Homeland Security nominee John Kelly stresses military and border experience at his confirmation hearing

Kelly appeared Tuesday afternoon before a Senate committee considering his nomination.

January 10, 2017

Trump’s pick for national security adviser had role in firm co-led by man who tried to sell material to the KGB

President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for national security adviser partnered in recent months with a technology company co-led by a businessman who pleaded guilty to trying to sell stolen scientific...

December 23, 2016

Trump picks Kelly for homeland security, Pruitt for EPA

Kelly, a retired general, is known for clashing with Obama. Pruitt, as Oklahoma’s attorney general, is suing the agency he could soon be running.

December 7, 2016