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Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 23, 2018

Secretary Nielsen Statement on the Retirement of Deputy Secretary Duke
Release Date: February 23, 2018WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement on the announcement that the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine C. Duke is retiring this spring:

"Today, Deputy Secretary Duke announced that she will retire from government service in April. Elaine has selflessly served the federal government for three decades, and this Department for more than 10 years spanning multiple Secretaries. Since taking office, she has been instrumental in helping the Department address emerging threats and in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from the 2017 hurricane season. The Department greatly benefited from her expert knowledge and understanding of DHS issues - particularly with respect to procurement, personnel and management. I wish Elaine and her family all the best in her retirement, and I look forward to her remaining an active supporter of you, the men and women of DHS."

Deputy Secretary Duke was confirmed by the Senate on April 4, 2017 and sworn in as the seventh Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security on April 8, 2017.  She served as the Acting Secretary from July 31, 2017 to December 6, 2017.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 23, 2018

DHS Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Meets With The Council Of Governors
Release Date: February 23, 2018Discuss terrorism, cybersecurity, and emergency management WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen today met with the Council of Governors. Secretary Nielsen was joined by officials from the White House and the Department of Defense, as well as Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul F. Zukunft. The group discussed protecting the American people from threats including terrorism and cyberattacks, and our collective response to natural disasters.

"DHS continues to work closely with state officials to combat the persistent and evolving threats facing our nation," said Secretary Nielsen. "First responders and state officials are often the first line of defense when it comes to keeping our communities safe. Whether it is a cyber intrusion, natural disaster, or a terrorist incident, we are fortunate to have strong state partners to help protect Americans from these dangers. I thank them for their leadership and commitment."

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Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 22, 2018

Readout Of DHS Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Meeting With Australian Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull And NSA Director Mike Rogers On Cybersecurity
Release Date: February 22, 2018WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen participated in a roundtable discussion on cybersecurity hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). Secretary Nielsen was joined by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers, as well as representatives from the private sector.

The group discussed the strong U.S.-Australian partnership on cybersecurity issues, and the shared goal of improving deterrence and holding malicious cyber actors accountable. Secretary Nielsen discussed DHS's ongoing work to mitigate risks to our supply chain, which is being targeted by sophisticated adversaries with increasing regularity. Finally, the participants recommitted to their joint efforts to deter malicious cyber activity and strengthen the global cyber landscape.

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Topics:  Cybersecurity, DHS Enterprise,

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 20, 2018

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on Cybersecurity for the Nation's Election
Release Date: February 20, 2018For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) participation in a series of coordination meetings with state and local election officials, private sector companies, and federal partners to discuss cybersecurity for the nation's election infrastructure.

"The American public's confidence that their vote counts -- and is counted correctly -- relies on secure election infrastructure. The first primaries of the 2018 midterm election cycle are just around the corner, and DHS and our federal, state and local partners have been working together for more than a year to bolster the cybersecurity of the nation's election infrastructure. Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with the Executive Board of the National Association of Secretaries of States, who were in town along with representatives from all 50 states and a number of local jurisdictions for a series of meetings and briefings on this important issue. I thanked them for their partnership and pledged the Department will continue its support to state and local election officials, primarily through sharing timely and actionable threat information and offering cybersecurity services."

A readout of DHS meetings with state election officials and other election sector partners is available here.



Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 19, 2018

Readout of DHS Meetings with State Election Officials and Other Election Sector Partners
Release Date: February 19, 2018WASHINGTON - Last week, senior officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) participated in a series of coordination meetings with state and local election officials, private sector companies, and federal partners to discuss cybersecurity for the nation's election infrastructure.

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 DHS, the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), and state and local election officials convened a meeting of the Government Coordinating Council (GCC) for the Election Infrastructure Subsector.  The GCC was established in October and provides a well-tested mechanism for sharing threat information between the federal government and council partners, advancing risk management efforts, and prioritizing focus of services available to sector partners in a trusted environment. 

DHS met with private sector election industry representatives in Arlington, Va., who had gathered to formally establish a Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) for the Election Infrastructure Subsector, the private sector counterpart to the GCC.  This GCC-SCC structure is used by the 16 critical infrastructure sectors to facilitate joint engagement with government and private sector entities and to coordinate security and resilience efforts.  The charter organizations of the SCC for the Election Infrastructure Subsector include 25 private sector and non-government organizations (listed below).

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Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 16, 2018

DHS Secretary Nielsen Joins Vice President Pence Along the Southern Border
Release Date: February 16, 2018Discuss the Need for Border Security with DHS Frontline Personnel WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen joined Vice President Mike Pence along the southern border in McAllen, Texas. While in McAllen, Secretary Nielsen and Vice President Pence took an operational tour of the Hidalgo Port of Entry. They also participated in a roundtable discussion with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. During the roundtable, the group discussed the need to end dangerous loopholes and secure our borders to keep American communities safe.

"Today, we heard about the importance of the DHS mission firsthand from the people who protect our communities every day," said Secretary Nielsen. "It is clear that we must take action to secure our border on behalf of  American families. I'm grateful for the men and women of DHS for sharing their stories today, and for their dedication to their often difficult and dangerous jobs."



(DHS Official Photo/Jetta Disco)



Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 16, 2018

Readout of Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen's Meeting with Guatemalan Minister of Government Enrique Degenhart
Release Date: February 16, 2018Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen met this morning with Guatemalan Minister of Government, Enrique Degenhart, whom she congratulated on his appointment as Minister. During the meeting, she outlined her priorities on enhancing air, land, and maritime border security, combating transnational criminal organizations (TCO) and gangs, and deterring illegal immigration, specifically the rise in unaccompanied alien children flooding the Southern border. Secretary Nielsen and Minister Degenhart spoke about their shared commitment to securing the border to improve regional security, combating corruption and the rise of gangs, and improving information sharing and cyber collaboration.

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Topics:  Aviation Security, Border Security, Immigration Enforcement,

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 15, 2018

ODNI, DHS, FBI To Lead National-level Classified Dialogue for State Election Officials
Release Date: February 15, 2018Cross-posted from DNI.gov

On February 16 and February 18, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), together with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), will sponsor a classified briefing for election officials from all 50 states. This national-level classified dialogue with officials from the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), and the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is part of an ongoing effort to ensure the integrity and security of the nation's election infrastructure, particularly as the risk environment evolves. The briefings will focus on increasing awareness of foreign adversary intent and capabilities against the states' election infrastructure, as well as a discussion of threat mitigation efforts. The goal of this collaborative event is to build an enduring partnership to ensure the sharing of timely, substantive information on threats to our nation's critical infrastructure.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 15, 2018

Unaccompanied Alien Children and Family Units Are Flooding the Border Because of Catch and Release Loopholes
Release Date: February 15, 2018Border security includes the ability to remove illegal aliens that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) apprehends, otherwise we are stuck with a system that sanctions catch and release. Due to legal loopholes and court backlogs, even apprehended illegal aliens are released and become part of the temporary, illegal population of people that we cannot remove. This must end now.

Legal loopholes are exploited by minors, family units, and human smugglers, and are a magnet for illegal immigration

In 1997, the former Immigration and Naturalization Service entered into the Flores Settlement Agreement relating to the detention and release of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) . The Flores settlement agreement has now been litigated for over twenty years, spawning multiple onerous court decisions that handicap the government's ability to detain and promptly remove UACs.
Under the Flores Agreement, DHS can only detain UACs for 20 days before releasing them to the Department of Health and Human Services which places the minors in foster or shelter situations until they locate a sponsor. When these minors are released, they often fail to appear for court hearings or comply with removal orders. These legal loopholes lead to "catch and release" policies that act as a "pull factor" for increased future illegal immigration. This has incited smugglers to place children into the hands of adult strangers so they can pose as families an

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 15, 2018

To Make America Safe Again, We Must End Sanctuary Cities and Remove Criminal Aliens
Release Date: February 15, 2018Non-cooperative jurisdictions that do not honor U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) detainer requests to hold criminal aliens who are already in their custody, endanger the public and threaten officer safety by releasing criminal aliens back into the community to re-offend. In addition to causing preventable crimes, this creates another "pull factor" that increases illegal immigration.

We must take criminal aliens off our streets and remove them quickly once they are apprehended. 

The 2001 Supreme Court decision in Zadvydas v. Davis significantly restricts the ability of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to detain aliens with final orders of removal, including serious felony offenders, if their home countries will not accept their return. In Fiscal Year 2017, more than 2,300 aliens were released because of that court decision, including more than 1,700 criminal aliens. In addition to those who enter illegally, visa overstays account for roughly 40 percent of all illegal immigration in the United States. Some jurisdictions do not honor ICE detainer requests to hold or provide adequate notice of release of criminal aliens who are already in custody, endangering the public and threatening officer safety by releasing criminal aliens back into our communities to re-offend. Instead of allowing ICE officers to take custody of criminal aliens in a secure environment, such a

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 15, 2018

We Need to End Unchecked Chain Migration and Eliminate the Reckless Visa Lottery to Secure the Nation and Protect the American Worker
Release Date: February 15, 2018Our current immigration system does not protect American workers or our economy.

The United States currently admits 1.1 million immigrants per year. That is more than the population of San Francisco or Indianapolis every year. Currently, 70 percent of legal immigration into the United States is based on family relations, while only 1 in every 15 legal immigrants—less than seven percent—are admitted to the United States based on skill or employment. End Chain Migration Under our current law, a single immigrant can sponsor numerous relatives to come to the United States as lawful permanent residents. Each family member of the original immigrant who came to the United States as a lawful permanent resident can, in turn, sponsor relatives once they become a citizen. The result is known as chain migration because each new immigrant can sponsor his or her own extended family members, who ultimately have little connection to the original immigrant. Academic research has found each immigrant on average sponsors 3.45 additional family members for green cards. Between 2005 and 2016, the United States permanently resettled 9.3 million immigrants based on family relations—a population larger than the size of Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco and Cleveland combined. Chain Migration, which has been the primary source of low-skilled legal immigration into the United States, has depressed wages and job opportuni

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 15, 2018

We Must Secure The Border And Build The Wall To Make America Safe Again
Release Date: February 15, 2018Walls Work. When it comes to stopping drugs and illegal aliens across our borders, border walls have proven to be extremely effective. Border security relies on a combination of border infrastructure, technology, personnel and partnerships with law enforcement at the state, local, tribal, and federal level.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehends over 1,100 people a day crossing the border illegally. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refuses entry to 7 known or suspected terrorists every day, 50 every week, and 2,500 every year. DHS has seen a 300 percent increase in unaccompanied alien children (UACs) in the last eight months of 2017 - and a 600 percent increase in family units. In Fiscal Year 2017, Border Patrol saw a 73 percent increase in assaults on officers along the Southwest border. Thousands of aliens illegally re-enter the United States each year, with approximately 15,700 sentenced for illegal reentry in fiscal year 2016. This does not even include the many thousands more who evade detection, or those who are not charged with illegal reentry as part of a plea agreement. The border jurisdictions bear the brunt of illegal alien crime, which is a large portion of the total crime in the United States. Of the 53,908 criminal cases filed by federal prosecutors in the 94 U.S. District Courts in fiscal year 2016, 23,573 cases (43.7 percent) were located in just the five border districts (Arizona, Southern D

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 15, 2018

Schumer-Rounds-Collins Destroys Ability of DHS to Enforce Immigration Laws, Creating a Mass Amnesty For Over 10 Million Illegal Aliens, Including Criminals
Release Date: February 15, 2018The Schumer-Rounds-Collins proposal destroys the ability of the men and women from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to remove millions of illegal aliens. It would be the end of immigration enforcement in America and only serve to draw millions more illegal aliens with no way to remove them.  By halting immigration enforcement for all aliens who arrived before June 2018, it ignores the lessons of 9/11 and significantly increases the risk of crime and terrorism.

It is an egregious violation of the four compromise pillars laid out by the President's immigration reform framework. Instead of helping to secure the border as the President has repeatedly asked Congress to do, it would do the exact opposite and make our border far more open and porous. It would ensure a massive wave of new illegal immigration by exacerbating the pull factors caused by legal loopholes.  By keeping chain migration intact, the amendment would expand the total legalized population to potentially ten million new legal aliens - simultaneously leading to undercutting the wages of American workers, threatening public safety and undermining national security.

The changes proposed by Senators Schumer-Rounds-Collins would effectively make the United States a Sanctuary Nation where ignoring the rule of law is encouraged.

#1—Provides a Safe Enforcement-Free Haven for Over 10 Million Illegal Aliens It eviscerates the authority of DHS to arrest, detain, and remove the vast majority of aliens illegally in the country by attempting to limit DHS enforcement by co

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 14, 2018

The McCain-Coons Proposal Would Increase Illegal Immigration, Surge Chain Migration, Continue Catch and Release, and Give a Pathway to Citizenship to Convicted Alien Felons
Release Date: February 14, 2018McCain-Coons ignores the recommendations made by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) front-line operators.

#1 Fails To Secure the Border The McCain-Coons proposal does not authorize a single penny for appropriations for border security, ensuring that our Nation's border is never secured or our national security protected. Rather than securing the border, the McCain-Coons proposal requires the DHS to submit a strategy on border security to Congress— something that DHS has already done.
DHS submitted its border security strategy months ago after hearing from its front-line men and women and sent that plan to Congress in the form of the White House's immigration framework. Rather than implementing DHS' strategy, the McCain-Coons proposal completely ignores it and instead asks DHS to submit another, redundant plan.  This is an insult to the expert men and women who spent thousands of hours putting together the plan that the McCain-Coons proposal summarily rejects. The McCain-Coons proposal handcuffs immigration operators while refusing to provide new authorities, such as granting officials access to federal lands or border construction waiver authority. The McCain-Coons proposal fails to close numerous legal loopholes in our immigration system, like leaving "catch and release" for family units and unaccompanied alien minors fully in place. #2 Not a "DACA" Bill, But a Mass Legalization Bill The McCain-Coons proposa

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 14, 2018

The Secure and Succeed Act Secures the Border, Ends Chain Migration, Cancels the Visa Lottery and Finds a Permanent Solution for DACA
Release Date: February 14, 2018The Secure and Succeed Act includes recommendations made by the frontline officers of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This bill is a reasonable compromise that follows the framework laid out by the President.

Pillar # 1—Secures the Border The Secure and Succeed Act secures our borders, will stop cartels, will save lives, safeguard the safety of our communities, and will curb the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
$25 billion trust fund for the border wall system which includes border infrastructure and technology. Appropriates additional funds to hire new DHS personnel, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attorneys, immigration judges, federal prosecutors, and other law enforcement professionals. Enacts Kate's Law, which will help the men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and ICE secure the border, enforce the immigration laws within the interior, and make our nation and our communities safer. Deters visa overstays with prompt removal. In addition to those who enter illegally, visa overstays account for roughly 40 percent of all illegal immigration in the United States. Permanently authorizes the electronic employment verification system (E-Verify). Ends "catch and release" loopholes that create another pull factor for illegal immigration and protect

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 12, 2018

Department Of Homeland Security Statement On The President's Fiscal Year 2019 Budget
Release Date: February 12, 2018Budget Will Advance DHS Priorities WASHINGTON— Today, President Donald J. Trump delivered his Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget to Congress. The FY 2019 Budget reflects the administration's priorities, including ensuring the safety and security of the American people. The budget requests $47.5 billion in discretionary budget authority for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a $3.5 billion or 7.8 percent increase from the FY 2018 President's Budget.

The President's budget invests in securing our physical and maritime borders, enforcing our immigration laws, and advancing cybersecurity and aviation security to safeguard Americans from those who seek to do us harm.

The budget demonstrates the Department's commitment to strengthening our border security and our enforcement of immigration laws. In FY 2019, DHS proposes $1.6 billion to support the construction of 65 miles of new border wall system, as well as an additional $164 million to support efforts to hire 750 new Border Patrol Agents and 153 support personnel. To enhance national security, public safety, and ensure faithful execution of immigration laws, the budget provides $5.1 billion for enforcement and removal operations and includes $571 million for an additional 2,000 ICE law enforcement officers and 1,312 support personnel. Funding also supports continued expansion of the E-Verify program. To secure our maritime borders and approaches, the budget invests $1.9 billion in the recapitalization of U.S. Coast Guard assets.

Recent events have magnified

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 12, 2018

DHS Statement On NBC News Coverage Of Election Hacking
Release Date: February 12, 2018For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON - Today, Jeanette Manfra, National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, released the following statement regarding the recent NBC news coverage on the Department of Homeland Security's efforts to combat election hacking.

"Recent NBC reporting has misrepresented facts and confused the public with regard to Department of Homeland Security and state and local government efforts to combat election hacking. First off, let me be clear: we have no evidence - old or new - that any votes in the 2016 elections were manipulated by Russian hackers. NBC News continues to falsely report my recent comments on attempted election hacking - which clearly mirror my testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last summer - as some kind of "breaking news," incorrectly claiming a shift in the administration's position on cyber threats. As I said eight months ago, a number of states were the target of Russian government cyber actors seeking vulnerabilities and access to U.S. election infrastructure. In the majority of cases, only preparatory activity like scanning was observed, while in a small number of cases, actors were able to access the system but we have no evidence votes were changed or otherwise impacted.

"NBC's irresponsible reporting, which is being roundly criticized elsewhere in the media and by security experts alike, undermines the ability of the Department of Homeland Secur

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 07, 2018

DHS Acting Press Secretary Statement on January Border Apprehension Numbers
Release Date: February 7, 2018For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON - Today, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton released the following statement on U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) January Southwest Border Migration numbers:

"DHS front-line personnel are required to release tens of thousands of unaccompanied alien children and illegal family units into the United States each year due to current loopholes in our immigration laws. Once again, this month we saw an unacceptable number of UACs and family units flood our border because of these catch and release loopholes.  To secure our borders and make America safer, Congress must act to close these legal loopholes that have created incentives for illegal immigrants and are being exploited by dangerous transnational criminal organizations like MS-13. The administration will continue to work with Congress to pass its responsible, fair and pro-American immigration framework that provides funding for the border wall system, ends chain migration and the diversity visa lottery, and creates a permanent solution for DACA."

CBP January Southwest Border Migration numbers are available here.

 

 

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Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 06, 2018

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on the National Vetting Center
Release Date: February 6, 2018WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement on President Donald J. Trump's signing of a National Security Presidential Memorandum to establish a National Vetting Center (NVC):

"As part of the President's efforts to raise the global bar for security and protect Americans, we've put in place tougher vetting and tighter screening for all individuals seeking to enter the United States.  The National Vetting Center will support unprecedented work by DHS and the entire U.S. intelligence community to keep terrorists, violent criminals, and other dangerous individuals from reaching our shores.  This is yet another step towards knowing who is coming to the United States - that they are who they say they are and that they do not pose a threat to our nation.  Our frontline defenders need real-time information to protect our country, and the Center will ensure they are able to fuse intelligence and law enforcement data from across the government in one place to detect threats early.  As part of this effort, DHS and its partners will make certain that mechanisms are in place to ensure that the National Vetting Center is able to accomplish its mission while protecting individuals' privacy, civil rights and civil liberties."

The NVC, which will be housed within the Department of Homeland Security, will help fulfill the President's requirement that departments and agencies improve their coordination and use of intelligence and other information in the vetting process.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 06, 2018

The National Vetting Center
Release Date: February 6, 2018On February 6, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed a National Security Presidential Memorandum to establish a National Vetting Center (NVC), which will be led by the Department of Homeland Security. The NVC will coordinate the efforts of Federal officials to vet people seeking to enter or remain within our country.  It will help fulfill President Donald J. Trump's requirement that departments and agencies improve their coordination and use of intelligence and other information to identify potential threats to national security, border security, homeland security, and public safety.

Ensuring the safety and security of the American people is the highest priority for this Administration. This includes conducting vetting activities to identify individuals who present a threat to national security, border security, homeland security, or public safety.  The ad hoc nature of current Federal vetting efforts impedes our ability to keep up with today's threats. The President's National Security Presidential Memorandum directs Federal departments and agencies to improve their coordination and use of intelligence and other information to identify potential threats to national security, border security, homeland security, and public safety. As part of these efforts, the Administration will establish the NVC, led by the Department of Homeland Security, which will coordinate vetting efforts throughout the Federal Government and apply an integrated approach that leverages relevant information f

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 06, 2018

Written testimony of FEMA for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communication hearing titled "Ensuring Effective and Reliable Alerts and Warnings"
Release Date: February 6, 2018210 House Capitol Visitor Center

Good morning Chairman Donovan, Ranking Member Payne, and Members of the Committee. My name is Antwane Johnson, and I am the Director of Continuity Communications within the National Continuity Programs Directorate (NCP) at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). On behalf of FEMA Administrator Brock Long and John Veatch, the Assistant Administrator for NCP, I appreciate the opportunity to speak today on the importance of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), how it is used to save lives across the country, and the future of the IPAWS program.

What is IPAWS? An effective, timely, and far-reaching public alert and warning system is critical to communicating threats to public safety and providing people with guidance during times of crisis.

Executive Order 13407 and The IPAWS Modernization Act of 2015 define FEMA's responsibility to provide a public alert and warning system. Section 706 of the Communications Act of 1934 requires Presidential access to commercial communications during "a state of public peril or disaster or other national emergency." The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act directs FEMA to provide technical assistance to state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments to ensure that timely and effective disaster warning is provided. In accordance with these statutes, IPAWS was created to enhance and extend a national infrastructure and capability to SLTT officials for public alert and warning.

PAWS is

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 05, 2018

DHS Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Discusses Raising Global Security Standards with Minister Of Public Safety Canada Ralph Goodale
Release Date: February 5, 2018WASHINGTON, D.C. - Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen today met with Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada Ralph Goodale in Washington, D.C. Secretary Nielsen and Minister Goodale discussed U.S. and Canadian cooperation on raising global security standards, including in regards to counterterrorism and information sharing, cybersecurity, and facilitating legitimate cross-border trade and travel. 

"The Department of Homeland Security remains committed to raising global security standards in partnership with our strong allies in Canada," said Secretary Nielsen. "Today, we reaffirmed our joint commitment to counterterrorism and cybersecurity, as well as managing our shared border. We will continue to work together to ensure the safety and security of our countries, and build upon the successes of our many joint efforts."

"Canada and the United States share the world's longest secure border in the world and enjoy a productive and mutually beneficial trading relationship," said The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. "During my meeting with Secretary Nielsen we had an opportunity to discuss how our countries can continue to work together to expand preclearance to improve the flow of legitimate trade and travel across our borders, work collaboratively to protect our national security interests, and ensure the integrity of our borders while upholding our international obligations."

Then-Acting Secretary Elaine Duke and Minister Goodale met in October 2017. Today's meetin

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 31, 2018

Secretary Of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen Announcement On Temporary Protected Status For Syria
Release Date: January 31, 2018For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON— Today, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced her determination that an extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Syria was warranted pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. After carefully reviewing conditions in Syria with interagency partners, Secretary Nielsen determined that the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary conditions that support Syria's designation for TPS continue to exist. Therefore, pursuant to the statute she has extended Syria's TPS designation for 18 months.

"After carefully considering conditions on the ground, I have determined that it is necessary to extend the Temporary Protected Status designation for Syria," said Secretary Nielsen. "It is clear that the conditions upon which Syria's designation was based continue to exist, therefore an extension is warranted under the statute. We will continue to determine each country's TPS status on a country-by-country basis."

Syrians with TPS status will be eligible to re-register for an extension of their status for 18 months, through September 30, 2019. Prior to the conclusion of the 18 month extension, the Secretary will review conditions in Syria to determine whether its TPS designation should be extended again or terminated.

The decision to extend TPS for Syria was made after a review of the conditions upon which the country's designation is based, which was ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions, as well

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 31, 2018

Secretary Nielsen Statement On President Trump's State Of The Union
Release Date: January 30, 2018For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement following President Donald J. Trump''s State of the Union address:

'Tonight, President Trump delivered a strong and patriotic speech in which he laid out his security-focused agenda. The Department of Homeland Security fully supports this agenda, and the men and women of DHS remain wholeheartedly committed to securing our borders, keeping dangerous criminals off of our streets, and defeating terrorists in our country and around the world.

'Many of the items on the President''s immigration and border security agenda are things that our frontline officers have asked for, so that they are able to more effectively do their jobs. I thank the President for his steadfast leadership on these issues, and look forward to continuing our mission of keeping the American people safe and secure.'

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Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 30, 2018

Written testimony of NPPD for a House Committee on Small Business hearing titled 'Small Business Information Sharing: Combating Foreign Cyber Threats'
Release Date: January 30, 20182360 Rayburn House Office Building

Chairman Chabot, Ranking Member Velázquez, and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to be here today. Safeguarding and securing cyberspace is a core mission at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). I am pleased to be here today discussing our efforts to reduce and mitigate cybersecurity risk to the Nation''s small businesses.

The National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) is responsible for protecting civilian Federal Government networks; sharing information related to cybersecurity risks and incidents and providing technical assistance to federal agencies, as well as state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments, international partners and the private sector; and coordinating certain aspects of the Federal Government''s incident response activities to defend against cyber threats. We endeavor to enhance cyber threat information-sharing across the globe to stop cyber incidents before they start and help businesses and government agencies to protect their networks and quickly recover should such a cyber incident occur. By bringing together all levels of government, the private sector, international partners, and the public, we are taking action to protect against cybersecurity risks, improve our whole-of-government incident response capabilities, enhance information sharing on best practices and cyber threats, and to strengthen resilience.

There are over 30 million small businesses in the U.S. employing over 47 percent of the Nation''s population and comprising over 97 percent of total businesses in North America. As small businesses become increasingly reliant on information technology, so do the cybersecurity risks they face. Malicious cyber activity can severely harm small business operations and reduce consumer confidence. The Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, Small Business Administration, and other interagency partners play a crucial role in helping small businesses identify and mitigate these risks.

Threats Cyber threats remain one of the most significant strategic risks for the United States, threatening our national security, economic prosperity, and public health and safety. The past year has marked a turning point in the cyber domain. We have long been confronted with a myriad of malicious cyber activities against our digital networks. But over the past year, Americans saw advanced persistent threat actors, including hackers, cyber criminals, and nation states, increase the frequency and sophistication of malicious cyber activity. Our adversaries have been developing and using advanced cyber capabilities to undermine critical infrastructure, target our livelihoods and innovation, steal our national security secrets, and threaten our democracy through attempts to manipulate elections.

Global cyber incidents, such as the 'WannaCry' ransomware incident in May of last year and the 'NotPetya' malware incident in June, are examples of malicious actors leveraging cyberspace to create disruptive effects and cause economic loss. Incidents like these are indiscriminate, and the Nation''s small businesses are often victims. These incidents exploited known vulnerabilities in software commonly used across the globe. Prior to these events, NPPD had already taken actions to help protect networks from similar malicious cyber activities. Through requested vulnerability scanning, NPPD helped stakeholders identify vulnerabilities on their networks so they could be patched before these cyber incidents occurred. Recognizing that not all users are able to install patches immediately,

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 30, 2018

Written testimony of USCG for a House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation hearing titled 'Examination of Reports on the El Faro Marine Casualty and Coast Guard's Electronic Health Records'
Release Date: January 30, 20182167 Rayburn House Office Building

El Faro Marine Casualty: Comprehensive Overview and Background On behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victims aboard the EL FARO. Not only do I want to express my sympathies for their loss, but I also want to convey that the U.S. Coast Guard will keep this tragedy in the forefront of our minds as we strive to make enhancements to our marine safety program to help the maritime industry avoid future preventable tragedies.

The loss of the U.S. flagged cargo vessel EL FARO, along with its 33-member crew, ranks as one of the worst maritime disasters in U.S. history, and resulted in the highest death toll from a U.S. commercial vessel casualty in almost 40 years. At the time of the sinking, the EL FARO was on a U.S. domestic voyage with a full load of containers and roll-on roll-off cargo bound from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico. As EL FARO departed port on September 29, 2015, a tropical weather system formed east of the Bahamas Islands and rapidly intensified in strength. The storm system evolved into Hurricane Joaquin and defied weather forecasts and standard Atlantic Basin hurricane tracking by traveling southwest. As various weather updates were received onboard EL FARO, the Master directed the ship southward of the normal route to San Juan.

The Master''s southern deviation ultimately steered EL FARO almost directly towards the strengthening hurricane. As EL FARO began to encounter heavy seas and winds associated with the outer bands of Hurricane Joaquin, the vessel sustained a prolonged starboard list and began intermittently taking water into the interior of the ship. Shortly after 5:30 AM on the morning of October 1, 2015, flooding was identified in one of the vessel''s large cargo holds. At the same time, EL FARO engineers were struggling to maintain propulsion as the list and motion of the vessel increased. After making a turn to shift the vessel''s list to port in order to close an open scuttle, EL FARO lost propulsion and began drifting abeam to the hurricane force winds and seas. At approximately 7:00 AM, without propulsion and with uncontrolled flooding, the Master notified his company and signaled distress using EL FARO''s satellite distress communication system. Shortly after signaling distress, the Master ordered the crew to abandon ship. The vessel, at the time, was near the eye of Hurricane Joaquin, which had strengthened to a Category 3 storm. Rescue assets began search operations, and included a U.S. Air National Guard hurricane tracking aircraft overflight of the vessel''s last known position. After hurricane conditions subsided, the Coast Guard commenced additional search operations, with assistance from commercial assets contracted by the vessel''s owner. The search located EL FARO debris and one deceased crewmember. No survivors were located during these search and rescue operations.

On 31 October 2015, a U.S. Navy surface asset contracted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), using side-scan sonar, located the main wreckage of EL FARO at a depth of over 15,000 feet below the surface of the ocean. EL FARO''s voyage data recorder was successfully recovered from the debris field on 15 August 2016, and it contained 26-hours of bridge audio recordings as well as other critical navigation data that were used to help determine the circumstances leading up to this tragic accident.

Following the marine casualty, the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard convened an independent Marine Board of Investigation (MBI). The MBI was c

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 30, 2018

Written testimony of S&T for a House Homeland Security Subcommittees on Transportation, and Protective Security, and on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communication hearing titled 'Securing Our Surface Transportation Systems: Examining the Departme
Release Date: January 30, 2018210 House Capitol Visitor Center

Chairman Donovan, Chairman Katko, Ranking Member Payne, Ranking Member Watson Coleman, and distinguished members of the committees, thank you for inviting DHS to speak with you today. I appreciate the opportunity to discuss the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate''s (S&T) work in assisting surface transportation agencies, as well as how S&T works collaboratively with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in this mission area.

I have been the Surface Transportation Explosive Threat Detection (STETD) program manager since the program''s inception in Fiscal Year 2011, and have been with the Department since 2006. Prior to my time at DHS, I was a research, development test and evaluation program manager for special programs within DoD focusing on Army aviation and missile systems, and have worked to develop technology addressing critical operational gaps from idea to fielding throughout my entire career.

S&T''s Explosive Division enjoys a close working relationship with TSA''s Intermodal Division to ensure the security of our nation''s transportation systems. The Implementing Recommendations Section 1409 of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, Pub. L. 110-53, (codified at 6 U.S.C. 1138) requires the DHS Secretary to carry out an R&D program through the S&T Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) and in consultation with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for the purpose of improving the security of public transportation systems. S&T appreciates the continued support of this Committee and its Members, as we carry this vital security mission, and are grateful for the opportunity to foster a stronger constructive relationship in the future

The U.S. surface transportation network is immense, consisting of buses, passenger and freight railroads, and ferries. DHS has been working diligently with public and private sector partners to address security gaps in the nation''s transportation network. The challenge is how to address a decentralized, diffuse, complex, and evolving terrorist threat in the context of an inherently open and diverse surface transportation system. The two competing challenges of this need are the ability to provide credible, real-time detection capabilities without interrupting the rapid movement of passengers.

Public safety officials have little to no capability to detect threats being carried into surface transportation venues. They must rely on intelligence reports before an attack or public reporting of events already underway. There is often no awareness until after an attack has already occurred.

DHS S&T has a number of programs/pilots underway to address the identified security needs in the surface transportation sector. The DHS S&T Surface Transportation Explosive Threat Detection (STETD) program was designed to develop a layered detection system consisting of a suite of sensors capable of identifying person-borne threat items, with a high probability of detection and low probability of false alarm. The DHS S&T role is to develop such technology through Developmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E) and then work with TSA''s Office of Requirements and Capabilities Analysis (ORCA) Intermodal Division to move into Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E), and ultimately transition to a commercial partner.

The STETD program began in fiscal year (FY) 2011 working with the TSA by defining site-specific requirements through surface transportation venue assessments, and identifying capability gaps captured via Ho

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 30, 2018

Written testimony of TSA for a House Homeland Security Subcommittees on Transportation, and Protective Security, and on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communication hearing titled 'Securing Our Surface Transportation Systems: Examining the Departme
Release Date: January 30, 2018210 House Capitol Visitor Center

Good morning Chairmen Katko and Donovan, Ranking Members Watson Coleman and Payne, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittees. We are grateful for the opportunity to appear before you to discuss the Transportation Security Administration''s (TSA) efforts regarding surface transportation security and technology initiatives. Today''s hearing is timely, as technology deployment for both aviation and surface transportation systems will be critical to TSA''s success in 2018 and beyond.

TSA appreciates the continued support of this Committee and its Members, as we carry out our vital security mission. We are grateful for the constructive relationship TSA enjoys with this Committee, and look forward to our continued work together to ensure the security of our nation''s transportation systems.

The U.S. surface transportation system, which is comprised of roads, bridges, tunnels, mass transit systems, passenger and freight railroads, over-the-road bus operators, motor carrier operators, pipelines, and maritime facilities, is an extremely complex, interconnected, and largely open network. The various transportation modes within this system operate daily in close coordination with and proximity to one another. In fact, many of the modes use the same roads, bridges, and tunnels to function. Americans and our economy need and depend on the surface transportation system to operate securely and safely.

To illustrate the magnitude and importance of the system, which is moving people and commodities on an essentially continuous basis, consider that over 11 million passengers daily travel on the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (NY MTA) system alone. Every year more than 10 billion trips are taken on 6,800 U.S. mass transit systems, which range from very small bus-only systems in rural areas to very large multi-modal systems, like the NY MTA, in major cities. Over-the-road bus operators carry approximately 750 million intercity bus passengers each year. Almost 4,000 commercial bus companies travel on the four million miles of roadway in the United States and on more than 600,000 highway bridges greater than 20 feet in length and through 350 tunnels greater than 300 feet in length. Those same roads, bridges and tunnels support the movement of goods throughout the country by eight million large capacity commercial trucks. As for our railroads and pipelines, more than 500 individual freight railroads carrying essential goods operate on nearly 140,000 miles of track, and 2.5 million miles of pipelines, owned and operated by approximately 3,000 private companies, transport natural gas, refined petroleum products, and other commercial products.

As these facts demonstrate, securing surface transportation is both a critically important and complex undertaking. Recent terror attacks and plots - like the attempted suicide bombing in the New York City Port Authority Bus Terminal and vehicle ramming attack in Manhattan, serve as compelling reminders of the vast challenges of securing a 'system of systems' that is designed to quickly move massive volumes of passengers and commodities.

When assessing risk in any particular transportation mode, TSA considers the threat, the vulnerability, and the consequence, should an incident occur. TSA takes the threat to the surface mode very seriously. Although we have invested significant resources and implemented numerous programs and policies to reduce identified vulnerabilities and minimize potential consequences, in the current climate, vigilance and preparation can only take us so far. For this reason, TSA is r

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 30, 2018

Written testimony of USCG for a House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation hearing titled "Examination of Reports on the El Faro Marine Casualty and Coast Guard's Electronic Health Records"
Release Date: January 30, 20182167 Rayburn House Office Building

El Faro Marine Casualty: Comprehensive Overview and Background On behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the victims aboard the EL FARO. Not only do I want to express my sympathies for their loss, but I also want to convey that the U.S. Coast Guard will keep this tragedy in the forefront of our minds as we strive to make enhancements to our marine safety program to help the maritime industry avoid future preventable tragedies.

The loss of the U.S. flagged cargo vessel EL FARO, along with its 33-member crew, ranks as one of the worst maritime disasters in U.S. history, and resulted in the highest death toll from a U.S. commercial vessel casualty in almost 40 years. At the time of the sinking, the EL FARO was on a U.S. domestic voyage with a full load of containers and roll-on roll-off cargo bound from Jacksonville, Florida to San Juan, Puerto Rico. As EL FARO departed port on September 29, 2015, a tropical weather system formed east of the Bahamas Islands and rapidly intensified in strength. The storm system evolved into Hurricane Joaquin and defied weather forecasts and standard Atlantic Basin hurricane tracking by traveling southwest. As various weather updates were received onboard EL FARO, the Master directed the ship southward of the normal route to San Juan.

The Master's southern deviation ultimately steered EL FARO almost directly towards the strengthening hurricane. As EL FARO began to encounter heavy seas and winds associated

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 30, 2018

Written testimony of TSA for a House Homeland Security Subcommittees on Transportation, and Protective Security, and on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communication hearing titled "Securing Our Surface Transportation Systems: Examining the Departme
Release Date: January 30, 2018210 House Capitol Visitor Center

Good morning Chairmen Katko and Donovan, Ranking Members Watson Coleman and Payne, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittees. We are grateful for the opportunity to appear before you to discuss the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) efforts regarding surface transportation security and technology initiatives. Today's hearing is timely, as technology deployment for both aviation and surface transportation systems will be critical to TSA's success in 2018 and beyond.

TSA appreciates the continued support of this Committee and its Members, as we carry out our vital security mission. We are grateful for the constructive relationship TSA enjoys with this Committee, and look forward to our continued work together to ensure the security of our nation's transportation systems.

The U.S. surface transportation system, which is comprised of roads, bridges, tunnels, mass transit systems, passenger and freight railroads, over-the-road bus operators, motor carrier operators, pipelines, and maritime facilities, is an extremely complex, interconnected, and largely open network. The various transportation modes within this system operate daily in close coordination with and proximity to one another. In fact, many of the modes use the same roads, bridges, and tunnels to function. Americans and our economy need and depend on the surface transportation system to operate securely and safely.

To illustrate the magnitude and importance of the system, which is moving people and commodities on an essentially con

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 30, 2018

Written testimony of S&T for a House Homeland Security Subcommittees on Transportation, and Protective Security, and on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communication hearing titled "Securing Our Surface Transportation Systems: Examining the Departme
Release Date: January 30, 2018210 House Capitol Visitor Center

Chairman Donovan, Chairman Katko, Ranking Member Payne, Ranking Member Watson Coleman, and distinguished members of the committees, thank you for inviting DHS to speak with you today. I appreciate the opportunity to discuss the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) work in assisting surface transportation agencies, as well as how S&T works collaboratively with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in this mission area.

I have been the Surface Transportation Explosive Threat Detection (STETD) program manager since the program's inception in Fiscal Year 2011, and have been with the Department since 2006. Prior to my time at DHS, I was a research, development test and evaluation program manager for special programs within DoD focusing on Army aviation and missile systems, and have worked to develop technology addressing critical operational gaps from idea to fielding throughout my entire career.

S&T's Explosive Division enjoys a close working relationship with TSA's Intermodal Division to ensure the security of our nation's transportation systems. The Implementing Recommendations Section 1409 of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, Pub. L. 110-53, (codified at 6 U.S.C. 1138) requires the DHS Secretary to carry out an R&D program through the S&T Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) and in consultation with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for the purpose of improving the security of public transportation system

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 30, 2018

Written testimony of NPPD for a House Committee on Small Business hearing titled "Small Business Information Sharing: Combating Foreign Cyber Threats"
Release Date: January 30, 20182360 Rayburn House Office Building

Chairman Chabot, Ranking Member Velázquez, and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to be here today. Safeguarding and securing cyberspace is a core mission at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). I am pleased to be here today discussing our efforts to reduce and mitigate cybersecurity risk to the Nation's small businesses.

The National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) is responsible for protecting civilian Federal Government networks; sharing information related to cybersecurity risks and incidents and providing technical assistance to federal agencies, as well as state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments, international partners and the private sector; and coordinating certain aspects of the Federal Government's incident response activities to defend against cyber threats. We endeavor to enhance cyber threat information-sharing across the globe to stop cyber incidents before they start and help businesses and government agencies to protect their networks and quickly recover should such a cyber incident occur. By bringing together all levels of government, the private sector, international partners, and the public, we are taking action to protect against cybersecurity risks, improve our whole-of-government incident response capabilities, enhance information sharing on best practices and cyber threats, and to strengthen resilience.

There are over 30 million small businesses in the U.S. employing over 47 percent of the Nation's population and comprising over 97

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 29, 2018

DHS Announces Additional, Enhanced Security Procedures for Refugees Seeking Resettlement in the United States
Release Date: January 29, 2018For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

New risk-based measures will bolster public safety and national security WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced additional security enhancements and recommendations to strengthen the integrity of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. These new measures are part of the administration''s ongoing efforts to intensify screening and vetting for all persons seeking to travel to the United States, and they are designed to keep nefarious and fraudulent actors from exploiting the refugee program to enter the United States.

The changes are the result of a 90-day review in which the Secretary was required to determine whether to modify or terminate any actions taken to address the security risks posed by refugee admissions. During those 90 days, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with other departments and agencies, conducted a review to determine what additional safeguards, if any, are necessary to ensure that the admission of nationals from 11 high-risk countries does not pose a threat to the security and welfare of the United States.

'It''s critically important that we know who is entering the United States,' said Secretary Nielsen. 'These additional security measures will make it harder for bad actors to exploit our refugee program, and they will ensure we take a more risk-based approach to protecting the homeland. The United States must continue to fulfill its obligation to the global community to assist those facing persecution and do so in a manner that addresses the security of the American people. '

The enhancements and security recommendations include:

Additional screening for certain nationals of high-risk countries. Administering the USRAP in a more risk-based manner when considering the overall refugee admissions ceiling, regional allocations, and the groups of applicants considered for resettlement. A periodic review and update of the refugee high-risk country list and selection criteria. The Department of Homeland Security previously announced the application of enhanced vetting measures for refugee applicants in October 2017, in response to Executive Order (EO) 13780.

On October 24, 2017, the President issued EO 13815, Resuming the United States Refugee Admissions Program With Enhanced Vetting Capabilities, in which he authorized the general resumption of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). The resumption followed a 120-day pause during which enhanced vetting measures were identified and subsequently implemented to improve the security of the program. Section 3 of EO 13815 required that within 90 days the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, determine whether to modify or terminate any actions taken to address the security risks posed by refugee admissions, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law.

DHS will co-administer the USRAP with the Department of State in a manner consistent with these determinations and its statutory authorities as well as applicable court orders.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 26, 2018

Secretary Nielsen Works To Advance Global Security Standards In Davos
Release Date: January 26, 2018For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON - This week, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen traveled to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. Secretary Nielsen met with international partners and industry leaders to discuss the importance of public-private partnerships in advancing a global security agenda.

Secretary Nielsen discussed U.S.-led efforts to raise global security standards to prevent terrorist travel. International partners must work together to collect, use, and share airline passenger information, including Passenger Name Record (PNR) data, to detect and disrupt threats. The Secretary also discussed the importance of biometric data in making cross-border travel faster and more secure.

In addition to preventing terrorists from traveling internationally, Secretary Nielsen discussed the importance of fighting radicalization at home. Terrorist groups have become highly networked online, allowing them to spread propaganda worldwide, recruit online, evade detection by plotting in virtual safe havens, and crowd-source attacks. DHS is finding more effective ways to identify terrorists, and working with international and industry partners to find innovative ways to detect and disrupt their plots. There is robust and ongoing engagement between the U.S. Government and the technology sector to increase efforts to counter terrorists'' use of the internet, including countering terrorist messaging online.

The World Economic Forum also launched the Global Centre for Cybersecurity, a public-private partnership formed to examine pressing cybersecurity challenges and devise solutions to global problems with direct impacts on the United States. Government and industry will use the unique convening ability of the World Economic Forum, drawing together stakeholders in a sense of shared responsibility, to improve the security and resilience of the cyber ecosystem. Secretary Nielsen affirmed DHS''s commitment to work closely with the Centre to determine priority areas of focus to ensure maximum impact.

Under Secretary Nielsen''s leadership, DHS is taking an increasingly active role in protecting the American people from the range cybersecurity threats, whether state or non-state based. Secretary Nielsen discussed the need for greater collaboration to better understand the risks facing the critical functions and services that support our economy and way of life. Recognizing that an organization''s risk doesn''t end at the network''s edge, among other efforts, DHS is prioritizing expanded information sharing with the private sector, a priority outlined in President Trump''s most recent National Security Strategy. This approach, rooted in the concept of collective defense, underscores the need to share as broadly as possible to dramatically reduce known threats and vulnerabilities, freeing up organizations to focus on more sophisticated threats.

During a roundtable discussion with industry leaders, Secretary Nielsen also discussed the continued threats facing soft targets and crowded places, and the importance of sharing leading practices and incentivizing security investments for these venues. Additionally, she stressed the importance of instilling a culture of awareness, vigilance, and preparedness across the general public.

The Secretary also had numerous conversations with global experts to discuss DHS efforts to assist persons fleeing persecution around the globe. DHS remains committed to being a partner to countries working to support displaced persons.

Secretary Nielsen was part of a hig

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 26, 2018

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement On White House Immigration Framework
Release Date: January 26, 2018For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON - Today, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement on the White House Framework on Immigration Reform and Border Security:

'The Department of Homeland Security fully supports the President's security-focused immigration framework, including funding for the border wall system, the ability to quickly remove those who break our immigration laws and reforms to our immigration system.

'This is what DHS front-line personnel have asked for to secure our borders and maintain the integrity of our immigration system. I thank the President for his leadership on this important issue and look forward to continuing my efforts on the Hill to pass these important reforms.'

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