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Department of Homeland Security News
Nov 12, 2020

Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf Announces New Homeland Security Advisory Council Members
Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad F. Wolf, introduced two new members to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC): Tom Jenkins and Catherine Lotrionte. Created by President George W. Bush in 2002, the HSAC is a Department of Homeland Security federal advisory committee that provides the secretary with independent, informed recommendations, and advice on a variety of homeland security issues.

"My vision for the Homeland Security Advisory Council, consistent with its charter, is to seek strategic, timely, specific and actionable advice on a range of homeland security issues," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "I'm pleased to appoint these leaders in their respective fields to the council, and I thank all the HSAC members for their continued service to the country, and to the Department."

Please find additional background information on the new Homeland Security Advisory Council members below.

was appointed Fire Chief for the City of Rogers, Arkansas on January 16, 2009.  In this capacity he is responsible for over 150 career firefighters in ten locations.  Chief Jenkins has served under Governors Beebe and Hutchison on several state commissions and groups, including the Trauma Advisory Council, the Firefighter Benefit Review Panel and the Safe Schools Commission.  Chief Jenkins has served as a professor for both Northwest Arkansas Community College, Drury University and Oklahoma State University, teaching topics that range from leadership and administration to fire hydraulics and suppression tactics.  Chief Jenkins served as the President of the International Association

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 30, 2020

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Condemns Censorship of Government Officials as a Security Threat, Calls on Twitter to End it
In an open letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf today called on Twitter to no longer obstruct Americans' unalienable right to communicate with each other, their government, and its officials on the platform, because doing so endangers the national security. As an example of such "unjustified" and "disturbing" censorship, the Acting Secretary cited and condemned the company's recent actions against U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan.

"As the Department of Homeland Security and other Federal agencies continue to rely on Twitter to share important information with the U.S. public, your censorship poses a threat to our security," Acting Secretary Wolf wrote. "Twitter is sabotaging public discourse regarding important national and homeland security issues," he later added.

Please find the full letter here.

 

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Communication, Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 29, 2020

The Border Wall System Is Deployed, Effective, And Disrupting Criminals And Smugglers
Effective physical infrastructure works to secure our Southwest Border. Since the U.S. Border Patrol began constructing border barriers nearly 30 years ago, these barriers have proved to be a critical component in gaining operational control of the border.

Deploying the wall system in high priority areas—particularly urban areas where illegal border crossers can quickly vanish into the surrounding community—allows the USBP to decide where border crossings take place, not smugglers, and the USBP can deploy personnel and technology in complement to the border barrier.

In 2006, the U.S. Senate voted in a bipartisan 80 to 19 majority to pass the Secure Fence Act, which authorized construction of physical infrastructure to secure the border. Securing our Southwest Border was once a bipartisan issue.

Neglected, easily compromised, and sparsely constructed, the border fence concept needed a reinvestment in 2017. From day one, President Trump prudently recognized that America must have an effective border wall system that delivers first-of-its kind capabilities to the men and women of the USBP.

Today, CBP is constructing a border wall system which includes a combination of various types of infrastructure including:

Internally hardened steel-bollard barriers from 18' to 30' high New and improved all-weather access roads Perimeter lighting Enforcement cameras Other related technology The border wall system deploys the right mix of personnel, technology, and infrastructure to meet the challenges of a dynamic border threat environment and ultimately achieve operational control of the border.

DEPLOYED: As of October 23, 2020, construction of the wall system breaks down as follows:

FUNDED: 738 miles COMPLETED CONSTRUCTION: 386 miles UNDER CONSTRUCTION: 195 miles PRE-CON

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 29, 2020

The Border Wall System Is Deployed, Effective, And Distrupting Cirminals And Smugglers
Effective physical infrastructure works to secure our Southwest Border. Since the U.S. Border Patrol began constructing border barriers nearly 30 years ago, these barriers have proved to be a critical component in gaining operational control of the border.

Deploying the wall system in high priority areas—particularly urban areas where illegal border crossers can quickly vanish into the surrounding community—allows the USBP to decide where border crossings take place, not smugglers, and the USBP can deploy personnel and technology in complement to the border barrier.

In 2006, the U.S. Senate voted in a bipartisan 80 to 19 majority to pass the Secure Fence Act, which authorized construction of physical infrastructure to secure the border. Securing our Southwest Border was once a bipartisan issue.

Neglected, easily compromised, and sparsely constructed, the border fence concept needed a reinvestment in 2017. From day one, President Trump prudently recognized that America must have an effective border wall system that delivers first-of-its kind capabilities to the men and women of the USBP.

Today, CBP is constructing a border wall system which includes a combination of various types of infrastructure including:

Internally hardened steel-bollard barriers from 18' to 30' high New and improved all-weather access roads Perimeter lighting Enforcement cameras Other related technology The border wall system deploys the right mix of personnel, technology, and infrastructure to meet the challenges of a dynamic border threat environment and ultimately achieve operational control of the border.

DEPLOYED: As of October 23, 2020, construction of the wall system breaks down as follows:

FUNDED: 738 miles COMPLETED CONSTRUCTION: 386 miles UNDER CONSTRUCTION: 195 miles PRE-CON

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 29, 2020

DHS and CBP Celebrate 400 Miles of New Border Wall System
-Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) celebrated  the construction of nearly 400 miles of new border wall system, in high priority locations across the Southwest border under the Trump Administration. 

Since CBP began constructing border barriers nearly 30 years ago, these barriers have proved to be a critical component in gaining operational control of the border. Deploying the wall system in high priority areas allows U.S. Border Patrol to decide where border crossings take place, not smugglers, and where to deploy personnel and technology in complement to the border barrier.

"The progress we are celebrating here did not happen by accident. The many miles of border wall system exists because of the will and vision of President Trump, and the dedication and hard work of the men and women of DHS, the Army Corps of Engineers and our colleagues from across the Administration, said Acting Secretary Chad Wolf. "While this is an important milestone, we are building even more wall. Currently, we have nearly 210 more miles under construction, and we expect to complete 450 miles by the end of the year."

 

"Today is an historic day for the American people and for the Trump Administration, defying all those who said it couldn't be done," said Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli. "The celebration of 400 miles of border wall system is a testament to President Trump's leadership and this Administration's commitment to secure our southern border and build an effective border wall system that protects all Americans."

"The border wall system is Exhibit A in showing that the Trump Administration is serious about border security," said CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan. "This wall saves American lives. Every single bit of concrete and steel that goes into the ground stops dangerous people and deadly drugs from coming

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 28, 2020

Acting DHS Secretary Chad F. Wolf Responds to CNN Contributor Miles Taylor News
Today's announcement by Mr. Taylor demonstrates that he was clearly pursuing a self-serving, self-promoting agenda while at the Department of Homeland Security rather than pursuing an agenda aimed at securing the Homeland. Having worked with Mr. Taylor on the President's immigration and counter-terrorism policy agenda, I can attest that he never vocalized disagreement with the President's policies - and in fact expressed strong support.  This charade is another sad reminder that not all who pursue public service are doing so for the public good.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 28, 2020

DHS, Trump Administration Protect American Jobs from Unfair International Competition


Agency Proposes Prioritizing Higher Wage Levels to Better Protect U.S. Workers

WASHINGTON —Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the transmission to the Federal Register of a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would prioritize the selection of H-1B registrations (or petitions, if the registration process is suspended) based on corresponding wage levels in order to better protect the economic interests of U.S. workers, while still allowing U.S. employers to meet their personnel needs and remain globally competitive.

Modifying the H-1B cap selection process by replacing the random selection process with a wage-level-based selection process is a better way to allocate H-1Bs when demand exceeds supply.  If finalized as proposed, this new selection process would incentivize employers to offer higher wages or petition for positions requiring higher skills and higher-skilled workers instead of using the program to fill relatively lower-paid vacancies.

"With this proposed rule, the Trump administration is continuing to deliver on its promise to protect the American worker while strengthening the economy. The H-1B program is often exploited and abused by U.S. employers, and their U.S. clients, primarily seeking to hire foreign workers and pay lower wages," said Acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli.  "The current use of random selection to allocate H-1B visas makes it harder for businesses to plan their hiring, fails to leverage the H-1B program to truly compete for the world's best and brightest, and hurts American workers by bringing in relatively lower-paid foreign labor at the expense of the American workforce."

This eff

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 27, 2020

Acting DHS Deputy Secretary Cuccinelli Condemns Pending Court Decision Forcing Family Separation
In response to U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee preparing to order the separation of families in the case of Flores v. Barr, United States District Court for the Central District of California, DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli released the following statement:

"Under President Trump, the administration is committed to keeping families together, but an activist judge is preparing to order the separation of families in DHS custody. DHS will not assist in this process without a court order. Under the judge's new policy, countless children may be released into the United States without lawful status and without their parents. Instead of creating new loopholes, we should be enforcing our laws."

Keywords: Deputy Secretary, Immigration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Topics: Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 27, 2020

Acting DHS Secretary Chad F. Wolf Announces Luke Bellocchi as the Department of Homeland Security's Ombudsman for Immigration Detention
WASHINGTON - Acting DHS Secretary Chad F. Wolf released the following statement on the announcement of Luke Bellocchi as the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Ombudsman for Immigration Detention.

"Today, I am pleased to announce Luke Bellocchi as the Department's Ombudsman for Immigration Detention. Luke's experience in both the public sector and the federal government has positioned him well for this new role at DHS, and I look forward to working with Luke to stand-up this new office."   

Luke has previously served as the Department's Deputy Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, where he coordinated, managed, and edited the office's annual report to Congress regarding the processing of immigration applications and various related policy issues. Luke's prior experience as the Assistant Commissioner for Congressional Affairs while at Customs and Border Protection will be instrumental in establishing and administering the new statutory authorities provided to the Immigration Detention Ombudsman—a new position mandated by Congress in December of 2019. Please find the responsibilities and functions of the Ombudsman by statute here.

In addition to these important roles, Mr. Bellocchi has served as Strategic Advisor for Aviation Policy at the Department of Transportation, and Counsel to both the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee as well as the House Judiciary Committee. Mr. Bellocchi holds a Juris Doctor from the State University of New York, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia, a Master of Science from the Joint Military Intelligence College and a Master of Comparative Law from Georgetown Law School.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf,

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 21, 2020

ICE Arrests 15 Nonimmigrant Students For OPT-Related Fraud
WASHINGTON - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Wednesday preliminary results from Operation OPTical Illusion, a law enforcement operation targeting nonimmigrant students who fraudulently used the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program to remain in the United States. OPT enables nonimmigrant students to work in the United States in positions related to their field of study for up to one year, with an additional 24 months if the student participates in STEM optional practical training.

The operation, which is ongoing, resulted in the arrest of 15 nonimmigrant students who claimed to be employed by companies that don't exist.

"Today's announcement is just another example of the Trump Administration not only putting America first but making sure the laws of our immigration system are enforced," said Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli. "Every instance of fraud is a job an American worker could have had, and with so many Americans looking for work this crime is even more unacceptable."

"ICE has a system of checks in place to mitigate fraud and is committed to protecting national security by ensuring that students, visitors, and schools comply with U.S. immigration laws," said ICE Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director Tony Pham. "These latest arrests demonstrate that the agency is actively targeting individuals who try to exploit the student visa system."

The 15 arrests took place in and around Boston, MA; the Washington, DC area; Houston, TX; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Newark, NJ; Nashville, TN; as well as Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, PA and included 11 Indian nationals, two Libyan nationals, one Senegalese national and one Bangladeshi national.

The agency will continue to vet students who gained new employment through OPT for compliance with their nonimmigrant status. Any identified leads will be reviewed for potential future enforcement.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 20, 2020

DHS Launches New Center for Countering Human Trafficking
WASHINGTON—U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced Thursday the opening of the DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking, the U.S. government's first-ever integrated law enforcement operations center directly supporting federal criminal investigations, victim assistance efforts, intelligence analysis, and outreach and training activities related to human trafficking and forced labor.

The center, which has been operational since early September, is based in Washington and led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a global leader of criminal investigations into human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The center will be staffed with law enforcement officials from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and across DHS, as well as subject matter experts and support staff from 16 DHS components—all focused on the "4 Ps" of the center's mission: prevention, protection, prosecution and partnerships.

"Human trafficking is modern day slavery. There is no other way to say it," said Acting Secretary Chad Wolf. "The words are strong because the actions are evil. The forms of exploitation, sex trafficking, forced labor, and domestic servitude that constitute human trafficking are antithetical in every way to the principles of human dignity that Americans hold dear. The launch of this Center for Countering Human Trafficking represents the investment of resources, attention, and time by President Trump to combat and dismantle all forms of human trafficking."

On Jan. 15, Wolf signed and released the DHS Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking, the Importation of Goods Produced with Forced Labor, and Child Sexual Exploitation (https://www.dhs.gov/publication/strategy-combat-human-trafficking-importation-goods-produced-forced-labor-and-

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 16, 2020

DHS, ICE Announce Arrests Of More Than 170 At-Large Aliens In Sanctuary Jurisdictions
WASHINGTONThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) andU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Thursday the conclusion of a week-long targeted enforcement operation that resulted in the apprehension of more than 170 at-large aliens throughout the U.S., where sanctuary policies have largely prohibited the cooperation of law enforcement agencies in the arrest of criminal aliens. 

ICE officers assigned to field offices in Seattle, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C. conducted the enforcement actions Oct. 3 through Oct. 9. The enforcement actions focused on aliens subject to removal who were arrested for crimes but were released by state or local law enforcement agencies despite having active immigration detainers in place. More than 80% percent of aliens arrested had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges at the time of arrest.

"Last fiscal year, 86 percent of people arrested by ICE had criminal convictions or pending charges. ICE focuses its resources on those who pose the greatest threat to public safety. The men and women of ICE put their lives on the line every day to keep these individuals off the streets," said Acting DHS Secretary Chad F. Wolf. "The Department will continue to carry out lawful enforcement actions in order to keep our communities safe, regardless of whether or not we have cooperation from state and local officials. Politics will not come before safety when enforcing the law and keeping our citizens safe."

 "ICE continues to protect communities by taking criminal aliens off the streets regardless of any locality's cooperation policies - which is part of our Congressionally mandated mission," said ICE Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director Tony H. Pham. "Officers and agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are sworn federal law enforcement officers who enforce U.S. immigration laws created by Congress to keep this coun

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 16, 2020

Trump Administration, DHS Fight to Ensure American Technological Advantage and Competitiveness on Innovative Technologies
Announce Release of the National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technology

Washington, D.C. - The Trump Administration continues its work to ensure America's technological and innovative edges are guaranteed by offering the first National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technology. The plan outlines efforts to protect critical and emerging technologies across American industry, including fields such as Computing; Artificial Intelligence; Communications and Networking; Data Science and Storage; Semiconductors; and Space. The Department of Homeland Security plays a pivotal role in these efforts and by building upon this Strategy, will continue working to safeguard the homeland. DHS's continued mission success depends on American innovation to bring the best technologies to bear against threats to our homeland.

"America has led the world in science and technology for generations and this Strategy positions us to maintain that in spite of the efforts from adversaries like China and Russia", said Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf. "As we are challenged on the world stage by both hostile foreign powers and society's increasing reliance on technology, now is the time to further recognize the risks and opportunities that face us in order to ensure our economic prosperity and national security."

The Strategy centers on two core pillars designed to advance America's technological advantage in the world and protect American workers and designers from harmful theft of their intellectual property. The first pillar, Promote the National Security Innovation Base, seeks to establish American innovation as the driving force in our national security. Pillar Two, Protect Technology Advantage, recognizes the threat posed to our innovative tradition and economy by nations who seek to gain from theft of our technical breakthroughs to threaten America's global position. In collaboration with our partners, this coordinated strategy will protect America's coll

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 13, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Condemns Attempted Kidnapping of Governor's Whitmer and Northam after Tuesday's Federal Hearing
Acting Secretary Wolf released the following statement after defendants appeared Monday in federal district court on charges related to a plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

"I applaud state and federal law enforcement successful efforts to thwart the plan of violent extremists to kidnap Governor Whitmer of Michigan and Governor Northam of Virginia. Last week, we released the DHS Homeland Threat Assessment that outlines this very threat. There is no place in our society for violent extremists in any form —we will stand against them at every turn."

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 07, 2020

Acting Secretary Responds to Chairman Thompson's Blatant Misrepresentation of the Homeland Threat Assessment
Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf released the following statement regarding Chairman Thompson's misrepresentation of threats in the HTA  to the New York Times

"Chairman Thompson has misrepresented the facts laid out in the Department's recently released Homeland Threat Assessment (HTA).  The HTA does not specifically identify a ‘top domestic threat to the Homeland.' Instead, we address each unique threat stream with the most lethal and dangerous groups operating within those threat steams - from Domestic Violent Extremists to transnational criminal organizations.  More importantly, the HTA does not state, in any way, that any groups are inspired by the President's statements.  That is a fabrication.

"By distorting the HTA, Chairman Thompson has chosen to politicize this important assessment. I am disappointed with these comments as they disparage the career DHS officials who worked hard to create the nonpartisan assessment so that all Americans will have awareness of the significant threats facing the homeland."

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Assessment, Congress, Threat
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 07, 2020

DHS Announces ICE Enforcement Actions On Criminal Aliens Released Due To California Sanctuary Policies
WASHINGTONToday the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) andU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the conclusion to a week-long targeted enforcement operation that resulted in the apprehension of over 125 at-large aliens across the state of California, where sanctuary policies have largely prohibited the cooperation of law enforcement agencies in the arrest of criminal aliens. 

The ICE enforcement actions, which took place Sept. 18 to Oct 3, targeted aliens subject to removal who were arrested for crimes but were released by state or local law enforcement agencies, despite having active immigration detainers in place. Over 95% percent of those aliens arrested, had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges at the time of arrest.

"Unfortunately, certain local politicians, including many in California continue to put politics over public safety. Instead of fulfilling our shared mission to protect our communities, they would rather play politics with the law by enacting so-called Sanctuary City policies to the detriment of our country's safety," said Acting Secretary Chad Wolf "Operation Rise is proof-positive that we will never back down from enforcing the rule of law, with or without the cooperation of local politicians." 

"A part of ICE's mission is to protect the American people and provide security to our communities.  We accomplish this when we are partners and not adversaries with our localities.  These partnerships allow ICE to secure dangerous criminal aliens prior to their release into the communities thereby reducing the opportunity for recidivist behavior," said Tony H. Pham, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the ICE Director. "Unfortunately, California's sanctuary laws protect and shield criminal aliens, harboring them in our communities where they can potentially reoffend and revictimize."

During these recent enforcement actions, ICE officers in California identifi

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 06, 2020

Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor Rule Restores Integrity to H-1B Visa Program
Today the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced an interim final rule (IFR) that strengthens the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program to protect U.S. workers, restores integrity to the H-1B program and better guarantees that H-1B petitions are approved only for qualified beneficiaries and petitioners.

The H-1B program was intended to allow employers to fill gaps in their workforce and remain competitive in the global economy, however it has now expanded far beyond that, often to the detriment of U.S. workers. Data shows that the more than a half million H-1B nonimmigrants in the United States have been used to displace U.S. workers. This has led to reduced wages in a number of industries in the U.S. labor market and the stagnation of wages in certain occupations. These latest efforts on H-1B visas are part of a larger Trump Administration goal to protect American workers.

"We have entered an era in which economic security is an integral part of homeland security. Put simply, economic security is homeland security. In response, we must do everything we can within the bounds of the law to make sure the American worker is put first," said Acting Secretary Chad Wolf. "The Department of Homeland Security is honored to take this important step toward putting Americans first and to continue to implement President Trump's agenda to keep our economy secure."

This rule will combat the use of H-1B workers to serve as a low-cost replacement for otherwise qualified American workers.

The new rule will:

Narrow the definition of "specialty occupation" as Congress intended by closing the overbroad definition that allowed companies to game the system;Require companies to make "real" offers to "real employees," by closing loopholes and preventing the displacement of the American worker; and,Enhance DHS's ability to enforce compliance through worksite inspections and monitor compliance before, during, and after an H1-B petition

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 06, 2020

Department of Homeland Security Releases Homeland Threat Assessment
- Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf released the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Homeland Threat Assessment (HTA). This first-of-its-kind report synthesizes threat information across DHS including intelligence and operational components.

"This HTA is as close as the American people will get to seeing and understanding the information that I see as Acting Secretary and that our employees see in their national security missions. As you read through the HTA you should have faith in knowing that these threats were identified using the best intelligence, operational information, and employee knowledge available to the Department," said Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf. "When the American people read this HTA they will be more aware of the traditional threats facing the Homeland like terrorism and organized crime. However, I think they will also realize that we face a significant threat in the Homeland from nation-states like China, Russia, and Iran."

2020 Homeland Security Threat Assessment findings of note:

Cyber threats to the Homeland from both nation-states and non-state actors will remain acute - and will likely grow;The COVID-19 pandemic is creating new opportunities for the United States' economic competitors to exploit the American people;China, Russia, and Iran may seek to use cyber capabilities to compromise or disrupt critical infrastructure used to support the 2020 elections and may also use influence measures in an attempt to sway the preferences and perceptions of U.S. voters;Ideologically motivated lone offenders and small groups will pose the greatest terrorist threat to the Homeland, with Domestic Violent Extremists presenting the most persistent and lethal threat;Transnational criminal organizations will continue to be an acute and devastating threat undermining public h

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 01, 2020

12 Months Remaining Until Full REAL ID Enforcement Deadline
DHS Enforcing Critical Identification Requirements to Protect the Homeland

WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reminding Americans that only 12 months remain until the October 1, 2021 REAL ID enforcement goes into effect. On October 1, 2021, individuals seeking to enter federal facilities, nuclear power plants, or commercial airplanes at federally regulated airports will be required to have a REAL ID compliant license or acceptable alternative identification, such as a U.S. passport or passport card, to gain entry. DHS continues to urge Americans to obtain a REAL ID-compliant card or acceptable alternative well before this deadline.

All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S Virgin Islands, and Guam are fully compliant and are issuing these cards. To date, the states and territories have issued approximately 110 million REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses and identification cards, representing 40 percent of all driver's licenses and identification card holders. 

Having improved credentials is critical to the security of our homeland as evidenced by the bipartisan 9/11 Commission, which discovered that terrorists easily procured driver's licenses. The nineteen terrorists who attacked our country on 9/11 acquired more than 30 driver's licenses and identification cards, which helped the terrorists conduct critical aspects of their plot, such as renting cars and boarding flights. Passed by Congress in 2005 following a 9/11 Commission recommendation, the REAL ID Act and regulations establish minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits federal agencies, like the Transportation Security Administration, from accepting licenses and identification cards for official purposes from states that do not meet these anti-counterfeiting and anti-fraud standards after specific deadlines.

To avoid confusion regarding the REAL ID Act requirements and enforc

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 29, 2020

DHS wall construction update: 29 September 2020
: The Trump administration is building new wall and doing so faster than ever before. Currently wall construction continues at the southwest border (SWB) with the administration's goal of 450 new miles of wall system on track for the end of the calendar year.

As summed up below by Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott, the current status of the wall system's construction is summed up as follows:

341 new miles completed240 new miles under construction157 new miles under the pre-construction processtwitter.com/USBPChief/status/1310601420480172039 

Furthermore, as Acting Secretary Chad Wolf illustrated in his recent State of the Homeland Address, the timeline has been accelerating since construction began:

"In January, we reached 100 miles of new border wall system. In June, we achieved 200 miles. In August, we marked the 300th mile—and by the end of this calendar year we will reach over 450 miles of new border wall system."

Now construction is moving at a rate of approximately 10 miles per week, setting the administration up to complete its year-end goal with time to spare.

This 450-mile section of constructed wall is significant as it will mark the end of DHS's first round of efforts to secure the SWB with physical borders. These are some of the highest-trafficking and therefore most critical sectors of the southern border for illegal crossings and apprehensions.

These numbers point to the department's unrelenting efforts to secure the American people and restore integrity to America's broken immigration system despite widespread, transparently political obstruction in both Congress and the courts over the course of the administration.

Finally, as hundreds of new miles of border wall system have been constructed, they have pushed cartels to traffic their poisonous products precisely where DHS is best equipped— our Ports of Entry. The drugs we are seizing as a resul

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 29, 2020

DHS Wall Construction Update: September 29, 2020
The Trump administration is building new wall and doing so faster than ever before. Currently wall construction continues at the southwest border (SWB) with the administration's goal of 450 new miles of wall system on track for the end of the calendar year.

As summed up below by Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott, the current status of the wall system's construction is summed up as follows:

341 new miles completed240 new miles under construction157 new miles under the pre-construction processFurthermore, as Acting Secretary Chad Wolf illustrated in his recent State of the Homeland Address, the timeline has been accelerating since construction began:

"In January, we reached 100 miles of new border wall system. In June, we achieved 200 miles. In August, we marked the 300th mile—and by the end of this calendar year we will reach over 450 miles of new border wall system."

Now construction is moving at a rate of approximately 10 miles per week, setting the administration up to complete its year-end goal with time to spare.

This 450-mile section of constructed wall is significant as it will mark the end of DHS's first round of efforts to secure the SWB with physical borders. These are some of the highest-trafficking and therefore most critical sectors of the southern border for illegal crossings and apprehensions.

These numbers point to the department's unrelenting efforts to secure the American people and restore integrity to America's broken immigration system despite widespread, transparently political obstruction in both Congress and the courts over the course of the administration.

Finally, as hundreds of new miles of border wall system have been constructed, they have pushed cartels to traffic their poisonous products precisely where DHS is best equipped— our Ports of Entry. The drugs we are sei

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 24, 2020

DHS Proposes to Change Admission Period Structure for F, J and I Nonimmigrants
The Department of Homeland Security has announced a proposed rule to require a fixed period of stay for international students, exchange visitors and foreign information media representatives to encourage program compliance, reduce fraud and enhance national security.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission and an Extension of Stay Procedure for Nonimmigrant Academic Students, Exchange Visitors and Representatives of Foreign Information Media, proposes to remove the duration of status framework that currently allows aliens in F, J and I classifications to remain in the United States for as long as they maintain compliance with the terms of admission.

"This effort would create a fixed time period of admission for certain aliens, consistent with most other temporary visa classifications, while still allowing these aliens an opportunity to legally extend their stay or re-apply for admission where appropriate," said Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli. "Amending the relevant regulations is critical in improving program oversight mechanisms; preventing foreign adversaries from exploiting the country's education environment; and properly enforcing and strengthening U.S. immigration laws."

Under the proposed rule, F or J nonimmigrants would be admitted into the United States for a period up to the end date of their program, not to exceed four years, unless DHS determines that the nonimmigrant is subject to a shorter period of authorized stay limited to two years. Aliens from countries associated with high visa overstay rates (rates greater than 10% for student and exchange visitors) will be limited to up to a two-year fixed period of stay to increase monitoring, deter immigration violations and incentivize timely departure.

Additional factors that may trigger a two-year period of authorized stay include an alien's birth or citizenship from a countr

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 24, 2020

Opening Statement As Prepared For Delivery By Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli For Senate Hearing On Threats To The Homeland
Good morning Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Peters, and distinguished members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to testify.

I am here to discuss the myriad of threats facing the American people and our homeland. In 2020, the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security have carried out their protective mission with professional excellence as our nation faces unprecedented and dynamic challenges.

From the pandemic, to riots, to natural disasters, the Trump Administration has ensured that our personnel have the vital support and resources they need to address evolving threats, while continuing to fulfill our enduring, no-fail missions.

DHS has a clear mandate from President Trump:

at all times, in all decisions, in all dangers, to keep the safety and prosperity of the American people as our first priority.

Today I will briefly comment on three national threats that deserve specific attention: Civil Unrest, Domestic Terrorism, and Transnational Criminal Organizations.

When we talk about domestic terrorism, we are talking about threats or acts of violence carried out against people and critical infrastructure in the U.S.

to advance an ideological agenda or coerce policy or social change.

These are generally conducted by Americans and not linked to foreign terrorist organizations.

Americans have the right to believe whatever they want, but there is no right to carry out acts of violence to further those beliefs. That is when we move from protected speech to domestic terrorism.

When the civil unrest by violent anarchists dragged on for months in Portland, Oregon; and local leadership refused to cooperate with federal law enforcement, DHS defended the federal courthouse without hesitation. Despite being pelted with IEDs, Molotov cocktails, fireworks, metal pipes, and more, our federal officers were resolute, sustaining more than 340 injuries in the course of t

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 18, 2020

Fact Sheet: DHS Measures on the Border to Limit the Further Spread of Coronavirus
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Updated Dates:  April 21, 2020, May 20, 2020, June 16, 2020, July 16, 2020, August 14, 2020
Original Date:  March 23, 2020

In order to limit the further spread of coronavirus, the U.S. has reached agreements with both Canada and Mexico to limit all non-essential travel across borders. Working closely and collaboratively, the Department of Homeland Security is part of a North American approach to stop the spread of the virus.

Additionally, CBP will no longer detain illegal immigrants in our holding facilities and will immediately return these aliens to the country they entered from - Canada or Mexico. Where such a return is not possible, CBP will return these aliens to their country of origin.

These measures were implemented on March 21, 2020 and were originally in place for 30 days, subject to reevaluation and further extension in light of the fluid nature of the coronavirus pandemic.  On April 20, 2020, these measures were extended for an additional 30 days; on May 19, 2020, these measures were extended until June 22, 202

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 16, 2020

Cuccinelli Condemns House Homeland Security Committee Majority for Ignoring Worldwide Threats
On Wednesday, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) refused DHS's multiple offers to have a senior department official present at a hearing on worldwide threats.

In response to this transparent and brazen attempt at beltway political theater, Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary (SOPDDS) Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement:

Chairman Thompson can complain all he wants, but the facts are clear, and they are not on his side. Longstanding precedent says that pending nominees don't testify to other committees as their nomination is pending. In light of that precedent, DHS offered to accommodate their request to hear about threats. I had testimony prepared and had my schedule clear to show up at this morning's hearing. Instead, the committee majority decided that they would rather put on a show for the media. Instead of serving the American people and working to keep them safe, they would rather use the American people's time and money to stage a political spectacle. Sadly, putting politics ahead of public safety has become far too common for many politicians across the country in recent months, and the swamp is no exception.

SOPDDS Cuccinelli's full prepared and submitted testimony for Thursday's hearing can be found here.



In response to the House Homeland Security Committee's brazenly partisan and unnecessary subpoena of Secretary Chad Wolf issued last week, Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs sent a letter to Chairman Thompson Wednesday once again reiterating the department's standing offer to accommodate the committee by sending the department's second in command, Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary (SOPDDS) Ken Cucc

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 16, 2020

Cuccinelli prepared testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security on 'Worldwide Threats to the Homeland'
9:00 a.m., Thursday, September 17, 2020

310 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC

 

Good morning Chairman Thompson, Ranking Member Rogers, and distinguished members of the Committee. Thank you for the opportunity to testify before you on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding today's threats to the Homeland.  Born out of the ashes of 9/11, the American people tasked DHS with one purpose: to protect this great Nation and keep our citizens safe.   

As Acting Secretary Wolf said in his recent State of the Homeland remarks, "the Department of Homeland Security is bound by one mission, one creed. Answering the call, often times in the most arduous of environments and difficult of circumstances, to safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values from all threats, all the time—both today, tomorrow, and in the months and years to come."

Although the threats facing our nation 17 years ago when DHS was founded have evolved significantly, DHS continues to be motivated to adapt in order to address these new and emerging threats.  

DHS addresses these emerging threats with a clear mandate from President Trump: the safety, security and prosperity of the American people comes first. DHS, using our unique authorities, and in collaboration with our federal, state and local partners, will continue to make good on this promise.  

Indeed, under the leadership of President Trump, the 240,000 men and women of the DHS family have been empowered to overcome new and challenging threats, as well as accomplish our enduring no-fail missions.  Specifically: 

We are combating crises at the Southern Border—such as human trafficking, drug smuggling, and unprecedented illegal migration flows—while restoring integrity to the immigration system;We are maintaining vigilance against terrorist threats, foreign and domestic, within the bounds of ou

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 16, 2020

DHS Provides $10 Million to Local Communities to Prevent Targeted Violence and Terrorism
- The Department of Homeland Security has awarded $10 million to 29 select projects to support the development of a nationwide Terrorism and Targeted Violence Prevention (TVTP) Framework. These awards were made through a competitive process under the Fiscal Year 2020 Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program.

"With these grants, DHS has prioritized programs aimed at improving communities' ability to prevent individuals from mobilizing or radicalizing to violence. These programs will create or enhance locally-based prevention frameworks to address these emerging threats," said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf. "DHS stands in absolute opposition to violent extremism, no matter its motivation or form. We will continue our constant efforts to combat all forms of domestic terror."

These projects address the wide range of violent ideologies and mobilization factors that lead to targeted violence. This Fiscal Year's program prioritized countering domestic terrorism. The TVTP Grant Program builds on the promising practices in the field of prevention. It is the only federal grant program dedicated to enhancing prevention capabilities in local communities.

Projects selected under the TVTP Grant Program cover many aspects of prevention, including building resilience, intervention, recidivism prevention, and reintegration programs at the local level. The projects selected directly support the objectives of the September 2019 DHS Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence. Making these funds available for local prevention partners is a key milestone in the implementation of the Strategic Framework.

DHS evaluated 95 eligible applicants based on selection criteria, prioritization of grant program objective, and diversity of applicant types, activities, and geographic di

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 15, 2020

DHS Statement on OIG Letter Criticizing GAO's Leadership Succession Report
On Monday, Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Joseph Cuffari sent a letter to House Chairs Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) declining to issue an opinion on the Government Accountability Office's erroneous and partisan August 14 report on the succession of leadership at DHS.

DHS Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs Alexei Woltornist issued the following statement on Inspector General Cuffari's letter:

The inspector general has concurred with what both the facts and the law made clear from the start: GAO's report was erroneous, non-binding, and issued under highly questionable authority under federal law. Once again, the department urges GAO to reconsider its incorrect and transparently partisan report for the sake of the truth as well as the office's dwindling reputation as a supposedly nonpartisan oversight mechanism.

Cuffari's full letter can be read here.

Keywords: Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG)
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 14, 2020

DHS Cracks Down on Goods Produced by China's State-Sponsored Forced Labor
WASHINGTONU.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued five Withhold Release Orders (WRO) today on products from the People's Republic of China (PRC). The products subject to the WROs are produced with state-sponsored forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where the Chinese government is engaged in systemic human rights abuses against the Uyghur people and other ethnic and religious minorities.

"By taking this action, DHS is combating illegal and inhumane forced labor, a type of modern slavery, used to make goods that the Chinese government then tries to import into the United States. When China attempts to import these goods into our supply chains, it also disadvantages American workers and businesses," said Acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli. "President Trump and this Department have, and always will, put American workers and businesses first and protect American citizens from participating in these egregious human rights violations."

"The Trump Administration will not stand idly by and allow foreign companies to subject vulnerable workers to forced labor while harming American businesses that respect human rights and the rule of law," said Acting CBP Commissioner Mark A. Morgan. "Today's Withhold Release Orders send a clear message to the international community that we will not tolerate the illicit, inhumane, and exploitative practices of forced labor in U.S. supply chains."

The new WROs direct CBP Officers at all ports of entry to withhold release on the following goods:

Information reasonably indicates that this "re-education" internment camp, which is often called a Vocational Skills Education and Training Center, is providing prison labor to nearby manufacturing entities in Xinjiang. CBP identified forced labor indicators including

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 11, 2020

DHS Public Action Plan to Implement Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence (CTTV Framework)
In September 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence (CTTV Framework) and now offers this corresponding Public Action Plan demonstrating the Department's efforts to combat emerging threats and improve information sharing. The Public Action Plan provides a high-level outline of the goals set by DHS, including efforts to secure cyberspace, deter lone wolf attacks, and secure soft targets such as churches and schools, along with the ability to dynamically modify DHS resources as new threats emerge.

"Nineteen years ago today, the American people came to understand the threat of terrorism in a new way. With the subsequent establishment of DHS, our nation vowed to prevent, disrupt, and deter terrorism of all sorts," said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf.  "Today, DHS continues to take unprecedented actions to address all forms of violent extremism. This new framework draws upon the Department's intelligence, prevention, and preparedness capabilities and lays out discrete actions DHS will undertake to further safeguard our communities, schools, places of worship, cyberspace, and public gatherings."

In September 2019, the CTTV Framework was published. In September 2020, the Department finalized the Public Action Plan—the public version of the Department's internal Implementation Plan, also finalized this year. Collectively, these documents describe specific actions and milestones to achieve the CTTV Framework's goals. 

This Public Action Plan does not describe the full complement of actions the Department is taking to combat terrorism and targeted violence. Rather, it provides an overview and examples of our work in order to be transparent with the American people and to underscore the Department's commitment t

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 10, 2020

All US States Now Compliant Ahead of REAL ID Deadline
DHS Enforcing Critical Identification Requirements to Protect the Homeland

WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS or the Department) is announcing that after more than 15 years since Congress passed the REAL ID Act, all 50 states are now in full compliance issuing these cards, with most states becoming compliant in the last four years.  To date, the 50 states have issued more than 105 million REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses and identification cards, representing 38 percent of all driver's licenses and identification card holders.  

On October 1, 2021 - less than 13 months away - full enforcement of REAL ID will take effect at all federally regulated airports, federal facilities, and nuclear power plants.  

The Department continues to urge Americans to obtain a REAL ID-compliant card or acceptable alternative, such as a U.S. passport or passport card prior to the October 1, 2021 enforcement deadline.

Passed by Congress in 2005 following a 9/11 Commission recommendation, the REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits federal agencies, like the Transportation Security Administration, from accepting licenses and identification cards for official purposes from states that do not meet these standards after specific deadlines.

Security standards include incorporating anti-counterfeiting technology, preventing insider fraud, and using documentary evidence and record checks to ensure a person is who he or she claims to be. It also prohibits federal agencies from accepting non-compliant licenses and identification cards for access to federal facilities, nuclear power plants, and commercial aircraft. These standards have significantly improved the reliability and accuracy of state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards.

Because of the potential for confusion about the REAL ID Act enforcement milestones, residents can use

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 10, 2020

Weekly Update: DHS Response to COVID-19
As communities across America continue to re-open with COVID-19 safeguards and prevention measures in place, the Department remains focused on ensuring communities are protected from fraudulent COVID-19 products and from individuals who seek to exploit the system.

"Operation Stolen Promise continues to show tremendous results in its ongoing efforts to protect the American people from fraudulent coronavirus related products," said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director Tony H. Pham. "ICE is and will continue to be relentless in the pursuit to identify and bring to justice those who would take advantage of this unprecedented pandemic for personal financial gain."

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)Providing Grants to States for Supplemental Lost Wages Payments. To ease the economic burden for those struggling with lost wages due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, President Trump authorized FEMA to expend up to $44 billion from the Disaster Relief Fund for lost wage payments. As of September 8th, Administrator Gaynor has approved 47 states for FEMA grants under this unprecedented program. FEMA's grant funding will allow the approved states to provide those unemployed due to COVID-19 $300 or $400 per week on top of their regular unemployment benefit. As of September 8th, FEMA has obligated $28.8 Billion in support of Lost Wages supplemental assistance. All approved grant applicants receive an initial obligation of three weeks of funding, with additional disbursements made on a weekly basis.

Providing Full Federal Reimbursement for States' National Guard Forces. On August 3rd, President Trump granted an extension for the use of the National Guard under Federal Title 32 orders to respond to COVID-19 until December 31, 2020. As of September 8t

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 10, 2020

Statement From Acting Secretary Chad Wolf On Microsoft's Election Initiative
Acting Secretary Wolf released the following statement on Microsoft's announcement today which can be found here:

"Protecting our elections is a team effort with the federal government and the private sector joining together to thwart foreign malign actors. Today's announcement from Microsoft reaffirms my statements in the recent State of the Homeland Address: China, Iran, and Russia are trying to undermine our democracy and influence our elections. DHS and this Administration have been consistent in calling out all these bad actors and taking action wherever appropriate to protect the integrity of our election systems, reinforced by the Department of the Treasury's recent actions sanctioning four Russia-linked individuals for election interference. I applaud Microsoft's efforts to defend democracy against these attacks and for their transparency on this critical issue. I encourage all Americans to be more prepared for the upcoming elections by visiting CISA's #Protect2020 website."

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Election Security
Topics: Election Security, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 09, 2020

‘One mission': Acting Secretary Wolf delivers 2020 State of the Homeland Address
On Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf gave the annual State of the Homeland Address. The 2020 State of the Homeland Address covers several different issue areas, all of which make up the Department of Homeland Security's single, overarching mission: Protecting the American people, the homeland, and our values.



The Department of Homeland Security's mission and historyCOVID-19 responseCivil unrestCombating extremismBorder securitySecuring international travelInternational partnershipsWall constructionEnforcement of America's lawsEconomic security and immigrationEconomic security and ChinaCyber and election securityFull video is available below and remarks as prepared are available here.



DHS mission: https://twitter.com/DHSgov/status/1303719178503888900COVID-19 response: https://twitter.com/DHSgov/status/1303725376842141697Civil unrest: https://twitter.com/DHSgov/status/1303727362824122368Civil unrest: https://twitter.com/DHSgov/status/1303728213336690690Border security: https://twitter.com/DHSgov/status/1303729409816506369Immigration enforcement:

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 09, 2020

Invitation to Watch Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf Deliver the 2020 State of the Homeland Address
Today, Wednesday, September 9, at 11:00 a.m. EDT, Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf will deliver the 2020 State of the Homeland Address at the DHS Headquarters in Washington, DC. The Acting Secretary will cover current threats facing the Homeland as well as a department-wide strategy to defend the American people and our way of life.

 

You are invited to view the address via livestream at https://www.dhs.gov/live.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 04, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Affirms Support to America's Law Enforcement Heroes
On Friday, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf addressed the Fraternal Order of Police Board of Trustees Fall Meeting and reiterated the Trump Administration's commitment to the men and women of law enforcement.

Here are a Few Excerpts from His Remarks:"You will find no bigger supporter, no bigger champion, of the men and women of law enforcement than our Commander-in-Chief. President Trump and this Administration has your back, 110 percent.""Each person here today has spent their entire career ensuring law and order is maintained for the good of country and the preservation of liberty. Our police, sheriffs, federal agents, and other law enforcement officers hold the thin blue line protecting our freedoms from chaos and anarchy.""While rioters are trying to destroy federal property and cities across America, there are radicals calling to "Defund the Police." As some of the nation's top law enforcement leaders, you all know that these calls are beyond irresponsible, beyond reckless even. Calls to abandon our police only endanger lives.""Our Constitution protects the natural right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly. The Department supports the exercise of everyone's First Amendment rights. There is, however, no Constitutional right to loot, to burn, or to assault law enforcement officers or fellow citizens.""We cannot fall victim to the delusion of a small minority that Americans are opposed to the honorable men and women who wear the badge and swear to protect our communities.""Together, with your help, we are restoring order to our cherished cities and neighborhoods.""You are the thin blue line, standing together, holding fast against the chaos and destruction threatening the ordered liberty that we hold dear.""Together, we will ensure the American people are secure. Together, we will push toward a safer nation. Together, we will feel safe to enjoy th

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 04, 2020

What DHS is Saying | Acting Secretary Wolf Affirms Support to America's Law Enforcement Heroes
On Friday, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf addressed the Fraternal Order of Police Board of Trustees Fall Meeting and reiterated the Trump Administration's commitment to the men and women of law enforcement.

"You will find no bigger supporter, no bigger champion, of the men and women of law enforcement than our Commander-in-Chief. President Trump and this Administration has your back, 110 percent.""Each person here today has spent their entire career ensuring law and order is maintained for the good of country and the preservation of liberty. Our police, sheriffs, federal agents, and other law enforcement officers hold the thin blue line protecting our freedoms from chaos and anarchy.""While rioters are trying to destroy federal property and cities across America, there are radicals calling to "Defund the Police." As some of the nation's top law enforcement leaders, you all know that these calls are beyond irresponsible, beyond reckless even. Calls to abandon our police only endanger lives.""Our Constitution protects the natural right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly. The Department supports the exercise of everyone's First Amendment rights. There is, however, no Constitutional right to loot, to burn, or to assault law enforcement officers or fellow citizens.""We cannot fall victim to the delusion of a small minority that Americans are opposed to the honorable men and women who wear the badge and swear to protect our communities.""Together, with your help, we are restoring order to our cherished cities and neighborhoods.""You are the thin blue line, standing together, holding fast against the chaos and destruction threatening the ordered liberty that we hold dear.""Together, we will ensure the American people are secure. Together, we will push toward a safer nation. Together, we will feel safe to e

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 04, 2020

Trump Administration Launches First Cybersecurity Principles for Space Technologies
The Trump Administration announced the first comprehensive cybersecurity policy for systems used in outer space and near space today. Space Policy Directive- 5 (SPD-5) makes clear the lead role the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have in in enhancing the nation's cyber defenses in space, notably on key systems used for global communications, navigation, weather monitoring, and other critical services.

"From establishing CISA in 2018 to today's directive to protect American interests on the final frontier, President Trump is empowering the Department of Homeland Security to defend the nation against ever-evolving cyber threats," said Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad F. Wolf. "The security of the homeland depends upon the security of our space systems, interests, and freedom of action in space. The policy unveiled today is a critical step in establishing a baseline standard for cybersecurity as America leads in space and cyberspace alike." 

Legacy space systems, networks, and channels may be vulnerable to malicious cyber activities that can deny, degrade, or disrupt space-systems operations or even destroy a satellite with potential cascading effects into critical infrastructure sectors.  Building security and resilience into space systems is essential to maximizing their potential and supporting the American people, economy, and homeland security enterprise.

SPD-5 establishes the following key cybersecurity principles of space systems:

Space systems and their supporting infrastructure including software, should be developed and operated using risk-based, cybersecurity-informed engineering;
 Space systems operators should develop or integrate cybersecurity plans for space systems that include capabilities to ensure operators or automated control center systems can retain or recover positive control of space vehicles, and verify the integrity, conf

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 03, 2020

DHS Combats Potential Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack
Releases: Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Program Status Report

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to prepare against ever evolving threats against the American homeland, most recently highlighting efforts to combat an Electromagnetic Pulse attack which could disrupt the electrical grid and potentially damage electronics. Today, the department is releasing the Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Program Status Report as part of an update on efforts underway in support of Executive Order (E.O.) 13865 on Coordinating National Resilience to Electromagnetic Pulses. E.O. 13865 establishes resilience and security standards for U.S. critical infrastructure as a national priority.

EMP weapons have the potential to disrupt unprotected critical infrastructure within the US and could impact millions over large parts of the country. Since the President's signing of the E.O. in March 2019, DHS, through the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), in coordination with the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has taken key actions to address known EMP-related vulnerabilities to critical infrastructure. The EMP Program Status Report highlights efforts taken across the public and private sector to foster increased resilience to EMP events. Through data analysis, vulnerability and risk assessments, testing and pilot programs, and government and industry engagement, the department is identifying critical infrastructure and associated functions that are at greatest risk from an EMP, and developing and implementing best practices to reduce the risk.

"EMP att

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 01, 2020

DHS, USCIS to Modernize, Define the Collection of Biometrics
— The Department of Homeland Security today announced the imminent publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes expanding department authorities and methods for collecting biometrics that will establish a defined regulatory purpose for biometrics.

With the proposed changes, DHS would modernize biometrics collection and authorize expanded use of biometrics beyond background checks to include identity verification, secure document production and records management. The proposed rule improves the screening and vetting process and reduces our dependence on paper documents and biographic information to prove identity and familial relationships.  

By proposing a standard definition of "biometrics" for DHS components and authorized purposes for collecting biometrics, this proposed rule would create clear rules for using the information collected. These proposals would move DHS and its components toward more consistent identity verification and information management.   

"This proposed rule eliminates any ambiguity surrounding the Department's use of biometrics, setting clear standards for how and why we collect and use this information," said the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli. "Leveraging readily available technology to verify the identity of an individual we are screening is responsible governing. The collection of biometric information also guards against identity theft and thwarts fraudsters who are not who they claim to be."

The proposed rule would authorize biometrics collection for identity verification in addition to new techniques. Voice, iris and facial recognition technologies are fast, accurate ways to confirm the identity of an applicant that don't require physical contact.

The proposed rule also authorizes DHS to collect DNA or DNA test results to verify a claimed genetic relationship when the applicant or petitioner is unable

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 25, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Will Travel To Colorado And Texas
This week, Acting Secretary Wolf will be traveling to Colorado and Texas. On Wednesday, August, 26th  Acting Secretary Wolf will visit Denver, Colorado to discuss critical infrastructure as well as participate in a naturalization ceremony. That evening, the Acting Secretary will then travel to El Paso, Texas where he will meet with local DHS leadership. On Thursday, August, 27th, the Acting Secretary will travel to McAllen, Texas where he will celebrate the completion of 300 miles of border wall. 

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Border Security, Border Wall, Critical Infrastructure
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 25, 2020

Statement from Acting Secretary Wolf On His Nomination By President Donald Trump
I am honored to be nominated by President Trump to lead the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security in safeguarding the American people. As the Homeland faces evolving threats from natural disasters, violent opportunists, malign cyber actors, and transnational criminal organizations, the mission of DHS is as critical as ever.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 18, 2020

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Announces New Homeland Security Advisory Council Members
Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad F. Wolf, introduced three new members to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC): John Clark, Dr. Sharon Cooper, and Daniel Kaniewski. Created by President George W. Bush in 2002, the HSAC is a Department of Homeland Security federal advisory committee that provides the secretary with independent, informed recommendations, and advice on a variety of homeland security issues.

"My vision for the HSAC, consistent with its charter, is to seek its organizationally independent, strategic, timely, specific and actionable advice on a range of homeland security issues," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "I'm pleased to appoint these leaders in their respective fields to the council, and I thank all the HSAC members for their continued service to the country, and to the Department. The unique perspectives provided by HSAC members to address emerging threats is of the utmost importance to the Department. I'm confident that the new members announced today will contribute to this important mission."

The three new HSAC members are:

, former director of the United States Marshals Service and longtime child advocate, is the president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. After an extensive nationwide search, NCMEC's Board of Directors unanimously chose Mr. Clark to lead the nonprofit organization, which was designated by Congress in 1984 to work in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice on issues related to missing and exploited children. He took the helm of the Alexandria, Virginia-based organization on Dec, 7, 2015. Mr. Clark, whose career with the USMS spanned 28 years, was appointed in 2006 as its ninth director by then-President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate. In 2011, Mr. Clark joi

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 17, 2020

DHS rebukes GAO's deeply flawed attempt to revive its partisan impeachment efforts with baseless report
On Monday the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of General Counsel (OGC) responded to the baseless legal opinion issued by the Government Accountability Office on Friday. In a detailed, eight-page letter, OGC shows not only that the GAO's legal reasoning and treatment of the evidence are deeply flawed, but also how the timing and authorship of the opinion both reveal it to be a brazenly partisan product issued by supposed nonpartisan agency.



Not only was it released a mere 80 days before the Presidential election—but 274 days after the GAO had been asked by congressional Democrats to look into the issue.According to the GAO staff, the report was prepared by a junior GAO staffer who previously worked on a Democrat campaign and the partisan Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee — an arm of Senate Democratic leadership.The staffer also appears to have very limited experience practicing law, having finished law school only three years ago."It should have been easy to find a seasoned, non-partisan attorney among the GAO's 3,000 employees to serve as the lead staffer for this report," the letter reads.

The relevant statute in this area is the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Section 103(g)(2) of which vests exclusive authority in the Secretary to determine the Department's order of succession.The DHS succession order was lawfully and unambiguously amended by former Secretary Nielsen and former Acting Secretary McAleenan in a

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 17, 2020

Interagency Issues Advisory On Use Of Technology To Detect And Mitigate Unmanned Aircraft Systems
WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an advisory guidance document to help non-federal public and private entities better understand the federal laws and regulations that may apply to the use of capabilities to detect and mitigate threats posed by Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations. 

The "Advisory on the Application of Federal Laws to the Acquisition and Use of Technology to Detect and Mitigate Unmanned Aircraft Systems" (the "Advisory") provides a brief overview of various provisions of the U.S. criminal code enforced by DOJ, as well as federal laws and regulations related to aviation safety and efficiency, transportation and airport security, and the radiofrequency spectrum administered respectively by the FAA, DHS, and FCC. 

"As the number of drones in our airspace continue to rise, it is unsurprising that the availability of counter-drone technologies has likewise increased," said Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen.  "Because these technologies may be presented for sale without a full discussion of important legal requirements, this Advisory steps forward to provide an outline of the relevant legal landscape.  By encouraging a common understanding of potentially applicable laws, the Advisory can help foster responsible industry growth and promote public safety."

The Advisory has been issued at a time when the commercial demand for UAS detection and mitigation is high, but the authority to use those capabilities is far from clear.  To date, Congress has given limited authority to only four federal Departments - Defense, Energy, Justice, and Homeland Security - to engage in UAS detection and mitigation activities, notwithstanding certain otherwise potentially app

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 09, 2020

Acting Sectary Wolf Travels To FLETC
On Tuesday, August 11th, Acting Secretary Chad Wolf will be visiting the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center  (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. There he will visit with law enforcement students receiving training, participate in a wreath laying ceremony service for fallen officers, and deliver remarks to students and staff. The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, through strategic partnerships, prepares the federal law enforcement community to safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC)
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 09, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Travels To FLETC
On Tuesday, August 11th, Acting Secretary Chad Wolf will be visiting the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center  (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. There he will visit with law enforcement students receiving training, participate in a wreath laying ceremony service for fallen officers, and deliver remarks to students and staff. The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, through strategic partnerships, prepares the federal law enforcement community to safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC)
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 07, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: August 7
Activity in the vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse once again remained peaceful - in sharp contrast to the violent nightly siege of previous weeks. Thursday evening marked a fifth consecutive night with zero attacks directed at federal officers or federal property. The change is directly attributable to the long-awaited cooperation from state and local law enforcement, which began last week, but should have been the case all along. 

However, Portland's rioters have not stopped and are instead focusing their attacks on local law enforcement officers and buildings elsewhere in the city. In doing so, violent anarchists have employed many of the same violent tactics previously used in the federal courthouse siege. Thursday night, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) reported that it had declared yet another unlawful and riotous assembly - the fourth in four consecutive nights - as rioters attacked state and local officers and the East Precinct building. Unlike the courthouse siege, however, the nightly violence against PPB officers and property has drawn the condemnation of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who said in a press conference that the activity "is not peaceful protests."

Once again, there were no attacks directed at federal law enforcement or property. Crowd size in the vicinity of the federal courthouse peaked at less than 100 people and remained peaceful.

DHS officers conducted zero arrests and reported zero injuries or damage to federal property.

Miles away from the courthouse, PPB reported that it declared an unlawful assembly just before 10 p.m. local time, after rioters vandalized the East Precinct building and attacked security cameras. The report also added, that after the declaration, rioters set a garbage can on fire and pushed it up against the building. As PPB and OSP officers worked to disperse the crowd, they were attacked with hard projectiles such as g

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 06, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: August 6
Activity in the vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse remained calm overall - in sharp contrast to the violent nightly siege of previous weeks. Wednesday evening marked a fourth consecutive night with zero attacks directed at federal officers or property. The change is directly attributable to the long-awaited cooperation from state and local law enforcement, which began last week, but should have been the case all along. Currently, local and state law enforcement address violence on the streets while Oregon State Police (OSP) partners work alongside the still-augmented federal presence to protect and defend federal property behind the courthouse fence.

However, Portland's months-long riot problem continues elsewhere in the city. While criminal violence towards federal officers and property has receded, Portland's rioters have since redirected their attacks to local law enforcement, employing many of the same violent tactics previously used against federal officers and property. Wednesday marked the third consecutive night during which the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) had to declare a riot or unlawful assembly. 

Crowd size in the vicinity of the Hatfield Courthouse peaked at under 50 people and remained peaceful through the course of the evening.

There were once again no attacks directed at federal property or officers. 

DHS officers conducted zero arrests and reported zero new injuries. 

Roughly six miles away from the Hatfield Courthouse, a crowd of around 200 people approached the East Precinct building, which is used by both PPB and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, at around 9:15 p.m. local time. According to the PPB, the group blocked traffic while many of those present initiated a laser attack on officers. Rioters also began to attack the precinct building's security cameras. 

By 9:40 p.m. local time, PPB reported that rioters had begun to t

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 06, 2020

ICE and DOJ Announce Indictments from Largest Single-State Worksite Enforcement Action in Nation's History
Jackson, Miss. - U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst, joined by Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Matt Albence, ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New Orleans Acting Special Agent in Charge Gilbert Trill, and U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Rafiq Ahmad announced today the unsealing of indictments returned by a Federal Grand Jury in the Southern District of Mississippi against four individuals who were managers, supervisors, or human resources personnel at companies where criminal and administrative search warrants were executed in August 2019 and 680 illegal aliens were detained.

"This office has a successful history of prosecuting employers for violating our immigration laws, and today marks another step in ensuring that justice is fairly and impartially done, no matter the law-breaker. I want to thank our partners at ICE Homeland Security Investigations and our office's federal prosecutors for doggedly pursuing these criminal violations.  The indictments unsealed today mark the beginning, not the end, of our investigations and prosecutions.  Rest assured that we will continue to pursue criminal wrongdoers and enforce our criminal laws wherever the evidence may take us," said U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst.

"The results of this ongoing criminal investigation illustrate the importance of strong interior enforcement. The arrests made last year pursuant to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's execution of more than a dozen search warrants, have thus far yielded 126 indictments, 117 criminal arrests and 73 convictions. In total, more than 403 individuals falsified social security information in order to gain illegal employment in the United States," said acting ICE deputy director and senior official performing the duties of the director Matthew T. Albence. "Companies who intentionally or knowingly base their business model on an illegal workforce deprive law

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 06, 2020

Submitted Written Testimony Of Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf Before The U.S. Senate Committee On Homeland Security And Governmental Affairs
Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Peters, and distinguished members of the Committee: 

Thank you for the opportunity to testify today regarding the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) statutory role in protecting federal facilities and the men and women who conduct business within them. 

For over 40 years, the Federal Protective Service (FPS) has protected federal property around the country. They have done so with little fanfare or recognition—largely because of the cooperative relationships they have with state and local law enforcement.

As you know, Congress directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to "protect the buildings, grounds, and property that are owned, occupied, or secured by the Federal Government, and the persons on the property." 40 U.S.C. § 1315. This statute leaves no room for interpretation—inaction is not an option for DHS. 

At DHS, we are sworn to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution, including our First Amendment right to peaceably assemble. We support those who lawfully exercise their Constitutional rights. At the same time, we must protect our communities and our institutions by holding criminals accountable for their actions.  

For more than 60 days, violent criminals, opportunists and anarchists have attacked the federal seat of justice in Portland, Oregon: the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse. For more than 60 days, criminals violently attacked federal law enforcement officers who carried out their statutory mission.  

During this time period, DHS law enforcement officers received almost no assistance from state and local law enforcement in Portland. They were left to defend the courthouse besieged by attempts of arson and constant destruction. This circumstance should never have happened. Local law enforcement should have partnered with DHS at the earliest possible moment. 

Instead, our law enforcement officers were assaulted with, among other weapons, mortar-style commercial grade firework

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 05, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Testifies In Front of The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Tomorrow, August 6th, Acting Secretary Chad Wolf will be testifying at the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. His testimony will address the recent violence gripping Portland, Oregon. The hearing is set to begin at 10:00 AM. The hearing can be found on the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs website.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Congress, Senate
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 05, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: August 5
The vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse continues on its current trend of receding violence. Tuesday evening marked a third consecutive night with no attacks directed at federal officers or property - a stark contrast from the violent nightly siege of the previous weeks. This drastic, but welcome, change is directly attributable to the long-awaited cooperation from state and local law enforcement, which assisted with clearing the parks where rioters daily staged their nightly siege. Currently, local and state law enforcement address violence on the streets while working alongside the surged federal presence to protect and defend federal property behind the fence.

Rioting continues elsewhere in Portland. While violence around the courthouse has receded, the city's rioters have refocused their attacks on local law enforcement. The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) was forced to declare yet another riot overnight following an assault on the Portland Police Association building.

Crowd size around the federal courthouse peaked at approximately 50 individuals, which remained peaceful through the course of the night.

There were no reported injuries to DHS officers or damage to federal property.

DHS officers conducted zero arrests. Oregon State Police (OSP) partners did not engage the crowd outside the fence.

Just before midnight local time, multiple rioters attempted to break into and burn down the Portland Police Association building - located roughly four miles north of the federal courthouse. Around the same time, local law enforcement officers were attacked with hard projectiles. PPB declared an unlawful assembly.

After 1:00 a.m. local time, rioters breached the doors to the building and started a fire inside, according to PPB reports. PPB then declared a riot as its officers worked to disperse the crowd and conducted several subsequent arrests.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 04, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: August 4
After weeks of rioting and nightly attacks on federal officers and property, activity in the vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse continues in an overall trend of diminishing violence. While violent criminal activity persists elsewhere in Portland, Monday night marked the second straight night during which rioters did not attack federal property or officers. 

This drastic and welcome change from previous weeks is directly attributable to the long-awaited cooperation from state and local law enforcement, which assisted with clearing the parks where rioters daily staged their nightly siege. Currently, local and state law enforcement address violence on the streets while working with the surged federal presence to protect and defend federal property.

No significant activity was directed at federal facilities and personnel overnight. The crowd near the courthouse, which peaked at around 50 people, dissipated by 12:30 a.m. local time, and remained largely peaceful through the evening.

One individual jumped over the courthouse fence and immediately jumped back before he could be apprehended. 

There were no reported DHS arrests, injuries to DHS officers, or damage to federal property.

On the other side of the Willamette River from the courthouse, Local Law Enforcement declared an unlawful assembly at a building used by local law enforcement. According to PPB, approximately 200 individuals marched to the building. Later, rioters assaulted officers with hard projectiles, a tactic previously employed against federal personnel. There was no federal law enforcement involvement in this incident.

Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to an approximately 20-person fight two blocks away from the courthouse on the other side of a nearby city park. Violence was directed at uniformed OSP officers during the incident.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 04, 2020

MYTHS VS. FACTS: Cooperation and Receding Riot Activity in Portland, OREGON
On July 29, Oregon Governor Kate Brown finally agreed to do what the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has demanded for months: step up and work with federal authorities to stop the nightly criminal violence directed at the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland.  Such cooperation between federal and state/local law enforcement is routinely done in every city in the United States. As a result of the governor's long-delayed, though welcomed, change in direction, the area of the Hatfield Federal Courthouse has finally seen a stark downward trend in violence perpetrated towards federal facilities and federal law enforcement officers. While some violence has continued in the city, Sunday, August 2nd marked the first evening in nearly two months with zero reported attacks against federal officers or property thanks to the coordination between federal, state, and local law enforcement.

While DHS has clearly articulated the terms of the current arrangement, misconceptions and falsehoods persist. Whether spread by negligence or willful disregard for facts on the ground, such misinformation does a disservice to the truth, public safety, and the American people as a whole.



There has been no reduction in federal presence; federal law enforcement officers remain in Portland at augmented levels. Reports and implications to the contrary are irresponsible and dishonest. DHS officers are working with a robust contingent of Oregon State Police (OSP) officers to secure the courthouse. OSP has been policing the property outside the fencing surrounding federal properties and has partnered with federal officers behind the fencing.As Acting Secretary Wolf said upon announcing the partn

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 04, 2020

Submitted Written Testimony Of Senior Official Performing The Duties Of The Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli Before The U.S. Senate Committee On The Judiciary Subcommittee On The Constitution On August 4th
Chairman Cruz, Ranking Member Hirono and distinguished members of the Committee: 

Thank you for the opportunity to testify today on the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) role in protecting against the continued assaults by criminals and violent extremists in the city of Portland, Oregon  and more specifically, the Federal Courthouse and federal law enforcement officers there.

For more than two months now, federal property and federal law enforcement officers in Portland have been under assault - in July it occurred every single night. Violent extremists in Portland have perverted the peaceful protests in the aftermath of George Floyd's tragic death.

As we begin, it is important to be crystal clear about this: Rioters are not protestors and protestors are not rioters. To confuse the two, regardless of motive, does a grave disservice to the critical place for peaceful protest in our country and it does a grave disservice to our country's brave law enforcement officers who protect those rights.

Let me be clear, the Department fully supports the rights of peaceful protestors.  The principles of justice and equality under the law are the core of who we are as a republic, and the right of the people to peaceably assemble and voice their concerns is a fundamental human liberty rightly enshrined in our Bill of Rights. We will never abandon our mission to safeguard those precious and hard-fought freedoms.

But DHS did not have to expand its presence in Portland because of peaceful protestors, and that is why I am sitting before you today.  For more than sixty days, the situation in Portland has devolved into nothing more than continuous, nightly riots and life-threatening violence targeting federal law enforcement and the institutions they diligently defend under the mandate given to them by Congress.

Since July 4 of this year, there have been over 270 injuries to federal law enforcement officers in Portland at the hands of violent

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 03, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: August 3
After weeks of rioting and nightly attacks on federal officers and property, activity in the vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse continues in an overall trend of diminishing violence. Sunday night marked the first night in over 60 days during which rioters did not attack federal property in Portland. This change from previous weeks is directly attributable to the long awaited  cooperation from state and local law enforcement to clear the parks where rioters daily staged their nightly siege and for local and state law enforcement to address violence on the streets, all with the surged federal presence still on the ground.

Following last Wednesday's announcement of a cooperation agreement between DHS and Oregon's governor, Oregon State Police (OSP) stepped in to assist in securing the area around the courthouse.  With DHS's enhanced presence still protecting federal property in the city, Sunday evening marked the fourth night of federal and state law enforcement cooperation on the ground. While the violence is receding, DHS will remain faithful to its mission to protect federal property and personnel; the enhanced federal presence will remain for the time being until the Department is certain it will be safe and responsible to change posture.

The courthouse area saw its smallest crowd in four days, which peaked at around 150 people.  More importantly, those present remained peaceful through the course of the night with no violent agitators apparent therein.

Protest activity ended and crowds had dissipated by 12:30 a.m. local time.

No damage to federal property was reported during the course of the evening. Furthermore, no drones were detected in the no-fly zone surrounding the courthouse.

There were no other areas of the city reporting riot activity or unrest.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 02, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: August 2
After weeks of rioting and nightly attacks on federal officers and property, activity in the vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse continues in an overall trend of diminishing violence as a result of the increased cooperation between state and federal law enforcement. In stark contrast to the intense weekend violence in Portland over the past two months, protests around federal property remained generally peaceful, with minor incidents of malicious activity and vandalism. Elsewhere in the city, however, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) were forced to declare an unlawful assembly outside of their Southeast Precinct.

Following Wednesday's announcement of a cooperation agreement between DHS and Oregon's governor, Oregon State Police (OSP) stepped in to assist operations protecting the Hatfield Federal Courthouse. Saturday evening marked the third night of federal and state law enforcement cooperation on the ground. While the violence is receding, DHS will remain faithful to its mission to protect federal property and personnel; the Department's enhanced presence on the ground will remain for the time being until it determines that the courthouse and other federal property are safe.

By around 9:08 p.m. local time, approximately 150 protesters reported in the area of Lownsdale Square and Chapman Square (downtown) - two city parks that rioters previously used as staging areas that were cleaned out by PPB earlier in the week.

Around 9:12 p.m. local time, OSP reported a small crowd forming at the Multnomah County Sheriff's office building in the PPB southeast, located on the other side of the Willamette River from the courthouse. By 9:32 p.m. local time, approximately 150 protesters were reported at the MCSO building. PPB later reported that officers had heard chants, indicating that the crowd wanted to enter the building and burn it down. At 9:50 p.m. local time, after warning the

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 01, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: August 1
After weeks of rioting and nightly attacks on federal officers and property, activity in the vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse continues in an overall trend of diminishing violence as a result of the increased cooperation between state and federal law enforcement. In stark contrast to the intense weekend violence in Portland over the past two months, protests around federal property remained generally peaceful with only minor incidents of malicious activity.

Following Wednesday's announcement of a cooperation agreement between DHS and Oregon's governor, Oregon State Police (OSP) stepped in to assist operations protecting the Hatfield Federal Courthouse. Friday evening marked the second night of federal and state law enforcement cooperation on the ground. While the violence is abating, DHS's enhanced presence on the ground will remain for the time being until the Department determines that the courthouse and other federal property are safe.

At 10:10 p.m. local time, approximately 500 protesters were gathered in the vicinity of the federal courthouse. No significant activity to report.

By around midnight local time, crowd size around the courthouse peaked for the night at approximately 1200 protesters.

At around 12:40 a.m. local time, two individuals jumped over the fence surrounding the Hatfield Courthouse. They immediately jumped back outside the fence perimeter.

By 1:00 a.m. local time, crowd size near the courthouse had decreased to approximately 500-600 people. 

At around 1:08 a.m. local time, stacks of papers and plywood were set on fire outside the courthouse fence but in the vicinity of the Hatfield Courthouse. OSP engaged the group setting the fire. Rioters threw objects at FPS personnel as they responded to extinguish the fire. No use of force or injuries were reported.

Rioters broke two windows at the Edith Green federal building but

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 31, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: July 31
After weeks of violent rioting and nightly attacks, federal officers in Portland saw their first night of state and local law enforcement support and relative peace in the vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse.

Following Wednesday's announcement of a cooperation agreement between DHS and Oregon's governor, Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) stepped in to assist operations to protect the Hatfield Federal Courthouse. Crowds remained peaceful through the course of the evening; there were no reported actions, and thus no intervention by state or federal officers.

Thursday afternoon, per the terms of the cooperation agreement, Portland Police Bureau, Oregon State Police, and Multnomah County Sheriff's Department, cleared city parks in the vicinity of the federal courthouse. On previous nights, rioters had used the parks as staging grounds for criminal violence over the past several weeks. After the parks had been cleared, PPB reported conducting two arrests and finding several weapons including a sledgehammer.

At around 5:00 p.m. local time, Oregon State Police arrived at the federal incident command post; OSP officers were stationed inside the Hatfield Courthouse alongside DHS law enforcement teams.

OSP officers participated in daily operational briefings with federal law enforcement officers and later participated in joint patrols of the federal courthouse.

At 10:17 p.m. local time, approximately 300-400 people peacefully gathered in the area around the courthouse. By around 12:23 a.m. local time, the size of the crowd decreased to approximately 150-200 people. By around 1:00 a.m., it decreased to approximately 100 people and by 1:30 a.m. it dwindled to between 15-20 people.

Federal and state officers located inside the courthouse were not forced to leave the building during the course of the night - a stark difference from prev

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 31, 2020

Statement from Acting Secretary Wolf on the Retirement of Matthew T. Albence
WASHINGTON - I want to thank Matt Albence for his 25 years of dedicated service to the United States Government in federal law enforcement. As the senior law enforcement official for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Mr. Albence was responsible for ICE's day-to-day operations and oversaw a workforce of more than 20,000 officers, special agents, attorneys, and mission support professionals assigned to more than 400 domestic and international offices. I personally want to thank him for his integrity and leadership - a legacy he will leave behind with the men and women who perform admirably every day.

Mr. Albence is an accomplished senior executive with over two decades of experience and success in leading the United States' second largest federal law enforcement agency, and the principal investigative agency of the Department of Homeland Security.  In this role he manages a budget of over $8 billion, and directs the global law enforcement efforts of over 21,000 personnel, in over 400 offices, in nearly 50 countries, responsible for transnational criminal investigations, visa security, internal security, and immigration and customs enforcement.

Mr. Albence began acting in the Director's capacity in April 2019, with the exception of Mark Morgan's brief tenure as Acting Director.

Prior to this, Mr. Albence served as the agency's Deputy Director, selected for this position in August 2018.

Mr. Albence was appointed as Executive Associate Director (EAD) for Enforcement and Removal Operations in February 2017, leading ERO in its mission to identify, arrest, and remove aliens who present a danger to national security or are a risk to public safety, as well as those who enter the United States illegally or otherwise undermine the integrity of our immigration laws and our border control efforts. In this role, Mr. Albence led an organization of more than 7,600 employees assigned to 24 ERO field offices and 22 overseas

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 31, 2020

Statement from DHS Spokesman Alexei Woltornist on DHS Intelligence & Analysis Directorate Reports
WASHINGTON - Department of Homeland Security Spokesman Alexei Woltornist released the following statement on DHS Intelligence & Analysis Directorate Reports:

Upon learning about the practice, Acting Secretary Wolf directed the DHS Intelligence & Analysis Directorate to immediately discontinue collecting information involving members of the press. In no way does the Acting Secretary condone this practice and he has immediately ordered an inquiry into the matter. The Acting Secretary is committed to ensuring that all DHS personnel uphold the principles of professionalism, impartiality and respect for civil rights and civil liberties, particularly as it relates to the exercise of First Amendment rights. 

 

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Intelligence Analyst
Topics: Intelligence and Analysis

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 30, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: July 30
The violence Portland has witnessed for over eight weeks continues as anarchists keep attacking federal law enforcement officers and federal property on a nightly basis. While a cooperation agreement between federal and state law enforcement was announced earlier in the day, Oregon State Police teams had not yet been put in place around the courthouse perimeter.

Last week, DHS put up a metal fence around the building's perimeter, which was later reinforced with more concrete barricades following rioters' continuous efforts to topple and breach it. Rioters once again tried to breach the fence, but without success.

In their unabated, nightly efforts to harm federal officers and destroy federal property, rioters once again attacked with hard projectiles, commercial-grade, mortar-style fireworks, hazardous materials and lasers - which can cause permanent blindness to officers.

At 10:50 p.m. local time federal officers issued their first warning for rioters to stop attacking the fence.

At 10:58 p.m. local time rioters launched the first mortar fireworks of the night at the federal courthouse.

At 11:00 p.m. local time rioters assaulted federal officers inside the fence perimeter with paint and bleach.

At 11:21 p.m. local time a rioter was caught using a hacksaw in an attempt to enter the fence and breach the perimeter.

At around 11:25 p.m. local time rioters launched another assault on federal officers using mortar fireworks and hard projectiles.

At 11:30 p.m. local time federal officers announced an unlawful assembly. Shortly after at 11:40 p.m. local time federal officers were forced to go outside of the building, while remaining inside the fence perimeter, in an effort to repel the rioters from the federal property.

At 11:48 p.m. local time federal officers were forced to exit the fence perimeter in order to disperse the unlawful crowd.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 29, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: July 29
Bottom line:The violence Portland has witnessed over the past eight weeks continues as violent anarchists keep attacking federal law enforcement officers and federal property on a nightly basis.

Last week, DHS put up a metal fence around the building's perimeter. Following rioters' repeated attempts to topple and breach the fence, DHS reinforced the metal fence with another layer of concrete barriers on the outside, which has prevented rioters from pulling or pushing it over. While the fence remained standing through the night, rioters at one point were able to use bolt cutters to create a hole large enough for a person to crawl through.

In their unabated, nightly efforts to harm federal officers and destroy federal property, rioters attacked with hard projectiles, commercial-grade, mortar-style fireworks, flaming projectiles such as Molotov cocktails and lasers - which can cause, and has caused in our officers, permanent blindness.

The Past 24 Hours:At approximately 9:30 p.m. local time, rioters pelted officers with garbage in response to Officers using hoses to clear out trash and built up debris inside the perimeter, previously thrown over the fence by rioters.

At 10:45 p.m. local time, rioters set a fire inside of the fence. Rioters reportedly were setting fires within the perimeter throughout the course of the night.

At 11:04 p.m. local time, rioters launched their first mortar firework attacks of the night against the courthouse.

At around 11:14 p.m. local time, with most officers inside the courthouse, rioters in the crowd pointed lasers at federal officers on the roof of the building, which can disorient and blind them.

By 11:30 p.m. local time, the crowd size was estimated to be around 500 individuals.

11:55 p.m. local time, another fire was set inside the fence perimeter. Media footage also captured a rioter starting a fire within the perimeter around this time.

At around 12:34 a.m.

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 29, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf's Statement on Oregon Agreeing to Cooperate in Quelling Portland Violence
Federal law enforcement officers will continue their missionOver the past 24 hours, Governor Brown and I have been in regular communication and have agreed to a joint plan to end the violent activity in Portland directed at federal properties and law enforcement officers.  That plan includes a robust presence of Oregon State Police in downtown Portland. State and local law enforcement will begin securing properties and streets, especially those surrounding federal properties, that have been under nightly attack for the past two months.  Oregon State Police will coordinate with Federal Protective Service (FPS) officers to ensure all federal facilities remain protected and secure. 

This plan is possible due to the valiant efforts of the DHS law enforcement officers protecting federal property in Portland from violent activity for the past two months. 

The Department will continue to maintain our current, augmented federal law enforcement personnel in Portland until we are assured that the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and other federal properties will no longer be attacked and that the seat of justice in Portland will remain secure.  This has been our mission and objective since the violent, criminal activity began.

The Department will continue to re-evaluate our security posture in Portland, and should circumstances on the ground significantly improve due to the influx of state and local law enforcement, we anticipate the ability to change our force posture, as we do everyday at our other 9,000 federal properties we protect across the country.

President Trump and this Administration have been consistent in our message throughout the violence in Portland: the violent criminal activity directed towards federal properties and law enforcement will not be tolerated, state and local leaders must step forward and police their communities, and the Department of Homeland Security will not back down from our legal duty to protect federal law e

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 28, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: July 28
The situation witnessed in Portland for the past eight weeks continues with violent anarchists rioting in the streets and assaulting federal law enforcement officers and federal property on a nightly basis.

In response to the rioters' nightly attempts to raze and damage the Hatfield Federal Courthouse, DHS made the decision last week to put up a stronger fence around the building's perimeter. Following the rioters' repeated attempts to topple and breach the fence, DHS reinforced the metal fence with another layer of concrete barriers on the outside, which has prevented rioters from toppling it.

However, rioters continue to throw hard projectiles, commercial-grade, mortar-style fireworks, and Molotov cocktails over the fence in their unabated efforts to harm federal officers and destroy federal property.

At 9:36 p.m. local time the first rioter jumped over the fence into the federal courthouse perimeter.  Federal officers subsequently warned the crowd to stay off the fence. 

At 10:50 p.m. local time rioters launched their first mortar firework assault of the evening against federal officers and property. 

At 10:55 p.m. local time a fire was reported inside of the fence perimeter. Rioters continued to throw projectiles over the fence and launch fireworks at officers and the courthouse.

At 11:35 p.m. local time federal officers were forced to employ crowd control measures in response to the rioters' violent behavior and warned that if the violent activity continued it would be declared an unlawful assembly. Rioters responded by assaulting officers with projectiles. At around 11:30 p.m. local time there was a large explosion caused by a flaming object that had been thrown over the fence, that resulted in a fire along the wall of the courthouse. Shortly thereafter, federal officers responded with a firehose in order to put out the blaze, protecting the officers and the bu

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 28, 2020

Department of Homeland Security Will Reject Initial Requests for DACA As It Weighs Future of the Program
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf announced that in response to the Supreme Court's decision, the Department of Homeland Security will take action to thoughtfully consider the future of the DACA policy, including whether to fully rescind the program.

In the interim and to address serious concerns with the policy, the Department of Homeland Security will make the following changes to DACA immediately:

Reject all initial requests for DACA and associated applications for Employment Authorization Documents;Reject new and pending requests for advanced parole absent exceptional circumstances; and,Limit the period of renewed deferred action granted pursuant to the DACA policy after the issuance of this memorandum to one year."As the Department continues looking at the policy and considers future action, the fact remains that Congress should act on this matter," said Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf. "There are important policy reasons that may warrant the full rescission of the DACA policy."

The new memorandum outlined four areas of concern:

Concern about whether, as a matter of policy, continuation of a broad, class-based deferred-action policy like DACA should be resolved by Congress;Concern about whether any discretion to not enforce the law or afford deferred action should be exercised rarely and only on a truly individualized, case-by-case basis;Concern that the existence of a program like DACA may send mixed messages about DHS's intention to consistently enforce immigration laws as Congress has written them; and,Concern that the existence of a program like DACA may encourage individuals to take a perilous journey to this country, needlessly endangering children.The full memorandum can be read here.



Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 27, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: July 27
The dangerous and vicious situation Portland has witnessed for the past eight weeks continues with violent anarchists rioting on the streets as federal law enforcement officers work diligently and honorably to enforce federal law, defend federal property, and protect the lives of their fellow officers.

In response to nightly attempts to raze and damage the Hatfield Federal Courthouse, DHS made the decision last week to put up a stronger fence around the building's perimeter. While more secure fencing has kept much of the criminal violence away from the courthouse itself, it has now become a consistent target of the rioters, who constantly are trying to tear it down with ropes, saws, hammers, bolt cutters, and power tools.

As federal officers left the courthouse to respond to attacks on the fence last night, just like on other nights, rioters responded with hard projectiles, mortar style fireworks and lasers that can cause permanent blindness.

At around 8 p.m. local time a shooting occurred in the vicinity of peaceful protest located near federal buildings, possibly involving a juvenile. The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has said it is investigating the incident.

At 10:50 p.m. local time a rioter began to attack the fence protecting the federal courthouse with a stick. Around this time there were approximately 500-1000 individuals gathered in the vicinity of the courthouse.

At 11:19 p.m. local time rioters launched their first laser attack of the night against federal officers. Shortly thereafter, at around 11:45 p.m. local time, rioters fired the first mortar fireworks of the evening at federal officers.

At 11:49 p.m. local time rioters breached the courthouse fence before exiting again shortly thereafter.

At 11:54 p.m. local time a fire was reported in the vicinity of the courthouse outside the fence perimeter. More rioters continued to climb the fence.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 27, 2020

Myth vs. Fact: 50 Nights of Violence, Chaos, and Anarchy in Portland, Oregon
Myth: The Trump Administration deployed federal troops to the streets of Portland. FACTS: The DHS personnel sent to protect federal facilities in Portland are sworn civilian federal law enforcement officers, not active duty military personnel. Reports indicating otherwise are irresponsible and inaccurate. Myth: Protests in Portland were peaceful until the DHS expanded its presence and instigated violence. FACTS: Downtown Portland has seen over 50 straight nights of criminal violence perpetrated by anarchists targeting city and federal properties and those that inhabit them. On July 3rd, before the surge of DHS law enforcement officers to Portland, Mayor Wheeler said the violence had "been going on for more than a month now" and called for the "nightly violence" to end. The Portland Police Department has declared a riot on numerous occasions because of the nightly violence, which occurred well before the federal presence increased in early July. Myth: Federal officers have not been invited by state or local officials; policing Portland is a local responsibility. FACTS: Enforcing federal law is not by invitation.  The FBI, DEA, ATF, and other federal law enforcement agencies do not require local requests from communities to enforce federal law.  Federal law clearly states that DHS has the authority to protect federal property and arrest criminals who damage fed

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 27, 2020

MYTHS VS. FACTS | 50 Nights of Violence, Chaos, and Anarchy in Portland, OREGON
: The DHS personnel sent to protect federal facilities in Portland are sworn civilian federal law enforcement officers, not active duty military personnel.Reports indicating otherwise are irresponsible and inaccurate.: Downtown Portland has seen over 50 straight nights of criminal violence perpetrated by anarchists targeting city and federal properties and those that inhabit them. On July 3rd, before the surge of DHS law enforcement officers to Portland, Mayor Wheeler said the violence had "been going on for more than a month now" and called for the "nightly violence" to end.The Portland Police Department has declared a riot on numerous occasions because of the nightly violence, which occurred well before the federal presence increased in early July. Enforcing federal law is not by invitation.  The FBI, DEA, ATF, and other federal law enforcement agencies do not require local requests from communities to enforce federal law. Federal law clearly states that DHS has the authority to protect federal property and arrest criminals who damage federal property or attack federal officers.Local and state leaders have prohibited the Portland police from enforcing laws that could bring this violence to an end.: Federal law, in particular 40 U.S.C. § 1315, clearly states that the Secretary of Homeland Security "shall protect the buildings, grounds, and property that are owned, occupied, or secured

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 26, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: July 26
The violent situation Portland has witnessed for the past eight weeks continues with violent anarchists rioting on the streets as federal law enforcement officers work diligently and honorably to enforce federal law, defend federal property, and protect the lives of their fellow officers.

In response to nightly attempts to raze and damage the Hatfield Federal Courthouse, DHS made the decision last week to put up a stronger fence around the building's perimeter. While more secure fencing has kept much of the criminal violence away from the courthouse itself, it has now become a consistent target of the rioters, who constantly are trying to tear it down with ropes, saws, hammers, bolt cutters, and power tools.

As federal officers left the courthouse to respond to attacks on the fence, just like on previous nights they were met by rioters with hard projectiles, mortar style fireworks and lasers that can cause permanent blindness. Over the previous 24 hours, such assaults have resulted in at least 14 federal officers injured.

Initially, Portland Police Bureau's (PPB) North Portland Police Precinct was believed to be a main target of activity last night. PPB officers appeared in front of the precinct building in protective gear early in the evening as a large crowd assembled there.

At 9:36 p.m. local time a reported 4,000-5,000 individuals had gathered around the courthouse.

At 10:40 p.m. local time violent actors began to try and cut the fence protecting the courthouse perimeter, as they have attempted every night since it was erected. Federal officers were forced to use pepper balls to repel the attempts and prevent further damage to federal property. Rioters initially stopped their attack on the fence but quickly returned with shields to continue.

At 10:55 p.m. local time officers were once again forced to go outside the cou

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 25, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: July 25
The violent situation in Portland for the past 56 straight days continues with violent anarchists rioting on the streets as federal law enforcement officers work diligently and honorably to enforce federal law; they do so by defending federal property and the lives of their fellow officers.

In response to nightly attempts to raze and damage the Hatfield Federal Courthouse, DHS made the decision earlier this week to put up a stronger fence around the building's perimeter. While more secure fencing has kept much of the criminal violence away from the courthouse building, it has now become a consistent target of the rioters, who try to tear it down and breach it using ropes, saws, and power tools. Rioters have also tried to set the fence on fire. As federal officers left the building to respond to attacks on the fence, night after night they have been met by rioters with hard projectiles, mortar style fireworks and lasers that can cause permanent blindness.

Demonstrators started to gather around 8 p.m. local time on July 24th and reached around 1,000 by 9 p.m. By 10 p.m. crowd size was estimated to be somewhere around 3,000 to 4,000 people.

At around 10:15 local time a rioter was arrested for trespassing after climbing over the fence protecting the Hatfield Federal Courthouse perimeter.

At around 10:45 p.m. local time rioters began to aggressively rock the fence back and forth in an effort to topple it. At 10:58 p.m. the first mortar-style firework of the evening was fired at the courthouse. The rioters continued to attack on the fence, forcing federal officers to issue multiple warnings to cease. Rioters responded to the warnings by throwing a flare into the fence's perimeter. Rioters then started to use saws to take down the fence, while others disabled several

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 24, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: July 24
The situation in Portland for the past 55 straight days, continues with violent anarchists rioting on the streets of Portland as federal law enforcement officers work diligently and honorably to enforce federal law; they do so by defending federal property and the lives of their fellow officers.

In response to nightly attempts to raze and damage the Hatfield Federal Courthouse, DHS made the decision earlier this week to put up a stronger fence around the building's perimeter. While more secure fencing has kept much of the criminal violence away from the courthouse building, it has now become a consistent target of the rioters, who try to tear it down and breach it using ropes and various tools. As federal officers left the building to address attacks on the fence, night after night they have been met by rioters with hard projectiles, mortar style fireworks and lasers that can cause permanent blindness. Reports on the ground also indicate that rioters' laser attacks have increased in intensity.

By 9:15 p.m. local time over 1500 protestors had peacefully assembled near the Hatfield Federal Courthouse.

Around 10:49 p.m. local time the attack on federal property and officers began when the rioters began to use lasers that can cause permanent blindness against federal officers in the courthouse.

At 11:33 p.m. local time the crowd began to throw trash over the fence protecting the courthouse. At 11:38 p.m. local time federal officers arrived at the scene and immediately came under heavy laser attack.

At 11:45 p.m. local time it was reported that the first fireworks were launched at the courthouse.

At 11:49 p.m. rioters attempted to climb the fence, despite repeated warnings not to do so. Laser attacks continued against the courthouse and officers.

Shortly after midnight local time rioters set fire to trash that had bee

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 24, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Establishes China Working Group to Address Intensifying Threat
WASHINGTON— Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf recently hosted the inaugural meeting of the Department's China Working Group. The Group's purpose is to holistically articulate, prioritize, and coordinate the Department's response to evolving threats to the Homeland posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

"The Chinese threat is intensifying at an alarming rate through CCP's malign activity in the trade, cybersecurity, immigration, and intellectual property domains," said Acting Secretary Wolf.  "Consistent with President Trump's leadership and direction, DHS is at the forefront of combating these threats to the Homeland and our way of life. The Department's role in curbing China's malign activity has never been more important nor timely.  DHS's newly-established China Working Group will prioritize, coordinate, and articulate decisive near- and long-term actions commensurate with the threat we face."

The Working Group will cement the Department's already critical role of working on the frontlines to protect the Homeland from CCP's systematic campaign to undermine our economic prosperity, national security, and fundamental freedoms. Recent Department actions have included

Working with industry and State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial governments to combat CCP disinformation campaigns or broader efforts to distort our country's public discourse and undermine confidence in our democratic processes.Targeting illicit Chinese manufacturers who have exploited the pandemic—which originated in China and spread through CCP malfeasance—by producing and disseminating fraudulent or prohibited COVID-19 PPE and medical supplies to the United States. This has resulted in the seizure of over 1,000,000 FDA-prohibited COVID-19 test-kits and 750,000 counte

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 24, 2020

Trump Administration Partners with Central American Leaders to Address Health, Safety and Border Security Issues
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security convened a virtual version of the XIII edition of the Meeting of Ministers and Secretaries of Security of Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama and the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America otherwise known as the Regional Security Conference (RSC). 

The meeting, originally scheduled to occur in person in Costa Rica in May 2020, was postponed and converted into a virtual meeting due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This virtual iteration focused on the unique challenges the pandemic poses to the region and how it has impacted the traditional roles and missions normally executed by the Security Ministers.

"We were delighted to host this critically important regional security conference," said Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Chad F. Wolf.  "Our partnership with Central American countries are critically important to building safe and secure communities in each of our respective nations. Working together, we can more effectively address the challenges in meeting our economic and security goals during a pandemic environment."

The video conference, which was hosted by Acting Secretary Wolf, included the participation of: the Minister of Public Security of the Republic of Costa Rica, Mr. Michael Soto Rojas; Minister of Security of the Republic of Honduras, General (R) Julián Pacheco Tinoco; the Vice Minister of Public Security of the Republic of Panama, Mr. Ivor Pitti; the Minister of Justice and Public Security of the Republic of El Salvador, Mr. Rogelio Rivas Polanco; and the Minister of Government of the Republic of Guatemala, Mr. Oliverio García Rodas.

Initiated in 2018 by the Governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, the RSC (formerly known as the Northern Triangle Ministerial) is a high-level migration and security policy dialogue attended by the Security Ministers.  During the meeting, the six ministers

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 23, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: July 23
As they have for the past 54 straight days, violent anarchists continue to riot on the streets of Portland as federal law enforcement officers work diligently and honorably to enforce federal law by defending federal property and the lives of their fellow officers.

After days of violent anarchists' repeated attacks on the courthouse resulting in multiple damages to the federal courthouse DHS made the decision to put up a stronger fence around the courthouse perimeter. This new, more secure fencing became a target of repeated attack by rioters throughout the course of the evening. Federal officers were again assaulted with projectiles, mortar style fireworks and lasers - which can cause permanent blindness.

Around dusk the crowd started to gather. It quickly grew to over 2,000 individuals and spilled into the two city parks adjacent to the Federal Center and Justice Center.

Around 10:30 p.m. local time, rioters started to launch mortar-style fireworks over the fence at the federal courthouse and officers.

Rioters also started to attack the fence surrounding the courthouse. In response, federal officers warned the perpetrators to stop their attempts to damage federal property. Instead, rioters threw garbage and other objects over the fence in response. Reports indicated that ball bearings were also being shot against the fence and at the officers inside the perimeter.

Consistent with tactics employed in previous nights, rioters attacked federal officers' eyes with lasers - which can cause permanent blindness.

Around 10:30 p.m. local time, rioters attempted to push over the fence while rioters also started to throw flaming objects over it. Mortar-style fireworks continued to be launched at federal property and officers as well.

At around 11:15 p.m. local time, DHS officers continued to urge those present from attemp

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 23, 2020

New York Amends Dangerous Green Light Law to Cooperate with Federal Law Enforcement on DMV Records
WASHINGTONToday, the Department of Homeland Security announced it will lift its ban on the Trusted Traveler Program (TTP) for New York residents.  After DHS cut off the TTP program in February, Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state legislature amended the law that prevents sharing of information to federal law enforcement officers who are working to protect the citizens of New York and the American people.

New York amended the Green Light Law to expressly allow for information-sharing of NY DMV records "as necessary for an individual seeking acceptance into a trusted traveler program, or to facilitate vehicle imports and/or exports."[1]

Unfortunately, New York State continues to restrict sharing DMV information with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for other enforcement efforts  The State further recently created new criminal penalties for individuals or entities, including law enforcement officials, who share such information with CBP and ICE.  DHS is currently working with the Department of Justice to determine appropriate legal actions to address these problems.

"We appreciate the information sharing to CBP for the trusted travel program, which enables DHS to move forward and begin once again processing New York residents under the Trusted Travel Program.  Nonetheless, local New York law continues to maintain provisions that undermine the security of the American people and purport to criminalize information sharing between law enforcement entities," Acting Secretary Wolf continued.  

"The Green Light Law ultimately undermines the efforts of law enforcement officers, criminalizing their mission to secure the nation and the American people from threats and furthering the risk to their own lives.  Wh

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 22, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: July 22
As they have for the past 53 days, violent anarchists continue to riot on the streets of Portland as federal law enforcement officers work diligently and honorably to enforce federal law by defending federal property and the lives of their fellow officers.

Attacks on federal personnel and property overnight have included attacks on Law Enforcement officers with commercial grade fireworks, hard projectiles, and lasers - which can cause permanent blindness. Last night violence was even more aggressive than previous nights as rioters once again tried to set fire to the federal courthouse and actively tried to breach the entrance of the courthouse. Rioters are also employing tactics that force federal officers to leave the Hatfield Federal Courthouse, setting them up to be attacked with lasers and projectiles.

Around 7 p.m. local time a rioter attacked the Hatfield Federal Courthouse.

There were well over 1,000 protestors gathered at the courthouse by 9:30; no DHS action was taken at that time as the crowd remained peaceful. Despite a no-fly zone around the courthouse, a drone was spotted in use.

Around 10:20 p.m. local time, however, violent anarchists began their nightly assault of the courthouse. Rioters began to barricade the front of the courthouse and assaulted officers inside of the courthouse with lasers - which can cause permanent blindness.

After repeated attacks from rioters, the plywood covering doors at the front of the courthouse began to buckle. A group of rioters also vandalized the south entrance to the courthouse with spray paint.

In response to the rioters' assault, federal officers were forced to leave the building in order to repel the mob. When they did so, they were immediately assaulted with lasers and a variety of other objects designed to inflict harm.

Crowd control measures were deployed to try and redirect the large amount of people in t

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 21, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: July 21
As they have for the past 50 days, on the evening of Monday, July 20th violent anarchists targeted the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and federal law enforcement officers in Portland.

Attacks on federal personnel and property over the previous several days have included violent attacks on federal officers with weapons as well as efforts to start fires at the Hatfield Federal Courthouse with federal law enforcement officers inside the building. The rioting continued through Monday, when seven individuals were arrested on suspicion of federal crimes including assaulting federal officers.



Approximately 75-100 peaceful individuals protested near the Hatfield Federal Courthouse Monday evening.  Those individuals departed the area around 11 p.m. without incident.

Shortly thereafter, over 1,000 people surrounded the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and began removing plywood coverings on the windows meant to protect the building and the federal officers inside, and then attempted to throw objects - some of them incendiary - through the windows at the officers.

Rioters in the crowd were kicking the doors of the federal courthouse, vandalizing the building with spray paint and blocking adjacent intersections.

Federal officers responded to this assault by deploying pepper balls and tear gas. Rioters continued their assault, throwing canned food rocks, and other projectiles at the officers.

At approximately 12:20 local time, more rioters attempted to break into the courthouse, tearing down plywood and breaking a window in the process.

FPS and DHS officers put out several fires that had been lit in the vicinity, including one at the building.

When officers responded to put out these fires, glass bottles were thrown and lasers - which can cause permanent blindness - were shined in their eyes. Pepper balls were again deployed in response to the assault.



Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 19, 2020

BACKGROUNDER: Day 50 of Continued Violence in Portland
BACKGROUNDER

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

PORTLAND, OR

REPORT ON DAY 50 OF CONTINUED VIOLENCE

Evening of July 18, 2020/Early morning of July 19, 2020

Last evening, Portland saw additional violence with violent anarchists assaulting federal officers and damaging federal property. This siege, sustained by DHS law enforcement agents continuously for 50 days, consists of multiple federal crimes. Last night alone, violent anarchists engaged in the following criminal activity:

Violent anarchists barricaded federal officers inside the Hatfield Federal Courthouse using materials harvested by dismantling nearby security fencing. Violent anarchists then launched commercial grade fireworks at the building, attempting to injure or kill federal officers.
 Violent anarchists attempted to blind federal officers by targeting their eyes with laser weapons.
 Violent anarchists launched projectiles at federal officers including commercial grade fireworks and bags of paint.
 Violent anarchists used dismantled security fencing to repeatedly bang against federal property attempting to breach it.
 Violent anarchists again set fire to the base of what used to host the City of Portland's Elk statue, continuing multiple nights of fire at this site.
 Violent anarchists published personal lodging and rental details of DHS employees on social media, detailing exact locations including entrance and exit points of lodging, harassing rental and lodging staff, and asking individuals to acquire tools for attacks. 
 Violent anarchists expanded riots beyond federal property to residential areas, also setting fire to the Portland Police Association. 

Keywords: Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 17, 2020

Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice Announce Plan to Restart MPP Hearings
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) remain committed to resuming removal hearings for aliens subject to the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) as expeditiously as possible. To lend greater certainty in a fluid COVID-19 environment, DHS has maintained close contact with the Department of State (DOS) and the Government of Mexico (GOM) and worked with DOJ to identify public health criteria to determine when hearings may resume swiftly and safely.

The criteria below outline the factors that DHS and DOJ will use to determine when to resume MPP hearings.  Once the criteria are met, the Departments will provide public notification at least fifteen calendar days prior to resumption of the hearings with location-specific details.  In order to resume MPP hearings in a responsible manner that will minimize risk to public health and the spread of disease, DHS plans to adhere to recommended federal guidance and protocols, including in particular the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) social-distancing and sanitization standards.  DHS is working to secure the equipment and resources necessary to support this safe resumption of MPP hearings. The use and application of these criteria are subject to continuing evaluation:

Criteria to Restart MPP Hearings

When California, Arizona, and Texas progress to Stage 3 of their reopening plans.[1]When DOS[2] and CDC[3] lower their global health advisories to Level 2, and/or a comparable change in health advisories, regarding Mexico in particular.When GOM's "stoplight" system categorizes all Mexican border states (i.e., Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Sonora, and Baja California) as "yellow."[4]Once the thre

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 16, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Condemns The Rampant Long-Lasting Violence In Portland
"The city of Portland has been under siege for 47 straight days by a violent mob while local political leaders refuse to restore order to protect their city. Each night, lawless anarchists destroy and desecrate property, including the federal courthouse, and attack the brave law enforcement officers protecting it.  

"A federal courthouse is a symbol of justice - to attack it is to attack America. Instead of addressing violent criminals in their communities, local and state leaders are instead focusing on placing blame on law enforcement and requesting fewer officers in their community. This failed response has only emboldened the violent mob as it escalates violence day after day. 

"This siege can end if state and local officials decide to take appropriate action instead of refusing to enforce the law. DHS will not abdicate its solemn duty to protect federal facilities and those within them. Again, I reiterate the Department's offer to assist local and state leaders to bring an end to the violence perpetuated by anarchists," said Acting Secretary Chad Wolf 

Below is a snapshot of the lawless destruction and violence of the past several weeks that Department of Homeland Security and its subcomponents of Ice and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, and Federal Protective Services have faced:



Violent anarchists broke a front window at the Hatfield Courthouse.Violent anarchists graffitied the Hatfield Courthouse.Overall, the cost of damages on federal property done by the violent mob this first night was estimated at $5,000.

Violent anarchists graffitied the BPA Building.Violent anarchists graffitied the Hatfield Courthouse.Violent anarchists graffitied the Edith Green-Wenell Wyatt Building.Violent anarchists graffitied the Terry Schrunk Plaza.Violent anarchists

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 10, 2020

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Traveling to Miami
Today, Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf will be traveling with President Donald J. Trump to Miami, FL. There, President Trump and Acting Secretary Wolf will receive a briefing from U.S Southern Command on the advances of the Enhanced Counter Narcotics Operations since April 1st  in the Caribbean and the Eastern Pacific. DHS is committed to bring all of its resources to bear in close coordination with our partners so that we can hold cartels accountable. President Trump has recognized the threat posed by dangerous drug cartels requires a strong response not only at our borders, but also at sea.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Drug Interdiction, President Trump
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 05, 2020

FPS Statement on Portland Civil Unrest
Officers from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service detained eight people following the 37th consecutive night of violence and civil unrest in Downtown Portland.

Those detained are pending prosecutorial decision by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon. and face possible charges ranging from damage to government property and assault on a law enforcement officer to interfering with a law enforcement officer.

These charges can carry maximum fines of up to $5,000 and possible jail time of up to 20 years in prison depending on the severity of the crime.

Attacks on federal officers at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse involved the use of strobe lights, laser lights, commercial-grade fireworks, bricks, rocks, bottles, and paint-filled balloons. One suspect arrested was armed with machetes and was carrying a metal pipe with end caps and a fuse.

Officers from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and from the Department of Justice's U.S. Marshals Service continue to defend federal property from criminal acts of violence and vandalism.

Keywords: Federal Protective Service (FPS)
Topics: Homeland Security Enterprise, Law Enforcement Partnerships

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 02, 2020

DHS, DOT, and HHS Issue New Guidance for Airline Industry Partners to Facilitate Safe Air Travel
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, and Health and Human Services today issued joint guidance specifically for the air travel industry to better protect passengers, crew, and other airport workers from the COVID-19 pandemic during our economic recovery. This guidance, the "Runway to Recovery: The United States Framework for Airlines and Airports to Mitigate the Public Health Risks of Coronavirus," lays out a framework for implementing public health measures in the aviation sector to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

"As we reopen the economy under President Trump's Opening Up America Again guidelines, we are taking aggressive measures to protect the American people from COVID-19 as they reengage their travel plans," said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf. "Air travel is critical to our economic recovery and DHS has been working closely with our partners in the aviation industry throughout every step of our response to this pandemic to ensure that we are facilitating travel in a safe and secure manner."

The guidelines call for public health measures to be implemented at each step in the air travel process, including before, during, and after the flight to minimize the chance for transmission of the virus. Some of the recommendations for airlines and airports include:

Create barriers to disease transmission;Increase social distancing measures;Minimize points of contact with surfaces and people;Ensure cleanliness of all areas with potential for human contact;Know how passengers arriving on international flights can be reached if exposed to COVID 19; andSpecialized training for aviation workers, especially airline crew.The industry guidelines combine the expertise of three federal agencies, DHS, HHS, and DOT, each of which

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 02, 2020

DHS Statement on Safety and Enforcement During the 2020 Wildfire Season
On July 2, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the following statement on Safety and Enforcement During the 2020 Wildfire Season:

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are concerned about the potential impact of the 2020 wildfire season to western and southwestern portions of the United States, including the current wildfires in Arizona, Colorado, Utah, and Nevada. Our highest priority remains the preservation of life and safety.  In consideration of these circumstances, there will be no immigration enforcement initiatives associated with evacuations or sheltering related to the wildfires, except in the event of a serious public safety threat.

Keywords: Wildfire
Topics: Border Security, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 01, 2020

Trump Administration Strongly Warns U.S. Businesses Against Contributing to China's Human Rights Abuses
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are issuing a joint advisory urging U.S. companies to monitor their activities in China, particularly in the Xinjiang region, where the Chinese government is harshly repressing its own people and is committing human rights abuses.

This advisory warns U.S. businesses, individuals, academic institutions, service providers, investors and others that choose to operate in Xinjiang or engage with entities that use labor or goods from Xinjiang will face reputational, economic, and legal risks associated with certain types of involvement with entities that engage in human rights abuses.

The advisory details the abuses: "The PRC government in Xinjiang has, since at least March 2017, detained for indefinite periods more than one million Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, ethnic Kyrgyz, and members of other Muslim minority groups in internment camps designed to eradicate detainees' cultural and religious identities, and to indoctrinate them with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ideology. Detainees describe extreme overcrowding, sleep and food deprivation, medical neglect, physical and psychological abuse (including what they describe as torture), forced labor, forced ingestion of unidentified drugs, sexual abuse, forced abortions, forced birth control, sterilization, forced renunciation of religion, denial of prayer and other religious practices (including pressure to consume pork or alcohol), denial of the use of their native languages, and being forced to study and recite CCP propaganda. There is evidence that some have died in the internment camps, or very shortly after release, as a result of abuse and neglect. These abuses are now believed to have spread beyond Xinjiang, with credible reports claiming that victims are currently being sent to other provinces and subjected to forced labor and other abusi

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 01, 2020

DHS Announces New Task Force to Protect American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues
WASHINGTON— Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad F. Wolf, announced the establishment of the DHS Protecting American Communities Task Force (PACT), a special task force to coordinate Departmental law enforcement agency assets in protecting our nation's historic monuments, memorials, statues, and federal facilities.

"DHS is answering the President's call to use our law enforcement personnel across the country to protect our historic landmarks," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "We won't stand idly by while violent anarchists and rioters seek not only to vandalize and destroy the symbols of our nation, but to disrupt law and order and sow chaos in our communities."

On June 26th, President Trump issued an Executive Order to ensure that our historic monuments and statues will be protected. The Order, "Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Activity," directs DHS, within its statutory authority, to provide personnel to assist with the protection of federal monuments, memorials, statues, or property.

As a result, DHS created the PACT, which will conduct ongoing assessments of potential civil unrest or destruction and allocate resources to protect people and property. This may involve potential surge activity to ensure the continuing protection of critical locations. DHS's Office of Operations Coordination will also partner closely with the Departments of Justice and Interior to establish information and intelligence sharing.

"As we approach the July 4th holiday, I have directed the deployment and pre-positioning of Rapid Deployment Teams (RDT) across the country to respond to potential threats to facilities and property," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "While the Department respects every American's right to protest peacefully, violence and civil unrest will not be tolerated."

 

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Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 30, 2020

DHS Announces Grant Allocations for Fiscal Year 2020 Preparedness Grants
WASHINGTON— As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) ongoing efforts to support state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf today announced final allocations of $385 million for seven Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 DHS competitive preparedness grant programs. These allocations, together with the more than $1.3 billion in non-competitive grant funding announced by DHS in February and April, total nearly $1.8 billion in FY 2020 granted to assist states, local areas, tribal and territorial governments, nonprofit agencies, and the private sector with their preparedness efforts.

"The Department of Homeland Security and FEMA have led the way in modernizing our preparedness capabilities throughout our nation," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "Through initiatives like these, we are equipping our state and local partners to protect their communities and keep their residents safe. Never has this been more critical than in today's environment. As a Department, we look forward to seeing the new initiatives, protocols and resources that will be implemented and bolster security as a direct result of these programs."

"Last year my Homeland Security Advisory Council presented me with several recommendations to prevent targeted violence against faith-based communities.  The Council worked closely with these communities to better understand their needs and how DHS can develop a more agile, scalable framework to inform, train and resource faith communities that are impacted by threats of targeted violence," said Acting Secretary Wolf.  "These grants are another example of DHS' commitment to following their recommendations for added resources."

Since 2002, DHS has awarded nearly $54 billion to these partners. Preparedness grants strengthen our nation's ability to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies in support of the National Preparedness Goa

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 24, 2020

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Traveling to Florida
This evening, Acting Secretary Chad Wolf will be traveling to Tampa, FL. Tomorrow, June 25th, Acting Secretary Chad Wolf will host a roundtable discussion with Florida sheriffs to convey the Administration's support for law enforcement and the Department's commitment to continue a strong partnership with local law enforcement offices to secure the homeland. Following the roundtable, Acting Secretary Wolf will visit U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, where he will receive a briefing from USCG leadership and participate in an aerial tour.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Law Enforcement
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 22, 2020

Trump Administration, DHS Prioritizes American Citizens for American Jobs
Trump Administration moves to suspend foreign worker visas as nation undertakes economic recovery following COVID-19 closures

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it will begin implementing a Trump Administration proclamation to protect American workers in the wake of unprecedented unemployment caused by COVID-19.

"The President is taking decisive action to put American families and workers first in the reopening of the economy and the Department stands ready to implement this important executive action," said DHS Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf. "This proclamation ensures Americans are first in line for American jobs as the economy reopens."

The proclamation unveiled by President Trump directs the Department of Homeland Security to undertake a two-part approach to ensure employers put Americans first.

First, the proclamation uses presidential authority under Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to temporarily pause the issuance of certain new nonimmigrant visas until December 31, 2020, which could be extended as necessary. The visa categories paused include H-1B, H-2B, L and certain J nonimmigrants. The stipulations will not apply to foreign workers already in the country on existing visas or foreign nationals already in possession of visas at the time of the proclamation's effective date.

Second, DHS is also directed to use all available tools to transition to a merit-based immigration system, ending often-exploited avenues for fraud and abuse. New provisions include non-displacement provisions, which prohibit companies from laying off American workers only to replace citizen employees with foreign nationals, and new efforts to prevent illegal aliens from obtaining work permits.

DHS is also working with United States Gove

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 22, 2020

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Traveling To Arizona
Tomorrow, June 23rd, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf will travel to Yuma, AZ with President Donald J. Trump and Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan to mark the completion of 200 miles of new wall along the southwest border with Mexico. While in Yuma, President Trump will host a roundtable discussion with elected officials and community leaders to discuss border security, and join Acting Secretary Wolf and Acting Commissioner Morgan for a tour of the new wall at San Luis.   

Keywords: Border Wall
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 19, 2020

DHS Announces Imposition of Visa Sanctions on Burundi
Burundi Has Failed to Accept Return of Nationals Subject to Removal Orders

WASHINGTON — Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in coordination with the Department of State, announced the imposition of visa sanctions on Burundi due to lack of cooperation in accepting its citizens and nationals ordered removed from the United States.

Pursuant to his authority under Section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf notified Secretary of State Michael Pompeo that the Government of Burundi has denied or unreasonably delayed accepting its citizens and nationals ordered removed from the United States.

As a result, Secretary of State Pompeo has ordered consular officers to implement visa restrictions on certain categories of visa applicants. The suspension will remain in place until the Secretary of Homeland Security notifies the Secretary of State that cooperation on removals has improved to an acceptable level.

The decision to sanction a recalcitrant country is not taken lightly. DHS makes significant efforts, in collaboration with the Department of State, to encourage countries to accept the prompt, lawful return of their citizens or nationals who are subject to removal from the United States. Those efforts include diplomatic communications at the highest levels of government. The U.S. Government stands ready to renew efforts with the Government of Burundi to facilitate the removal of Burundian nationals subject to final orders of removal.

As a general matter, countries that refuse to issue travel documents frustrate the United States' removal process as enacted by Congress in the INA, and such countries also fail to meet their international obligations to take back their nationals who have been ordered removed.

"This announcement is about ensuring the safety of the American people and upholding the rule of law. Given t

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 18, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Honors FPS PSO Patrick Underwood and the FPS Family
*/ ???Acting Secretary Chad Wolf celebrates the life and legacy of Federal Protective Service (FPS) Protective Security Officer (PSO) Patrick Underwood and thanks him and the entire FPS for their service and sacrifice. Every day, the men and women of FPS put their safety before others to protect federal employees and our homeland.??


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Keywords: Federal Protective Service (FPS), Law Enforcement
Topics: Homeland Security Enterprise, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 18, 2020

DHS Statement On Supreme Court Decision on DACA
The Department of Homeland Security released the following statements regarding the Supreme Court decision on DACA.

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf: "DACA recipients deserve closure and finality surrounding their status here in the U.S. Unfortunately, today's Supreme Court decision fails to provide that certainty. The DACA program was created out of thin air and implemented illegally. The American people deserve to have the Nation's laws faithfully executed as written by their representatives in Congress—not based on the arbitrary decisions of a past Administration. This ruling usurps the clear authority of the Executive Branch to end unlawful programs."

Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli: "The Supreme Court's decision is an affront to the rule of law and gives Presidents power to extend discretionary policies into future Administrations. No Justice will say that the DACA program is lawful, and that should be enough reason to end it.  Justice Clarence Thomas had it right in dissent: ‘Such timidity [by SCOTUS] forsakes the Court's duty to apply the law according to neutral principles and the ripple effects of the majority's error will be felt throughout our system of self-government.'"

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Deputy Secretary
Topics: Citizenship and Immigration Services,

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 18, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Traveling to California
Today, June 18th, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf will travel to San Francisco, CA to participate in an award ceremony for Federal Protective Service (FPS) Protective Service Officer (PSO) Sombat Mifkovic and the five other officers who responded to a shooting on May 29th during civil unrest that resulted in his severe injury and took the life of FPS PSO Dave Patrick Underwood.

Tomorrow, on June 19th, Acting Secretary Wolf will represent the 240,000 men and women of DHS when he joins the Underwood family in honoring Officer Underwood, a fallen hero who made the ultimate sacrifice, at a memorial service.  

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Travel
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 17, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf's Statement on Team Telecom Recommendations
"Today's recommendation to the Federal Communications Commission demonstrates that the United States Government is committed to securing our critical infrastructure, which is essential to our national security. To maintain the security and prosperity of our digital economy, it is vital to ensure that undersea communications cables are secure.  Routing undersea cables through Hong Kong would provide the People's Republic of China with a strategic opportunity to collect the private information of our citizens and sensitive commercial data. Hong Kong is subject to intrusive Chinese government laws that put the demands of information by the Chinese Communist Party ahead of the privacy of U.S. consumers. We are proud to serve as a member of Team Telecom and to be part of this critical recommendation process."

Additional InformationTo read DOJ's press release on Telecom Recommendation, click here.  Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Critical Infrastructure, Telecommunications
Topics: Critical Infrastructure Security, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 16, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf's Statement on the President's Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities
"With today's Executive Order, President Trump is again demonstrating leadership on a difficult issue facing our country.  Now is the time to ensure all communities remain safe and that the justice system is fair and equitable for all Americans.  The Department of Homeland Security is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with our state and local law enforcement to protect American communities across our nation from all threats."

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Executive Order, Law Enforcement
Topics: Law Enforcement Partnerships, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 16, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf's Statement on Extension of Non-Essential Travel Restrictions with Canada and Mexico
The Department of Homeland Security will ensure that the measures taken at our borders will protect America from all threats, including threats against the health and safety of our citizens. Based on the success of the existing restrictions and the emergence of additional global COVID-19 hotspots, the Department will continue to limit non-essential travel at our land ports of entry with Canada and Mexico. This extension protects Americans while keeping essential trade and travel flowing as we reopen the American economy.  

The Department of Homeland Security is in close contact with our Canadian and Mexican counterparts regarding this extension, and they agree on the need to extend their non-essential travel restrictions as well. I look forward to continue working with our neighbors to maintain essential trade and travel while protecting the health of our respective citizenry.

Keywords: Canada, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Mexico
Topics: Border Security, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 12, 2020

S&T Launches Tool to Predict Decay of Airborne Coronavirus

S&T Public Affairs, 202-254-2385

- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) added a new calculator to their online tools today to estimate the natural decay of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) in the air under various environmental conditions. Using the results of ongoing research being conducted at S&T's National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) in Maryland, the tool is designed to assist response efforts and minimize person-to-person transmission by analyzing environmental factors that may impact the ability of the virus to spread.

"This groundbreaking research into how COVID-19 spreads and the new interactive model from DHS S&T will have far-reaching impact," said William N. Bryan, DHS Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Science & Technology. "The easily accessible tool allows officials, the medical community, and individuals to make more informed decisions to protect their own health and well-being."

Preventing the spread of SARS-CoV-2 is critical to reducing the impact of COVID-19 in the absence of an effective treatment. Transmission is believed to happen through airborne respiratory particles from breathing, talking, and coughing, and potentially through contact with contaminated surfaces. S&T research that uses simulated saliva finds survival of the virus depends greatly on its environmental conditions, with the virus most stable indoors and least stable in the presence of sunlight. Two studies by S&T researchers have been featured in the Oxford Academic Journal of Infectious Diseases, with the most rec

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