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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.

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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
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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

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- 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

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 11, 2020

DHS Moves to Promote Global Peace, Stability, and Security by Enhancing Women's Leadership Around the World Through Whole-of-Government Strategy
WASHINGTON - Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf issued the following statement today regarding the DHS Implementation Plan for the United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security to address problems faced by women and girls in conflict and disaster-affected areas around the world:

"Our Department is grateful to President Donald J. Trump for creating an articulated strategy to promote the role of women in preventing conflict and securing peace. This important strategy—the first of its kind—will have far-reaching effects on the success and empowerment of women as it not only prioritizes women's participation in conflict recovery, but in civilian and economic life as well."

"DHS has been working diligently with our agency partners, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development, with the support of the White House National Security Council, to finalize our DHS Implementation Plan. I am hopeful that DHS will be able to identify further opportunities for future agreements with partner nations to bolster our shared security through empowering women to take a larger leadership role in law enforcement. I look forward to seeing the results of this initiative as we work together with our partners to protect our borders, end human trafficking, and disrupt transnational criminals."

As part of the DHS implementation plan, which is being led by the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, the Department will be working to identify additional training opportunities for more women from partner nations to come to DHS to learn the essential skills of law enforcement leadership, when such training is permitted by law. DHS helps negotiate key international agreements ranging from border sec

Department of Homeland Security News
May 30, 2020

Video | DHS Press Briefing on Shooting of FPS Officers in California
DHS Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli hold press briefing on the shooting of two FPS officers in California.

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

Department of Homeland Security News
May 27, 2020

Department of Homeland Security Adds Brazil to List of Countries for COVID-19 Travel Restrictions
WASHINGTON - Based on a recommendation by DHS and its intergovernmental partners, such as the Centers for Disease Control, President Trump signed a proclamation on May 24 and amended on May 25 suspending the entry into the U.S. of any foreign nationals who were present in Brazil during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. This travel restriction applies to flights departing after 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time on May 26.

"As we reopen the U.S. economy, the Trump administration is continuing to take aggressive measures to protect the American people from COVID-19," said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf. "By adding Brazil to the list of travel-restricted nations based on a careful and thorough analysis of data, we are proactively mitigating another risk factor to our communities. While this may be disruptive to some travelers, action is needed to protect the public from further spread of the virus."

Brazil will be added to a list of travel-restricted countries currently including Iran, China, and most European countries, which have all been highly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home after recently visiting Brazil or other travel-restricted countries may still reenter by going through a process for enhanced medical screenings at specially designated airports. To accommodate the inclusion of Brazil, George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport are being added to the existing list of airports currently receiving flights from travel-restricted nations, bringing the total to the below 15 airports:

Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Massachusetts

Department of Homeland Security News
May 25, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Traveling to Florida
Tomorrow, May 26th, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf will travel to Jacksonville, FL to meet with industry and local leaders as we enter into the reopening of the economy. The Acting Secretary will tour Port of Jacksonville (JAXPORT) to discuss the essential role the port plays in supply chain and economic security as commercial cargo and passenger volume increases in Florida. Following that, Acting Secretary Wolf will visit the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Station, where he will tour the facility and discuss the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program and DHS's commitment to help first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, May 27th, the Acting Secretary will attend the launch of SpaceX Demo-2 in Cape Canaveral.

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

Department of Homeland Security News
May 22, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Signs Exemption Allowing Entry of Certain Foreign Professional Athletes into the US
In support of the Trump Administration's reopening of the economy, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf signed an order that exempts certain foreign professional athletes who compete in professional sporting events organized by certain leagues, including their essential staff and their dependents, from proclamations barring their entry into the U.S.

"Professional sporting events provide much needed economic benefits, but equally important, they provide community pride and national unity," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "In today's environment, Americans need their sports. It's time to reopen the economy and it's time we get our professional athletes back to work."

The order, signed on May 22, 2020, states that it is in the national interest to except aliens who compete in professional sporting events organized by certain professional sporting groups, including their professional staff, team and league leadership, spouses, and dependents, from entry restrictions laid out in Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and 9996.

The Department will work with the professional sporting groups to identify the specific athletes, essential staff, team and league leadership, spouses, and dependents covered by this exemption, including Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the Women's National Basketball Association, the Professional Golfers' Association Tour, the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, the National Hockey League, the Association of Tennis Professionals, and the Women's Tennis Association.

This order does not exempt individuals from inspection by Customs and Border Protection or any other agency requirements. The Acting Secretary may add or remove those exempted from the list based on assessments of national interest, including the plans of the relevant professional sporting groups to support sporting events in the United States that do not cause an unnecessary risk to the public health.

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Department of Homeland Security News
May 22, 2020

Statement from Acting Secretary Wolf on Corpus Christi Shooting
Yesterday, a gunman opened fire at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas in a terrorism-related attack against members of the U.S. military. The FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force are leading the investigation, supported by DHS's U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service and ICE Homeland Security Investigations. Thank you to the Naval Air Station's security forces and all the law enforcement organizations for their swift work in responding to the attack.

It is clear that the United States remains a top target for terrorists and terrorist organizations all over the world. Our military personnel just faced a separate deadly naval base attack in December where an al-Qaeda inspired shooter killed three service members in Pensacola, Florida.

DHS's counterterrorism mission remains its top priority since its founding after the 9/11 attacks, with particular focus on Foreign Terrorist Organizations. We will continue to make substantial progress in our ability to detect, prevent, protect against, and mitigate the threats posed to the American people by these groups and by those who adhere to their distorted ideologies. The men and women of the Department across all of our components continue to stand watch all over the country to protect the American people, the homeland, and our values.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Active Shooter, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
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Department of Homeland Security News
May 22, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Announces Additional Support to Firefighting Organizations
Fort Worth, TX - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf visited the Fort Worth Fire Department Training Academy with Congresswoman Kay Granger, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Fort Worth Fire Chief Jim Davis. During a press conference, Acting Secretary Wolf announced changes to the FY2019 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant program that would allow more firefighting organizations to take advantage of the grants.

"Firefighting organizations represent our hometown heroes, risking their lives to keep our communities safe," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "While bravely answering the call during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of these departments are seeing increased personnel costs. Through our decisive actions on SAFER Grants, DHS is continuing its commitment to support our local partners during this difficult time and making sure they have the resources they need to carry out their critical missions."

FY2019 SAFER Grants will no longer be subject to certain cost share, salary cap, supplanting, and minimum budget restrictions. Further, Acting Secretary Wolf announced that economically impacted fire departments can apply for and receive SAFER funding for FY2019 through May 27th. These changes will be extended into FY2020.

The SAFER Grant program is a critical partnership between DHS, FEMA, and local fire organizations that is crucial in helping fire departments in recruitment and retention. Firefighters and EMTs have been indispensable in the fight against COVID-19 and have been part of the backbone of local responses to the pandemic.

"The Fort Worth Fire Department plays a critical role in the health and safety of our community and has been on the frontlines of our fight against COVID-19", said Mayor Betsy Price "The SAFER Grant has ensured our first responders have the resources necessary to best protect and serve all of Fort Worth."

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Department of Homeland Security News
May 20, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Traveling to Texas
Tomorrow, May 21st, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf will travel to Dallas, TX to meet with industry and local leaders as we enter into the reopening of the economy. The Acting Secretary will tour AllianceTexas, an industrial community that has been critical in maintaining our supply chain security throughout the crisis.

On Friday, May 22nd, the Acting Secretary will visit the Fort Worth Fire Department Training Academy, where he will tour the facility and discuss ways DHS can further support first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Before returning to D.C., Acting Secretary Wolf will visit Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to meet with the men and women of Customs and Border Protection and Transportation Security Administration, who are risking their own health and safety throughout the pandemic to man the frontlines.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Supply Chain
Topics: Critical Infrastructure Security, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
May 19, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf's Statement on the Extension of Title 42
Today, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extended Title 42 public health restrictions at the borders until he determines the serious danger from COVID-19 has ceased. This order has been one of the most critical tools the Department has used to prevent the further spread of the virus and to protect the American people, DHS frontline officers, and those in their care and custody from COVID-19.

 NOTE: The text of the Order can be found at:https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/order-suspending-introduction-certain-persons.html

Additional InformationDHS Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019Coronavirus.govCDC.gov: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)USA.gov: What the U.S. Government is Doing Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Border Security, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Public Health
Topics: Border Security,

Department of Homeland Security News
May 19, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf's Statement on Non-Essential Travel
As I have repeatedly stated - border security is homeland security. Our efforts over the last several months to limit non-essential travel have been successful and now is not the time to change course. The President has made it clear that we must continue to keep legitimate, commercial trade flowing while limiting those seeking to enter our country for non-essential purposes. Non-essential travel will not be permitted until this administration is convinced that doing so is safe and secure.

We have been in contact with our Canadian and Mexican counterparts and they also agree that extending these restrictions is prudent at this time. We appreciate our partnership with Mexico and Canada in ensuring that North America is working together to combat the ongoing global pandemic.

NOTE: The text of the Order can be found at: https://www.dhs.gov/publication/notification-temporary-travel-restrictions-applicable-land-ports-entry-and-ferries

Additional InformationDHS Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019Coronavirus.govCDC.gov: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)USA.gov: What the U.S. Government is Doing Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Border Security, Coronavirus (COVID-19),

Department of Homeland Security News
May 18, 2020

Statement from Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf
The FBI findings from the tragic Pensacola navy base shooting last December illustrate that the enduring threat from terrorist organizations, such as Al-Qaeda, continues. This incident is a stark reminder that terrorist organizations are just as determined to attack us today as on September 11, 2001. DHS continues to support the investigation and, in the wake of the attack, DHS supported the Departments of State and Department of Defense in reviewing screening and vetting procedures for foreign military students.

Foreign terrorist organizations remain a core priority of DHS's counterterrorism efforts and we will continue to make substantial progress in our ability to detect, prevent, protect against, and mitigate the threats that these groups pose to the American people. DHS has fully stood up and is utilizing the National Vetting Center to leverage technology and collaborate with our national security partners to identify terrorists and prevent them from traveling to the United States. DHS also remains a steadfast contributor to the Joint Terrorism Task Force and our officers, agents, and analysts work to identify and disrupt terrorism subjects on a daily basis. Additionally, DHS released its Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence last year, explaining how the Department will use the tools and expertise that have strengthened the country from foreign terrorist organizations to address the evolving threats of today.

The men and women of the Department across the components continue to stand watch all over the country to protect the homeland and our values.

Keywords: Counter-Terrorism Response,

Department of Homeland Security News
May 17, 2020

DHS Statement on Graham-Feinstein U.S. Secret Service Mission Improvement in Realignment Act of 2020
"As Acting Secretary Wolf testified before Congress earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security supports the President's FY 2021 budget request to transfer the U.S. Secret Service to the Department of the Treasury. As such, the Department supports the bipartisan Graham-Feinstein U.S. Secret Service Mission Improvement in Realignment Act of 2020."

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, U.S. Secret Service
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
May 16, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Commemorates 2020 Police Week
During Police Week, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf paid his respects to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty last year by participating in the national candlelight vigil, leading a virtual Police Week 5k with leaders from across the Department, laying a wreath at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, and dedicating a new DHS Wall of Remembrance at DHS headquarters. Though Police Week was conducted virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, DHS has still made honoring our brothers and sisters in law enforcement a priority. 

"The National Law Enforcement Memorial Wall now includes more 22,000 names—each a brave, selfless law enforcement officer who answered the call to protect their communities," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "Some of these names include individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice during the attacks on September 11, 2001, the very attacks which led to the creation of the Department I am honored to lead today. These names not only stand as a memorial for us to grieve and remember, but also a monument to the values we hold dear as country—including respect, integrity, and selfless service. This year, three more names from DHS unfortunately joined that wall, Robert Hotten, Donna Doss, and Michele T. Paul, each of them heroes."

DHS is the largest employer of federal law enforcement agents. Approximately one-third of our 240,000 employees serve as law enforcement officers, and nearly 70 percent perform law enforcement functions. The Department's law enforcement family includes U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Secret Service, Federal Protective Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Coast Guard, and Transportation Security Administration. DHS also plays an important role in tr

Department of Homeland Security News
May 13, 2020

News Release: S&T Launches Indoor Predictive Modeling Tool for Coronavirus Stability
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- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today released a predictive modeling tool to estimate natural decay of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) under a range of temperatures and relative humidity. Leveraging the results of research being conducted at S&T's National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC), the tool is designed to assist response efforts and estimate the environmental persistence of the virus under certain combinations of temperatures and humidity.

"While researchers across the federal government and the medical community continue to study COVID-19, preventing the spread of the virus is a top priority," said William N. Bryan, DHS Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology. "Transmission occurs primarily through respiratory droplets produced by talking, coughing, and sneezing. If these droplets settle on surfaces or o

Department of Homeland Security News
May 12, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Statement on the Confirmation of Troy Edgar
"Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Troy Edgar to be the next Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Previously, Troy served as the Associate Deputy Under Secretary for Management and he has excelled in addressing critical program areas, including Financial Systems Modernization and U.S. Coast Guard Readiness. In this role, Troy has proven a tremendous asset in a short period of time. Troy's experience as a veteran of the United States Navy as well as over 30 years in business with Fortune 500 companies will serve him well as he leads the Department's finances and acting as a steward of taxpayer dollars. I look forward to continuing to work with him to ensure that the Department continues to run efficiently and effectively."

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

Department of Homeland Security News
May 11, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Traveling to Arizona and California
Tomorrow, May 12th, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf will travel to Nogales, Arizona to visit the Nogales Commercial Port of Entry and participate in an aerial tour of the Southwest border to review the new construction of the wall. Later that day, the Acting Secretary will travel to Tucson, Arizona where he will visit a CBP Sector Coordination Center.

On May 13th, Acting Secretary Chad Wolf will travel to San Diego, CA for a tour of the San Ysidro Port of Entry and participate in an aerial tour at the southwest border wall.  Later that evening the Acting Secretary will return to DC.  

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

Department of Homeland Security News
May 10, 2020

Joint DHS/EOIR Statement on the Rescheduling of MPP Hearings
The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security continue to take necessary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by limiting in-person interaction. To this end, the Departments have made the following adjustments to the temporary postponement of Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) hearings.

Beginning May 10th, in-person document service will be suspended immediately until June 8th, alleviating the need for aliens to travel within Mexico to a U.S. port of entry during this one-month suspension period. DHS and EOIR are deeply committed to ensuring the health and safety of aliens, our frontline officers, immigration court professionals, and our citizens.

All MPP hearings will remain postponed through, and including, June 19th. Individuals with a hearing date prior to June 22nd should present themselves at the port of entry identified on their tear sheet one month later than the date indicated on their most recently noticed date. For example, if the hearing date is May 10th, individuals should present themselves on June 10th.

For individuals with a hearing date of June 22nd or after, there is no change in procedures and individuals should report as instructed on their tear sheets. 

The Departments are committed to proceeding with MPP hearings as expeditiously as possible and will continue to review conditions related to COVID-19 to make further determinations as necessary. For updated information on immigration courts in English and Spanish please visit: portal.eoir.justice.gov/infosystem or call the Department of Justice's electronic phone system: 1-800-898-7180.

 

Keywords: Coronavirus (COVID-19),

Department of Homeland Security News
May 07, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Announces New Homeland Security Advisory Council Members
On a call today with the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf introduced seven new members to the group of top industry leaders, James Carafano, James Fuller, Hans C. Miller, Chris Nocco, Cynthia Renaud, Mark Weatherford, and Brian White. In one of the largest HSAC member attended meetings in recent years, the group discussed a range of homeland security issues and received progress reports from the Economic Security, Information and Communications Technology Risk Reduction, Youth Engagement, and Biometric subcommittees.

"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 am 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 Department relies on the unique perspectives and strategic advice provided by HSAC members to help address emerging threats in a rapidly changing world. I'm confident that the new members announced today will contribute to this important mission."

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. The HSAC is comprised of national policy makers, representatives from state, local, and tribal governments, emergency, and first responder communities, academia, and the private sector. Former CIA and FBI Director Judge William Webster is chair of the HSAC.

For more information about the HSAC, visit www.dhs.gov/hsac.

The seven new HSAC members are:

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Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 28, 2020

Joint Statement from DHS and VA on Continued Collaboration Throughout COVID-19 Pandemic
In a whole-of-government effort, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Veterans Affairs have worked very closely together throughout the coronavirus pandemic to bring critical medical supplies to our nation's heroes. While the supply and demand for personal protective equipment during this crisis is greater than ever before, the federal government has worked with governmental and private sector partners to secure what the VA needs.

In support of our nation's veterans, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has coordinated shipments of more than 4.3 million various types of respirator masks, 1 million facial/surgical masks, 1.5 million gloves, and 14,000 face shields to VA facilities across the country. An additional 1 million facial/surgical masks are shipping this week.

Additionally, working in close partnership with FEMA, the VA has made 1,500 acute and intensive care hospital beds across the nation available to non-veteran patients, if necessary. VA is helping 38 states, providing support to state Veterans' homes and private nursing homes.

Keywords: Coronavirus (COVID-19), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 24, 2020

Fact Sheet: DHS is Taking on COVID-19 Related Fraud
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been working nonstop to protect the American people from criminals who are attempting to exploit fear for financial gain.  

Throughout the crisis, transnational criminal organizations have attempted to profit from the shipping of prohibited medical supplies, personal protective equipment, and other products which claim to help in the fight against coronavirus. Other criminal opportunists are attempting social engineering, phishing, non-delivery, and auction fraud scams related to coronavirus.

However, the men and women of DHS across the country are standing watch to protect the American public from these criminal and often dangerous schemes.

What is DHS doing?Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)Cyber hackers are regularly sending emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to gain access to company data and resources, or to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities and causes. CISA's cyber-defenses help deny malicious actors the ability to utilize the web as a portal for criminal activity and aid law enforcement in bringing violators to justice. As of April 17th, CISA reported that it has identified and blocked over 3,500 coronavirus-related malicious domains and email addresses since the start of the pandemic.

CISA also continues to regularly remind the public to stay alert and vigilant against scams that exploit the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

On March 6th, CISA released an alert warning Americans that cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes.On March 13th

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 21, 2020

Statement from DHS on the Ligado License
"The Department of Homeland Security recommended the FCC deny the Ligado license and remains concerned that an approval creates a high degree of uncertainty for our public and private sector partners, many of whom- along with the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense and Transportation, rely on precise and uninterrupted Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) data from the Global Positioning System (GPS) to ensure the security and resilience of their infrastructure. Our critical infrastructure partners across the public and private sectors have similar dependence on PNT and GPS for the security and resilience of their operations.

If the FCC moves forward with its proposed action on Ligado, we will work with our partners to ensure procedures are in place to identify interference with GPS and rapidly implement mitigation measures while supporting the domestic deployment of 5G.

DHS will continue to work to manage risk to GPS receivers and promote the responsible use of PNT, in accordance with the President's Executive Order"

Keywords: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Topics: Critical Infrastructure Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 21, 2020

Statement From the Department of Homeland Security on Ligado
"The Department of Homeland Security recommended the FCC deny the Ligado license and remains concerned that an approval creates a high degree of uncertainty for our public and private sector partners, many of whom- along with the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense and Transportation, rely on precise and uninterrupted Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) data from the Global Positioning System (GPS) to ensure the security and resilience of their infrastructure. Our critical infrastructure partners across the public and private sectors have similar dependence on PNT and GPS for the security and resilience of their operations.

 

If the FCC moves forward with its proposed action on Ligado, we will work with our partners to ensure procedures are in place to identify interference with GPS and rapidly implement mitigation measures while supporting the domestic deployment of 5G.

 

DHS will continue to work to manage risk to GPS receivers and promote the responsible use of PNT, in accordance with the President's Executive Order"

Keywords: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Topics: Critical Infrastructure Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 21, 2020

DHS Makes $10 Million in Funding Available for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grants
Posts Notice of Funding Opportunity

- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is making $10 million available to help local communities more effectively combat terrorism and targeted violence across the United States.  The $10 million appropriated by Congress under the Fiscal Year 2020 Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program will support the development of a nationwide terrorism and targeted violence prevention framework. DHS strongly encourages all eligible entities to apply for this funding opportunity to build capabilities in their communities and online.

"Attacks by domestic terrorists, those inspired by foreign terrorist organizations, and acts committed by violent individuals with no clear ideological motivation have occurred in communities across America with tragic outcomes," said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf.  "These grants will improve local communities' ability to prevent individuals from mobilizing or radicalizing to violence and create locally-based prevention frameworks to address these emerging threats."

The TVTP Grant Program helps DHS to fulfill its commitment to addressing the threat posed by terrorism and targeted violence at home and builds on the promising practices identified in previous grant programs.  It is the only federal grant program dedicated to enhancing prevention capabilities in local communities. In its first year, the TVTP Grant Program has three priorities: (1) establishing and enhancing local prevention frameworks with an emphasis on threat assessment and management capabilities; (2) preventing domestic terrorism; and (3) finding innovative solutions for preventing targeted violence and terrorism.

"I want to thank Congress for funding for this mission in a bipartisan way over the last few years, most recently and most significantly, in the Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations Act. We look forward to working with Congress to continue to

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 20, 2020

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Statement on Non-Essential Travel
"In close collaboration, the US, Mexico, and Canada have each agreed to extend restrictions on non-essential travel across their shared borders for 30 additional days. As President Trump stated last week, border control, travel restrictions and other limitations remain critical to slowing the spread and allowing the phased opening of the country." 

Keywords: Canada, Mexico, Northern Border, Southwest Border
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 19, 2020

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Statement on the President's Executive Order on Duties and Fees Deferment for Certain Importers
"I applaud the President for signing this Executive Order, which gives the Administration the ability to help the trade community and U.S. businesses who keep critical supply chains for U.S. manufacturers moving during this unprecedented time. As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic response has created serious economic issues for many American businesses. This President and this Department have, and always will, put the American worker first.

This EO  will give the Administration the flexibility to allow importers who have faced a significant financial hardship during the COVID-19 response to defer the payment of certain duties, taxes, and fees for 90 days. This payment flexibility will be available only for importers with a significant financial hardship. Duties and fees associated with antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD), and Section 201, 232 and 301. Trade Remedies are not included in this relief effort."

Keywords: Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Supply Chain
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 16, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Traveling to Mississippi to Survey Tornado Damage
Tomorrow, April 17th, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf will travel to Jackson, Mississippi to survey tornado damage caused by recent storms. He will be joined by Governor Tate Reeves for an operational tour of the hard hit areas and will discuss the path to recovery for those affected.

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 15, 2020

DHS and USDA Move to Protect American Farmers and Ensure Continued Flow of America's Food Supply
Department to Temporarily Amend Certain H-2A Requirements During COVID-19 National Emergency

WASHINGTON -  The Department of Homeland Security, with the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has announced a temporary final rule to change certain H-2A requirements to help U.S. agricultural employers avoid disruptions in lawful agricultural-related employment, protect the nation's food supply chain, and lessen impacts from the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. These temporary flexibilities will not weaken or eliminate protections for U.S. workers.

Under this temporary final rule, an H-2A petitioner with a valid temporary labor certification who is concerned that workers will be unable to enter the country due to travel restrictions can start employing certain foreign workers who are currently in H-2A status in the United States immediately after United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives the H-2A petition, but no earlier than the start date of employment listed on the petition. To take advantage of this time-limited change in regulatory requirements, the H-2A worker seeking to change employers must already be in the United States and in valid H-2A status.

Additionally, USCIS is temporarily amending its regulations to protect the country's food supply chain by allowing H-2A workers to stay beyond the three-year maximum allowable period of stay in the United States. These temporary changes will encourage and facilitate the continued lawful employment of foreign temporary and seasonal agricultural workers during the COVID-19 national emergency. Agricultural employers should utilize this streamlined process if they are concerned with their ability to bring in the temporary workers who were previously authorized to work for the employer in H-2A classification.  At no point is it acceptable for employers to hire illegal aliens.

"This Administration has determin

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 06, 2020

Weekly Update: DHS Response to COVID-19
WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security's efforts across its components last week have facilitated a speedy, whole-of-government response to confronting COVID-19 and slowing the spread to keep Americans safe. FEMA is leading the way by carrying out an approach that is locally executed, state managed, and federally supported.

"Protecting both the health and national security of the American people continues to be the top priority for the Department of Homeland Security." said Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf. "I want to thank the men and women of the DHS workforce for their resilience as they put themselves at risk every day to protect the American people."

Below is a list of some of DHS's efforts against COVID-19 last week:


Total Obligations to States. As of April 5th, FEMA has obligated nearly $4.1 billion in support of COVID-19 response efforts.

Project Air-Bridge. FEMA is expediting movement of critical supplies from the global market to medical distributors in various locations across the U.S. This historic partnership with the private sector is named Project Air-Bridge:

From March 30th to April 5th, 10 flights arrived to the U.S with critical supplies.The cargo moved so far totals almost 83.5 million gloves, almost 5 million surgical masks, and 1.2 million gowns.Upon arrival, the PPE is provided, in varying quantities, first to medical distributors in areas of greatest need; then, the remainder will be infused into the broader U.S. supply chain. Prioritization is given to hospitals, health care facilities, and nursing homes around the country.23 additional flights are currently scheduled through April 18.Ventilator Distribution. FEMA is distributing ventilators to hard hit states. From March 30th to April 4th, FEMA and HHS delivered ventilators from the Strategic National

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 26, 2020

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Statement on the REAL ID Enforcement Deadline
"Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security, as directed by President Donald J. Trump, is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current October 1, 2020 deadline. I have determined that states require a twelve-month delay and that the new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021. DHS will publish a notice of the new deadline in the Federal Register in the coming days.

"The federal, state and local response to the spread of the Coronavirus here in the United States necessitates a delay in this deadline. Our state and local partners are working tirelessly with the Administration to flatten the curve and, therefore, we want to remove any impediments to response and recovery efforts. States across the country are temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs. This action will preclude millions of people from applying for and receiving their REAL ID. Extending the deadline will also allow the Department to work with Congress to implement needed changes to expedite the issuance of REAL IDs once the current health crisis concludes.

"Protecting both the health and national security of the American people continues to be the top priority for the President of the United States and the Department of Homeland Security."

Keywords: Coronavirus (COVID-19), REAL ID Act of 2005
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 25, 2020

DHS Initiating Crucial Research to Mitigate COVID-19
Washington - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is conducting ongoing research that will help scientists better understand the coronavirus that causes the disease known as COVID-19, and methods to prevent its spread. In the Trump Administration's whole of government effort, this work is being done at the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) laboratory in cooperation with the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office. As results become available, NBACC will provide updates on their findings to DHS and response agencies, especially those that may immediately impact efforts to mitigate transmission.

"With this critical research, we are advancing the country's top priority in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19," said William N. Bryan, DHS Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology. "This will help us understand many of the factors that influence the persistence of the virus on surfaces or in the air, and what methods are most effective for disinfecting potentially contaminated surfaces." 

There is currently only limited information available about the virus, so researchers at the NBACC are working very aggressively to answer the many questions experts have about its survivability and transmission. Using the lab's unique capabilities, the researchers are evaluating the impact of a range of conditions, like temperature and humidity, to determine the virus's survivability in the air, in respiratory fluids and on various types of surfaces.

The results of this work will provide essential information to protect those responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including first responders and health care providers, as well as provide best practices for individuals to reduce potential for contamination. A disinfectant stu

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 23, 2020

Joint DHS/EOIR Statement on MPP Rescheduling
Due to circumstances resulting from COVID-19, all Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) master calendar and merit hearings presently scheduled through April 22 will be rescheduled. Neither the MPP program nor any hearings will be cancelled. 

Any individual with an MPP hearing date through April 22 should present themselves at their designated port of entry on their previously scheduled date to receive a tear sheet and hearing notice containing their new hearing dates. DHS and EOIR are deeply committed to ensuring that individuals ‘have their day in court' while also ensuring the health and safety of aliens, our frontline officers, immigration court professionals, and our citizens.

Keywords: Homeland Security, Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)
Topics: Border Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 23, 2020

Joint Statement on MPP Rescheduling
Due to circumstances resulting from COVID-19, all Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) master calendar and merit hearings presently scheduled through April 22 will be rescheduled. Neither the MPP program nor any hearings will be cancelled.

Any individual with an MPP hearing date through April 22 should present themselves at their designated port of entry on their previously scheduled date to receive a tear sheet and hearing notice containing their new hearing dates. DHS and EOIR are deeply committed to ensuring that individuals ‘have their day in court' while also ensuring the health and safety of aliens, our frontline officers, immigration court professionals, and our citizens.

Keywords: Homeland Security, Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)
Topics: Border Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 23, 2020

Fact Sheet: DHS Measures on the Border to Limit the Further Spread of Coronavirus
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 will be implemented on March 21, 2020 and will be in place for 30 days, at which point it will be reviewed by both parties.

The U.S., Mexican, and Canadian governments are taking necessary action to fight against this pandemic together.


Northern Border March 20, 2020: Joint Statement on US-Canada Joint Initiative: Temporary Restriction of Travelers Crossing the US-Canada Land Border for Non-Essential Purposes

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 20, 2020

Joint Statement on US-Mexico Joint Initiative to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic
The strong partnership and close cooperation between the United States and Mexico has allowed us to maintain a productive border environment. We value the health and safety of our citizens and keep that at the forefront of joint decisions made by our respective leaders regarding cross-border operations. 

Recognizing the robust trade relationship between the United States and Mexico, we agree our two countries, in response to the ongoing global and regional health situation, require particular measures both to protect bilateral trade and our countries' economies and ensure the health of our nations' citizens. We agree to the need for a dedicated joint effort to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus and address the economic effects resulting from reduced mobility along our shared border.  

The U.S. and Mexican governments further recognize critical services such as food, fuel, healthcare and life-saving medicines must reach people on both sides of the border every day. Essential travel must therefore continue unimpeded during this time.  In order to ensure that essential travel can continue, the United States and Mexico are also temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across its borders.

"Non-essential" travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. Additionally, we are encouraging people to exercise caution by avoiding unnecessary contact with others.

This collaborative and reciprocal initiative is an extension of our nations' prudent approach that values the health and safety of our citizens in the joint decisions made by our respective leaders regarding cross-border operations.

This joint initiative will commence at 00:01 Saturday March 21 throughout the US-Mexico land border for a period of 30 days subject to extension upon review. 

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 20, 2020

Joint Statement on US-Canada Joint Initiative: Temporary Restriction of Travelers Crossing the US-Canada Land Border for Non-Essential Purposes
The US-Canada land border serves as an economic engine that supports over $1.7 billion (USD) dollars in daily cross-border trade. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States and Canada are temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across its borders. In each of our countries, we are encouraging people to exercise caution by avoiding unnecessary contact with others. This collaborative and reciprocal measure is an extension of that prudent approach.

"Non-essential" travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.

The United States and Canada recognize it is critical we preserve supply chains between both countries. These supply chains ensure that food, fuel, and life-saving medicines reach people on both sides of the border. Supply chains, including trucking, will not be impacted by this new measure. Americans and Canadians also cross the land border every day to do essential work or for other urgent or essential reasons, and that travel will not be impacted.

This decision will be implemented on March 21, 2020, at which time the US and Canada will temporarily restrict all non-essential travel across the US-Canada land border. The measure will be in place for 30 days, at which point it will be reviewed by both parties.

Keywords: Border Security, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Topics: Border Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 17, 2020

Fact Sheet: DHS Notice of Arrival Restrictions on China, Iran and Certain Countries of Europe
Original Release Date: March 13, 2020

American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are arriving from impacted area must travel through one of 13 airports where DHS has established enhanced entry screening capabilities. All American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning from the impacted area must self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival. For more information on the coronavirus, please visit Coronavirus.gov Summary In furtherance of Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and 9994, which bans the entry of non-U.S. citizens who are from or recently been in China, Iran, or certain European countries, the Department of Homeland Security issued a Notice of Arrival Restrictions requiring American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home to the U.S. to travel through one of 13 airports upon arrival to the U.S., submit to an enhanced entry screening and self-quarantine for 14 days once they reach their final destination.



Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 16, 2020

Department of Homeland Security Outlines New Process for Americans Returning from Schengen Area Countries, The United Kingdom, Ireland, China, and Iran
WASHINGTON - Effective Monday March 16th at 11:59PM flights from the United Kingdom and Ireland will also be added to the previously announced arrival restrictions that are in effect for the Schengen Area, China, and Iran. DHS will soon publish a Notice of Arrival Restrictions in the Federal Register outlining specifics.

In order to help prevent the spread of travel-related cases of coronavirus in the United States, today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued a Notice of Arrival Restrictions outlining the process for American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home after recently visiting certain European countries (listed below), China, and Iran.

Effective for flights taking off at 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, March 13th, Americans returning from all restricted countries will now be required to travel through the following 13 airports:

Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), MassachusettsChicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), IllinoisDallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), TexasDetroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), MichiganDaniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), HawaiiHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), GeorgiaJohn F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New YorkLos Angeles International Airport, (LAX), CaliforniaMiami International Airport (MIA), FloridaNewark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New JerseySan Francisco International Airport (SFO), CaliforniaSeattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), WashingtonWashington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia Upon arrival, travelers will proceed to standard customs process

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 13, 2020

Fact Sheet: DHS Notice of Arrival Restrictions on China, Iran and Schengen Countries of Europe
American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are arriving from impacted area must travel through one of 13 airports where DHS has established enhanced entry screening capabilities. All American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning from the impacted area must self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival. Summary In furtherance of Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, and 9993, which bans the entry of non-U.S. citizens who are from or recently been in China, Iran, or 26 European countries, the Department of Homeland Security issued a Notice of Arrival Restrictions requiring American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home to the U.S. to travel through one of 13 airports upon arrival to the U.S., submit to an enhanced entry screening  and self-quarantine for 14 days once they reach their final destination.

Background On March 11, 2020, President Trump determined that the potential for widespread transmission of the coronavirus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States from parts of Europe threatens the security of the homeland.  The President issued Proclamations 9984, 9992, and 9993, which suspends entry to nearly all foreign nationals who have been in China, Iran, and certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior t

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 13, 2020

Department of Homeland Security Outlines New Process for Americans Returning from Certain European Countries, China, and Iran
WASHINGTON - In order to help prevent the spread of travel-related cases of coronavirus in the United States, today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued a Notice of Arrival Restrictions outlining the process for American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home after recently visiting certain European countries (listed below), China, and Iran.

Effective for flights taking off at 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, March 13th, Americans returning from all restricted countries will now be required to travel through the following 13 airports:

Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), MassachusettsChicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), IllinoisDallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), TexasDetroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), MichiganDaniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), HawaiiHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), GeorgiaJohn F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New YorkLos Angeles International Airport, (LAX), CaliforniaMiami International Airport (MIA), FloridaNewark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New JerseySan Francisco International Airport (SFO), CaliforniaSeattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), WashingtonWashington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia Upon arrival, travelers will proceed to standard customs processing. They will then continue to enhanced entry screening where the passenger will be asked about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact information for local health authorities. Passengers will then be given written guidance about COVID-19 and direct

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 12, 2020

Statement from Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf on two Cruise Lines Voluntarily Suspending Operations
"I commend Princess Cruises and Viking Cruises for initiating a voluntary pause in their operations to protect the health and safety of their passengers, crew, and countries they visit. I encourage others in the industry to follow their lead until appropriate safety measures are put in place. President Trump is grateful for their leadership and fully supports the cruise line industry and their importance to the U.S. economy."

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 11, 2020

Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf's Statement on Presidential Proclamation To Protect the Homeland from Travel-Related Coronavirus Spread
(WASHINGTON) Today President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation, which suspends the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States. These countries, known as the Schengen Area, include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. This does not apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation.  

Statement from DHS Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf:

"Protecting the American people from threats to their safety is the most important job of the President of the United States. The actions President Trump is taking to deny entry to foreign nationals who have been in affected areas will keep Americans safe and save American lives. I applaud the president for making this tough but necessary decision. While these new travel restrictions will be disruptive to some travelers, this decisive action is needed to protect the American public from further exposure to the potentially deadly coronavirus.

"In January and February, the Administration issued similar travel restrictions on individuals who had been in China and Iran. That action proved to be effective in slowing the spread of the virus to the U.S., while public health officials prepared. In the next 48 hours, in the interest of public health, I intend to issue a supplemental Notice of Arrivals Restriction requiring U.S. passengers that have been in the Schengen Area to travel through select airports where the U.S. Government has implemented enhanced screening procedures."

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Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 05, 2020

DHS to Improve Integrity of Visa Program for Foreign Workers
WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it will take necessary anti-fraud and abuse measures to protect the integrity of the H-2B visa program and also make available 35,000 supplemental H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2020. The allocation also comes with new conditions to protect American workers, provide relief to seasonal employers who truly need it, and reduce fraud and abuse in the program.

New to the program this year is an allocation that will also complement DHS border security initiatives. The program will offer an opportunity for nationals of key Central American partner nations to work lawfully in the United States. Of the released H-2B visas, 10,000 are specifically designated for nationals of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, in support of these countries efforts to work with the U.S. to stem the flow of illegal migration in the region and encourage lawful migration to the United States.

While the Department is taking this action, long term reforms need to be made by Congress to this program going forward. In the interim, the Department is taking significant steps to promote integrity in the program, combat fraud and abuse, and ensure the supplemental allocation aligns with the national interest.

Reform measures include:

Requiring matching start dates on an H-2B petition and the employer's start date of need; collaborating with the Department of Labor on increased employer site visits; and, generally limiting the supplemental visas to returning workers, who are known to follow immigration law in good faith. This year's supplemental allocation was determined after extensive consultation with stakeholders—including members of Congress and the Department of Labor—and is intended to strike a careful balance that benefits American businesses and American workers.

The supplemental visas will be made a

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 02, 2020

Joint Statement from DOS, DOJ, DOD, DHS, ODNI, FBI, NSA, and CISA on Preparations for Super Tuesday
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, U.S. Cyber Command Commander and National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone, and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Christopher Krebs today released the following joint statement:

"Tomorrow, millions of voters in more than a dozen states and territories will cast their votes in presidential primaries. ‘Super Tuesday' will see more Americans head to the polls than any other day of the primary season. We continue to work with all 50 states, U.S. territories, local officials, political parties and private sector partners to keep elections free from foreign interference.

"Americans must also remain aware that foreign actors continue to try to influence public sentiment and shape voter perceptions. They spread false information and propaganda about political processes and candidates on social media in hopes to cause confusion and create doubt in our system. We remain alert and ready to respond to any efforts to disrupt the 2020 elections. We continue to make it clear to foreign actors that any effort to undermine our democratic processes will be met with sharp consequences. 

"The level of coordination and communication between the federal government and state, local and private sector partners is stronger than it's ever been. Our Departments and Agencies are working together in an unprecedented level of commitment and effort to protect our elections and to counter malign foreign influence, but voters have a role to play too.

"We encourage all voters going to the polls to check your voter registration and know ahead of time when to vote, where to vote, what's on your ballot, and whether your state requires identification.

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 24, 2020

DHS Implements Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule
—The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today implemented the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule. Under the final rule, DHS will look at the factors required under the law by Congress, like an alien's age, health, family status, assets, resources, and financial status, education and skills, among others, in order to determine whether the alien is likely at any time to become a public charge. The rule now applies nationwide, including in Illinois. 

Self-sufficiency is a long-standing principle of immigration law. Since the 1800s, inadmissibility based on public charge has been a part of immigration law. Since 1996, federal laws have stated that aliens seeking to come to or remain in the United States, temporarily or permanently, must be self-sufficient and rely on their own capabilities and the resources of family, friends, and private organizations instead of public benefits. 

"President Trump continues to deliver on his promise to the American people to enforce our nation's immigration laws. After several judicial victories, DHS will finally begin implementing the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule," said Ken Cuccinelli, the acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. "This rule enforces longstanding law requiring aliens to be self-sufficient, reaffirming the American ideals of hard work, perseverance and determination. It also offers clarity and expectations to aliens considering a life in the United States and will help protect our public benefit programs."

The final rule defines "public charge" as an alien who has received one or more public benefits (as defined in the rule) for more than 12 months, in total, within any 36-month period. 

The final rule defines "public benefits" to include any cash benefits for income maintenance, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Supple

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 19, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Traveling to Honduras for Regional Security Conference
On Wednesday, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf will travel to Honduras for the 12th Regional Security Conference in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The ministerial will bring together security officials from the U.S., Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Panama to discuss efforts to jointly address irregular migration, border security, and transnational criminal organizations in the region. As part of an ongoing emphasis on regional coordination, the officials will discuss ways they can continue to work together to target human smuggling and trafficking organizations operating in the region. The group will plan further progress on the agreements signed in 2019 and consider initiatives, with a focus on creating an environment that leads to greater opportunity and prosperity for people closer to home, instead of undertaking a long, dangerous, and expensive journey to the U.S.

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 19, 2020

DHS Announces Streamlining Measures To Help States In Issuing REAL IDs
WASHINGTON - Today, after soliciting ideas, solutions and proposals from the public, states, private sector, and relevant associations, DHS Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf sent letters to state governors informing them of increased flexibility regarding electronic submission of required documents for REAL ID applications. Specifically, the states may now add the pre-submission of identity and lawful status source documents, through a secure electronic process, prior to an applicant's in-person DMV visit, and physical presentation of those same documents for authentication and verification by DMV personnel. The result will be a faster, more streamlined process for DMVs and the American public.

"Ensuring every state is REAL ID compliant by October is one of the Department's top priorities. That is why we have solicited ideas, solutions and proposals from the public, private sector, state governments, and relevant associations in an effort to provide greater flexibility to states for faster, streamlined issuance of REAL IDs," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "While progress has been made, the real work is still ahead because approximately two-thirds of all licenses are presently not compliant with REAL ID. Rest assured, our Department will continue to examine other viable options to improve upon this process and continues doing everything it can to inform Americans on the requirement to obtain a REAL ID before the full enforcement deadline later this year."

DHS is providing greater flexibility to states to aid in faster and streamlined issuance of REAL IDs:Ensuring every state is REAL ID compliant by October is a top priority.48 of the 50 states are presently issuing REAL IDs, and all states are on track to be REAL ID compliant in the next few months. Nearly 100,000,000 Americans already have REAL IDs.DHS is focused on ensuring more citizens can acquire them from their state before the enforcement deadline of October 1, 2020 at w

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 14, 2020

DHS Announces Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year 2020 Preparedness Grants
WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Notices of Funding Opportunity for eight DHS preparedness grant programs totaling nearly $1.8 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations and the private sector, to improve the nation's readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department's focus on funding for programs that address our nation's immediate security needs and ensure public safety in our communities.

"The Department of Homeland Security must continually innovate, evolve and improve upon our preparedness efforts to ensure our state and local partners are resilient for both today and tomorrow. Our threat landscape has shifted dramatically over the past twenty years; from the large-scale attacks committed by foreign Islamist terrorists to the increased threat of domestic terrorism, attacks on soft targets - such as houses of worship, nightclubs, office buildings, and concert venues - and emerging threats such as cyberattacks and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles," said DHS Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf.

"The paradigm has shifted. Today's DHS programs must improve our readiness in preventing, preparing for, protecting against, and responding to today's evolving threats. Our four priority areas, based on DHS's assessment of recent attacks and other events and trend analysis from a variety of public and private sector sources, will help ensure the Department's resources are applied most effectively. Importantly, we have also included recommendations from governors and mayors, as well as national security experts and emergency management associations, in order to enhance our security posture going forward," he adde

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 13, 2020

Statement from Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf on the Meeting with President Donald J. Trump and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Today, I joined President Trump and Governor Cuomo for a productive meeting. The relationship between New York State and the Federal government is very important but has been made difficult by the unilateral actions of New York State regarding the sharing of security information with DHS. New York is the only State that restricts CBP access to their data across the board - for law enforcement, customs, trade and travel facilitation purposes. Despite that, we will continue discussions with the State of New York to find a mutually agreeable solution.

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 12, 2020

DHS Statement on the President's Executive Order to Strengthen National Resilience through Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation & Timing
WASHINGTON - Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order on Strengthening National Resilience through Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Services. Importantly, the order seeks to strengthen national resilience by identifying and promoting the responsible use of positioning, navigation, and timing services by the Federal Government and critical infrastructure owners and operators. 

"From mobile phone applications to automobile navigation, our digital, interconnected society is dependent every day on PNT servicesThat is why it's critically important that PNT services remain properly functioning as a major component of the Nation's critical infrastructure," said DHS Acting Secretary Chad. F. Wolf. "By adopting responsible use of PNT services, the Federal Government and owners and operators of critical infrastructure can contribute meaningfully to national resilience and ensure the continuous, uninterrupted delivery of services to the nation."

"This is a test of our resilience. DHS thanks the president for his leadership and looks forward to building on our relationships with our interagency partners and the private sector to implement this executive order. Our Department will continue to promote the security and resilience of critical infrastructure through the risk-based responsible use of GPS and other PNT services," he added.

Importantly, DHS has developed an internal Position, Navigation, and Timing Strategy to guide the Department's activities and promote continued collaboration with federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial decision-makers, sector-specific agencies, and private sector critical infrastructure owner-operators.

Click here to read the executive order.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 11, 2020

Department of Homeland Security Statement on the President's Fiscal Year 2021 Budget
The president has released the details of the Department of Homeland Security's Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Budget to Congress, which includes $49.8 billion to DHS in discretionary funding and an additional $5.1 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF). This Budget balances the need to strengthen our defenses in border and transportation security, enforce immigration laws, increase our defensive posture in cybersecurity, and improve resiliency to both man-made and natural disasters. 

The FY 2021 Budget assures the Department is poised to address a wide variety of complex threats emanating from the border and beyond by providing frontline Agents and Officers with adequate prevention, response and recovery resources to keep this country safe while promoting economic prosperity through the facilitation of lawful travel and commerce.  

The President's Budget calls for continued improvement to security along the Southwest Border. That includes big increases for infrastructure, technology, and law enforcement personnel, with a $182.2 million increase in U.S. Border Patrol personnel. Since taking office, President Trump has prioritized funding for a border wall. As such, the FY 2021 Budget calls for $2 billion, or an additional 82 miles of wall, to secure the border. With total funding now secured, the Administration has the funding to build up to approximately 1,000 miles of border wall along the Southwest border.

Forecasting models reinforce the need for an increase in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention beds to 60,000 (55,000 adult and 5,000 family). The budget includes $3.1 billion for this capacity increase and ensures ICE maintains pace with projected migration flows and enhances enforcement activity within the interior of the United States. The Budget also includes an additional $354 million for Alternatives to Detention to monitor 120,000 average daily population.

The FY 2021 budget also includes $40 million for a Humanitarian

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 10, 2020

SchoolSafety.gov Launches to Help Educators, Administrators, Parents, and Law Enforcement Prepare for Threats
DHS, ED, DOJ, HHS team up to provide government-wide resources for local schools and educators

WASHINGTON - The Trump Administration today launched the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse website: SchoolSafety.gov. This website is a one-stop-shop of resources for Kindergarten through Grade 12 (K-12) administrators, educators, parents and law enforcement to use to prepare for and address various threats related to safety, security, and support in schools. President Trump established the Federal Commission on School Safety to review safety practices and make meaningful and actionable recommendations of best practices to keep students safe.

"School safety is the number one priority of parents across the country, which is why the President directed DHS and other federal agencies to form a taskforce and provide schools, teachers, parents, and law enforcement with resources to identify, prepare for, respond to, and mitigate threats, " "The Department provided expertise and resources on a range of school safety issues including threat assessments, physical security, emergency planning, and trainings and exercises designed to help schools and local law enforcement prepare for incidents. With these resources, schools and law enforcement will be better equipped to handle a crisis."

"All students deserve a safe learning environment, and the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse is an essential resource for information and best practices "Because every school community has its own unique needs, SchoolSafety.gov equips decision makers with resources for developing, customizing, and implementing actionable school safety plans."

"Every child should feel safe at school, and every parent should feel the

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 06, 2020

Department of Homeland Security Suspends New Enrollment/ReEnrollment in CBP Trusted Traveler Programs for New York Residents
In response to New York State implementing the Driver's License Access and Privacy Act (Green Light Law), Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf announced New York residents will no longer be eligible to apply for or renew their enrollment in certain Trusted Traveler Programs like Global Entry. The law prohibits the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) from sharing information with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), preventing DHS from fully vetting New York residents. The Acting Secretary informed State officials by letter of the change. The letter may be read here.

"New York's ‘Green Light Law' is ill-conceived and the Department is forced to take this action to ensure the integrity of our Trusted Traveler Programs. It's very clear: this irresponsible action has consequences," . "An aspect of the law which I'm most concerned about is that it prohibits the DMV from providing ICE and CBP with important data used in law enforcement, trade, travel, and homeland security. ICE uses the information as they investigate and build cases against terrorists, and criminals who commit child sexual exploitation, human trafficking, and financial crimes. Unfortunately, because of this law, they can no longer do that"

"CBP also uses that data for national security purposes and to ensure safe and lawful trade and travel. Specifically, CBP is able to offer Trusted Traveler Programs like Global Entry because we are able to use DMV data to make an evidence-based assessment that those individuals who seek this benefit are low risk and meet the eligibility requirements. Without the DMV information we aren't able to make that assessment. DHS notified New York DMV that New York residents can no longer enroll or re-enroll in these trusted traveler programs because we no longer have access to data to ensure that N

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 04, 2020

Statement from Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf On President Trump's State of The Union
"Once again, President Trump proved he will stand strong to secure our borders. Under his leadership, DHS has implemented a series of common sense reforms that utilize the authorities granted to us by Congress. We've built more than 100 miles of new border wall system and reduced the number of illegal border apprehensions for eight consecutive months. We are also rooting out meritless and fraudulent asylum claims while prioritizing humanitarian protections for those who are in need, and at the same time, we have naturalized more new Americans last year than in each year of the previous decade. Most importantly, President Trump is keeping the American people safe.

"The President also touched on a top public safety issue that puts millions of law-abiding Americans, law enforcement officers, and legal immigrants at risk: The rise of sanctuary cities. Sanctuary policies are an affront to the rule of law and our Constitution and they are contrary to every instinct that we have as law enforcement professionals. Elected officials who create sanctuary policies are ignoring the reality we've seen play out time and again. Sanctuary policies do not protect communities—they endanger them. All too often, criminal aliens are released into communities only to reoffend, requiring the men and women of ICE to needlessly risk their lives to track down these fugitives in neighborhoods or at workplaces instead of the security of a local jail.

"Tonight, President Trump sent a strong message to these leaders who play politics with public safety: If you will not protect your people, we will. DHS will soon announce measures to counter dangerous state and local laws that prohibit coordination with DHS law enforcement officers."

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Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 02, 2020

DHS Issues Supplemental Instructions For Inbound Flights With Individuals Who Have Been In China
 

11 U.S. airports will receive flights carrying passengers from China

WASHINGTON - To protect the American people from exposure to the coronavirus, on Sunday, February 2, 2020, the Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued instructions supplementing a decision issued on January 31, 2020, and directed all flights from China and all passengers who have traveled to China within the last 14 days to be routed through one of eight U.S. airports, effective Sunday, February 2nd, 2020, for flights departing after 5:00 PM Eastern. Three additional airports will be added to the list of airports authorized to receive such flights beginning at various times on Monday, February 3, 2020. At these eleven airports, the United States Government has established enhanced screening procedures and the capacity to quarantine passengers, if needed.

Additionally, U.S. citizens who have been in Hubei province within 14 days of their return will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine to ensure they are provided proper medical care and health screening. U.S. citizens who have been in other areas of mainland China within 14 days of their return will undergo proactive entry health screening and up to 14 days of self-quarantine with health monitoring to ensure they have not contracted the virus and do not pose a public health risk. Generally, foreign nationals (other than immediate family of U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and flight crew) who have traveled in China within 14 days of their arrival, will be denied entry into the United States.

"While the overall risk to the American public remains low, funneling all flights with passengers who have recently been in China is the most important and prudent step we can take at this time to decrease the strain on public health officials screen

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 02, 2020

DHS Issues Restrictions On Inbound Flights With Individuals Who Have Been In China
WASHINGTON — In response to the evolving threat of the novel coronavirus, and to minimize the risk of spreading within the United States, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today will begin enforcing restrictions for all passenger flights to the United States carrying individuals who have recently traveled from the People's Republic of China. In accordance with the President's Proclamation and at the direction of Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf, the restrictions will begin for flights commencing after 5:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 2nd, and will direct the arrival of U.S. citizens who have traveled in China within 14 days of their arrival to one of seven designated airports, where the United States Government has enhanced public health resources in order to implement enhanced screening procedures. The administration is taking these actions to protect the American people.

Additionally, U.S. citizens who have been in Hubei province within 14 days of their return will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine to ensure they are provided proper medical care and health screening. U.S. citizens who have been in other areas of mainland China within 14 days of their return will undergo proactive entry health screening and up to 14 days of self-quarantine with health monitoring to ensure they have not contracted the virus and do not pose a public health risk. Generally, foreign nationals (other than immediate family of U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and flight crew) who have traveled in China within 14 days of their arrival, will be denied entry into the United States.

"While the overall risk to the American public remains low, funneling all flights with passengers who have recently been in China is the most important and prudent step we can take at this time to

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 31, 2020

Raising the Global Travel Security Bar: DHS Announces New Travel Restrictions on Six Countries and Updated Process for Evaluating Foreign Country Compliance
Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania Will Face New Restrictions

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf announced that President Donald J. Trump signed a proclamation, which places new, tailored visa restrictions on six countries that failed to meet a series of security criteria, demonstrating that they could be a risk to the homeland. Acting Secretary Wolf also announced that the Department has updated the methodology it uses to assess compliance with the security criteria established under Executive Order 13780 in 2017. This enhanced review process raises the bar for global security by requiring nations to meet the Department's stronger security standards and by making it clear to countries what they must do to meet those standards. The updated criteria enhance our screening and vetting capabilities and allow DHS to better identify terrorists and criminals attempting to enter the United States.

"The top responsibility of the President and the Department of Homeland Security is the safety and security of the American people, and these new vetting criteria accomplish that goal and are raising the bar for global security," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "It is logical and essential to thoroughly screen and vet everyone seeking to travel or immigrate to the United States. However, there are some countries from whom the U.S. does not receive the necessary information about its travelers and, as a result, pose a national security or public safety risk that warrants tailored travel restrictions." 

"DHS has refined its robust security standards, including enhanced screening and vetting capabilities, that allow us to better identify terrorists and criminals attempting to enter the United States. These screening and vetting capabilities are most effective when foreign governments contribute to our ability to verify a traveler's ident

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 30, 2020

DHS and Partners Using Wide Range of Resources to Protect Super Bowl LIV
MIAMI - On January 29, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf visited the Joint Special Operations Center in Miami, where he met with the DHS personnel, state and local law enforcement officials, and the National Football League security team to discuss securing Super Bowl LIV.

"The Department of Homeland Security and nearly every one of the component agencies are in Miami working with our Federal, State, and local partners to ensure a safe and secure Super Bowl week," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "While there are no specific, credible threats against the Super Bowl, an event of this size and profile creates a potential target for violent actors, cyber-crimes, counterfeit marketers, and even human trafficking. The American people can be sure that DHS and our partners are prepared on all fronts."

U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Brian Swain of the Miami Field Office serves as the Federal Security Coordinator for the Super Bowl, leading the department-wide effort.

Through Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), DHS personnel are on the ground in Miami, working to combat criminal organizations' attempts to exploit the event. Human trafficking can surge around such large events, and DHS is supporting state and local law enforcement in both prevention and enforcement efforts. DHS formally recognized the fight against human trafficking and child sexual exploitation as a Departmental priority in a first-of-its-kind strategy, released on January 15. As part of the Blue Campaign, DHS provides the public with key indicators to recognize signs of human trafficking.

The Super Bowl also results in an increase in the sale of counterfeit goods

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 29, 2020

DHS Expands MPP To Brazilian Nationals
WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Homeland Security began processing Brazilian migrants for return to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). The number of Brazilian nationals arriving at the Southwest border has tripled in just the last year. The United States continues to work with its partners in the region, as well as other countries, to stem the flow of irregular migration to the Unites States. MPP is one of many tools the Department has implemented to ensure those with meritorious asylum claims are timely adjudicated, while fraudulent claims are property identified.    

First implemented in January 2019, pursuant to a law passed by Congress in 1996 on a bipartisan basis, the MPP program allows certain aliens to remain in Mexico while awaiting court proceedings in the United States. This law does not limit the program to any one nationality or language. The fact that Brazilians are now part of the program shows that the Department, along with its Mexican counterparts, have always sought to expand the program in a safe and responsible manner. MPP has been a crucial element of the Department's success in addressing the ongoing crisis, securing the border, and ending catch and release.

MPP remains a cornerstone of the Department's efforts to restore integrity to the U.S. immigration system and relieve the crushing backlog of pending asylum cases. Our nation is more secure because of the program.

Keywords: Immigration
Topics: Border Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 28, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Commemorates USCG Blackthorn Memorial
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz delivered remarks at the United States Coast Guard memorial service for the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn in St. Petersburgh, Florida.

Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of the Blackthorn Cutter colliding with the tanker vessel Capricorn near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Jan. 28, 1980, resulting in the deaths of 23 of the 50 Blackthorn crewmembers.



The Blackthorn collision has forever changed the Coast Guard and provided lessons on risk management and training. After this tragedy, the Coast Guard made critical improvements to service readiness, training, and safety that still echo across the Department today. Every day, the members of DHS face inherent risk in their missions.



The remarks as prepared can be found below.



Good morning, everyone.

It is a privilege to be here with the survivors, families, friends and Coast Guard men and women at the 40th Anniversary of the tragic sinking of Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn.

To those who traveled to join us—thank you for being here to honor the brave men lost forty years ago today.

As Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, I have the great honor to lead the 240,000 men and women of this Department.

There are numerous privileges that come with this post I'm told—but none is greater than being Service Secretary to the 41,000 active duty, 7000 reservist, 8,600 civilian, and 29,000 auxiliary members of the Coast Guard.

I have found no finer public servan

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 24, 2020

DHS Releases Report on Combatting Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods
WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its first report pursuant to President Trump's April 3, 2019, Memorandum on Combatting Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods. The first-ever report outlines a series of recommendations and actions that can be taken by both the federal government and industry partners to combat this illicit trade epidemic. 

"The President's historic Memorandum provides a much warranted and long overdue call to action in the U.S. Government's fight against a massive form of illicit trade that is inflicting significant harm on the American homeland. The counterfeiting and pirating of goods must be stopped in its tracks and DHS is leading the way in protecting both consumers and businesses," said Acting Secretary Wolf.

DHS led a robust effort in coordinating with ICE, CBP, and the interagency to develop recommendations focused on protecting businesses and consumers against counterfeits and pirated goods. This report includes more than a dozen recommendations, best practices, and immediate actions to be taken. 

"Since its inception the IPR Center has provided public engagement and law enforcement training to partners from more than 100 countries. As with many of our joint investigative priorities, an informed public adds greater strength to our daily efforts to deny transnational criminal organizations the essential payday they need to carry out additional criminal activity.  When it comes to public safety and the security of our nation, we can never have too many partners," said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Matthew T. Albence.

"Trade in counterfeits not only damages our economy, but it also threatens national security and consumer health and safety," said Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan, "Counterfeits hurt the company whose products are pirated, but the profits from counterfeiting can also fund other serious crimes, including narcotics traffi

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 24, 2020

DHS Steps Up REAL ID Education and Awareness Efforts
WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently sent letters to the Governors of all states, the District of Columbia, and territories asking them to provide DHS with a monthly update of the number of REAL IDs issued by their jurisdictions. The states now report to DHS that they have collectively issued more than 95 million REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses and ID cards (34%) out of 276 million total cards. While this is a noteworthy improvement over the 67 million REAL ID-compliant cards (27%) out of a total 249 million total cards previously reported in the fall, DHS urges the American public to get a REAL ID immediately and not wait until the deadline.

Importantly, the Department has been increasing its overall education and awareness efforts with national organizations, the travel industry, state governments, federal agencies, and Congress.  For example, DHS recently met with both the National Governors Association (NGA) and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) to emphasize the importance of getting the American public prepared for the REAL ID deadline and to solicit their ideas for making it easier for Americans to obtain a REAL ID.

"Over 95 million Americans already have REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses and the number is increasing every day. DHS continues doing everything it can to inform Americans on the requirement to obtain a REAL ID or acceptable alternative ID before the full enforcement deadline for domestic air travel," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "The real work is still ahead because two-thirds of all licenses are presently not compliant with REAL ID. Americans should be mindful that their future preparations for flying and accessing certain federal facilities include getting a REAL ID or alternative, such as a passport."

Watch Acting Secretary Wolf's Message to Air Travelers

To encourage the submis

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 23, 2020

DHS Blue Campaign Announces Partnership with American Airlines
This January, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pleased to announce a new industry partnership between the DHS Blue Campaign - the unified voice for DHS's efforts to combat human trafficking - and American Airlines.

January is also recognized as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. While the fight to combat human trafficking exists year-round, January provides an opportunity to reaffirm shared commitment to end this heinous crime.

"The Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign is excited about its partnership with American Airlines. The airline provides human trafficking awareness training to nearly 60,000 team members, including flight attendants, pilots and customer service team members. This partnership is an invaluable opportunity to educate the public about the crime of human trafficking, how to recognize the indicators of trafficking when it happens, and what they can do to report it," said Trent Frazier, Executive Director of the Office of Campaigns and Academic Engagement.

Through the partnership, American and the Blue Campaign will work together to raise awareness of human trafficking by sharing awareness materials, engaging in events and public awareness campaigns, and amplifying a shared anti-trafficking message

"We're proud to fortify our company's efforts to combat human trafficking by joining up with the Blue Campaign," said Nate Gatten, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for American. "With the force of partnership, we know we can better raise awareness and more effectively prevent human trafficking ? an awful crime that happens all too often and affects far too many. American is eager to contribute to a solution in any way we can, and we're looking forward to being involved with this unified, respected initiative."

In addition to building vital partnerships which enhance public awareness efforts, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently released its first-of-

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 22, 2020

Statement from Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf on Migrant Caravan
(WASHINGTON) Today, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued the following statement regarding the migrant caravan at the Guatemala-Mexico border. 

"I commend the Government of Mexico for upholding their commitment to increased security and law enforcement at their southern border. The efforts by the Mexican National Guard and other officials have thus far been effective at maintaining the integrity of their border, despite outbreaks of violence and lawlessness by people who are attempting to illegally enter Mexico on their way to the United States. DHS is monitoring the caravan closely, we have dozens of personnel on the ground in Central America assisting local immigration and security officials, which have already led to hundreds of individuals being stopped, apprehended and sent back to their home countries. 

"Being part of large group, like a caravan, provides no special treatment or benefits to those who participate.  Unfortunately, there have been acts of reported violence by some involved in this caravan.  The Department is prioritizing the safety and security of our officers and the American people. Should any members of the caravan reach the U.S-Mexico border, they will be processed accordingly and quickly removed, returned or repatriated."

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Border Security, Mexico
Topics:

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 16, 2020

DHS Announces Proposed Rule Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Organizations in DHS-Supported Social Service Programs
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today is proposing a rule that would implement President Trump's Executive Order No. 13831 (May 3, 2018) to remove regulatory burdens on religious organizations and ensure that religious and non-religious organizations are treated equally in DHS-supported programs. The proposed rule would ensure that DHS-supported social service programs are implemented in a manner consistent with the Constitution and other applicable federal law.

Specifically, the proposed rule provides instructions on religious liberty protections to the organizations that participate in DHS supported social service programs, including the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Citizenship and Integration Program Grant, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Emergency Food and Shelter Program, FEMA Crisis Counseling, and FEMA Disaster Case Management.

"On behalf of DHS, I would like to thank the president for his leadership in helping to reverse the previous administration's requirements discriminating against religious organizations by saddling them with unique regulatory burdens," said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf. "Our proposed rule recognizes that religious organizations are valuable partners in the federal government's efforts to support the public with needed social services, and that they deserve every chance to compete equally on a level playing field for federal funding and not discriminated against simply because of their religious affiliation."

Under current regulations that govern DHS-supported programs, religious providers of social services—but not other providers of social services—must make referrals under certain circumstances and must post notices regarding this referral procedure. These regulatory burdens had been required by then-President Obama's Executive Order No. 13559 (Nov. 17, 2010). Consistent with President Trump's Executive Order No. 13831 (May 3, 2018), today

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 15, 2020

DHS Issues Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking, the Importation of Goods Produced with Forced Labor, and Child Sexual Exploitation
WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is publishing its first Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking, the Importation of Goods Produced with Forced Labor, and Child Sexual Exploitation.

"After years of work and close coordination within the Administration, I'm pleased to announce that the Department of Homeland Security has developed a first-of-its-kind strategy to leverage all our authorities and resources in this fight," said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf. "Let me be clear: this strategy isn't just about leveraging resources, it's about ending human trafficking. DHS's Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking, the Importation of Goods Produced with Forced Labor, and Child Sexual Exploitation is our formal recognition of this issue as a Departmental priority. This strategy is a framework to communicate the Department's priorities, ensure resources are allocated, and to monitor progress, so that we can save more lives and bring criminals to justice."

The Strategy articulates the Department's priorities over the next five years to combat the growing threat of human trafficking, the importation of goods produced with forced labor, and child sexual exploitation by focusing on:

Preventing exploitative crimes;Protecting victims;Investigating and prosecuting perpetrators;Partnering with the homeland security enterprise; andEnabling DHS through organizational improvements to combat these illicit activities.Developing this strategy involved assessing the Department's initiatives and aims to harmonize efforts and leverage the Department's authorities and resources in a comprehensive and cohesive manner to more effectively combat human trafficking, the importation of goods produced with forced labor, and child sexual exploitation.

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 14, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf to Release First DHS Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking
On Wednesday at the Heritage Foundation, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf will release DHS's first Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking, the Importation of Goods Produced with Forced Labor, and Child Sexual Exploitation. Acting Secretary Wolf will deliver the keynote remarks at the "Strengthening the U.S. Response to Human Trafficking" event.

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

12:00 p.m.  

214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 

RSVP online or call (202) 675-1752

 

Terms and conditions of attendance are posted at heritage.org/Events/terms.cfm

This event may be viewed live at heritage.org

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Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Human Trafficking
Topics: Human Trafficking, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 14, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Statement on the Confirmation of Pete Gaynor
"Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Pete Gaynor to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As Acting Administrator of FEMA throughout 2019 and into 2020, Gaynor led the agency's recovery efforts for many devastating disasters, including the California wildfires, tornado outbreaks, severe storms, flooding in the Midwest, and the Puerto Rico earthquakes. And as Deputy Administrator for the 2018 hurricane season, Pete guided FEMA through some tremendous challenges to provide much needed assistance to disaster survivors across the country. Pete's experience as both a state and local emergency manager, combined with more than two decades of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, have made him an invaluable leader of the agency. I look forward to continuing to work with him to support the men and women of FEMA as they carry out their incredible work."

Keywords: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Leadership
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 14, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Statement on the Confirmation of Pete Gaynor:
"Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Pete Gaynor to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As Acting Administrator of FEMA throughout 2019 and into 2020, Gaynor led the agency's recovery efforts for many devastating disasters, including the California wildfires, tornado outbreaks, severe storms, flooding in the Midwest, and the Puerto Rico earthquakes. And as Deputy Administrator for the 2018 hurricane season, Pete guided FEMA through some tremendous challenges to provide much needed assistance to disaster survivors across the country. Pete's experience as both a state and local emergency manager, combined with more than two decades of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, have made him an invaluable leader of the agency. I look forward to continuing to work with him to support the men and women of FEMA as they carry out their incredible work."

Keywords: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Leadership
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 10, 2020

Arizona Officials Join Acting Secretary Wolf to Mark Completion of 100 Miles of New Border Wall System, Highlight Progress Addressing Border Crisis
YUMA, Ariz. -  Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf was joined by United States Senator Martha McSally, Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls, U.S. Border Patrol Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik, and Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot to announce the Federal government has completed construction on the first 100 miles of new border wall system along the southwest border. 

"As of today, we have completed the first 100 miles of new border wall system on the southwest border. New wall has been constructed in every border state from California to Texas. This is a milestone for our entire country, and this would not have been possible without the President's steadfast determination and leadership," said Acting Secretary Wolf."The new border wall system is an undeniable impediment to human smugglers, drug traffickers, and other criminals who have exploited our lack of effective border infrastructure to smuggle drugs, people and illegal contraband into our country. The President listened to his operators on the front lines and is fulfilling his promise to secure the border."

Wolf continued:"The decision out of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is a huge victory.  It upholds the rule of law and our ability to use military construction funds to address the ongoing crisis at the border."

"Arizonans live every day with the challenges and opportunities that come with being a border state," said Senator Martha McSally. "Yuma has been an example of how a border wall system makes a difference—along with dedicated agents, intelligence driven operations, roads, and technology. These additional barriers and a new port of entry will improve security and the economy for our community, state, and country."

"The wall is a critical component in border security measures for Yuma's border region for the safety of our community, for proficient border crossing operations, and for economic stability," said Mayor Doug Nicholls.

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 10, 2020

Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking on January 11 with #WearBlueDay
WASHINGTON - On Saturday, January 11, The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Blue Campaign will host #WearBlueDay, its largest one-day awareness initiative of the year. #WearBlueDay encourages the public to wear blue - the international color of human trafficking awareness - and post photos of themselves, or with friends, family, or colleagues, on social media with #WearBlueDay to raise awareness of this heinous crime.

Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery and every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked around the world, including right here in the U.S. DHS is committed to fighting this human rights abuse through its many Components but also through public awareness and education.

To achieve this goal, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will soon release its first strategy to combat human trafficking, the importation of goods produced with forced labor, and child sexual exploitation. This document will articulate the Department's priorities over the next five years to more effectively and efficiently combat the growing threat of these illicit activities to our Homeland.


Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf pictured with staff representing the DHS Blue Campaign and the Office of Public Engagement.

The Blue Campaign contributes to the Federal mission of combatting human trafficking by providing public awareness materials, at no cost, to increase recognition and reporting of human trafficking. It also collaborates with law enforcement and the private sector to train frontline

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 09, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Traveling to Arizona
WASHINGTON - On Thursday, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf will travel to Yuma, Arizona, to participate in a roundtable discussion with federal and local officials about the ongoing immigration and border issues in the state. The Acting Secretary will also receive an operational briefing on the Yuma sector, conduct a site visit to a border wall construction site, and host a press conference.

Keywords: Border Security, Border Wall
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 09, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Visits Honduras to Finalize Key Agreements
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf completed a series of bilateral meetings with the Government of Honduras in Tegucigalpa to discuss ongoing efforts to fully implement key agreements geared toward stemming the flow of illegal immigration, combating transnational criminal organizations in the region, and promoting a prosperous Honduras.

In 2019, the U.S. and Honduras strengthened our relationship through the signing of the Asylum Cooperation Agreement (ACA), Border Security Arrangement (BSA), Biometrics Data Sharing Program (BDSP) Arrangement, and Temporary Agricultural and Non-agricultural Workers Program agreement.

During his visit, the Acting Secretary recognized the strong bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Honduras, especially as it pertains to migration and border security.

"When the United States began to experience a border and humanitarian crisis, Honduras was a leader in convening its neighbors to find a solution. Our partnership with Honduras is deeply rooted in the vision we share for a secure and prosperous Honduras," said Acting DHS Secretary Wolf. "We remain focused on implementing the migration agreements our two countries have reached in order to continue our important progress. A secure and prosperous Honduras, with ample economic opportunities for its citizens, is a goal we all share. I look forward to continuing our work together to achieve it."

The Acting Secretary attended a roundtable discussion with several key Honduran leaders from the private sector to hear about issues of importance and communicate the benefits of these bilateral initiatives when fully implemented. The Acting Secretary noted that once these security agreements are fully implemented, the next step is to work with the private sector and international communities to foster economic growth and prosperity in Honduras.

The U.S. continues to work with partner governments to develop a safer and more pros

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 09, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Receives Updates at FEMA and CISA Before Traveling to Honduras
WASHINGTON - Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf visited the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to meet with leadership to discuss current situations the agencies are monitoring. Following these discussions, Acting Secretary Wolf departed for Honduras where he is participating in bilateral meetings on regional security and migration. 



At CISA, Acting Secretary Wolf met with Director Christopher Krebs and CISA senior leadership for a discussion on the current cyber threat landscape and CISA's ongoing election security efforts. 

Although there are currently no specific, credible threats against our homeland, DHS encourages all Americans to be vigilant and has issued a Bulletin describing the current threat landscape with Iran. DHS continues to monitor the situation and works with our partners to ensure the safety of the American people.

Iran has a history of leveraging asymmetric tactics to pursue national interests beyond its conventional capabilities, and its use of offensive cyber operations is an extension of that doctrine. CISA is urging all organizations to assess their cyber readiness and take steps to protect their networks and assets, including adopting a state of heightened awareness, increasing organizational vigilance, confirming reporting processes, and exercising incident response plans. On Monday, CISA released the latest CISA Insights on steps all organizations can take to protect mitigate potential threats.

In addition, the Acting Secretary discussed the growing threat of ransomware and CISA's outreach and support to governments and businesses. CISA has targeted state and local governments and small businesses with recommendat

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 04, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Issues Homeland Security NTAS Bulletin
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin pertaining to the changing threat landscape following the successful U.S.-led airstrike in Iraq that eliminated Qaseem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

"At this time there is no specific, credible threat against the homeland. The Department issued this bulletin to inform, share protective measures, and reassure the American public, state and local governments, and private sector partners that the Department of Homeland Security is actively monitoring and preparing for any specific, credible threat, should one arise" said Acting Secretary Wolf. "The Department is operating with an enhanced posture and various operational components are taking protective measures where prudent and necessary. We have been in constant communication with Congress and interagency partners. The American people should feel assured the entire Department is working for them to keep them safe."

You can read the new NTAS Bulletin here.

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Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS)
Topics: National Terrorism

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 03, 2020

Statement from Acting Secretary Wolf
WASHINGTON- Today, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued the following statement on the successful U.S.-led airstrike in Iraq that eliminated Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

"I commend the President's decisive action to protect American lives both abroad and at home. The Department of Homeland Security stands ready to confront and combat any and all threats facing our homeland. While there are currently no specific, credible threats against our homeland, DHS continues to monitor the situation and work with our Federal, State and local partners to ensure the safety of every American.

"As a result of yesterday's military action, I convened senior DHS leadership last night and earlier this morning to assess potential new threats and component actions to respond to the constantly evolving threat landscape. The entire Department remains vigilant and stands ready, as always, to defend the Homeland."

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Terrorism Prevention
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 02, 2020

DHS Begins MPP Returns at Nogales Port of Entry in Arizona
WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Homeland Security will begin processing migrants for return to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) at the Nogales Port of Entry south of Tucson, Arizona. This brings the total number of ports of entry where MPP returns will be made to seven. Any migrants making illegal or inadmissible entry at the Southwest Border, regardless of location of entry, may be returned to Mexico through one of these locations to await their immigration court proceedings. Previously, migrants apprehended in the Tucson Sector were returned to Mexico through El Paso for processing under MPP. The expansion to the Nogales Port of Entry reflects the continued commitment by both the United States and Mexico to a program that has proven effective at reducing human smuggling across the Southwest Border.

First implemented in January 2019, pursuant to a law passed by Congress in 1996 on a bipartisan basis, the program allows certain aliens to remain in Mexico while awaiting court proceedings in the United States. MPP has been a crucial element of DHS's success in addressing the ongoing crisis, securing the border, and ending catch and release. So far, more than 56,000 migrants have been returned to Mexico to await their immigration hearings.

"MPP has been an extremely effective tool as the United States, under the leadership of President Trump, continues to address the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis at the border," said Acting Secretary Chad Wolf. "The Department is fully committed to the program and will continually work with the Government of Mexico to expand and strengthen it. I am confident in the program's continued success in adjudicating meritorious cases quickly and preventing fraudulent claims."

MPP has been implemented and expanded in close cooperation with the Government of Mexico in and around San Diego, Calexico, El Paso, Laredo, Brownsville, and Eagle Pass.

MPP remains a cornerstone of DHS's effo

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 19, 2019

Arizona Mayor Withdraws Local State of Emergency Thanks to Trump Administration's Successful Efforts to Confront Border Crisis
WASHINGTON — Today, Mayor of Yuma, Arizona, Douglas Nicholls, at a meeting with Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Ken Cuccinelli, withdrew an April 2019 local State of Emergency proclamation regarding the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis on the Southwest border.

Mayor Nicholls officially issued the proclamation on April 16, 2019, after the historic flow of illegal immigration caused thousands of illegal aliens to be released into his city. The mayor credits successful efforts by the Trump Administration in confronting the crisis, including initiatives implemented by DHS and the Government of Mexico, that have substantially relieved the city's burden in caring for the overwhelming number of illegal immigrants. 

"The president's strategy to address the crisis at the Southern border, particularly Central American families illegally flooding across the border, has worked and we are seeing an impact in border towns across the country," said Acting Deputy Secretary Cuccinelli. "The number of Central American family units apprehended has decreased by 85% since the height of the crisis in May. And thanks to a number of policies we implemented, we have ended catch and release and are returning, removing and repatriating more aliens from the border than ever before. Now, communities like Yuma are directly seeing the effect of our efforts. We are pleased to stand alongside Mayor Nicholls and to work together to secure the border and protect the American people."

"I am grateful to be able to withdraw the Proclamation of Emergency due to the Trump Administration's policy changes that diminish the flow of the migrant family units to the Yuma area and prevent releases into the Yuma community," said Mayor Nicholls.

On September 23, DHS officially announced that it ended widespread catch and release for Central American families arriving at the border. We are now removing, returning, and repatriati

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 17, 2019

U.S. and Panama Sign a Letter of Intent to Increase Security Cooperation
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf and Panamanian Minister of Public Security Rolando Mirones signed a Letter of Intent for Security Cooperation at DHS headquarters in Washington, DC, to improve the two countries' collaborative security efforts.

"Today marks a big step forward in confronting the significant security challenges across Central America together with our partners in Panama," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "As a natural geographic choke point for migrants coming north from South America, Panama is strategically important to address the migration crisis that has been affecting nearly the entire hemisphere. With this Letter of Intent, the United States and Panama are expanding our cooperation to confront transnational criminal organizations and improve border security by increasing our collaboration across a multitude of fronts."

The Security Cooperation Letter of Intent reflects the commitment of both countries to:

Strengthen cybersecurity cooperation and policy planning;Enhance customs processes and efficiencies to better facilitate trade;Support border security and law enforcement efforts to combat transnational crime and impede irregular migration flows; andWork collaboratively on a strategic regional approach to migration management.Panama is a crucial partner in the struggle against transnational organized crime, counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism, and border security challenges. Further enhancing our cooperation will diminish the criminal organizations operating in the region that are profiting from human smuggling and trafficking and victimizing the most vulnerable populations.

Today's event marks the 13th document signed between DHS and its Central American partners since June to address illegal migration, enhance border security, combat transnational criminal organizations, and increase economic development in the region. With our

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 12, 2019

READOUT: Acting Secretary Wolf's Trip to Guatemala for Regional Ministerial
WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf participated in the 11th Regional Security Conference in Guatemala City, Guatemala. This was Wolf's first international trip as Acting Secretary.

The ministerial brought together officials from the U.S., Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to discuss ongoing accomplishments in confronting irregular migration and transnational criminal organizations in the region. As partners, the officials discussed how to work together to prevent migrants from placing their lives in the hands of human smugglers to travel to the United States.

The Acting Secretary also signed a Joint Security Program (JSP) arrangement with Salvadoran Minister of Justice and Public Security Rogelio Rivas. The signing of the JSP will solidify the U.S. and El Salvador's law enforcement partnership to identify air passengers linked to terrorism, narcotics, weapons, and currency smuggling. The JSP marks the 12th agreement that DHS has made since June with El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to further expand asylum capabilities and improve safety, security, and prosperity in the region. During the ministerial, the officials also discussed the ongoing implementation of these critical agreements.

The Acting Secretary and Ministers further discussed the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis at the Southwest border due to historic levels of irregular migration and human smuggling. Acting Secretary Wolf emphasized to his partners that unprecedented irregular migratory flows from the region are unsustainable and that no country can afford the incalculable loss of growth that comes with the departure of such a significant portion of its population.

During his visit, the Acting Secretary also toured the Guatemalan Migrant Reception Center, located at La Aurora International Airport, and observed the well established and orderly process for returning migrants. Additionally, he received an operational briefin

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 12, 2019

Prize Winners Announced in $1.55M Challenge for New Solutions to Detect Opioids in International Mail
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) announced the grand prize winner and runner-up in the Opioid Detection Challenge, a $1.55 million global prize competition for rapid, nonintrusive detection tools that will help find illicit opioids in international mail.

IDSS will receive the grand prize of $500,000 for its detection solution, which combines a 3D X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanner with automated detection algorithms. The IDSS Detect 1000 identifies anomalies in X-ray images based on the scanned item's features and physical properties.

The runner-up, One Resonance, will receive $250,000 for its detection solution, the QROD system, which is a quadrupole resonance technology that uses radio-frequency signals to search for specific materials. An alarm is triggered when a signal associated with an illicit substance is detected.

"The influx of illicit drugs is one of the nation's greatest threats," said William N. Bryan, DHS Senior Official Performing the Duties of Under Secretary for Science and Technology. "Through this combined effort to address the trafficking of opioids, S&T, our federal partners, and the private sector have produced technology solutions that will better protect the American people from the effects of this devastating crisis."

Mr. Bryan was joined by CBP Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez, ONDCP Director Jim Carroll, and USPIS Chief Postal Inspector Gary Barksdale to announce the winners and recognize the finalists.

"The Trump Administration is committed to reversing the effects of the drug crisis through both traditional practices and creative, unique methods," said ONDCP D

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 11, 2019

Joint U.S.-EU statement following the U.S.-EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting
On December 11, 2019, the U.S.-EU Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs took place in Washington, D.C. The United States of America was represented by Attorney General William Barr and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf. The Ministerial - which is held twice a year - aims to oversee transatlantic cooperation in the area of Justice and Home affairs and address common security threats.

The European Union was represented by the Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders, as well as by Finnish Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson, Finnish Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior Ilkka Salmi, Croatian Minister of the Interior Davor Božinovic, and Croatian Minister of Justice Dražen Bošnjakovic, on behalf of the current and incoming Presidencies of the Council of the European Union. The meeting was also attended by Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers, the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove, the Deputy Secretary General of the EEAS Christian Leffler, the Deputy Executive Director of Europol Jürgen Ebner, and the Vice President of Eurojust Klaus Meyer-Cabri.

As the EU begins a new political cycle, the United States and the EU reaffirmed their strong commitment to foster the Transatlantic Partnership and pursue their dialogue on Justice and Home Affairs, building on the existing operational cooperation and best-practice exchanges on matters of common interest.

Fighting terrorism in all its forms remains our top common priority. We concurred on the importance of continuing and expanding our efforts to identify and hold accountable all those who support or engage in terrorist activity, with a particular emphasis on the sharing of information gathered in zones of combat for use in criminal proceedings as admissible evidence. The importance of using this type of information to improve the security of our borders was also highlighted, especially in the context of returning foreign terrorist fighters.

Department of Homeland Security News
Nov 26, 2019

Acting Secretary Wolf Addresses Dangerous Sanctuary Policies in North Carolina with Law Enforcement and State Officials
- Yesterday, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf and Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Matt Albence participated in a roundtable discussion at the North Carolina State House in Raleigh regarding the law enforcement and public safety threats created by sanctuary policies.

Below are Acting Secretary Wolf's remarks as prepared.



Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speaker Moore, Lieutenant Governor Forest, and other elected officials—thank you for being here. Thank you, as well, to the Sheriffs for joining this roundtable. As Sheriffs for counties that border sanctuary jurisdictions, you understand better than anyone that sanctuary policies extend beyond geographical and political boundaries. I look forward to the insight you will bring to our conversation today.

Most of all, to the families and advocates of victims—on behalf of the President, I want to thank you for shedding light on the danger we face from sanctuary policies by sharing your stories. I can assure you that DHS is working every day to get these criminal aliens out of our communities, so that no other family endures the losses that you have. Director Albence and I appreciate you joining us in the fight to restore law and order in our communities.

While many law-abiding individuals come to the United States every day, all of us here know too well that there are illegal aliens present in our country who have been arrested or convicted of particularly heinous crimes. These individuals are intent on evading our laws, and all too often prey on our citizens and residents.

In the face of this threat, it is the responsibility of our local, state, and federal leaders to take action to protect our communities.  Unfortunately, we've seen the opposite from certain elected officials and jurisdictions around the country and right here in North Carolina. It seems that certain officials care m

Department of Homeland Security News
Nov 26, 2019

Holiday Online Shopping Safety from CISA
The holidays are a prime time for hackers, scammers, and online thieves looking to take advantage of unsuspecting online shoppers. Before starting your online shopping this holiday season, follow these simple steps to stay safe online.


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