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Department of Homeland Security News
May 23, 2018

Joint EU-U.S. statement following the EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting
Release Date: May 23, 2018On 22 and 23 May 2018, the EU-U.S. Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs was hosted by the Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council in Sofia, Bulgaria. The meeting reaffirmed the long-standing, fruitful cooperation between the United States of America and the European Union in the areas of justice and home affairs, as well as the importance of jointly addressing common security threats.

The United States was represented by the U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, and the Acting Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security, Claire Grady.

The European Union, hosting the meeting, was represented by the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, the Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Vera Jourová, the Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King, as well as Bulgarian Minister of Interior Valentin Radev and Minister of Justice Tsetska Tsacheva, together with Austrian Federal Minister for the Interior Herbert Kickl and Federal Minister for Constitutional Affairs, Reforms, Deregulation and Justice Josef Moser, on behalf of the current and incoming Presidencies of the Council of the European Union.

The European Union and the United States discussed their shared efforts to combat terrorism, focusing on effective information sharing, preventing radicalization, use of the internet for terrorist purposes, and vigilance with respect to aviation security, and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, and explosives, especially in relation to the evolving chemical threats to aviation and

Department of Homeland Security News
May 22, 2018

Joint Statement from DHS Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats
Release Date: May 22, 2018Regarding Today's Capitol Hill Briefing on Election Security:

"Securing our nation's election infrastructure is a vital national interest that requires the commitment of our federal, state, and local partners. This is an issue that the Administration takes seriously and is addressing with urgency. That is why today we sought to enlist Congress' help in working with state and local election officials back home to raise awareness of the potential threats and urge them to continue to use available resources, either from DHS, the FBI or a private, third party.

"Following the threats to our democratic process in 2016, DHS, ODNI, and the FBI each prioritized our defined roles in working with state and local election officials to assist them in their threat understanding and risk management practices. In the face of a rapidly evolving threat environment, our collaborative efforts with those on the front lines of administering our elections at the state and local levels are critical to enhancing the security of our nation's elections. Congress is one of our most critical partners in ensuring the success of this ongoing effort. Today's briefing provided an opportunity to highlight our individual and collective efforts to protect this critical infrastructure.

"There is a fundamental link between public trust in our election infrastructure and

Department of Homeland Security News
May 21, 2018

DHS Announces Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Preparedness Grants
Release Date: May 21, 2018Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen today announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Notices of Funding Opportunity for eight DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 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 administration remains committed to strengthening the security and resilience of our state and local communities," said Secretary Nielsen. "The DHS grant programs are flexible by design and will be used to help address evolving threats.  They will go toward building and sustaining capabilities across all levels of government and the whole community to maximize preparedness."

The FY 2018 grant guidance will continue to focus on the nation's highest risk areas, including urban areas that face the most significant threats.  For FY 2018, the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) will enhance regional preparedness and capabilities by funding 32 high-threat, high-density urba

Department of Homeland Security News
May 21, 2018

Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Claire Grady to Travel to the U.S.- EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial
Release Date: May 21, 2018Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Claire Grady will travel to Sofia, Bulgaria to participate in the U.S. - EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial on Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23. There, Acting Deputy Secretary Grady will meet with international partners to discuss joint counterterrorism efforts as well as aviation security, cybersecurity and improved vetting measures. Acting Deputy Secretary Grady will discuss threats currently facing the United States and our foreign counterparts and how joint efforts are necessary to properly address them.

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Department of Homeland Security News
May 18, 2018

Readout of Meetings Between DHS, DOS, and Mexican Officials
Release Date: May 18, 2018As part of the ongoing dialogue between both governments over the last two days, officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of State (DOS), the Ministry of Interior (SEGOB), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) discussed regional immigration trends, including the significant increase in the number of asylum claims that both countries have experienced recently; each country's migration-related legal and policy frameworks; and progress on joint initiatives which support prosperity and security with Central America, following up from the meeting co-convened by the United States and Mexico in June of 2017.

DHS, DOS, SEGOB and SRE remain committed to continuing the dialogue on these and other matters of mutual interest. To that end, they agreed to carry out the 21st Century Border Technical Working Group meeting on May 22th, in which they will address border security, trade enforcement, and border infrastructure issues.



Department of Homeland Security News
May 18, 2018

DHS Honors Fallen Law Enforcement Officers During Police Week
Release Date: May 18, 2018Throughout the 2018 National Police Week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) honored law enforcement officers and their families for their service and sacrifice. In Washington and around the country, DHS has been involved in memorializing these heroes throughout the week.

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen attended memorials that focused on the important work that DHS law enforcement officers and agents do every day, and honored those killed in the line of duty:

"Every year, in honor of Police Week, we pay tribute to the law enforcement community," said Secretary Nielsen. "We lay a wreath in memory of those who put on a badge, went to work, and never came home again. We take time —one week out of the year—to say ‘thank you,' and ‘I miss you.' We reflect

Department of Homeland Security News
May 15, 2018

Department of Homeland Security Unveils Strategy to Guide Cybersecurity Efforts
Release Date: May 15, 2018On May 15, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a strategy outlining the Department's approach to identifying and managing national cybersecurity risk. The DHS strategy details a Department-wide approach to address the evolving threats to our nation's cyber and critical infrastructure security.

Directed by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2017, this strategy addresses strategic and operational goals and priorities to successfully execute the full range of the DHS Secretary's cybersecurity responsibilities. The intent is for this strategy to enable the harmonization and prioritization of DHS planning, programming, budgeting, and operational activities across all DHS cybersecurity mission areas. It will focus on coordinating departmental cybersecurity activities to ensure a unity of effort.

"The cyber threat landscape is shifting in real-time, and we have reached a historic turning point," said Secretary Nielsen. "Digital security is now converging with personal and physical security, and it is clear that our cyber adversaries can now threaten the very fabric of our republic itself. That is why DHS is rethinking its approach by adopting a more comprehensive cybersecurity strategy. In an age of brand-name breaches, we must think beyond the defense of specific assets—and confront systemic risks that affect everyone from tech giants to homeowners. Our strategy outlines how DHS will leverage its unique capabilities on the digital battlefield to defend American networks and get ah

Department of Homeland Security News
May 15, 2018

Fact Sheet: DHS Cybersecurity Policy
Release Date: May 15, 2018We depend upon cyberspace for daily conveniences, critical services, and economic prosperity. At the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, we believe that cyberspace can be made secure and resilient. DHS works with key partners across the Federal government, State and local governments, industry, and the international community to identify and manage national cybersecurity risks. The DHS Cybersecurity Strategy sets out five pillars of a DHS-wide risk management approach and provides a framework for executing our cybersecurity responsibilities and leveraging the full range of the Department's capabilities to improve the security and resilience of cyberspace.

Reducing our national cybersecurity risk requires an innovative approach that fully leverages our collective capabilities across the Department and the entire cybersecurity community. DHS will strive to better understand our national cybersecurity risk posture, and engage with key partners to collectively address cyber vulnerabilities, threats, and consequences. We will build on ongoing efforts to reduce and manage vulnerabilities of federal networks and critical infrastructure to harden them against attackers. We will reduce threats from cyber criminal activity through prioritized law enforcement intervention. We will seek to mitigate the consequences from cybersecurity incidents that do occur. Finally, we will engage with the global cybersecurity community to strengthen the security and resiliency of the overall cyber ecosystems by addressing systemic challenges like increasingly global supply chains; by f

Department of Homeland Security News
May 15, 2018

Written testimony of DHS Secretary Nielsen for a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing titled "Authorities and Resources Needed to Protect and Secure the United States"
Release Date: May 15, 2018342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member McCaskill, and distinguished Members of the Committee:

It is a privilege to appear before you today to discuss the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) crucial missions and how the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget request for the Department will help secure our homeland. Today I want to cover two main subjects: (1) certain authorities we need in order to close security gaps; and (2) the resources required to execute our missions.

Authorities Needed to Protect and Secure the United States First, I'd like to thank the Committee for its efforts in reporting out an authorization bill for the Department in March. We need this legislation. It includes vital provisions for protecting our country, and it will update our authorities. I cannot stress enough how important this is. The Department was established 15 years ago—before smart phones were a part of everyday life, and our authorities have not kept pace with evolving threats, adaptive enemies, and emboldened adversaries. I applaud this Committee for championing a DHS reauthorization, alongside the House Homeland Security Committee. Now we need quick passage.

The Committee's bill establishes the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which will replace the National Protection and Programs Directorate as the focal point for defending civilian Federal networks, protecting critical infrastructure, and interfacing with state, local, private sector, and other partners to advance collective defen

Department of Homeland Security News
May 09, 2018

DHS Reissues the NTAS Bulletin
Release Date: May 9, 2018On May 9, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen reissued the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin pertaining to the terror threat to the U.S. homeland. After carefully considering the current threat environment, as well as input from the Department's intelligence and law enforcement partners, Secretary Nielsen determined it is necessary to extend the NTAS Bulletin at this time.

Terrorist groups continue to inspire, enable, and direct their followers to spread chaos using homemade weapons and by striking soft targets and crowded places. They also remain focused on conducting more sophisticated attacks using conventional weapons as well as new technologies and tactics. DHS is committed to staying a step ahead of our enemies, and an informed and vigilant public remains one of the Department's greatest assets in protecting the homeland.

This marks the sixth iteration of the Bulletin on the homegrown threat, which has been reissued five times since the first Bulletin was released in December 2015.

You can read the new NTAS Bulletin here.

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Department of Homeland Security News
May 08, 2018

Written testimony of DHS Secretary Nielsen for a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security hearing on the Fiscal Year 2019 budget request for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Release Date: May 8, 2018192 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Chairman Capito, Ranking Member Tester, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee:

It is a privilege to appear before you today to discuss the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) crucial missions and to present the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget request for the Department.

The men and women of DHS are exceptional and dedicated professionals who are on watch 24 hours a day, 365 days a year protecting Americans from threats by land, sea, air, and in cyberspace, while also promoting our Nation's economic prosperity. They work tirelessly to strengthen the safety and security of our Nation from persistent and emerging dangers, including terrorists, transnational criminal organizations, rogue nation states, and natural disasters.

The FY 2019 Budget request provides funding to advance core DHS missions. It sustains and strengthens our most critical programs and capabilities and places emphasis on protecting our nation from terrorism and countering threats; securing and managing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws; preserving and upholding the nation's prosperity and economic security; securing cyberspace and critical infrastructure; and strengthening homeland security preparedness resilience. DHS will also build a culture of efficiency on the foundation of agency reform efforts to ensure accountable, effective, and efficient operations.

The FY 2019 President's Budget for DHS requests $47.5 billion in net discretionary funding and an additional $6.7 billion for the Disaster Relie

Department of Homeland Security News
May 08, 2018

Written testimony of S&T for a House Science, Space, & Technology Subcommittee on Oversight, and Subcommittee on Research & Technology hearing titled "Leveraging Blockchain Technology to Improve Supply Chain Management and Combat Counterfeit Goods"
Release Date: May 8, 20182318 Rayburn House Office Building

Chairman Abraham, Chairwoman Comstock, Ranking Member Beyer, Ranking Member Lipinski and distinguished members of the Oversight and Research and Technology Subcommittees, thank you for inviting DHS to speak with you today. I will be addressing the topic of "Potential and proven applications of blockchain and distributed ledger technology in shipping, logistics, and customs, with an emphasis on supply chain management" and sharing with you important aspects of how we are exploring the use of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies in research and development and working with several DHS mission areas to integrate innovative technology into everyday use.

I have been in the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) for 14.5 years working the entire time on Cybersecurity research and development (R&D). Prior to my time at DHS, I worked at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the National Security Agency and have been involved in cybersecurity R&D as a government employee for over 30 years.

As the R&D arm of DHS, S&T develops the tools, technologies, and knowledge products for DHS operators, state and local first responders, and the nation's critical infrastructure, ensuring R&D coordination across the Department to develop solutions for the needs of today and tomorrow. S&T partners with Federal agencies, industry, academia, and international governments to create and test solutions that help the nation's homeland security officials prevent, respond to, and recover

Department of Homeland Security News
May 08, 2018

Written testimony of USCG for a House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation hearing titled "Blue Technologies: Use of New Maritime Technologies to Improve Efficiency and Mission Performance"
Release Date: May 8, 20182167 Rayburn House Office Building

Good morning Mr. Chairman and distinguished Members of the Committee. It is my pleasure to be here today to discuss the Coast Guard's efforts to pursue technologies and solutions that have the greatest potential to enhance the service's acquisition and mission execution.

The Coast Guard is very thankful for this Committee's enduring support of our acquisition, construction and improvement programs, particularly in fiscal year 2018. This support is critical to the Service's efforts to recapitalize its aging fleet of cutters, aircraft, boats and support systems, and to address a growing backlog of shore construction and facility needs. Coupled with the supplemental funding for hurricane response activities, your legislative actions have enhanced our ability to prepare for and respond to mission needs, including future disasters.

The U.S. Coast Guard is the world's premier military, multi-mission, maritime service responsible for the safety, security and stewardship of U.S. waters and hundreds of miles seaward. At all times, a military service and branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, a federal law enforcement agency, a regulatory body, a first responder, and a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, the Coast Guard stands the watch and serves a nation whose economic prosperity and national security are inextricably linked to broad maritime interests.

The Coast Guard's breadth of missions, competencies, and authorities create unique research opportunities and challenges. The Coast Guard's Research, Development,

Department of Homeland Security News
May 04, 2018

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen Announcement on Temporary Protected Status for Honduras
Release Date: May 4, 2018The Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen has determined that termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Honduras is required pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. To allow for an orderly transition, she has determined to delay the effective date of the termination for 18 months. The designation will terminate on January 5, 2020.

The decision to terminate TPS for Honduras was made after a review of the environmental disaster-related conditions upon which the country's original 1999 TPS designation was based and an assessment of whether those originating conditions continue to exist, as required by statute. Based on careful consideration of available information, including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process, the Secretary determined that the disruption of living conditions in Honduras from Hurricane Mitch that served as the basis for its TPS designation has decreased to a degree that it should no longer be regarded as substantial. Thus, as required under the applicable statute, the current TPS designation must be terminated.

Since 1999, conditions in Honduras that resulted from the hurricane have notably improved. Additionally, since the last review of the country's conditions in October 2016, Honduras has made substantial progress in post-hurricane recovery and reconstruction from the 1998 Hurricane Mitch.

To allow for an orderly transition, the effective date of the termination of TPS for Honduras will be delayed 18 months to provide time for individuals with TP

Department of Homeland Security News
May 04, 2018

Statement from DHS Press Secretary on April Border Numbers
Release Date: May 4, 2018On May 4, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton released the following statement on U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Southwest Border Migration numbers for April:

"The recently released April 2018 Southwest Border Migration numbers underscore the continuing security crisis along our southwest border.  The number of illegal border crossers increased in April from the previous month, and more than tripled in April 2018 in comparison to April 2017. For the second month in a row, we have seen more than 50,000 individuals try to illegally enter the United States. 

"If you enter our country illegally, you have broken the law and will be referred for prosecution.  DHS has zero tolerance for those who break the law and will no longer exempt classes or groups of individuals from prosecution.  Whether you are a single adult or an adult member of a family unit, if you are apprehended you will be prosecuted and put in removal proceedings.

"DHS has significantly increased our referral rates to the Department of Justice for illegal border crossers when compared to the same time period in FY 2017.  DHS and DOJ have taken recent steps to surge the necessary resources - such as asylum officers, immigration judges, prosecutors, and ICE attorneys - to promptly adjudicate cases through our civil immigration system or through criminal prosecution. 

"To those seeking to abuse our generous laws - we are watching.  We will not sit back and watch our laws exploited.  If you make a false immigration claim, you will be referr

Department of Homeland Security News
May 01, 2018

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Leads Hurricane Preparedness Exercise
Release Date: May 1, 2018On May 1, the Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen served as the principal federal official for domestic incident management, leading a national hurricane preparedness and response exercise for Cabinet members and senior administration officials hosted by the White House National Security Council. The National Level Exercise (NLE) 2018 brings together more than 250 federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, private industry, and non-governmental and community organizations to test their emergency response to a simulated major incident. The NLE 2018 scenario involves a hurricane that makes landfall in the Mid-Atlantic region near Hampton Roads, VA.

Today's Principals-level tabletop exercise was conducted in the Situation Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. and focused on the federal government's roles and responsibilities to support survivors and state and local governments, recover from infrastructure failures, and overcome communication, logistics, and coordination challenges.

"When a disaster hits, a matter of minutes could mean the difference between lives lost and lives saved," said Secretary Nielse

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 26, 2018

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Announcement on Temporary Protected Status for Nepal
Release Date: April 26, 2018WASHINGTON— The Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen has determined that termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nepal was required pursuant to the statute. To allow for an orderly transition, she has determined to delay the termination for 12 months. The designation will terminate on June 24, 2019.

The decision to terminate TPS for Nepal was made after a review of the environmental disaster-related conditions upon which the country's original designation was based and an assessment of whether those originating conditions continue to exist as required by statute. Based on careful consideration of available information, including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process, the Secretary determined that the disruption of living conditions in Nepal from the April 2015 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks that served as the basis for its TPS designation have decreased to a degree that they should no longer be regarded as substantial, and Nepal can now adequately manage the return of its nationals. Thus, as required under the applicable statute, the current TPS designation must be terminated.

Since the 2015 earthquake, conditions in Nepal have notably improved. Additionally, since the last review of the country's conditions in October 2016, Nepal has made substantial progress in post-earthquake recovery and reconstruction.

To allow for an orderly transition, the effective date of the termination of TPS for Nepal will be delayed 12 months to provide time for individuals with TPS

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 26, 2018

Written testimony of DHS Secretary Nielsen for a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing titled "Strengthening the Safety and Security of Our Nation: The President's FY2019 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security"
Release Date: April 26, 2018210 House Capitol Visitor Center

Chairman McCaul, Ranking Member Thompson, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee:

It is a privilege to appear before you today to discuss the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) crucial missions and to present the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget request for the Department.

The men and women of DHS are exceptional and dedicated professionals who are on watch 24 hours a day, 365 days a year protecting Americans from threats by land, sea, air, and in cyberspace, while also promoting our Nation's economic prosperity. They work tirelessly to strengthen the safety and security of our Nation from persistent and emerging dangers, including terrorists, transnational criminal organizations, rogue nation states, and natural disasters.

The FY 2019 Budget request provides funding to advance core DHS missions. It sustains and strengthens our most critical programs and capabilities and places emphasis on protecting our nation from terrorism and countering threats; securing and managing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws; preserving and upholding the nation's prosperity and economic security; securing cyberspace and critical infrastructure; and strengthening homeland security preparedness resilience. DHS will also build a culture of efficiency on the foundation of agency reform efforts to ensure accountable, effective, and efficient operations.

The FY 2019 President's Budget for DHS requests $47.5 billion in net discretionary funding and an additional $6.7 billion for the Disaster Re

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 25, 2018

Secretary Nielsen Statement on Arrival of Central American ‘Caravan'
Release Date: April 25, 2018WASHINGTON - Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement on the arrival of the Central American ‘Caravan' at the U.S.-Mexico border:

"DHS is currently monitoring the travel of the so-called ‘caravan' towards our Southern border and is doing everything within our authorities to secure our borders and enforce the law.

"Let me be clear: we will enforce the immigration laws as set forth by Congress. If you enter our country illegally, you have broken the law and will be referred for prosecution. If you make a false immigration claim, you have broken the law and will be referred for prosecution.  If you assist or coach an individual in making a false immigration claim, you have broken the law and will be referred for prosecution.

"DHS, in partnership with DOJ, has taken a number of steps to ensure the necessary resources are in place to promptly adjudicate all cases and claims, through either our civil immigration system or through criminal prosecution, consistent with our laws.

"Individuals of the 'caravan' seeking asylum or other similar claims should seek protections in the first safe country they enter, including Mexico.

"The smugglers, traffickers, and criminals understand our legal loopholes better than Congress

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 25, 2018

Written testimony of CBP Commissioner for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security hearing titled "Border Security, Commerce and Travel: Commissioner McAleenan's Vision for the Future of CBP"
Release Date: April 25, 2018210 House Capitol Visitor Center

Chairwoman McSally, Ranking Member Vela, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today on behalf of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). I was deeply honored to be confirmed by the Senate, and sworn in by the Secretary on March 20th, as the fifth Commissioner of CBP. It is a privilege to continue working alongside some of the finest professionals in government service to tackle the most compelling mission set in law enforcement.

CBP is central to so many priorities for the American people and the Administration, from countering terrorism, to enhancing border security, to securing and facilitating trade and travel. In our relentless pursuit of a more secure and economically competitive nation, we aspire to be the most innovative and trusted law enforcement agency in the world. During my tenure as CBP Commissioner, I am committed to streamlining CBP efforts and focusing on unity of effort through a "One CBP" culture; to attracting and retaining the best workforce to serve our nation and meet tomorrow's challenges; to accelerating the adoption of innovative technology to keep America and our workforce safe; to building and strengthening partnerships across government and with our international counterparts; and to transforming the ways our stakeholders interact with CBP.

My testimony today discusses CBP's ongoing efforts to keep our nation safe and my priority strategies for enhancing those efforts. I also appreciate the important oversight re

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 24, 2018

Readout of Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen's Day Two Meetings at the G7 Security Ministerial
Release Date: April 24, 2018On April 24, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen continued her participation at the G7 Security Ministerial in Toronto, Canada.

Secretary Nielsen met with her foreign counterparts from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom as well as representatives from the European Union to discuss how to protect our nations against persistent and emerging threats. The G7 participants also discussed joint efforts to combat human trafficking worldwide.

The Secretary covered a range of topics with her counterparts, including raising the bar globally on aviation security, enhancing information sharing, and working with our allies on soft-target security to better protect crowded places and public venues against attack. Additionally, Secretary Nielsen discussed what the Department is doing to combat terrorist use of the internet, and later G7 officials met with representatives of the companies leading the Global Internet Forum to Counterterrorism (GIFCT).  They lauded the technology companies for actions taken to fight back against online terrorist recruitment and radicalization but also urged that more needed to be done.  She stressed the urgency of this issue in the United States and the importance of working with G7 partners to thwart these threats.

Later today, the group will meet to discuss cybersecurity and the best practices to combat cyber risks.



Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 24, 2018

Written testimony of CBP for a Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing titled "Abducted Abroad: Exploring the Plight of International Parental Child Abduction and its effect on American Families"
Release Date: April 24, 2018226 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Chairman Grassley, Ranking Member Feinstein, and distinguished Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to appear today to discuss the role of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in preventing the abduction of children by their parents from the United States.

As America's unified border security agency, CBP plays an important role in the nation's efforts to prevent children from being abducted and taken abroad by their parents. CBP works in close coordination with the Department of State (DOS) to leverage CBP targeting capabilities as part of our multi-layered, risk-based approach to enhance the security of our borders and America's children.

Preventing Departure in International Child Abduction Cases As the nation's largest law enforcement agency, CBP remains committed to preventing the illegal abduction of children across our Nation's borders. CBP works every day to act on intelligence received from our partners across law enforcement, including intelligence warning of potential perpetrators of child abductions through our nation's 328 ports of entry and exit.

The Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act (ICAPRA) was signed into law on August 8, 2014. CBP's early commitment to close coordination with DOS resulted in the development and implementation of an early warning mechanism in which notification of travel is made to requesting agencies for minors considered at risk of international parental child abduction (IPCA).

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Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 24, 2018

Written testimony of NPPD for a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing titled "Mitigating America's Cybersecurity Risk"
Release Date: April 24, 2018342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member McCaskill, and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) serves a critical role in safeguarding and securing cyberspace, a core homeland security mission. The National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) at DHS leads the Nation's efforts to ensure the security and resilience of our cyber and physical infrastructure. Last month, this Committee reported favorably on H.R. 2825, the Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act (as amended). This bill includes the language from H.R. 3359, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2017. If enacted, this language would mature and streamline NPPD and rename our organization to reflect clearly our essential mission and our role in securing cyberspace. The Administration strongly supports establishing the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within DHS, and we will continue working with this Committee and the rest of the Senate to get the necessary legislation enacted.

NPPD is responsible for protecting civilian Federal government networks and collaborating with other Federal agencies, as well as State, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and the private sector to defend against cyber threats. We endeavor to enhance cyber threat information-sharing across the globe to stop cyber incidents before they start and help businesses and government agencies to protect their cyber systems and quickly recover

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 23, 2018

Readout of Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen's Day One Meetings at the G7 Security Ministerial
Release Date: April 23, 2018On April 23, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen joined her foreign counterparts in Toronto, Canada for the G7 Security Ministerial. While in Toronto, Secretary Nielsen met with allies from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom as well as representatives from the European Union to discuss joint efforts to combat terrorism, bolster democratic institutions against outside interference, and hold Russia accountable.

Specifically, the group discussed efforts to identify and disrupt terrorist travel, as well as the importance of information sharing to protect our people from emerging threats. The G7 participants also outlined their strong opposition to foreign efforts to undermine democracy and discussed Russian malign activity overseas, online, and within G7 nations. Secretary Nielsen pressed G7 nations to continue calling out foreign adversaries for misbehavior—especially in cyberspace—and to deliver consequences to deter it.

Additionally, Secretary Nielsen held bilateral meetings with her counterparts from the EU, France, and Canada.

Later this evening, the group will meet regarding efforts to combat human trafficking worldwide.





Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 23, 2018

Written testimony of I&A Acting Principal Deputy Under Secretary Brian Murphy for a House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Subcommittee on Emergency, Preparedness, Response & Communications hearing titled "Securing Our Communities
Release Date: April 23, 20182800 Victory Blvd., Staten Island, New York

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Chairman Donovan, Ranking Member Payne, distinguished members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today - along with my colleagues from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The men and women of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) work diligently to produce  timely, actionable intelligence and information to help keep the homeland safe, secure, and resilient, and I am proud to speak to you on their behalf.

In my testimony today, I will describe the current threat environment and how I&A shares intelligence with our state and local partners to support their important work of keeping local communities safe. Each year, I&A works with FEMA's Grant Programs Directorate to support the Department's annual Homeland Security Grant Programs (HSGP) counterterrorism grant programs to provide threat analysis and data to inform their Homeland counterterrorism risk assessments. I&A reviews shared intelligence reporting produced by the intelligence community (IC) along with state and local threat reporting and other sources to provide FEMA with a relative threat ranking for the top 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas and states and territories in the Homeland. This threat ranking allows FEMA to ensure limited funds are allocated to the cities with the highest risk and informs the Secretary's decisions regarding funding allocations. The State Homeland Security Pro

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 23, 2018

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on Central American 'Caravan'
Release Date: April 23, 2018WASHINGTON -- Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement on the Central American 'Caravan':

"DHS continues to monitor the remnants of the ‘caravan' of individuals headed to our Southern border with the apparent intention of entering the United States illegally. A sovereign nation that cannot - or worse, chooses not - to defend its borders will soon cease to be a sovereign nation. The Trump Administration is committed to enforcing our immigration laws - whether persons are part of this ‘caravan' or not.

"If members of the ‘caravan' enter the country illegally, they will be referred for prosecution for illegal entry in accordance with existing law. For those seeking asylum, all individuals may be detained while their claims are adjudicated efficiently and expeditiously, and those found not to have a claim will be promptly removed from the United States.

"DHS, in partnership with DOJ, is taking a number of steps to ensure that all cases and claims are adjudicated promptly - including sending additional USCIS asylum officers, ICE attorneys, DOJ Immigration Judges, and DOJ prosecutors to the Southern border.

"Again, if you enter the United States illegally, let me be clear: you have broken the law. And we will enforce the law through prosecution of illegal border crossers."

"DHS encourages persons with asylum or other similar claims to seek protections in the first safe country they enter, including Mexico. While we are committed to doing everything we can on the border to secure our natio

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 23, 2018

Written testimony of I&A for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response & Communications hearing titled "Securing Our Communities: Federal Support to High-Risk Urban Areas"
Release Date: April 23, 2018

Staten Island, New York



Chairman Donovan, Ranking Member Payne, distinguished members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify today - along with my colleagues from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The men and women of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) work diligently to produce timely, actionable intelligence and information to help keep the homeland safe, secure, and resilient, and I am proud to speak to you on their behalf.


In my testimony today, I will describe the current threat environment and how I&A shares intelligence with our state and local partners to support their important work of keeping local communities safe. Each year, I&A works with FEMA's Grant Programs Directorate to support the Department's annual Homeland Security Grant Programs (HSGP) counterterrorism grant programs to provide threat analysis and data to inform their Homeland counterterrorism risk assessments. I&A reviews shared intelligence reporting produced by the intelligence community (IC) along with state and local threat reporting and other sources to provide FEMA with a relative threat ranking for the top 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas and states and territories in the Homeland. This threat ranking allows FEMA to ensure limited funds are allocated to the cities with the highest risk and informs the Secretary's decisions regarding funding allocations. The State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and Urban Area Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 23, 2018

Written testimony of FEMA for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response & Communications hearing titled "Securing Our Communities: Federal Support to High-Risk Urban Areas"
Release Date: April 23, 2018Staten Island, New York

Good morning, Chairman Donovan, Ranking Member Payne, and Members of the Subcommittee. I am Thomas DiNanno, and I serve as the Assistant Administrator for Grant Programs at the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). On behalf of Secretary Nielsen and Administrator Long, thank you for the opportunity to discuss the critical role of the Department's homeland security grant programs in assisting the Nation, particularly the Nation's high-risk urban areas, in preventing, preparing for and responding to terrorist attacks.

Over the past 10 years, the American people have been called upon to respond to and recover from a number of devastating, if not catastrophic, natural disasters and terrorist attacks: Hurricane Sandy in 2012, which affected much of New Jersey, New York City, and Staten Island; the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing; the 2015 shooting in San Bernardino, California; and the 2016 pipe bomb attacks in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood and Seaside Park, New Jersey.

More recently, Americans have endured the natural devastation of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and manmade acts of violence, including the October 2017 Las Vegas shooting; this year's recent school shootings in Parkland, Florida and St. Mary's County, Maryland; the October 2017 truck attack in New York City's Hudson River Greenway; and the December 2017 detonation of a pipe bomb in New York's Port Authority Bus Terminal. Out of deference and respect, we must also acknowledge that we are only a few miles fr

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 20, 2018

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen to Travel to G7 Security Ministerial
Release Date: April 20, 2018WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen will travel to Toronto, Canada to participate in the G7 Security Ministerial on Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24. There, Secretary Nielsen will meet with her foreign counterparts to discuss joint efforts to combat terrorism, human trafficking, and cybersecurity threats. Secretary Nielsen will discuss the threats currently facing the United States and G7 partners and how a global approach is necessary to adequately address them.

 

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Keywords:  Canada, Combatting Human Trafficking, Cybersecurity

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 19, 2018

Secretary Nielsen Joins President Trump at Jiatf-South to Discuss Efforts to Stop Drugs and Criminals from Entering Our Country
Release Date: April 19, 2018On Monday, April 19, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen joined President Donald J. Trump and senior U.S. officials at the Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) in Key West, Florida. The purpose of the visit was to review the Administration's ongoing efforts to combat transnational organized crime and stop illicit drugs from entering the United States. Secretary Nielsen reaffirmed the Department's commitment to JIATF-S as well as the Department's ongoing work with international partners to support the JIATF-S mission.

During their visit, President Trump and Secretary Nielsen received an operational briefing and toured the JIATF-S Joint Operations Center. They were joined by General Kelly, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Zukunft, U.S. Southern Command Commander Admiral Tidd, U.S. Northern Command Commander General Robinson, JIATF-S Director Rear Admiral Tomney, and other senior officials.

JIATF-S is the frontline for interdicting the record amounts of cocaine produced in Colombia and shipped to the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia through the transit zones. The information obtained from JIATF-S produces leads and enhances investigations, prosecutions, and intelligence that are critical to U.S. government efforts to combat transnational criminal organizations.

Several DHS equities work with JIATF-S including the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Homeland Security Investigations. In addition to supporting JIATF-S with personnel, DHS is its principal source of surface and air a

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 17, 2018

DHS Press Secretary Statement on Sessions v. Dimaya
Release Date: April 17, 2018Today, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to void certain aspects of the aggravated felony ground of deportability.

"Today's ruling significantly undermines DHS's efforts to remove aliens convicted of certain violent crimes, including sexual assault, kidnapping, and burglary, from the United States. By preventing the federal government from removing known criminal aliens, it allows our nation to be a safe haven for criminals and makes us more vulnerable as a result. The Secretary has met with hundreds of members of Congress over the last few months to implore them to take action on passing legislation to close public safety loopholes, such as these, that encourage illegal immigration and tie the hands of law enforcement."

 

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Keywords:  immigration

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 12, 2018

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen to Speak at RSA Conference
Release Date: April 12, 2018WASHINGTON - Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen will speak at the 2018 RSA Conference on Tuesday, April 17 at 1:05PM EDT/10:05AM PDT. Secretary Nielsen will lay out the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity priorities and policies in addition to addressing the cyber threats affecting the United States today. Following her remarks, Secretary Nielsen will also participate in a fireside chat on cybersecurity issues.

You can watch the livestream of Secretary Nielsen's remarks here.

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Topics:  Cybersecurity Keywords:  Cybersecurity, speech

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 12, 2018

Written testimony of MGMT for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency hearing titled "Building for the Future: Examining Challenges Facing DHS's Consolidated Headquarters Project"
Release Date: April 12, 2018210 House Capitol Visitor Center

Chairman Perry, Ranking Member Correa, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today to discuss the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Consolidated Headquarters at St. Elizabeths. I am Tom Chaleki, Chief Readiness Support Officer for DHS. My responsibilities include the oversight and management of the Department's facilities and real property, and the consolidation of DHS facilities in the National Capital Region.

I am pleased to appear with my colleagues from the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to update the Subcommittee on the progress since the 2014 hearing of GSA's development of the St. Elizabeths West Campus as the DHS Consolidated Headquarters. I have experience with the Headquarters Consolidation Program, as until very recently I was the Deputy Chief Readiness Support Officer with oversight responsibilities for the DHS property portfolio. I also worked for several years in facility planning for the U.S. Coast Guard and as an Air Force Reserve civil engineer. As a result of my background and experiences, I have a great appreciation for the challenges of this complex development in an uncertain funding environment, and can testify to the benefits that completion will bring to the Department operationally and fiscally with your continued support.

Beginning with the submission of the DHS National Capital Region Housing Master Plan submitted to Congress in 2006, in cooperation with the developer

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 12, 2018

Written testimony of USCG for a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing titled "Are We Ready for the Next Hurricane Season? Status of Preparation and Response Capabilities for 2018"
Release Date: April 12, 2018253 Russell Senate Office Building

Good morning Mr. Chairman and distinguished Members of the Committee. It is my pleasure to be here today to discuss the Coast Guard's preparations for the next Atlantic hurricane season, lessons learned from the 2017 hurricane season, and the demands contingency responses place on the Coast Guard.

First, let me thank you for the outstanding support this committee has given the Coast Guard (Service), especially as it relates to the supplemental funding for hurricane response activities. This critical infusion allows the Service not only to rebuild damaged and destroyed facilities, but also provides the ability to rebuild to modern resiliency standards, ensuring the best chance of withstanding future disasters.

The U.S. Coast Guard is the world's premier military, multi-mission, maritime service responsible for the safety, security and stewardship of U.S. waters and hundreds of miles seaward. At all times, a military service and branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, a federal law enforcement agency, a regulatory body, a first responder, and a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, the Coast Guard stands the watch and serves a nation whose economic prosperity and national security are inextricably linked to broad maritime interests.

As the Nation's maritime first responder, the Coast Guard has unique capabilities, capacity, and authorities that allow it to play a critical role in disaster response. Today I would like to discuss the Coast Guard's primary missions in disaster response, its strengths, limitatio

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 12, 2018

Written testimony of TSA Administrator for a House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security hearing titled "Examining the President's FY 2019 Budget Request for the Transportation Security"
Release Date: April 12, 2018210 House Capitol Visitor Center

Good morning Chairman Katko, Ranking Member Watson Coleman, and distinguished members of the subcommittee. Thank you for inviting me here today to testify on the President's FY 2019 Budget, which includes a request of $7.7 billion for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

I am grateful for the longstanding and constructive relationship that TSA enjoys with this subcommittee. This budget supports our highest priority funding needs and allows TSA to continue its critical mission of protecting America's transportation systems.

TSA was created in the wake of the September 11th attacks and charged with the mission of preventing another large scale act of terrorism on the American transportation system. Many things have changed since that fateful day, but our fundamental mission has not. Our nation relies on the professionals at TSA, and across the transportation community, to protect passengers and commerce traveling to and within the United States.

Across the country, TSA screens more than two million passengers every day. Since September 11, 2001, there have been no successful attacks on the U.S. aviation system. Our motto, "not on my watch," speaks to our commitment to defeat terrorist attempts to attack our transportation systems.

Every day we are reminded anew that we face ambitious adversaries who are watching us, studying our vulnerabilities and working hard to develop new attack strategies to replace those that have failed. To stay ahead of them, we have to innovate, we have to deploy

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 11, 2018

Written testimony of FEMA for a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing titled "Update on the Restoration of Puerto Rico's Electric Infrastructure"
Release Date: April 11, 20182322 Rayburn House Office Building

Good afternoon, Chairman Harper, Ranking Member DeGette, and members of the Subcommittee. I am Jeff Byard, the Associate Administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Office of Response and Recovery. On behalf of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Nielsen and FEMA Administrator Long, thank you for the opportunity to discuss DHS and FEMA's ongoing efforts to assist with power restoration in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) following the devastating hurricanes in 2017. One of FEMA's top priorities has been—and continues to be—the restoration of electric power across both territories.

2017 Hurricane Season Last year's historic hurricane season was a true test of the Nation's ability to respond to and recover from multiple concurrent disasters. Three major hurricanes made landfall in the United States, which includes Puerto Rico and the USVI: Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The impacts of these events were substantial. Roughly 25.8 million people were affected by these three storms - roughly eight percent of the entire U.S. population.

In order to deliver disaster assistance to such a large and dispersed number of survivors, FEMA has worked in concert with our federal partner agencies; state, local, tribal, and territorial governments; and also non-governmental organizations (NGO) and the private sector to ensure a unity of effort that serves the needs of disaster survivors.

Unity of effort is required for disaster response and recovery on any scale. It

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 11, 2018

Written testimony of FEMA Administrator for a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing titled " FEMA: Prioritizing a Culture of Preparedness"
Release Date: April 11, 2018342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Good morning, Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member McCaskill, and Members of the Committee. My name is Brock Long, and I am the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). I'd like to thank you for the opportunity to return to this Committee to discuss the historic disaster season of 2017, the lessons we've learned, and my plans for the future of FEMA.

I have been in office for just over nine months, and I am proud to be part of an agency that, every day, is helping communities reduce the risks associated with future disasters, as well as assisting disaster survivors all across the country. Shortly after I was sworn in, Hurricane Harvey struck Texas and Louisiana. Then, Hurricane Irma swept through the Caribbean, striking the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Georgia, South Carolina, the Seminole Tribe of Florida, and the entire state of Florida. Hurricane Maria followed, striking a devastating blow to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. These hurricanes were followed by devastating wildfires and mudslides in California.

My team at FEMA has been working around the clock for more than six months to support the needs of the survivors of these disasters. We have worked tirelessly to support state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) partners to respond to and recover from disasters, and to mitigate against future disasters. We have faced and overcome many challenges, but we have a long way to go in some areas. In my testimony today, I would like to share with you some of our experiences in r

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 11, 2018

Written testimony of DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen for a House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security hearing on the President's Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Request for the Department of Homeland Security
Release Date: April 11, 20182362-B Rayburn House Office Building

Chairman Carter, Ranking Member Roybal-Allard, and distinguished Members of the Subcommittee:

It is a privilege to appear before you today to discuss the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) crucial missions and to present the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget request for the Department.

The men and women of DHS are exceptional and dedicated professionals who are on watch 24 hours a day, 365 days a year protecting Americans from threats by land, sea, air, and in cyberspace, while also promoting our Nation's economic prosperity. They work tirelessly to strengthen the safety and security of our Nation from persistent and emerging dangers, including terrorists, transnational criminal organizations, rogue nation states, and natural disasters.

The FY 2019 Budget request provides funding to advance core DHS missions. It sustains and strengthens our most critical programs and capabilities and places emphasis on protecting our nation from terrorism and countering threats; securing and managing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws; preserving and upholding the nation's prosperity and economic security; securing cyberspace and critical infrastructure; and strengthening homeland security preparedness resilience. DHS will also build a culture of efficiency on the foundation of agency reform efforts to ensure accountable, effective, and efficient operations.

The FY 2019 President's Budget for DHS requests $47.5 billion in net discretionary funding and an additional $6.7 billion for the Di

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 10, 2018

Chad has Met Baseline Security Requirements, Travel Restrictions to be Removed
Release Date: April 10, 2018WASHINGTON - The President announced today that Chad has raised its security standards to meet important baseline U.S. national security requirements. Therefore, its nationals will again be able to receive visas for travel to the United States. The removal of the restrictions is the result of close cooperation conducted with Chad during a required 180-day review of the Administration's enhanced global security measures, as outlined by Presidential Proclamation 9645. The Presidential Proclamation established for the first time in history minimum requirements for international cooperation to support U.S. visa and immigration vetting and adjudications.

Since implementing these travel restrictions and the 180 day review process in September 2017, the Administration has recorded notable improvements in identity management and information sharing with foreign governments.

The higher security standards implemented by the President have incentivized our international partners to take action—including improving sharing of data on terrorists and criminals, making travel documents more secure, and taking steps to crack down on identity fraud. Specifically, Chad, a critical U.S. counterterrorism partner, has made strides in meeting the criteria established in the Presidential Proclamation and has addressed previous deficiencies. For this reason, the travel restrictions placed on the Chad have been terminated effective Friday, April

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 10, 2018

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on Thomas P. Bossert
Release Date: April 10, 2018"Since the beginning of this Administration, Tom Bossert has provided wise counsel to the President on Homeland security issues. Over the last fifteen months I have enjoyed working with Tom on a range of current and emerging threats to our nation - particularly in cyber security and disaster response. We at DHS thank him for his partnership and service and wish him the best as he takes new steps in his career."

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Keywords:  department of homeland security

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 09, 2018

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen to Travel to New Mexico
Release Date: April 9, 2018WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen will travel to Santa Teresa and Artesia, New Mexico on Thursday, April 12. In Santa Teresa, Secretary Nielsen will visit the new border wall construction efforts. She will also attend operational briefings on the wall's construction and meet with local sheriffs. In Artesia, Secretary Nielsen will speak to the students of the FLETC-Artesia Border Patrol Training Academy on the importance of careers in homeland security. She will be joined during her visit by Governor Susana Martinez.

Keywords:  border wall

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 09, 2018

Written testimony of FEMA for a House Committee on Homeland Security field hearing titled "Houston Strong: Hurricane Harvey Lessons Learned and the Path Forward"
Release Date: April 9, 2018Cypress, Texas

Good morning, Chairman McCaul, Ranking Member Thompson, and Members of the Committee. My name is Tony Robinson, and I am the Regional Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Region 6. Region 6 is comprised of five states, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. I'd like to thank you for holding this hearing in the Houston area and providing this opportunity to discuss the lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey and the path forward for FEMA and our state and local partners.

Many members of this committee, including Chairman McCaul and Congresswoman Jackson Lee, have districts that were severely impacted when Hurricane Harvey unleashed massive amounts of rain on the state of Texas last August.

Together, in close partnership with the state of Texas, ably led by Governor Abbott and his excellent team at the Texas Division of Emergency Management, known as TDEM - and their partnership with Mayors, County Judges, and local Emergency Managers - we have built strong response and recovery capabilities to serve Texans. FEMA's regional and national assets integrated into this structure to work across an impacted area of more than 37,000 square miles to assist in response and recovery operations.

When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas as a Category 4 hurricane, it caused a great deal of wind damage and record-breaking rainfall equivalent to approximately 33 trillion gallons in less than the span of a week. That flooding directly impacted millions of people from our nation's fourth largest city, Houston, a

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 09, 2018

Written testimony of USCG for a House Committee on Homeland Security field hearing titled "Houston Strong: Hurricane Harvey Lessons Learned and the Path Forward"
Release Date: April 9, 2018Cypress, Texas

Good morning Mr. Chairman and distinguished Members of the Committee. It is my pleasure to be here today to discuss the Coast Guard's preparations for the next Atlantic hurricane season, lessons learned from the 2017 hurricane season, and the demands contingency responses place on the Coast Guard.

First, let me thank you for the outstanding support this committee has given the Coast Guard (Service), especially as it relates to the supplemental funding for hurricane response activities. This critical infusion allows the Service not only to rebuild damaged and destroyed facilities, but also provides the ability to rebuild to modern resiliency standards, ensuring the best chance of withstanding future disasters.

The U.S. Coast Guard is the world's premier military, multi-mission, maritime service responsible for the safety, security and stewardship of U.S. waters and hundreds of miles seaward. At all times, a military service and branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, a federal law enforcement agency, a regulatory body, a first responder, and a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, the Coast Guard stands the watch and serves a nation whose economic prosperity and national security are inextricably linked to broad maritime interests.

As the Nation's maritime first responder, the Coast Guard has unique capabilities, capacity, and authorities that allow it to play a critical role in disaster response. Today I would like to discuss the Coast Guard's primary missions in disaster response, its strengths, limitations, and some issues t

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 06, 2018

Joint Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Secretary of Defense James Mattis
Release Date: April 6, 2018"Tonight, National Guard troops are deploying to support border security missions along the U.S. southwest border. Working closely with the border governors, the Department of Homeland Security identified security vulnerabilities that could be addressed by the National Guard. We appreciate the governors' support and are dedicated to working with them to secure the national borders.

"Together, the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense are committed to using every lever of power to support the men and women of law enforcement defending our nation's sovereignty and protecting the American people. We will continue to work with the governors to deploy the necessary resources until our nation's borders are secure."

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Keywords:  CBP, DOD

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 05, 2018

Statement from the Press Secretary on March Border Numbers
Release Date: April 5, 2018WASHINGTON - Today, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton released the following statement on U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) March Southwest Border Migration numbers:

"The crisis at our Southwest border is real. The number of illegal border crossings during the month of March shows an urgent need to address the ongoing situation at the border. We saw a 203 percent increase from March 2017 compared to March 2018 and a 37 percent increase from last month to this month - the largest increase from month to month since 2011. Illegal aliens continue to exploit our immigration laws. We need to close these dangerous loopholes that are being taken advantage of each and every day, gain operational control of the border, and fully fund the border wall system. As the President has repeatedly said, all options are on the table."

The numbers can be found here.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 05, 2018

Written testimony of FEMA for a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation and the Internet field hearing titled "Hawaii False Missile Alert: What Happened and What Should We Do Next?"
Release Date: April 5, 2018Honolulu, Hawaii

Good morning Chairman Thune, Ranking Member Nelson, and Members of the Committee. My name is Antwane Johnson, and I am the Director of Continuity Communications within the National Continuity Programs Directorate (NCP) at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). On behalf of FEMA Administrator Brock Long and John Veatch, the Assistant Administrator for NCP, I appreciate the opportunity to speak today on the importance of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), how the system was used during the events of January 13, 2018, and the steps we are taking to improve the system.

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

Executive Order 13407 and The IPAWS Modernization Act of 2015 define FEMA's responsibility to provide a public alert and warning system. The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act directs FEMA to provide technical assistance to state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments to ensure that timely and effective disaster warning is provided. In accordance with these statutes, IPAWS was created to enhance and extend a national infrastructure and capability to SLTT officials for public alert and warning.

IPAWS is a national warning infrastructure that provides a single interface for public safety officials to alert and warn the public about emergencies. There are two main system compon

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 04, 2018

To Secure the Border and Make America Safe Again, We Need to Deploy the National Guard
Release Date: April 4, 2018We apprehend more than a thousand people a day - 300,000 a year - who violate our nation's sovereignty by crossing our borders illegally. This must end. Deploying the National Guard will serve as an immediate deterrent while dramatically enhancing operational control of the U.S. border.

The Problem: Legal loopholes, asylum fraud, a massive court backlog, and drastically insufficient immigration enforcement resources encourage illegal immigration and threaten the security of our nation. The result is that even apprehended illegal aliens are released and cannot be removed.

Asylum:

Before 2013, approximately 1% of arriving aliens claimed credible fear (asylum). Now 1 out of 10 claim credible fear. Credible fear claims increased 1700% from 2008 to 2016. Before 2011, over 90% of arriving aliens were single adult males. Today 40% are families and children. Before 2009, 90% of arriving aliens were Mexican nationals. Today nearly 50% are Central Americans. Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and Family Units:

In FY17, 48,672 UACs were apprehended by CBP compared to 3,598 UACs that were removed. In FY17, 104,999 Family Units were apprehended by CBP compared to 2,605 that were removed in FY17. Thus far in FY18, 13,186 UACs were released into the interior of the United States - that's in addition to the 42,146 UACs and 52,147 UACs who were released in FY17 and FY16 respectively, bringing the total number of UACs released

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 30, 2018

CAATSA Title III Section 321(b) FAQs
Release Date: March 30, 2018On August 2, 2017, the President signed into law the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act" (Public Law 115-44) (CAATSA), which imposes new sanctions on Iran, Russia, and North Korea. Various publications from the Department of State and the Treasury Department have provided program specific documents related to CAATSA.

This Department of Homeland Security (DHS) publication focuses on CAATSA Title III Section 321(b), which affects the entry of merchandise produced by North Korean nationals or citizens. CAATSA reiterates the need for comprehensive due diligence by and on behalf of U.S. companies involved in importing goods. Careful consideration of, and reasonable care with respect to, the different risks presented in your supply chain should always be taken into account when importing into the United States.

1. How does Section 321 of CAATSA affect the trade community? CAATSA Section 321(b) (22 U.S.C. § 9241a), which amended the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of 2016 (22 U.S.C. § 9241 et seq.), creates a rebuttable presumption that significant goods, wares, merchandise, and articles mined, produced, or manufactured wholly or in part by North Korean nationals or North Korean citizens anywhere in the world are forced-labor goods prohibited from importation under the Tariff Act of 1930 (

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 27, 2018

Readout of Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen's Meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto
Release Date: March 27, 2018WASHINGTON—Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to discuss security issues affecting both the United States and Mexico.

During their meeting, Secretary Nielsen and President Peña Nieto discussed their efforts to improve border security through close collaboration. They focused on ways to facilitate more secure trade and travel between the two countries. Secretary Nielsen emphasized the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) commitment to working with Mexican counterparts to combat transnational crime affecting both the United States and Mexico. She also stressed the importance of the partnership between the United States and Mexico - particularly via intelligence sharing - and thanked the Mexican President for helping to foster a close partnership with the Department during his administration.

Additionally, Secretary Nielsen expressed her commitment to working with President Peña Nieto to ensure the rapid, secure flow of goods between countries and expressed her gratitude for the past five years of strong collaboration between DHS and the Peña Nieto Administration.

The strong relationship between the U.S. and Mexico, and the safe and efficient crossing of goods, is critical to the economic success of both countries. To enhance these, yesterday the U.S. and Mexico entered three agreements to strengthen our operations.

Yesterday, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Tax Administration Service (SAT)

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 27, 2018

Secretary Nielsen Enters Agreements With Mexican Officials To Strengthen U.S.-Mexico Relationship
Release Date: March 27, 2018WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen traveled to Mexico City, Mexico to meet with her Mexican counterparts to discuss economic and national security issues affecting both the United States and Mexico.

In separate bilateral meetings with Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray Caso and Secretary of Interior Alfonso Navarrete Prida, Secretary Nielsen discussed a range of national security issues including the importance and success of joint operations at the border, such as increased seizures, and improved information sharing. They also discussed the need for infrastructure improvements along the border to speed legitimate trade and travel.  This included their shared commitment to cross border economic prosperity.  Both sides expressed concerns with migration flows including those caused by the collapse of the Venezuelan economy and its impact in the region.  The partners shared their mutual desire to confront transnational criminal organizations and money laundering. Lastly, both sides reiterated their long held respect for the human rights of migrants.

The strong relationship between the U.S. and Mexico, and the safe and efficient crossing of goods, is critical to the economic success of both countries. To enhance these efforts, the U.S. and Mexico entered three agreements to strengthen our operations.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and the Tax Administration Service (SAT) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on Customs and Trade Enforcement, which will facilit

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 25, 2018

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen to Travel to Mexico
Release Date: March 25, 2018WASHINGTON - Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen will travel to Mexico City, Mexico from March 26 - 27 to participate in bilateral meetings with Secretary of Interior Alfonso Navarrete Prida and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Videgaray Caso. She will also meet with the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and Department of Homeland Security employees. These meetings will include discussions of economic and national security issues affecting both the United States and Mexico, including joint efforts to combat transnational criminal organizations and ensure border security.

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Topics:  Border Security, Economic Security Keywords:  Border S

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