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Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 19, 2018

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

Individuals from Somalia with TPS will be eligible to re-register for an extension of their status for 18 months, through March 17, 2020. Prior to the conclusion of the 18-month extension, the Secretary will review conditions in Somalia to determine whether its TPS designation should be extended again or terminated.

The decision to extend TPS for Somalia was made after a review of the conditions upon which the country's designation is based. Following careful consideration of available information, including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process, the Secretary determined that the conditions supporting Somalia's designation for TPS continue to exist. Thus, under the applicable statute, the current TPS designation must be extended.

There are approximately 500 Somali TPS beneficiaries. This 18-month extension of Somalia's designation for TPS permits current Somali TPS beneficiaries to re-register for TPS and remain in the United States with work authorization through March 17, 2020. To be eligible for TPS under Somalia's current designation, along with meeting the other eligibility requirements, individuals must have continuously resided in the United States since May 1, 2012, and have been continuously physically present in the United States since September 18, 2012.

Further details about this extension for TPS, including information

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 19, 2018

The Perils of Illegal Border Crossing
The Trump Administration has repeatedly referenced the dangers of trekking to and attempting to illegally enter the southwest border of the United States. As the perilous realities of these journeys have gone underreported, the Department of Homeland Security has compiled a list of the illegality stemming from trafficking and smuggling, the health and safety risks of entrusting someone to illegally take you across the border, and the dangerous transnational criminal organizations that exploit the porous southwest border to bolster their numbers in the interior.

On July 10, Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen met with foreign and security ministers from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico in Guatemala City, Guatemala to discuss how to expand and share joint public messaging efforts to dissuade potential migrants from taking the dangerous journey north—and work to counter-message the advertising and false information promoted by human smugglers.



July 16, 2018 : DHS Directorate uses data analytics to target human smugglers.July 16, 2018 : U.S. Border Patrol agents discover an assortment of narcotics during a failed smuggling attempt worth over $673K.July 16, 2018 : 3-year-old, abandoned by human traffickers, rescued along river by US border Patrol agentsJuly 14, 2018 : ICE agents arrest 18 human smugglers, 117 illegal immigrants in Texas, New Mexico

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 19, 2018

DHS News Releases


Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 18, 2018

Department of Homeland Security to Host National Cybersecurity Summit
Release Date: July 18, 2018The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will host a National Cybersecurity Summit on July 31, 2018 at the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House in New York City, New York. The DHS National Cybersecurity Summit will bring together a broad group of representatives from across government including officials from Department of Defense, National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Energy, and Department of Treasury. They will be joined by academia and industry CEOs across sectors including telecom, financial, and energy to lay out a vision for a collective defense model to protect our nation's critical infrastructure. Through panels, keynote addresses, and breakout sessions, the summit will serve as a launching point for a number of DHS initiatives to advance cybersecurity and critical infrastructure risk management.

"An interconnected world offers a myriad of benefits to American businesses and the public, but the innovations and conveniences of modern technology pose new and complex security challenges," said Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. "With the majority of critical infrastructure owned and operated by the private sector, it is essential that we maintain strong partnerships between DHS and the private sector to underpin our collective defense against the evolving threats we all face. Because of our increasing hyper-connectivity, cybersecurity remains a shared responsibility; too big for anyone acting alone. This summit is another opportunity to gather our interagency and private partners and

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 13, 2018

Readout from Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen's Trip to Mexico
Release Date: July 13, 2018On July 13, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen joined Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin in Mexico City, Mexico for meetings with Mexican government officials. While in Mexico, Secretary Nielsen participated in discussions with President Enrique Peña Nieto, Secretary of Foreign Relations Luis Videgaray Caso, Secretary of Governance Alfonso Navarrete Prida, and President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Secretary Nielsen also joined Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Mnuchin for a meet and greet with U.S. Embassy employees and thanked Department of Homeland Security personnel in country for their service.

During the meetings with Mexican government officials, Secretary Nielsen reaffirmed the importance of the close U.S. alliance with Mexico, our enduring partnership on issues of mutual importance, and the need to continue confronting shared challenges together.

The Secretary proposed specific ways to continue and deepen cooperation on confronting illegal migration and on building regional asylum capacity. She also emphasized the need for governments, international organizations, and the private sector to develop a comprehensive regional approach to stemming Central American migrant flows, countering human smuggling, and fighting back against trafficking. She discussed options for engagement with public and private sector partners throughout the region to increase prosperity and diminish migratory push factors. The Secretary reaffirmed her commitment to partnering to protect communities and vulnerable p

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 13, 2018

U.S. Secret Service Releases Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence
Release Date: July 13, 2018On July 12, 2018, the United States Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center released another tool in support of the effort to end the prevalence of targeted violence effecting the Nation, the world, and most importantly - our schools.  ENHANCING SCHOOL SAFETY USING A THREAT ASSESSMENT MODEL - An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence, was developed to provide fundamental direction on how to prevent incidents of targeted school violence.

The guide provides schools and communities with a framework to identify students of concern, assess their risk for engaging in violence, and identify intervention strategies to mitigate that risk.

The Secret Service created the National Threat Assessment Center in 1998 to focus on research, training and threat assessments related to various forms of targeted violence. Following the tragedy at Columbine High School in April 1999, the Secret Service partnered with the Department of Education to study 37 incidents of targeted violence that occurred at elementary and secondary schools.  The goal of that study, the Safe School Initiative (SSI), was to gather and analyze accurate and useful information about the thinking and behavior of students who commit acts of violence.  The ?ndings of the SSI led to the establishment of threat assessment programs in schools - something the Secret Service remains fervently committed to. 



Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 12, 2018

Secretary Nielsen Statement on FEMA 2017 Hurricane Season After-Action Report
Release Date: July 12, 2018Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement regarding the release of FEMA's 2017 Hurricane Season After-Action Report today:

"By capturing the insights gained from the previous hurricane season, this report, which is focused only on the efforts of DHS and FEMA, provides a transformative roadmap for how we respond to future catastrophic incidents in support of states, tribes, and territories.  No two disasters are alike and each requires the first responders on the ground, as well as Federal support, to adapt to the unique circumstances and needs in real-time. With every response or recovery effort, we take with us lessons learned that help build a nation-wide culture of preparedness and shape the way FEMA and the emergency management community respond to and recover from future disasters.  2017 taught us that we need to further strengthen the Nation's ability to rapidly stabilize critical lifelines.  It also underscored the importance of enhancing logistics capabilities across the emergency management community.  While we don't know what future hurricane seasons may bring, we do know that the women and men of DHS and FEMA remain committed and dedicated as ever to helping our fellow Americans."

Read the 2017 Hurricane Season After-Action Report here.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 12, 2018

Trump Administration Completes Reunification for Eligible Children Under Age 5
Release Date: July 12, 2018Under order of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, the departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Homeland Security (DHS), and Justice (DOJ) have been reunifying alien minors under 5 years old who are currently in the custody of HHS with adults who have been in the custody of DHS.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the following joint statement regarding reunification efforts for children under age 5:

"Dedicated teams at the Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Justice have worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of Ms. L class members. As of this morning, the initial reunifications were completed. Throughout the reunification process our goal has been the well-being of the children and returning them to a safe environment. Our agencies' careful vetting procedures helped prevent the reunification of children with an alleged murderer, an adult convicted of child cruelty, and adults determined not to be the parent of the child. Of course, there remains a tremendous amount of hard work and similar obstacles facing our teams in reuniting the remaining families. The Trump administration does not approach this mission lightly, and we intend to continue our good faith efforts to reunify families.

"Certain facts remain: The American people gave this administration a mandate to end the lawlessness at the border, and President Trump is keeping his promise to do exactly that. Our message has been clear all along: Do not risk your own li

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 11, 2018

Readout from Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen's Meetings in Guatemala
Release Date: July 11, 2018On July 10, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen met with foreign and security ministers from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico in Guatemala City, Guatemala to discuss joint international efforts to combat human trafficking, drug smuggling, and illegal immigration. During these meetings, the ministers and Secretary Nielsen reiterated their commitment to carry out concrete actions to enhance information-sharing best practices as well as collectively address security challenges and illegal migration flows. Secretary Nielsen was also joined by the State Department's Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Carl Risch, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Kristen Madison, and Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Francisco Palmieri.

Commitments:

Expand and share joint public messaging efforts to dissuade potential migrants from taking the dangerous journey north - and work to counter-message the advertising and false information promoted by human smugglers.Enhance security cooperation, including joint efforts to combat human smuggling and illicit trafficking.Step up operations and resources dedicated to dismantling transnational criminal organizations.Deepen information sharing about criminals, threat actors, and migration trends, including through co-locating more frontline operators and establishing action plans to share data in real-time across borders.Bolster police forces, anti-gang units, and anti-extort

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 10, 2018

The Administration is Following the Court Order to Reunify Families in a Responsible Manner
Release Date: July 10, 2018

Under order of the U.S. Federal District Court, Southern District of California, on July 10, 2018, HHS and DHS will facilitate the reunification of alien minors under 5 years old who are currently in the custody of HHS with parents in the custody of DHS.





Some parents have been found unsuitable for reunification because of issues discovered during a criminal background check, including child cruelty, child smuggling, narcotics crimes, robbery convictions, and a warrant for murder.Adults that have been determined to not be the child's parent. Some adults claimed to be parents but when approached about doing a DNA test to verify parentage admitted they were not parents.Other issues that may prevent a parent from being ineligible for reunification include:Parents in the custody of the U.S. Marshall Service or in State and County jail for other offenses.Parents that are being treated for a communicable disease.Parents that were deported and therefore cannot be reunited on July 10.Parents that have been released within the U.S. and therefore require more thorough processes to ensure that there is no danger to the child from th

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 10, 2018

DHS Announces Implementation of Visa Sanctions
Release Date: July 10, 2018On July 10, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced, in coordination with the State Department, the implementation of visa sanctions on Burma and Laos due to lack of cooperation in accepting their citizens who have been ordered removed the United States.

Pursuant to her authority under Section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen notified Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the governments of Burma and Laos have denied or unreasonably delayed accepting their nationals ordered removed from the United States.

As a result, Secretary Pompeo has ordered consular officers in Burma and Laos to implement visa restrictions on certain categories of visa applicants. Without an appropriate response from Burma and Laos, the scope of these sanctions may be expanded to a wider population. The suspension will remain in place until the Secretary Nielsen notifies Secretary Pompeo 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 State Department, to encourage countries to accept the prompt, lawful return of their nationals who are subject to removal from the United States. Those efforts include diplomatic communications at the highest level of government.

As a general matter, recalcitrant countries who refuse to issue travel documents render meaningless the United States' entire removal process as enacted by Congress in the INA, and such countries a

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 05, 2018

Statement from DHS Press Secretary on June Border Numbers
Release Date: July 5, 2018Today, 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 June:

"Following the implementation of the Administration's zero-tolerance policy, the June 2018 Southwest Border Migration numbers declined by 18 percent when compared to the previous month.

"DHS will continue to enforce the rule of law and uphold our nation's immigration laws as passed by Congress. As we have said before, the journey north is dangerous and puts individuals in the hands of smugglers and traffickers. We continue to call on Congress to address the crisis at the border by closing legal loopholes that drive illegal immigration."

CBP's Southwest Border Migration Numbers for June can be found HERE

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Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 05, 2018

SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY KIRSTJEN M. NIELSEN ANNOUNCEMENT ON TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS FOR YEMEN
Release Date: July 5, 2018WASHINGTON — Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen has announced her determination that an extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Yemen is warranted pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. After carefully reviewing conditions in Yemen with interagency partners, Secretary Nielsen determined that the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions that support Yemen's current designation for TPS continue to exist. Therefore, pursuant to the statute, she has extended Yemen's TPS designation for 18 months.

Individuals from Yemen with TPS will be eligible to re-register for an extension of their status for 18 months, through March 3, 2020. Prior to the conclusion of the 18-month extension, the Secretary will review conditions in Yemen to determine whether its TPS designation should be extended again or terminated.

There are approximately 1,250 Yemeni TPS beneficiaries. This 18-month extension of Yemen's designation for TPS permits current Yemeni TPS beneficiaries to re-register for TPS and remain in the United States with work authorization through March 3, 2020. To be eligible for TPS under Yemen's current designation, along with meeting the other eligibility requirements, individuals must have continuously resided in the United States since January 4, 2017, and have been continuously physically present in the United States since March 4, 2017. 

Further details about this extension for TPS, including information about the re-registration process and employment authorization documents, wil

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 05, 2018

Secretary Nielsen Announcement on Temporary Protected Status for Yemen
Release Date: July 5, 2018WASHINGTON — Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen has announced her determination that an extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Yemen is warranted pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. After carefully reviewing conditions in Yemen with interagency partners, Secretary Nielsen determined that the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions that support Yemen's current designation for TPS continue to exist. Therefore, pursuant to the statute, she has extended Yemen's TPS designation for 18 months.

Individuals from Yemen with TPS will be eligible to re-register for an extension of their status for 18 months, through March 3, 2020. Prior to the conclusion of the 18-month extension, the Secretary will review conditions in Yemen to determine whether its TPS designation should be extended again or terminated.

There are approximately 1,250 Yemeni TPS beneficiaries. This 18-month extension of Yemen's designation for TPS permits current Yemeni TPS beneficiaries to re-register for TPS and remain in the United States with work authorization through March 3, 2020. To be eligible for TPS under Yemen's current designation, along with meeting the other eligibility requirements, individuals must have continuously resided in the United States since January 4, 2017, and have been continuously physically present in the United States since March 4, 2017. 

Further details about this extension for TPS, including information about the re-registration process and employment authorization documents, wil

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 30, 2018

Secretary Nielsen Announces Ronald D. Vitiello to Serve as Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Release Date: June 30, 2018Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced that Ronald D. Vitiello will serve as Deputy Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), effective Saturday, June 30. He will also take on the role as the Acting Director of ICE. Vitiello currently serves as the Acting Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Secretary Nielsen's message to all DHS employees announcing Deputy Commissioner Vitiello's new position is below.

Message from Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Announcing Ronald D. Vitiello to Serve as the Acting Director of ICE

I am pleased to announce that Ronald D. Vitiello has been named the Deputy Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), effective Saturday, June 30. As of today he will also take on the role as the Acting Director of U.S. ICE.  

As U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Deputy Commissioner, Ron has more than 30 years of experience working in law enforcement and protecting our nation. Deputy Commissioner Vitiello brings to ICE the vision and leadership needed to continue the exceptional work the agency is doing to accomplish its crucial national security and public safety missions.

Deputy Commissioner Vitiello began his career in Laredo, Texas, entering on duty as a U.S. Border Patrol agent in 1985, a member of Class 174.

Throughout his career, he has held numerous leadership positions, participated in Special Response Team operations and was instrumental in formulating the Laredo Sector Criminal Alien Program. He also oversaw

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 26, 2018

DHS Statement on Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry to the United States
Release Date: June 26, 2018The Department of Homeland Security released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Trump's Proclamation 9645 Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats:

"It is the duty of the government to ensure that those seeking to enter our country will not harm the American people. While we have the most generous immigration system in the world, it has repeatedly been exploited by terrorists and other malicious actors who seek to do us harm. President Trump's executive actions take important steps to protect the American people by allowing for the proper review and establishment of standards to prevent terrorist or criminal infiltration by foreign nationals.

"Today's ruling confirms the legality of these critically important executive actions, and the Department of Homeland Security will continue to faithfully execute our country's immigration laws and treat everyone we encounter humanely and with professionalism."

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Topics:  Immigration Enforcement

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 23, 2018

Fact Sheet: Zero-Tolerance Prosecution and Family Reunification
Release Date: June 23, 2018The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services (HHS) have a process established to ensure that family members know the location of their children and have regular communication after separation to ensure that those adults who are subject to removal are reunited with their children for the purposes of removal. The United States government knows the location of all children in its custody and is working to reunite them with their families.

As part of the apprehension, detention and prosecution process, illegal aliens, adults and children, are initially detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) before the children are sent to HHS' Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) and parents to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. Each entity plays a role in reunification.  This process is well coordinated.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

CBP has reunited 522 Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) in their custody who were separated from adults as part of the Zero Tolerance initiative.  The reunions of an additional 16 UAC who were scheduled to be reunited on June 22, 2018 were delayed due to weather affecting travel and we expect they will all be reunited with their parents within the next 24 hours.  There will be a small number of children who were separated for reasons other than zero tolerance that will remain separated: generally only if the familial relationship cannot be confirmed, we believe the adult is a threat to the safety of the child, or the adult is a criminal alien.Because of the speed i

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 19, 2018

DHS Officials Discuss Efforts to Combat the Opioid Crisis
Release Date: June 19, 2018On June 19, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials participated in a hearing titled "Opioids in the Homeland: DHS Coordination with State and Local Partners to Fight the Epidemic." The hearing took place in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and was held by the House Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency.

During the hearing, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Director of Field Operations, Baltimore Casey Durst and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge, Philadelphia Marlon Miller discussed DHS efforts to both stop the flow of illegal opioids into American communities and dismantle criminal networks responsible for drug trafficking.

"HSI is committed to battling the U.S. opioid crisis," said Miller in his written testimony. "HSI will continue to vigorously pursue the cartels that bring not only heroin and fentanyl to the U.S., but other narcotics that have a dangerous, and too often deadly, impact on our communities."

"As America's unified border agency, CBP plays a critical role in preventing illicit narcotics, including opioids, from reaching the American public," said Durst in her written testimony. "CBP leverages targeting and intelligence-driven strategies, and works in close coordination with our partners as part of our multi-layered, risk-based approach to enhance the security of our borders and our country."

CBP's Office of Field Operations is extensively engaged in the interdiction of terrorists, narcotics, weapons, and

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 18, 2018

DHS Secretary Nielsen's Remarks on the Illegal Immigration Crisis
Release Date: June 18, 2018WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen delivered the below remarks at the White House Press Briefing on the illegal immigration crisis at the southern border:

SECRETARY NIELSEN: Good afternoon. It is my pleasure to be here because I would love to see if I can help explain some of what is going on and give you some of the facts. I know there have been a lot put out there but hopefully we clarify some things today. I just wanted to start by thanking the sheriffs of the United States, I had the privilege of speaking to them this morning at the National Sheriffs' Association Conference. We are so thankful for their partnership here at DHS and all they do to protect our communities so, I thank them.  I want to provide you an update on the illegal immigration crisis on our Southern Border and the efforts the Administration is taking to solve this crisis and to stop the flood of illegal immigrants, drugs, contraband, and crime coming across the border. So let's just start with a few numbers and facts.

So, in the last three months we have seen illegal immigration on our Southern Border exceed 50,000 people each month - multiples over each month last year. Since this time last year, there has been a 325 percent increase in Unaccompanied Alien Children and a 435 percent increase in family units entering the country illegally. Over the last ten years, there has been a 1,700% increase in asylum claims, resulting in an Asylum Backlog today, in our country of 600,000 cases.

Since 2013, the United States has admitted more than half

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 18, 2018

Myth vs. Fact: DHS Zero-Tolerance Policy
Release Date: June 18, 2018In recent days, we have seen reporters, Members of Congress, and other groups mislead the public on the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) zero-tolerance policy.

Federal law enforcement officers have sworn duties to enforce the laws that Congress passes.  Repeating intentionally untrue and unsubstantiated statements about DHS agents, officers, and procedures is irresponsible and deeply disrespectful to the men and women who risk their lives every day to secure our border and enforce our laws.

MythDHS has a policy to separate families at the border. 

FactDHS does not have a blanket policy of separating families at the border.   However, DHS does have a responsibility to protect all minors in our custody.  This means DHS will separate adults and minors under certain circumstances.  These circumstances include: 1) when DHS is unable to determine the familial relationship, 2) when DHS determines that a child may be at risk with the parent or legal guardian, or 3) when the parent or legal guardian is referred for criminal prosecution. 

Familial Relationship - If there is reason to question the claimed familial relationship between an adult and child, it is not appropriate to detain adults and children together.Human Trafficking and Smuggling - If there is reason to suspect the purported parent or legal guardian of human trafficking or smuggling, DHS detains the adult in an appropriate, secure detection facility, separate from the minor.  DHS continues to see instances and intelligence reports indicating minors a

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 15, 2018

Fact Sheet: Zero Tolerance Immigration Prosecutions - Families
Release Date: June 15, 2018The risks of crossing the Rio Grande and desert terrain, or hiding in stash houses or tractor trailers, are high for adults and even more deeply concerning for children.  Individuals who seek to enter the United States should do so at ports of entry.

The Attorney General directed United States Attorneys on the Southwest Border to prosecute all amenable adults who illegally enter the country, including those accompanied by their children, for 8 U.S.C. § 1325(a), illegal entry. 

Children whose parents are referred for prosecution will be placed with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).

The information below provides information about:

Care for childrenFamily communication processesThe removal processAdditional InformationClick here for Frequently Asked Questions regarding Zero Tolerance Immigration ProsecutionsClick here to view information provided to individuals while in CBP's custodyClick here for Information on the location of ICE detaineesProsecution/Removal ProceedingsIndividuals who are apprehended by Border Patrol are taken to stations for processing. 

All individuals, including both adults and children, provide biographical information and, in many cases, fingerprints. Border Patrol age

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 15, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions: Zero Tolerance Immigration Prosecutions
Release Date: June 15, 2018The Attorney General directed United States Attorneys on the Southwest Border to prosecute all amenable adults who illegally enter the country, including those accompanied by their children, for 8 U.S.C. § 1325(a), illegal entry. Children whose parents are referred for prosecution will be placed with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). The following are Frequently Asked Questions regarding Zero Tolerance Immigration Prosecutions.

Why Are Parents Being Separated From Their Children?The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may separate a parent or legal guardian from his or her child for several reasons, including situations where DHS cannot ascertain the parental relationship, when DHS determines that a child may be at risk with the presumed parent or legal guardian, or if a parent or legal guardian is referred for criminal prosecution, including for illegal entry.

Where Are Children Going?Alien children who are separated from their parents or legal guardians will be transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement (HHS ORR).

What Happens to Children in HHS Custody?HHS ORR provides care for all alien children in its custody, to include medical care, mental health care, educational services, and other services.  HHS also works to locate a sponsor (parent, guardian, other adult relative, or foster care provider) for the children in its custody, for purposes of releasing the child from government custody.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 13, 2018

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Release Date: June 13, 2018On June 13, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem during the inaugural International Homeland Security Forum.

Secretary Nielsen thanked Prime Minister Netanyahu for his government's close cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on a range of counterterrorism and public safety issues. This includes aviation security, border security, cybersecurity, emergency management, law enforcement, and science and technology research and development.

In addition to these efforts, Secretary Nielsen also highlighted actions DHS has taken to counter threats. These efforts include countering the proliferation of nuclear, missile, and other technology; providing capacity building to our allies; and countering cyber threats. Further, Secretary Nielsen suggested that DHS and the government of Israel cooperate to advance implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2396, which provides greater international focus on measures to address returning and relocating foreign terrorist fighters and transnational terrorist groups.

Secretary Nielsen traveled to Israel for the inaugural meeting of the International Homeland Security Forum. The purpose of the forum is to improve countries' capabilities to face homeland and public security issues; deepen bilateral and multilateral cooperation; and share knowledge and best practices.



Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 12, 2018

Secretary Nielsen Receives Operational Briefing on Israeli Security Technology, Delivers Remarks at the International Homeland Security Forum
Release Date: June 12, 2018On June 12, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen joined the Ministries of Defense, Foreign Affairs and Public Security and the Israeli Defense Forces for an operational briefing on security technology and operations.

Secretary Nielsen also delivered remarks at the inaugural International Homeland Security Forum. The purpose of the forum is to improve countries' capabilities to face homeland and public security issues; deepen bilateral and multilateral cooperation; and share knowledge and best practices.



(DHS Official Photo/Tara Molle)



(DHS Official Photo/Tara Molle)



Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 12, 2018

DHS Announces Strengthened Northern Border Strategy
Release Date: June 12, 2018On June 12, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published an updated Northern Border Strategy (NBS). The strategy establishes a clear vision and concrete actions that will improve DHS's efforts to safeguard our northern border against terrorist and criminal threats, facilitate the safe and efficient flow of lawful cross-border trade and travel, and strengthen cross-border critical infrastructure protection and community resilience.

The NBS will:

Enhance border security operations through better information sharing, improved domain awareness, and integrated operations.Facilitate and safeguard lawful trade and travel by enhancing rapid inspection and screening, enforcing a fair trade environment, and bolstering border infrastructure.Promote cross-border resilience by supporting response and recovery capabilities between federal, state, local, tribal, and Canadian partners.The NBS, which supersedes the 2012 DHS Northern Border Strategy, draws upon the findings from the Northern Border Threat Analysis Report delivered to Congress in summer 2017.

The Department is currently developing an accompanying Northern Border Strategy Implementation Plan which will include measures that enable DHS to evaluate progress toward addressing any identified capability gaps on the northern border. Together, the Strategy and its companion Implementation Plan will improve the Department's oversight and optimize resource utilization in support of enhancing security, travel, trade, and resiliency along the U.S. - Canada border.

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 08, 2018

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen to Travel to Israel
Release Date: June 8, 2018Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen will travel to Jerusalem, Israel next week to participate in the International Homeland Security Forum. While in Israel, Secretary Nielsen will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan. She will also serve as keynote speaker and participant at the forum with Israeli leaders and other international partners. Additionally, Secretary Nielsen will receive an operational briefing on Israeli border infrastructure technology and systems. The forum is expected to include delegates from 17 countries and will focus on counterterrorism and how the United States, Israel, and our international partners can work together to further combat emerging threats.

 

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Topics:  International Engagement Keywords:  counterterrorism

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 07, 2018

DHS Receives "A " Grade on the SBA Annual Small Business Procurement Scorecard
Release Date: June 7, 2018For the ninth year in a row, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has earned an "A" grade or higher on the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Annual Small Business Procurement Scorecard (PDF, 2 pages, 53 KB). For this reporting period, the Department earned its third "A ," the highest score possible.

SBA's scorecard measures federal agencies' success in meeting their overall small business contracting goals.

The Department's small business program is the largest agency to consistently earn an "A" grade or higher on the SBA's annual scorecard. Last fiscal year, DHS awarded 34.75 percent of total contracting dollars to small businesses, greatly exceeding the government-wide goal of 23 percent.

Small businesses play a critical role in delivering efficient and innovative solutions to support our mission needs. Partnership with the small business community will continue and the Department remains committed to their participation in the efforts to secure the nation.

For more information about the Department's small business programs, visit https://www.dhs.gov/small-business-assistance.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 07, 2018

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Meets with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández
Release Date: June 7, 2018On June 7, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen met with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández in Washington, D.C.  She was joined by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. During the meeting, Secretary Nielsen reaffirmed her support for Honduran efforts to increase security and prosperity in their country, and reiterated the Department's commitment to combating transnational organizations and the illicit flow of narcotics entering the United States.

Further, Secretary Nielsen and President Hernández discussed tangible ways to improve citizen security and enhance the rule of law in Honduras. They also discussed joint efforts to ensure a smooth transition related to the end of Temporary Protected Status for a select group of Honduran citizens. Finally, Secretary Nielsen reaffirmed her commitment to a more stable and secure Central America.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 07, 2018

Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Release Quarterly Alien Incarceration Report Highlighting the Negative Effects Of Illegal Immigration and the Need for Border Security
Release Date: June 7, 2018WASHINGTON—President Trump's Executive Order on Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports on data collection efforts. On June 7, 2018 DOJ and DHS released the FY 2018 1st Quarter Alien Incarceration Report, complying with this order.[1] The report found that more than one-in-five of all persons in Bureau of Prisons custody were known or suspected aliens, and 93 percent of confirmed aliens in DOJ custody were in the United States unlawfully.

"The illegal immigrant crime rate in this country should be zero," said Attorney General Sessions. "Every crime committed by an illegal alien is, by definition, a crime that should have been prevented. It is outrageous that tens of thousands of Americans are dying every year because of the drugs and violence brought over our borders illegally and that taxpayers have been forced, year after year, to pay millions of dollars to incarcerate tens of thousands of illegal aliens. That is another reason why the Department of Justice under President Trump's leadership has instituted a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry on our Southwest border. Today's report is yet a

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 06, 2018

Statement from DHS Press Secretary on May Border Numbers
Release Date: June 6, 2018Department 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 May:

"The May 2018 Southwest Border Migration numbers show that for the third month in a row more than 50,000 illegal border crossers were apprehended.  The number of apprehended illegal border crossers increased slightly from the previous month and climbed by 160 percent in May 2018 in comparison to May 2017. 

"These numbers show that while the Trump administration is restoring the rule of law, it will take a sustained effort and continuous commitment of resources over many months to disrupt cartels, smugglers, and nefarious actors.  We are taking action and will be referring and then prosecuting 100 percent of illegal border crossers, we are building the first new border wall in a decade, and we have deployed the National Guard to the border.

"No one expects to reverse years of political inaction overnight or in a month.  It is also clear change will take more than Administration action alone. Congress must act to end legal loopholes that have left us with policies that serve as tremendous magnets for illegal immigration.  Smugglers, human traffickers, and nefarious actors know our loopholes well and accordingly exploit the

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 06, 2018

Written testimony of I&A Under Secretary and OGC for a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing titled "S. 2836, the Preventing Emerging Threats Act of 2018: Countering Malicious Drones"
Release Date: June 6, 2018342 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member McCaskill, and distinguished members of the Committee, thank you for inviting DHS to speak with you today. We appreciate the opportunity to discuss the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) role in countering threats from small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in our National Airspace System (NAS).

Introduction First, we would like to thank the Committee for its attention to this issue and holding this hearing to highlight the critical importance of the interagency efforts to secure the national airspace. We would also specifically thank Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member McCaskill, and the other members of this committee for introducing and cosponsoring a bill that would specifically address our equities in this area - this is a monumental step forward. With enactment of this proposal, Congress would reduce risks to public safety and national security, which will help to accelerate the safe integration of UAS into the NAS and ensure that the United States remains a global leader in UAS innovation.

DHS continues to strongly support the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) UAS integration efforts. As the safe integration of commercial and private UAS into the NAS continues, this technology also presents increasing security challenges that require a layered and parallel government security response from federal partners to protect the public from misuse of this technology. The misuse of this technology poses unique security challenges. Generally, examples of UAS-related t

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 04, 2018

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Meets with Canadian Minister Ahmed Hussen
Release Date: June 4, 2018Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen today met with the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship for Canada Ahmed Hussen in Washington, D.C to reaffirm their commitment to working together on immigration and border security issues. She was joined by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna and representatives from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

As part of ongoing dialogue between both governments, Secretary Nielsen and Minister Hussen discussed bilateral collaboration on immigration, visa, and traveler screening policies, as well as migration challenges faced by each country.

During the meeting, Secretary Nielsen and Minister Hussen agreed that the integrity of our countries' immigration systems and asylum processes is of shared importance. More specifically, the Secretary and Minister expressed their shared interest in mitigating misuse of visas, or visa exempt processes, to gain entry into the other country. Secretary Nielsen noted that if you enter the United States on a valid visa and apply for asylum in Canada, you are likely to find your U.S. visa revoked and your ability to travel impeded.

Secretary Nielsen also reaffirmed the Department's commitment to working with Canada to monitor and analyze the cross-border migration flows along the shared border.



Department of Homeland Security News
May 31, 2018

DHS Announces Additional Visas for Foreign Workers to Assist American Businesses at Risk of Failing
Release Date: May 31, 2018On May 25, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced that an additional 15,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas will be available for Fiscal Year 2018. This allocation is in addition to the 66,000 visas already issued this year. Secretary Nielsen made this decision after consulting with Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, members of Congress, and business owners.

"The limitations on H-2B visas were originally meant to protect American workers, but when we enter a situation where the program unintentionally harms American businesses it needs to be reformed," said Secretary Nielsen. "I call on Congress to pass much needed reforms of the program and to expressly set the number of H-2B visas in statute.  We are once again in a situation where Congress has passed the buck and turned a decision over to DHS that would be better situated with Congress, who knows the needs of the program.  As Secretary, I remain committed to protecting U.S. workers and strengthening the integrity of our lawful immigration system and look forward to working with Congress to do so."

The H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker program was designed to serve U.S. businesses unable to find a sufficient number of qualified U.S. workers to perform nonagricultural work of a temporary nature. Congress set the annual H-2B visa cap at 66,000. A maximum of 33,000 H-2B visas are available during the first half of the fiscal year, and the remainder, including any unused H-2B visas from the first half of that fiscal year, is available starti

Department of Homeland Security News
May 30, 2018

Secretary Nielsen Statement on Executive Order 13800
Release Date: May 30, 2018On May 30, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement regarding the Department's role in executing President Trump's Executive Order 13800 Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure:

"Pursuant to President Trump's Executive Order 13800, DHS has developed ways to improve our protection of the federal networks, work more collaboratively with our private sector partners, and reduce the threat of automated cyber-attacks from botnets. The work undertaken reflects months of extensive research and collaboration with the private sector.

"DHS has recommended ways to improve our federal risk posture and modernize the federal IT enterprise. Additionally, the Department has outlined how it will prioritize private sector access to tailored intelligence and capabilities in order to mitigate risk where a cybersecurity incident could result in catastrophic effects. Lastly, DHS worked closely with the Department of Commerce in crafting recommendations to improve the resilience of the Internet of Things ecosystem and dramatically reduce the ever-growing botnet threat.

"As the world becomes more interconnected, it also becomes more difficult to secure, and our work pursuant to E.O. 13800 will help the Department confront this challenge. One of DHS's core missions is to protect our nation against cyber threats and we are committed to achieving, with the help of our partners in the public and private sectors, a secure and resilient cyberspace."

Department of Homeland Security News
May 30, 2018

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Visits National Hurricane Center in Miami
Release Date: May 30, 2018Ahead of the official start of hurricane season, which begins June 1st, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen visited the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida for an operational briefing regarding the 2018 hurricane season. Secretary Nielsen was joined by National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long.

Secretary Nielsen urged Americans to use the time before the next disaster hits to understand their risk, prepare, and stay informed. She also reiterated that DHS and FEMA continue to work closely with their private sector, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners to identify, prepare for, respond to, mitigate and recover from the threat of natural disasters.

"Disasters often require a response beyond what any one locality or agency can handle," said Secretary Nielsen. "Each of us make up only one part of the overall team. It requires all levels of government, non-profit organizations, private sector businesses, and individual communities to work together to prepare for disasters—and be ready to respond when disaster strikes. I urge every American to take this hurricane season seriously, and make an emergency plan that fits your family based on the risks to your community."

"Now is the time to know your risk

Department of Homeland Security News
May 29, 2018

Secretary Nielsen Meets with UK Home Secretary Javid
Release Date: May 29, 2018On May 29, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen met with United Kingdom Home Secretary Sajid Javid in Washington, D.C. Secretary Nielsen and Home Secretary Javid discussed U.S. and UK counterterrorism cooperation, including enhancing aviation security and preventing the misuse of the internet by terrorists. They also discussed information sharing efforts between the two countries.

During the meeting, Secretary Nielsen reaffirmed the Department's commitment to raising global security standards with our partners in the United Kingdom. She also highlighted the Department's new Cybersecurity Strategy.



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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.

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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 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 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).

I

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

Introduction

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 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 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 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 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 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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Topics:  Border Security,

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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