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Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 25, 2018

Department of Homeland Security Launches First National "If You See Something, Say Something®" Awareness Day Today
On September 25, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will hosts the national "If You See Something, Say Something®" Awareness Day. The "If You See Something, Say Something®" campaign is calling on citizens and national public and private-sector partners to participate in activities related to the campaign,including:

Learning what suspicious activity is, the common indicators of suspicious activity, and how to report suspicious activity.Leading discussions in their communities about how to support the campaign and how they can play a role in keeping their community safe.Using social media to share why it's important to be vigilant and report suspicious activity, using the hashtags #WhyISeeSay and #SeeSayDay."Today marks an important milestone for the DHS ‘If You See Something, Say Something®' campaign as the Department hosts the first national Awareness Day. We are thrilled with the support we have received from our public and private partners in educating citizens who are not aware of the campaign. It's on all of us to protect our communities, and the campaign empowers citizens to play an active role keeping our homeland safe," said Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen.

To access Awareness Day resources and for more information on how to get involved, visit dhs.gov/SeeSayDay. For more information about the campaign, visit

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 22, 2018

DHS Announces New Proposed Immigration Rule to Enforce Long-Standing Law that Promotes Self-Sufficiency and Protect American Taxpayers
WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a proposed rule that will clearly define long-standing law to ensure that those seeking to enter and remain in the United States either temporarily or permanently can support themselves financially and will not be reliant on public benefits.

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The term "public charge" as applied to admission of aliens to the United States has a long history in U.S. immigration law, appearing at least as far back as the Immigration Act of 1882. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries public charge was the most common ground for refusing admission at U.S. ports of entry. 

"Under long-standing federal law, those seeking to immigrate to the United States must show they can support themselves financially," said Secretary Nielsen. "The Department takes seriously its responsibility to be transparent in its rulemaking and is welcoming public comment on the proposed rule. This proposed rule will implement a law passed by Congress intended to promote immigrant self-sufficiency and protect finite resources by ensuring that they are not likely to become burdens on American taxpayers."

Inadmissibility based on the public charge ground is determined by looking at the mandatory factors set forth in section 212(a)(4) of the  Immigration and Nationality Act and making a determination of the applicant's likelihood of becoming a public charge at any time in the future. The proposed regulation defines a public charge to be a person who receives certain public benefits above certain defined threshold amounts or for longer than certain periods of time.  Importantly, by law, the public charge inadmissibility determination is

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 22, 2018

DHS Announces New Proposed Immigration Rule to Enforce Long-Standing Law that Promotes Self-Sufficiency and Protects American Taxpayers
WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a proposed rule that will clearly define long-standing law to ensure that those seeking to enter and remain in the United States either temporarily or permanently can support themselves financially and will not be reliant on public benefits.

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The term "public charge" as applied to admission of aliens to the United States has a long history in U.S. immigration law, appearing at least as far back as the Immigration Act of 1882. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries public charge was the most common ground for refusing admission at U.S. ports of entry. 

"Under long-standing federal law, those seeking to immigrate to the United States must show they can support themselves financially," said Secretary Nielsen. "The Department takes seriously its responsibility to be transparent in its rulemaking and is welcoming public comment on the proposed rule. This proposed rule will implement a law passed by Congress intended to promote immigrant self-sufficiency and protect finite resources by ensuring that they are not likely to become burdens on American taxpayers."

Inadmissibility based on the public charge ground is determined by looking at the mandatory factors set forth in section 212(a)(4) of the  Immigration and Nationality Act and making a determination of the applicant's likelihood of becoming a public charge at any time in the future. The proposed regulation defines a public charge to be a person who receives certain public benefits above certain defined threshold amounts or for longer than certain periods of time.  Importantly, by law, the public charge inadmissibility determination is

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 20, 2018

Statement by Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen on the Release of the National Cyber Strategy
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement today on the National Cyber Strategy:

"The Trump administration has taken bold steps to strengthen our security and prosperity in cyberspace in the face of growing threats and competition.  The critical infrastructure that Americans rely on is threatened every day by nation-states, cyber criminals and hackers seeking to wreak havoc, disrupt commerce, and even undermine our democratic institutions. Today's National Cyber Strategy - the first in fifteen years - strengthens the government's commitment to work in partnership with industry to combat those threats and secure our critical infrastructure.

"The National Cyber Strategy, along with the DHS Cybersecurity Strategy released earlier this year, will guide the Department's cybersecurity activities in a number of areas, including securing federal networks and information systems, managing risk to the nation's critical infrastructure, and combatting cybercrime. With respect to securing federal networks, for example, we have used our authorities to ensure agencies are updating and patching systems, strengthening their email security, and removing Kaspersky antivirus products from their systems. To strengthen critical infrastructure security and resilience, DHS works across government and industry to share timely and actionable information as well as provide training and incident response support. Working with the private sector, the department's newly launched National Risk Management Center is working collaboratively to break down silos, identify and prioritize national critical functions, provide a more holistic picture of the risk environment within and across sectors, and develop joint solutions to manage risk.

"The strategy also identifies several important steps which will further enable DHS to successfully combat cybercrime. Transnational criminal groups are employing increasingly sophisticated

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 18, 2018

Secretary Nielsen Swears in New Homeland Security Advisory Council Members
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen met with the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) to discuss her priorities for the Department. The group discussed a range of homeland security issues and Secretary Nielsen swore in eight new members to the HSAC: Jayson P. Ahern, Stewart A. Baker, Frank J. Cilluffo, Mark J. Dannels, Carol DiBattiste, Cathy Lanier, Wendy Smith-Reeve, and Chad Sweet.

"My vision for the HSAC, consistent with its charter, is to seek their strategic, timely, specific and actionable advice on a range of homeland security issues," said Secretary Nielsen. "The Department relies on the unique perspectives and strategic advice provided by HSAC members to help address emerging threats in a rapidly changing world. I'm confident that the new members sworn in today will contribute to this important mission."The HSAC is a Department of Homeland Security federal advisory committee that provides the Secretary with independent, informed recommendations, and advice on a variety of homeland security issues. The HSAC is comprised of national policy makers, representatives from state, local, and tribal governments, emergency, and first responder communities, academia, and the private sector. Former CIA and FBI Director Judge William Webster is chair of the HSAC.

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

The eight new HSAC members sworn in today are:

is a Principal and Head of Security Services Practice at The Chertoff Group. In this role, he advises clients on a broad range of issues including homeland and border security management, global commerce and supply chain security, critical infrastructure protection, risk management, and strategic planning and implementation. Mr. Ahern retired as the former Acting Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection with DHS, after serving 33 years in federal law

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 18, 2018

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on President Trump's National Biodefense Strategy
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement in support of President Trump's National Biodefense Strategy:

"Biological threats—whether naturally occurring, accidental, or deliberate in origin—are among the most serious threats facing the United States today. As part of the President's efforts to better protect Americans, the National Biodefense Strategy sets the course for the U.S. to combat 21st century biothreats. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stands ready to support the implementation of this strategy, in close coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services.

"Late last year, I directed the formation of the DHS Office of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction office (CWMD) to elevate and streamline our efforts to stop terrorists and rogue actors from using chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear agents against us. Since then, the CWMD Office has renewed the Department's emphasis on bio security with efforts to develop and deploy a new biodetection system, update emergency responder and medical personnel guidance, examine new technologies, and provide support to our frontline operating components. As threats continue to evolve, our defenses must evolve as well. The CWMD Office will continue to address complex biological threats to the nation, but DHS needs additional authorities to be fully execute its mission. I look forward to working with Congress to pass the proposed authorizing legislation that will best position our CWMD response, mitigation, and recovery measures.

"DHS will continue to work closely with federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as industry and non-government organizations, to ensure we combat evolving biological threats and prepare to respond to biological disasters. By coordinating actions across the interagency, we can better anticipate, prevent, prepare for, respond to, mitigate, and recover from biological

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 17, 2018

Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alerting Systems


WASHINGTON - FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), postponed the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) until October 3 due to ongoing response efforts to Hurricane Florence.

The WEA portion of the test commences at 2:18 p.m. EDT, and the EAS portion follows at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether improvements are needed.

October 3 was the previously scheduled back-up date for the test, which was originally set up for this Thursday, September 20. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. FEMA and the nation's emergency management community remain committed to the life-saving activities occurring through parts of North Carolina and South Carolina.

For further information on the test, go to https://www.fema.gov/emergency-alert-test.

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Keywords: EAS, IPAWS, WEA
Topics:

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 16, 2018

Use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems During Hurricane Florence Response and Recovery Operations


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is warning drone owners and operators they may face significant fines if they interfere with emergency response operations in the areas affected by Hurricane Florence. Many aircraft that are conducting life-saving missions and other critical response and recovery efforts are likely to be flying at low altitudes over areas affected by the storm. Flying a drone without authorization in or near the disaster area may unintentionally disrupt rescue operations and violate federal, state, or local laws and ordinances, even if a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is not in place. Allow first responders to save lives and property without interference.

Private sector drone operators with an FAA Certificate of Authorization (COA) or flying under Part 107 who want to support response and recovery operations are strongly encouraged to coordinate their activities with the local incident commander responsible for the area in which they want to operate (more details are below).

Here is the information the FAA may require:

the unmanned aircraft type a PDF copy of a current FAA COA the pilot's Part 107 certificate number details about the proposed flight (date, time, location, altitude, direction and distance to the nearest airport, and latitude/longitude) nature of the event (assessment of critical infrastructure due to natural disaster) and the pilot's qualification information. The following site provides explanations on whether operators should ask for a waiver:

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 14, 2018

DHS Statement Regarding Safety and Enforcement During Hurricane Florence
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are concerned about the potential impact of Hurricane Florence to the East Coast of the United States, where North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia are under states of emergency. 

Our highest priority remains the preservation of life and safety. In consideration of these circumstances, there will be no immigration enforcement initiatives associated with evacuations or sheltering related to Florence, except in the event of a serious public safety threat.

What DHS and FEMA are Doing https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-florence

What the U.S. Government is Doing https://www.usa.gov/hurricane-florence
Spanish: https://gobierno.usa.gov/huracan-florence

Keywords: Hurricane, Hurricane Florence
Topics: Border Security, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Disasters, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 13, 2018

House of Representatives Votes to Authorize the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office
WASHINGTON - Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed by a voice vote the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Act of 2018 (H.R. 6198). 

"The United States faces rising danger from terrorist groups and rogue nation states who could use weapons of mass destruction to harm Americans," said Secretary Nielsen. "Although DHS has broad authorities to guard against radiological and nuclear dangers, we don't have the authorities we need to do the same against biological and chemical threats. We must stay a step ahead of our enemies, and this legislation would help us do that. I applaud the House Homeland Security Committee for their leadership in developing this legislation—especially Chairman Michael McCaul and Rep. Dan Donovan—and all House members who voted to enhance our defenses against WMD threats. I now urge the Senate to do the same—to pass this legislation and send it to the President's desk for signature."

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen established the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office in December 2017 in one of the most significant reorganizations of the Department in a decade. If enacted into law, this legislation would permanently establish the office and grant it new authorities to protect the American people against evolving WMD threats. The CWMD Office is currently led by Assistant Secretary James F. McDonnell, who was appointed by President Trump in May 2018.

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Keywords: countering terrorism, weapons
Topics: Preventing Terrorism

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 13, 2018

Secretary Nielsen Statement on President Trump's Election Security Executive Order
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement today on President Donald J. Trump's Executive Order, Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Interference in a United States Election:

"Today's Executive Order demonstrates the Administration's continued commitment to securing our nation's election infrastructure. As I have said on numerous occasions, election security is national security and any attempt to interfere in our democratic institutions is unacceptable. By mandating the imposition of sanctions against any individual or entity that seeks to interfere in our elections, we are sending a clear signal that the U.S. government will not tolerate interference of any kind and will use every tool at our disposal to protect our democratic process.

"We do not need to wait for another interference attempt to know the threat is real and evolving. DHS is already working closely with state and local election officials to ensure all Americans have confidence in our elections. Election officials in all 50 states and over 1,000 local jurisdictions are now working with DHS in some capacity to secure their election systems.  We're focusing on providing actionable information and intelligence to election officials; providing technical assistance to secure systems; and supporting election-focused incident response planning, training, and exercises.

"Securing our elections requires support across the government and our communities, and DHS will continue to lead the federal effort to ensure every American's vote is counted and counted correctly."

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Keywords: Election security
Topics: Election Security,

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 12, 2018

Statement from DHS Press Secretary on August Border Numbers
WASHINGTON -- Today, 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 August:

"August Southwest Border Migration numbers show a clear indicator that the migration flows are responding to gaps in our nation's legal framework.  While the overall numbers are consistent with an expected seasonal increase, the number of family units along the Southwest border increased 38 percent - 3,500 more than July and the highest August on record.  Smugglers and traffickers understand our broken immigration laws better than most and know that if a family unit illegally enters the U.S. they are likely to be released into the interior.  Specifically, DHS is required to release families entering the country illegally within 20 days of apprehension.

"We know that the vast majority of family units who have been released, despite having no right to remain in any legal status, fail to ever depart or be removed.  Through the third quarter of FY 2018, only 1.4 percent of family units have been repatriated to their home country from noncontiguous countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

"Secretary Nielsen and this Administration are committed to using all resources available to gain operational control of the U.S. border, to uphold our nation's immigration laws as passed by Congress, and to work with Congress to fix this broken system."

CBP's Southwest Border Migration Numbers for August can be found here.

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Keywords: Border Security, southwest border

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 12, 2018

FEMA and Partners Urge Preparedness for Dangerous Storms


WASHINGTON - Residents along the East Coast are urged to follow the direction of local officials and monitor news, check your local government website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest updates and emergency instructions.  Life-threatening conditions include significant coastal and inland flooding, storm surge, damaging winds. Local areas have already begun to issue mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders. If told to evacuate, do so immediately.

"It takes more than FEMA to respond to storms of this magnitude," said FEMA Administrator Brock Long. "The federal government has people and supplies in Guam, Hawaii, and along the East coast from South Carolina to Pennsylvania, but this will take all levels of government, the private sector, and individuals. Now is the time to prepare, and listen to warnings and orders from local officials."

History shows that storm tracks can change quickly and unexpectedly. It is crucial that residents and visitors in the areas that will be affected by these storms listen to and obey the instructions of local, state and tribal officials.

For additional information on evacuations, individuals should:

North Carolina: follow @NCEmergency on Twitter, visit https://readync.org/EN/Index.html. Individuals in Dare County, can also visit https://www.darenc.com/departments/emergency-management.

South Carolina: follow @SCEMD and @SCDOTpress on Twitter, call the SCDOT Call Center at 855-GO-SCDOT (855-467-2368). You can also visit www.511sc.org.

Virginia: follow

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 11, 2018

Message from Secretary Nielsen on the Anniversary of the September 11th Attacks
Seventeen years ago, America was violently attacked by terrorists, forever altering our nation's history. We will never forget the nearly 3,000 souls who perished on that fateful day. And in the years since, we have continued to honor their memory by resolving to dismantle and destroy terrorist organizations, wherever they may hide, so that no family—and no nation—has to again suffer what so many experienced on September 11th, 2001.

Despite the tragic loss of life, the 9/11 attacks brought the American people together, demonstrating to the world our relentless resolve. We saw real heroism as brave first responders ran toward the danger. Individuals donated their time and money to survivors and families of the victims. And citizens waited in lines around the block to give blood.

These attacks strengthened our solemn pledge to defend our homeland against all enemies, and led to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.

In the years since DHS opened its doors, our responsibilities have expanded significantly, but our core mission has remained the same: to protect the American people.

We must remain ever on guard. Hostile nation-states, terrorists, and transnational criminals are filling power vacuums which are springing up across the globe. They all share a common goal—to disrupt our way of life, and to incite chaos, instability, and violence.

Today let us focus—not on the actions of our enemies—but on the courage and resilience of the American people, and the unwavering efforts of the men and women on the front lines.

I am forever proud of the brave men and women of DHS who go to work every day to fulfill the promise we made after 9/11. As DHS Secretary, I will continue to do all I can to support you, and as an American, I thank you. You and your families—who serve as you serve—have my deepest respect and gratitude.

Today, we recommit ourselves to our mission: With honor and integrity, we will safeguar

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 05, 2018

Secretary Nielsen Remarks: Rethinking Homeland Security in an Age of Disruption
As prepared for delivery

Introduction Good morning everyone.  Thank you, Frank, for that kind introduction, and a big thank you to GW for hosting us here today.

I would also like to take a moment to thank the current and former DHS employees joining us today, as well as those who are hard at work across the country, keeping the American people safe.

Let's give them a round of applause.

Roadmap Today, I will describe five major changes in the threat landscape that are requiring us to comprehensively rethink homeland security.

I will explain how we are building resilience into everything we do, preparing our frontline defenders to protect America in a new age, and responding to these evolving threats.

A Dark Cloud Next week will mark an important anniversary:  17 years since the 9/11 attacks.

We are now many years from the pivotal moment that gave us a permanent mission, but we will not let time nor space dull our memories or weaken our resolve.  Nor can we afford to, especially with new storm clouds forming on the horizon.

In the months prior to 9/11, then-CIA Director George Tenet said that the system was "blinking red."  We heard enough chatter to know that danger was coming.  We just didn't know when or where.

My colleague Dan Coats, the Director of National Intelligence, recently said the system is "blinking red" once again.  His concern is our nation's digital infrastructure.

He is right.  Our digital lives are in danger like never before.

But it's more than that.  We are witnessing historic changes across the entire threat landscape.  We can see the winds blowing and hear the thunder drawing closer once again.

The balance of power that has characterized the international system for decades has been corroding.  America's unipolar moment is at risk.  Power vacuums are springing up across the globe and are quickly filled by hostile nation-states

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 30, 2018

Message from Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen on National Preparedness Month
"Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How." That is the theme this September for National Preparedness Month, an opportunity for us to remind our families, friends, and communities to get ready for disasters and emergencies before they strike. Thinking ahead can save lives. So we are working to create a "culture of preparedness" nationwide, which requires all Americans to prioritize preparedness efforts in their daily lives. I urge all of you to take the time to evaluate your preparedness and learn how to protect your family so that if disaster strikes, you are ready.

National Preparedness Month is divided into four weeks.  Each week we will publish recommended steps you can take to ensure you are prepared:

Week 1 (September 1 - 8): Make and Practice Your PlanWeek 2 (September 9 - 15): Learn Life Saving SkillsWeek 3 (September 16 - 22): Check Your CoverageWeek 4 (September 23 - 29): Save For an EmergencyThere are a number of resources available to help you implement the steps recommended for each week of National Preparedness Month. You can begin to boost your level of preparedness by taking small steps, such as discussing an emergency communications plan with your family over dinner, installing carbon monoxide detectors, reviewing your insurance coverage, or starting an emergency savings fund.

In addition to utilizing these resources, I hope you will consider taking part in the National Day of Action on September 15th. This is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and businesses to take an action, such as learning a life-saving skill or participating in an exercise or drill, to increase preparedness. Please visit www.ready.gov for more information and resources. And if you have the ability to help others, please consider joining a Comm

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 30, 2018

Readout from Secretary Nielsen's Trip to Australia for the Five Country Ministerial
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen traveled to Australia for the Five Country Ministerial.  During the Ministerial, Secretary Nielsen met with senior security officials from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom to discuss persistent and emerging threats and how the "Five Eyes" nations can work jointly to thwart them.

Secretary Nielsen reached a number of actionable agreements with our foreign partners to keep the public safe. For example, the Secretary and her counterparts signed a statement of intent to expand information sharing on known and suspected terrorists so that all five countries can better detect and disrupt terrorist travel. She and her counterparts also agreed to establish a new "Aviation Security 5" working group to confront evolving security threats to the aviation sector; to strengthen connectivity between cyber centers to enable shared 24/7 monitoring of nefarious cyber activity; to coordinate and consider joint attribution and response activities in the event of a cyber attack or foreign interference incident; and to strengthen efforts to counter human trafficking including by securing our supply chains from goods made by forced labor.

Ministers issued a Joint Statement on Countering the Illicit Use of Online Spaces, which outlines the expectations of our citizens for industry action to counter online child sexual exploitation and terrorist content. The Ministers, along with Attorneys General from partner nations, issued a joint Statement of Principles on Access to Evidence and Encryption, which outlines a framework for engaging industry on the benefits and challenges of encryption. They also discussed challenges posed by refugee flows and irregular migration and agreed that more must be done to build asylum capacity in countries of origin and surrounding regions in order to protect vulnerable populations.

Further, Secretary Nielsen highlighted recent DHS actions to counter threats, including

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 24, 2018

DHS, FBI Hold Joint Briefing for Election Officials with Facebook and Microsoft
DHS, FBI, Facebook, and Microsoft Update State and Local Election Officials on Recent Actions Taken to Counter Foreign Threats

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was joined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Facebook, and Microsoft to host a briefing for the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) on recent actions taken by both companies to combat foreign threats. This is the second call in recent weeks DHS has hosted with Facebook and the nation's lead election security officials to share information on actions being taken to combat malicious interference operations. The call provided a unique opportunity to connect private and public officials to share information and actions being taken to combat threats to our elections and to our democracy.

"DHS works with a broad range of partners to understand and stop malicious cyber actors, whether they are attempting to interfere with elections, infiltrate critical infrastructure, or simply collect intelligence from policy makers, these actions reinforce the need for government and industry to work together to secure the homeland and protect our democracy," said Christopher C. Krebs, Under Secretary for the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate. "Facebook's and Microsoft's announcements continue to underscore the important role the private sector has in combating this threat. Like cybersecurity, countering foreign influence is a shared responsibility, and these calls are an important indicator of the level of cooperation between our public and private partners to share information and take action."  

"Strong relationships with the private sector are a pillar of the FBI's operational strategy to combat foreign influence operations," said Michael McGarrity, Acting Executive Assistant Director of the FBI's National Security Branch. "Companies

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 24, 2018

DHS Announces Grant Allocations for Fiscal Year 2018 Preparedness Grants
WASHINGTON— As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) ongoing efforts to support state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen today announced final allocations of $345 million for six Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 DHS competitive preparedness grant programs. These allocations together with the more than $1.3 billion in non-competitive grant funding announced by DHS in June, total more than $1.6 billionin FY 2018granted to assist states, local areas, tribal and territorial governments, nonprofit agencies, and the private sector with their preparedness efforts.

"DHS is committed to building a culture of preparedness with our government, private sector, and nonprofit partners nationwide so we are ready when disaster strikes," said Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. "The DHS grant programs are flexible by design and purposed to help address our evolving risk environment. Response and recovery to catastrophic events strain our communities' logistics, supply chains, communications, and staffing capacities. When these events occur, time is our most valuable resource. That is why our preparedness grant programs build and sustain critical capabilities today, so we will be ready tomorrow."

Since 2002, DHS has awarded more than $49 billion to these partners.  Preparedness grants strengthen our nation's ability to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies in support of the National Preparedness Goal and the National Preparedness System.

The FY 2018 preparedness grants focus on the nation's highest risk areas, including urban areas that continue to face the most significant threats. Consistent with previous grant guidance, dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention activities throughout the country to prepare for, prevent, and respond to terrorism-related activity.


Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 24, 2018

Secretary Nielsen to Travel to Australia for the Five Country Ministerial
WASHINGTON - Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen will be in Australia next week for the Five Country Ministerial. The Five Country Ministerial brings together senior security officials from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States to discuss ways to deepen collaboration on public safety issues and to jointly confront persistent and emerging homeland security threats.

While in Australia, Secretary Nielsen will discuss how DHS is taking action—across the board—to elevate our security standards and thwart our enemies and adversaries. She will seek joint and coordinated action on a range of homeland security issues, including enhancing aviation security and border security, countering emerging threats such as those posed by weaponized or nefarious drones, confronting human trafficking, enhancing counterterrorism, mitigating cyber threats, and protecting critical infrastructure. She will reiterate her commitment to continuing to work with foreign partners collaboratively on these and other issues. 

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Keywords: Border Security, Combatting Human Trafficking, counterterrorism, critical infrastructure, Cyber, dhs

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 24, 2018

President Trump Signs Emergency Declaration for Hawaii


WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal emergency aid has been made available to the state of Hawaii to supplement state and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the areas affected by Hurricane Lane beginning on August 22, 2018, and continuing.

The President's action authorizes FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts which have the purpose of alleviating the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population, and to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, and to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe. This declaration is for Hawaii, Kauai and Maui counties and the City and County of Honolulu.

Specifically, FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Emergency protective measures (Category B), limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

William Roche has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area.  Roche said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further evaluation.

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Keywords: Hurricane
Topics: Disasters

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 20, 2018

The Life Saving Missions of CBP
  With more than 60,000 employees, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is one of the world's largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with securing our borders while facilitating lawful international travel and trade. As the United States' first unified border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity.



To enhance CBP's capability in southwest border sectors, the Department of Defense (DOD), in conjunction with border state governors, has deployed the National Guard to assist in stopping the flow of deadly drugs and other contraband, gang members and other criminals, and illegal aliens into this country. There are currently 2,212 Department of Defense personnel supporting the mission to secure the Southwest border.The Deployment of the National Guard has contributed to:Removable alien arrests - 14,644Marijuana Seized (lbs) - 14,243Cocaine Seized (lbs) - 17CBP hosts monthly briefings/teleconferences with federal, state, and local partners regarding the current state of the border - both northern and southern- to monitor emerging trends and threats and provide a cross-component, multi-agency venue for discussing trends and threats.CBP is building more border wall right now than has been funded in a decade.El Centro Pedestrian Fence Replacement Project (2.25 miles):More than 2 m

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 20, 2018

The Life Saving Missions of ICE
  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) mission is to protect America from cross-border crime and illegal immigration that threaten national security and public safety. This mission is executed through the enforcement of more than 400 federal statutes and focuses on effective immigration enforcement, preventing terrorism and combating the illegal movement of people and goods.



Since ICE the establishment of ICE in March 2003, the agency has removed hundreds of thousands of criminal aliens, some of whom fall under the category of high-profile removals. High-profile removals are not only a danger to communities, but they also pose a threat to ERO officers who are responsible for escorting them back to their home countries.During fiscal year FY 2017, ERO administratively arrested more than 127,000 aliens with criminal convictions or pending criminal charges.Aliens administratively arrested by ICE ERO in FY 2017 were responsible for the following criminal convictions or pending criminal charges:More than 48,000 assault offensesMore than 11,000 weapon offensesMore than 5,000 sexual assault offensesMore than 2,000 kidnapping offensesMore than 1,800 homicide offenses.Despite numerous stories and allegations in the media falsely accusing ICE of conducting indiscriminate raids and sweeps, the fact is that all ERO operations are targeted against specific offenders of which 92% of the total aliens administratively arrested in FY 2017 had either c

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 16, 2018

Readout of Federal Commission on School Safety Event Hosted by DHS Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen
On August 16, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen hosted the fifth Federal Commission on School Safety meeting, which focused on best practices for school building security, active shooter training for schools, and school-based threat assessments. The Commission meeting was chaired by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and attended by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex M. Azar II.

The Department is committed to using the experience and expertise it has developed over the past fifteen years to better secure our schools. While schools present unique security challenges, DHS has led national efforts to protect the American people and our critical infrastructure from terrorist attacks.

The participants on all three panels shared their insight into what schools can do to create safe and secure learning environments. The panels focused on a diverse set of measures that can be tailored to the needs of individual schools from enhancing physical security to best practices to mitigate the threat of active shooters to establishing school-based threat assessments that can help avoid incidents through early intervention.

Over the last few months, the Commission has hosted several listening sessions, formal Commission meetings and field visits. For more information, please visit the FCSS website: https://www.ed.gov/school-safety. Those with recommendations on how to increase school safety can send them to safety@ed.gov.

Watch today's Commission meeting here.

Keywords: public safety, schoo

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 15, 2018

DHS Hosts National Exercise on Election Security
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) hosted the "Tabletop the Vote 2018: DHS' National Election Cyber Exercise," a three-day, first-of-its-kind exercise to assist DHS and our federal partners, state and local election officials, and private vendors in identifying best practices and areas for improvement in cyber incident planning, preparedness, identification, response, and recovery. Through tabletop simulation of a realistic scenario, exercise participants discussed and explored potential impacts to voter confidence, voting operations, and the integrity of elections. Partners for this exercise include: 44 states and the District of Columbia; Election Assistance Commission; Department of Defense; Department of Justice; Federal Bureau of Investigation; Office of the Director of National Intelligence; National Institute of Standards and Technology; National Security Agency; and the U.S. Cyber Command.

The scenario was based on a combination of real world events as well as potential risks facing election infrastructure, including:

News and social media manipulation related to political candidates and the conduct of elections;Spear phishing campaigns targeting elections officials and personnel;Disruption of voter registration information systems and processes;Denial of service attacks and web defacements impacting board of election websites and web applications;Malware infections impacting electronic voting machines and election management system software; andThe exploitation of state and county board of election networks. "Today's exercise brought together our partners from all levels of government and the private sector in order to test our ability to respond to cyber incidents that could potentially effect an election, and build strong communication and incident response plans across the election community," said DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. "The response we have received from

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 15, 2018

DHS to Host Federal Commission on School Safety Meeting with Focus on Enhancing School Security Measures
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen will host the fifth Federal Commission on School Safety (FCSS) meeting this week. The session will focus on best practices for school building security, active shooter training for schools, and practitioner experience with school-based threat assessment.

: Federal Commission on School Safety Members

Chair, Betsy DeVos, Secretary of EducationKirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland SecurityJeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United StatesAlex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services: Commission Meeting: "Creating a Citadel of Learning: New Tools to Secure our Schools, Inside and Out"

: Eisenhower Executive Office Building's Indian Treaty Room

: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET, Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Commission meeting will include three panels:



Jay Brotman, Managing Partner, Svigals & Partners and Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA)Max Schachter, CEO and Founder, Safe Schools for Alex

Jarrod Burguan, Chief of Police, San Bernardino Police DepartmentChris Fraley, Region 2 Director, National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO)

Donna P. Michaelis, Manager, Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety, Division of Law Enforcement, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice ServicesSusan Payne, Founder and Executive Director of Safe2Tell Colorado and Director of Safe Communities ~ Safe Schools: Thursday's Commission meeting will be pooled press and available via livestream here.

For more information, please visit the FCSS website:

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 13, 2018

Vice President Pence: Time Has Come for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
While speaking at the DHS National Cybersecurity Summit in New York City on July 31st, Vice President Pence calls on the United States Senate to take action before the ended of the year to enact legislation creating the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.


Keywords: CISA, NPPD
Topics: Critical Infrastructure Security, Cybersecurity, Election Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 10, 2018

Readout from Secretary Nielsen's Trip to California
Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen traveled to Sacramento and Redding, California to address the ongoing wildfires. While in California, the Secretary participated in a briefing with state and local officials regarding the damage caused by the recent wildfires. She also participated in a ground survey of areas affected by the Carr fire. Secretary Nielsen discussed the importance of individual preparedness, fire safety and prevention in the United States, and the response and recovery support provided by the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to state and local partners.

Additionally, Secretary Nielsen visited the United States Coast Guard Air Stations in Sacramento to meet with personnel. She thanked them for their service and dedication to the Department's mission and acknowledged the challenging work they do for DHS and the American people.

On August 9, Secretary Nielsen met with California Governor Jerry Brown to discuss wildfire response and recovery efforts. They had the opportunity to address the need for long-term risk reduction to better protect communities across the state. Secretary Nielsen reiterated that the Department would continue to support California during what is looking to be a long and challenging wildfire season.

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Keywords: disaster recovery plan tool, disaster relief
Topics: Disaster Assistance,

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 08, 2018

Statement from DHS Press Secretary on July Border Numbers
On August 8, 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 July:

"Southwest Border Migration numbers dropped in July for the second month in a row.  This decrease shows that when there are real consequences for breaking the law, the conduct of those considering crimes will change.  In the month of July, we saw a decrease in illegal border crossings because human traffickers and Transnational Criminal Organizations were put on notice that this Administration was increasing prosecutions of those entering the country illegally.  Despite our terribly broken immigration laws, the administration has still been able to impact illegal immigration - but we need Congress to act to fix our system.

"At the same time, the number of family units apprehended at the border remains high and their percentage of total crossings has increased as court decisions prevent us from detaining and prosecuting family unit adults.  The inability to apply consequences to any law breaker ultimately threatens the safety and security of the nation and its communities.

"DHS is continuing to refer to DOJ single adult illegal border crossers for prosecution at historic rates.  Additionally, the Secretary has been engaging weekly with Mexican and Central American officials to more aggressively tackle the root causes of this crisis—and DHS has received commitments on specific actions that can be taken with and by our partners to confront the issue more decisively."

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

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Keywords: Border Security,

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 07, 2018

DHS Releases Fiscal Year 2017 Entry/Exit Overstay Report
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today released the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Entry/Exit Overstay Report. The report provides data on departures and overstays, by country, for foreign visitors to the United States who entered as nonimmigrants through an air or sea Port of Entry (POE) and were expected to depart in FY 2017. The in-scope population for this report includes temporary workers and families, students, exchange visitors, temporary visitors for pleasure, temporary visitors for business, and other nonimmigrant classes of admission.

DHS has determined that there were 52,656,022 in-scope nonimmigrant admissions to the United States through air or sea POEs with expected departures occurring in FY 2017; the in-scope admissions represent the vast majority of all air and sea nonimmigrant admissions. Of this number, DHS calculated a total overstay rate of 1.33 percent, or 701,900 overstay events.

The report also breaks down the overstay rates further to provide a better picture of those overstays who remain in the United States beyond their period of admission and for whom there is no identifiable evidence of a departure, an extension of period of admission, or transition to another immigration status. At the end of FY 2017, there were 606,926 Suspected In-Country Overstays. The overall Suspected In-Country Overstay rate was 1.15 percent of the expected departures. 

The U.S. government is using a multifaceted approach to enforce overstay violations, including improving entry and exit data collection and reporting, notifying visitors of an impending expiration of their authorized period of admission, cancelling travel authorizations and visas for violators, recurrent vetting of many nonimmigrants, and apprehending overstays present in the United States.

A further breakdown can be found below and the full report is available

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 06, 2018

Secretary Nielsen Statement on President Trump's Intent to Nominate Ronald D. Vitiello to Serve as the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
"I am pleased that President Trump intends to nominate Ronald D. Vitiello to serve as the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Since assuming the role of Deputy Director in late June, he has made clear his commitment to support the men and women of ICE, and ensure they are well-positioned to meet the demands of their incredibly challenging jobs. Deputy Director Vitiello's leadership experience, combined with the unique perspective that comes from more than 30 years in law enforcement, makes him especially qualified to hold this important position. I encourage the Senate to act quickly in confirming Deputy Director Vitiello's nomination, and I look forward to continuing to work with him and the remarkable team at ICE."

Keywords: ICE
Topics: Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 06, 2018

DHS and Facebook Update Election Officials on Foreign Interference Operations
DHS Continues to Strengthen Election Security Efforts by Hosting Facebook Briefing on Malign Activity on Social Media Platforms

Washington, D.C. - Today, the Department of Homeland Security hosted a conference call with the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) - the nation's lead election security officials - featuring a briefing by Facebook on the company's actions last week to remove inauthentic behavior by malicious actors who seek to undermine our democratic institutions. DHS officials and Facebook's security team spoke with election officials to provide an update on recent actions taken by Facebook, including tactics used by adversaries. This briefing provided elections officials a broader understanding of the threat environment as they develop plans to bolster the resilience of election systems. This call is also a clear example of how the federal government is partnering with social media companies and state and local officials to share information and collaborate on combatting threats to elections. 

"Strengthening collaboration between social media companies and federal, state, and local governments is critical to preventing foreign interference in our democratic processes, including elections. Today's briefing is an excellent example of this growing partnership across industry and government," said Christopher C. Krebs, Under Secretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate. "While recent operations identified by Facebook were not directly targeting elections or political campaigns, it is important for election officials to have an understanding of the techniques and tactics malign actors use, as well as countermeasures used to defeat those operations. This broader understanding will help elections officials develop response and communications plans to bolster resilience of our nation's election systems."

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Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 03, 2018

Readout from Secretary Nielsen's Trip to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
On August 3, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands to discuss ongoing hurricane recovery and preparedness efforts. Secretary Nielsen was joined by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long and General Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, Commander, United States Northern Command.

While in Puerto Rico, Secretary Nielsen received a briefing regarding ongoing recovery efforts from Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Byrne and met with FEMA employees working at the Joint Field Office. She thanked the group for their continued commitment to the people of Puerto Rico and acknowledged their steadfast efforts to provide resources and support to Puerto Rican municipalities, institutions, and citizens. Secretary Nielsen also received an operational tour of a FEMA call center. Additionally, Secretary Nielsen joined Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló and First Lady Beatriz Rosselló at a back-to-school event for students preparing for the new school year. Secretary Nielsen joined Governor Rosselló and the First Lady in distributing backpacks to students, and thanked them for their ongoing partnership with the Department of Homeland Security.

In the U.S. Virgin Islands, Secretary Nielsen met with and received a briefing from Federal Coordinating Officer Bill Vogel and FEMA personnel working on ongoing recovery and preparedness efforts. She also met with Acting Governor Valdamier Collens, Stacey Plaskett, Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, and other local officials. Secretary Nielsen joined local officials for a tour of the Arthur A. Richards Junior High School. The school was impacted by Hurricane Maria and is currently undergoing installation of temporary facilities so that students can begin the new school year with full day sessions.



Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 01, 2018

DHS Hosts Successful First-Ever National Cybersecurity Summit
On July 31, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) hosted the first-of-its-kind National Cybersecurity Summit in New York City, bringing together industry partners and top federal officials with the goal of laying out a vision for a collective defense strategy to protect our nation's critical infrastructure. The summit brought together Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, and Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency General Paul M. Nakasone, DHS Under Secretary Chris Krebs, U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph Alles, and DHS Assistant Secretary Jeanette Manfra, alongside top CEOs from across industry including the telecom, financial, and energy sectors.

"We are not waiting for the next intrusion before we act," said DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. "We are taking a clear-eyed look at the threat and taking action—and notably—collective action to combat them."

Throughout the Summit, DHS and its government and industry partners agreed on a series of concrete steps to better understand what is truly critical and work together to reduce strategic risk. 

Secretary Nielsen announced the creation of the National Risk Management Center, which will coordinate national efforts to protect the nation's critical infrastructure.

The National Risk Management Center will create a cross-cutting risk management approach across the federal government and our private sector partners through three lines of effort:

Identifying and prioritizing strategic risks to national critical functions;Integrating government and industry activities on the development of risk management strategies; andSynchronizing operational risk management activities across industry and government.The National Risk Management Center advances the ongoing work of DHS and government and private sector partners

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 30, 2018

Secretary Nielsen Meets with Mexican Secretary of Governance Alfonso Navarrete Prida
On July 30, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen met with Mexican Secretary of Governance Alfonso Navarrete Prida to reaffirm the importance of a strong, coordinated approach to border security that includes joint actions and robust information sharing. The two discussed ways the United States and Mexico can engage regional governments, international organizations, and the private sector to develop a strategic, long-term approach to regional migration control. Secretary Nielsen stressed the need to take bold steps to provide protection to refugees and asylum seekers and to jointly expand enforcement activities for migrants who do not qualify for protection. The two agreed there are major challenges in the region and made specific commitments to take immediate action to address them. Both Secretaries noted the importance of collaborating to reduce weapons trafficking, to address human smuggling and trafficking, and to explore options to improve the ability to provide access to labor markets. Recognizing the importance of border security and migration control to both countries, both Nielsen and Navarrete committed to continued engagement with Central American governments to reduce the root causes of migration.

This meeting was part of Secretary Nielsen's ongoing discussions with international partners on border security and migration control. Both Secretaries also agreed to work together on an action-oriented summit in the United States in September focused on addressing regional migration, security, and prosperity issues.

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Keywords: International partnerships, Mexico
Topics:

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 26, 2018

Department of Homeland Security Announces National Cybersecurity Summit Participants
WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced participants, including Vice President Mike Pence, attending the DHS National Cybersecurity Summit on July 31 in New York City. Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency General Paul M. Nakasone, and top CEOs from the financial services, energy, information technology, and telecom sectors will all participate in the summit.

The goal of the summit is to bring together government and private sector officials 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.

A livestream to the summit will be available here. Some of the executives in attendance include:


Ajay Banga, Mastercard


Tom Fanning, Southern Company
Duane Highley, Arkansas Electric
John McAvoy, Con Edison
Jim Torgerson, Avangrid
Gil Quiniones, NYPA
Kevin Wailes, Lincoln Electric


Rob Arnold, Threat Sketch
Pat Gelsinger, VMware
Mark McLaughlin, Palo Alto Networks
Mike Gregoire, CA Technologies


John Donovan, AT&T Communications
Robert Hubbard, Hubbard Television Group
Rusty Moore, Big Bend Telephone
Bob Udell, Consolidated Communications
Anand Vadapalli, Alaska Communications

 



Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 23, 2018

Secretary Nielsen Meets with Border Sheriffs to Discuss Border Security, Continued Partnerships
On July 23, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen met with border state sheriffs and law enforcement officials in Washington, DC to continue an ongoing dialogue on border security and the Department of Homeland Security's commitment to working with local law enforcement officials. Secretary Nielsen, who was also joined by representatives from the National Sheriffs' Association, Arizona Sheriffs' Association, Southwest Border Sheriffs' Association, and Western State Sheriffs' Association, reiterated her commitment to working with state and local law enforcement to ensure the safety and security of the American people.

During the conversation, the group discussed ways in which we can work together to secure the southwest border. Secretary Nielsen stated that DHS would continue to enhance border security and immigration policies based upon the sheriff community's unique perspectives and recommendations. The sheriffs highlighted several stories regarding the dangers along the border and reiterated the need to enforce the law and enhance border security.

Secretary Nielsen also thanked those participating in DHS' 287(g) program, which allows for important collaborations between DHS and state and local partners to ensure that the safety of our communities is upheld and the sanctity of our laws respected.



(DHS Official Photo/Tara Molle)

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Keywords: Border Security
Topics:

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

DHS News Releases


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 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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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.

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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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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.



(DHS Official Photo/Jetta Disco)

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
May 08, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
May 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 04, 2018

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
May 04, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
May 01, 2018

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 26, 2018

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 26, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 25, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 25, 2018

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 24, 2018

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

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

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

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



Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 24, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 24, 2018

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 23, 2018

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

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

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

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





Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 23, 2018

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

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

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