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Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 30, 2021

DHS Releases New Resources to Combat Human Trafficking on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
WASHINGTON - Today, on World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released new resources aimed at combatting human trafficking and supporting victims.  The new resources include the first-ever Continued Presence Resource Guide to assist federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies in supporting victims of human trafficking and advancing trafficking investigations and prosecutions.  DHS is also releasing a fact sheet for the business community detailing criminal authorities used for prosecuting forced labor and related offenses in China.  The fact sheet appeals to victims and witnesses of forced labor and other human rights abuses to contact DHS.

"The Department of Homeland Security is leading the fight against the horrific practices of sex trafficking and forced labor," said .  "As part of the Department's victim-centered approach, we are committed to providing victims of these crimes, including noncitizen victims, support and necessary services and to seeking justice on their behalf.  Components, offices, and experts across the Department are part of this critical mission.  With the release of these new resources, we aim to support and inform law enforcement and businesses across the country, and to protect and assist victims of trafficking."

Continued Presence is a temporary immigration designation provided by law enforcement to noncitizens who may be victims of human trafficking or may be witnesses in investigations, or have filed federal civil actions against their traffickers.  Continued Presence is granted in two-year increments and is renewable.  Recipients are also eligible for certain federal benefits and services.  Continued Presence helps to alleviate victims' fears about removal, provides victims economic security, and improves victims' ability to seek justice against their traffickers.  Learn more about the

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 30, 2021

DHS Statement on Expedited Removal Flights for Certain Families
Asylum and other legal migration pathways should be readily available to those who need them, and this Administration is committed to fairly and efficiently considering asylum claims.  Those not seeking protection or who do not qualify will be promptly returned to their country of origin.

Consistent with that approach, the Department of Homeland Security today resumed expedited removal flights for certain families who recently arrived at the southern border, cannot be expelled under Title 42, and do not have a legal basis to stay in the United States.  Families apprehended by Customs and Border Protection were removed via U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Air Operations to their home countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. 

The expedited removal process is a lawful means to securely manage our border, and it is a step toward our broader aim to realize safe and orderly immigration processing.  By placing into expedited removal families who cannot be expelled under Title 42, we are making clear that those who do not qualify to remain in the United States will be promptly removed.  

The Biden-Harris Administration is working to manage safe, orderly, and humane migration in North and Central America, including by expanding lawful pathways to the United States.  DHS recently expanded the Central American Minors program and made 6,000 H-2B visas available for Central Americans.  

Irregular migration to the United States is dangerous and may ca

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 30, 2021

Statement from Secretary Mayorkas on the Confirmation of Ur Mendoza Jaddou as Director of USCIS
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement on the confirmation of Ur Mendoza Jaddou as Director of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

"It is my honor to congratulate Ur Mendoza Jaddou on her confirmation as Director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Ur has two decades of experience in immigration law, policy, and administration.  She will administer our Nation's immigration system fairly and justly.  As the daughter of hard-working immigrants, Ur understands how immigrant families enrich our country and the challenges they face.  I want to thank the United States Senate for confirming Ur.  I look forward to working closely with her to rebuild and restore trust in our immigration system."

Keywords: Citizenship and Naturalization, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Topics: Citizenship and Immigration Services, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 30, 2021

Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on the Arrival of the First Group of Afghan Nationals
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement after the first group of Afghan nationals who helped support the U.S. mission in Afghanistan arrived in Ft. Lee, Virginia:

"I am profoundly honored to welcome to the United States the first group of Afghan nationals who so admirably helped support the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proud to work with the White House, Department of Defense, and Department of State on Operation Allies Refuge to protect those who bravely helped keep Americans safe.  CBP and USCIS are committed to ensuring these individuals receive the support they need as they settle in the United States and obtain legal status in our country.  Under the Biden-Harris Administration, DHS remains committed to ensuring the United States is a beacon for those seeking refuge." 

Keywords: Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 29, 2021

Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on U.S. Strategy for Immigration
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement regarding the U.S. Strategy for Addressing the Root Causes of Migration in Central America and the Collaborative Migration Management Strategy:

"The Biden-Harris Administration has outlined a comprehensive strategy to address the root causes leading to irregular migration from Central America and restore safe, orderly, and humane migration in the Americas.  I am grateful for Vice President Harris's leadership in these efforts to renew our Nation's engagement with Central American countries and I value our continued collaboration.  The Department of Homeland Security looks forward to supporting these initiatives by working with our regional partners, NGOs, and international organizations to improve security, governance, human rights, and economic conditions in the region as we continue our critical work to build safe, orderly, humane, and lawful pathways for migration."

Keywords: Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: Border Security, International Engagement, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 28, 2021

Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on Arrests in Mexican Enforcement Operation Against a Transnational Criminal Organization
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement regarding today's announcement by Mexican Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero about a recent enforcement operation in Mexicali, Baja California that resulted in the arrest of seven individuals for their alleged participation in a human smuggling Transnational Criminal Organization:

"I applaud Attorney General Gertz Manero and his office for the successful enforcement operation against a Transnational Criminal Organization in Mexico responsible for human smuggling.  These criminal organizations prioritize profit over human life, and I am proud of the cooperation between U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Attorney General Gertz Manero's team to exchange information in support of this investigation.  The success of this operation demonstrates the strong partnership between our agencies on shared security priorities."

Keywords: Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), International Partnership, Mexico, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 28, 2021

Joint Statement by Secretaries Mayorkas and Raimondo on President Biden's New National Security Memorandum
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo released a joint statement on President Biden's signing of a new National Security Memorandum, "Improving Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Control Systems."

"Today President Biden signed a new National Security Memorandum (NSM) to implement long overdue efforts to meet the scale and severity of the cybersecurity threats our country continues to face. This NSM takes a key step toward improving the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure by directing the Departments of Homeland Security and Commerce to work together, alongside other agencies, in developing cybersecurity performance goals that set a clear, easy-to-understand security baseline. The safety and security of the American people rely on the resilience of the companies that provide essential services such as power, water, and transportation. The establishment of cybersecurity performance goals marks important progress toward this goal. We look to responsible critical infrastructure owners and operators to follow voluntary guidance in order to ensure that the critical services the American people rely on are protected from cyber threats, and we are committed to working closely with our partners in the private sector to promote proactive cybersecurity practices that will protect our national and economic security."

Keywords: Critical Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, Industry Cybersecurity,

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 27, 2021

Secretary Mayorkas Statement on President Biden's Nominations for Leadership Positions at DHS
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement on President Biden's nominations of Bill Valdez as DHS Under Secretary for Management and Erik Hooks as FEMA Deputy Administrator:

"Bill Valdez and Erik Hooks are distinguished leaders and recognized experts in their respective fields. They are well positioned to help the Department of Homeland Security address the diverse and urgent challenges facing communities across our country. I hope the Senate will swiftly confirm both of these leaders and our other nominees." 

Keywords: Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: Homeland Security Enterprise, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 27, 2021

Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas Testimony to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee
Chairman Peters, Ranking Member Portman, and distinguished Members of the Committee, good morning. Thank you for the opportunity to be with you again today.

Allow me to join you in expressing my sorrow upon the passing of Senator Enzi, with whom I had the privilege of working in my prior tenure at the Department of Homeland Security.  And allow me to join you, please, in expressing my prayers and thoughts for his family at this difficult time.

Every day, the 240,000 public servants at the Department of Homeland Security confront an increasingly complex and dynamic threat landscape. They do so with an unflinching dedication to our mission and a deep sense of purpose.

I am here today to ask for your continued support of their work. As you know, it is the resources afforded by this Congress that enable my outstanding colleagues to keep the American people safe, and that enable us to recruit and retain our Nation's most talented professionals.

The President's Fiscal Year 2022 Budget helps us meet these essential goals.

First, the President's Budget invests in a secure border.

It directs $1.2 billion dollars toward more effective and modern port and border security, including a $655 million dollar investment toward modernizing our land Ports of Entry; another $47 million to integrate Customs and Border Protection detection capabilities; and robust investments in border surveillance technology.

There is no request for additional border wall construction.

Our team at Customs and Border Protection employs a wide array of proven tactics and cutting-edge technology to defend the American people against dangerous threats to our borders.

To support this challenging task, the President's Budget includes $37 million to integrate aerial border security technologies that will provide a common operating picture for law enforcement. This will enable our Border Patrol agents - regardless of their location - to act based on consi

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 27, 2021

DHS to Address Life, Safety, Environmental, and Operational Considerations for Specific Border Barrier Projects
WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas approved four projects in the Rio Grande Valley, San Diego, and El Centro Sectors to address life, safety, environmental, and operational considerations related to the Department's plan for the use of Border Barrier funds.   

"These projects are reflective of the commitment of DHS to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of communities along the border, individuals encountered there, and our Border Patrol Agents who patrol the area," We remain focused on securing the border and keeping communities safe." 

These projects do not involve building new border barriers and are consistent with the guiding principles in the DHS Border Plan to prioritize projects needed to address life, safety, environmental, operational, or other remediation requirements.  DHS continues to prioritize the deployment of modern, effective border measures and technology as this work continues. 

The projects include: 

on both sides of the border along the El Centro Sector Utility Relocation Project.  issues at the Rio Grande Valley Sector Make Safe and Punch List Project. to ensure that 33 vehicle gates that have been hung and built within the San Diego Secondary barrier alignment are operable and necessary work to address life, safety, environmental, or other remediation is carried out.  Once completed, these gates will provide Border Patrol Agents with critical access and mitigate life and safety risk for agents and migrants who may need emergency assistance in the area.  In addition, there are 15 drainage grates requiring replacement and repai

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 26, 2021

DHS Statement on the Resumption of Expedited Removal for Certain Family Units
Beginning today,?certain family units who are not able to be expelled under Title 42 will be placed in expedited removal proceedings.??Expedited removal provides a lawful, more accelerated procedure to remove those family units who do not have a basis under U.S. law to be in the United States.??? 

Attempting to cross into the United States between ports of entry, or circumventing inspection at ports of entry, is the wrong way to come to the United States.? These acts are dangerous and can carry long-term immigration consequences for individuals who attempt to do so.??The Biden-Harris Administration is working to build a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system, and the Department of Homeland Security continues to take several steps to improve lawful processing at ports of entry and reforms to strengthen the asylum system.? 

Keywords: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U. S. Border Patrol
Topics:

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 23, 2021

DHS to Cancel Laredo Sector Border Barrier Contracts
WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is terminating two border barrier contracts in the Laredo Sector that are not necessary to address any life, safety, environmental, or other remediation requirements, as described in the DHS Border Wall Plan implementing President Biden's Proclamation.

These are the first contracts CBP is terminating since DHS released its Plan for Use of Border Barrier Funds, which lays out the guiding principles framing decisions related to border barrier construction, including ending wall expansion to the extent permitted by law.

The contracts being canceled are for approximately 31 miles of border barrier construction funded with the DHS Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations.

Construction has not yet started on the two Laredo Sector projects, and no land acquisition has begun.  CBP intends to engage in environmental planning concerning these barrier projects, including taking certain actions consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other statues.

DHS continues to review all other paused border barrier projects and is in the process of determining which projects may be necessary to address life, safety, environmental, or other remediation requirements and where to conduct environmental planning.

The Administration also continues to call on Congress to cancel remaining border wall funding and instead fund smarter border security measures, like border technology and modernization of land ports of entry, that are proven to be more effective at improving safety and security at the border.

Keywords: Border Security
Topics:

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 20, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas's Meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan
WASHINGTON - On July 20, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas met with King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan during the King's trip to Washington, D.C.  Secretary Mayorkas and the King reaffirmed the strong partnership between DHS and Jordan, and announced that Jordan will join U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Global Entry Program.  Admittance to the Global Entry Program will provide Jordanian participants expedited travel to the United States, facilitate legitimate travel and commerce, and strengthen passenger security.  Secretary Mayorkas and King Abdullah II also discussed enhanced cooperation on counterterrorism initiatives, including opportunities to share best practices for countering radicalization on the internet, and DHS's support for the multilateral Aqaba Process.  The Aqaba Process is led by the King and provides a forum to exchange ideas and best practices and explore coordination gaps in the global approach to combatting terrorism and radicalization.

Keywords: International Partnership, International Travel, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: International Engagement

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 19, 2021

Update: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals


On July 16, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas held that the DACA policy "is illegal." The Court granted summary judgment on plaintiffs' Administrative Procedure Act (APA) claims; vacated the June 15, 2012 DACA memorandum issued by former Secretary of Homeland Security Napolitano; remanded the memorandum to DHS for further consideration; and issued a permanent injunction prohibiting the government's continued administration of DACA and the reimplementation of DACA without compliance with the APA. The Court, however, temporarily stayed its order vacating the DACA memorandum and its injunction with regard to individuals who obtained DACA on or before July 16, 2021, including those with renewal requests.

Consistent with this order, DHS will continue to accept the filing of both initial and renewal DACA requests, as well as accompanying requests for employment authorization. However, pursuant to the July 16, 2021 order from the Southern District of Texas, DHS is prohibited from granting initial DACA requests and accompanying requests for employment authorization. Also consistent with that order, DHS will continue to grant or deny renewal DACA requests, according to existing policy.

For more information, visit USCIS's main DACA webpage.

Keywords: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Topics: Border Security,

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 19, 2021

Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Re-Designation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status
Extension and Re-Designation Allows Additional Eligible Somalis to Apply for TPS and Employment Authorization Documents

—Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced an 18-month extension and re-designation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).  This extension and re-designation will be in effect from September 18, 2021, through March 17, 2023.

"Through the extension and re-designation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status, the United States will be able to offer safety and protection to Somalis who may not be able to return to their country, due to ongoing conflict and a worsening humanitarian crisis,"  "We will continue to offer our support to Somali nationals through this temporary form of humanitarian relief."

Secretary Mayorkas made this decision to extend and re-designate Somalia for TPS after consultation with interagency partners and careful consideration of the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Somalia.  Three decades of conflict in Somalia, along with natural disasters and disease outbreaks, have worsened an already severe humanitarian crisis.  Somalia has recently experienced a dramatic upsurge in violence, severe drought, and flooding, which have contributed to worsening food insecurity and internal displacement.  The COVID-19 pandemic, in conjunction with an outbreak of cholera, also presents major challenges for a health care system that has already been severely weakened by the ongoing conflict.  These conditions prevent Somali nationals and habitual residents from returning to Somalia safely.

The extension of TPS for Somalia allows approximately 447 current beneficiaries to retain TPS through March 17, 2023, so long as they meet TPS eligibility requirements.  The re-designation of Somalia for TPS also allows an estimated 100 additional Somali nationals (or individu

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 17, 2021

Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on DACA Ruling
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement regarding yesterday's ruling on the DACA program:

"I am disappointed by yesterday's ruling and its impact on families across the country, but it will not derail our efforts to protect Dreamers.  The Biden-Harris Administration—and this country—remain as committed as ever to ensuring that Dreamers are protected from the threat of deportation and are allowed to continue to contribute to this country that is their home.  DHS remains focused on safeguarding DACA, and we will engage the public in a rulemaking process to preserve and fortify DACA.  The Department of Justice also intends to appeal yesterday's order.  Moreover, we will continue processing DACA renewal requests, consistent with the ruling.  Still, only the passage of legislation will give full protection and a path to citizenship to DACA recipients.  In January, President Biden offered a legislative proposal, and in March the House of Representatives passed the 'American Dream and Promise Act.'  I urge Congress to act swiftly to enact legislation through the reconciliation process to provide permanent protection that the American people want and Dreamers have earned."

Keywords: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics:

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 17, 2021

DHS Statement on Safety and Immigration Enforcement During the 2021 Wildfire Season
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is concerned about the potential impact of the 2021 wildfire season to western and southwestern portions of the United States.  Our highest priority remains the preservation of life and safety.

In consideration of these distressing circumstances, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reminds the public that ICE focuses its limited resources on national security, border security, and public safety threats.

Absent exigent circumstances, immigration enforcement will not be conducted at locations where disaster and emergency response and relief is being provided, such as along evacuation routes, sites used for sheltering or the distribution of emergency supplies, food or water, or registration sites for disaster-related assistance or the reunification of families and loved ones. 

DHS officials do not and will not pose as individuals providing fire-related information as part of any enforcement activities.

Keywords: Immigration Enforcement, Wildfire
Topics: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 16, 2021

DHS Announces Funding Allocations for FY 2021 Preparedness Grants
WASHINGTON — Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the final allocations for $475 million for seven Fiscal Year 2021 competitive preparedness grant programs. These allocations, together with the almost $1.5 billion in non-competitive grant funding announced earlier this year, total nearly $2 billion in FY 2021 to help prepare our Nation against man-made threats and natural disasters.

The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, nonprofit agencies, and the private sector in building and sustaining capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other disasters. The total amount for each grant program is set by Congress and the allocations are made by the Secretary.

Secretary Mayorkas issued the following statement about this year's grant awards:

"Through these grant programs, we demonstrate our steadfast commitment to addressing the most significant and persistent terrorism-related threats to the homeland today," . "Many of the communities and nonprofit organizations receiving these grants have been historically underserved. The funding allocated for each of the grant programs will allow these communities and organizations to build, sustain, and improve their preparedness and response capabilities. I look forward to working with our state, local, tribal, and territorial partners to achieve these shared goals."

For the competitive grant program allocations that are being announced today, DHS identified four critical priority areas for attention: cybersecurity, soft targets and crowded places, domestic violent extremism, and emerging threats. Applicants under the grant programs were provided percentage increases in their competitive scores for aligning their projects around these areas.

All capabilities and programs being built or sustained using homeland security grant funding must have a

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 14, 2021

United States Government Launches First One-Stop Ransomware Resource at StopRansomware.gov
New website provides cybersecurity resources from across the federal government

WASHINGTON - Today, as part of the ongoing response, agencies across the U.S. government announced new resources and initiatives to protect American businesses and communities from ransomware attacks. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), together with federal partners, have launched a new website to combat the threat of ransomware. StopRansomware.gov establishes a one-stop hub for ransomware resources for individuals, businesses, and other organizations. The new StopRansomware.gov is a collaborative effort across the federal government and the first joint website created to help private and public organizations mitigate their ransomware risk.

"As ransomware attacks continue to rise around the world, businesses and other organizations must prioritize their cybersecurity," .  "Cyber criminals have targeted critical infrastructure, small businesses, hospitals, police departments, schools, and more.  These attacks directly impact Americans' daily lives and the security of our Nation. I urge every organization across our country to use this new resource to learn how to protect themselves from ransomware and reduce their cybersecurity risk."

"The Department of Justice is committed to protecting Americans from the rise in ransomware attacks that we have seen in recent years," . "Along with our partners in and outside of government, and through our Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force, the Department is working to bring all our tools to bear against these threats.  But we cannot do it alone.  It is critical for business leaders across industries to recognize the threat, prioritize efforts to harden their systems, and work with law en

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 12, 2021

Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on the Confirmation of Jen Easterly as CISA Director
WASHINGTON  Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement on the confirmation of Jen Easterly as Director of the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA):

"I congratulate Jen Easterly on her confirmation as Director of CISA. Jen is a brilliant cybersecurity expert and a proven leader with a career spanning military service, civil service, and the private sector. I am proud to welcome her to the DHS team and look forward to working together to protect our country from urgent cybersecurity and physical threats.

"I thank Brandon Wales for serving as Acting Director of CISA. Brandon's steadfast, superb leadership has been invaluable, especially as CISA continues to respond to rising cybersecurity incidents impacting businesses, government, communities, and critical infrastructure across our nation."

Jen Easterly is the second Senate-confirmed Director to lead CISA since its creation in November 2018.

Keywords: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: Critical Infrastructure Security, Cybersecurity, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 08, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas's Trip to Guatemala
WASHINGTON - On July 6-7, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas was in Guatemala to meet with government officials and conduct site visits highlighting the partnership between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Guatemalan counterparts. Secretary Mayorkas' trip builds on the commitments, expressed by Vice President Kamala Harris during her visit to Guatemala, to work together to expand lawful pathways for migration, address the root causes driving individuals to leave their homes, and combat criminal organizations who prey on the vulnerable. During the trip, Secretary Mayorkas announced that 1.5 million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be shipped from the United States to Guatemala this week.

"The partnership the United States and Guatemala share is of utmost importance," said Secretary Mayorkas. "We will continue to work to deepen our collaboration around issues of mutual interest, such as preserving our nations' security, defending the rule of law, and respecting the dignity of every human being. "

While in Guatemala City, Secretary Mayorkas and President Giammattei discussed their strong bilateral partnership. Secretary Mayorkas thanked President Giammattei for his efforts to provide support for returned migrants, for opening a new refugee center to offer protection to those who qualify, and for his collaboration in combating transnational criminal organizations. Secretary Mayorkas emphasized the benefits of the bilateral partnership for increasing security at ports of entry to facilitate lawful trade and travel, as well as U.S. efforts to create safe and lawful pathways for migration that offer an alternative to irregular migration.

In addition, Secretary Mayorkas met with Foreign Minister Pedro Brolo, Attorney General Consuelo Porras, Minister of Government Gendri Reyes, Vice Minister for Security Franco Urzua, Vice Minister for Prevention Rubio, and Vice Minister for Counternarcotics Rodas de Le

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 06, 2021

Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Re-Designation of Yemen for Temporary Protected Status
Extension and Re-Designation Allows Additional Eligible Yemenis to Apply for TPS and Employment Authorization Documents

WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced an 18-month extension and re-designation of Yemen for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This extension and re-designation will be in effect from September 4, 2021, through March 3, 2023.

"Yemen continues to experience worsening humanitarian and economic conditions that prevent individuals from safely returning to their homes," "Therefore, I have decided to extend and re-designate Yemen for Temporary Protected Status. We will continue to protect and offer these individuals a place of residency temporarily in the United States."

Secretary Mayorkas made this decision to extend and re-designate Yemen for TPS after consultation with interagency partners and careful consideration of the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Yemen, including lack of access to food, water, and healthcare; large-scale destruction of Yemen's infrastructure; significant population displacement; an ongoing cholera outbreak since 2016; and the COVID-19 pandemic's worsening of a dire economic and humanitarian situation. These conditions prevent Yemeni nationals and habitual residents from returning to Yemen safely.

The extension of Yemen for TPS allows approximately 1,700 current beneficiaries to retain TPS through March 3, 2023, as long as they meet TPS eligibility requirements. The re-designation of TPS for Yemen allows an estimated 480 additional Yemeni nationals (or individuals having no nationality who last habitually resided in Yemen) who have been continuously residing in the United States since July 5, 2021, and have been continuously physically present in the United States since September 4, 2021, to file initial applications to obtain TPS, if they are otherwise eligi

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 02, 2021

Secretary Mayorkas to Travel to Guatemala
WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, July 6, 2021 and Wednesday, July 7, 2021 Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas will travel to Guatemala to meet with counterparts in the Government of Guatemala regarding shared priorities. Secretary Mayorkas will also meet with in-country members of the DHS workforce and key DHS partners. Additional information regarding the trip, including coverage opportunities for Guatemala City-based media, will be announced in the coming days. 

Keywords: International Activity, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: International Engagement

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 02, 2021

DHS, VA Announce Initiative to Support Noncitizen Service Members, Veterans, and Immediate Family Members
WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis R. McDonough announced a new initiative to support our Nation's noncitizen service members, veterans, and the immediate family members of service members. 

"The Department of Homeland Security recognizes the profound commitment and sacrifice that service members and their families have made to the United States of America," . "Together with our partner the Department of Veterans Affairs, we are committed to bringing back military service members, veterans, and their immediate family members who were unjustly removed and ensuring they receive the benefits to which they may be entitled. Today we are taking important steps to make that a reality."  

"It's our responsibility to serve all veterans as well as they have served us - no matter who they are, where they are from, or the status of their citizenship," . "Keeping that promise means ensuring that noncitizen service members, veterans, and their families are guaranteed a place in the country they swore an oath - and in many cases fought - to defend. We at VA are proud to work alongside DHS as to make that happen."  

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is working with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other partners to identify deported veterans to ensure they are able to obtain VA benefits to which they may be entitled. VA is also working to ensure all veterans, including deported veterans and their families, are vaccinated.

As part of the DHS initiative, Secretary Mayorkas directed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to immediately conduct a review of policies and practices to ensure that all eligible current and former noncitizen service members and the immediate families of military members are able to remai

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 01, 2021

Secretary Mayorkas Announces Most Successful Cybersecurity Hiring Initiative in DHS History
WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the Department's largest cybersecurity hiring initiative in its history with the onboarding of nearly 300 cybersecurity professionals and the extension of an additional 500 tentative job offers. This hiring initiative, which exceeded its goal by almost 50 percent, is part of a 60-day Cybersecurity Workforce Sprint focused on building a more diverse cybersecurity workforce.

"As cybersecurity threats to our communities continue to rise, we must recruit and retain diverse top talent to defend against today's threats and build a more resilient future," "DHS is dedicating significant energy toward exceeding our cybersecurity hiring goal by recruiting talented experts, investing in diverse talent pipelines, and ensuring equitable access to professional development opportunities at every level. The Department's 60-day Cybersecurity Workforce Sprint has enabled DHS to fill 12 percent of our more than 2,000 cybersecurity vacancies during a time when our country is facing extraordinary cyber threats. While I am proud of the progress we have made to date, we still have more work to do." 

In early May, Secretary Mayorkas set a goal to hire 200 new cybersecurity personnel across the Department by July 1. The success of the Cybersecurity Workforce Sprint highlights a strong desire by our country's top cyber talent to dedicate themselves to public service and help tackle some of the most complex challenges we face today. DHS is committed to ensuring its workforce represents the diverse communities it serves. To this end, the Cybersecurity Workforce Sprint is grounded in diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices and includes targeted outreach to underserved communities and communities of color.

This month, Secretar

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 30, 2021

Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Publishes Annual Report to Congress
WASHINGTONToday,the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CIS Ombudsman) submitted to Congress its Annual Report, which provides recommendations for addressing issues encountered by individuals and employers applying for immigration benefits with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  

This year's report studies the challenges and uncertainties encountered by USCIS and individuals seeking to acquire and maintain their legal immigration status during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report examines those impacts and underscores the importance of continuing to build upon the many changes already implemented. 

"I applaud the Administration's commitment to identifying barriers that impede access to immigration services and benefits,"  "The recent executive orders issued by President Biden allow for enhanced collaboration with USCIS and new opportunities to maximize our office's contributions to create a more responsive and transparent immigration system, reinforcing a focus closely aligned with the CIS Ombudsman's statutory mission." 

Highlights of the 2021 Annual Report include:  

A review of USCIS operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, including the impact COVID-19 had on backlog levels and the solutions USCIS implemented to address them.  Recommendations to address persistent problems associated with the issuance of Notices to Appear and related interagency coordination challenges.  A detailed analysis of the major processing issues related to Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.   An overview of the challenges encountered by naturalization applicants seeking medical disability waivers and recommenda

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 28, 2021

Secretary Mayorkas Swears in John Tien as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security
WASHINGTON - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas delivered the Oath of Office to John Tien, the new Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

"John Tien is a retired U.S. Army Colonel whose distinguished military career spanned 24 years, and someone who knows what it means to truly safeguard our Nation," I am proud to have John as a partner in leading the Department of Homeland Security, as we work together to support our incredible colleagues and protect the Nation.  I also want to thank former Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary David Pekoske for his service.  I am grateful for the great work that David has accomplished throughout the past several months, and I am thankful that he will continue to serve our Department as he returns to his leadership of the Transportation Security Administration."

"I am deeply gratified to return to public service and honored to serve as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security," "I look forward to the opportunity to serve our country again and working with Secretary Mayorkas to support our workforce and strengthen the Department."

Prior to joining the Department of Homeland Security, Deputy Secretary Tien spent ten years serving in senior executive roles in the critical infrastructure financial services sector as a managing director at Citigroup.  He previously served in the Obama Administration as the National Security Council Senior Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Bush Administration as the National Security Council Director for Iraq, and the Clinton Administration as a White House Fellow in the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

At the United States Military Academy at West Point, Tien was the first Asian American to ever serve a

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 25, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas's Visit to El Paso, Texas with Vice President Harris
WASHINGTON- On Friday, June 25, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas joined Vice President Kamala Harris, along with Senator Dick Durbin and Representative Veronica Escobar, in El Paso, Texas to receive an operational briefing at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility, visit the Paso del Norte (PDN) Port of Entry, and meet with community leaders.   

"This Administration inherited a decimated immigration system and the Biden-Harris Administration is making progress to restore order and humanity to that system," . "I am proud of the work that CBP is doing to keep the border secure while we work to implement a safe, orderly, and humane process for those seeking asylum.  I am grateful to the Vice President for leading the effort to tackle the root causes of irregular migration.  We know that what happens at the border is directly connected to the work of addressing the root causes of migration: poverty, corruption, violence, and a climate crisis."  

While at the CBP facility, Vice President Harris privately met with young women who shared with her their personal stories and insights, providing the Vice President with invaluable perspective on her work to address the root causes of their migration.  

Secretary Mayorkas also provided Vice President Harris with an update on the progress being made in facilities across the Southwest Border to decrease the amount of time unaccompanied children remain in CBP custody and the work being done to reinstate orderly processes and protocols at the border:  

The number of unaccompanied children (UC) in CBP has fallen from 5,767 at its peak on March 29 to 890 on June 24.  Average time in custody for UC has fallen from 133 hours on March 29 to 22 hours on the morning of June 15.  Projected UC encounters for June are down approximately 21 percent from their peak of 19,000 in March.  Family unit encounters r

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 24, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas's Trip to Spain
WASHINGTON - On June 22-23, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas visited Madrid, Spain to meet key partners in the Government of Spain, and to address issues of mutual importance in furtherance of shared security priorities. While in Madrid, Secretary Mayorkas met individually with Vice-President and Minister of Economy and Digital Transformation Nadia Calviño; Spanish Minister of Interior Fernando Grande-Marlaska; and Director of the Department of National Security Miguel Ángel Ballesteros Martín.  

"I am very proud of the close partnership the United States and Spain share, and I look forward to our continued work together," said Secretary Mayorkas. "We will work with our Spanish partners to address the shared challenges our nations face, including domestic terrorism and ransomware attacks."

Secretary Mayorkas and Minister Grande-Marlaska explored opportunities to strengthen the partnership between the United States and Spain, to include joint efforts to manage migration, address root causes of irregular migration, and combat domestic violent extremism. They also discussed ways to cooperatively bolster critical infrastructure protection and cybersecurity, including ransomware and 5G security.

Secretary Mayorkas and Vice-President Calviño also identified opportunities to further bilateral U.S.-Spain cooperation in the area of cybersecurity, including through expert-to-expert dialogue and information sharing.  

Secretary Mayorkas and Director Ballesteros spoke about national security challenges, including the threat of domestic violent extremism, ransomware attacks, and disinformation campaigns. They explored the expansion of information sharing and cooperation in the areas of counterterrorism and combatting transnational criminal organizations.   

Secretary Mayorkas participated in a roundtable exchange with four Spanish NGOs to hear their perspectives about the migration challenges Spain has faced and lessons

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 23, 2021

DHS Announces Expanded Criteria for MPP-Enrolled Individuals Who Are Eligible for Processing into the United States
As part of our continued effort to restore safe, orderly, and humane processing at the Southwest Border, DHS will expand the pool of MPP-enrolled individuals who are eligible for processing into the United States. Beginning June 23, 2021, DHS will include MPP enrollees who had their cases terminated or were ordered removed in absentia (i.e., individuals ordered removed while not present at their hearings). DHS will continue to process for entry into the United States MPP enrollees with pending proceedings. Individuals who may be eligible for processing should stay where they are currently located and register online through: https://conecta.acnur.org.


On June 01, 2021, following careful review of the program as directed by President Biden in Executive Order 14010, the Secretary of Homeland Security terminated the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program. The termination does not impact the processing of eligible individuals into the United States. For more information, visit: https://www.dhs.gov/migrant-protection-protocols.

Keywords: Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)
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Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 22, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas's Trip to Portugal
WASHINGTON - On June 21-22, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas traveled to Portugal to represent the United States alongside the Department of Justice at the biannual U.S.-EU Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Ministerial. Secretary Mayorkas met bilaterally with European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas, European Commissioner Ylva Johansson, European Commissioner Didier Reynders, Portuguese Minister of Interior Eduardo Cabrita, and Portuguese Minister of Justice Francisca Van Dunem. He also met with DHS employees based in Portugal.  

"The United States is proud to stand with the European Union as a steadfast partner and we look forward to continued cooperation across shared interests, such as addressing violent extremism, cybersecurity, and information sharing," said "I would like to thank our European partners and the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union for the very warm welcome we received in Lisbon."  

At the JHA Ministerial, Secretary Mayorkas joined counterparts from the European Commission, the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), the incoming Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European External Actions Service, Europol, Eurojust, and the General Secretariat of the Council to discuss opportunities for strengthening U.S.-EU cooperation. Secretary Mayorkas and Commissioner Johansson agreed to create a new U.S.-EU working group dedicated to fighting against the ransomware. This working group will help strengthen transatlantic cooperation to tackle ransomware more effectively, including through preventive and law enforcement measures. This is but one example of the commitment to leverage and expand information sharing and address common security threats, like transnational crime, and domestic violent extremism. During the meeting, the United States and the European Union acknowledged the potential risks and benefits of using 

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 22, 2021

Joint EU-US statement following the EU-US Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting
On 22 June 2021, the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union hosted the EU-U.S. Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs in Lisbon. The United States was represented by the Secretary for Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, and by Deputy Assistant Attorney General and DOJ Counselor for International Affairs Bruce Swartz. The European Union, hosting the meeting, was represented by the Vice-President of the European Commission Margaritis Schinas, the Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders, the Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson, as well as the Portuguese Ministers for Justice Francisca Van Dunem and for Home Affairs Eduardo Cabrita, on behalf of the current Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The incoming Presidency of the Council was represented by the Slovenian Minister of the Interior Aleš Hojs.
 The meeting in Lisbon was an opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of the European Union and the United States to work together and renew the transatlantic partnership, at a time of major challenges for our societies. The two sides concurred that cooperation on Justice and Home Affairs remains crucial, as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. They further underscored their mutual commitment to uphold democracy and the respect for the rule of law.
 The United States and the European Union will continue their joint efforts and work together to address and combat existing and emerging threats that affect our societies. Terrorism in all its forms remains a top security threat for the United States and the European Union, requiring prevention, permanent vigilance, adaptation and resilience from all relevant actors. Both sides praised the operational work and information exchange between EU agencies and U.S. law enforcement and judicial authorities to combat terrorism and serious and organised crime. Examples of such work were presented.
 The United States and the European U

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 16, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas's Trip to Mexico
WASHINGTON - On June 14-15, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas visited Mexico during his first international trip as Secretary — a reflection of the Department of Homeland Security's commitment to a close and deep partnership with the Government of Mexico.  

"I am proud of the partnership we are building with Mexico," said . "I am looking forward to our work together on a wide range of issues, including our emergence from the pandemic, the facilitation of lawful trade and travel, border security, the fight against narcotics trafficking, and the building of safe and legal pathways for those seeking humanitarian relief.  We are partners, we are neighbors, and we share both challenges and opportunities."

During the visit, Secretary Mayorkas met individually with Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Relations Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection Rosa Icela Rodríguez Velázquez, Secretary of Finance and Public Credit Arturo Herrera Gutiérrez, Attorney General Alejandro Gertz Manero, and the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico.  He also met with DHS employees at the U.S. Embassy.

Secretaries Mayorkas and Ebrard discussed ways to facilitate legitimate trade and travel, including how to safely ease current pandemic-related restrictions on travel across our shared land border.  The Secretaries also discussed strengthening efforts to address southbound weapons flows through increased joint inspections and investigations, migration issues, and the importance of further securing our land, sea, and air ports of entry.   

Secretary Mayorkas spoke with Secretaries Ebrard and Rodríguez about the United States' multi-prong approach to stemming irregular migration, including addressing the root causes of migration, expanding lawful pathways for migration in the region, expanding regional countries' capacity to process asylum seekers, and overhauling border and asylum processing at

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 15, 2021

Joint Statement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of State on the Expansion of Access to the Central American Minors Program
The following joint statement was released by Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken:

 

"The Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration have been making progress toward reinstituting and improving the Central American Minors (CAM) program since our agencies launched the first phase of its reopening on March 10.  As part of this focus on a responsible, phased approach, we continue to reopen cases that were closed when CAM was terminated in 2018.  This is just one component of the President's multi-pronged approach to address the challenges of irregular migration throughout North and Central America.

"Today, we are proud to announce the second phase of the CAM reopening, which will expand access to the program to a greater number of qualifying individuals.  Eligibility to petition will now be extended to include legal guardians (in addition to parents) who are in the United States pursuant to any of the following qualifying categories: lawful permanent residence; temporary protected status; parole; deferred action; deferred enforced departure; or withholding of removal.  In addition, this expansion of eligibility will now include certain U.S.-based parents or legal guardians who have a pending asylum application or a pending U visa petition filed before May 15, 2021.  It will allow them to petition for access to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program on behalf of their children who are nationals of El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras for potential resettlement in the United States.  These new changes will dramatically expand access to the CAM program.

"We are firmly committed to welcoming people to the United States with humanity and respect, as well as providing a legal alternative to irregular migration.  We are delivering on our promise to promote safe, orderly, and humane migration from Central America t

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 15, 2021

Statement from Secretary Mayorkas on the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism
With today's release of the first-ever National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism, President Biden is demonstrating his steadfast commitment to addressing the most significant and persistent terrorism-related threat to the homeland today.

In furtherance of the National Strategy, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will remain focused on addressing violence, while at the same time protecting privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties.

DHS is undertaking a number of actions as part of an all-of-government effort to fight domestic terrorism. DHS is enhancing its analysis of open-source information to identify threats and leverage credible threat-analysis produced by others. The Department is continuing its efforts to provide timely and useful information to state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement as well as international and private sector partners. DHS is developing key partnerships with local stakeholders through the Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) to identify potential threats and prevent terrorism. For the first time, the Department designated domestic violent extremism as a "National Priority Area" within DHS's Homeland Security Grants, which will provide local partners with more than $77 million to prevent, protect against, and respond to domestic violent extremism. 

We must and we will remain vigilant in our steadfast efforts to safeguard our Nation and our democratic principles.

Keywords: Domestic Terrorism, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: Preventing Terrorism

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 11, 2021

DHS Releases Plan for Use of Border Barrier Funds
Biden Administration Reaffirms Commitment to Serious Policy Solutions for Border Management

WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the agency's plan for funds the previous administration was planning to use for construction of a border wall at the Southwest border of the United States. The plan fulfills a requirement of President Biden's Proclamation ending the diversion of funds for border wall, and outlines steps DHS will take to end wall expansion to the extent permitted by law and address life, safety, and environmental concerns.  

The prior administration planned to spend over $15 billion on wall construction, and diverted over $10 billion of those funds from military projects and other sources. The Department of Defense is terminating all border wall projects using the diverted funds, and returning the remaining, unobligated funds to their original sources.

Congress provided DHS with some funding for border barrier projects, which the agency is legally required to use consistent with their appropriated purpose. In doing so, DHS will prioritize the remaining border barrier funds to address and remediate urgent life, safety, and environmental issues resulting from the previous administration's border wall construction.

For instance, DHS has started repair projects to:

Low-lying regions in Hidalgo County, Texas face threats of serious flooding after the previous administration excavated the Rio Grande Valley's flood barrier system to make way for the border wall. DHS has authorized work to close the breaches in the levee system.
  Improper compaction of soil and construction materials along a wall segment constructed under the previous administration are causing dangerous erosion in San Diego. DHS has authorized necessary backfill projects to ens

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 11, 2021

Secretary Mayorkas, Mayor Garcetti Visit LA Cyber Lab
LOS ANGELES - Yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti visited the Los Angeles Cyber Lab and received a briefing on its operational capabilities. The Cyber Lab is a prime example of how a public-private partnership can shore up our cyber defenses across every level of government as called for by President Biden.

"As cyber threats continue to evolve, we must adapt to ensure the resilience of our nation's institutions and critical infrastructure," said "The federal government cannot do this alone. DHS is committed to strengthening its partnerships with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and private sector entities across the country. The LA Cyber Lab is a tremendous example of how public-private partnerships can make us all safer."

"Cybersecurity threats are becoming more dangerous in cities across America, and thanks to Secretary Mayorkas and the Department of Homeland Security's partnership, Los Angeles has created a national model for protecting infrastructure and supporting private business," said "It was a privilege to host the Secretary at our Integrated Security Operations Center today and show him how L.A. is leading the way on this critical issue, and I look forward to continuing our work together."

Established by the Mayor's Office in 2017, the LA Cyber Lab's mission is to bring together public and private sector organizations to better protect communities against malicious cyber actors. In 2018, DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) awarded the LA Cyber Lab a $3 million grant to provide training on cyber hygiene best practices and increase cybersecurity awareness across the greater LA business community and local government organizations. The LA Cyber Lab works with community stakeholders to increase economic prosperity, including through partnerships with academia that provide techn

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 08, 2021

Family Reunification Task Force Provides Initial Progress Report and Announces Upcoming Reunification of 29 Families
The Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families (Task Force) submitted to President Biden its Initial Progress Report, which details ongoing efforts to identify and reunite children who were unjustly separated from their parents at the United States-Mexico border under the prior Administration.

"The Department of Homeland Security is committed to the relentless pursuit of reunifying families who were cruelly separated by the previous Administration," "When we reunified the first seven families last month, I said that this was just the beginning. In the coming weeks, we will reunify 29 more families. In close coordination with non-governmental organizations, legal, and interagency partners, the Task Force will continue this critical work."

The Task Force has also announced in its report the anticipated 29 additional families to be reunified in the United States in the coming weeks. More reunifications are to follow, as nearly 50 requests have been filed with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Thirty-seven of these requests have already been reviewed and granted humanitarian parole. Once they enter the United States, these individuals will be allowed to remain for an initial 36-month period with the opportunity to apply for work authorization. This includes individuals from the families who were reunited in May as well as the 29 families that will reunite in the weeks ahead.

"For too long, families have been separated under the inhumane policies set in place under the previous Administration," said . "In the coming weeks, twenty-nine families who were separated under the previous Administration will be reunified, in addition to the seven fa

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 05, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas's Call with Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard
WASHINGTON - On Friday, June 4, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke with Mexican Secretary of Foreign Relations Marcelo Ebrard. They discussed modernization of technology and infrastructure to facilitate lawful trade and travel, COVID-19 related travel restrictions, and enhancing lawful pathways for immigration among other issues. Secretaries Mayorkas and Ebrard agreed to continue their close cooperation and partnership to manage northbound irregular migration flows and address southbound weapons flows to Mexico from the United States.

 

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Keywords: International Activity, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: International Engagement

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 03, 2021

DHS Announces New Efforts to Support the TSA Workforce
WASHINGTON - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today?announced?new?efforts to?support the?Transportation Security Administration (TSA)?screening officer?workforce,?including expanding collective bargaining?at the national level?and?ensuring?that?TSA's?standards and?processes?adhere to?the principles?applied by?the Merit Systems Protection Board.??Secretary Mayorkas also expressed the Department's commitment to improving pay for the TSA workforce.???

"TSA employees are outstanding public servants who work on the frontlines, including throughout the pandemic, to keep the traveling American public safe," said  ?"They deserve the empowerment of collective bargaining and a compensation structure that recognizes and rewards them for their contributions to our safety and security."

Secretary Mayorkas?ordered?these administrative actions to?build upon?the meaningful improvements made by TSA leadership to support the Transportation Security Officer (TSO) workforce.??TSA will expand?the?collective bargaining rights of TSOs?consistent with?the policy expressed in?President Biden's Executive Order 14025,?Worker Organizing and Empowerment.??The expanded scope of bargaining will?be similar to bargaining that occurs at other federal agencies while preserving TSA's ability to meet its critical security mission.??After implementing these changes,?TSA?will?work?with the American Federation of?Government Employees, which represents TSA's non-supervisory TSO workforce, to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.???

Today's announcement also recognized that?appropriately compensating TSA employees, including TSOs and Coordination Center Officers, is required to improve the morale and retention of these essential employees.??Secretary Mayorkas directed TSA to?prepare a plan that is consistent with providing fair compensation. ?

Today's announcement is?an important first step to more closely align the TSA?s

Department of Homeland Security News
May 28, 2021

Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on the President's Fiscal Year 2022 Budget
The FY 2022 Budget will strengthen border; restore our immigration system; support efforts to detect, deter, and recover from malicious cyber attacks; and combat climate change

The Biden-Harris Administration today submitted to Congress the President's Budget for fiscal year 2022. As the Administration continues to make progress defeating the pandemic and getting our economy back on track, the Budget makes historic investments that will help the country build back better and lay the foundation for shared growth and prosperity for decades to come.

"The President's proposed Budget will invest in our broad mission set, including preventing terrorism; keeping our borders secure; repairing our broken immigration system; improving cybersecurity; safeguarding critical infrastructure; and strengthening national preparedness and resilience," said "The Budget will provide DHS with the resources we need to keep our country safe, strong, and prosperous."

The Budget includes the two historic plans the President has already put forward — the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan - and reinvests in education, research, public health, and other foundations of our country's strength. At the Department of Homeland Security, the Budget:

The Budget provides over $1 billion for border infrastructure including modernization of land ports of entry and investments in modern border security technology and assets - and migrant care. These investments would facilitate more robust and effective security screening to guard against human smuggling, the movement of illicit drugs and weapons, the entry of undocumented migrants, and the import of unlawful goods, as well as provide for migrant care and the more efficient processing of legal trade, travel, and commerce through the Nation's Land Ports of Entry. The Budget in

Department of Homeland Security News
May 28, 2021

DHS Coordinates with Partners to Secure the Indianapolis 500
INDIANAPOLIS - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) law enforcement agencies to help ensure the safety and security of employees, drivers, crew, and fans during the Indianapolis 500 (Indy 500).

"The Department of Homeland Security is proud to join our law enforcement partners at every level of government to secure the Indy 500," . "The public also has a role to play. By maintaining awareness, we can all contribute to a safe and secure event. Remember: if you see something, say something."

The Indy 500 is categorized as Special Event Assessment Rating (SEAR) 2. SEAR 2 events are significant events with national importance which may require national-level federal support.

As the principal federal official for domestic incident management, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas appoints a Federal Coordination Team for all Sear 1 and select Sear 2 events. For the Indy 500, Secretary Mayorkas has appointed U.S. Secret Service Assistant Special Agent in Charge Andrew Campion as the Federal Coordinator.DHS is continuing our partnership with the Indy 500 with the Fans and visitors in the area will see "If You See Something, Say Something®" messages, digital displays, cards, and posters near entrances, exits, and throughout the event. The materials will also be displayed in staff areas. During the event, DHS will share the "If You See Something, Say Something®" campaign messaging and encourage the reporting of suspicious activity to the proper authorities. is providing aviation support and response capabilities from the Great Lakes Air and Marine Branch as well as tactical communications support.

Department of Homeland Security News
May 28, 2021

CBP Issues Withhold Release Order on Chinese Fishing Fleet
CBP will detain imports of seafood from Dalian Ocean Fishing Co., Ltd. due to forced labor indications

WASHINGTON— Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a Withhold Release Order against Dalian Ocean Fishing Co., Ltd. based on information that reasonably indicates the use of forced labor in the entity's fishing operations.

"Companies that exploit their workers have no place doing business in the United States," said . "Products made from forced labor not only exploit workers, but hurt American businesses and expose consumers to unethical purchases. This Withhold Release Order will ensure we continue to protect the human rights of those working in the distant water fishing industry, while also upholding safeguarding our national and economic security."

CBP identified all 11 of the International Labour Organization's indicators of forced labor during its investigation including physical violence, withholding of wages, and abusive working and living conditions. Effective immediately, the new Withhold Release Order instructs CBP personnel at all U.S. ports of entry to begin detaining tuna, swordfish, and other seafood harvested by vessels owned or operated by the Dalian Ocean Fishing Co., Ltd. This is the first Withhold Release Order CBP has issued against an entire fleet of fishing vessels.

"This Withhold Release Order will help protect vulnerable workers while leveling the playing field for U.S. fisherman and seafood producers," said . "CBP is a global leader in the forced labor enforcement and we will continue to protect American consumers and businesses from goods made by modern slavery."

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Department of Homeland Security News
May 28, 2021

DHS and DOJ Announce Dedicated Docket Process for More Efficient Immigration Hearings
WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced a new Dedicated Docket process to more expeditiously and fairly make decisions in immigration cases of families who arrive between ports of entry at the Southwest Border.  This new process should significantly decrease the amount of time it takes for migrants to have their cases adjudicated while still providing fair hearings for families seeking asylum at the border.

"Families arriving at the border who are placed in immigration proceedings should have their cases decided in an orderly, efficient, and fair manner," "Families who have recently arrived should not languish in a multi-year backlog; today's announcement is an important step for both justice and border security."

"The mission of the Department of Justice's immigration courts is to decide the cases that come before them promptly and fairly," said .  "This new program for certain newly arriving families will help achieve that critically important goal."

Under this new process, certain recently arrived families may be placed on the Dedicated Docket.  Families may qualify if they are apprehended between ports of entry on or after Friday, May 28, 2021, placed in removal proceedings, and enrolled in Alternatives to Detention (ATD).  DHS, in partnership with the Department of Justice (DOJ) Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), will make available information services to help families understand the immigration system and refer families to pro bono legal service providers for possible representation.

EOIR has identified immigration courts in 10 cities with established communities of legal services providers and available judges to handle the cases.  The designated cities are Denver, Detroit, El Paso, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, New York City, San D

Department of Homeland Security News
May 27, 2021

DHS Announces New Cybersecurity Requirements for Critical Pipeline Owners and Operators
Today, the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced a Security Directive that will enable the Department to better identify, protect against, and respond to threats to critical companies in the pipeline sector.

"The cybersecurity landscape is constantly evolving and we must adapt to address new and emerging threats," said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas.  "The recent ransomware attack on a major petroleum pipeline demonstrates that the cybersecurity of pipeline systems is critical to our homeland security. DHS will continue to work closely with our private sector partners to support their operations and increase the resilience of our nation's critical infrastructure."

The Security Directive will require critical pipeline owners and operators to report confirmed and potential cybersecurity incidents to the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and to designate a Cybersecurity Coordinator, to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  It will also require critical pipeline owners and operators to review their current practices as well as to identify any gaps and related remediation measures to address cyber-related risks and report the results to TSA and CISA within 30 days.

TSA is also considering follow-on mandatory measures that will further support the pipeline industry in enhancing its cybersecurity and that strengthen the public-private partnership so critical to the cybersecurity of our homeland.

Since 2001, TSA has worked closely with pipeline owners and operators as well as its partners across the federal government to enhance the physical security preparedness of U.S. hazardous liquid and natural gas pipeline systems. As the nation's lead agency for protecting critical infrastructure against cybersecurity threats, CISA provides cybersecurity resources to mitigate potential risks, inc

Department of Homeland Security News
May 25, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas's Meeting with Haitian Community Leaders in Miami
WASHINGTON - On Tuesday, May 25, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas met with Haitian community leaders at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Miami, Florida. Secretary Mayorkas, joined by Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, met with members of the Haitian community, state and local elected officials, civic leaders, and immigration organizations to discuss issues of importance to the community, including the recent announcement of a new 18-month designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status.

"I was honored to have the opportunity to visit the Little Haiti Cultural Center to speak with leaders of the Haitian-American community about the issues facing Haitian nationals in the United States and the work the Biden-Harris Administration is doing to support them," said Secretary Mayorkas. "Haitian-Americans have made tremendous contributions to their communities and our country, and I am proud to have been able to spend time with members of the community as we celebrate Haitian Heritage Month."

In addition to discussing the recent TPS announcement, immigrant advocates, community leaders, and local elected officials also celebrated Haitian Heritage Month and discussed the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to rebuilding and reforming our immigration system.

On Saturday, after consultation with interagency partners, Secretary Mayorkas announced the designation of Haiti for TPS due to extraordinary and temporary conditions in Haiti that prevent nationals from returning safely. Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano initially designated Haiti for TPS in January 2010 based on extraordinary and temporary conditions within the country, specifically the effects of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake. In 2011, Haiti's designation was extended, and the country was also redesignated for TPS at the same t

Department of Homeland Security News
May 22, 2021

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Haiti for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months
New Designation Allows Eligible Haitians to Apply for TPS and Employment Authorization

WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced a new 18-month designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This new TPS designation enables Haitian nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Haiti) currently residing in the United States as of May 21, 2021to file initial applications for TPS, so long as they meet eligibility requirements.

"Haiti is currently experiencing serious security concerns, social unrest, an increase in human rights abuses, crippling poverty, and lack of basic resources, which are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic," "After careful consideration, we determined that we must do what we can to support Haitian nationals in the United States until conditions in Haiti improve so they may safely return home."

After consultation with interagency partners, Secretary Mayorkas decided to designate Haiti for TPS due to extraordinary and temporary conditions in Haiti that prevent nationals from returning safely, specifically, a political crisis and human rights abuses; serious security concerns; and the COVID-19 pandemic's exacerbation of a dire economic situation and lack of access to food, water, and healthcare. The persistent effects of the 2010 earthquake have also exacerbated the severity of the extraordinary and temporary conditions in Haiti currently. The designation of Haiti for TPS also is not contrary to the national interest of the United States. A country may be designated for TPS based upon one or more of the three statutory grounds for designation: ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters, or extraordinary and temporary conditions.

It is important to note that TPS will apply only to those individuals who are already residing in the United States as of May 21, 2021 and meet al

Department of Homeland Security News
May 20, 2021

ICE to Close Two Detention Centers
 

WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to discontinue use of the C. Carlos Carreiro Immigration Detention Center in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts by transferring the remaining detained noncitizens out of the facility and terminating the Intergovernmental Services Agreement with the Bristol County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) and the 287(g) agreement with the BCSO that is no longer operationally needed. 

In a memo to ICE Acting Director Tae Johnson, Secretary Mayorkas stated, "Allow me to state one foundational principle:  we will not tolerate the mistreatment of individuals in civil immigration detention or substandard conditions of detention." 

Secretary Mayorkas also instructed Acting Director Johnson to prepare to discontinue the use of the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia as soon as possible and consistent with any legal obligations.  The preparations will include preservation of evidence for ongoing investigations, relocation of ICE personnel if necessary, and the transfer of detained noncitizens whose continued detention remains necessary to achieve our national security, public safety, and border security mission.    

"We have an obligation to make lasting improvements to our civil immigration detention system," said .  "This marks an important first step to realizing that goal.  DHS detention facilities and the treatment of individuals in those facilities will be held to our health and safety standards.  Where we discover they fall short, we will continue to take action as we are doing today."     

These actions come following the Secretary's ongoing discussions with the ICE leadership and workforce, subject matter experts, and a review of DHS reports, government accountability reports

Department of Homeland Security News
May 18, 2021

DHS mejora el proceso de excepciones humanitarias bajo el Título 42
La siguiente declaración se puede atribuir a un portavoz del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS por sus siglas en ingles):

"Mientras los Estados Unidos continúa cumpliendo con la orden del CDC bajo su autoridad sobre la salud publica bajo el Título 42, estamos trabajando para establecer un sistema ágil que pueda identificar y procesar, acorde con la ley, aquellos individuos que ameritan una excepción humanitaria a la orden basado en su vulnerabilidad. El proceso de la excepción humanitaria incluye una coordinación estrecha con organizaciones internacionales y organizaciones no gubernamentales en México e incluye pruebas de COVID-19 antes de que a aquellas personas identificadas se les permita entrar al país." 

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Topics: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Department of Homeland Security News
May 13, 2021

Statement on the Approval of an Additional Jones Act Waiver in Response to Eastern Seaboard Oil Supply Constraints
The following statement can be attributed to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson:

"Today, Secretary Mayorkas approved a temporary and targeted Jones Act waiver request for a second company. This decision was made after careful consideration and consultation with interagency partners across the federal government as part of the whole-of-government response President Biden directed to address the impacts of the Colonial Pipeline shut down."

Last night, Secretary Mayorkas, in the interest of national defense, approved an initial temporary and targeted waiver request in response to eastern seaboard oil supply constraints. The Departments of Transportation, Energy, and Defense were consulted in order to assess the justification for the waiver requests and ensure approval of the waivers is in the interest of national defense.

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Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
May 13, 2021

Oral Testimony of Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs
On May 13, Secretary Mayorkas appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs in a hearing titled, "DHS Actions to Address Unaccompanied Minors at the Southern Border." His delivered remarks are below:

 

Chairman Peters, Ranking Member Portman, and distinguished Members of the Committee,good morning. Thank you for the opportunity to be with you today.

This hearing addresses a subject of intense focus at the Department of Homeland Security.

We are addressing the needs of unaccompanied children who arrive at our southern border without a parent or legal guardian, children who have fled torture, persecution, extreme violence, and poverty, many who have crossed Mexico in the grasp of smugglers with the hope of reaching safety and uniting with their parent or close relative here in the United States.  These are children, many of tender age.

To address the needs of these children, we mobilized capabilities from our different agencies and offices. We called upon the dedication, expertise, and talent of the workforce of the Department of Homeland Security. I am privileged to speak with you today about the challenges we confronted, the actions we have taken to overcome those challenges, and the extraordinary results we have achieved thus far.

First, the challenges. We began our work with systems and tools that the prior administration had dismantled, and with assistance programs that had been torn down or cut short. We had to rebuild while at the same time addressing the surge of unaccompanied children that had begun in April of 2020, many months before we took office, and our efforts had to be undertaken in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are dedicated to an orderly, safe, and humane immigration system, and therefore we stopped the prior administration's policy of expelling the unaccompanied children. We did not turn them away.

Because the prior administration failed

Department of Homeland Security News
May 12, 2021

Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on Charting New Course to Improve the Nation's Cybersecurity and Protect Federal Government Networks
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement in support of President Biden's Executive Order to improve our nation's cybersecurity and protect federal government networks:

"Recent cybersecurity incidents impacting SolarWinds, Microsoft, and Colonial Pipeline are a stark reminder that malicious cyber activity can significantly disrupt Americans' daily lives and threaten our national security. Addressing these risks to our way of life is a shared responsibility that depends upon close collaboration between the public and private sectors.

Today's Executive Order will empower DHS and our interagency partners to modernize federal cybersecurity, expand information-sharing, and dramatically improve our ability to prevent, detect, assess, and remediate cyber incidents.  We look forward to taking immediate steps to implement this Executive Order to help federal government agencies improve their security posture by modernizing programs and systems, developing a standard playbook for incident response, and establishing a Cyber Safety Review Board comprised of public and private sector stakeholders."

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Department of Homeland Security News
May 12, 2021

Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on the Approval of a Jones Act Waiver in Response to Eastern Seaboard Oil Supply Constraints
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement on the announcement that the Department of Homeland Security will approve a temporary and targeted Jones Act Waiver in response to eastern seaboard oil supply constraints.  

"In the interest of national defense, I have approved a temporary and targeted waiver request to an individual company. This waiver will help provide for the transport of oil products between the Gulf Coast and East Coast ports to ease oil supply constraints as a result of the interruptions in the operations of the Colonial Pipeline. The decision to approve the waiver was made after careful consideration and consultation with interagency partners across the federal government. The Departments of Transportation, Energy, and Defense were consulted in order to assess the justification for the waiver request and ensure the approval of the waiver is in the interest of national defense." 

The Jones Act is vital to maintaining the strength of the American shipbuilding and maritime industries by requiring all maritime cargo transport between U.S. ports to occur on U.S. flagged vessels. When U.S. flagged vessels are not available to meet national defense requirements, the Department of Homeland Security may grant a waiver to the Jones Act only if the proposed shipments are in the interest of national defense and after careful evaluation of the issue. 

Earlier this week, President Biden directed a whole of government response to address the impacts of the Colonial Pipeline shut down. This limited waiver is part of that effort.

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Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
May 12, 2021

Oral Testimony of Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas before the Senate Appropriations Committee
On May 12, Secretary Mayorkas appeared before the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to testify in a hearing titled, "Domestic Violent Extremism in America." His delivered remarks are below:

 

Every day, the Department of Homeland Security's more than 240,000 dedicated public servants work tirelessly to keep our communities safe and secure.  Today, I will highlight the work our Department is undertaking to combat the most significant and immediate terrorism-related threat to our homeland, which is the threat posted by domestic violence extremism.

The terrorism-related threats we face as a Nation have significantly evolved since the Department's creation in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks.  

The threat landscape is now more complex, more dynamic, and more diversified.

Today, Racially-or Ethnically-Motivated Violent Extremists are the most likely to conduct mass-casualty attacks against civilians, and Anti-Government or Anti-Authority Violent Extremists, specifically Militia Violent Extremists, are the most likely to target law enforcement, government personnel, and government facilities.

The threats posed by domestic violent extremism are often fueled by false narratives, conspiracy theories, and extremist rhetoric spread throughout social media and other online platforms. 

Further, domestic violent extremists who act alone continue to pose significant detection and disruption challenges because of their capacity for independent radicalization to violence, their ability to mobilize discreetly, and their access to weapons. 

As a result, the Department is redoubling its efforts to detect and disrupt all forms of foreign and domestic terrorism and targeted violence, while safeguarding privacy protections, civil rights, and civil liberties.

The Department is taking a new approach to addressing domestic violent extremism - both internally and externally.

In January, DHS released a

Department of Homeland Security News
May 12, 2021

DHS Improves Process for Humanitarian Exceptions to Title 42
The following statement can be attributed to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson: 

"As the United States continue?s to enforce the CDC Order under its Title 42 public health authority, we are working to streamline a system for identifying and lawfully processing particularly vulnerable individuals who warrant humanitarian exceptions under the order. This humanitarian exception process involves close coordination with international and non-governmental organizations in Mexico and COVID-19 testing before those identified through this process are allowed to enter the country."

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Department of Homeland Security News
May 11, 2021

DHS Creates New Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships and Additional Efforts to Comprehensively Combat Domestic Violent Extremism
WASHINGTON - Building on the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to combating all forms of terrorism and targeted violence, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced today that DHS has established a new Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) to improve the Department's ability to combat terrorism and targeted violence, consistent with privacy protections, civil rights and civil liberties, and other applicable laws.

"CP3 will help build local prevention frameworks to provide communities with the tools they need to combat terrorism and targeted violence," said Secretary Mayorkas. "Individuals who may be radicalizing, or have radicalized, to violence typically exhibit behaviors that are recognizable to many but are best understood by those closest to them, such as friends, family, and classmates."

CP3 will replace the Office for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention while ensuring DHS's efforts are grounded in an approach to violence prevention that leverages behavioral threat assessment and management tools, and addresses early-risk factors that can lead to radicalization to violence. 

Secretary Mayorkas also announced a new, dedicated domestic terrorism branch within the Department's Office of Intelligence & Analysis (I&A) to ensure DHS develops the expertise necessary to?produce the sound, timely intelligence needed to?combat threats posed by domestic terrorism and targeted violence. I&A will also continue leveraging the National Network of Fusion Centers and our deployed intelligence professionals who collect and analyze threat information alongside our state, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector partners to increase timely and actionable information sharing in a dynamic threat environment.

The creation of CP3 and the I&A Domestic Terrorism Branch are the latest actions DHS is taking under Secretary Mayorkas's leadership to comprehensively combat domestic violent extr

Department of Homeland Security News
May 08, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas's Visit to Donna, Texas with Congressional Delegation
WASHINGTON - On Friday, May 7, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas led a Congressional Delegation to Donna, Texas to receive an update on unaccompanied children arriving at our Southern Border and view conditions at the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Donna Processing Facility. The delegation was provided an overview of the progress being made at Donna and facilities across the Southern Border to decrease the amount of time unaccompanied children remain in CBP custody.  

"The Biden-Harris Administration inherited a dismantled system plagued by chaos and cruelty, and I was proud today to show members of the Congressional delegation who have been leading the effort to reform our immigration system the dramatic progress we have made so far," said Secretary Mayorkas. "The DHS workforce - especially the Border Patrol and our USCIS and FEMA employees - have gone beyond the call of duty to respond to this challenge while protecting our homeland consistent with our values as a Nation." 

While in Texas, Secretary Mayorkas and the delegation discussed the steps the Biden-Harris Administration has taken to address the challenge at the border, including improved processing of unaccompanied children, removing barriers to place children with parents and sponsors, putting in place orderly processes and protocols, cracking down on smugglers, enhancing migration management, and more.  

 "This is just the beginning - there is a lot of work to do, and we need permanent solutions to fix our broken immigration system," said Secretary Mayorkas.? "We must restore trust in our immigration system, re-open and reform our asylum process, and secure the?Southwest?Border?by addressing the root causes of migration, while adhering to the improved health and safety measures we put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic."? 

Secretary Mayorkas and the delegation also discussed how best to address the root causes of irregular migration and

Department of Homeland Security News
May 07, 2021

DHS Ratifies Rule that Removes 30 Day EAD Processing Requirement
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas ratified a rule regarding applications for employment authorization documents (EAD) filed by people who have applied for asylum. While the promulgation of the rule and its ratification were necessary and justified due to operational realities, Secretary Mayorkas recognizes that work authorization is crucially important to people requesting asylum and reaffirms the Department of Homeland Security's commitment to adjudicate applications as quickly and efficiently as possible. The Department plans to engage in future rulemaking to advance this important interest.

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Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
May 06, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas's Virtual Meeting with Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Relations Marcelo Ebrard
On Wednesday, May 5, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke with Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Relations Marcelo Ebrard.  During the conversation, the Secretaries emphasized their shared focus on enhancing bilateral economic cooperation, agreed to work together on COVID-19 mitigation measures, and discussed deepened collaboration on the development of regional approaches to irregular migration, including through the creation of legal pathways for migrants in the region. They also expressed a mutual desire to work together to create economic opportunities across the Western Hemisphere and combat unlawful activities such as human smuggling that threaten both countries' national and economic security.

Keywords: International Partnership, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
May 05, 2021

Secretary Mayorkas Urges Small Businesses to Protect Themselves Against Ransomware
DHS Launches Next Phase of Cybersecurity "Sprints" with New Effort to Recruit Diverse Cyber Talent  

 - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas urged small businesses to proactively guard against the growing threat of ransomware during a virtual event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  Video of the full event is available here.

"We recognize and appreciate the fact that small businesses comprise the backbone of our Nation's economy," said Secretary Mayorkas, speaking to the virtual audience of approximately 1,500 small and medium-sized business owners. "It is for that very reason that individuals who pose a threat to our nation - who employ cyber tools and particularly ransomware as the vehicle for realizing that threat - target small businesses as extensively as they do." 

During the event, experts from the Department's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and U.S. Secret Service participated in a panel discussion to share detailed guidance on best practices and highlight cybersecurity resources available to businesses and organizations of all sizes.  

Secretary Mayorkas also announced the next phase of the Department's 60-day Cybersecurity Sprints that were launched in March. This second phase will focus on recruiting and retaining diverse cyber talent across the Department, including in leadership positions.  

"We're not only looking at and taking pride in the workforce that we have today, but thinking about the workforce that we will have tomorrow," said Secretary Mayorkas. "We're going to be recruiting talent that is already developed. We're going to be helping develop the talent that is just about to bloom. And we're going to be investing in the seeds t

Department of Homeland Security News
May 03, 2021

Photos: DHS Action on the Southwest Border Yields Results
DHS and HHS were left to rebuild the capacity to shelter and process the children, after having inherited a system that had been entirely dismantled by the prior administration. These photos demonstrate the tremendous progress that DHS and its partners have made to safely and efficiently transfer unaccompanied children out of CBP custody and into the care of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Department of Homeland Security News
May 03, 2021

Infographic: DHS Action on the Southwest Border Yields Results
DHS and HHS were left to rebuild the capacity to shelter and process the children, after having inherited a system that had been entirely dismantled by the prior administration. This infographic demonstrates the tremendous progress that DHS and its partners have made to safely and efficiently transfer unaccompanied children out of CBP custody and into the care of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Department of Homeland Security News
May 02, 2021

Biden Administration Begins This Week to Reunite Families Separated Under the Prior Administration
WASHINGTON - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and the Family Reunification Task Force announced that this week,?the Biden Administration will?begin?to reunite?families?who were?unjustly?separated at the United States-Mexico border under the prior administration.?? 

"The Family Reunification Task Force has been working day and night, across the federal government and with counsel for the families and our foreign partners, to address the prior administration's cruel separation of children from their parents," said Secretary Mayorkas, who serves as the Chair of the Task Force. "Today is just the beginning. We are reuniting the first group of families, many more will follow, and we recognize the importance of providing these families with the stability and resources they need to heal."  

In February, President Biden signed an Executive Order establishing the Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families (Task Force) to identify parents and children separated by the prior administration. The order directed the Task Force to?implement comprehensive strategies that will bring families back together?and ensure the families are provided?support.   

The Task Force has been working tirelessly to establish a complete database of separated families, correct inaccuracies in the files they were provided, and build the processes to find every family and give them the opportunity to reunite and heal. The Task Force is?in the?process of reviewing?additional cases?for?reunification in the coming months.?The Task Force's initial report is due on June 2, 2021, and will provide a full update on the Task Force's progress. 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leads the President's Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families and is joined by the Department of State, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Justice. Michelle Brané 

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 30, 2021

DHS Announces Steps to Protect Border Communities from Wall Construction
WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced initial steps to protect border communities from physical dangers resulting from the previous administration's approach to border wall construction.  

On his first day in office, President Biden issued a Proclamation terminating the redirection of funds diverted for border wall construction, pausing all wall construction to the extent permitted by law, and requiring Federal agencies to develop a plan for funds concerning the Southern Border wall. As DHS continues to review the extensive problems created by the prior administration's border wall construction and develop its plans, the department will take the following initial steps consistent with the President's Proclamation to protect border communities: 

Repair the Rio Grande Valley's Flood Barrier System: Construction under the prior administration blew large holes into the Rio Grande Valley's flood barrier system to make way for a border wall. The flood barrier system had long provided low-lying regions of Hidalgo County, Texas, protection from catastrophic flooding, and these breaches have threatened local communities. DHS will start work to quickly repair the flood barrier system to protect border communities. This work will not involve expanding the border barrier.   Remediate Dangerous Soil Erosion in San Diego: Improper compaction of soil and construction materials along a wall segment constructed by the prior administration is causing dangerous erosion along a 14-mile stretch in San Diego, California. DHS will begin necessary backfill projects to ensure the safety of nearby border communities. This work will not involve expanding the border barrier.DHS will soon complete a plan that identifies additional measures to address the damage resulting from the prior Administration's border wall construction. 

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Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 27, 2021

Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas on President Biden's Nomination of Ed Gonzalez for ICE Director
WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement on President Biden's nomination of Sheriff Ed Gonzalez to serve as the Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):

"Sheriff Ed Gonzalez is a strong choice for ICE Director. With a distinguished career in law enforcement and public service, Sheriff Gonzalez is well-suited to lead ICE as the agency advances our public safety and homeland security mission. I hope the Senate will swiftly confirm Sheriff Gonzalez to this critical position."

Keywords: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 27, 2021

DHS Announces Extension of REAL ID Full Enforcement Deadline
*/ WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months, from October 1, 2021 to May 3, 2023, due to circumstances resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has significantly impacted states' ability to issue REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses and identification cards, with many driver's licensing agencies still operating at limited capacity. DHS will publish an interim final rule in the coming days to effectuate this enforcement date change.

"Protecting the health, safety, and security of our communities is our top priority," said Secretary Mayorkas. "As our country continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, extending the REAL ID full enforcement deadline will give states needed time to reopen their driver's licensing operations and ensure their residents can obtain a REAL ID-compliant license or identification card." 

Beginning May 3, 2023, every air traveler 18 years of age and older will need a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or identification card, state-issued enhanced driver's license, or another TSA-acceptable form of identification at airport security checkpoints for domestic air travel.  

All 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and four of five U.S. territories covered by the REAL ID Act and related regulations are now compliant with REAL ID security standards and are issuing REAL ID-compliant drive

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 27, 2021

DHS Announces New Guidance to Limit ICE and CBP Civil Enforcement Actions In or Near Courthouse
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to place new limits on civil immigration enforcement actions in or near courthouses.  Acting Director of ICE Tae Johnson and Acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller have issued a memorandum to ICE and CBP personnel pertaining to the limited circumstances in which civil immigration enforcement actions may be carried out in or near a courthouse. The interim guidance is intended to balance the importance of preserving access to courts in the fair administration of justice with legitimate civil immigration enforcement interests.  Additional guidance will be forthcoming following the release of updated immigration enforcement priorities.  This policy supersedes an ICE Directive issued in 2018 and marks the first time CBP has ever had formal policy guidance regarding civil immigration enforcement in or near courthouses.

"Ensuring that individuals have access to the courts advances the fair administration of justice, promotes safety for crime victims, and helps to guarantee equal protection under the law," said Secretary Mayorkas. "The expansion of civil immigration arrests at courthouses during the prior administration had a chilling effect on individuals' willingness to come to court or work cooperatively with law enforcement. Today's guidance is the latest step in our efforts to focus our civil immigration enforcement resources on threats to homeland security and public safety."

A civil immigration enforcement action may be taken in or near a courthouse only in certain limited instances, including the following: (1) it involves a national security matter, (2) there is an imminent risk of death, violence, or physical harm to any person,  (3) it involves hot pursuit of an individual who poses a threat to public safety, or (4) there is an imminent risk of destruction of evidence material to a criminal ca

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 27, 2021

DHS Announces Operation to Target Criminal Smuggling Organizations
WASHINGTON — Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced a new counter-network targeting operation focused on transnational criminal organizations affiliated with the smuggling of migrants. 

"Transnational criminal organizations put profit over human life, with devastating consequences," said Secretary Mayorkas.  "With the help of our federal and foreign partners, we aim to cut off access to that profit by denying these criminals the ability to engage in travel, trade, and finance in the United States. We intend to disrupt every facet of the logistical network that these organizations use to succeed." 

The new anti-smuggling effort, called Operation Sentinel, is a collaborative effort with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the U.S. Department of State, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration of the U.S. Department of Justice. 

"Smuggling operations continue to lie and exploit vulnerable populations to promote their criminal enterprise - the health and safety of migrants does not influence their lucrative ambition," said CBP Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner Troy Miller.  "This operation is designed to disrupt every facet of the logistical network of these criminal organizations.  Our goal is to enhance the security of the U.S. border and help save the lives of those who are preyed upon by these unscrupulous criminals." 

"ICE agents combat cross-border criminal activity every day to ensure the overall safety, security and well-being of our nation," said Acting ICE Director Tae D. Johnson. "Collaborating on this endeavor with our partners amplifies our ability to disrupt and dismantle these criminal organizations that exploit and dehumanize people." 

"We are proud to be part of this effort to stop transnational criminal organization

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 26, 2021

Secretary Mayorkas Swears in Deanne Criswell as FEMA Administrator
WASHINGTON - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas delivered the oath of office to Deanne Criswell today, her first full day as the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

"Deanne's career is one of commitment and service to our nation," said Secretary Mayorkas. "That commitment now rises to the next level of leading the dedicated people of FEMA as they continue working to meet unprecedented challenges. I have full confidence in her ability to lead FEMA with compassion, fairness, integrity, and respect as she works to fulfill the agency's ever-important mission: helping people before, during, and after disasters. It is my honor to welcome Administrator Criswell to the Department of Homeland Security."

During the ceremony, Secretary Mayorkas highlighted Ms. Criswell's extensive career in emergency management and the multiple challenges FEMA faces, including the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

Ms. Criswell was joined by her partner, Patrick Murphy. Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary, David Pekoske, former FEMA Acting Administrator Bob Fenton, and FEMA Acting Deputy Administrator MaryAnn Tierney also attended the ceremony. Secretary Mayorkas thanked former FEMA Acting Administrator Bob Fenton for his service and leadership.

Deanne Criswell was nominated by President Biden on January 15, 2021 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 22, 2021. She is the first woman to lead FEMA since its creation in 1979.

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Topics: Disasters, Secretary

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 26, 2021

Secretary Mayorkas Announces Domestic Violent Extremism Review at DHS
WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced an internal review to address the threat of domestic violent extremism within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Secretary Mayorkas has made identifying, addressing, and preventing domestic violent extremism across our country a top priority. 

"Domestic violent extremism poses the most lethal and persistent terrorism-related threat to our country today," said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas.  "As we work to safeguard our Nation, we must be vigilant in our efforts to identify and combat domestic violent extremism within both the broader community and our own organization.Hateful acts and violent extremism will not be tolerated within our Department." 

At the direction of the Secretary, a cross-Departmental working group comprised of senior officials will immediately begin a comprehensive review of how to best prevent, detect, and respond to threats related to domestic violent extremism within DHS.  This internal team, which will be led by the Department's Chief Security Officer, will produce a report with recommendations for the Secretary on how best to identify and respond to threats related to domestic violent extremism, including those based on racially- or ethnically-motivated violent extremism. 

The Department's internal review is the latest action it is taking to comprehensively combat domestic violent extremism.  Since January 20, 2021, DHS has increased the development, production, and sharing of intelligence and other information central to countering domestic violent extremism across the United States, consistent with privacy, civil rights and civil liberties, and First Amendment rights. On January 27, 2021, DHS issued a 

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 23, 2021

DHS Announces Rescission of Civil Penalties for Failure-to-Depart
WASHINGTON - Today, at the direction of Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rescinded two delegation orders related to the collection of civil financial penalties for noncitizens who fail to depart the U.S., stating they run counter to the agency's best interest.

"There is no indication that these penalties promoted compliance with noncitizens' departure obligations," said Secretary Mayorkas.  "We can enforce our immigration laws without resorting to ineffective and unnecessary punitive measures."

After reviewing detailed data regarding the issuance of such fines since 2018, it was clear to Secretary Mayorkas and Acting ICE Director Tae Johnson that the fines were not effective and had not meaningfully advanced the interests of the agency.  ICE intends to work with the Department of Treasury to cancel the existing debts of those who had been fined.

The two delegation orders—ICE Delegation No. 01-2018, Delegation of Authority to Administer and Enforce Provisions Relating to Civil Penalties for Failure to Depart, and ICE Delegation No. 006-2020, Delegation of Authority to Administer Certain Provisions Relating to Civil Penalties for Failure to Depart—delegated to certain ICE officials the authority to administer and enforce certain civil penalties for noncitizens who fail to depart.

Although ICE has had the authority to assess financial penalties to individuals for failing to depart for more than 20 years, the agency did not initiate enforcement of these penalties until 2018.  As of January 20, 2021, ICE ceased issuing these fines. This formalizes the Biden Administration's change in direction.

The rescission marks ICE's latest move toward focusing its limited resources on those posing the greatest risk to national security and public safety in accordance with the current guidance on civil immigration enforcement and removal priorities, which Acting D

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 22, 2021

DHS Conducts Simulation Experiment to Study Law Enforcement Use of Force, Inform Best Practices for 21st Century Policing
Results of the experiment will provide data to assist law enforcement in their efforts to mitigate arrest-related fatalities and understand factors that prompt law enforcement's application of force 

WASHINGTON - The U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with support from George Mason University and the Homeland Security Systems Engineering and Development Institute (HSSEDI), recently concluded a two-week Use of Force Simulation Experiment (SIMEX) to examine law enforcement use of force and inform best practices for 21st century policing.

"It was a privilege to meet the law enforcement, human behavior and technology professionals who participated in this simulation exercise," said David Pekoske, Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary. "I expect the results of their work will provide law enforcement agencies with valuable information that may help shape the development of techniques, tactics and procedures as well as related training on the use of force in law enforcement situations. This two-week long exercise and the months of advance work further strengthens partnerships with the goal of protecting people and communities across the country."

The SIMEX focused on analyzing five factors, 1) suspect resistance, 2) suspect armed, 3) mental health professional present, 4) suspect race, and 5) suspect mental state, to determine, in an evidence-based way, if these contribute to any differences in how an officer applies force. The experiment provided insight into how, when, and to what extent law enforcement officers (LEOs) apply force by better understanding the underlying officers' decision-making process. The goal was to provide data informed recommendations that will support the deterrence and reduction of arrest-related fatalities and injuries due to law enforcement Use of Force. The ultimate outcome is to bolster officer preparedness in their efforts to further avoid arrest-rela

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 22, 2021

Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on the Confirmation of Deanne Criswell as FEMA Administrator
WASHINGTON  Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement on the confirmation of Deanne Criswell as FEMA Administrator:

"I congratulate Deanne Criswell on her historic confirmation to lead the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and I am thrilled to welcome her to our team. Deanne is a proven leader on issues related to climate change, emergency management, and disaster response. She brings nearly six years of prior FEMA experience to this role. I look forward to working together to confront our most urgent challenges.

"I thank Bob Fenton for serving as Acting Administrator of FEMA. Bob's trusted leadership has been invaluable during the pandemic as FEMA responded to multiple challenges at once."

Deanne Criswell is the first woman to lead FEMA since its creation in 1979.

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 22, 2021

Secretary Mayorkas Announces New DHS Commitments to Address the Climate Crisis at Leaders Summit on Climate
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke at the Leaders Summit on Climate where he reaffirmed the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) commitment to adapt and respond to the climate emergency, including by announcing several  steps the Department is taking to address this crisis.

"The impacts of the climate emergency on both our national and collective global security are vast," said Secretary Mayorkas. "At the Department, we must — and we will — do more to address the climate crisis. DHS will implement a new approach to climate change adaptation and resilience, and we will do so with the sense of urgency this problem demands."

Secretary Mayorkas announced the launch of the DHS Climate Change Action Group, a coordinating body comprised of the Department's senior leadership that will drive urgent action to address the climate crisis and will report directly to the Secretary. The Climate Change Action Group will unite, refocus, and elevate the Department's cross-functional efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

DHS also recently published a public Request for Information on how the Department's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can ensure that its programs advance equity and increase resilience for all - especially among those who are disproportionately at risk from the impacts of climate change. This request will enable FEMA to perform its time-honored mission of "helping people before, during, and after disasters" under modern conditions. In direct response to the reality of the climate emergency, this request will also serve as the basis to reorient FEMA's efforts in furtherance of its longstanding goal of "building a culture of preparedness" in the context of novel risks, above all those produced by climate change.

Further, Secretary Mayorkas announced action t

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 22, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas's Virtual Meeting with European Commission's Commissioner for Justice
On Wednesday, April 21, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke with the European Commission's Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders. During the conversation, they emphasized a shared desire to strengthen U.S.-EU cooperation and discussed the importance of the U.S.-EU Passenger Name Record Agreement. Secretary Mayorkas and Commissioner Reynders also explored opportunities for enhancing collaboration to address domestic violent extremism and cybersecurity, and discussed ongoing COVID-19-related travel restrictions. Secretary Mayorkas and Commissioner Reynders expressed that they both look forward to participating in the United States-European Union Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial in June.

Keywords: International Partnership, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: International Engagement, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 20, 2021

DHS to Make Additional 22,000 Temporary, Non-Agricultural Worker Visas Available
WASHINGTON— As the nation's economy continues to reopen safely, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking action to ensure that American businesses are equipped with the resources needed to recover successfully and contribute to the economic health of local communities. In light of increased labor demands, DHS is announcing a supplemental increase of 22,000 visas for the H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker program. The additional visas will be made available in the coming months via a temporary final rule in the Federal Register. Furthermore, to expand lawful pathways for opportunity in the United States consistent with the President's Executive Order 14010 on "Creating a Comprehensive Regional Framework to Address the Causes of Migration, to Manage Migration Throughout North and Central America, and to Provide Safe and Orderly Processing of Asylum Seekers at the United States Border," 6,000 of these visas will be reserved for nationals of the Northern Triangle countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

Employers seeking H-2B workers must test the U.S. labor market and certify in their petitions that there are not enough U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available to do the temporary work for which they seek a prospective foreign worker; and that employing H-2B workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.  The supplemental increase will require businesses seeking H-2B workers to engage in additional recruitment efforts for U.S. workers.

"The H-2B program is designed to help U.S. employers fill temporary seasonal jobs, while safeguarding the livelihoods of American workers," said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. "This supplemental increase also demonstrates DHS's commitment to expanding lawful pathways for opportunity in the United States to individuals from the Northern Triangle."

During recent engagement with American busi

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 19, 2021

Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on President Biden's Nomination of Vice Adm. Fagan for USCG Vice Commandant
WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement on President Biden's nomination of Vice Adm. Linda L. Fagan to serve as Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.

"I am pleased that President Biden has nominated Vice Admiral Linda Fagan to be the Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard.  She is a superb leader who, as the 32nd Vice Commandant, will guide the Coast Guard at a time when its mission of securing our maritime borders, ports, and waterways has never been more important.  If confirmed, Vice Admiral Fagan would serve as the first woman to be promoted to a 4-star rank in the Coast Guard.  We are grateful to Vice Admiral Fagan for continuing her service to country, for the trail she has blazed, and for inspiring us all."

Vice Adm. Fagan currently serves as the commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area, overseeing all Coast Guard missions from the Rocky Mountains to the waters off the East Coast of Africa. Fagan concurrently serves as commander, Defense Force West and provides Coast Guard mission support to the Department of Defense and Combatant Commanders. She is a 1985 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy and is the Coast Guard's first-ever Gold Ancient Trident, the officer with the longest service record in the Marine Safety field.

Pending Senate confirmation, Fagan would serve as the first woman to be promoted to a 4-star rank in the U.S. Coast Guard. She would serve as the 32nd Vice Commandant.

Keywords: Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
Topics:

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 16, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas's Virtual Meeting with Spain's Minister of Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska Gómez
On Thursday, April 15, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke by video teleconference with Spain's Minister of Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska Gómez. During the conversation, Secretary Mayorkas and Minister Grande-Marlaska explored opportunities to strengthen the close security partnership between the United States and Spain through enhanced information sharing, efforts to combat terrorism and transnational organized crime, and migration management in Latin America and Africa. They also discussed ongoing COVID-19-related travel issues, recognized the importance of a U.S.-EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) policy that bolsters national security and hinders organized crime, and agreed to consider additional cooperative mechanisms on cybersecurity and other issues.

Keywords: International Partnership, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: International Engagement, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 16, 2021

Flag Officer Announcements
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced today that President Biden has made the following U.S. Coast Guard flag officer nominations:  

Vice Adm. Michael F. McAllister for assignment as commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, Alameda, CA. McAllister is currently serving as Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, Washington, D.C.  

Rear Adm. Paul F. Thomas for appointment to the grade of Vice Adm. and assignment as Deputy Commandant for Mission Support, Washington, D.C. Thomas is currently serving as Deputy Commandant for Mission Support Deputy for Personnel Readiness, Washington, D.C. 

Keywords: President Biden, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 15, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas's Virtual Meeting with Bahraini Minister of Interior General Sheikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa
On Thursday, April 15, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas met virtually with Bahrain's Minister of Interior, His Excellency General Sheikh Rashidbin Abdulla Al-Khalifa. Secretary Mayorkas and Minister Al-Khalifa acknowledged the close cooperation and partnership that exists between Bahrain and the United States, which both countries look forward to strengthening.  The Secretary and the Minister discussed emerging threats in the region and committed to advancing shared goals as the bilateral partnership grows.  After celebrating the three recent information-sharing arrangements signed by Bahrain and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in January 2021, the Secretary and the Minister committed to formalizing additional agreements related to cybersecurity, countering unmanned aircraft systems, and countering human trafficking. 

Keywords: International Partnership, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: International Engagement, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 12, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas's Participation in the annual Five Country Ministerial
On April 7, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland participated in the annual Five Country Ministerial (FCM), hosted by New Zealand and joined by the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.  Ministers discussed global security initiatives; migration and border security measures during COVID-19; strategies for improving cybersecurity, including tackling ransomware more effectively; addressing threats in online environments; countering foreign interference; and fighting the spread of violent extremism and terrorism. 

The FCM also issued a standalone "Ministerial Statement Regarding the Threat of Ransomware" highlighting the growing threat of ransomware and the significant risk it poses to governments, industry, critical infrastructure, and the public. Last week, Secretary Mayorkas announced that fighting ransomware would be the first in a series of 60-day sprints DHS will undertake to mobilize action in key priority areas. The FCM committed to further collaborate to make progress in this area of work.

Secretary Mayorkas briefed the five partners on steps DHS is taking to counter foreign malign influence and reframe migration management. Secretary Mayorkas also stressed the importance of collaboration on reopening international borders when the global health situation allows and sharing innovations to facilitate and better streamline legitimate trade and travel.

Keywords: Cybersecurity, International Partnership
Topics: Cybersecurity,

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 12, 2021

Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas on President Biden's Nominations for DHS Leadership Positions
The following statement is attributable to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas: 

"I am excited that President Biden has nominated an extraordinary group of individuals for critical leadership positions in the Department of Homeland Security.  They are highly regarded and accomplished professionals with deep experience in their respective fields.  Together they will help advance the Department of Homeland Security's mission to ensure the safety and security of the American people.  I look forward to working with the Senate in support of their swift confirmation." 

Keywords: President Biden, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics:

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 09, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas's Meeting with Honduran Foreign Minister Rosales
On Wednesday, April 7, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas met with Honduran Foreign Minister Lisandro Rosales.  During the conversation, Secretary Mayorkas and Foreign Minister Rosales reaffirmed the importance of the U.S.-Honduran partnership and discussed opportunities for enhanced information sharing, increased collaboration on humane approaches toward border security, and migration management.  They also discussed President Biden's February 2 Executive Orders and the implementation of priority programs, including the ongoing effort to reunify children separated from their families.

Keywords: International Partnership, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: International Engagement, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 09, 2021

Secretary Mayorkas's Statement on FY22 Discretionary Funding Request
Proposals will strengthen border; restore our immigration system; support efforts to detect, deter, and recover from malicious cyber attacks; and combat climate change

The Biden-Harris Administration today submitted to Congress the President's priorities for fiscal year 2022 discretionary spending.  The budget invests in key DHS missions, including repairing a broken immigration system, better managing the border with advanced technology, protecting civil rights, and bolstering cyber defenses and resilience.  The discretionary request also includes investments to address the root causes of domestic terrorism, combat climate change, and increase funding for research and development.

"The President's FY 2022 discretionary funding request will reinforce the basic missions of securing our homeland, including preventing terrorism; securing and managing our borders; repairing the broken immigration system; safeguarding critical infrastructure; and strengthening national preparedness," said Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.  "It provides the Department with targeted resources to advance commonsense policy solutions that will keep our country safe, strong, and prosperous.  This includes smart investments to better manage the border, promote a humane and efficient immigration system, protect civil rights, bolster cyber defenses and resilience, and address the root causes of domestic terrorism."

FY22 Funding Priorities:

The discretionary request provides over $1 billion for border infrastructure, which includes modernization of land ports of entry and investments in modern border security technology and assets. These investments would facilitate more robust and effective security screening to guard against human smuggling, the movement of illicit drugs and weapons, the entry of undocumented migrants, and the import of unlawful goods, as well as provide for

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 07, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas's Meeting with Portugal's Minister of Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita
On Tuesday, April 6, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke by video teleconference with Portugal's Minister of Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita.  During the conversation, Secretary Mayorkas and Minister Cabrita reaffirmed the importance of the transatlantic relationship and discussed opportunities for increased collaboration to address violent extremism, migration management, and information sharing. They also discussed plans for the upcoming United States-European Union, Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial and the importance of upholding a US-EU Passenger Name Record (PNR) policy that strengthens and supports national security.

Keywords: International Partnership, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: International Engagement, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 06, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas' Meeting with New Zealand's Minister for Justice and Minister for Immigration, Kris Faafoi
On Monday, April 5, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke by phone with New Zealand's Minister for Justice and Minister for Immigration, Kris Faafoi.  Secretary Mayorkas and Minister Faafoi reaffirmed the continued strength of the U.S.-New Zealand relationship and discussed opportunities to enhance the bilateral partnership through collaboration with Five Eyes partners.  Secretary Mayorkas emphasized DHS's continued commitment to work with New Zealand on countering the threat posed by domestic violent extremism.

Keywords: International Partnership, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: International Engagement, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 05, 2021

DHS Announces Ten-Fold Increase in Vaccinated Workers Through Operation VOW
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that DHS's Operation Vaccinate Our Workforce (Operation VOW) has vaccinated more than 58,000 DHS mission-critical 1A and 1B employees—up from 5,074 employees at the beginning of February. On January 6, there were a total of 8 Veterans Administration Medical Centers providing vaccines to DHS employees. As of April 5, that number has increased significantly to 163 participating centers. DHS and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) continue to closely coordinate multiple vaccination events across the country for frontline and public-facing DHS employees.

"There is no higher priority than the health and safety of our workforce," said Secretary Mayorkas. "I am proud of the incredible progress that Operation VOW has made in just two months, thanks to the dedication of the DHS and VHA personnel leading this effort. DHS is committed to protecting our employees by ensuring they have access to the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines."

Recently, Operation VOW and VHA facilitated several events along the southwest border to vaccinate frontline and public-facing employees.

On March 16, 175 Group 1A/1B DHS employees received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine during a southwest border vaccination event in Donna, Texas. The event was a coordinated effort led by Operation VOW and hosted by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Donna Processing Center in partnership with the VHA. "The logistics and coordination of this inaugural southwest border event was made possible by the effective collaboration of all federal partners. Their diligent efforts ensured every DHS employee who wanted a shot, received a shot," said Constance Johnson-Cage, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer and Operation VOW Vaccinations Events Lead. On March 20, 294 Group 1A/1B DHS employees were able to receive a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine during a vaccination event in El Paso, Texas. The even

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 02, 2021

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on Today's Attack at the U.S. Capitol
"My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of the U.S. Capitol Police Officer who lost his life today protecting the very symbol of our democracy. There is still much to be determined about this attack and DHS offers its full support to Capitol Police and DC Mayor Bowser."

Keywords: Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 01, 2021

DHS Statement on New National Flood Insurance Program Pricing Methodology
The new rating system corrects inequities and can adapt to the impacts of climate change

WASHINGTON Today, on the 42nd anniversary of the formation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement on Risk Rating 2.0, a bold new update to the National Flood Insurance Program's pricing methodology. This new rating system is fiscally sound, fixes longstanding inequities in flood insurance pricing, and improves resilience to climate change.

"We are putting equity at the forefront of our work at DHS and making reforms to help our nation confront the pressing challenges caused by climate change," said Secretary Mayorkas. "Risk Rating 2.0 advances those goals by fixing longstanding inequities in flood insurance pricing and creating a system that is better equipped for the reality of frequent flooding caused by climate change. These updates will improve individual and community resilience, reduce disaster related suffering, and ensure fairness. Risk Rating 2.0 is equity in action, and it is a testament to the hardworking women and men of FEMA."

Risk Rating 2.0 aligns with the Biden Administration's priority to deliver bold action to tackle the effects of climate change and eliminate inequities in the delivery of federal programs. The National Flood Insurance Program provides about $1.3 trillion in coverage for more than 5 million policyholders in 22,500 communities across the nation.

Critically, the modernized pricing methodology corrects the current system's unintentional inequities in which many policyholders with lower-value homes are paying more than they should and policyholders with higher-value homes are paying less than they should. As a result, nearly a quarter of the N

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 31, 2021

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on the Grave Risk of Children Traveling with Smugglers
"The inhumane way smugglers abuse children while profiting off parents' desperation is criminal and morally reprehensible. Just this month, a young girl died by drowning, a six-month-old was thrown into the river, and two young children were dropped from a wall and left in the desert alone. There can be no doubt that children are exceptionally vulnerable when placed in the hands of smugglers. There is grave risk they will be exploited and harmed.  I applaud our heroic Border Patrol agents who have saved lives this week and every week, while putting their own lives at risk for the greater good of the country."

Keywords: Border Security, Human Smuggling, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: Border Security, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 31, 2021

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on the Grave Risk of Children Travelling with Smugglers
"The inhumane way smugglers abuse children while profiting off parents' desperation is criminal and morally reprehensible. Just this month, a young girl died by drowning, a six-month-old was thrown into the river, and two young children were dropped from a wall and left in the desert alone. There can be no doubt that children are exceptionally vulnerable when placed in the hands of smugglers. There is grave risk they will be exploited and harmed.  I applaud our heroic Border Patrol agents who have saved lives this week and every week, while putting their own lives at risk for the greater good of the country."

Keywords: Border Security, Human Smuggling, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: Border Security, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 26, 2021

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on DACA
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement announcing that DHS will issue a notice of proposed rulemaking to preserve and fortify DACA:

"We are taking action to preserve and fortify DACA. This is in keeping with the President's memorandum. It is an important step, but only the passage of legislation can give full protection and a path to citizenship to the Dreamers who know the U.S. as their home."

Keywords: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Immigration, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: Citizenship and Immigration Services, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 25, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas' Participation in the G6 1 Ministerial
On March 24, 2021, DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick N. Garland participated in the G6 1 Ministerial hosted by the United Kingdom. At this important multilateral forum, G6 1 members discussed a range of security-related priorities, including law enforcement cooperation, online harms, and irregular migration. Secretary Mayorkas reaffirmed DHS's commitment to collaborating with our international partners to address shared threats to transatlantic security and enhance transatlantic cooperation.

Keywords: International Partnership, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: International Engagement, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 24, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas' Meeting with Israel's Ambassador to the United States and the United Nations, Gilad Erdan
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke by phone on Tuesday, March 23 with Israel's Ambassador to the United States and the United Nations, Gilad Erdan.  Secretary Mayorkas and Ambassador Erdan agreed on the importance of our bilateral relationship and committed to strengthening it wherever possible. They committed to even closer consultation on the full range of homeland security issues and exchanged views on steps Israel is taking to meet the eligibility requirements of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. They also pledged to work closely together to meet shared objectives. 

Keywords: International Partnership, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: International Engagement, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 24, 2021

DHS Makes $20 Million in Funding Available for Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grants
WASHINGTON - Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is making $20 million available through the Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) Grant Program to help communities across our country develop innovative capabilities to combat terrorism and targeted violence. 

"Domestic violent extremism and targeted violence are two of the gravest threats facing our homeland today," said Secretary Mayorkas.  "Over the past few years, the United States has experienced an increasing number of targeted attacks by disaffected individuals motivated by a combination of extremist ideologies and personal grievances. This investment in local communities will help our partners develop sustainable capabilities to address an evolving threat environment, including by preventing attacks and online radicalization."

Secretary Mayorkas established the following four priorities for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 TVTP Grant Program: (1) preventing domestic violent extremism; (2) enhancing local threat assessment and management capabilities; (3) implementing innovative solutions for preventing targeted violence and terrorism; and (4) challenging online violence mobilization narratives for the first time through this program.

For FY 2021, Congress supported the Department's request to double the investment in sustainable prevention programming from $10 million to $20 million. In December 2020, DHS finalized plans to better monitor and evaluate the success of the awards and share results to ensure other jurisdictions can replicate best practices.

Today's announcement builds upon DHS's increased efforts to combat domestic violence extremism. In February 2021, Secretary Mayorkas designated for the first time combating domestic violent extremism as a ‘National Priority Area' for the FY 2021 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and Urban Area Secu

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 24, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas' Meeting with Australia's Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke by phone on Tuesday, March 23 with Australia's Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton.  Secretary Mayorkas and Minister Dutton discussed the continued strength of the U.S.-Australia relationship and opportunities for enhancing work between DHS and the Department of Home Affairs.  During the conversation, they emphasized the threat posed by domestic violent extremism and discussed the importance of gun safety reform. The leaders also reaffirmed commitments to coordinate on cybersecurity, supply chain security, and irregular migration.

Keywords: International Partnership, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: International Engagement, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 23, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas' Meeting with India's Ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke on Monday, March 22 with India's Ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu.  Secretary Mayorkas expressed his desire to further strengthen the partnership between the Government of India and the Department of Homeland Security. Secretary Mayorkas and Ambassador Sandhu agreed to re-establish the U.S.-India Homeland Security Dialogue and to discuss important issues such as cybersecurity, emerging technology and addressing violent extremism.  During their discussion, they highlighted the positive engagement that has already taken place during the Biden Administration, including with the Quad, which addressed concrete commitments to cooperate on COVID-19, climate actions, and cybersecurity. Secretary Mayorkas and Ambassador Sandhu also recognized the important contributions of students and entrepreneurs that have made both countries stronger. 

Keywords: International Partnership, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: International Engagement, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 19, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas' visit to El Paso with Bipartisan Delegation of Senators
On Friday, March 19, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas led a bipartisan Senate delegation to El Paso, Texas to view operations on the southwest border and receive a briefing on the processing, shelter, and transfer of unaccompanied children. The delegation visited the Paso del Norte International Crossing where they were provided with an overview of Port of Entry enforcement activities and a briefing on the winddown of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). They also visited the newly constructed Centralized Processing Center where unaccompanied children and families are processed and sheltered before transfer to Health and Human Services (HHS).  The group toured the CHS Trail House Shelter, an Office of Refugee Resettlement facility that provides care for children before they are placed with a family member or sponsor.

The visit concluded with a visit to VA Medical Center where Secretary Mayorkas and the Senators thanked healthcare workers for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic and their partnership in vaccinating the DHS workforce.

Throughout the visit, they discussed capacity needs given the number of unaccompanied children and families arriving at our border, the complex challenges of rebuilding our decimated border infrastructure, and the path forward for establishing a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system. Officials also discussed ways to ensure the safety of the workforce and the wellbeing of communities nearby in the face of a global pandemic.

Officials who participated in the trip:

Alejandro N. Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland SecurityU.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-MI), Chair, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs CommitteeU.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Ranking Member, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs CommitteeU.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Chair, Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland SecurityU.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV),

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 17, 2021

ODNI, DOJ, and DHS Release Unclassified Summary of Assessment on Domestic Violent Extremism
WASHINGTON - The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)today released an unclassified summary of the joint comprehensive threat assessment on domestic violent extremism. The unclassified summary is attached and will be available on DNI.gov later today.

The ODNI assessment was drafted by the National Counterterrorism Center, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and DHS, and includes contributions from the Central Intelligence Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency. All agencies involved are mindful of the duty to respect privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties and to act within the authorities granted to them as they seek to put together as complete an intelligence and analytic picture as is possible.

Read the assessment: Domestic Violent Extremism Poses Heightened Threat in 2021

Keywords: Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), Domestic Terrorism, Domestic Violent Extremism (DVE), Terrorism Prevention
Topics: Intelligence and Analysis,

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 16, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas' Meeting with Germany's Federal Minister of the Interior, Horst Seehofer
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke by videoconference on Monday, March 15 with Germany's Federal Minister of the Interior, Horst Seehofer.  Secretary Mayorkas and Minister Seehofer discussed the close partnership between Germany and the Department of Homeland Security and opportunities for enhancing the bilateral relationship.  During the conversation, they exchanged views on the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, international terrorism, domestic violent extremism, cybersecurity, and irregular migration.  Secretary Mayorkas and Minister Seehofer recognized the importance of transatlantic homeland security cooperation in ensuring the safety and security of our citizens and expressed their commitment to working together to advance our mutual priorities.

Keywords: International Partnership, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: Cybersecurity, Homeland Security Enterprise, International Engagement, Preventing Terrorism, Secretary of Homeland Security

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