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Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 25, 2021

Statement from Acting Secretary Pekoske on Strengthening Buy American Provisions
The Acting Secretary released the following statement in support of the Presidential Executive Order titled "Strengthening Buy American Provisions, Ensuring Future of America is Made in America by All of America's Workers."

 

"In keeping with our commitment to protect the American people, our homeland, and our values, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security welcomes the President's charge to buy American.  As more American businesses are on the brink of closing their doors due to the unprecedented challenges we face, President Biden signed the "Strengthening Buy American Provisions, Ensuring Future of America is Made in America by All of America's Workers" Executive Order to support American manufacturers and workers. 

 

"The Order requires that federal agencies use tax-payer money to purchase American goods made by American workers and with American-made component parts.  DHS is a large department, and a major purchaser of goods and equipment, including vehicles, security equipment, and many other parts and products that support our operations.  We will work with our partners to buy American and help strengthen the U.S. economy through the implementation of the President's Executive Order. We will also continue our commitment to including small businesses in our contracting program to the maximum extent practicable as demonstrated by our historic achievements of exceeding our annual small business goals.

 

"Whether protecting our borders and ports of entry, responding to disasters, or protecting critical infrastructure, DHS commits to using American-made products to help the U.S. economy and its workers."

Keywords: Acting Secretary David Pekoske
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Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 23, 2021

Statement from Acting Secretary Pekoske on the 59th Presidential Inauguration
The Acting Secretary released the following statement commending the men and women of the U.S. Secret Service for their efforts to secure the 59th Presidential Inauguration:

"This year, the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Secret Service executed another successful National Special Security Event (NSSE) — the 59th Presidential Inauguration. Facing an unprecedented security environment, the USSS leveraged its strong partnerships with FBI, FEMA, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), U.S. Capitol Police, U.S. Park Police and dozens of other federal, state, and local law enforcement and public safety offices, and ensured seamless coordination across every level of government to implement its operational security plan. Of note, the Department of Defense provided thousands of National Guard personnel who deployed to Washington, D.C. to assist with NSSE security efforts. The professionalism and devotion to duty  displayed by all those involved in implementing this NSSE ensured a safe and secure Inauguration, and peaceful transition of power."

Keywords: Acting Secretary David Pekoske, National Special Security Event (NSSE), U.S. Secret Service
Topics: Critical Infrastructure Security, Homeland Security Enterprise,

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 20, 2021

Acting Secretary of DHS Directs a Review of Immigration Enforcement Practices and Policies
Today, Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Pekoske signed a memorandum directing DHS components, including Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, to review and reset enforcement policies and set interim policies for civil enforcement while the Department develops its final priorities.

For 100 days, starting January 22, 2021, DHS will pause removals for certain noncitizens ordered deported to ensure we have a fair and effective immigration enforcement system focused on protecting national security, border security, and public safety.

The pause will allow DHS to ensure that its resources are dedicated to responding to the most pressing challenges that the United States faces, including immediate operational challenges at the southwest border in the midst of the most serious global public health crisis in a century. 

Throughout this interim period DHS will continue to enforce our immigration laws.

Press inquiries should be directed to mediainquiry@hq.dhs.gov.

Keywords: Border Security, Immigration, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Reform
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Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 20, 2021

DHS Statement on the Suspension of New Enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols Program
Today, DHS is announcing the suspension of new enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program.  Effective tomorrow, January 21, the Department will cease adding individuals into the program.  However, current COVID-19 non-essential travel restrictions, both at the border and in the region, remain in place at this time.  All current MPP participants should remain where they are, pending further official information from U.S. government officials. 

Please note: Individuals outside of the United States will not be eligible for legal status under the bill President Biden sent to Congress today. The legalization provisions in that bill apply only to people already living in the United States.

Keywords: Border Security, Immigration, Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)
Topics: Border Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 15, 2021

DHS Launches "Be Your REAL ID Self" Public Awareness Campaign
*/ WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun a new nationwide public awareness campaign, "Be Your REAL ID Self" to promote awareness of the REAL ID requirements and encourage the public to act before the October 1, 2021 full enforcement deadline.

Just over 8 months remain until the October 1, 2021 REAL ID full enforcement deadline goes into effect at all federally regulated airports, federal facilities, and nuclear power plants.    

The Department continues to urge Americans to obtain a REAL ID-compliant card or acceptable alternative, such as a U.S. passport or passport card prior to the October 1, 2021 enforcement deadline.

Passed by Congress in 2005 following a 9/11 Commission recommendation, the REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits federal agencies, like the Transportation Security Administration, from accepting licenses and identification cards for official purposes from states that do not meet these standards.

Security standards include incorporating anti-counterfeiting document security features into licenses and identification cards, preventing insider fraud in the production of those licenses and cards, ensuring security of production facilities, and requiring presentation and verification of information to ensure a person is who he or she claims to be.

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 13, 2021

DHS Releases Strategic Action Plan to Confront Threats from China
WASHINGTON— On January 11, then-Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf approved a Strategic Action Plan that details DHS's efforts to confront the full spectrum of Chinese threats to the Homeland. The DHS Strategic Action Plan to Counter the Threat Posed by the People's Republic of China (PRC), available here, describes how the Department will continue to leverage the entire Homeland Security Enterprise to respond to the myriad threats posed by the Beijing regime to the American people.

Incorporating recommendations from the Department-Wide China Working Group, the Strategic Action Plan delineates DHS activities in four key areas:

Border Security and Immigration;Trade and Economic Security;Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure; andMaritime Security.The Department recognizes that the challenges posed by the PRC will be enduring. As such, today's release of the Strategic Action Plan is an important milestone. Additionally, DHS will continue to plan and coordinate with partners to adapt to the evolving threat environment.

Keywords: Border Security, Chinese, Cyber Infrastructure, Immigration,

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 13, 2021

DHS Continues to Advance Economic Security Mission
On January 11, the DHS Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans released a first-of-its-kind 2020 Economic Security Assessment. This innovative annual product identifies five key trends that shaped the global economic landscape in 2020, and identifies nine "critical domains" as essential to the ongoing operation and growth of the U.S. economy.  

To further advance the Department's critical economic security work, the-Acting Secretary Wolf also directed DHS Department Components and Offices to implement the recent recommendations of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). The HSAC Economic Security Subcommittee's full report can be found here.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC)
Topics: Economic Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 13, 2021

DHS Releases New Arctic Strategic Approach to Advance U.S. Interests in the Region
On January 11, then-Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf approved the Department's first-ever Strategic Approach for Arctic Homeland Security, a landmark document that positions DHS to more effectively tackle emerging risks in the region as geopolitical interest and competition grows.

The Arctic has taken center stage for regional competition and influence. Receding icecaps and increased traffic will necessitate an expanded DHS footprint in a number of areas, including trade and travel facilitation and cyber and infrastructure security. With this Strategic Approach, the Department is now increasingly prepared to anticipate and respond to these new challenges.

This groundbreaking vision outlines a proactive and disciplined approach that the Department will take to implement effective measures to protect our interests in the Arctic while adapting to the changing regional conditions.

The Strategic Approach fully leverages the broad range of DHS authorities, resources, and partnerships to achieve three strategic goals:

Secure the homeland through persistent presence and all domain awareness;Strengthen access, response, and resilience in the Arctic; andAdvance Arctic governance and a rules-based order through targeted national and international engagement and cooperation.To accomplish these goals, DHS will execute a thoughtfully planned, whole-of-Department approach, through close collaboration and cooperation with our partners, both at home and abroad. As an Arctic nation, DHS leadership is hopeful that this document will serve as a strategic blueprint to ensure the Department's goal of maintaining a stable, prosperous, and sovereign Arctic.

The men and women of DHS stand ready to work around the clock to reach these goals and confront any evolving challenges or threats that emerge to protect

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 13, 2021

Expanding the Period of Designation of the 59th Presidential Inauguration as a National Special Security Event
On January 12, Acting Secretary Gaynor issued the following memorandum to all DHS Components expanding the period of the 59th Presidential Inauguration National Special Security Event to begin on January 13, 2021:

"The 59th Presidential Inauguration was designated as a National Special Security Event (NSSE), pursuant to Presidential Policy Directive-22. The period of the 59th Presidential Inauguration as an NSSE currently lasts from January 19 - January 21, 2021.

The Department has received multiple requests, including from Congress and the Mayor of Washington, D.C., to extend the period of the NSSE up to a week in advance of the 59th Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2021. In light of these requests, recent events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and planned events in Washington, D.C. prior to the inauguration, I have determined that extending the NSSE to begin on January 13, 2021 is necessary to provide for a unified command and control and ensure the safety and security of this special event.

The designation of the 59th Presidential Inauguration for this period of time allows the full resources of the Federal Government to be brought to bear in the development of event security and incident management plans to ensure the safety of all participants."

Read the Memorandum from Acting Secretary Gaynor Keywords: National Special Security Event (NSSE), President, U.S. Secret Service
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Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 11, 2021

Statement from Acting Secretary Wolf on NSSE Designation
The Acting Secretary released the following statement on the National Special Security Event designation for the inauguration of President-elect Biden:

"In light of events of the past week and the evolving security landscape leading up to the inauguration and at the recommendation of Secret Service Director James Murray, I have instructed the U.S. Secret Service to begin the National Special Security Event operations for the 2021 Inauguration effective Wednesday, January 13th instead of January 19th. Our federal, state, and local partners will continue to coordinate their plans and position resources for this important event."

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Election Security, National Special Security Event (NSSE)
Topics: Election Security, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 11, 2021

Bahraini MOI - U.S. DHS Joint Statement on Acting Secretary Wolf's Trip to Bahrain January 2021
The Kingdom of Bahrain's Ministry of Interior, led by His Excellency Minister Lt. General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, provided a warm welcome to U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf in Manama on January 5-6, 2021.

H.E. Minister Al Khalifa and Acting Secretary Wolf discussed ways to bolster cyber resilience, combat cybercrime, and strengthen critical infrastructure protection measures between Bahrain's National Cybersecurity Centre (NCSC) and DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and other operational components. In addition, the two nations explored ways to fortify their relationship on emerging threats.

To ensure maximum security and stability for both nations confronting terrorism, extremism, and transnational crimes, the Kingdom of Bahrain, through its Ministry of Interior, and the United States of America through the Department of Homeland Security, entered into three security partnerships that expand information sharing, build capacity, and exchange expertise and best practices. 

These partnerships include entering into two Memoranda of Cooperation regarding border and cargo security and acknowledge not only the current robust law enforcement-to-law enforcement cooperation but also ongoing efforts to counter transnational organized crime and terrorism. 

The third partnership includes entering a Memorandum of Cooperation on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Global Entry Program.  Global Entry will provide Bahraini participants expedited travel to the United States.  This program seeks to support commerce and strengthen passenger security.

The Bahraini Ministry of Interior and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security look forward to implementing these three security cooperation agreements that fortify trade and travel between our two nations and reaffirm our longstanding partnership on security.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 08, 2021

Amir of Qatar Hosts Discussion with Acting Secretary Wolf Addressing 21st Century Security Solutions; Wolf Also Signs Memorandum of Border Security Cooperation
Today, Acting DHS Secretary Chad F. Wolf met with His Highness (H.H.) Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and His Excellency (H.E.) Qatari Prime Minister, and the Minister of Interior, Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, to discuss 21st century regional solutions addressing aviation security, customs and border protection, Qatari security in their hosting of World Cup 2022, and overall critical infrastructure and cybersecurity opportunities to enhance safety and security.

The Acting Secretary signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between DHS and the Ministry of Interior of the State of Qatar on Enhancing Border Security Cooperation through the Exchange of Information (EBSA) which is crucial to facilitating the exchange of biometric and associated data for those seeking entry. The MOC establishes respective policies and processes to ensure effective data exchange while mindful of respective national laws, policies, human rights obligations, and the provisions of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2396.

"I would like to thank His Highness Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as well as His Excellency Prime Minister, and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, for the Qatari Government's exemplary collaboration with DHS in a variety of crucial mission areas, including information sharing, aviation security, border security, and cybersecurity," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "Qatar is a crucial partner in the region as we seek regional approaches to 21st century security challenges.  This is the latest in a series of agreements signed with Qatar that enhances our already strong bilateral partnership by ensuring the sharing of biometric information in an automated system. The EBSA MOC is a further step by Qatar to address statutory requirements of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). We look forward to further agreements to build 21st century securi

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 08, 2021

Amir of Qatar Hosts Discussion with Acting Secretary Wolf Addressing 21st Century Security Solutions; Wolf Also Signs Memorandum of Border Security Cooperation with Qatari Prime Minister
Today, Acting DHS Secretary Chad F. Wolf met with His Highness (H.H.) Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and His Excellency (H.E.) Qatari Prime Minister, and the Minister of Interior, Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, to discuss 21st century regional solutions addressing aviation security, customs and border protection, Qatari security in their hosting of World Cup 2022, and overall critical infrastructure and cybersecurity opportunities to enhance safety and security. 

The Acting Secretary signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between DHS and the Ministry of Interior of the State of Qatar on Enhancing Border Security Cooperation through the Exchange of Information (EBSA) which is crucial to facilitating the exchange of biometric and associated data for those seeking entry.  The MOC establishes respective policies and processes to ensure effective data exchange while mindful of respective national laws, policies, human rights obligations, and the provisions of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2396.

"I would like to thank His Highness Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as well as His Excellency Prime Minister, and Minister of Interior, Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, for the Qatari Government's exemplary collaboration with DHS in a variety of crucial mission areas, including information sharing, aviation security, border security, and cybersecurity," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "Qatar is a crucial partner in the region as we seek regional approaches to 21st century security challenges.  This is the latest in a series of agreements signed with Qatar that enhances our already strong bilateral partnership by ensuring the sharing of biometric information in an automated system.  The EBSA MOC is a further step by Qatar to address statutory requirements of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). We look forward to further agreements to build 21st century sec

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 07, 2021

Acting Secretary Wolf Condemns Violence at The U.S. Capitol
"What transpired yesterday was tragic and sickening. While I have consistently condemned political violence on both sides of the aisle, specifically violence directed at law enforcement, we now see some supporters of the President using violence as a means to achieve political ends. This is unacceptable. These violent actions are unconscionable, and I implore the President and all elected officials to strongly condemn the violence that took place yesterday. 

DHS takes the safety and security of all Americans very seriously—it's at the core of our mission to defend our homeland. Any appearance of inciting violence by an elected official goes against who we are as Americans. Every American is guaranteed the right to peacefully protest, but once those protests become violent, we should enforce our laws and bring those responsible to justice—regardless of political motivations. After a challenging and saddening 2020, it's time for every American to respect each other and the rule of law in 2021.

I will remain in my position until the end of the Administration to ensure the Department's focus remains on the serious threats facing our country and an orderly transition to President-elect Biden's DHS team."

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 06, 2021

Acting Secretary Wolf Signs Multiple Security Cooperation Agreements with Bahraini Government
Today, Acting DHS Secretary Chad F. Wolf signed multiple security cooperation agreements that focus on facilitating secure trade and travel with the Kingdom of Bahrain. Acting Secretary Wolf and Minister of Interior Lt. General Sheikh Rashed bin Abdulla Al-Khalifa signed the Global Entry (GE) Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) and agreements to increase cooperation on border and cargo security.  

"I would like to thank the Kingdom of Bahrain for its continued close collaboration and crucial partnership with the United States," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "These agreements will continue to foster a bilateral approach to our shared security challenges."

The Global Entry MOC extends eligibility benefits to Bahrain and allows CBP to continue to work with Bahrain to finalize standard operation procedures and other technical documents required to support a full Global Entry arrangement.

The bilateral border security and cargo security agreements will enable DHS and the Kingdom of Bahrain to work together more closely to detect potential threats to border and national security, while facilitating legitimate trade and travel.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Global Entry
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 05, 2021

Statement From Acting Secretary Wolf on The Completion of 450 Miles of Border New Wall System
"President Trump took office with the promise to build the wall and secure our southern border - a promise he has kept. From the start, the President listened to operators on the ground and has pushed for funding for physical infrastructure, access roads, lights, cameras and sensors - a full package to secure our border. Today, we are celebrating the 450th mile of new border wall system built under this Administration.  

When our critics said it couldn't be done - we prevailed. When our critics threw up every roadblock - we prevailed. The men and women of DHS, CBP, and USACE deserve the thanks and gratitude of a grateful nation. Their tireless work has undoubtedly made America safer and more secure."

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Border Security, Border Wall, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), President Trump
Topics: Border Security, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 05, 2021

Acting Secretary Wolf Signs Joint Declaration on Border Security Cooperation with Cypriot Foreign Affairs Minister
Today, Acting DHS Secretary Chad F. Wolf signed a joint declaration on border security cooperation and management with Cypriot Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides. The declaration deepens the ties between the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and DHS and furthers both our countries' cooperation and security goals in critical areas. This Declaration of Intent between the United States and the Republic of Cyprus will strengthen crucial efforts to bolster border security and information sharing.

"The United States and the Republic of Cyprus share a mutual goal of countering threats from terrorism, transnational organized crime and managing irregular migration," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "The declaration signed today showcases our shared priorities and provides a framework to finalize agreements on border security and information sharing."

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Border Security, Homeland Security, Transnational Crime
Topics: Border Security, Homeland Security Enterprise, International Engagement,

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 05, 2021

Acting Secretary Wolf Signs Joint Declaration on Border Security Cooperation with Cypriot Foreign Affairs Minister Christodoulides
Today, Acting DHS Secretary Chad F. Wolf signed a joint declaration on border security cooperation and management with Cypriot Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Christodoulides. The declaration deepens the ties between the Government of the Republic of Cyprus and DHS and furthers both our countries' cooperation and security goals in critical areas. This Declaration of Intent between the United States and the Republic of Cyprus will strengthen crucial efforts to bolster border security and information sharing.

"The United States and the Republic of Cyprus share a mutual goal of countering threats from terrorism, transnational organized crime and managing irregular migration," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "The declaration signed today showcases our shared priorities and provides a framework to finalize agreements on border security and information sharing."

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Homeland Security, Transnational Crime
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 04, 2021

Acting Secretary Wolf Participates in Ceremonial Groundbreaking of CYCLOPS in Cyprus
Today, Acting DHS Secretary Chad F. Wolf participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking event for the Cyprus Center for Land, Open-seas, and Port Security (CYCLOPS), a $5 million U.S.-funded regional training facility, with Cypriot Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides. CYCLOPS was established in September 2020 by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Cypriot partners, with facilities expected to be completed by November 2021.  Here, experts from the region will receive training on security and safety, including customs and exports control, port and maritime security, and combating cybercrime. 

"Projects like CYCLOPS help DHS and our partners across the globe keep our countries safe and secure," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "I commend Foreign Minister Christodoulides and the entire Government of the Republic of Cyprus for their cooperation on these extremely important security issues."

CYCLOPS will include a number of different hands-on training platforms, including a mock land border crossing, passenger screening area, and a mobile cybercrime training lab, which will enable regional partners to learn best practices for securing critical infrastructure and to engage in cross border, counterproliferation cyber investigations.  The United States—including DHS—will provide equipment, trainers, and other capacity-building support, while the Republic of Cyprus will contribute land, facilitate travel, and provide trainers.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Port Security
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Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 02, 2021

Acting Secretary Wolf Traveling to Middle East to Meet with Regional Counterparts
Next week, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf will travel to Nicosia, Cyprus; Manama, Bahrain; and Doha, Qatar to meet with regional counterparts and discuss bolstering security cooperation and information sharing partnerships across the region.

In Nicosia, Cyprus; Acting Secretary Wolf will participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for a State Department-funded training facility, through which DHS will provide training to regional partners including to secure borders and combat cybercrime. The Acting Secretary will also meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Christodoulides and will sign a Joint Declaration on Security Cooperation.

In Manama, Bahrain; Acting Secretary Wolf will meet with Minister of Interior, General Shaikh Rashid Bin Abdulla Al Khalifa to discuss priorities regarding the DHS-Bahrain Memorandum of Understanding. The Acting Secretary will also meet with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) assets supporting USNAVCENT in the region and participate in a town hall with USCG forces.

In Doha, Qatar; Acting Secretary Wolf will meet with Minister of Interior, Major General Abdul Aziz Abdullah Al Ansari to discuss counter terrorism efforts and security matters surrounding the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

On January 8, Acting Secretary Wolf will return to Washington, D.C.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Infrastructure Security, Partnership, Travel,

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 31, 2020

DHS Releases Detailed Immigration Data
Comprehensive Lifecycle Report Reveals Significant Discrepancy of Outcomes of Encounters with Aliens at the Southwest Border Between 2014 and 2019

Washington, D.C. - Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the Fiscal Year 2020 Enforcement Lifecycle Report, which provides a comprehensive analysis of enforcement outcomes for aliens encountered at the Southwest Border during Fiscal Years 2014 through 2019.  Unlike previous DHS reports, the Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) Enforcement Lifecycle methodology links records across 19 different DHS and Department of Justice (DOJ) source systems to match each unique border encounter to its associated final or most current enforcement outcome and so provides a complete end-to-end view of immigration enforcement.

"The Trump Administration has worked tirelessly to fix our broken immigration system," said Acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli. "With this comprehensive report the Department analyzes the patterns of flow, the demographic backgrounds, and other factors so we can see areas for improvement, where to close loopholes and more effectively enforce the laws that allow for the removal of illegal aliens and those who are trying to game our immigration system."

The report indicates U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended 2.8 million aliens between ports of entry along the Southwest Border between Fiscal Year 2014 and 2019 and found an additional 725,000 aliens inadmissible at ports of entry. The report found, significantly, that as of the second quarter of FY 2020, only approximately 8 percent of those encounters had resulted in an alien being granted relief or protection from removal. Further, roughly half of aliens encountered between 2014 and 2019 remained in the United States as of the second quarter of FY 2020. Specifically:

- Only 59 percent of the 3.5 million Southwest Border encounters between 2014 and 2019 had been resolved through a fi

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 29, 2020

DHS Announces Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras Have Signed Asylum Cooperation Agreement
Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras have all signed the Asylum Cooperation Agreement (ACA) and all three ACAs have entered into force. This is a historic milestone for the Trump Administration, Central America, and the American people. During Fiscal Year 2019, more than 71% of migrants apprehended at the U.S. Southwest border came from El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras—this ACA agreement confronts illegal migration at the source.

"Under President Trump's leadership, DHS is using every available tool at its disposal to mitigate the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis at the border," said Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf. "Implementation of the agreements will further strengthen the overall asylum capabilities in the Northern Triangle countries and across the region and will allow asylum seekers to access protection closer to their home. I want to thank our partners in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras for their hard work and leadership to get these agreements across the finish line."

Now that all three ACAs have entered into force and implementation accords have been concluded, the United States, in coordination with the appropriate participating country, will be able to remove certain eligible migrants seeking humanitarian protection to each of the ACA countries. Through the implementation of the ACAs, the Northern Triangle countries and the United States reaffirm their commitment to combating mutual threats, including transnational criminal organizations and gangs, migrant smuggling, drug trafficking, and human trafficking.

The United States, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras pledge to promote economic prosperity, regional security and stability, democratic institutions, and the protection of human rights, for the benefit of all nations involved.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 28, 2020

DHS Modernizes Critical Identification Requirements after Congress Passes REAL ID Modernization Act
As a result of extensive state, industry, and government collaboration, Congress has passed the bipartisan REAL ID Modernization Act. The Act modernizes REAL ID requirements originally set more than 15 years ago.

"This new law marks another important step toward meeting the 9/11 Commission's recommendations to close dangerous vulnerabilities to terrorist travel and fraud," said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf. "With this authority, the Department can help states better streamline the identity document issuance process before the October 1, 2021 enforcement deadline."

After DHS issues implementing regulations as necessary, states may:

Accept the identity and lawful status information from individuals using electronic transmission methods; andReuse existing photographs, under certain conditions, taken by states and used to issue applicants current driver's license or identification card and stored as part of their official state record.The Act also helps lay the groundwork for future REAL ID-compliant mobile/digital driver's licenses to individuals holding a valid REAL ID compliant physical DL/ID. The Act also provides some immediate relief by allowing applicants to provide their social security number without having to bring in a separate document containing the social security number during the application process. Finally, to further publicize upcoming REAL ID requirements, aircraft operators and third-party reservation entities must begin notifying airline travelers of REAL ID enforcement starting 90 days before the enforcement deadline.

To date, all 50 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia have issued more than 114 million REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses and identification cards, representing 42 percent of all driver's licenses and identification card holders.

Only 10 months remain until the October 1, 2021 REAL ID full enforcement deadline goes into effect at all

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 22, 2020

DHS Warns American Businesses About Data Services and Equipment from Firms Linked to Chinese Government
Today, the Department of Homeland Security issued a business advisory to American businesses warning of risks associated with the use of data services and equipment from firms linked to the People's Republic of China (PRC).

The PRC presents a grave threat to the data security of the U.S. government and U.S. businesses. It has both the intent and ability to covertly access data directly through entities under the influence or jurisdiction of PRC laws, often without the knowledge or consent of the non-PRC businesses or institutions that maintain rights to the data.

"For too long, U.S. networks and data have been exposed to cyber threats based in China which are using that data to give Chinese firms an unfair competitive advantage in the global marketplace," said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf. "Practices that give the PRC government unauthorized access to sensitive data - both personal and proprietary - puts the U.S. economy and businesses at direct risk for exploitation. We urge businesses to exercise caution before entering into any agreement with a PRC-linked firm."

This advisory highlights the persistent and increasing risk of PRC government-sponsored data theft due to newly enacted PRC laws that can compel PRC businesses and citizens - including through academic institutions, research service providers, and investors - to take actions related to the collection, transmission, and storage of data that runs counter to principles of U.S. and international law and policy. Such activities include requiring companies to store data within PRC borders and turning over routine data to the PRC government under the pretense of national security. The advisory also highlights the PRC's history of manipulation, misuse, and exploitation of that data to serve PRC business and economic goals.

Any person or entity that chooses to procure data services and equipment from PRC-linked firms, or store data on software or equipment developed

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 21, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Addresses The Chinese Threat At Heritage Foundation
Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf delivered remarks at a virtual event hosted by the Heritage Foundation detailing the enduring threat from the People's Republic of China (PRC) and DHS's strategy to confront it.

"The threat from the PRC is a clear and present danger that we cannot afford to ignore, for the good of our country, our way of life, and our civilization," said Acting Secretary Wolf in the speech. "I am immensely proud of the work DHS has done to recognize the threat China poses to the Homeland. But for all we have done, we must do more.  I have faith that our country can rise to meet the challenge." 

In his remarks, the Acting Secretary outlined a number of steps the Department is currently undertaking to combat Chinese aggression. Among these, DHS is taking bold action to prevent Chinese students, journalists, and Communist Party members from exploiting our immigration system.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection is continuing to detain goods produced with forced labor in the Xinjiang region, and the Department will be issuing a business advisory cautioning against using data services and equipment from firms linked to the PRC. 

The Acting Secretary also announced a forthcoming DHS "Strategic Action Plan to Counter the People's Republic of China," an innovative document that builds on President Trump's 2017 National Security Strategy and the 2020 U.S. Strategic Approach to the People's Republic of China. 

The Acting Secretary's remarks can be found here.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Chinese,

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 18, 2020

Asylum Cooperative Agreement with Honduras Finalized
On December 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the United States and Honduras have concluded the implementation accords for the Asylum Cooperative Agreement (ACA) signed in September 2019. Under the ACA, certain migrants requesting asylum or similar humanitarian protection at the U.S. border may be transferred to Honduras to seek protection in Honduras.

"Finalizing the Asylum Cooperative Agreement between the United States and Honduras is a critical step in the establishment of a truly regional approach to migration, and, more specifically, to the offer of protection to those migrants who are victims of persecution," said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf. "The success of these negotiations reflects the commitment of both governments to address our migration challenges together. I want to extend my gratitude to Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez personally, for his leadership, and for the resulting expansion of avenues for protection available to persecuted migrants in the region."

In order to confront the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis at the Southwest border due to historic levels of irregular migration and human smuggling, the U.S. and Honduras signed an ACA on September 25, 2019 to allow migrants to seek protection in Honduras.  The ACA with Honduras went into effect in March 2020; the implementation accord for the ACA with Honduras was concluded on December 15, 2020, upon exchange of diplomatic notes.  Today's announcement means that all operational details relating to the implementation of the ACA have been worked out between the United States and Honduras.

Implementation of the ACA will involve and facilitate cooperation between the two governments to expand Honduras' systems for offering humanitarian protections. Building Honduras' protection capacity will involve the use of best practices developed by the United States and the international community to increase prot

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 17, 2020

Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf Approves Appointments to the Faith-Based Security Advisory Council
The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad F. Wolf, approved the appointment of 17 members to the newly created Faith-Based Security Advisory Council (FBSAC) on Friday, December 11. The 17 individuals were designated as either Special Government Employees or Representatives for their expertise in the following categories: houses of worship and faith-based organization security, faith-based leaders, faith-based organization leaders, and the faith-based news media. The candidates selected for membership and their respective category are listed below.

Mr. Chandru AcharyaMr. Todd RichinsMs. Cassandra BledsoeMr. Randy SpiveyMr. Kenneth BerkowitzMr. Hugh Daniel SmithMr. Stavros ZografosMr. Dino TepparaMr. Abba CohenMs. Dana HarrisMr. John PinnaMs. Kimberly BurgoMr. Kenneth HodderMs. Shannon Fariel-MureithiMs. Jacqueline IsaacMr. Jack HibbsMr. Paul BaturaThe FBSAC was established on July 28, 2020 in order to provide the Secretary with timely recommendations for prevention of and response to attacks on houses of worship, as well as ways to increase information-sharing between the Department and the faith community

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Faith Ba

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 17, 2020

Joint Statement by the FBI, CISA, and ODNI
Over the course of the past several days, the FBI, CISA, and ODNI have become aware of a significant and ongoing cybersecurity campaign. Pursuant to Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 41, the FBI, CISA, and ODNI have formed a Cyber Unified Coordination Group (UCG) to coordinate a whole-of-government response to this significant cyber incident. The UCG is intended to unify the individual efforts of these agencies as they focus on their separate responsibilities. This is a developing situation, and while we continue to work to understand the full extent of this campaign, we know this compromise has affected networks within the federal government.

As the lead for threat response, the FBI is investigating and gathering intelligence in order to attribute, pursue, and disrupt the responsible threat actors. The FBI is engaging with known and suspected victims, and information gained through FBI's efforts will provide indicators to network defenders and intelligence to our government partners to enable further action.

As the lead for asset response activities, CISA took immediate action and issued an Emergency Directive instructing federal civilian agencies to immediately disconnect or power down affected SolarWinds Orion products from their network. CISA remains in regular contact with our government, private sector and international partners, providing technical assistance upon request, and making needed information and resources available to help those affected recover quickly from this incident. CISA is engaging with our public and private stakeholders across the critical infrastructure community to ensure they understand their exposure and are taking steps to identify and mitigate any compromises.

As the lead for intelligence support and related activities, ODNI is helping to marshal all of the Intelligence Community's re

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 15, 2020

El Salvador Begins Implementation of Asylum Cooperative Agreement
On December 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the United States and El Salvador have concluded the implementation accords for the Asylum Cooperative Agreement (ACA) signed in September 2019. Under the ACA, certain migrants requesting asylum or similar humanitarian protection at the U.S. border will be transferred to El Salvador to seek protection in El Salvador.

"Implementation of the Asylum Cooperative Agreement between the United States and El Salvador is a critical step in the establishment of a truly regional approach to migration, and, more specifically, to the offer of protection to those migrants who are victims of persecution," said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf. "I am grateful to the Government of El Salvador, and to President Bukele personally, for their commitment to the implementation of the ACA, and for the resulting expansion of avenues for protection available to persecuted migrants in the region."

In order to confront the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis at the Southwest border due to historic levels of irregular migration and human smuggling, the U.S. and El Salvador signed an ACA on September 20, 2019 to allow migrants to seek protection within the region in El Salvador. Today's announcement means that all operational details relating to the implementation of the ACA have been worked out between the United States and El Salvador.

Implementation of the ACA will involve and facilitate cooperation between the two governments to expand El Salvador's systems for offering humanitarian protections. Building El Salvador's protection capacity will involve the use of best practices developed by the United States and the international community to increase protection options for vulnerable populations.

DHS is using every available tool at its disposal to mitigate the crisis. During Fiscal Year 2019, more than 71% of migrants apprehended at the U.S. Southwest border w

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 14, 2020

Statement by DHS Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Alexei Woltornist on Federal Government Cyber Breaches
"The Department of Homeland Security is aware of cyber breaches across the federal government and working closely with our partners in the public and private sector on the federal response. As the federal lead for cyber breaches of civilian federal agencies, the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has already issued Emergency Directive 21-01 to the federal government to address compromises related to SolarWinds. As further remedies to these vulnerabilities are available, CISA will update the public at www.cisa.gov.

"If anyone has further information related to cyber breaches, they should contact CISA at central@cisa.gov."

Keywords: Cyber, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Topics: Cybersecurity

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 14, 2020

DHS Announces Joint Final Rule Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Organizations in DHS-Supported Social Service Programs
Today, December 14, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a joint final rule with eight other Agencies—the Department of Justice, the Department of Labor, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Agriculture, the Agency for International Development, and the Department of Veterans Affairs—to implement President Trump's Executive Order No. 13831, on the Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative (May 3, 2018).  This rule ensures that religious and non-religious organizations are treated equally in DHS-supported programs, and it clarifies that religious organizations do not lose their legal protections and rights just because they participate in federal programs and activities. 

"Members across the faith-based community have been vital partners with DHS when it comes to protecting our communities, and I am grateful the Trump Administration has stood firm in our commitment to protect all religious organizations across the nation from discrimination and unequal treatment," said Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf. "This initiative is yet another step in the right direction to ensure that faith-based organizations maintain their legal rights and protections under the law."

This final rule ensures equal treatment for faith-based organizations, consistent with the Constitution and other federal law.  It removes requirements in prior regulations that placed unequal burdens on religious organizations, cast unwarranted suspicion on them, and were in tension with their religious liberty rights. This final rule also clarifies that religious organizations do not lose various legal protections because they participate in federal programs and activities, such as the rights to accommodations and conscience protections under the First Amendment, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and other federal laws. 

This final rule preserves

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 11, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Traveling to Panama and El Salvador
On December 13-16, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf will travel to Panama City, Panama and San Salvador, El Salvador to meet with regional counterparts and discuss broader security issues impacting the region. In Panama City, Acting Secretary Wolf will meet with Minister of Public Safety, Juan Manuel Pino Forero to engage in discussions regarding both ongoing and future areas of cooperation between the United States and Panama. 

In San Salvador, Acting Secretary Wolf will attend the Bilateral Migration Task Force Meeting followed by a meeting with President Nayib Bukele to discuss El Salvador's implementation of the Asylum Cooperative Agreement (ACA) that was signed in the latter part of 2019. On December 16, Acting Secretary Wolf will return to Washington, D.C.

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 09, 2020

Trump Administration, DHS Set New Standards for American Leadership in Space
Washington, D.C. - The Trump Administration and the National Space Council recognize the opportunities for continued American prosperity and innovation afforded by U.S. space activities and today announced the release of the National Space Policy.  

The policy is President Trump's direction for all U.S. space activities and reaffirms the Nation's interest to act responsibly in space to ensure the safety, stability, security, and long-term sustainability of space activities. Under President Trump's leadership, this will create new economic opportunities for the commercial space sector as well as the promotion of American values through American technology and innovation. The policy builds upon over 50 years of U.S. principles for responsible space activities and brings America's policy in alignment with the technological advances and modern realities of the space domain. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proud to support this policy and will immediately set to work implementing the policy's guidance to ensure the security of America's citizens, values, and homeland.

"This is an exciting moment for American space activities and technical innovation," said Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf, a member of the National Space Council. "America has always pushed the boundaries of technical innovation and explored our solar system for the good of all mankind. This policy reaffirms America's commitment to safe, secure, and stable standards for space activities that will benefit all." 

The policy reaffirms the commitment of the U.S. to act responsibly in space and recognizes that responsible space actors operate with openness, transparency, and predictability to maintain the benefits of space for all humanity. It also encourages the continued growth of the U.S. commercial space sector as a source of continued progress and sustained American leadership in space. Space exploration is a means of expanding American leadership and values and to generate n

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 07, 2020

Department of Homeland Security Announce Supplemental Guidance for MPP Implementation
Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are releasing supplemental guidance for implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). The supplemental guidance represents the culmination of a broad and thorough programmatic review that began in early 2020.   

 

"Good government means making sound policies better over time," said Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf. "What we have seen with MPP is that this is a policy that delivers quick and efficient judicial results while providing due process to those that are part of the program. The supplemental guidance issued today maintains our commitment to this vital program."

 

MPP comprises a vital part of the United States' efforts to manage irregular migration flows arriving to the U.S.-Mexico border.  The supplemental guidance released today enshrines ongoing operational improvements made since the initial implementation of the program and further refines MPP operating principles related to document service, amenability, family units, and known mental and physical health issues, among other topics.

 

The Supplemental Policy-Guidance can be found here.

More information on Migrant Protection Protocols can be found here.

 

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)
Topics: Border Security,

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 07, 2020

DHS Announce Supplemental Guidance for MPP Implementation
Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are releasing supplemental guidance for implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). The supplemental guidance represents the culmination of a broad and thorough programmatic review that began in early 2020.

"Good government means making sound policies better over time," said Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf. "What we have seen with MPP is that this is a policy that delivers quick and efficient judicial results while providing due process to those that are part of the program. The supplemental guidance issued today maintains our commitment to this vital program."

MPP comprises a vital part of the United States' efforts to manage irregular migration flows arriving to the U.S.-Mexico border. The supplemental guidance released today enshrines ongoing operational improvements made since the initial implementation of the program and further refines MPP operating principles related to document service, amenability, family units, and known mental and physical health issues, among other topics.

The Supplemental Policy-Guidance can be found here.

More information on Migrant Protection Protocols can be found here.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)
Topics:

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 07, 2020

Update: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals
On November 14, 2020, Judge Nicholas George Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York issued an opinion regarding the July 28, 2020 memorandum signed by Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf. On December 4, 2020, Judge Garaufis required the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to take certain actions to implement his November 14 opinion. As a result, effective December 7, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is:

Accepting first-time requests for consideration of deferred action under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) based on the terms of the DACA policy in effect prior to September 5, 2017, and in accordance with the Court's December 4, 2020, order;Accepting DACA renewal requests based on the terms of the DACA policy in effect prior to September 5, 2017, and in accordance with the Court's December 4, 2020, order;Accepting applications for advance parole documents based on the terms of the DACA policy prior to September 5, 2017, and in accordance with the Court's December 4, 2020, order;Extending one-year grants of deferred action under DACA to two years; andExtending one-year employment authorization documents under DACA to two years.USCIS will take appropriate steps to provide evidence of the one-year extensions of deferred action and employment authorization documents under DACA to individuals who were issued documentation on or after July 28, 2020, with a one-year validity period under the Wolf Memorandum.

DHS will comply with Judge Garaufis' order while it remains in effect, but DHS may seek relief from the order.

For more information, please visit USCIS.g

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 02, 2020

DHS Issues Detention Order on Cotton Products Made by Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps Using Prison Labor
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel at all U.S. ports of entry will detain shipments containing cotton and cotton products originating from the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC).

CBP's Office of Trade directed the issuance of a Withhold Release Order (WRO) against cotton products made by the XPCC based on information that reasonably indicates the use of forced labor, including convict labor. The WRO applies to all cotton and cotton products produced by the XPCC and its subordinate and affiliated entities as well as any products that are made in whole or in part with or derived from that cotton, such as apparel, garments, and textiles.

The WRO on XPCC cotton products is the sixth enforcement action that CBP has announced in the past three months against goods made by forced labor from China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. In July 2020, the U.S. Government issued an advisory to caution businesses about the risks of forced labor in Xinjiang, where the Chinese government continues to execute a campaign of repression targeting the Uyghur people and other ethnic and religious minority groups.

"The human rights abuses taking place at the hands of the Chinese Communist government will not be tolerated by President Trump and the American people," said DHS Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli.  "DHS is taking the lead to enforce our laws to make sure human rights abusers, including U.S. businesses, are not allowed to manipulate our system in order to profit from slave labor. ‘Made in China' is not just a country of origin it is a warning label." 

"China's systemic abuse of forced labor in the Xinjiang Region should disturb every American busine

Department of Homeland Security News
Nov 12, 2020

Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf Announces New Homeland Security Advisory Council Members
Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad F. Wolf, introduced two new members to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC): Tom Jenkins and Catherine Lotrionte. Created by President George W. Bush in 2002, the HSAC is a Department of Homeland Security federal advisory committee that provides the secretary with independent, informed recommendations, and advice on a variety of homeland security issues.

"My vision for the Homeland Security Advisory Council, consistent with its charter, is to seek strategic, timely, specific and actionable advice on a range of homeland security issues," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "I'm pleased to appoint these leaders in their respective fields to the council, and I thank all the HSAC members for their continued service to the country, and to the Department."

Please find additional background information on the new Homeland Security Advisory Council members below.

was appointed Fire Chief for the City of Rogers, Arkansas on January 16, 2009.  In this capacity he is responsible for over 150 career firefighters in ten locations.  Chief Jenkins has served under Governors Beebe and Hutchison on several state commissions and groups, including the Trauma Advisory Council, the Firefighter Benefit Review Panel and the Safe Schools Commission.  Chief Jenkins has served as a professor for both Northwest Arkansas Community College, Drury University and Oklahoma State University, teaching topics that range from leadership and administration to fire hydraulics and suppression tactics.  Chief Jenkins served as the President of the International Association

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 30, 2020

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Condemns Censorship of Government Officials as a Security Threat, Calls on Twitter to End it
In an open letter to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf today called on Twitter to no longer obstruct Americans' unalienable right to communicate with each other, their government, and its officials on the platform, because doing so endangers the national security. As an example of such "unjustified" and "disturbing" censorship, the Acting Secretary cited and condemned the company's recent actions against U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan.

"As the Department of Homeland Security and other Federal agencies continue to rely on Twitter to share important information with the U.S. public, your censorship poses a threat to our security," Acting Secretary Wolf wrote. "Twitter is sabotaging public discourse regarding important national and homeland security issues," he later added.

Please find the full letter here.

 

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 29, 2020

The Border Wall System Is Deployed, Effective, And Disrupting Criminals And Smugglers
Effective physical infrastructure works to secure our Southwest Border. Since the U.S. Border Patrol began constructing border barriers nearly 30 years ago, these barriers have proved to be a critical component in gaining operational control of the border.

Deploying the wall system in high priority areas—particularly urban areas where illegal border crossers can quickly vanish into the surrounding community—allows the USBP to decide where border crossings take place, not smugglers, and the USBP can deploy personnel and technology in complement to the border barrier.

In 2006, the U.S. Senate voted in a bipartisan 80 to 19 majority to pass the Secure Fence Act, which authorized construction of physical infrastructure to secure the border. Securing our Southwest Border was once a bipartisan issue.

Neglected, easily compromised, and sparsely constructed, the border fence concept needed a reinvestment in 2017. From day one, President Trump prudently recognized that America must have an effective border wall system that delivers first-of-its kind capabilities to the men and women of the USBP.

Today, CBP is constructing a border wall system which includes a combination of various types of infrastructure including:

Internally hardened steel-bollard barriers from 18' to 30' high New and improved all-weather access roads Perimeter lighting Enforcement cameras Other related technology The border wall system deploys the right mix of personnel, technology, and infrastructure to meet the challenges of a dynamic border threat environment and ultimately achieve operational control of the border.

DEPLOYED: As of October 23, 2020, construction of the wall system breaks down as follows:

FUNDED: 738 miles COMPLETED CONSTRUCTION: 386 miles UNDER CONSTRUCTION: 195 miles PRE-CON

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 29, 2020

The Border Wall System Is Deployed, Effective, And Distrupting Cirminals And Smugglers
Effective physical infrastructure works to secure our Southwest Border. Since the U.S. Border Patrol began constructing border barriers nearly 30 years ago, these barriers have proved to be a critical component in gaining operational control of the border.

Deploying the wall system in high priority areas—particularly urban areas where illegal border crossers can quickly vanish into the surrounding community—allows the USBP to decide where border crossings take place, not smugglers, and the USBP can deploy personnel and technology in complement to the border barrier.

In 2006, the U.S. Senate voted in a bipartisan 80 to 19 majority to pass the Secure Fence Act, which authorized construction of physical infrastructure to secure the border. Securing our Southwest Border was once a bipartisan issue.

Neglected, easily compromised, and sparsely constructed, the border fence concept needed a reinvestment in 2017. From day one, President Trump prudently recognized that America must have an effective border wall system that delivers first-of-its kind capabilities to the men and women of the USBP.

Today, CBP is constructing a border wall system which includes a combination of various types of infrastructure including:

Internally hardened steel-bollard barriers from 18' to 30' high New and improved all-weather access roads Perimeter lighting Enforcement cameras Other related technology The border wall system deploys the right mix of personnel, technology, and infrastructure to meet the challenges of a dynamic border threat environment and ultimately achieve operational control of the border.

DEPLOYED: As of October 23, 2020, construction of the wall system breaks down as follows:

FUNDED: 738 miles COMPLETED CONSTRUCTION: 386 miles UNDER CONSTRUCTION: 195 miles PRE-CON

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 29, 2020

DHS and CBP Celebrate 400 Miles of New Border Wall System
-Today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) celebrated  the construction of nearly 400 miles of new border wall system, in high priority locations across the Southwest border under the Trump Administration. 

Since CBP began constructing border barriers nearly 30 years ago, these barriers have proved to be a critical component in gaining operational control of the border. Deploying the wall system in high priority areas allows U.S. Border Patrol to decide where border crossings take place, not smugglers, and where to deploy personnel and technology in complement to the border barrier.

"The progress we are celebrating here did not happen by accident. The many miles of border wall system exists because of the will and vision of President Trump, and the dedication and hard work of the men and women of DHS, the Army Corps of Engineers and our colleagues from across the Administration, said Acting Secretary Chad Wolf. "While this is an important milestone, we are building even more wall. Currently, we have nearly 210 more miles under construction, and we expect to complete 450 miles by the end of the year."

 

"Today is an historic day for the American people and for the Trump Administration, defying all those who said it couldn't be done," said Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli. "The celebration of 400 miles of border wall system is a testament to President Trump's leadership and this Administration's commitment to secure our southern border and build an effective border wall system that protects all Americans."

"The border wall system is Exhibit A in showing that the Trump Administration is serious about border security," said CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan. "This wall saves American lives. Every single bit of concrete and steel that goes into the ground stops dangerous people and deadly drugs from coming

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 28, 2020

Acting DHS Secretary Chad F. Wolf Responds to CNN Contributor Miles Taylor News
Today's announcement by Mr. Taylor demonstrates that he was clearly pursuing a self-serving, self-promoting agenda while at the Department of Homeland Security rather than pursuing an agenda aimed at securing the Homeland. Having worked with Mr. Taylor on the President's immigration and counter-terrorism policy agenda, I can attest that he never vocalized disagreement with the President's policies - and in fact expressed strong support.  This charade is another sad reminder that not all who pursue public service are doing so for the public good.

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 28, 2020

DHS, Trump Administration Protect American Jobs from Unfair International Competition


Agency Proposes Prioritizing Higher Wage Levels to Better Protect U.S. Workers

WASHINGTON —Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the transmission to the Federal Register of a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would prioritize the selection of H-1B registrations (or petitions, if the registration process is suspended) based on corresponding wage levels in order to better protect the economic interests of U.S. workers, while still allowing U.S. employers to meet their personnel needs and remain globally competitive.

Modifying the H-1B cap selection process by replacing the random selection process with a wage-level-based selection process is a better way to allocate H-1Bs when demand exceeds supply.  If finalized as proposed, this new selection process would incentivize employers to offer higher wages or petition for positions requiring higher skills and higher-skilled workers instead of using the program to fill relatively lower-paid vacancies.

"With this proposed rule, the Trump administration is continuing to deliver on its promise to protect the American worker while strengthening the economy. The H-1B program is often exploited and abused by U.S. employers, and their U.S. clients, primarily seeking to hire foreign workers and pay lower wages," said Acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli.  "The current use of random selection to allocate H-1B visas makes it harder for businesses to plan their hiring, fails to leverage the H-1B program to truly compete for the world's best and brightest, and hurts American workers by bringing in relatively lower-paid foreign labor at the expense of the American workforce."

This eff

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 27, 2020

Acting DHS Deputy Secretary Cuccinelli Condemns Pending Court Decision Forcing Family Separation
In response to U.S. District Court Judge Dolly Gee preparing to order the separation of families in the case of Flores v. Barr, United States District Court for the Central District of California, DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli released the following statement:

"Under President Trump, the administration is committed to keeping families together, but an activist judge is preparing to order the separation of families in DHS custody. DHS will not assist in this process without a court order. Under the judge's new policy, countless children may be released into the United States without lawful status and without their parents. Instead of creating new loopholes, we should be enforcing our laws."

Keywords: Deputy Secretary, Immigration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Topics: Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 27, 2020

Acting DHS Secretary Chad F. Wolf Announces Luke Bellocchi as the Department of Homeland Security's Ombudsman for Immigration Detention
WASHINGTON - Acting DHS Secretary Chad F. Wolf released the following statement on the announcement of Luke Bellocchi as the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Ombudsman for Immigration Detention.

"Today, I am pleased to announce Luke Bellocchi as the Department's Ombudsman for Immigration Detention. Luke's experience in both the public sector and the federal government has positioned him well for this new role at DHS, and I look forward to working with Luke to stand-up this new office."   

Luke has previously served as the Department's Deputy Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, where he coordinated, managed, and edited the office's annual report to Congress regarding the processing of immigration applications and various related policy issues. Luke's prior experience as the Assistant Commissioner for Congressional Affairs while at Customs and Border Protection will be instrumental in establishing and administering the new statutory authorities provided to the Immigration Detention Ombudsman—a new position mandated by Congress in December of 2019. Please find the responsibilities and functions of the Ombudsman by statute here.

In addition to these important roles, Mr. Bellocchi has served as Strategic Advisor for Aviation Policy at the Department of Transportation, and Counsel to both the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee as well as the House Judiciary Committee. Mr. Bellocchi holds a Juris Doctor from the State University of New York, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia, a Master of Science from the Joint Military Intelligence College and a Master of Comparative Law from Georgetown Law School.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf,

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 21, 2020

ICE Arrests 15 Nonimmigrant Students For OPT-Related Fraud
WASHINGTON - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Wednesday preliminary results from Operation OPTical Illusion, a law enforcement operation targeting nonimmigrant students who fraudulently used the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program to remain in the United States. OPT enables nonimmigrant students to work in the United States in positions related to their field of study for up to one year, with an additional 24 months if the student participates in STEM optional practical training.

The operation, which is ongoing, resulted in the arrest of 15 nonimmigrant students who claimed to be employed by companies that don't exist.

"Today's announcement is just another example of the Trump Administration not only putting America first but making sure the laws of our immigration system are enforced," said Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli. "Every instance of fraud is a job an American worker could have had, and with so many Americans looking for work this crime is even more unacceptable."

"ICE has a system of checks in place to mitigate fraud and is committed to protecting national security by ensuring that students, visitors, and schools comply with U.S. immigration laws," said ICE Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director Tony Pham. "These latest arrests demonstrate that the agency is actively targeting individuals who try to exploit the student visa system."

The 15 arrests took place in and around Boston, MA; the Washington, DC area; Houston, TX; Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Newark, NJ; Nashville, TN; as well as Pittsburgh and Harrisburg, PA and included 11 Indian nationals, two Libyan nationals, one Senegalese national and one Bangladeshi national.

The agency will continue to vet students who gained new employment through OPT for compliance with their nonimmigrant status. Any identified leads will be reviewed for potential future enforcement.

Keywords:

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 20, 2020

DHS Launches New Center for Countering Human Trafficking
WASHINGTON—U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced Thursday the opening of the DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking, the U.S. government's first-ever integrated law enforcement operations center directly supporting federal criminal investigations, victim assistance efforts, intelligence analysis, and outreach and training activities related to human trafficking and forced labor.

The center, which has been operational since early September, is based in Washington and led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a global leader of criminal investigations into human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The center will be staffed with law enforcement officials from Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and across DHS, as well as subject matter experts and support staff from 16 DHS components—all focused on the "4 Ps" of the center's mission: prevention, protection, prosecution and partnerships.

"Human trafficking is modern day slavery. There is no other way to say it," said Acting Secretary Chad Wolf. "The words are strong because the actions are evil. The forms of exploitation, sex trafficking, forced labor, and domestic servitude that constitute human trafficking are antithetical in every way to the principles of human dignity that Americans hold dear. The launch of this Center for Countering Human Trafficking represents the investment of resources, attention, and time by President Trump to combat and dismantle all forms of human trafficking."

On Jan. 15, Wolf signed and released the DHS Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking, the Importation of Goods Produced with Forced Labor, and Child Sexual Exploitation (https://www.dhs.gov/publication/strategy-combat-human-trafficking-importation-goods-produced-forced-labor-and-

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 16, 2020

DHS, ICE Announce Arrests Of More Than 170 At-Large Aliens In Sanctuary Jurisdictions
WASHINGTONThe Department of Homeland Security (DHS) andU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Thursday the conclusion of a week-long targeted enforcement operation that resulted in the apprehension of more than 170 at-large aliens throughout the U.S., where sanctuary policies have largely prohibited the cooperation of law enforcement agencies in the arrest of criminal aliens. 

ICE officers assigned to field offices in Seattle, Denver, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C. conducted the enforcement actions Oct. 3 through Oct. 9. The enforcement actions focused on aliens subject to removal who were arrested for crimes but were released by state or local law enforcement agencies despite having active immigration detainers in place. More than 80% percent of aliens arrested had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges at the time of arrest.

"Last fiscal year, 86 percent of people arrested by ICE had criminal convictions or pending charges. ICE focuses its resources on those who pose the greatest threat to public safety. The men and women of ICE put their lives on the line every day to keep these individuals off the streets," said Acting DHS Secretary Chad F. Wolf. "The Department will continue to carry out lawful enforcement actions in order to keep our communities safe, regardless of whether or not we have cooperation from state and local officials. Politics will not come before safety when enforcing the law and keeping our citizens safe."

 "ICE continues to protect communities by taking criminal aliens off the streets regardless of any locality's cooperation policies - which is part of our Congressionally mandated mission," said ICE Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director Tony H. Pham. "Officers and agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are sworn federal law enforcement officers who enforce U.S. immigration laws created by Congress to keep this coun

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 16, 2020

Trump Administration, DHS Fight to Ensure American Technological Advantage and Competitiveness on Innovative Technologies
Announce Release of the National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technology

Washington, D.C. - The Trump Administration continues its work to ensure America's technological and innovative edges are guaranteed by offering the first National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technology. The plan outlines efforts to protect critical and emerging technologies across American industry, including fields such as Computing; Artificial Intelligence; Communications and Networking; Data Science and Storage; Semiconductors; and Space. The Department of Homeland Security plays a pivotal role in these efforts and by building upon this Strategy, will continue working to safeguard the homeland. DHS's continued mission success depends on American innovation to bring the best technologies to bear against threats to our homeland.

"America has led the world in science and technology for generations and this Strategy positions us to maintain that in spite of the efforts from adversaries like China and Russia", said Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf. "As we are challenged on the world stage by both hostile foreign powers and society's increasing reliance on technology, now is the time to further recognize the risks and opportunities that face us in order to ensure our economic prosperity and national security."

The Strategy centers on two core pillars designed to advance America's technological advantage in the world and protect American workers and designers from harmful theft of their intellectual property. The first pillar, Promote the National Security Innovation Base, seeks to establish American innovation as the driving force in our national security. Pillar Two, Protect Technology Advantage, recognizes the threat posed to our innovative tradition and economy by nations who seek to gain from theft of our technical breakthroughs to threaten America's global position. In collaboration with our partners, this coordinated strategy will protect America's coll

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 13, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Condemns Attempted Kidnapping of Governor's Whitmer and Northam after Tuesday's Federal Hearing
Acting Secretary Wolf released the following statement after defendants appeared Monday in federal district court on charges related to a plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

"I applaud state and federal law enforcement successful efforts to thwart the plan of violent extremists to kidnap Governor Whitmer of Michigan and Governor Northam of Virginia. Last week, we released the DHS Homeland Threat Assessment that outlines this very threat. There is no place in our society for violent extremists in any form —we will stand against them at every turn."

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 07, 2020

Acting Secretary Responds to Chairman Thompson's Blatant Misrepresentation of the Homeland Threat Assessment
Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf released the following statement regarding Chairman Thompson's misrepresentation of threats in the HTA  to the New York Times

"Chairman Thompson has misrepresented the facts laid out in the Department's recently released Homeland Threat Assessment (HTA).  The HTA does not specifically identify a ‘top domestic threat to the Homeland.' Instead, we address each unique threat stream with the most lethal and dangerous groups operating within those threat steams - from Domestic Violent Extremists to transnational criminal organizations.  More importantly, the HTA does not state, in any way, that any groups are inspired by the President's statements.  That is a fabrication.

"By distorting the HTA, Chairman Thompson has chosen to politicize this important assessment. I am disappointed with these comments as they disparage the career DHS officials who worked hard to create the nonpartisan assessment so that all Americans will have awareness of the significant threats facing the homeland."

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Assessment, Congress, Threat
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 07, 2020

DHS Announces ICE Enforcement Actions On Criminal Aliens Released Due To California Sanctuary Policies
WASHINGTONToday the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) andU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the conclusion to a week-long targeted enforcement operation that resulted in the apprehension of over 125 at-large aliens across the state of California, where sanctuary policies have largely prohibited the cooperation of law enforcement agencies in the arrest of criminal aliens. 

The ICE enforcement actions, which took place Sept. 18 to Oct 3, targeted aliens subject to removal who were arrested for crimes but were released by state or local law enforcement agencies, despite having active immigration detainers in place. Over 95% percent of those aliens arrested, had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges at the time of arrest.

"Unfortunately, certain local politicians, including many in California continue to put politics over public safety. Instead of fulfilling our shared mission to protect our communities, they would rather play politics with the law by enacting so-called Sanctuary City policies to the detriment of our country's safety," said Acting Secretary Chad Wolf "Operation Rise is proof-positive that we will never back down from enforcing the rule of law, with or without the cooperation of local politicians." 

"A part of ICE's mission is to protect the American people and provide security to our communities.  We accomplish this when we are partners and not adversaries with our localities.  These partnerships allow ICE to secure dangerous criminal aliens prior to their release into the communities thereby reducing the opportunity for recidivist behavior," said Tony H. Pham, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the ICE Director. "Unfortunately, California's sanctuary laws protect and shield criminal aliens, harboring them in our communities where they can potentially reoffend and revictimize."

During these recent enforcement actions, ICE officers in California identifi

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 06, 2020

Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor Rule Restores Integrity to H-1B Visa Program
Today the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced an interim final rule (IFR) that strengthens the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program to protect U.S. workers, restores integrity to the H-1B program and better guarantees that H-1B petitions are approved only for qualified beneficiaries and petitioners.

The H-1B program was intended to allow employers to fill gaps in their workforce and remain competitive in the global economy, however it has now expanded far beyond that, often to the detriment of U.S. workers. Data shows that the more than a half million H-1B nonimmigrants in the United States have been used to displace U.S. workers. This has led to reduced wages in a number of industries in the U.S. labor market and the stagnation of wages in certain occupations. These latest efforts on H-1B visas are part of a larger Trump Administration goal to protect American workers.

"We have entered an era in which economic security is an integral part of homeland security. Put simply, economic security is homeland security. In response, we must do everything we can within the bounds of the law to make sure the American worker is put first," said Acting Secretary Chad Wolf. "The Department of Homeland Security is honored to take this important step toward putting Americans first and to continue to implement President Trump's agenda to keep our economy secure."

This rule will combat the use of H-1B workers to serve as a low-cost replacement for otherwise qualified American workers.

The new rule will:

Narrow the definition of "specialty occupation" as Congress intended by closing the overbroad definition that allowed companies to game the system;Require companies to make "real" offers to "real employees," by closing loopholes and preventing the displacement of the American worker; and,Enhance DHS's ability to enforce compliance through worksite inspections and monitor compliance before, during, and after an H1-B petition

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 06, 2020

Department of Homeland Security Releases Homeland Threat Assessment
- Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf released the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Homeland Threat Assessment (HTA). This first-of-its-kind report synthesizes threat information across DHS including intelligence and operational components.

"This HTA is as close as the American people will get to seeing and understanding the information that I see as Acting Secretary and that our employees see in their national security missions. As you read through the HTA you should have faith in knowing that these threats were identified using the best intelligence, operational information, and employee knowledge available to the Department," said Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf. "When the American people read this HTA they will be more aware of the traditional threats facing the Homeland like terrorism and organized crime. However, I think they will also realize that we face a significant threat in the Homeland from nation-states like China, Russia, and Iran."

2020 Homeland Security Threat Assessment findings of note:

Cyber threats to the Homeland from both nation-states and non-state actors will remain acute - and will likely grow;The COVID-19 pandemic is creating new opportunities for the United States' economic competitors to exploit the American people;China, Russia, and Iran may seek to use cyber capabilities to compromise or disrupt critical infrastructure used to support the 2020 elections and may also use influence measures in an attempt to sway the preferences and perceptions of U.S. voters;Ideologically motivated lone offenders and small groups will pose the greatest terrorist threat to the Homeland, with Domestic Violent Extremists presenting the most persistent and lethal threat;Transnational criminal organizations will continue to be an acute and devastating threat undermining public h

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 01, 2020

12 Months Remaining Until Full REAL ID Enforcement Deadline
DHS Enforcing Critical Identification Requirements to Protect the Homeland

WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reminding Americans that only 12 months remain until the October 1, 2021 REAL ID enforcement goes into effect. On October 1, 2021, individuals seeking to enter federal facilities, nuclear power plants, or commercial airplanes at federally regulated airports will be required to have a REAL ID compliant license or acceptable alternative identification, such as a U.S. passport or passport card, to gain entry. DHS continues to urge Americans to obtain a REAL ID-compliant card or acceptable alternative well before this deadline.

All 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S Virgin Islands, and Guam are fully compliant and are issuing these cards. To date, the states and territories have issued approximately 110 million REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses and identification cards, representing 40 percent of all driver's licenses and identification card holders. 

Having improved credentials is critical to the security of our homeland as evidenced by the bipartisan 9/11 Commission, which discovered that terrorists easily procured driver's licenses. The nineteen terrorists who attacked our country on 9/11 acquired more than 30 driver's licenses and identification cards, which helped the terrorists conduct critical aspects of their plot, such as renting cars and boarding flights. Passed by Congress in 2005 following a 9/11 Commission recommendation, the REAL ID Act and regulations establish minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits federal agencies, like the Transportation Security Administration, from accepting licenses and identification cards for official purposes from states that do not meet these anti-counterfeiting and anti-fraud standards after specific deadlines.

To avoid confusion regarding the REAL ID Act requirements and enforc

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 29, 2020

DHS wall construction update: 29 September 2020
: The Trump administration is building new wall and doing so faster than ever before. Currently wall construction continues at the southwest border (SWB) with the administration's goal of 450 new miles of wall system on track for the end of the calendar year.

As summed up below by Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott, the current status of the wall system's construction is summed up as follows:

341 new miles completed240 new miles under construction157 new miles under the pre-construction processtwitter.com/USBPChief/status/1310601420480172039 

Furthermore, as Acting Secretary Chad Wolf illustrated in his recent State of the Homeland Address, the timeline has been accelerating since construction began:

"In January, we reached 100 miles of new border wall system. In June, we achieved 200 miles. In August, we marked the 300th mile—and by the end of this calendar year we will reach over 450 miles of new border wall system."

Now construction is moving at a rate of approximately 10 miles per week, setting the administration up to complete its year-end goal with time to spare.

This 450-mile section of constructed wall is significant as it will mark the end of DHS's first round of efforts to secure the SWB with physical borders. These are some of the highest-trafficking and therefore most critical sectors of the southern border for illegal crossings and apprehensions.

These numbers point to the department's unrelenting efforts to secure the American people and restore integrity to America's broken immigration system despite widespread, transparently political obstruction in both Congress and the courts over the course of the administration.

Finally, as hundreds of new miles of border wall system have been constructed, they have pushed cartels to traffic their poisonous products precisely where DHS is best equipped— our Ports of Entry. The drugs we are seizing as a resul

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 29, 2020

DHS Wall Construction Update: September 29, 2020
The Trump administration is building new wall and doing so faster than ever before. Currently wall construction continues at the southwest border (SWB) with the administration's goal of 450 new miles of wall system on track for the end of the calendar year.

As summed up below by Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott, the current status of the wall system's construction is summed up as follows:

341 new miles completed240 new miles under construction157 new miles under the pre-construction processFurthermore, as Acting Secretary Chad Wolf illustrated in his recent State of the Homeland Address, the timeline has been accelerating since construction began:

"In January, we reached 100 miles of new border wall system. In June, we achieved 200 miles. In August, we marked the 300th mile—and by the end of this calendar year we will reach over 450 miles of new border wall system."

Now construction is moving at a rate of approximately 10 miles per week, setting the administration up to complete its year-end goal with time to spare.

This 450-mile section of constructed wall is significant as it will mark the end of DHS's first round of efforts to secure the SWB with physical borders. These are some of the highest-trafficking and therefore most critical sectors of the southern border for illegal crossings and apprehensions.

These numbers point to the department's unrelenting efforts to secure the American people and restore integrity to America's broken immigration system despite widespread, transparently political obstruction in both Congress and the courts over the course of the administration.

Finally, as hundreds of new miles of border wall system have been constructed, they have pushed cartels to traffic their poisonous products precisely where DHS is best equipped— our Ports of Entry. The drugs we are sei

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 24, 2020

DHS Proposes to Change Admission Period Structure for F, J and I Nonimmigrants
The Department of Homeland Security has announced a proposed rule to require a fixed period of stay for international students, exchange visitors and foreign information media representatives to encourage program compliance, reduce fraud and enhance national security.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission and an Extension of Stay Procedure for Nonimmigrant Academic Students, Exchange Visitors and Representatives of Foreign Information Media, proposes to remove the duration of status framework that currently allows aliens in F, J and I classifications to remain in the United States for as long as they maintain compliance with the terms of admission.

"This effort would create a fixed time period of admission for certain aliens, consistent with most other temporary visa classifications, while still allowing these aliens an opportunity to legally extend their stay or re-apply for admission where appropriate," said Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli. "Amending the relevant regulations is critical in improving program oversight mechanisms; preventing foreign adversaries from exploiting the country's education environment; and properly enforcing and strengthening U.S. immigration laws."

Under the proposed rule, F or J nonimmigrants would be admitted into the United States for a period up to the end date of their program, not to exceed four years, unless DHS determines that the nonimmigrant is subject to a shorter period of authorized stay limited to two years. Aliens from countries associated with high visa overstay rates (rates greater than 10% for student and exchange visitors) will be limited to up to a two-year fixed period of stay to increase monitoring, deter immigration violations and incentivize timely departure.

Additional factors that may trigger a two-year period of authorized stay include an alien's birth or citizenship from a countr

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 24, 2020

Opening Statement As Prepared For Delivery By Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli For Senate Hearing On Threats To The Homeland
Good morning Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Peters, and distinguished members of the committee. Thank you for the opportunity to testify.

I am here to discuss the myriad of threats facing the American people and our homeland. In 2020, the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security have carried out their protective mission with professional excellence as our nation faces unprecedented and dynamic challenges.

From the pandemic, to riots, to natural disasters, the Trump Administration has ensured that our personnel have the vital support and resources they need to address evolving threats, while continuing to fulfill our enduring, no-fail missions.

DHS has a clear mandate from President Trump:

at all times, in all decisions, in all dangers, to keep the safety and prosperity of the American people as our first priority.

Today I will briefly comment on three national threats that deserve specific attention: Civil Unrest, Domestic Terrorism, and Transnational Criminal Organizations.

When we talk about domestic terrorism, we are talking about threats or acts of violence carried out against people and critical infrastructure in the U.S.

to advance an ideological agenda or coerce policy or social change.

These are generally conducted by Americans and not linked to foreign terrorist organizations.

Americans have the right to believe whatever they want, but there is no right to carry out acts of violence to further those beliefs. That is when we move from protected speech to domestic terrorism.

When the civil unrest by violent anarchists dragged on for months in Portland, Oregon; and local leadership refused to cooperate with federal law enforcement, DHS defended the federal courthouse without hesitation. Despite being pelted with IEDs, Molotov cocktails, fireworks, metal pipes, and more, our federal officers were resolute, sustaining more than 340 injuries in the course of t

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 18, 2020

Fact Sheet: DHS Measures on the Border to Limit the Further Spread of Coronavirus
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Updated Dates:  April 21, 2020, May 20, 2020, June 16, 2020, July 16, 2020, August 14, 2020
Original Date:  March 23, 2020

In order to limit the further spread of coronavirus, the U.S. has reached agreements with both Canada and Mexico to limit all non-essential travel across borders. Working closely and collaboratively, the Department of Homeland Security is part of a North American approach to stop the spread of the virus.

Additionally, CBP will no longer detain illegal immigrants in our holding facilities and will immediately return these aliens to the country they entered from - Canada or Mexico. Where such a return is not possible, CBP will return these aliens to their country of origin.

These measures were implemented on March 21, 2020 and were originally in place for 30 days, subject to reevaluation and further extension in light of the fluid nature of the coronavirus pandemic.  On April 20, 2020, these measures were extended for an additional 30 days; on May 19, 2020, these measures were extended until June 22, 202

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 16, 2020

Cuccinelli Condemns House Homeland Security Committee Majority for Ignoring Worldwide Threats
On Wednesday, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) refused DHS's multiple offers to have a senior department official present at a hearing on worldwide threats.

In response to this transparent and brazen attempt at beltway political theater, Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary (SOPDDS) Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement:

Chairman Thompson can complain all he wants, but the facts are clear, and they are not on his side. Longstanding precedent says that pending nominees don't testify to other committees as their nomination is pending. In light of that precedent, DHS offered to accommodate their request to hear about threats. I had testimony prepared and had my schedule clear to show up at this morning's hearing. Instead, the committee majority decided that they would rather put on a show for the media. Instead of serving the American people and working to keep them safe, they would rather use the American people's time and money to stage a political spectacle. Sadly, putting politics ahead of public safety has become far too common for many politicians across the country in recent months, and the swamp is no exception.

SOPDDS Cuccinelli's full prepared and submitted testimony for Thursday's hearing can be found here.



In response to the House Homeland Security Committee's brazenly partisan and unnecessary subpoena of Secretary Chad Wolf issued last week, Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs sent a letter to Chairman Thompson Wednesday once again reiterating the department's standing offer to accommodate the committee by sending the department's second in command, Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary (SOPDDS) Ken Cucc

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 16, 2020

Cuccinelli prepared testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security on 'Worldwide Threats to the Homeland'
9:00 a.m., Thursday, September 17, 2020

310 Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC

 

Good morning Chairman Thompson, Ranking Member Rogers, and distinguished members of the Committee. Thank you for the opportunity to testify before you on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding today's threats to the Homeland.  Born out of the ashes of 9/11, the American people tasked DHS with one purpose: to protect this great Nation and keep our citizens safe.   

As Acting Secretary Wolf said in his recent State of the Homeland remarks, "the Department of Homeland Security is bound by one mission, one creed. Answering the call, often times in the most arduous of environments and difficult of circumstances, to safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values from all threats, all the time—both today, tomorrow, and in the months and years to come."

Although the threats facing our nation 17 years ago when DHS was founded have evolved significantly, DHS continues to be motivated to adapt in order to address these new and emerging threats.  

DHS addresses these emerging threats with a clear mandate from President Trump: the safety, security and prosperity of the American people comes first. DHS, using our unique authorities, and in collaboration with our federal, state and local partners, will continue to make good on this promise.  

Indeed, under the leadership of President Trump, the 240,000 men and women of the DHS family have been empowered to overcome new and challenging threats, as well as accomplish our enduring no-fail missions.  Specifically: 

We are combating crises at the Southern Border—such as human trafficking, drug smuggling, and unprecedented illegal migration flows—while restoring integrity to the immigration system;We are maintaining vigilance against terrorist threats, foreign and domestic, within the bounds of ou

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 16, 2020

DHS Provides $10 Million to Local Communities to Prevent Targeted Violence and Terrorism
- The Department of Homeland Security has awarded $10 million to 29 select projects to support the development of a nationwide Terrorism and Targeted Violence Prevention (TVTP) Framework. These awards were made through a competitive process under the Fiscal Year 2020 Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program.

"With these grants, DHS has prioritized programs aimed at improving communities' ability to prevent individuals from mobilizing or radicalizing to violence. These programs will create or enhance locally-based prevention frameworks to address these emerging threats," said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf. "DHS stands in absolute opposition to violent extremism, no matter its motivation or form. We will continue our constant efforts to combat all forms of domestic terror."

These projects address the wide range of violent ideologies and mobilization factors that lead to targeted violence. This Fiscal Year's program prioritized countering domestic terrorism. The TVTP Grant Program builds on the promising practices in the field of prevention. It is the only federal grant program dedicated to enhancing prevention capabilities in local communities.

Projects selected under the TVTP Grant Program cover many aspects of prevention, including building resilience, intervention, recidivism prevention, and reintegration programs at the local level. The projects selected directly support the objectives of the September 2019 DHS Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence. Making these funds available for local prevention partners is a key milestone in the implementation of the Strategic Framework.

DHS evaluated 95 eligible applicants based on selection criteria, prioritization of grant program objective, and diversity of applicant types, activities, and geographic di

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 15, 2020

DHS Statement on OIG Letter Criticizing GAO's Leadership Succession Report
On Monday, Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Joseph Cuffari sent a letter to House Chairs Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) declining to issue an opinion on the Government Accountability Office's erroneous and partisan August 14 report on the succession of leadership at DHS.

DHS Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs Alexei Woltornist issued the following statement on Inspector General Cuffari's letter:

The inspector general has concurred with what both the facts and the law made clear from the start: GAO's report was erroneous, non-binding, and issued under highly questionable authority under federal law. Once again, the department urges GAO to reconsider its incorrect and transparently partisan report for the sake of the truth as well as the office's dwindling reputation as a supposedly nonpartisan oversight mechanism.

Cuffari's full letter can be read here.

Keywords: Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Inspector General (OIG)
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 14, 2020

DHS Cracks Down on Goods Produced by China's State-Sponsored Forced Labor
WASHINGTONU.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued five Withhold Release Orders (WRO) today on products from the People's Republic of China (PRC). The products subject to the WROs are produced with state-sponsored forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where the Chinese government is engaged in systemic human rights abuses against the Uyghur people and other ethnic and religious minorities.

"By taking this action, DHS is combating illegal and inhumane forced labor, a type of modern slavery, used to make goods that the Chinese government then tries to import into the United States. When China attempts to import these goods into our supply chains, it also disadvantages American workers and businesses," said Acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli. "President Trump and this Department have, and always will, put American workers and businesses first and protect American citizens from participating in these egregious human rights violations."

"The Trump Administration will not stand idly by and allow foreign companies to subject vulnerable workers to forced labor while harming American businesses that respect human rights and the rule of law," said Acting CBP Commissioner Mark A. Morgan. "Today's Withhold Release Orders send a clear message to the international community that we will not tolerate the illicit, inhumane, and exploitative practices of forced labor in U.S. supply chains."

The new WROs direct CBP Officers at all ports of entry to withhold release on the following goods:

Information reasonably indicates that this "re-education" internment camp, which is often called a Vocational Skills Education and Training Center, is providing prison labor to nearby manufacturing entities in Xinjiang. CBP identified forced labor indicators including

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 11, 2020

DHS Public Action Plan to Implement Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence (CTTV Framework)
In September 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence (CTTV Framework) and now offers this corresponding Public Action Plan demonstrating the Department's efforts to combat emerging threats and improve information sharing. The Public Action Plan provides a high-level outline of the goals set by DHS, including efforts to secure cyberspace, deter lone wolf attacks, and secure soft targets such as churches and schools, along with the ability to dynamically modify DHS resources as new threats emerge.

"Nineteen years ago today, the American people came to understand the threat of terrorism in a new way. With the subsequent establishment of DHS, our nation vowed to prevent, disrupt, and deter terrorism of all sorts," said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf.  "Today, DHS continues to take unprecedented actions to address all forms of violent extremism. This new framework draws upon the Department's intelligence, prevention, and preparedness capabilities and lays out discrete actions DHS will undertake to further safeguard our communities, schools, places of worship, cyberspace, and public gatherings."

In September 2019, the CTTV Framework was published. In September 2020, the Department finalized the Public Action Plan—the public version of the Department's internal Implementation Plan, also finalized this year. Collectively, these documents describe specific actions and milestones to achieve the CTTV Framework's goals. 

This Public Action Plan does not describe the full complement of actions the Department is taking to combat terrorism and targeted violence. Rather, it provides an overview and examples of our work in order to be transparent with the American people and to underscore the Department's commitment t

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 10, 2020

All US States Now Compliant Ahead of REAL ID Deadline
DHS Enforcing Critical Identification Requirements to Protect the Homeland

WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS or the Department) is announcing that after more than 15 years since Congress passed the REAL ID Act, all 50 states are now in full compliance issuing these cards, with most states becoming compliant in the last four years.  To date, the 50 states have issued more than 105 million REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses and identification cards, representing 38 percent of all driver's licenses and identification card holders.  

On October 1, 2021 - less than 13 months away - full enforcement of REAL ID will take effect at all federally regulated airports, federal facilities, and nuclear power plants.  

The Department continues to urge Americans to obtain a REAL ID-compliant card or acceptable alternative, such as a U.S. passport or passport card prior to the October 1, 2021 enforcement deadline.

Passed by Congress in 2005 following a 9/11 Commission recommendation, the REAL ID Act establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits federal agencies, like the Transportation Security Administration, from accepting licenses and identification cards for official purposes from states that do not meet these standards after specific deadlines.

Security standards include incorporating anti-counterfeiting technology, preventing insider fraud, and using documentary evidence and record checks to ensure a person is who he or she claims to be. It also prohibits federal agencies from accepting non-compliant licenses and identification cards for access to federal facilities, nuclear power plants, and commercial aircraft. These standards have significantly improved the reliability and accuracy of state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards.

Because of the potential for confusion about the REAL ID Act enforcement milestones, residents can use

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 10, 2020

Weekly Update: DHS Response to COVID-19
As communities across America continue to re-open with COVID-19 safeguards and prevention measures in place, the Department remains focused on ensuring communities are protected from fraudulent COVID-19 products and from individuals who seek to exploit the system.

"Operation Stolen Promise continues to show tremendous results in its ongoing efforts to protect the American people from fraudulent coronavirus related products," said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director Tony H. Pham. "ICE is and will continue to be relentless in the pursuit to identify and bring to justice those who would take advantage of this unprecedented pandemic for personal financial gain."

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)Providing Grants to States for Supplemental Lost Wages Payments. To ease the economic burden for those struggling with lost wages due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, President Trump authorized FEMA to expend up to $44 billion from the Disaster Relief Fund for lost wage payments. As of September 8th, Administrator Gaynor has approved 47 states for FEMA grants under this unprecedented program. FEMA's grant funding will allow the approved states to provide those unemployed due to COVID-19 $300 or $400 per week on top of their regular unemployment benefit. As of September 8th, FEMA has obligated $28.8 Billion in support of Lost Wages supplemental assistance. All approved grant applicants receive an initial obligation of three weeks of funding, with additional disbursements made on a weekly basis.

Providing Full Federal Reimbursement for States' National Guard Forces. On August 3rd, President Trump granted an extension for the use of the National Guard under Federal Title 32 orders to respond to COVID-19 until December 31, 2020. As of September 8t

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 10, 2020

Statement From Acting Secretary Chad Wolf On Microsoft's Election Initiative
Acting Secretary Wolf released the following statement on Microsoft's announcement today which can be found here:

"Protecting our elections is a team effort with the federal government and the private sector joining together to thwart foreign malign actors. Today's announcement from Microsoft reaffirms my statements in the recent State of the Homeland Address: China, Iran, and Russia are trying to undermine our democracy and influence our elections. DHS and this Administration have been consistent in calling out all these bad actors and taking action wherever appropriate to protect the integrity of our election systems, reinforced by the Department of the Treasury's recent actions sanctioning four Russia-linked individuals for election interference. I applaud Microsoft's efforts to defend democracy against these attacks and for their transparency on this critical issue. I encourage all Americans to be more prepared for the upcoming elections by visiting CISA's #Protect2020 website."

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 09, 2020

‘One mission': Acting Secretary Wolf delivers 2020 State of the Homeland Address
On Wednesday, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf gave the annual State of the Homeland Address. The 2020 State of the Homeland Address covers several different issue areas, all of which make up the Department of Homeland Security's single, overarching mission: Protecting the American people, the homeland, and our values.



The Department of Homeland Security's mission and historyCOVID-19 responseCivil unrestCombating extremismBorder securitySecuring international travelInternational partnershipsWall constructionEnforcement of America's lawsEconomic security and immigrationEconomic security and ChinaCyber and election securityFull video is available below and remarks as prepared are available here.



DHS mission: https://twitter.com/DHSgov/status/1303719178503888900COVID-19 response: https://twitter.com/DHSgov/status/1303725376842141697Civil unrest: https://twitter.com/DHSgov/status/1303727362824122368Civil unrest: https://twitter.com/DHSgov/status/1303728213336690690Border security: https://twitter.com/DHSgov/status/1303729409816506369Immigration enforcement:

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 09, 2020

Invitation to Watch Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf Deliver the 2020 State of the Homeland Address
Today, Wednesday, September 9, at 11:00 a.m. EDT, Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf will deliver the 2020 State of the Homeland Address at the DHS Headquarters in Washington, DC. The Acting Secretary will cover current threats facing the Homeland as well as a department-wide strategy to defend the American people and our way of life.

 

You are invited to view the address via livestream at https://www.dhs.gov/live.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 04, 2020

What DHS is Saying | Acting Secretary Wolf Affirms Support to America's Law Enforcement Heroes
On Friday, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf addressed the Fraternal Order of Police Board of Trustees Fall Meeting and reiterated the Trump Administration's commitment to the men and women of law enforcement.

"You will find no bigger supporter, no bigger champion, of the men and women of law enforcement than our Commander-in-Chief. President Trump and this Administration has your back, 110 percent.""Each person here today has spent their entire career ensuring law and order is maintained for the good of country and the preservation of liberty. Our police, sheriffs, federal agents, and other law enforcement officers hold the thin blue line protecting our freedoms from chaos and anarchy.""While rioters are trying to destroy federal property and cities across America, there are radicals calling to "Defund the Police." As some of the nation's top law enforcement leaders, you all know that these calls are beyond irresponsible, beyond reckless even. Calls to abandon our police only endanger lives.""Our Constitution protects the natural right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly. The Department supports the exercise of everyone's First Amendment rights. There is, however, no Constitutional right to loot, to burn, or to assault law enforcement officers or fellow citizens.""We cannot fall victim to the delusion of a small minority that Americans are opposed to the honorable men and women who wear the badge and swear to protect our communities.""Together, with your help, we are restoring order to our cherished cities and neighborhoods.""You are the thin blue line, standing together, holding fast against the chaos and destruction threatening the ordered liberty that we hold dear.""Together, we will ensure the American people are secure. Together, we will push toward a safer nation. Together, we will feel safe to e

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 04, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Affirms Support to America's Law Enforcement Heroes
On Friday, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf addressed the Fraternal Order of Police Board of Trustees Fall Meeting and reiterated the Trump Administration's commitment to the men and women of law enforcement.

Here are a Few Excerpts from His Remarks:"You will find no bigger supporter, no bigger champion, of the men and women of law enforcement than our Commander-in-Chief. President Trump and this Administration has your back, 110 percent.""Each person here today has spent their entire career ensuring law and order is maintained for the good of country and the preservation of liberty. Our police, sheriffs, federal agents, and other law enforcement officers hold the thin blue line protecting our freedoms from chaos and anarchy.""While rioters are trying to destroy federal property and cities across America, there are radicals calling to "Defund the Police." As some of the nation's top law enforcement leaders, you all know that these calls are beyond irresponsible, beyond reckless even. Calls to abandon our police only endanger lives.""Our Constitution protects the natural right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly. The Department supports the exercise of everyone's First Amendment rights. There is, however, no Constitutional right to loot, to burn, or to assault law enforcement officers or fellow citizens.""We cannot fall victim to the delusion of a small minority that Americans are opposed to the honorable men and women who wear the badge and swear to protect our communities.""Together, with your help, we are restoring order to our cherished cities and neighborhoods.""You are the thin blue line, standing together, holding fast against the chaos and destruction threatening the ordered liberty that we hold dear.""Together, we will ensure the American people are secure. Together, we will push toward a safer nation. Together, we will feel safe to enjoy th

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 04, 2020

Trump Administration Launches First Cybersecurity Principles for Space Technologies
The Trump Administration announced the first comprehensive cybersecurity policy for systems used in outer space and near space today. Space Policy Directive- 5 (SPD-5) makes clear the lead role the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have in in enhancing the nation's cyber defenses in space, notably on key systems used for global communications, navigation, weather monitoring, and other critical services.

"From establishing CISA in 2018 to today's directive to protect American interests on the final frontier, President Trump is empowering the Department of Homeland Security to defend the nation against ever-evolving cyber threats," said Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad F. Wolf. "The security of the homeland depends upon the security of our space systems, interests, and freedom of action in space. The policy unveiled today is a critical step in establishing a baseline standard for cybersecurity as America leads in space and cyberspace alike." 

Legacy space systems, networks, and channels may be vulnerable to malicious cyber activities that can deny, degrade, or disrupt space-systems operations or even destroy a satellite with potential cascading effects into critical infrastructure sectors.  Building security and resilience into space systems is essential to maximizing their potential and supporting the American people, economy, and homeland security enterprise.

SPD-5 establishes the following key cybersecurity principles of space systems:

Space systems and their supporting infrastructure including software, should be developed and operated using risk-based, cybersecurity-informed engineering;
 Space systems operators should develop or integrate cybersecurity plans for space systems that include capabilities to ensure operators or automated control center systems can retain or recover positive control of space vehicles, and verify the integrity, conf

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 03, 2020

DHS Combats Potential Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack
Releases: Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Program Status Report

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to prepare against ever evolving threats against the American homeland, most recently highlighting efforts to combat an Electromagnetic Pulse attack which could disrupt the electrical grid and potentially damage electronics. Today, the department is releasing the Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Program Status Report as part of an update on efforts underway in support of Executive Order (E.O.) 13865 on Coordinating National Resilience to Electromagnetic Pulses. E.O. 13865 establishes resilience and security standards for U.S. critical infrastructure as a national priority.

EMP weapons have the potential to disrupt unprotected critical infrastructure within the US and could impact millions over large parts of the country. Since the President's signing of the E.O. in March 2019, DHS, through the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA), in coordination with the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has taken key actions to address known EMP-related vulnerabilities to critical infrastructure. The EMP Program Status Report highlights efforts taken across the public and private sector to foster increased resilience to EMP events. Through data analysis, vulnerability and risk assessments, testing and pilot programs, and government and industry engagement, the department is identifying critical infrastructure and associated functions that are at greatest risk from an EMP, and developing and implementing best practices to reduce the risk.

"EMP att

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 01, 2020

DHS, USCIS to Modernize, Define the Collection of Biometrics
— The Department of Homeland Security today announced the imminent publication of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes expanding department authorities and methods for collecting biometrics that will establish a defined regulatory purpose for biometrics.

With the proposed changes, DHS would modernize biometrics collection and authorize expanded use of biometrics beyond background checks to include identity verification, secure document production and records management. The proposed rule improves the screening and vetting process and reduces our dependence on paper documents and biographic information to prove identity and familial relationships.  

By proposing a standard definition of "biometrics" for DHS components and authorized purposes for collecting biometrics, this proposed rule would create clear rules for using the information collected. These proposals would move DHS and its components toward more consistent identity verification and information management.   

"This proposed rule eliminates any ambiguity surrounding the Department's use of biometrics, setting clear standards for how and why we collect and use this information," said the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli. "Leveraging readily available technology to verify the identity of an individual we are screening is responsible governing. The collection of biometric information also guards against identity theft and thwarts fraudsters who are not who they claim to be."

The proposed rule would authorize biometrics collection for identity verification in addition to new techniques. Voice, iris and facial recognition technologies are fast, accurate ways to confirm the identity of an applicant that don't require physical contact.

The proposed rule also authorizes DHS to collect DNA or DNA test results to verify a claimed genetic relationship when the applicant or petitioner is unable

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 25, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Will Travel To Colorado And Texas
This week, Acting Secretary Wolf will be traveling to Colorado and Texas. On Wednesday, August, 26th  Acting Secretary Wolf will visit Denver, Colorado to discuss critical infrastructure as well as participate in a naturalization ceremony. That evening, the Acting Secretary will then travel to El Paso, Texas where he will meet with local DHS leadership. On Thursday, August, 27th, the Acting Secretary will travel to McAllen, Texas where he will celebrate the completion of 300 miles of border wall. 

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Border Security, Border Wall, Critical Infrastructure
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 25, 2020

Statement from Acting Secretary Wolf On His Nomination By President Donald Trump
I am honored to be nominated by President Trump to lead the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security in safeguarding the American people. As the Homeland faces evolving threats from natural disasters, violent opportunists, malign cyber actors, and transnational criminal organizations, the mission of DHS is as critical as ever.

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 18, 2020

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Announces New Homeland Security Advisory Council Members
Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad F. Wolf, introduced three new members to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC): John Clark, Dr. Sharon Cooper, and Daniel Kaniewski. Created by President George W. Bush in 2002, the HSAC is a Department of Homeland Security federal advisory committee that provides the secretary with independent, informed recommendations, and advice on a variety of homeland security issues.

"My vision for the HSAC, consistent with its charter, is to seek its organizationally independent, strategic, timely, specific and actionable advice on a range of homeland security issues," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "I'm pleased to appoint these leaders in their respective fields to the council, and I thank all the HSAC members for their continued service to the country, and to the Department. The unique perspectives provided by HSAC members to address emerging threats is of the utmost importance to the Department. I'm confident that the new members announced today will contribute to this important mission."

The three new HSAC members are:

, former director of the United States Marshals Service and longtime child advocate, is the president and CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. After an extensive nationwide search, NCMEC's Board of Directors unanimously chose Mr. Clark to lead the nonprofit organization, which was designated by Congress in 1984 to work in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice on issues related to missing and exploited children. He took the helm of the Alexandria, Virginia-based organization on Dec, 7, 2015. Mr. Clark, whose career with the USMS spanned 28 years, was appointed in 2006 as its ninth director by then-President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate. In 2011, Mr. Clark joi

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 17, 2020

DHS rebukes GAO's deeply flawed attempt to revive its partisan impeachment efforts with baseless report
On Monday the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of General Counsel (OGC) responded to the baseless legal opinion issued by the Government Accountability Office on Friday. In a detailed, eight-page letter, OGC shows not only that the GAO's legal reasoning and treatment of the evidence are deeply flawed, but also how the timing and authorship of the opinion both reveal it to be a brazenly partisan product issued by supposed nonpartisan agency.



Not only was it released a mere 80 days before the Presidential election—but 274 days after the GAO had been asked by congressional Democrats to look into the issue.According to the GAO staff, the report was prepared by a junior GAO staffer who previously worked on a Democrat campaign and the partisan Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee — an arm of Senate Democratic leadership.The staffer also appears to have very limited experience practicing law, having finished law school only three years ago."It should have been easy to find a seasoned, non-partisan attorney among the GAO's 3,000 employees to serve as the lead staffer for this report," the letter reads.

The relevant statute in this area is the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Section 103(g)(2) of which vests exclusive authority in the Secretary to determine the Department's order of succession.The DHS succession order was lawfully and unambiguously amended by former Secretary Nielsen and former Acting Secretary McAleenan in a

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 17, 2020

Interagency Issues Advisory On Use Of Technology To Detect And Mitigate Unmanned Aircraft Systems
WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an advisory guidance document to help non-federal public and private entities better understand the federal laws and regulations that may apply to the use of capabilities to detect and mitigate threats posed by Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations. 

The "Advisory on the Application of Federal Laws to the Acquisition and Use of Technology to Detect and Mitigate Unmanned Aircraft Systems" (the "Advisory") provides a brief overview of various provisions of the U.S. criminal code enforced by DOJ, as well as federal laws and regulations related to aviation safety and efficiency, transportation and airport security, and the radiofrequency spectrum administered respectively by the FAA, DHS, and FCC. 

"As the number of drones in our airspace continue to rise, it is unsurprising that the availability of counter-drone technologies has likewise increased," said Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen.  "Because these technologies may be presented for sale without a full discussion of important legal requirements, this Advisory steps forward to provide an outline of the relevant legal landscape.  By encouraging a common understanding of potentially applicable laws, the Advisory can help foster responsible industry growth and promote public safety."

The Advisory has been issued at a time when the commercial demand for UAS detection and mitigation is high, but the authority to use those capabilities is far from clear.  To date, Congress has given limited authority to only four federal Departments - Defense, Energy, Justice, and Homeland Security - to engage in UAS detection and mitigation activities, notwithstanding certain otherwise potentially app

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 09, 2020

Acting Sectary Wolf Travels To FLETC
On Tuesday, August 11th, Acting Secretary Chad Wolf will be visiting the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center  (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. There he will visit with law enforcement students receiving training, participate in a wreath laying ceremony service for fallen officers, and deliver remarks to students and staff. The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, through strategic partnerships, prepares the federal law enforcement community to safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC)
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 09, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Travels To FLETC
On Tuesday, August 11th, Acting Secretary Chad Wolf will be visiting the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center  (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. There he will visit with law enforcement students receiving training, participate in a wreath laying ceremony service for fallen officers, and deliver remarks to students and staff. The Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, through strategic partnerships, prepares the federal law enforcement community to safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC)
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 07, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: August 7
Activity in the vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse once again remained peaceful - in sharp contrast to the violent nightly siege of previous weeks. Thursday evening marked a fifth consecutive night with zero attacks directed at federal officers or federal property. The change is directly attributable to the long-awaited cooperation from state and local law enforcement, which began last week, but should have been the case all along. 

However, Portland's rioters have not stopped and are instead focusing their attacks on local law enforcement officers and buildings elsewhere in the city. In doing so, violent anarchists have employed many of the same violent tactics previously used in the federal courthouse siege. Thursday night, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) reported that it had declared yet another unlawful and riotous assembly - the fourth in four consecutive nights - as rioters attacked state and local officers and the East Precinct building. Unlike the courthouse siege, however, the nightly violence against PPB officers and property has drawn the condemnation of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who said in a press conference that the activity "is not peaceful protests."

Once again, there were no attacks directed at federal law enforcement or property. Crowd size in the vicinity of the federal courthouse peaked at less than 100 people and remained peaceful.

DHS officers conducted zero arrests and reported zero injuries or damage to federal property.

Miles away from the courthouse, PPB reported that it declared an unlawful assembly just before 10 p.m. local time, after rioters vandalized the East Precinct building and attacked security cameras. The report also added, that after the declaration, rioters set a garbage can on fire and pushed it up against the building. As PPB and OSP officers worked to disperse the crowd, they were attacked with hard projectiles such as g

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 06, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: August 6
Activity in the vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse remained calm overall - in sharp contrast to the violent nightly siege of previous weeks. Wednesday evening marked a fourth consecutive night with zero attacks directed at federal officers or property. The change is directly attributable to the long-awaited cooperation from state and local law enforcement, which began last week, but should have been the case all along. Currently, local and state law enforcement address violence on the streets while Oregon State Police (OSP) partners work alongside the still-augmented federal presence to protect and defend federal property behind the courthouse fence.

However, Portland's months-long riot problem continues elsewhere in the city. While criminal violence towards federal officers and property has receded, Portland's rioters have since redirected their attacks to local law enforcement, employing many of the same violent tactics previously used against federal officers and property. Wednesday marked the third consecutive night during which the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) had to declare a riot or unlawful assembly. 

Crowd size in the vicinity of the Hatfield Courthouse peaked at under 50 people and remained peaceful through the course of the evening.

There were once again no attacks directed at federal property or officers. 

DHS officers conducted zero arrests and reported zero new injuries. 

Roughly six miles away from the Hatfield Courthouse, a crowd of around 200 people approached the East Precinct building, which is used by both PPB and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, at around 9:15 p.m. local time. According to the PPB, the group blocked traffic while many of those present initiated a laser attack on officers. Rioters also began to attack the precinct building's security cameras. 

By 9:40 p.m. local time, PPB reported that rioters had begun to t

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 06, 2020

ICE and DOJ Announce Indictments from Largest Single-State Worksite Enforcement Action in Nation's History
Jackson, Miss. - U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst, joined by Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Matt Albence, ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) New Orleans Acting Special Agent in Charge Gilbert Trill, and U.S. Department of Labor Office of Inspector General Special Agent in Charge Rafiq Ahmad announced today the unsealing of indictments returned by a Federal Grand Jury in the Southern District of Mississippi against four individuals who were managers, supervisors, or human resources personnel at companies where criminal and administrative search warrants were executed in August 2019 and 680 illegal aliens were detained.

"This office has a successful history of prosecuting employers for violating our immigration laws, and today marks another step in ensuring that justice is fairly and impartially done, no matter the law-breaker. I want to thank our partners at ICE Homeland Security Investigations and our office's federal prosecutors for doggedly pursuing these criminal violations.  The indictments unsealed today mark the beginning, not the end, of our investigations and prosecutions.  Rest assured that we will continue to pursue criminal wrongdoers and enforce our criminal laws wherever the evidence may take us," said U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst.

"The results of this ongoing criminal investigation illustrate the importance of strong interior enforcement. The arrests made last year pursuant to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's execution of more than a dozen search warrants, have thus far yielded 126 indictments, 117 criminal arrests and 73 convictions. In total, more than 403 individuals falsified social security information in order to gain illegal employment in the United States," said acting ICE deputy director and senior official performing the duties of the director Matthew T. Albence. "Companies who intentionally or knowingly base their business model on an illegal workforce deprive law

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 06, 2020

Submitted Written Testimony Of Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf Before The U.S. Senate Committee On Homeland Security And Governmental Affairs
Chairman Johnson, Ranking Member Peters, and distinguished members of the Committee: 

Thank you for the opportunity to testify today regarding the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) statutory role in protecting federal facilities and the men and women who conduct business within them. 

For over 40 years, the Federal Protective Service (FPS) has protected federal property around the country. They have done so with little fanfare or recognition—largely because of the cooperative relationships they have with state and local law enforcement.

As you know, Congress directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to "protect the buildings, grounds, and property that are owned, occupied, or secured by the Federal Government, and the persons on the property." 40 U.S.C. § 1315. This statute leaves no room for interpretation—inaction is not an option for DHS. 

At DHS, we are sworn to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution, including our First Amendment right to peaceably assemble. We support those who lawfully exercise their Constitutional rights. At the same time, we must protect our communities and our institutions by holding criminals accountable for their actions.  

For more than 60 days, violent criminals, opportunists and anarchists have attacked the federal seat of justice in Portland, Oregon: the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse. For more than 60 days, criminals violently attacked federal law enforcement officers who carried out their statutory mission.  

During this time period, DHS law enforcement officers received almost no assistance from state and local law enforcement in Portland. They were left to defend the courthouse besieged by attempts of arson and constant destruction. This circumstance should never have happened. Local law enforcement should have partnered with DHS at the earliest possible moment. 

Instead, our law enforcement officers were assaulted with, among other weapons, mortar-style commercial grade firework

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 05, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Testifies In Front of The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Tomorrow, August 6th, Acting Secretary Chad Wolf will be testifying at the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. His testimony will address the recent violence gripping Portland, Oregon. The hearing is set to begin at 10:00 AM. The hearing can be found on the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs website.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Congress, Senate
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 05, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: August 5
The vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse continues on its current trend of receding violence. Tuesday evening marked a third consecutive night with no attacks directed at federal officers or property - a stark contrast from the violent nightly siege of the previous weeks. This drastic, but welcome, change is directly attributable to the long-awaited cooperation from state and local law enforcement, which assisted with clearing the parks where rioters daily staged their nightly siege. Currently, local and state law enforcement address violence on the streets while working alongside the surged federal presence to protect and defend federal property behind the fence.

Rioting continues elsewhere in Portland. While violence around the courthouse has receded, the city's rioters have refocused their attacks on local law enforcement. The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) was forced to declare yet another riot overnight following an assault on the Portland Police Association building.

Crowd size around the federal courthouse peaked at approximately 50 individuals, which remained peaceful through the course of the night.

There were no reported injuries to DHS officers or damage to federal property.

DHS officers conducted zero arrests. Oregon State Police (OSP) partners did not engage the crowd outside the fence.

Just before midnight local time, multiple rioters attempted to break into and burn down the Portland Police Association building - located roughly four miles north of the federal courthouse. Around the same time, local law enforcement officers were attacked with hard projectiles. PPB declared an unlawful assembly.

After 1:00 a.m. local time, rioters breached the doors to the building and started a fire inside, according to PPB reports. PPB then declared a riot as its officers worked to disperse the crowd and conducted several subsequent arrests.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 04, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: August 4
After weeks of rioting and nightly attacks on federal officers and property, activity in the vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse continues in an overall trend of diminishing violence. While violent criminal activity persists elsewhere in Portland, Monday night marked the second straight night during which rioters did not attack federal property or officers. 

This drastic and welcome change from previous weeks is directly attributable to the long-awaited cooperation from state and local law enforcement, which assisted with clearing the parks where rioters daily staged their nightly siege. Currently, local and state law enforcement address violence on the streets while working with the surged federal presence to protect and defend federal property.

No significant activity was directed at federal facilities and personnel overnight. The crowd near the courthouse, which peaked at around 50 people, dissipated by 12:30 a.m. local time, and remained largely peaceful through the evening.

One individual jumped over the courthouse fence and immediately jumped back before he could be apprehended. 

There were no reported DHS arrests, injuries to DHS officers, or damage to federal property.

On the other side of the Willamette River from the courthouse, Local Law Enforcement declared an unlawful assembly at a building used by local law enforcement. According to PPB, approximately 200 individuals marched to the building. Later, rioters assaulted officers with hard projectiles, a tactic previously employed against federal personnel. There was no federal law enforcement involvement in this incident.

Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to an approximately 20-person fight two blocks away from the courthouse on the other side of a nearby city park. Violence was directed at uniformed OSP officers during the incident.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 04, 2020

MYTHS VS. FACTS: Cooperation and Receding Riot Activity in Portland, OREGON
On July 29, Oregon Governor Kate Brown finally agreed to do what the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has demanded for months: step up and work with federal authorities to stop the nightly criminal violence directed at the Hatfield Federal Courthouse in Portland.  Such cooperation between federal and state/local law enforcement is routinely done in every city in the United States. As a result of the governor's long-delayed, though welcomed, change in direction, the area of the Hatfield Federal Courthouse has finally seen a stark downward trend in violence perpetrated towards federal facilities and federal law enforcement officers. While some violence has continued in the city, Sunday, August 2nd marked the first evening in nearly two months with zero reported attacks against federal officers or property thanks to the coordination between federal, state, and local law enforcement.

While DHS has clearly articulated the terms of the current arrangement, misconceptions and falsehoods persist. Whether spread by negligence or willful disregard for facts on the ground, such misinformation does a disservice to the truth, public safety, and the American people as a whole.



There has been no reduction in federal presence; federal law enforcement officers remain in Portland at augmented levels. Reports and implications to the contrary are irresponsible and dishonest. DHS officers are working with a robust contingent of Oregon State Police (OSP) officers to secure the courthouse. OSP has been policing the property outside the fencing surrounding federal properties and has partnered with federal officers behind the fencing.As Acting Secretary Wolf said upon announcing the partn

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 04, 2020

Submitted Written Testimony Of Senior Official Performing The Duties Of The Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli Before The U.S. Senate Committee On The Judiciary Subcommittee On The Constitution On August 4th
Chairman Cruz, Ranking Member Hirono and distinguished members of the Committee: 

Thank you for the opportunity to testify today on the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) role in protecting against the continued assaults by criminals and violent extremists in the city of Portland, Oregon  and more specifically, the Federal Courthouse and federal law enforcement officers there.

For more than two months now, federal property and federal law enforcement officers in Portland have been under assault - in July it occurred every single night. Violent extremists in Portland have perverted the peaceful protests in the aftermath of George Floyd's tragic death.

As we begin, it is important to be crystal clear about this: Rioters are not protestors and protestors are not rioters. To confuse the two, regardless of motive, does a grave disservice to the critical place for peaceful protest in our country and it does a grave disservice to our country's brave law enforcement officers who protect those rights.

Let me be clear, the Department fully supports the rights of peaceful protestors.  The principles of justice and equality under the law are the core of who we are as a republic, and the right of the people to peaceably assemble and voice their concerns is a fundamental human liberty rightly enshrined in our Bill of Rights. We will never abandon our mission to safeguard those precious and hard-fought freedoms.

But DHS did not have to expand its presence in Portland because of peaceful protestors, and that is why I am sitting before you today.  For more than sixty days, the situation in Portland has devolved into nothing more than continuous, nightly riots and life-threatening violence targeting federal law enforcement and the institutions they diligently defend under the mandate given to them by Congress.

Since July 4 of this year, there have been over 270 injuries to federal law enforcement officers in Portland at the hands of violent

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 03, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: August 3
After weeks of rioting and nightly attacks on federal officers and property, activity in the vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse continues in an overall trend of diminishing violence. Sunday night marked the first night in over 60 days during which rioters did not attack federal property in Portland. This change from previous weeks is directly attributable to the long awaited  cooperation from state and local law enforcement to clear the parks where rioters daily staged their nightly siege and for local and state law enforcement to address violence on the streets, all with the surged federal presence still on the ground.

Following last Wednesday's announcement of a cooperation agreement between DHS and Oregon's governor, Oregon State Police (OSP) stepped in to assist in securing the area around the courthouse.  With DHS's enhanced presence still protecting federal property in the city, Sunday evening marked the fourth night of federal and state law enforcement cooperation on the ground. While the violence is receding, DHS will remain faithful to its mission to protect federal property and personnel; the enhanced federal presence will remain for the time being until the Department is certain it will be safe and responsible to change posture.

The courthouse area saw its smallest crowd in four days, which peaked at around 150 people.  More importantly, those present remained peaceful through the course of the night with no violent agitators apparent therein.

Protest activity ended and crowds had dissipated by 12:30 a.m. local time.

No damage to federal property was reported during the course of the evening. Furthermore, no drones were detected in the no-fly zone surrounding the courthouse.

There were no other areas of the city reporting riot activity or unrest.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 02, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: August 2
After weeks of rioting and nightly attacks on federal officers and property, activity in the vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse continues in an overall trend of diminishing violence as a result of the increased cooperation between state and federal law enforcement. In stark contrast to the intense weekend violence in Portland over the past two months, protests around federal property remained generally peaceful, with minor incidents of malicious activity and vandalism. Elsewhere in the city, however, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) were forced to declare an unlawful assembly outside of their Southeast Precinct.

Following Wednesday's announcement of a cooperation agreement between DHS and Oregon's governor, Oregon State Police (OSP) stepped in to assist operations protecting the Hatfield Federal Courthouse. Saturday evening marked the third night of federal and state law enforcement cooperation on the ground. While the violence is receding, DHS will remain faithful to its mission to protect federal property and personnel; the Department's enhanced presence on the ground will remain for the time being until it determines that the courthouse and other federal property are safe.

By around 9:08 p.m. local time, approximately 150 protesters reported in the area of Lownsdale Square and Chapman Square (downtown) - two city parks that rioters previously used as staging areas that were cleaned out by PPB earlier in the week.

Around 9:12 p.m. local time, OSP reported a small crowd forming at the Multnomah County Sheriff's office building in the PPB southeast, located on the other side of the Willamette River from the courthouse. By 9:32 p.m. local time, approximately 150 protesters were reported at the MCSO building. PPB later reported that officers had heard chants, indicating that the crowd wanted to enter the building and burn it down. At 9:50 p.m. local time, after warning the

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 01, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: August 1
After weeks of rioting and nightly attacks on federal officers and property, activity in the vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse continues in an overall trend of diminishing violence as a result of the increased cooperation between state and federal law enforcement. In stark contrast to the intense weekend violence in Portland over the past two months, protests around federal property remained generally peaceful with only minor incidents of malicious activity.

Following Wednesday's announcement of a cooperation agreement between DHS and Oregon's governor, Oregon State Police (OSP) stepped in to assist operations protecting the Hatfield Federal Courthouse. Friday evening marked the second night of federal and state law enforcement cooperation on the ground. While the violence is abating, DHS's enhanced presence on the ground will remain for the time being until the Department determines that the courthouse and other federal property are safe.

At 10:10 p.m. local time, approximately 500 protesters were gathered in the vicinity of the federal courthouse. No significant activity to report.

By around midnight local time, crowd size around the courthouse peaked for the night at approximately 1200 protesters.

At around 12:40 a.m. local time, two individuals jumped over the fence surrounding the Hatfield Courthouse. They immediately jumped back outside the fence perimeter.

By 1:00 a.m. local time, crowd size near the courthouse had decreased to approximately 500-600 people. 

At around 1:08 a.m. local time, stacks of papers and plywood were set on fire outside the courthouse fence but in the vicinity of the Hatfield Courthouse. OSP engaged the group setting the fire. Rioters threw objects at FPS personnel as they responded to extinguish the fire. No use of force or injuries were reported.

Rioters broke two windows at the Edith Green federal building but

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 31, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: July 31
After weeks of violent rioting and nightly attacks, federal officers in Portland saw their first night of state and local law enforcement support and relative peace in the vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse.

Following Wednesday's announcement of a cooperation agreement between DHS and Oregon's governor, Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) stepped in to assist operations to protect the Hatfield Federal Courthouse. Crowds remained peaceful through the course of the evening; there were no reported actions, and thus no intervention by state or federal officers.

Thursday afternoon, per the terms of the cooperation agreement, Portland Police Bureau, Oregon State Police, and Multnomah County Sheriff's Department, cleared city parks in the vicinity of the federal courthouse. On previous nights, rioters had used the parks as staging grounds for criminal violence over the past several weeks. After the parks had been cleared, PPB reported conducting two arrests and finding several weapons including a sledgehammer.

At around 5:00 p.m. local time, Oregon State Police arrived at the federal incident command post; OSP officers were stationed inside the Hatfield Courthouse alongside DHS law enforcement teams.

OSP officers participated in daily operational briefings with federal law enforcement officers and later participated in joint patrols of the federal courthouse.

At 10:17 p.m. local time, approximately 300-400 people peacefully gathered in the area around the courthouse. By around 12:23 a.m. local time, the size of the crowd decreased to approximately 150-200 people. By around 1:00 a.m., it decreased to approximately 100 people and by 1:30 a.m. it dwindled to between 15-20 people.

Federal and state officers located inside the courthouse were not forced to leave the building during the course of the night - a stark difference from prev

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 31, 2020

Statement from Acting Secretary Wolf on the Retirement of Matthew T. Albence
WASHINGTON - I want to thank Matt Albence for his 25 years of dedicated service to the United States Government in federal law enforcement. As the senior law enforcement official for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Mr. Albence was responsible for ICE's day-to-day operations and oversaw a workforce of more than 20,000 officers, special agents, attorneys, and mission support professionals assigned to more than 400 domestic and international offices. I personally want to thank him for his integrity and leadership - a legacy he will leave behind with the men and women who perform admirably every day.

Mr. Albence is an accomplished senior executive with over two decades of experience and success in leading the United States' second largest federal law enforcement agency, and the principal investigative agency of the Department of Homeland Security.  In this role he manages a budget of over $8 billion, and directs the global law enforcement efforts of over 21,000 personnel, in over 400 offices, in nearly 50 countries, responsible for transnational criminal investigations, visa security, internal security, and immigration and customs enforcement.

Mr. Albence began acting in the Director's capacity in April 2019, with the exception of Mark Morgan's brief tenure as Acting Director.

Prior to this, Mr. Albence served as the agency's Deputy Director, selected for this position in August 2018.

Mr. Albence was appointed as Executive Associate Director (EAD) for Enforcement and Removal Operations in February 2017, leading ERO in its mission to identify, arrest, and remove aliens who present a danger to national security or are a risk to public safety, as well as those who enter the United States illegally or otherwise undermine the integrity of our immigration laws and our border control efforts. In this role, Mr. Albence led an organization of more than 7,600 employees assigned to 24 ERO field offices and 22 overseas

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 31, 2020

Statement from DHS Spokesman Alexei Woltornist on DHS Intelligence & Analysis Directorate Reports
WASHINGTON - Department of Homeland Security Spokesman Alexei Woltornist released the following statement on DHS Intelligence & Analysis Directorate Reports:

Upon learning about the practice, Acting Secretary Wolf directed the DHS Intelligence & Analysis Directorate to immediately discontinue collecting information involving members of the press. In no way does the Acting Secretary condone this practice and he has immediately ordered an inquiry into the matter. The Acting Secretary is committed to ensuring that all DHS personnel uphold the principles of professionalism, impartiality and respect for civil rights and civil liberties, particularly as it relates to the exercise of First Amendment rights. 

 

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Intelligence Analyst
Topics: Intelligence and Analysis

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 30, 2020

Portland Riots Read-out: July 30
The violence Portland has witnessed for over eight weeks continues as anarchists keep attacking federal law enforcement officers and federal property on a nightly basis. While a cooperation agreement between federal and state law enforcement was announced earlier in the day, Oregon State Police teams had not yet been put in place around the courthouse perimeter.

Last week, DHS put up a metal fence around the building's perimeter, which was later reinforced with more concrete barricades following rioters' continuous efforts to topple and breach it. Rioters once again tried to breach the fence, but without success.

In their unabated, nightly efforts to harm federal officers and destroy federal property, rioters once again attacked with hard projectiles, commercial-grade, mortar-style fireworks, hazardous materials and lasers - which can cause permanent blindness to officers.

At 10:50 p.m. local time federal officers issued their first warning for rioters to stop attacking the fence.

At 10:58 p.m. local time rioters launched the first mortar fireworks of the night at the federal courthouse.

At 11:00 p.m. local time rioters assaulted federal officers inside the fence perimeter with paint and bleach.

At 11:21 p.m. local time a rioter was caught using a hacksaw in an attempt to enter the fence and breach the perimeter.

At around 11:25 p.m. local time rioters launched another assault on federal officers using mortar fireworks and hard projectiles.

At 11:30 p.m. local time federal officers announced an unlawful assembly. Shortly after at 11:40 p.m. local time federal officers were forced to go outside of the building, while remaining inside the fence perimeter, in an effort to repel the rioters from the federal property.

At 11:48 p.m. local time federal officers were forced to exit the fence perimeter in order to disperse the unlawful crowd.

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