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Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 06, 2020

Weekly Update: DHS Response to COVID-19
WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security's efforts across its components last week have facilitated a speedy, whole-of-government response to confronting COVID-19 and slowing the spread to keep Americans safe. FEMA is leading the way by carrying out an approach that is locally executed, state managed, and federally supported.

"Protecting both the health and national security of the American people continues to be the top priority for the Department of Homeland Security." said Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf. "I want to thank the men and women of the DHS workforce for their resilience as they put themselves at risk every day to protect the American people."

Below is a list of some of DHS's efforts against COVID-19 last week:


Total Obligations to States. As of April 5th, FEMA has obligated nearly $4.1 billion in support of COVID-19 response efforts.

Project Air-Bridge. FEMA is expediting movement of critical supplies from the global market to medical distributors in various locations across the U.S. This historic partnership with the private sector is named Project Air-Bridge:

From March 30th to April 5th, 10 flights arrived to the U.S with critical supplies.The cargo moved so far totals almost 83.5 million gloves, almost 5 million surgical masks, and 1.2 million gowns.Upon arrival, the PPE is provided, in varying quantities, first to medical distributors in areas of greatest need; then, the remainder will be infused into the broader U.S. supply chain. Prioritization is given to hospitals, health care facilities, and nursing homes around the country.23 additional flights are currently scheduled through April 18.Ventilator Distribution. FEMA is distributing ventilators to hard hit states. From March 30th to April 4th, FEMA and HHS delivered ventilators from the Strategic National

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 26, 2020

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Statement on the REAL ID Enforcement Deadline
"Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security, as directed by President Donald J. Trump, is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current October 1, 2020 deadline. I have determined that states require a twelve-month delay and that the new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021. DHS will publish a notice of the new deadline in the Federal Register in the coming days.

"The federal, state and local response to the spread of the Coronavirus here in the United States necessitates a delay in this deadline. Our state and local partners are working tirelessly with the Administration to flatten the curve and, therefore, we want to remove any impediments to response and recovery efforts. States across the country are temporarily closing or restricting access to DMVs. This action will preclude millions of people from applying for and receiving their REAL ID. Extending the deadline will also allow the Department to work with Congress to implement needed changes to expedite the issuance of REAL IDs once the current health crisis concludes.

"Protecting both the health and national security of the American people continues to be the top priority for the President of the United States and the Department of Homeland Security."

Keywords: Coronavirus (COVID-19), REAL ID Act of 2005
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 25, 2020

DHS Initiating Crucial Research to Mitigate COVID-19
Washington - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is conducting ongoing research that will help scientists better understand the coronavirus that causes the disease known as COVID-19, and methods to prevent its spread. In the Trump Administration's whole of government effort, this work is being done at the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) laboratory in cooperation with the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office. As results become available, NBACC will provide updates on their findings to DHS and response agencies, especially those that may immediately impact efforts to mitigate transmission.

"With this critical research, we are advancing the country's top priority in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19," said William N. Bryan, DHS Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology. "This will help us understand many of the factors that influence the persistence of the virus on surfaces or in the air, and what methods are most effective for disinfecting potentially contaminated surfaces." 

There is currently only limited information available about the virus, so researchers at the NBACC are working very aggressively to answer the many questions experts have about its survivability and transmission. Using the lab's unique capabilities, the researchers are evaluating the impact of a range of conditions, like temperature and humidity, to determine the virus's survivability in the air, in respiratory fluids and on various types of surfaces.

The results of this work will provide essential information to protect those responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, including first responders and health care providers, as well as provide best practices for individuals to reduce potential for contamination. A disinfectant stu

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 23, 2020

Joint DHS/EOIR Statement on MPP Rescheduling
Due to circumstances resulting from COVID-19, all Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) master calendar and merit hearings presently scheduled through April 22 will be rescheduled. Neither the MPP program nor any hearings will be cancelled. 

Any individual with an MPP hearing date through April 22 should present themselves at their designated port of entry on their previously scheduled date to receive a tear sheet and hearing notice containing their new hearing dates. DHS and EOIR are deeply committed to ensuring that individuals ‘have their day in court' while also ensuring the health and safety of aliens, our frontline officers, immigration court professionals, and our citizens.

Keywords: Homeland Security, Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)
Topics: Border Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 23, 2020

Joint Statement on MPP Rescheduling
Due to circumstances resulting from COVID-19, all Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) master calendar and merit hearings presently scheduled through April 22 will be rescheduled. Neither the MPP program nor any hearings will be cancelled.

Any individual with an MPP hearing date through April 22 should present themselves at their designated port of entry on their previously scheduled date to receive a tear sheet and hearing notice containing their new hearing dates. DHS and EOIR are deeply committed to ensuring that individuals ‘have their day in court' while also ensuring the health and safety of aliens, our frontline officers, immigration court professionals, and our citizens.

Keywords: Homeland Security, Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)
Topics: Border Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 23, 2020

Fact Sheet: DHS Measures on the Border to Limit the Further Spread of Coronavirus
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 will be implemented on March 21, 2020 and will be in place for 30 days, at which point it will be reviewed by both parties.

The U.S., Mexican, and Canadian governments are taking necessary action to fight against this pandemic together.


Northern Border March 20, 2020: Joint Statement on US-Canada Joint Initiative: Temporary Restriction of Travelers Crossing the US-Canada Land Border for Non-Essential Purposes

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 20, 2020

Joint Statement on US-Mexico Joint Initiative to Combat the COVID-19 Pandemic
The strong partnership and close cooperation between the United States and Mexico has allowed us to maintain a productive border environment. We value the health and safety of our citizens and keep that at the forefront of joint decisions made by our respective leaders regarding cross-border operations. 

Recognizing the robust trade relationship between the United States and Mexico, we agree our two countries, in response to the ongoing global and regional health situation, require particular measures both to protect bilateral trade and our countries' economies and ensure the health of our nations' citizens. We agree to the need for a dedicated joint effort to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus and address the economic effects resulting from reduced mobility along our shared border.  

The U.S. and Mexican governments further recognize critical services such as food, fuel, healthcare and life-saving medicines must reach people on both sides of the border every day. Essential travel must therefore continue unimpeded during this time.  In order to ensure that essential travel can continue, the United States and Mexico are also temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across its borders.

"Non-essential" travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. Additionally, we are encouraging people to exercise caution by avoiding unnecessary contact with others.

This collaborative and reciprocal initiative is an extension of our nations' prudent approach that values the health and safety of our citizens in the joint decisions made by our respective leaders regarding cross-border operations.

This joint initiative will commence at 00:01 Saturday March 21 throughout the US-Mexico land border for a period of 30 days subject to extension upon review. 

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 20, 2020

Joint Statement on US-Canada Joint Initiative: Temporary Restriction of Travelers Crossing the US-Canada Land Border for Non-Essential Purposes
The US-Canada land border serves as an economic engine that supports over $1.7 billion (USD) dollars in daily cross-border trade. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States and Canada are temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across its borders. In each of our countries, we are encouraging people to exercise caution by avoiding unnecessary contact with others. This collaborative and reciprocal measure is an extension of that prudent approach.

"Non-essential" travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature.

The United States and Canada recognize it is critical we preserve supply chains between both countries. These supply chains ensure that food, fuel, and life-saving medicines reach people on both sides of the border. Supply chains, including trucking, will not be impacted by this new measure. Americans and Canadians also cross the land border every day to do essential work or for other urgent or essential reasons, and that travel will not be impacted.

This decision will be implemented on March 21, 2020, at which time the US and Canada will temporarily restrict all non-essential travel across the US-Canada land border. The measure will be in place for 30 days, at which point it will be reviewed by both parties.

Keywords: Border Security, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Topics: Border Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 17, 2020

Fact Sheet: DHS Notice of Arrival Restrictions on China, Iran and Certain Countries of Europe
Original Release Date: March 13, 2020

American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are arriving from impacted area must travel through one of 13 airports where DHS has established enhanced entry screening capabilities. All American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning from the impacted area must self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival. For more information on the coronavirus, please visit Coronavirus.gov Summary In furtherance of Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and 9994, which bans the entry of non-U.S. citizens who are from or recently been in China, Iran, or certain European countries, the Department of Homeland Security issued a Notice of Arrival Restrictions requiring American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home to the U.S. to travel through one of 13 airports upon arrival to the U.S., submit to an enhanced entry screening and self-quarantine for 14 days once they reach their final destination.



Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 16, 2020

Department of Homeland Security Outlines New Process for Americans Returning from Schengen Area Countries, The United Kingdom, Ireland, China, and Iran
WASHINGTON - Effective Monday March 16th at 11:59PM flights from the United Kingdom and Ireland will also be added to the previously announced arrival restrictions that are in effect for the Schengen Area, China, and Iran. DHS will soon publish a Notice of Arrival Restrictions in the Federal Register outlining specifics.

In order to help prevent the spread of travel-related cases of coronavirus in the United States, today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued a Notice of Arrival Restrictions outlining the process for American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home after recently visiting certain European countries (listed below), China, and Iran.

Effective for flights taking off at 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, March 13th, Americans returning from all restricted countries will now be required to travel through the following 13 airports:

Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), MassachusettsChicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), IllinoisDallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), TexasDetroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), MichiganDaniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), HawaiiHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), GeorgiaJohn F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New YorkLos Angeles International Airport, (LAX), CaliforniaMiami International Airport (MIA), FloridaNewark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New JerseySan Francisco International Airport (SFO), CaliforniaSeattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), WashingtonWashington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia Upon arrival, travelers will proceed to standard customs process

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 13, 2020

Fact Sheet: DHS Notice of Arrival Restrictions on China, Iran and Schengen Countries of Europe
American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are arriving from impacted area must travel through one of 13 airports where DHS has established enhanced entry screening capabilities. All American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning from the impacted area must self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival. Summary In furtherance of Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, and 9993, which bans the entry of non-U.S. citizens who are from or recently been in China, Iran, or 26 European countries, the Department of Homeland Security issued a Notice of Arrival Restrictions requiring American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home to the U.S. to travel through one of 13 airports upon arrival to the U.S., submit to an enhanced entry screening  and self-quarantine for 14 days once they reach their final destination.

Background On March 11, 2020, President Trump determined that the potential for widespread transmission of the coronavirus by infected individuals seeking to enter the United States from parts of Europe threatens the security of the homeland.  The President issued Proclamations 9984, 9992, and 9993, which suspends entry to nearly all foreign nationals who have been in China, Iran, and certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior t

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 13, 2020

Department of Homeland Security Outlines New Process for Americans Returning from Certain European Countries, China, and Iran
WASHINGTON - In order to help prevent the spread of travel-related cases of coronavirus in the United States, today the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued a Notice of Arrival Restrictions outlining the process for American citizens, legal permanent residents, and their immediate families who are returning home after recently visiting certain European countries (listed below), China, and Iran.

Effective for flights taking off at 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, March 13th, Americans returning from all restricted countries will now be required to travel through the following 13 airports:

Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), MassachusettsChicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), IllinoisDallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), TexasDetroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), MichiganDaniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL), HawaiiHartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), GeorgiaJohn F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), New YorkLos Angeles International Airport, (LAX), CaliforniaMiami International Airport (MIA), FloridaNewark Liberty International Airport (EWR), New JerseySan Francisco International Airport (SFO), CaliforniaSeattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA), WashingtonWashington-Dulles International Airport (IAD), Virginia Upon arrival, travelers will proceed to standard customs processing. They will then continue to enhanced entry screening where the passenger will be asked about their medical history, current condition, and asked for contact information for local health authorities. Passengers will then be given written guidance about COVID-19 and direct

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 12, 2020

Statement from Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf on two Cruise Lines Voluntarily Suspending Operations
"I commend Princess Cruises and Viking Cruises for initiating a voluntary pause in their operations to protect the health and safety of their passengers, crew, and countries they visit. I encourage others in the industry to follow their lead until appropriate safety measures are put in place. President Trump is grateful for their leadership and fully supports the cruise line industry and their importance to the U.S. economy."

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 11, 2020

Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf's Statement on Presidential Proclamation To Protect the Homeland from Travel-Related Coronavirus Spread
(WASHINGTON) Today President Donald J. Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation, which suspends the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States. These countries, known as the Schengen Area, include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. This does not apply to legal permanent residents, (generally) immediate family members of U.S. citizens, and other individuals who are identified in the proclamation.  

Statement from DHS Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf:

"Protecting the American people from threats to their safety is the most important job of the President of the United States. The actions President Trump is taking to deny entry to foreign nationals who have been in affected areas will keep Americans safe and save American lives. I applaud the president for making this tough but necessary decision. While these new travel restrictions will be disruptive to some travelers, this decisive action is needed to protect the American public from further exposure to the potentially deadly coronavirus.

"In January and February, the Administration issued similar travel restrictions on individuals who had been in China and Iran. That action proved to be effective in slowing the spread of the virus to the U.S., while public health officials prepared. In the next 48 hours, in the interest of public health, I intend to issue a supplemental Notice of Arrivals Restriction requiring U.S. passengers that have been in the Schengen Area to travel through select airports where the U.S. Government has implemented enhanced screening procedures."

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Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 05, 2020

DHS to Improve Integrity of Visa Program for Foreign Workers
WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it will take necessary anti-fraud and abuse measures to protect the integrity of the H-2B visa program and also make available 35,000 supplemental H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2020. The allocation also comes with new conditions to protect American workers, provide relief to seasonal employers who truly need it, and reduce fraud and abuse in the program.

New to the program this year is an allocation that will also complement DHS border security initiatives. The program will offer an opportunity for nationals of key Central American partner nations to work lawfully in the United States. Of the released H-2B visas, 10,000 are specifically designated for nationals of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, in support of these countries efforts to work with the U.S. to stem the flow of illegal migration in the region and encourage lawful migration to the United States.

While the Department is taking this action, long term reforms need to be made by Congress to this program going forward. In the interim, the Department is taking significant steps to promote integrity in the program, combat fraud and abuse, and ensure the supplemental allocation aligns with the national interest.

Reform measures include:

Requiring matching start dates on an H-2B petition and the employer's start date of need; collaborating with the Department of Labor on increased employer site visits; and, generally limiting the supplemental visas to returning workers, who are known to follow immigration law in good faith. This year's supplemental allocation was determined after extensive consultation with stakeholders—including members of Congress and the Department of Labor—and is intended to strike a careful balance that benefits American businesses and American workers.

The supplemental visas will be made a

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 02, 2020

Joint Statement from DOS, DOJ, DOD, DHS, ODNI, FBI, NSA, and CISA on Preparations for Super Tuesday
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, U.S. Cyber Command Commander and National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone, and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Director Christopher Krebs today released the following joint statement:

"Tomorrow, millions of voters in more than a dozen states and territories will cast their votes in presidential primaries. ‘Super Tuesday' will see more Americans head to the polls than any other day of the primary season. We continue to work with all 50 states, U.S. territories, local officials, political parties and private sector partners to keep elections free from foreign interference.

"Americans must also remain aware that foreign actors continue to try to influence public sentiment and shape voter perceptions. They spread false information and propaganda about political processes and candidates on social media in hopes to cause confusion and create doubt in our system. We remain alert and ready to respond to any efforts to disrupt the 2020 elections. We continue to make it clear to foreign actors that any effort to undermine our democratic processes will be met with sharp consequences. 

"The level of coordination and communication between the federal government and state, local and private sector partners is stronger than it's ever been. Our Departments and Agencies are working together in an unprecedented level of commitment and effort to protect our elections and to counter malign foreign influence, but voters have a role to play too.

"We encourage all voters going to the polls to check your voter registration and know ahead of time when to vote, where to vote, what's on your ballot, and whether your state requires identification.

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 24, 2020

DHS Implements Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule
—The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today implemented the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule. Under the final rule, DHS will look at the factors required under the law by Congress, like an alien's age, health, family status, assets, resources, and financial status, education and skills, among others, in order to determine whether the alien is likely at any time to become a public charge. The rule now applies nationwide, including in Illinois. 

Self-sufficiency is a long-standing principle of immigration law. Since the 1800s, inadmissibility based on public charge has been a part of immigration law. Since 1996, federal laws have stated that aliens seeking to come to or remain in the United States, temporarily or permanently, must be self-sufficient and rely on their own capabilities and the resources of family, friends, and private organizations instead of public benefits. 

"President Trump continues to deliver on his promise to the American people to enforce our nation's immigration laws. After several judicial victories, DHS will finally begin implementing the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule," said Ken Cuccinelli, the acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. "This rule enforces longstanding law requiring aliens to be self-sufficient, reaffirming the American ideals of hard work, perseverance and determination. It also offers clarity and expectations to aliens considering a life in the United States and will help protect our public benefit programs."

The final rule defines "public charge" as an alien who has received one or more public benefits (as defined in the rule) for more than 12 months, in total, within any 36-month period. 

The final rule defines "public benefits" to include any cash benefits for income maintenance, Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Supple

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 19, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Traveling to Honduras for Regional Security Conference
On Wednesday, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf will travel to Honduras for the 12th Regional Security Conference in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The ministerial will bring together security officials from the U.S., Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Panama to discuss efforts to jointly address irregular migration, border security, and transnational criminal organizations in the region. As part of an ongoing emphasis on regional coordination, the officials will discuss ways they can continue to work together to target human smuggling and trafficking organizations operating in the region. The group will plan further progress on the agreements signed in 2019 and consider initiatives, with a focus on creating an environment that leads to greater opportunity and prosperity for people closer to home, instead of undertaking a long, dangerous, and expensive journey to the U.S.

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 19, 2020

DHS Announces Streamlining Measures To Help States In Issuing REAL IDs
WASHINGTON - Today, after soliciting ideas, solutions and proposals from the public, states, private sector, and relevant associations, DHS Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf sent letters to state governors informing them of increased flexibility regarding electronic submission of required documents for REAL ID applications. Specifically, the states may now add the pre-submission of identity and lawful status source documents, through a secure electronic process, prior to an applicant's in-person DMV visit, and physical presentation of those same documents for authentication and verification by DMV personnel. The result will be a faster, more streamlined process for DMVs and the American public.

"Ensuring every state is REAL ID compliant by October is one of the Department's top priorities. That is why we have solicited ideas, solutions and proposals from the public, private sector, state governments, and relevant associations in an effort to provide greater flexibility to states for faster, streamlined issuance of REAL IDs," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "While progress has been made, the real work is still ahead because approximately two-thirds of all licenses are presently not compliant with REAL ID. Rest assured, our Department will continue to examine other viable options to improve upon this process and continues doing everything it can to inform Americans on the requirement to obtain a REAL ID before the full enforcement deadline later this year."

DHS is providing greater flexibility to states to aid in faster and streamlined issuance of REAL IDs:Ensuring every state is REAL ID compliant by October is a top priority.48 of the 50 states are presently issuing REAL IDs, and all states are on track to be REAL ID compliant in the next few months. Nearly 100,000,000 Americans already have REAL IDs.DHS is focused on ensuring more citizens can acquire them from their state before the enforcement deadline of October 1, 2020 at w

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 14, 2020

DHS Announces Funding Opportunity for Fiscal Year 2020 Preparedness Grants
WASHINGTON— Today, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Notices of Funding Opportunity for eight DHS preparedness grant programs totaling nearly $1.8 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations and the private sector, to improve the nation's readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies. The grants reflect the Department's focus on funding for programs that address our nation's immediate security needs and ensure public safety in our communities.

"The Department of Homeland Security must continually innovate, evolve and improve upon our preparedness efforts to ensure our state and local partners are resilient for both today and tomorrow. Our threat landscape has shifted dramatically over the past twenty years; from the large-scale attacks committed by foreign Islamist terrorists to the increased threat of domestic terrorism, attacks on soft targets - such as houses of worship, nightclubs, office buildings, and concert venues - and emerging threats such as cyberattacks and the use of unmanned aerial vehicles," said DHS Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf.

"The paradigm has shifted. Today's DHS programs must improve our readiness in preventing, preparing for, protecting against, and responding to today's evolving threats. Our four priority areas, based on DHS's assessment of recent attacks and other events and trend analysis from a variety of public and private sector sources, will help ensure the Department's resources are applied most effectively. Importantly, we have also included recommendations from governors and mayors, as well as national security experts and emergency management associations, in order to enhance our security posture going forward," he adde

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 13, 2020

Statement from Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf on the Meeting with President Donald J. Trump and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Today, I joined President Trump and Governor Cuomo for a productive meeting. The relationship between New York State and the Federal government is very important but has been made difficult by the unilateral actions of New York State regarding the sharing of security information with DHS. New York is the only State that restricts CBP access to their data across the board - for law enforcement, customs, trade and travel facilitation purposes. Despite that, we will continue discussions with the State of New York to find a mutually agreeable solution.

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 12, 2020

DHS Statement on the President's Executive Order to Strengthen National Resilience through Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation & Timing
WASHINGTON - Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order on Strengthening National Resilience through Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Services. Importantly, the order seeks to strengthen national resilience by identifying and promoting the responsible use of positioning, navigation, and timing services by the Federal Government and critical infrastructure owners and operators. 

"From mobile phone applications to automobile navigation, our digital, interconnected society is dependent every day on PNT servicesThat is why it's critically important that PNT services remain properly functioning as a major component of the Nation's critical infrastructure," said DHS Acting Secretary Chad. F. Wolf. "By adopting responsible use of PNT services, the Federal Government and owners and operators of critical infrastructure can contribute meaningfully to national resilience and ensure the continuous, uninterrupted delivery of services to the nation."

"This is a test of our resilience. DHS thanks the president for his leadership and looks forward to building on our relationships with our interagency partners and the private sector to implement this executive order. Our Department will continue to promote the security and resilience of critical infrastructure through the risk-based responsible use of GPS and other PNT services," he added.

Importantly, DHS has developed an internal Position, Navigation, and Timing Strategy to guide the Department's activities and promote continued collaboration with federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial decision-makers, sector-specific agencies, and private sector critical infrastructure owner-operators.

Click here to read the executive order.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 11, 2020

Department of Homeland Security Statement on the President's Fiscal Year 2021 Budget
The president has released the details of the Department of Homeland Security's Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 Budget to Congress, which includes $49.8 billion to DHS in discretionary funding and an additional $5.1 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF). This Budget balances the need to strengthen our defenses in border and transportation security, enforce immigration laws, increase our defensive posture in cybersecurity, and improve resiliency to both man-made and natural disasters. 

The FY 2021 Budget assures the Department is poised to address a wide variety of complex threats emanating from the border and beyond by providing frontline Agents and Officers with adequate prevention, response and recovery resources to keep this country safe while promoting economic prosperity through the facilitation of lawful travel and commerce.  

The President's Budget calls for continued improvement to security along the Southwest Border. That includes big increases for infrastructure, technology, and law enforcement personnel, with a $182.2 million increase in U.S. Border Patrol personnel. Since taking office, President Trump has prioritized funding for a border wall. As such, the FY 2021 Budget calls for $2 billion, or an additional 82 miles of wall, to secure the border. With total funding now secured, the Administration has the funding to build up to approximately 1,000 miles of border wall along the Southwest border.

Forecasting models reinforce the need for an increase in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention beds to 60,000 (55,000 adult and 5,000 family). The budget includes $3.1 billion for this capacity increase and ensures ICE maintains pace with projected migration flows and enhances enforcement activity within the interior of the United States. The Budget also includes an additional $354 million for Alternatives to Detention to monitor 120,000 average daily population.

The FY 2021 budget also includes $40 million for a Humanitarian

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 10, 2020

SchoolSafety.gov Launches to Help Educators, Administrators, Parents, and Law Enforcement Prepare for Threats
DHS, ED, DOJ, HHS team up to provide government-wide resources for local schools and educators

WASHINGTON - The Trump Administration today launched the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse website: SchoolSafety.gov. This website is a one-stop-shop of resources for Kindergarten through Grade 12 (K-12) administrators, educators, parents and law enforcement to use to prepare for and address various threats related to safety, security, and support in schools. President Trump established the Federal Commission on School Safety to review safety practices and make meaningful and actionable recommendations of best practices to keep students safe.

"School safety is the number one priority of parents across the country, which is why the President directed DHS and other federal agencies to form a taskforce and provide schools, teachers, parents, and law enforcement with resources to identify, prepare for, respond to, and mitigate threats, " "The Department provided expertise and resources on a range of school safety issues including threat assessments, physical security, emergency planning, and trainings and exercises designed to help schools and local law enforcement prepare for incidents. With these resources, schools and law enforcement will be better equipped to handle a crisis."

"All students deserve a safe learning environment, and the Federal School Safety Clearinghouse is an essential resource for information and best practices "Because every school community has its own unique needs, SchoolSafety.gov equips decision makers with resources for developing, customizing, and implementing actionable school safety plans."

"Every child should feel safe at school, and every parent should feel the

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 06, 2020

Department of Homeland Security Suspends New Enrollment/ReEnrollment in CBP Trusted Traveler Programs for New York Residents
In response to New York State implementing the Driver's License Access and Privacy Act (Green Light Law), Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf announced New York residents will no longer be eligible to apply for or renew their enrollment in certain Trusted Traveler Programs like Global Entry. The law prohibits the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) from sharing information with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), preventing DHS from fully vetting New York residents. The Acting Secretary informed State officials by letter of the change. The letter may be read here.

"New York's ‘Green Light Law' is ill-conceived and the Department is forced to take this action to ensure the integrity of our Trusted Traveler Programs. It's very clear: this irresponsible action has consequences," . "An aspect of the law which I'm most concerned about is that it prohibits the DMV from providing ICE and CBP with important data used in law enforcement, trade, travel, and homeland security. ICE uses the information as they investigate and build cases against terrorists, and criminals who commit child sexual exploitation, human trafficking, and financial crimes. Unfortunately, because of this law, they can no longer do that"

"CBP also uses that data for national security purposes and to ensure safe and lawful trade and travel. Specifically, CBP is able to offer Trusted Traveler Programs like Global Entry because we are able to use DMV data to make an evidence-based assessment that those individuals who seek this benefit are low risk and meet the eligibility requirements. Without the DMV information we aren't able to make that assessment. DHS notified New York DMV that New York residents can no longer enroll or re-enroll in these trusted traveler programs because we no longer have access to data to ensure that N

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 04, 2020

Statement from Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf On President Trump's State of The Union
"Once again, President Trump proved he will stand strong to secure our borders. Under his leadership, DHS has implemented a series of common sense reforms that utilize the authorities granted to us by Congress. We've built more than 100 miles of new border wall system and reduced the number of illegal border apprehensions for eight consecutive months. We are also rooting out meritless and fraudulent asylum claims while prioritizing humanitarian protections for those who are in need, and at the same time, we have naturalized more new Americans last year than in each year of the previous decade. Most importantly, President Trump is keeping the American people safe.

"The President also touched on a top public safety issue that puts millions of law-abiding Americans, law enforcement officers, and legal immigrants at risk: The rise of sanctuary cities. Sanctuary policies are an affront to the rule of law and our Constitution and they are contrary to every instinct that we have as law enforcement professionals. Elected officials who create sanctuary policies are ignoring the reality we've seen play out time and again. Sanctuary policies do not protect communities—they endanger them. All too often, criminal aliens are released into communities only to reoffend, requiring the men and women of ICE to needlessly risk their lives to track down these fugitives in neighborhoods or at workplaces instead of the security of a local jail.

"Tonight, President Trump sent a strong message to these leaders who play politics with public safety: If you will not protect your people, we will. DHS will soon announce measures to counter dangerous state and local laws that prohibit coordination with DHS law enforcement officers."

Keywords: State of the Union
Topics:

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 02, 2020

DHS Issues Restrictions On Inbound Flights With Individuals Who Have Been In China
WASHINGTON — In response to the evolving threat of the novel coronavirus, and to minimize the risk of spreading within the United States, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today will begin enforcing restrictions for all passenger flights to the United States carrying individuals who have recently traveled from the People's Republic of China. In accordance with the President's Proclamation and at the direction of Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf, the restrictions will begin for flights commencing after 5:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 2nd, and will direct the arrival of U.S. citizens who have traveled in China within 14 days of their arrival to one of seven designated airports, where the United States Government has enhanced public health resources in order to implement enhanced screening procedures. The administration is taking these actions to protect the American people.

Additionally, U.S. citizens who have been in Hubei province within 14 days of their return will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine to ensure they are provided proper medical care and health screening. U.S. citizens who have been in other areas of mainland China within 14 days of their return will undergo proactive entry health screening and up to 14 days of self-quarantine with health monitoring to ensure they have not contracted the virus and do not pose a public health risk. Generally, foreign nationals (other than immediate family of U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and flight crew) who have traveled in China within 14 days of their arrival, will be denied entry into the United States.

"While the overall risk to the American public remains low, funneling all flights with passengers who have recently been in China is the most important and prudent step we can take at this time to

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 02, 2020

DHS Issues Supplemental Instructions For Inbound Flights With Individuals Who Have Been In China
 

11 U.S. airports will receive flights carrying passengers from China

WASHINGTON - To protect the American people from exposure to the coronavirus, on Sunday, February 2, 2020, the Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued instructions supplementing a decision issued on January 31, 2020, and directed all flights from China and all passengers who have traveled to China within the last 14 days to be routed through one of eight U.S. airports, effective Sunday, February 2nd, 2020, for flights departing after 5:00 PM Eastern. Three additional airports will be added to the list of airports authorized to receive such flights beginning at various times on Monday, February 3, 2020. At these eleven airports, the United States Government has established enhanced screening procedures and the capacity to quarantine passengers, if needed.

Additionally, U.S. citizens who have been in Hubei province within 14 days of their return will be subject to up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine to ensure they are provided proper medical care and health screening. U.S. citizens who have been in other areas of mainland China within 14 days of their return will undergo proactive entry health screening and up to 14 days of self-quarantine with health monitoring to ensure they have not contracted the virus and do not pose a public health risk. Generally, foreign nationals (other than immediate family of U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and flight crew) who have traveled in China within 14 days of their arrival, will be denied entry into the United States.

"While the overall risk to the American public remains low, funneling all flights with passengers who have recently been in China is the most important and prudent step we can take at this time to decrease the strain on public health officials screen

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 31, 2020

Raising the Global Travel Security Bar: DHS Announces New Travel Restrictions on Six Countries and Updated Process for Evaluating Foreign Country Compliance
Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania Will Face New Restrictions

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf announced that President Donald J. Trump signed a proclamation, which places new, tailored visa restrictions on six countries that failed to meet a series of security criteria, demonstrating that they could be a risk to the homeland. Acting Secretary Wolf also announced that the Department has updated the methodology it uses to assess compliance with the security criteria established under Executive Order 13780 in 2017. This enhanced review process raises the bar for global security by requiring nations to meet the Department's stronger security standards and by making it clear to countries what they must do to meet those standards. The updated criteria enhance our screening and vetting capabilities and allow DHS to better identify terrorists and criminals attempting to enter the United States.

"The top responsibility of the President and the Department of Homeland Security is the safety and security of the American people, and these new vetting criteria accomplish that goal and are raising the bar for global security," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "It is logical and essential to thoroughly screen and vet everyone seeking to travel or immigrate to the United States. However, there are some countries from whom the U.S. does not receive the necessary information about its travelers and, as a result, pose a national security or public safety risk that warrants tailored travel restrictions." 

"DHS has refined its robust security standards, including enhanced screening and vetting capabilities, that allow us to better identify terrorists and criminals attempting to enter the United States. These screening and vetting capabilities are most effective when foreign governments contribute to our ability to verify a traveler's ident

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 30, 2020

DHS and Partners Using Wide Range of Resources to Protect Super Bowl LIV
MIAMI - On January 29, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf visited the Joint Special Operations Center in Miami, where he met with the DHS personnel, state and local law enforcement officials, and the National Football League security team to discuss securing Super Bowl LIV.

"The Department of Homeland Security and nearly every one of the component agencies are in Miami working with our Federal, State, and local partners to ensure a safe and secure Super Bowl week," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "While there are no specific, credible threats against the Super Bowl, an event of this size and profile creates a potential target for violent actors, cyber-crimes, counterfeit marketers, and even human trafficking. The American people can be sure that DHS and our partners are prepared on all fronts."

U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Brian Swain of the Miami Field Office serves as the Federal Security Coordinator for the Super Bowl, leading the department-wide effort.

Through Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), DHS personnel are on the ground in Miami, working to combat criminal organizations' attempts to exploit the event. Human trafficking can surge around such large events, and DHS is supporting state and local law enforcement in both prevention and enforcement efforts. DHS formally recognized the fight against human trafficking and child sexual exploitation as a Departmental priority in a first-of-its-kind strategy, released on January 15. As part of the Blue Campaign, DHS provides the public with key indicators to recognize signs of human trafficking.

The Super Bowl also results in an increase in the sale of counterfeit goods

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 29, 2020

DHS Expands MPP To Brazilian Nationals
WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Homeland Security began processing Brazilian migrants for return to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). The number of Brazilian nationals arriving at the Southwest border has tripled in just the last year. The United States continues to work with its partners in the region, as well as other countries, to stem the flow of irregular migration to the Unites States. MPP is one of many tools the Department has implemented to ensure those with meritorious asylum claims are timely adjudicated, while fraudulent claims are property identified.    

First implemented in January 2019, pursuant to a law passed by Congress in 1996 on a bipartisan basis, the MPP program allows certain aliens to remain in Mexico while awaiting court proceedings in the United States. This law does not limit the program to any one nationality or language. The fact that Brazilians are now part of the program shows that the Department, along with its Mexican counterparts, have always sought to expand the program in a safe and responsible manner. MPP has been a crucial element of the Department's success in addressing the ongoing crisis, securing the border, and ending catch and release.

MPP remains a cornerstone of the Department's efforts to restore integrity to the U.S. immigration system and relieve the crushing backlog of pending asylum cases. Our nation is more secure because of the program.

Keywords: Immigration
Topics: Border Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 28, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Commemorates USCG Blackthorn Memorial
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz delivered remarks at the United States Coast Guard memorial service for the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn in St. Petersburgh, Florida.

Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of the Blackthorn Cutter colliding with the tanker vessel Capricorn near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Jan. 28, 1980, resulting in the deaths of 23 of the 50 Blackthorn crewmembers.



The Blackthorn collision has forever changed the Coast Guard and provided lessons on risk management and training. After this tragedy, the Coast Guard made critical improvements to service readiness, training, and safety that still echo across the Department today. Every day, the members of DHS face inherent risk in their missions.



The remarks as prepared can be found below.



Good morning, everyone.

It is a privilege to be here with the survivors, families, friends and Coast Guard men and women at the 40th Anniversary of the tragic sinking of Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn.

To those who traveled to join us—thank you for being here to honor the brave men lost forty years ago today.

As Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, I have the great honor to lead the 240,000 men and women of this Department.

There are numerous privileges that come with this post I'm told—but none is greater than being Service Secretary to the 41,000 active duty, 7000 reservist, 8,600 civilian, and 29,000 auxiliary members of the Coast Guard.

I have found no finer public servan

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 24, 2020

DHS Releases Report on Combatting Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods
WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its first report pursuant to President Trump's April 3, 2019, Memorandum on Combatting Trafficking in Counterfeit and Pirated Goods. The first-ever report outlines a series of recommendations and actions that can be taken by both the federal government and industry partners to combat this illicit trade epidemic. 

"The President's historic Memorandum provides a much warranted and long overdue call to action in the U.S. Government's fight against a massive form of illicit trade that is inflicting significant harm on the American homeland. The counterfeiting and pirating of goods must be stopped in its tracks and DHS is leading the way in protecting both consumers and businesses," said Acting Secretary Wolf.

DHS led a robust effort in coordinating with ICE, CBP, and the interagency to develop recommendations focused on protecting businesses and consumers against counterfeits and pirated goods. This report includes more than a dozen recommendations, best practices, and immediate actions to be taken. 

"Since its inception the IPR Center has provided public engagement and law enforcement training to partners from more than 100 countries. As with many of our joint investigative priorities, an informed public adds greater strength to our daily efforts to deny transnational criminal organizations the essential payday they need to carry out additional criminal activity.  When it comes to public safety and the security of our nation, we can never have too many partners," said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Matthew T. Albence.

"Trade in counterfeits not only damages our economy, but it also threatens national security and consumer health and safety," said Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan, "Counterfeits hurt the company whose products are pirated, but the profits from counterfeiting can also fund other serious crimes, including narcotics traffi

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 24, 2020

DHS Steps Up REAL ID Education and Awareness Efforts
WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently sent letters to the Governors of all states, the District of Columbia, and territories asking them to provide DHS with a monthly update of the number of REAL IDs issued by their jurisdictions. The states now report to DHS that they have collectively issued more than 95 million REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses and ID cards (34%) out of 276 million total cards. While this is a noteworthy improvement over the 67 million REAL ID-compliant cards (27%) out of a total 249 million total cards previously reported in the fall, DHS urges the American public to get a REAL ID immediately and not wait until the deadline.

Importantly, the Department has been increasing its overall education and awareness efforts with national organizations, the travel industry, state governments, federal agencies, and Congress.  For example, DHS recently met with both the National Governors Association (NGA) and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) to emphasize the importance of getting the American public prepared for the REAL ID deadline and to solicit their ideas for making it easier for Americans to obtain a REAL ID.

"Over 95 million Americans already have REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses and the number is increasing every day. DHS continues doing everything it can to inform Americans on the requirement to obtain a REAL ID or acceptable alternative ID before the full enforcement deadline for domestic air travel," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "The real work is still ahead because two-thirds of all licenses are presently not compliant with REAL ID. Americans should be mindful that their future preparations for flying and accessing certain federal facilities include getting a REAL ID or alternative, such as a passport."

Watch Acting Secretary Wolf's Message to Air Travelers

To encourage the submis

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 23, 2020

DHS Blue Campaign Announces Partnership with American Airlines
This January, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pleased to announce a new industry partnership between the DHS Blue Campaign - the unified voice for DHS's efforts to combat human trafficking - and American Airlines.

January is also recognized as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. While the fight to combat human trafficking exists year-round, January provides an opportunity to reaffirm shared commitment to end this heinous crime.

"The Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign is excited about its partnership with American Airlines. The airline provides human trafficking awareness training to nearly 60,000 team members, including flight attendants, pilots and customer service team members. This partnership is an invaluable opportunity to educate the public about the crime of human trafficking, how to recognize the indicators of trafficking when it happens, and what they can do to report it," said Trent Frazier, Executive Director of the Office of Campaigns and Academic Engagement.

Through the partnership, American and the Blue Campaign will work together to raise awareness of human trafficking by sharing awareness materials, engaging in events and public awareness campaigns, and amplifying a shared anti-trafficking message

"We're proud to fortify our company's efforts to combat human trafficking by joining up with the Blue Campaign," said Nate Gatten, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for American. "With the force of partnership, we know we can better raise awareness and more effectively prevent human trafficking ? an awful crime that happens all too often and affects far too many. American is eager to contribute to a solution in any way we can, and we're looking forward to being involved with this unified, respected initiative."

In addition to building vital partnerships which enhance public awareness efforts, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently released its first-of-

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 22, 2020

Statement from Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf on Migrant Caravan
(WASHINGTON) Today, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued the following statement regarding the migrant caravan at the Guatemala-Mexico border. 

"I commend the Government of Mexico for upholding their commitment to increased security and law enforcement at their southern border. The efforts by the Mexican National Guard and other officials have thus far been effective at maintaining the integrity of their border, despite outbreaks of violence and lawlessness by people who are attempting to illegally enter Mexico on their way to the United States. DHS is monitoring the caravan closely, we have dozens of personnel on the ground in Central America assisting local immigration and security officials, which have already led to hundreds of individuals being stopped, apprehended and sent back to their home countries. 

"Being part of large group, like a caravan, provides no special treatment or benefits to those who participate.  Unfortunately, there have been acts of reported violence by some involved in this caravan.  The Department is prioritizing the safety and security of our officers and the American people. Should any members of the caravan reach the U.S-Mexico border, they will be processed accordingly and quickly removed, returned or repatriated."

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Border Security, Mexico
Topics:

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 16, 2020

DHS Announces Proposed Rule Regarding Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Organizations in DHS-Supported Social Service Programs
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today is proposing a rule that would implement President Trump's Executive Order No. 13831 (May 3, 2018) to remove regulatory burdens on religious organizations and ensure that religious and non-religious organizations are treated equally in DHS-supported programs. The proposed rule would ensure that DHS-supported social service programs are implemented in a manner consistent with the Constitution and other applicable federal law.

Specifically, the proposed rule provides instructions on religious liberty protections to the organizations that participate in DHS supported social service programs, including the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Citizenship and Integration Program Grant, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Emergency Food and Shelter Program, FEMA Crisis Counseling, and FEMA Disaster Case Management.

"On behalf of DHS, I would like to thank the president for his leadership in helping to reverse the previous administration's requirements discriminating against religious organizations by saddling them with unique regulatory burdens," said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf. "Our proposed rule recognizes that religious organizations are valuable partners in the federal government's efforts to support the public with needed social services, and that they deserve every chance to compete equally on a level playing field for federal funding and not discriminated against simply because of their religious affiliation."

Under current regulations that govern DHS-supported programs, religious providers of social services—but not other providers of social services—must make referrals under certain circumstances and must post notices regarding this referral procedure. These regulatory burdens had been required by then-President Obama's Executive Order No. 13559 (Nov. 17, 2010). Consistent with President Trump's Executive Order No. 13831 (May 3, 2018), today

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 15, 2020

DHS Issues Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking, the Importation of Goods Produced with Forced Labor, and Child Sexual Exploitation
WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is publishing its first Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking, the Importation of Goods Produced with Forced Labor, and Child Sexual Exploitation.

"After years of work and close coordination within the Administration, I'm pleased to announce that the Department of Homeland Security has developed a first-of-its-kind strategy to leverage all our authorities and resources in this fight," said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf. "Let me be clear: this strategy isn't just about leveraging resources, it's about ending human trafficking. DHS's Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking, the Importation of Goods Produced with Forced Labor, and Child Sexual Exploitation is our formal recognition of this issue as a Departmental priority. This strategy is a framework to communicate the Department's priorities, ensure resources are allocated, and to monitor progress, so that we can save more lives and bring criminals to justice."

The Strategy articulates the Department's priorities over the next five years to combat the growing threat of human trafficking, the importation of goods produced with forced labor, and child sexual exploitation by focusing on:

Preventing exploitative crimes;Protecting victims;Investigating and prosecuting perpetrators;Partnering with the homeland security enterprise; andEnabling DHS through organizational improvements to combat these illicit activities.Developing this strategy involved assessing the Department's initiatives and aims to harmonize efforts and leverage the Department's authorities and resources in a comprehensive and cohesive manner to more effectively combat human trafficking, the importation of goods produced with forced labor, and child sexual exploitation.

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 14, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf to Release First DHS Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking
On Wednesday at the Heritage Foundation, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf will release DHS's first Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking, the Importation of Goods Produced with Forced Labor, and Child Sexual Exploitation. Acting Secretary Wolf will deliver the keynote remarks at the "Strengthening the U.S. Response to Human Trafficking" event.

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

12:00 p.m.  

214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20002 

RSVP online or call (202) 675-1752

 

Terms and conditions of attendance are posted at heritage.org/Events/terms.cfm

This event may be viewed live at heritage.org

News media inquiries, call (202) 675-1761

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Human Trafficking
Topics: Human Trafficking, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 14, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Statement on the Confirmation of Pete Gaynor
"Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Pete Gaynor to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As Acting Administrator of FEMA throughout 2019 and into 2020, Gaynor led the agency's recovery efforts for many devastating disasters, including the California wildfires, tornado outbreaks, severe storms, flooding in the Midwest, and the Puerto Rico earthquakes. And as Deputy Administrator for the 2018 hurricane season, Pete guided FEMA through some tremendous challenges to provide much needed assistance to disaster survivors across the country. Pete's experience as both a state and local emergency manager, combined with more than two decades of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, have made him an invaluable leader of the agency. I look forward to continuing to work with him to support the men and women of FEMA as they carry out their incredible work."

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 14, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Statement on the Confirmation of Pete Gaynor:
"Today, the U.S. Senate confirmed Pete Gaynor to be Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). As Acting Administrator of FEMA throughout 2019 and into 2020, Gaynor led the agency's recovery efforts for many devastating disasters, including the California wildfires, tornado outbreaks, severe storms, flooding in the Midwest, and the Puerto Rico earthquakes. And as Deputy Administrator for the 2018 hurricane season, Pete guided FEMA through some tremendous challenges to provide much needed assistance to disaster survivors across the country. Pete's experience as both a state and local emergency manager, combined with more than two decades of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, have made him an invaluable leader of the agency. I look forward to continuing to work with him to support the men and women of FEMA as they carry out their incredible work."

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 10, 2020

Arizona Officials Join Acting Secretary Wolf to Mark Completion of 100 Miles of New Border Wall System, Highlight Progress Addressing Border Crisis
YUMA, Ariz. -  Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf was joined by United States Senator Martha McSally, Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls, U.S. Border Patrol Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik, and Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot to announce the Federal government has completed construction on the first 100 miles of new border wall system along the southwest border. 

"As of today, we have completed the first 100 miles of new border wall system on the southwest border. New wall has been constructed in every border state from California to Texas. This is a milestone for our entire country, and this would not have been possible without the President's steadfast determination and leadership," said Acting Secretary Wolf."The new border wall system is an undeniable impediment to human smugglers, drug traffickers, and other criminals who have exploited our lack of effective border infrastructure to smuggle drugs, people and illegal contraband into our country. The President listened to his operators on the front lines and is fulfilling his promise to secure the border."

Wolf continued:"The decision out of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is a huge victory.  It upholds the rule of law and our ability to use military construction funds to address the ongoing crisis at the border."

"Arizonans live every day with the challenges and opportunities that come with being a border state," said Senator Martha McSally. "Yuma has been an example of how a border wall system makes a difference—along with dedicated agents, intelligence driven operations, roads, and technology. These additional barriers and a new port of entry will improve security and the economy for our community, state, and country."

"The wall is a critical component in border security measures for Yuma's border region for the safety of our community, for proficient border crossing operations, and for economic stability," said Mayor Doug Nicholls.

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 10, 2020

Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking on January 11 with #WearBlueDay
WASHINGTON - On Saturday, January 11, The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Blue Campaign will host #WearBlueDay, its largest one-day awareness initiative of the year. #WearBlueDay encourages the public to wear blue - the international color of human trafficking awareness - and post photos of themselves, or with friends, family, or colleagues, on social media with #WearBlueDay to raise awareness of this heinous crime.

Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery and every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked around the world, including right here in the U.S. DHS is committed to fighting this human rights abuse through its many Components but also through public awareness and education.

To achieve this goal, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will soon release its first strategy to combat human trafficking, the importation of goods produced with forced labor, and child sexual exploitation. This document will articulate the Department's priorities over the next five years to more effectively and efficiently combat the growing threat of these illicit activities to our Homeland.


Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf pictured with staff representing the DHS Blue Campaign and the Office of Public Engagement.

The Blue Campaign contributes to the Federal mission of combatting human trafficking by providing public awareness materials, at no cost, to increase recognition and reporting of human trafficking. It also collaborates with law enforcement and the private sector to train frontline

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 09, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Traveling to Arizona
WASHINGTON - On Thursday, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf will travel to Yuma, Arizona, to participate in a roundtable discussion with federal and local officials about the ongoing immigration and border issues in the state. The Acting Secretary will also receive an operational briefing on the Yuma sector, conduct a site visit to a border wall construction site, and host a press conference.

Keywords: Border Security, Border Wall
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 09, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Visits Honduras to Finalize Key Agreements
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf completed a series of bilateral meetings with the Government of Honduras in Tegucigalpa to discuss ongoing efforts to fully implement key agreements geared toward stemming the flow of illegal immigration, combating transnational criminal organizations in the region, and promoting a prosperous Honduras.

In 2019, the U.S. and Honduras strengthened our relationship through the signing of the Asylum Cooperation Agreement (ACA), Border Security Arrangement (BSA), Biometrics Data Sharing Program (BDSP) Arrangement, and Temporary Agricultural and Non-agricultural Workers Program agreement.

During his visit, the Acting Secretary recognized the strong bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Honduras, especially as it pertains to migration and border security.

"When the United States began to experience a border and humanitarian crisis, Honduras was a leader in convening its neighbors to find a solution. Our partnership with Honduras is deeply rooted in the vision we share for a secure and prosperous Honduras," said Acting DHS Secretary Wolf. "We remain focused on implementing the migration agreements our two countries have reached in order to continue our important progress. A secure and prosperous Honduras, with ample economic opportunities for its citizens, is a goal we all share. I look forward to continuing our work together to achieve it."

The Acting Secretary attended a roundtable discussion with several key Honduran leaders from the private sector to hear about issues of importance and communicate the benefits of these bilateral initiatives when fully implemented. The Acting Secretary noted that once these security agreements are fully implemented, the next step is to work with the private sector and international communities to foster economic growth and prosperity in Honduras.

The U.S. continues to work with partner governments to develop a safer and more pros

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 09, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Receives Updates at FEMA and CISA Before Traveling to Honduras
WASHINGTON - Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf visited the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to meet with leadership to discuss current situations the agencies are monitoring. Following these discussions, Acting Secretary Wolf departed for Honduras where he is participating in bilateral meetings on regional security and migration. 



At CISA, Acting Secretary Wolf met with Director Christopher Krebs and CISA senior leadership for a discussion on the current cyber threat landscape and CISA's ongoing election security efforts. 

Although there are currently no specific, credible threats against our homeland, DHS encourages all Americans to be vigilant and has issued a Bulletin describing the current threat landscape with Iran. DHS continues to monitor the situation and works with our partners to ensure the safety of the American people.

Iran has a history of leveraging asymmetric tactics to pursue national interests beyond its conventional capabilities, and its use of offensive cyber operations is an extension of that doctrine. CISA is urging all organizations to assess their cyber readiness and take steps to protect their networks and assets, including adopting a state of heightened awareness, increasing organizational vigilance, confirming reporting processes, and exercising incident response plans. On Monday, CISA released the latest CISA Insights on steps all organizations can take to protect mitigate potential threats.

In addition, the Acting Secretary discussed the growing threat of ransomware and CISA's outreach and support to governments and businesses. CISA has targeted state and local governments and small businesses with recommendat

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 04, 2020

Acting Secretary Wolf Issues Homeland Security NTAS Bulletin
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin pertaining to the changing threat landscape following the successful U.S.-led airstrike in Iraq that eliminated Qaseem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

"At this time there is no specific, credible threat against the homeland. The Department issued this bulletin to inform, share protective measures, and reassure the American public, state and local governments, and private sector partners that the Department of Homeland Security is actively monitoring and preparing for any specific, credible threat, should one arise" said Acting Secretary Wolf. "The Department is operating with an enhanced posture and various operational components are taking protective measures where prudent and necessary. We have been in constant communication with Congress and interagency partners. The American people should feel assured the entire Department is working for them to keep them safe."

You can read the new NTAS Bulletin here.

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Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS)
Topics: National Terrorism

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 03, 2020

Statement from Acting Secretary Wolf
WASHINGTON- Today, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued the following statement on the successful U.S.-led airstrike in Iraq that eliminated Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

"I commend the President's decisive action to protect American lives both abroad and at home. The Department of Homeland Security stands ready to confront and combat any and all threats facing our homeland. While there are currently no specific, credible threats against our homeland, DHS continues to monitor the situation and work with our Federal, State and local partners to ensure the safety of every American.

"As a result of yesterday's military action, I convened senior DHS leadership last night and earlier this morning to assess potential new threats and component actions to respond to the constantly evolving threat landscape. The entire Department remains vigilant and stands ready, as always, to defend the Homeland."

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Terrorism Prevention
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 02, 2020

DHS Begins MPP Returns at Nogales Port of Entry in Arizona
WASHINGTON - Today, the Department of Homeland Security will begin processing migrants for return to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) at the Nogales Port of Entry south of Tucson, Arizona. This brings the total number of ports of entry where MPP returns will be made to seven. Any migrants making illegal or inadmissible entry at the Southwest Border, regardless of location of entry, may be returned to Mexico through one of these locations to await their immigration court proceedings. Previously, migrants apprehended in the Tucson Sector were returned to Mexico through El Paso for processing under MPP. The expansion to the Nogales Port of Entry reflects the continued commitment by both the United States and Mexico to a program that has proven effective at reducing human smuggling across the Southwest Border.

First implemented in January 2019, pursuant to a law passed by Congress in 1996 on a bipartisan basis, the program allows certain aliens to remain in Mexico while awaiting court proceedings in the United States. MPP has been a crucial element of DHS's success in addressing the ongoing crisis, securing the border, and ending catch and release. So far, more than 56,000 migrants have been returned to Mexico to await their immigration hearings.

"MPP has been an extremely effective tool as the United States, under the leadership of President Trump, continues to address the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis at the border," said Acting Secretary Chad Wolf. "The Department is fully committed to the program and will continually work with the Government of Mexico to expand and strengthen it. I am confident in the program's continued success in adjudicating meritorious cases quickly and preventing fraudulent claims."

MPP has been implemented and expanded in close cooperation with the Government of Mexico in and around San Diego, Calexico, El Paso, Laredo, Brownsville, and Eagle Pass.

MPP remains a cornerstone of DHS's effo

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 19, 2019

Arizona Mayor Withdraws Local State of Emergency Thanks to Trump Administration's Successful Efforts to Confront Border Crisis
WASHINGTON — Today, Mayor of Yuma, Arizona, Douglas Nicholls, at a meeting with Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Ken Cuccinelli, withdrew an April 2019 local State of Emergency proclamation regarding the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis on the Southwest border.

Mayor Nicholls officially issued the proclamation on April 16, 2019, after the historic flow of illegal immigration caused thousands of illegal aliens to be released into his city. The mayor credits successful efforts by the Trump Administration in confronting the crisis, including initiatives implemented by DHS and the Government of Mexico, that have substantially relieved the city's burden in caring for the overwhelming number of illegal immigrants. 

"The president's strategy to address the crisis at the Southern border, particularly Central American families illegally flooding across the border, has worked and we are seeing an impact in border towns across the country," said Acting Deputy Secretary Cuccinelli. "The number of Central American family units apprehended has decreased by 85% since the height of the crisis in May. And thanks to a number of policies we implemented, we have ended catch and release and are returning, removing and repatriating more aliens from the border than ever before. Now, communities like Yuma are directly seeing the effect of our efforts. We are pleased to stand alongside Mayor Nicholls and to work together to secure the border and protect the American people."

"I am grateful to be able to withdraw the Proclamation of Emergency due to the Trump Administration's policy changes that diminish the flow of the migrant family units to the Yuma area and prevent releases into the Yuma community," said Mayor Nicholls.

On September 23, DHS officially announced that it ended widespread catch and release for Central American families arriving at the border. We are now removing, returning, and repatriati

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 17, 2019

U.S. and Panama Sign a Letter of Intent to Increase Security Cooperation
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf and Panamanian Minister of Public Security Rolando Mirones signed a Letter of Intent for Security Cooperation at DHS headquarters in Washington, DC, to improve the two countries' collaborative security efforts.

"Today marks a big step forward in confronting the significant security challenges across Central America together with our partners in Panama," said Acting Secretary Wolf. "As a natural geographic choke point for migrants coming north from South America, Panama is strategically important to address the migration crisis that has been affecting nearly the entire hemisphere. With this Letter of Intent, the United States and Panama are expanding our cooperation to confront transnational criminal organizations and improve border security by increasing our collaboration across a multitude of fronts."

The Security Cooperation Letter of Intent reflects the commitment of both countries to:

Strengthen cybersecurity cooperation and policy planning;Enhance customs processes and efficiencies to better facilitate trade;Support border security and law enforcement efforts to combat transnational crime and impede irregular migration flows; andWork collaboratively on a strategic regional approach to migration management.Panama is a crucial partner in the struggle against transnational organized crime, counter-narcotics, counter-terrorism, and border security challenges. Further enhancing our cooperation will diminish the criminal organizations operating in the region that are profiting from human smuggling and trafficking and victimizing the most vulnerable populations.

Today's event marks the 13th document signed between DHS and its Central American partners since June to address illegal migration, enhance border security, combat transnational criminal organizations, and increase economic development in the region. With our

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 12, 2019

READOUT: Acting Secretary Wolf's Trip to Guatemala for Regional Ministerial
WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf participated in the 11th Regional Security Conference in Guatemala City, Guatemala. This was Wolf's first international trip as Acting Secretary.

The ministerial brought together officials from the U.S., Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to discuss ongoing accomplishments in confronting irregular migration and transnational criminal organizations in the region. As partners, the officials discussed how to work together to prevent migrants from placing their lives in the hands of human smugglers to travel to the United States.

The Acting Secretary also signed a Joint Security Program (JSP) arrangement with Salvadoran Minister of Justice and Public Security Rogelio Rivas. The signing of the JSP will solidify the U.S. and El Salvador's law enforcement partnership to identify air passengers linked to terrorism, narcotics, weapons, and currency smuggling. The JSP marks the 12th agreement that DHS has made since June with El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to further expand asylum capabilities and improve safety, security, and prosperity in the region. During the ministerial, the officials also discussed the ongoing implementation of these critical agreements.

The Acting Secretary and Ministers further discussed the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis at the Southwest border due to historic levels of irregular migration and human smuggling. Acting Secretary Wolf emphasized to his partners that unprecedented irregular migratory flows from the region are unsustainable and that no country can afford the incalculable loss of growth that comes with the departure of such a significant portion of its population.

During his visit, the Acting Secretary also toured the Guatemalan Migrant Reception Center, located at La Aurora International Airport, and observed the well established and orderly process for returning migrants. Additionally, he received an operational briefin

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 12, 2019

Prize Winners Announced in $1.55M Challenge for New Solutions to Detect Opioids in International Mail
WASHINGTON - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) announced the grand prize winner and runner-up in the Opioid Detection Challenge, a $1.55 million global prize competition for rapid, nonintrusive detection tools that will help find illicit opioids in international mail.

IDSS will receive the grand prize of $500,000 for its detection solution, which combines a 3D X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanner with automated detection algorithms. The IDSS Detect 1000 identifies anomalies in X-ray images based on the scanned item's features and physical properties.

The runner-up, One Resonance, will receive $250,000 for its detection solution, the QROD system, which is a quadrupole resonance technology that uses radio-frequency signals to search for specific materials. An alarm is triggered when a signal associated with an illicit substance is detected.

"The influx of illicit drugs is one of the nation's greatest threats," said William N. Bryan, DHS Senior Official Performing the Duties of Under Secretary for Science and Technology. "Through this combined effort to address the trafficking of opioids, S&T, our federal partners, and the private sector have produced technology solutions that will better protect the American people from the effects of this devastating crisis."

Mr. Bryan was joined by CBP Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez, ONDCP Director Jim Carroll, and USPIS Chief Postal Inspector Gary Barksdale to announce the winners and recognize the finalists.

"The Trump Administration is committed to reversing the effects of the drug crisis through both traditional practices and creative, unique methods," said ONDCP D

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 11, 2019

Joint U.S.-EU statement following the U.S.-EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting
On December 11, 2019, the U.S.-EU Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs took place in Washington, D.C. The United States of America was represented by Attorney General William Barr and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf. The Ministerial - which is held twice a year - aims to oversee transatlantic cooperation in the area of Justice and Home affairs and address common security threats.

The European Union was represented by the Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders, as well as by Finnish Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson, Finnish Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior Ilkka Salmi, Croatian Minister of the Interior Davor Božinovic, and Croatian Minister of Justice Dražen Bošnjakovic, on behalf of the current and incoming Presidencies of the Council of the European Union. The meeting was also attended by Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers, the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove, the Deputy Secretary General of the EEAS Christian Leffler, the Deputy Executive Director of Europol Jürgen Ebner, and the Vice President of Eurojust Klaus Meyer-Cabri.

As the EU begins a new political cycle, the United States and the EU reaffirmed their strong commitment to foster the Transatlantic Partnership and pursue their dialogue on Justice and Home Affairs, building on the existing operational cooperation and best-practice exchanges on matters of common interest.

Fighting terrorism in all its forms remains our top common priority. We concurred on the importance of continuing and expanding our efforts to identify and hold accountable all those who support or engage in terrorist activity, with a particular emphasis on the sharing of information gathered in zones of combat for use in criminal proceedings as admissible evidence. The importance of using this type of information to improve the security of our borders was also highlighted, especially in the context of returning foreign terrorist fighters.

Department of Homeland Security News
Nov 26, 2019

Acting Secretary Wolf Addresses Dangerous Sanctuary Policies in North Carolina with Law Enforcement and State Officials
- Yesterday, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf and Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Matt Albence participated in a roundtable discussion at the North Carolina State House in Raleigh regarding the law enforcement and public safety threats created by sanctuary policies.

Below are Acting Secretary Wolf's remarks as prepared.



Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Speaker Moore, Lieutenant Governor Forest, and other elected officials—thank you for being here. Thank you, as well, to the Sheriffs for joining this roundtable. As Sheriffs for counties that border sanctuary jurisdictions, you understand better than anyone that sanctuary policies extend beyond geographical and political boundaries. I look forward to the insight you will bring to our conversation today.

Most of all, to the families and advocates of victims—on behalf of the President, I want to thank you for shedding light on the danger we face from sanctuary policies by sharing your stories. I can assure you that DHS is working every day to get these criminal aliens out of our communities, so that no other family endures the losses that you have. Director Albence and I appreciate you joining us in the fight to restore law and order in our communities.

While many law-abiding individuals come to the United States every day, all of us here know too well that there are illegal aliens present in our country who have been arrested or convicted of particularly heinous crimes. These individuals are intent on evading our laws, and all too often prey on our citizens and residents.

In the face of this threat, it is the responsibility of our local, state, and federal leaders to take action to protect our communities.  Unfortunately, we've seen the opposite from certain elected officials and jurisdictions around the country and right here in North Carolina. It seems that certain officials care m

Department of Homeland Security News
Nov 26, 2019

Holiday Online Shopping Safety from CISA
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Holiday Online Shopping Tip - Check Your Devices Before you begin your holiday shopping, make sure the device you're using is up-to-date.  Get your devices ready with these tips.


Holiday Online Shopping Tip -  Shop Through Trusted Sources Shopping online for gifts this holiday season? Make sure to shop through trusted retailers with these tips.




Department of Homeland Security News
Nov 22, 2019

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Meets With Governor Abbott in Austin
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting DHS Secretary Chad F. Wolf met with Governor Greg W. Abbott in Austin, Texas. The Governor thanked the Acting Secretary for the administration's efforts to continue to secure our southern border, and they discussed strategies to improve upon the progress already being made. 

"Governor Abbott, and the entire State of Texas, has been a reliable and effective partner as the Trump Administration addresses the ongoing crisis at the southwest border," said Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf. "DHS and Texas have always had an intertwined mission to promote security, and ensure lawful trade and travel at our border. I look forward to working with the Governor as we carry out this important mission."

"A comprehensive border security strategy is essential to our mission of creating a safer and more secure Texas," said Governor Abbott. "I'm grateful for our continued partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as we work together to fulfill this mission. The State of Texas is committed to keeping our communities safe, and with the assistance of our federal partners, we will continue to deliver on that commitment."

     

 

Keywords: Border Security, State, State and Local Partnership
Topics

Department of Homeland Security News
Nov 22, 2019

Acting Secretary Wolf Traveling to North Carolina
WASHINGTON - On Monday, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf and Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Matt Albence are traveling to Raleigh, North Carolina, to participate in a roundtable discussion with federal, state, and local officials about the ongoing immigration and security issues in the state.  

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Travel
Topics: Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Nov 14, 2019

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Statement on the Tragedy at Saugus High School
Today, in remarks delivered to the Homeland Security Advisory Council, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf delivered the following statement in response to the tragedy at Saugus High School:

Before I begin, I want to address the tragedy at Saugus High School in California. As a parent, I know that this is a worst nightmare situation. But as a government official leading some of the finest federal law enforcement officials in the country, I commit to doing everything we can to support the families and community.

The Department takes the matter of violence in schools and other ‘soft targets' very seriously. Just last week, the U.S. Secret Service released a new report on targeted school violence in the U.S., and in the coming weeks DHS, along with the Departments of Education, Justice, and Health and Human Services will roll out a federal clearing house full of resources for schools and communities to prepare for, respond to, and hopefully prevent these types of threats in the future.

As we noted in our recent Strategic Framework for Countering Terrorism and Targeted Violence, combating targeted violence, including protecting our schools, requires a whole-of-society approach. DHS continues to support our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to develop trainings and resources to improve response capabilities and better protect soft targets and crowded places.

My heart is with the community at this time and DHS will be monitoring the situation closely and are standing by, able to support local law enforcement and the FBI in any way we can.

Keywords: National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS),

Department of Homeland Security News
Nov 13, 2019

Chad Wolf Confirmed as Under Secretary of Homeland Security Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans
WASHINGTON- Today the United States Senate confirmed Chad F. Wolf to become the Under Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans (PLCY) with a bipartisan vote of 54-41.  President Donald J. Trump nominated Wolf to the position in February 2019.  Under Secretary Wolf has served at the Department in various senior leadership positions since its inception and he brings more than 20 years of experience in the government and private sector to the position.

"I want to thank the President for nominating me to this critical position and for the U.S. Senate for taking action. I have served the Department since inauguration day and am honored to serve as the first Under Secretary for Policy," said Under Secretary Wolf.  "I am continually inspired by the tireless and exemplary work of the men and women of the Office of Policy in support of the Department's mission."

Keywords: Planning, Policy, Strategy
Topics: Homeland Security Enterprise

Department of Homeland Security News
Nov 05, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Announces Designation of Poland into the Visa Waiver Program
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan, in coordination with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, designated Poland into the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Starting November 11, 2019, citizens and nationals of Poland will be able to apply to travel to the United States for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days without obtaining a U.S. visa. A strong and vibrant economy is essential to United States national security. According to the U.S. Travel Association, 23 million travelers arrived through the VWP in 2017, whose spending generated $190 billion in economic activity and supported nearly one million jobs.

"The inclusion of Poland into the Visa Waiver Program is a testament to the special relationship that exists between our two countries, and the ongoing friendship and close cooperation on our joint security priorities," said Acting Secretary McAleenan. "We look forward to continuing to work with the Polish government as we deepen our security cooperation as well as make travel easier for our citizens."

The Visa Waiver Program is a comprehensive security partnership between the United States and a designated country that meets several requirements related to counterterrorism, law enforcement, immigration enforcement, document security, and border management. The primary goal of the program is to encourage travel while increasing security.

Under the Visa Waiver Program, citizens and nationals of Poland will be able to apply online for authorization to travel to the United States through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). These authorizations are valid for two years. Travelers with B1/B2 visas should continue to use their visa for travel to the United States. While DHS will begin accepting applications on November 11th, the department reminds first-time ESTA applicants that it may take up to 72 hours for processing. ESTA app

Department of Homeland Security News
Nov 05, 2019

Joint Statement from DOJ, DOD, DHS, DNI, FBI, NSA, and CISA on Ensuring Security of 2020 Elections
WASHINGTON - Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan, Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire, FBI Director Christopher Wray, U.S. Cyber Command Commander and NSA Director Gen. Paul Nakasone, and CISA Director Christopher Krebs today released the following joint statement:

Today, dozens of states and local jurisdictions are hosting their own elections across the country and, less than a year from now, Americans will go to the polls and cast their votes in the 2020 presidential election. Election security is a top priority for the United States Government. Building on our successful, whole-of-government approach to securing the 2018 elections, we have increased the level of support to state and local election officials in their efforts to protect elections. The federal government is prioritizing the sharing of threat intelligence and providing support and services that improve the security of election infrastructure across the nation.

In an unprecedented level of coordination, the U.S. government is working with all 50 states and U.S. territories, local officials, and private sector partners to identify threats, broadly share information, and protect the democratic process. We remain firm in our commitment to quickly share timely and actionable information, provide support and services, and to defend against any threats to our democracy.

Our adversaries want to undermine our democratic institutions, influence public sentiment and affect government policies. Russia, China, Iran, and other foreign malicious actors all will seek to interfere in the voting process or influence voter perceptions. Adversaries may try to accomplish their goals through a variety of means, including social media campaigns, directing disinformation operations or conducting disruptive or destructive cyber-attacks on state and local infrastructure.

While at this time we have n

Department of Homeland Security News
Nov 02, 2019

Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan Statement on the Selection of Chad Wolf as Next Acting Secretary
WASHINGTON - Below is a statement from Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Kevin K. McAleenan on President Trump's selection of Chad Wolf, Acting Undersecretary for Policy, to serve as the next Acting Secretary of DHS.

 

"I've had the privilege of working with Chad for more than two years and know his experience in multiple roles at DHS will be invaluable when confronting the homeland security challenges the Department will face. Chad understands what it takes to run a vast enterprise such as the Department. He is a proven, thoughtful, and principled executive and I am confident he will serve the president and the American people well as Acting Secretary.

 

"I am committed to working with the White House and DHS leadership on a smooth transition and remain forever grateful to the men and women of the Department for their steadfast efforts to secure our country. Over the past six months we were able to make tremendous progress mitigating the border security and humanitarian crisis, developing a bold approach to counter terrorist threats and targeted violence, and supporting our State and local partners to secure the 2020 election. I am confident Chad will carry on the important progress we have made."

 

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Keywords: Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan
Topics:

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 30, 2019

IACP present DHS I&A Leadership in Homeland Security Award
WASHINGTON - Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) received the 2019 Leadership in Homeland Security Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) at their annual meeting in Chicago. DHS I&A received the award jointly with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Boston Police Department. 

The IACP's Leadership in Homeland Security Award annually honors excellence and significant contributions to enhancing homeland security. This award recognizes collaborative efforts that demonstrate significant contributions to information sharing and analytical work in the homeland security enterprise. 

DHS I&A, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Boston Police Department were honored with this recognition based on their successful collaboration resulting from a DHS report shared via the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN). The report was evaluated by state and local analysts in Texas and Boston, ultimately leading to an arrest. These efforts represent the operational successes resulting from collaboration between federal, state, and local partners including the value of DHS intelligence products, the effectiveness of HSIN as a unique platform for sharing intelligence between all levels of government, the unique expertise of state and local analysts, and most importantly the impact of intelligence in support of operational activities and investigations.

"Collaboration between the DHS Intelligence Enterprise and our state and local partners is a top priority," said Under Secretary of I&A and Chief Intelligence Officer David J. Glawe. "The actionable intelligence we provide on a daily basis directly enhances the safety and security of our local communities. Our deployed intelligence professionals and the National Network of Fusion Centers are the cornerstone that enable the seamless sharing of information to keep the nation safe, secure, and r

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 30, 2019

IACP present DHS I&A Leadership in Hoomeland Security Award
WASHINGTON - Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) received the 2019 Leadership in Homeland Security Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) at their annual meeting in Chicago. DHS I&A received the award jointly with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Boston Police Department. 

The IACP's Leadership in Homeland Security Award annually honors excellence and significant contributions to enhancing homeland security. This award recognizes collaborative efforts that demonstrate significant contributions to information sharing and analytical work in the homeland security enterprise. 

DHS I&A, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Boston Police Department were honored with this recognition based on their successful collaboration resulting from a DHS report shared via the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN). The report was evaluated by state and local analysts in Texas and Boston, ultimately leading to an arrest. These efforts represent the operational successes resulting from collaboration between federal, state, and local partners including the value of DHS intelligence products, the effectiveness of HSIN as a unique platform for sharing intelligence between all levels of government, the unique expertise of state and local analysts, and most importantly the impact of intelligence in support of operational activities and investigations.

"Collaboration between the DHS Intelligence Enterprise and our state and local partners is a top priority," said Under Secretary of I&A and Chief Intelligence Officer David J. Glawe. "The actionable intelligence we provide on a daily basis directly enhances the safety and security of our local communities. Our deployed intelligence professionals and the National Network of Fusion Centers are the cornerstone that enable the seamless sharing of information to keep the nation safe, secure, and r

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 30, 2019

IACP presents DHS I&A Leadership in Homeland Security Award
WASHINGTON - Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) received the 2019 Leadership in Homeland Security Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) at their annual meeting in Chicago. DHS I&A received the award jointly with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Boston Police Department. 

The IACP's Leadership in Homeland Security Award annually honors excellence and significant contributions to enhancing homeland security. This award recognizes collaborative efforts that demonstrate significant contributions to information sharing and analytical work in the homeland security enterprise. 

DHS I&A, the Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Boston Police Department were honored with this recognition based on their successful collaboration resulting from a DHS report shared via the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN). The report was evaluated by state and local analysts in Texas and Boston, ultimately leading to an arrest. These efforts represent the operational successes resulting from collaboration between federal, state, and local partners including the value of DHS intelligence products, the effectiveness of HSIN as a unique platform for sharing intelligence between all levels of government, the unique expertise of state and local analysts, and most importantly the impact of intelligence in support of operational activities and investigations.

"Collaboration between the DHS Intelligence Enterprise and our state and local partners is a top priority," said Under Secretary of I&A and Chief Intelligence Officer David J. Glawe. "The actionable intelligence we provide on a daily basis directly enhances the safety and security of our local communities. Our deployed intelligence professionals and the National Network of Fusion Centers are the cornerstone that enable the seamless sharing of information to keep the nation safe, secure, and r

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 28, 2019

DHS Expands MPP Operations to Eagle Pass
WASHINGTON - As of Oct. 28, the Department of Homeland Security has begun processing migrants for return to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry, in Eagle Pass, Texas. This brings the total number of ports of entry where MPP returns will be made to six. Migrants who attempts to enter the U.S. via the southwest border regardless of location may be returned to Mexico to await their immigration court proceedings. The expansion to Eagle Pass reflects the continued effectiveness and importance of MPP across the southern border.

First implemented in January 2019 in accordance with a law passed by Congress in 1996, the program allows certain aliens to remain in Mexico while awaiting court proceedings in the United States. MPP has been a crucial element of DHS's success in addressing the ongoing crisis, securing the border, and ending catch and release. Since the peak of the crisis in May 2019, the number of aliens encountered at and between the ports of entry has decreased by 64% overall - and approximately 80% for Central American families.

"The President is using every tool available to address the humanitarian crisis at the border to include domestic policy changes and fostering collaboration with our neighbors in the region. The Migrant Protection Protocols has been a key component to the success we have had addressing the crisis," said Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan. "We are confident in the program's integrity and ability to adjudicate asylum claims quickly and with all due process. We have already seen individuals granted asylum, and many more fraudulent or non-meritorious cases closed. MPP has been - and remains - an essential part of these efforts. I am grateful to the government of Mexico for their partnership, including accepting MPP returns at Eagle Pass."

MPP, which is part of DHS's broader strategy to address the root causes of the current crisis, has been implemented and expanded in clo

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 28, 2019

U.S. and El Salvador Sign Arrangements on Security & Information Sharing; Give Salvadorans with TPS More Time
WASHINGTON - Today, at Department of Homeland Security (DHS) headquarters in Washington, D.C., Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan, El Salvador Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill, and Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Ken Cuccinelli announced the two countries have signed a number of documents to implement greater collaboration on information sharing, border and aviation security, and international diplomacy, and announced additional time for El Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to repatriate.

"Today's agreements will significantly help the U.S. and our partners in El Salvador confront illegal migration and will strengthen the entire region as we approach the implementation of asylum cooperative agreements," said Acting Secretary McAleenan. "We are again thankful for El Salvador's leadership in the region and close coordination with the U.S. and DHS. Under President Bukele, El Salvador has proven to be a close and trusted ally to the U.S. Our close geographical proximity, common principles, and democratic values have led to a strong partnership over the years, from addressing historical migration flows to efforts to build a more stable and prosperous region."

"The agreement between our two countries is a tremendous step forward to address security concerns of aliens entering the U.S. at our Southern border," said Acting Director Cuccinelli. "We are grateful for the leadership El Salvador has shown in realizing that by working together, we can better assure the safety of our people, discourage illegal immigration, and identify potential threats to both of our countries."

"The Salvadorans protected by the TPS are admirable people, who have worked for 20 years to build a future of well-being. Now, thanks to President Bukele, we can tell nearly 250,000 fellow citizens and their families that with the support of the United States they can continue to fight for their dreams. They are

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 24, 2019

Snapshot S&T Puts Next Generation Tech in Birmingham First Responders Hands
Imagine a hot, balmy day in August as fans gather for the University of Alabama football game day opener at the packed Legion Field Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama. Two minutes into the second quarter, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake causes portions of the stadium to crumble. Chaos ensues as thousands of people rush to nearby exits or fall victim to crashing debris.

Within minutes, amidst the pandemonium, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), firefighters and law enforcement respond -searching and rescuing victims underneath the rubble, triaging patients, putting out fires and tending to a HAZMAT gaseous leak from an overturned trailer truck just outside the venue. Now imagine this hypothetical situation isn't hypothetical. If this really happened, would all the responder agencies be ready? Would they have the tools they need? These are the types of scenarios and questions the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and  Technology Directorate (S&T) hoped to reconcile for first responders during a recent operational exercise in Birmingham, Alabama.

The  DHS S&T's Next Generation First Responder Program recently partnered with public safety agencies from the City of Birmingham and Jefferson County, Alabama, for the NGFR - Birmingham Shaken Fury Operational Experimentation (OpEx). The OpEx assessed first responder technology that addressed the city's public safety agencies' capability gaps to help

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 17, 2019

Trump Administration Announces Resumption of Foreign Aid for Central American Countries to Address Illegal Migration
WASHINGTON - At a press conference in San Salvador today following a Central American Regional Ministerial meeting, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan announced the Trump Administration's resumption of foreign aid to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.

"Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras have been outstanding partners, and I look forward to the continued coordination and collaboration between our governments," said Acting Secretary McAleenan.  "I have confidence that we will continue to take the necessary steps to establish a regional framework for migration management and a safer, more secure region."

The Ministerial took place in the International Law Enforcement Academy in El Salvador with Guatemalan Minister of Government Enrique Degenhart, Salvadoran Minister of Justice and Public Security Rogelio Rivas, and Honduran Minister of Security Julian Pacheco to discuss further collaboration to confront irregular migration and transnational criminal organizations in the region.

The aid for Central America approved by President Trump funds Department of State and Department of Defense programs that are critical to reduce illegal migration, enhance security, and support recently signed U.S. bilateral agreements with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

While the President and Acting Secretary McAleenan continue to use every tool available to address the crisis at the U.S. Southwest border, the Department still maintains that Congress should act on durable, permanent immigration solutions.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan, International Partnership
Topics:

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 16, 2019

DHS Partners with City of Houston and Others to Combat Human Trafficking
WASHINGTON - On Oct. 16, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a partnership with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Airport System (HAS) Director Mario Diaz, forging an outreach campaign to combat human trafficking through Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI) program.

BLI is an element of the DHS Blue Campaign led by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a DHS agency. BLI trains personnel to combat human trafficking within the commercial aviation industry.

HAS is the first airport system in the country to become a formal BLI partner.

"DHS is proud to announce a BLI partnership with the Houston Airport System," said Kaitlin Seale, Program Manager DHS Blue Campaign. "Airport employees will play a vital role in combating human trafficking in Houston through identifying possible victims and reporting these suspicions to law enforcement. We look forward to continuing this important relationship and further efforts to combat human trafficking in our Country."

"The DOT is empowering transportation organizations, employees and the traveling public with the knowledge to recognize and report suspected instances of human trafficking," said David Short, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs. "This BLI partnership is an impressive step forward, one that highlights the dedication of this community in taking a stand to end human trafficking. It will make a difference in many lives."

"The City of Houston and the Houston Airport System fully support the anti-human trafficking goals of the BLI," said Mayor Turner. "This agreement affirms and recognizes our goal to completely eradicate all forms of human trafficking. We will do everything in our power to work with the federal government in ending these heinous crimes."

"The Houston Airport System remains committed to helping our federal partners in their efforts to combat human trafficking," sai

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 15, 2019

DHS Senior Official Participates in Second United States-Greece Strategic Dialogue
WASHINGTON - Chad Wolf, the Senior Official Preforming the Duties of the Under Secretary of Strategy, Policy, and Plans (SOPDUS), participated in the second United States-Greece Strategic Dialogue in Athens, Greece on October 7, 2019.

SOPDUS Wolf, alongside his Greek counterparts, led the session for the U.S. on Law Enforcement and Counterterrorism, which focused on protecting the safety and security of both nations from terrorists,  transnational criminal organizations, and other threat actors. The dialogue also covered evolving cybersecurity threats, emerging technologies, and the expansion of 5G. Mr. Wolf also discussed ways the two countries could partner to combat money laundering.  

Mr. Wolf highlighted the important progress on the implementation of the 2016 Joint Statement on Greece's participation in the Visa Waiver Program, which allowed the Department of Homeland Security to restore the full validity of the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) issued to Greek citizens traveling to the U.S. for business or pleasure for stays up to 90 days.

The Strategic Dialogue is a testament to the two countries' intensive and constructive engagement. The meeting highlighted the strength of the bilateral relationship and confirmed the mutual desire of the U.S. and Greece to deepen their cooperation, as outlined by their joint statement this week.

Keywords: Department of Homeland Security (DHS), International Partnership
Topics: Homeland Security Enterprise,

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 13, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan traveling to Tucson
- Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan is traveling to Tucson, Arizona, to participate in a celebration of life ceremony for U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert Hotten, who lost his life last Sunday on duty. While in Tucson, the Acting Secretary, joined by Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan and Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol Carla Provost, will meet with Robert's family and fellow agents to personally offer condolences.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan, U. S. Border Patrol
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 13, 2019

DHS Statement on Safety and Enforcement During the California Wildfires
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are concerned about the potential impact of the California wildfires in portions of the state. Our highest priority remains the preservation of life and safety. In consideration of these circumstances, there will be no immigration enforcement initiatives associated with evacuations or sheltering related to the wildfires, except in the event of a serious public safety threat.

Keywords: Enforcement
Topics: Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 11, 2019

DHS extends contract relief for Offshore Patrol Cutter
- The Department of Homeland Security, after extensive analysis by the U.S. Coast Guard and further review by a Contract Adjustment Board chaired by the Department's Deputy Under Secretary for Management, has granted limited extraordinary contract relief to Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) contract under the authority of Public Law (P.L.) 85-804.

ESG submitted a request in June 2019, for extraordinary contract relief after their shipbuilding facilities sustained significant damage resulting from Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 storm, in October 2018.

After review of the request for relief, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan made the decision to grant extraordinary contract relief limited to the first four hulls on the basis that ESG's performance on the OPC contract is vital to the national defense.

P.L. 85-804 was enacted in 1958 and extended to DHS through Presidential Executive Order in 2003. Under this law, an existing contract may be amended or modified when such actions are necessary to facilitate the national defense.  The Coast Guard will immediately transition to a follow-on competitive contract for the remaining OPC program of record.

The OPC program remains one of the Department's highest acquisition priorities. This decision will ensure critical capabilities for our national and homeland security, and delivery for service to the American public as expeditiously and responsibly as possible.

Keywords: Acquisition, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
Topics: Transportation Securit

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 07, 2019

Statement from the Department of Homeland Security following the Acting Secretary's appearance at Georgetown University this morning
The First Amendment guarantees all Americans the right to free speech and assembly. Unfortunately that right was robbed from many who were scheduled to speak and attend today's event at Georgetown. Unfortunately the Acting Secretary and the audience did not get the opportunity to engage in a robust dialogue this morning due to the disruptions of a few activists. The Acting Secretary thanked the organizers and returned to work protecting the Homeland and American values. Event attendees would have learned more about DHS's successful strategy to work with international partners to reduce unlawful migration and end the exploitation of children by smugglers and cartels, and then they would have had the opportunity to participate in an unmoderated question and answer session. For the benefit of all the attendees and members of the press, the Department has released the Acting Secretary's remarks as prepared.



Good morning, everyone.

I want to thank the Migration Policy Institute, Georgetown University Law Center, and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. for the opportunity to join you.

While there are many areas within the Department of Homeland Security's immigration responsibilities that might interest this audience, including the over 750,000 new citizens naturalized last year, or recent regulatory changes, I will focus today on our ongoing efforts to confront irregular migration flows, address the ongoing border crisis, and improve the integrity of the immigration system. 

I would like to try and take our dialogue this morning above the politics and the daily news cycle, and talk about the challenges and our efforts to address them over the past year… but also, given that this is an audience of immigration lawyers, advocates, and law students, to talk about some of the fundamental issues we face with the current legal framework and its ability to a

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 03, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan and Attorney General Barr Sign Letter to Facebook from US, UK, and Australian Leaders Regarding Use of End-to-End Encryption
WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice published today an open letter to Facebook from international law enforcement partners from the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia in response to the company's publicly announced plans to implement end-to-end-encryption across its messaging services.

The letter is signed by Attorney General William P. Barr, United Kingdom Home Secretary Priti Patel, Australia's Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton, and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan.

Addressed to Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, the letter requests that Facebook not proceed with its end-to-end encryption plan without ensuring there will be no reduction in the safety of Facebook users and others, and without providing law enforcement court-authorized access to the content of communications to protect the public, particularly child users.

Facebook's proposals would put at risk its own vital work that keeps children safe. In 2018, Facebook made 16.8 million reports of child sexual exploitation and abuse content to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), 12 million of which it is estimated would be lost if the company pursues its plan to implement end-to-end encryption. 

The concerns highlighted in this letter to Facebook are at the core of the Department of Justice's Lawful Access Summit that will take place on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, on warrant-proof encryption and its impact on child exploitation cases.

The summit will feature a keynote address by Attorney General Barr along with remarks by Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and NCMEC co-founder John Walsh. The summit also includes a dialogue with Australian Minister Dutton and U.K. Home Secretary Patel, who will discuss international perspectives on the area of encryption and why Facebook must reconsider its plan to implement end-to-end encryption.

Use of end-to-end encryption, which allows mes

Department of Homeland Security News
Oct 01, 2019

DHS Reminds Travelers that Deadline for REAL ID Compliance is One Year Away
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reminds travelers that the upcoming REAL ID requirement and enforcement will start one year from today. Beginning October 1, 2020, every traveler must present a REAL ID-compliant driver's license, state-issued enhanced driver's license, or other acceptable forms of identification, such as a valid passport or U.S. military ID, to fly within the United States. Individuals who are unable to verify their identity will not be permitted to enter the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint and will not be allowed to fly.

"This is an important step in enhancing commercial aviation security and we urge travelers to ensure they have compliant documents," said Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan. "DHS is committed to working with states as they continue their efforts to issue REAL IDs to Americans."

Real progress has been made in less than two years. In January of 2017, only 26 states were REAL ID compliant.Through voluntary partnerships with state governments, associations, DMVs, and other stakeholders in all 50 states and 6 territories, DHS can proudly say that 47 out of 50 states are currently REAL ID compliant.There is still work to do. Only 27% of Americans have been issued a REAL ID at this time.DHS has been working to increase public attention and focus on the upcoming deadline. Beginning in April, TSA has displayed signs at airports notifying the public of changing requirement. In August, TSA began verbally advising travelers who present non-compliant licenses of the upcoming REAL ID requirement and enforcement date. TSA has also co-hosted REAL ID events with motor vehicle administration officials in numerous locations around the country throughout the spring and summer, with more to come.


Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 30, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan's Statement on FEMA Leadership
On Sept. 30, Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan released the following message on Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) leadership announcements:

I want to congratulate Peter T. Gaynor who was nominated recently by President Trump to be the Administrator of FEMA within the Department of Homeland Security. Pete has been serving as Acting Administrator of FEMA since March 8, 2019, during which time he tirelessly led the agency through Hurricane Dorian's multi-state response effort. Before stepping in as the interim head of the agency, Pete was Senate-confirmed as the Deputy Administrator of FEMA on Oct. 11, 2018. Prior to his more than ten years of experience in emergency management, he served 26 years as an enlisted Marine and Infantry Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Pete Gaynor's service has demonstrated a commitment not only to the department but to his country. I look forward to continuing to work together with him and urge the Senate for a swift confirmation.

It is also my pleasure to announce the appointment of Bridget Bean to be the Assistant Administrator for Grants Programs for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Bridget will be responsible for overseeing the Grant Management Modernization effort, a $390 million major grants systems modernization that will improve the administration and oversight of the billions of grant dollars awarded annually by the Department of Homeland Security, all disaster and non-disaster grant policy, and a $2 billion suite of Homeland Security grant programs. The Homeland Security grant programs are designed to build, sustain, and improve the Nation's capability to prevent, protect, respond, recover, and mitigate all disaster and emergency threats. She will provide oversight of grant investments across a broad range of projects, including capabilities to counter weapons of mass destruction, cybersecurity improvements, and emerging threats from active shooters and complex, coordinated terrorist attacks. B

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 30, 2019

Statement of condolence from Acting Secretary McAleenan regarding the death of Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal
WASHINGTON - On behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, I want to extend our deepest condolences and gratitude to the family and friends of Deputy Sheriff Sandeep Dhaliwal. Deputy Sheriff Dhaliwal was a pioneer on the front lines of law enforcement as the first in his department to wear a turban and beard in police uniform, proudly representing both his Sikh faith and the Houston community. His sacrifice is a reminder of the brave men and women in law enforcement who put themselves at risk to protect their neighbors and communities each and every day.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Topics: First Responders

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 27, 2019

U.S. and Honduras Sign More Arrangements to Expand Collaboration to Confront Irregular Migration
WASHINGTON - Today, on behalf of the Trump Administration, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan signed two arrangements with the Government of Honduras to expand bilateral initiatives to confront irregular migration through Central America. The signings, which took place at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security headquarters in Washington, will increase collaboration between the two countries on key issues.

"These arrangements follow the signing of a cooperative agreement on Wednesday will further enhance asylum and protection capacity in Honduras and provide protection for vulnerable populations as close to home as possible," said Acting Secretary McAleenan. "DHS will continue to confront irregular migration with its international partners to improve safety and prosperity in the Central America region, mitigating the 'push and pull' factors that contribute to the security and humanitarian crisis on our Southwest border."

The first arrangement signed will enhance cooperation to strengthen immigration enforcement in order to further impede irregular migration flows from and through Central America. With this agreement, the U.S. and Honduras will collaborate to support criminal investigations targeting gangs, human smuggling, and trafficking networks. The U.S. will also provide technical support to Honduras's efforts to establish capacity building.

The second arrangement signed will expand information sharing by supporting Honduran efforts to coordinate the use and implementation of data sharing program to support law enforcement and public safety. This will allow the U.S. and Honduras to automatically exchange information in real-time on third-country nationals trying to enter Honduras. This program is a critical tool in advancing shared law enforcement and irregular migration management priorities. 

An agreement was also signed today between the U.S. Department of Labor and Honduras to improve nonimmigrant visa progra

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 26, 2019

Statement from Acting Secretary McAleenan on the Refugee Proposal
The United States has always been and will always remain the most generous nation in the world when it comes to welcoming those in need of humanitarian protection, including refugees, asylees, and victims of trafficking. The Administration's proposal for refugee admissions in Fiscal Year 2020 will allow the Department of Homeland Security to focus on addressing the ongoing crisis at the southern border, reducing a staggering asylum backlog that unfairly delays relief for those with meritorious claims, and completing more overall cases in an increasingly multifaceted humanitarian workload. The refugee proposal also supports U.S. foreign policy interests, and the Department's engagement with regional and international partners, by offering nationals of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras the opportunity to seek refugee status close to home rather than embark on a dangerous and often futile journey to the United States in the hands of smugglers and criminal organizations. I look forward to consulting with Congress regarding this proposal, as well as DHS' ongoing efforts to address the border crisis, uphold the rule of law, and restore integrity to the immigration system.

Keywords: Refugee
Topics: Citizenship and Immigration Services

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 25, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Signs Agreement with Honduras
WASHINGTON - Today, on behalf of the Trump Administration, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan signed an agreement with the Government of Honduras to expand bilateral initiatives to confront irregular migration through Central America. The signing, which took place during the U.N. General Assembly in New York, will further pave the way to increase collaboration between the two countries on key issues.

Once the agreement enters into force, it will further enhance asylum and protection capacity in Honduras. Using best practices developed by the United States and the international community, the two countries will collaborate to increase protection options for vulnerable populations. The United States and Honduras will work together to ensure that these vulnerable populations are not victimized by smugglers.

Coordination and collaboration between the governments of the United States and Honduras has increased to new, unprecedented levels. The two countries share a longstanding partnership, bolstered by close proximity, common principles, and shared democratic values that have led to years of partnership, from addressing historical migration flows to efforts to build a more stable and prosperous region.

In executing the Trump Administration's strategy to disrupt smuggling operations and address the crisis at the Southwest border, Acting Secretary McAleenan has also forged partnerships with Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador in recent months.

Keywords: Central American Migration, Honduras, International partnerships
Topics:

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 23, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Announces End to Widespread Catch and Release
WASHINGTON - During a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations today in Washington, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan announced the combined impact of DHS initiatives that will effectively end  "catch and release" for Central American families arriving at the border. The policy, which will be instituted by DHS starting next week, is part of the Trump Administration's strategy to mitigate the loopholes that act as a "pull factor" for family units seeking to cross illegally at the Southwest border.

"With some humanitarian and medical exceptions, DHS will no longer be releasing family units from Border Patrol Stations into the interior," said Acting Secretary McAleenan. "This means that for family units, the largest demographic by volume arriving at the border this year, the court-mandated practice of catch and release, due to the inability of DHS to complete immigration proceedings with families detained together in custody, will have been mitigated. This is a vital step in restoring the rule of law and integrity to our immigration system."

If migrant family units do not claim fear of return, they will be quickly returned to their country of origin, in close collaboration with Central American countries. If they do claim fear, they will generally be returned to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).

Implementing these tools ensures effective immigration results without releasing family units into the U.S. interior. This approach also serves as a transition to full implementation of the Flores final rule, which will further allow DHS to hold families together through fair and expeditious immigration proceedings.

Apprehensions have hit record levels this year. In May, when U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehended or encountered over 144,000 migrants at our Southwest border, 90% crossed illegally between ports of entry. This included a day of over 5,800 border crossings in a single 24-hour per

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 23, 2019

Under Secretary Glawe Accompanies Vice President Pence in New York
WASHINGTON - On Sept. 19, Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) and Chief Intelligence Officer David J. Glawe accompanied the Vice President of the United States Mike Pence in New York City, New York to meet with the New York Police Department (NYPD) and thank them for their continued service.

During the meeting, Vice President Pence and Under Secretary Glawe were briefed on current threats facing New York and tactics used by the NYPD to protect the city. The meeting also included NYPD Police Commissioner James O'Neill, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller, and NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Information Technology Jessica Tisch.

NYPD's continued efforts in keeping the city safe are attributed to their partnerships across the country, and both Vice President Pence and Under Secretary Glawe praised NYPD for their work and thanked them for their service.

I&A will continue to collaborate and support state and local partners in early threat identification and share information on best practices to detect and deter violent acts before they occur.



Keywords: intelligence, intelligence information sharing
Topics:

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 21, 2019

DHS Statement on Safety and Enforcement During Tropical Depression Imelda
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the following statement on safety and enforcement during Tropical Depression Imelda:

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are concerned about the flooding caused by Tropical Depression Imelda to southeast Texas. Our highest priority remains the preservation of life and safety. In consideration of these circumstances, there will be no immigration enforcement initiatives associated with evacuations or sheltering related to the storm, except in the event of a serious public safety threat.

Keywords: natural disasters
Topics: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Disasters

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 20, 2019

Joint Statement Between the U.S. Government and the Government of El Salvador
WASHINGTON -- Today, on behalf of the Trump Administration, the Acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Kevin K. McAleenan, signed a Protection Cooperative Agreement with Salvadoran Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alexandra Hill Tinoco, at DHS U.S. Customs and Border Protection Headquarters in Washington.

Recognizing El Salvador's recent decision to join the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework, and using U.S. and international best practices, this agreement will enhance collaboration on building protection capacity and increase protection options closer to home for vulnerable populations. The U.S. continues to work closely with the Government of El Salvador to enhance the integrity of both of our immigration systems to ensure vulnerable populations are not victimized by smugglers and build protection capacity for migrants traveling through our region.

The two governments are committed to addressing the issue of irregular migration in a joint and humane way that will contribute to greater prosperity and security of the region. The signing reflects the partnership and commitment between both nations to discourage dangerous irregular migration across Central America toward the U.S. and to combat transnational criminal organizations, strengthen border security, and reduce human trafficking and smuggling.

Once this Cooperative Agreement enters into force, it will further expand the capacity of protection systems in the region.

Today's signing is part of the Trump Administration's strategy to further enhance security and prosperity throughout the region. El Salvador and the United States have a robust partnership and El Salvador has been a leader in countering human smugglers, traffickers, transnational criminal organizations, and gangs. This Cooperative Agreement follows the Letter of Intent signed by Acting Secretary McAleenan with the Government of El Salvador last month in San Salvador to intensify bilateral cooperati

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 19, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan announces DHS Strategy for Combating Terrorism and Targeted Violence
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan announced the new DHS Strategic Framework for Combating Terrorism and Targeted Violence at the Brookings Institution, during an event cohosted by the Heritage Foundation.

"Today, the United States faces an evolving threat environment, and a threat of terrorism and targeted violence within our borders that is more diverse than at any time since the 9/11 attacks," said Acting Secretary McAleenan. "While the threat posed by foreign terrorist organizations like the Islamic State and al-Qaeda persists, we are acutely aware of the growing threat from enemies, both foreign and domestic, who seek to incite violence in our Nation's youth, disenfranchised, and disaffected, in order to attack their fellow citizens and fray at the seams of our diverse social fabric. This awareness, coupled with the history of recent tragedies, has galvanized the Department of Homeland Security to expand its counterterrorism mission focus beyond terrorists operating abroad, to include those radicalized to violence within our borders by violent extremists of any ideology."

The Acting Secretary explained that the new strategic framework will make it clear that the Department is committed to addressing the threat posed by terrorism and targeted violence at home, just as it is committed to continuing to aggressively pursue the foreign terrorist organizations it has denied entry to the United States for nearly seventeen years.

The strategic framework offers a vision to expands DHS's counterterrorism mission to face modern threats by implementing proven, whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches. It is designed to support the White House's 2017 National Security Strategy and execute upon the DHS responsibilities enumerated in the Administration's2018 National Strategy for Counterterrorism.

The Strategic Framework outlines the Department's vision around the following go

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 19, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan traveling to New York
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan is traveling to New York to participate in a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Ceremony for new Americans. The Acting Secretary will administer the Oath of Allegiance to the participants, who will complete the final step in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen by taking the oath.

Keywords: Acting Secretary McAleenan, Citizenship, naturalized citizens
Topics: Citizenship and Immigration Services

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 17, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Traveling to Laredo
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan will travel to Laredo, Texas, with senior leadership from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to receive operational tours and briefings at DHS facilities and to meet with DHS personnel.

Keywords: Acting Secretary McAleenan, Border Security
Topics: Border Security, Homeland Security Enterprise

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 13, 2019

Under Secretary Glawe Attends 9/11 Ceremony in Jerusalem, Israel
Department of Homeland Security Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) and Chief Intelligence Officer David J. Glawe traveled to Jerusalem for the U.S. Embassy 9/11 ceremony on September 11, 2019 where he provided closing remarks. The U.S. Embassy, the Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) and the Jewish National Fund USA hosted the ceremony at the KKL-JNF 9/11 Living Memorial in Jerusalem.

"We best honor the memory of those we commemorate today by recommitting ourselves to the same selfless sacrifice of the first responders, the brave passengers who struggled against the terrorists, and the countless men and women who have given their lives to keep us safe," stated Under Secretary Glawe. "A visit to Israel provides the opportunity to affirm our commitment to never forget and to have the United States stand with Israel and our global partners against the current manifestation of terrorism. I can say with absolute certainty the United States would not be safe without Israel as a partner."

Under Secretary Glawe's words were well received in remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman who accompanied him and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, who also provided remarks during the ceremony. All three senior officials laid a wreath along the memorial adorned with "for all who endeavor to keep us safe."

Also in attendance was Vicki Jurgens of the Association of Flight Attendants, Captain Bill Licht of United Airlines, Zion District Police Commander Ofer Shumer of the Israeli Police, U.S. Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director David Roth, and other U.S. and foreign dignitaries.



Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 12, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Affirms Strong Support for Law Enforcement at FLEOA Address
Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan delivered remarks at the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) Biennial National Conference at the University of Maryland to express his strong support for law enforcement across the nation and emphasize the importance of the partnership between DHS and federal law enforcement officers.

In his remarks, Acting Secretary McAleenan laid out the three key challenges faced by DHS and its federal partners: the ongoing border security and humanitarian crisis at the Southwest border; the scourge of opioids ravaging American communities; and the increasing threat from domestic terrorism and targeted violence. The Acting Secretary, the first sworn law enforcement officer to head DHS, also took the opportunity to condemn irresponsible, unfair, and often malicious accusations against the law enforcement community.

FLEOA is the largest nonpartisan, nonprofit professional association, exclusively representing federal law enforcement officers, representing more than 26,000 federal law enforcement officers from over 65 different agencies.

Please click this link for the Acting Secretary's prepared remarks.

Keywords: Acting Secretary McAleenan, Law Enforcement
Topics: Law Enforcement Partnerships

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 12, 2019

Message from Acting Secretary McAleenan on Hurricane Dorian Response
Last week, Hurricane Dorian made landfall in the U.S. and the Bahamas, causing considerable damage. I extend my deepest condolences to anyone who has a lost a loved one or was impacted by this powerful storm.

DHS takes natural disasters seriously and does everything it can to promote life-saving and life-sustaining strategies. We support safe evacuations of people in impacted areas, maintain public order, and safeguard property when they occur. Weeks in advance of Hurricane Dorian's landfall, DHS tracked its path and began developing sound response plans, resulting in a whole of government and community approach before, during, and after impact. Our Department continues to work closely together to support those affected by Hurricane Dorian.

DHS components, especially the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are working countless hours to support the response and recovery efforts of our state and local government across the region.    We also continue to partner with the private sector, and non-governmental organizations, such as the Salvation Army and American Red Cross, to provide aid and support to our citizens and Bahamian survivors.

FEMA deployed more than 1,200 personnel to support response efforts to Hurricane Dorian across multiple states, assisting local, state, and tribal governments, as needed. Throughout the Southeast, FEMA staged areas, stocked with food, water, and other commodities. CBP also deployed people and assets to support federal, state and local agency partners, including aerial and urban search and rescue assets, advanced first aid capabilities, and aviation assets with real-time aerial damage assessment and tracking and detection capabilities. Immigration processes are being expedited and an enormous amount of resources will be deployed to southern Florida to help storm victims from the Bahamas enter the country legally and quickly. The Coast Gua

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 12, 2019

Under Secretary Glawe attends 2019 World Summit on Counter-Terrorism
WASHINGTON - Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) and Chief Intelligence Officer David J. Glawe traveled to Herzliya, Israel this week to provide keynote remarks at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism's (ICT's) 2019 World Summit on Counter-Terrorism. ICT's annual conference is among the world's most influential forums for experts in the fields of intelligence, defense, policing, and security studies, attracting more than 1,400 leaders from over 65 nations.

In addition to advancing global collaboration and facilitating new partnerships, this year's conference commemorated decades of international cooperation following the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001. Under Secretary Glawe called upon this shared history on Tuesday in an address to a memorial ceremony for the victims of 9/11 and terrorism worldwide.

"Terrorism is terrorism - whether domestic or international - and violent threats to our freedom and the basic tenants to our free society must be eliminated," stated Under Secretary Glawe. "The necessity to share information between international partners is critical to preventing future terrorist attacks. We must continue to work to raise our intelligence capacities to identify and mitigate terrorist threats."

Under Secretary Glawe's remarks further underscored how enhanced collaboration, both at home and abroad, can aid in the early identification and mitigation of terrorist activities. Amongst Under Secretary Glawe were the Executive Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Jay Tabb, Director of the Office of Counter-Terrorism for the United Nations Dr. Jehangir Khan, Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan Sales from the State Department, and Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan in Israel. The ICT annual conference serves as an excellent forum to share innovative ideas for policymakers and senior officials to fight against terrorism.

I&A has reali

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 11, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Commemorated September 11 Attacks in New York and D.C. Ceremonies
WASHINGTON - Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at two ceremonies in New York City today, then returned to Washington, D.C. where he hosted a ceremony at DHS headquarters.

This morning, the Acting Secretary honored Master Special Officer Craig J. Miller of the U.S. Secret Service with special recognition by placing an American flag by his name on the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Miller's life was taken in the attacks while heroically trying to rescue victims.

The Acting Secretary then attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony in Memorial Plaza, along with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and former New York City Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. The Acting Secretary and fellow leaders observed the reading of the names of victims, which paused for moments of silence when the airplanes crashed and towers fell at the same times on this day 18 years ago.

Afterwards, Acting Secretary McAleenan attended the New York City Fire Department's (FDNY) September 11 Remembrance Ceremony at the FDNY headquarters, hearing remarks from FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro and laying a wreath to pay respects to the brave members of the FDNY who died while trying to save lives during the attacks and the many more who passed in the years since due to their selfless response.

This evening, Acting Secretary McAleenan returned to Washington to host a candlelight vigil at DHS headquarters where he addressed DHS component heads and personnel, saying, "By the men and women we honor today we are reminded that our Department was born as a result of this act of terrorism. It is our origin story... This year and every year we have an opportunity to harken back to our founding moment and renew our commitment and vigilance in safe guarding the American people."

September 11, 2001 was the deadliest terror attack ever on American soil. Thousands of citizens from a

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 10, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Traveling to New York to Commemorate September 11 Attacks
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan will travel to New York, N.Y. to commemorate the September 11, 2001 attacks with current and former federal, state, and local leaders and law enforcement officials.

Tomorrow, the Acting Secretary will honor Master Special Officer Craig J. Miller of the U.S. Secret Service with special recognition, whose life was taken in the attacks. Then, he will attend the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony, along with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, former New York City Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg, and former New York Governor George Pataki, as well as other officials. In the ceremony, the Acting Secretary will observe the reading of the names of victims of the attacks.

After the ceremony, he will meet with DHS personnel in New York from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to discuss their efforts across the state. He will then attend the New York City Fire Department's (FDNY) September 11 Remembrance Ceremony, where there will be a wreath laying ceremony and remarks from FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro.

Keywords: 9/11
Topics: Preventing Terrorism

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 10, 2019

Border numbers fall for third month in a row, but remain high
U.S. Customs and Border Protection released the agency's enforcement actions for August 2019 during a press briefing today at the White House. Through the month of August, the total number of people apprehended or found to be inadmissible was 64,006; this is a 22% decline from 82,055 in July and a 56% decline since the May peak of 144,255.

"Under President Trump's leadership, we've been able to utilize a number of tools to help begin to mitigate, but not end, the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border," said Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan. "The continued drop in enforcement actions is encouraging, but make no mistake, we're still in a crisis and more must be done. Until Congress makes targeted changes to immigration laws, we will continue to see stark challenges."

Recent domestic policy initiatives and international agreements to address legal and illegal immigration have contributed to the decline, including: agreements with Guatemala to address irregular migration, the Migrant Protection Protocols with Mexico, the final rule regarding non-Mexican asylum seekers at the southern border, interior enforcement operations, and international cooperation between the United States and Central American countries, particularly efforts to disrupt and dismantle alien smuggling organizations.

Traditionally enforcement actions in August have been higher than July during six of the past eight years, confirming that this year's decrease from July to August is not just a traditional seasonal decrease. In Fiscal Year 2018, August apprehensions were 16% higher than July. 

Keywords: Immigration Statistics
Topics: Border Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Sep 09, 2019

Visa Requirements for Bahamas Citizens Traveling to the United States
The U.S. Embassy in Nassau is open for emergency visa appointments and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Ports of Entry are prepared, should Bahamians request to temporarily relocate to the United States.

All travelers applying for admission to the United States via air or sea must meet the following document requirements for admission to ensure a lawful and orderly arrival to the United States.

Bahamians must be in possession of a valid, unexpired passport or a Bahamian Travel Document listing nationality as Bahamian. All other travelers arriving from the Bahamas (U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, and individuals of other nationalities) must possess a valid, unexpired government-issued passport.Bahamians arriving to the United States by vessel must be in possession of a valid passport AND valid travel visa.Detailed information on all visa application requirements and processes, as well as a step-by-step guide to visa applications for Bahamians, can be found at https://bs.usembassy.gov/visas/nonimmigrant-visas.Bahamian citizens may apply for admission to the United States without a visa at one of the CBP Preclearance facilities located in Nassau or Freeport International Airports, IF they meet the following requirements:Be traveling on a flight that CBP completes immigration and customs inspections in Nassau or Freeport. (*Note - Bahamians traveling on to another country and expecting to transit the United States on their return will need a visa);Be in possession of a valid, unexpired passport or a Bahamian Travel Document listing nationality as Bahamian;Have no criminal record nor any legal ineligibility or inadmissibility as defined by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 30, 2019

DHS Statement on Safety and Enforcement During Hurricane Dorian
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the following statement on safety and enforcement during Hurricane Dorian:

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are concerned about the potential impact of Hurricane Dorian to portions of Florida.  Our highest priority remains the preservation of life and safety. In consideration of these circumstances, there will be no immigration enforcement initiatives associated with evacuations or sheltering related to the storm, except in the event of a serious public safety threat.

Keywords: Hurricane Dorian, natural disasters
Topics: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Disasters

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 30, 2019

Acting Secretary Receives Update On Hurricane Dorian from FEMA's National Response Coordination Center
Yesterday, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin K. McAleenan, was briefed by Federal Emergency Management Agency Acting Administrator, Pete Gaynor, from the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) at FEMA headquarters in Washington, DC, on the current path and strength of Hurricane Dorian. DHS and its component agencies are working to aggressively prepare for any potential impacts Americans may face as a result of this potentially life threatening and extremely dangerous storm.

"DHS is employing all its resources to prepare for Hurricane Dorian - an approach that will be locally executed, state managed, and federally supported," said Acting Secretary McAleenan. "If you are in the path, now is the time to prepare. Please know your evacuation and shelter plan, discuss your plan with family and friends, gather needed supplies - including medications, and include a plan for your pets."

The NRCC is currently activated at its highest level in support of those in the path of Hurricane Dorian. DHS and FEMA are currently working in close coordination with Florida Governor Rick DeSantis and state officials ahead of Dorian's predicted landfall, and federal agencies are quickly moving response resources into position. Hurricane Dorian continues to strengthen and may be upgraded to category four, posing a dangerous risk of storm surge and hurricane-force winds along the East Coast of Florida over the Labor Day weekend. Residents along the U.S. East Coast, and particularly in Florida, should continue to monitor the forecasts and begin implementing their hurricane preparedness plan now. DHS also encourages people to download the FEMA App for real-time weather alerts from the National Weather Service and for additional preparedness tips.

Keywords: family preparedness,

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