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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
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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,

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 28, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Signs Letter of Intent with Government of El Salvador
WASHINGTON - Today, at the Presidential Palace in San Salvador, El Salvador, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan signed a Letter of Intent with the Salvadoran Minister of Justice and Security Rogelio Rivas to intensify bilateral cooperation in four areas to address irregular migration from Central America and combat transnational criminal organizations.

"I would like to thank President Bukele for his partnership and for hosting me for productive discussions that solidified our commitments to partner on strategies to address irregular migration and target gangs and human smugglers, together," said Acting Secretary McAleenan. "DHS is grateful to work closely with our Salvadoran counterparts to address the crisis faced in the region. At the same time, we share an understanding that our collaborative work can be expanded to the benefit of both of our countries."

The four areas of collaboration include increasing collaboration through border security and law enforcement operations, expanding our cooperation in information sharing, ensuring close cooperation in building asylum and protection capacity, and continuing our dialogue to promote opportunity and investment in El Salvador.

Keywords: Acting Secretary McAleenan, Central American migration
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 28, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Traveling to El Salvador
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan will travel to San Salvador, El Salvadorto meet with Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele and other political and non-governmental organization leaders.

After arriving in San Salvador, the Acting Secretary will meet with diplomatic staff and DHS personnel who are supporting efforts in the region. Following this, he will meet President Bukele, Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill, and Minister of Justice and Public Security Rogelio Rivas to discuss efforts to collaborate on regional safety and security. He will then travel to a joint law enforcement training center to observe regional law enforcement cooperation. Later on that evening, he will have dinner with the mayor of San Salvador and leaders from non-governmental organizations.

Tomorrow, the Acting Secretary will participate in the second Bilateral Migration Task Force meeting. Afterwards, he will receive an operational tour of a migrant reception center and then meet with human rights groups working in the country. Before departing on Friday, he will meet with Salvadoran business leaders from throughout the country who are working to build investment in El Salvador's tourism sector.

Keywords: Acting Secretary McAleenan, Central American migration
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 27, 2019

DHS to Reprogram and Transfer $271 Million to Support Humanitarian and Security Emergency Response
WASHINGTON - On Sunday, the 30-day notification period ended from when the Department of Homeland Security notified Congress of its intent to reprogram and transfer $271 million of available funds to support requirements via authority provided in the FY 2019 DHS Appropriations Act.

The Administration submitted a supplemental request on May 1, for resources to address the humanitarian emergency, including funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention beds. On July 1, the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act was signed, providing $1.339 billion for DHS, but without funding for ICE Detention Beds for single adults. 

Given the rise of single adults crossing the border, ICE has already had to increase the number of detention beds above what Congress funded. Without additional funding for single adult detention beds and transportation from the U.S. Border Patrol to ICE detention facilities, ICE will not be able to support the influx of migrants from U.S. Customs and Border Protection apprehensions.

Congress was notified of the Department's intent to reprogram and transfer $116 million to fund ICE single adult detention beds and transportation under the authority provided in the FY 2019 DHS Appropriations Act. DHS also notified Congress of its intent to transfer $155 million to establish and operate temporary Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP) Immigration Hearing Facilities along the Southwest border. MPP court docket backlogs will continue to grow and ICE will not be able to effectively and efficiently move single adult migrants between detention centers and courtrooms without the funding.

This realignment of resources allows DHS to address ongoing border emergency crisis by alleviating the surge along the Nation's Southwest Border while minimizing the risk to overall DHS mission performance.

Keywords: bu

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 27, 2019

Joint Statement Between the U.S. Government and the Government of Honduras
WASHINGTON--Today, the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kevin K. McAleenan, met with the President of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernandez, regarding a shared commitment to improving security and addressing irregular migration in the western hemisphere.

The Acting Secretary was joined by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Hugo Rodriguez.

Both countries committed to working together on improving security and addressing irregular migration through enhanced law enforcement sharing with competent authorities in Honduras to investigate and prosecute those involved in organizing mass violations of immigration law and human trafficking offenses. Both countries also pledged to expand access to protection for vulnerable populations, especially children. Both countries agreed to work together to address expanding legal immigration from Honduras to support U.S. business interests and reducing non-tariff trade barriers to promote foreign direct investment.

By working cooperatively, both governments will work to combat human smuggling and trafficking in the region, and support Honduras in its efforts to combat gang violence. These efforts will build on existing bilateral agreements between the United States and Honduras, and reflect a shared commitment toward regional and hemispheric security. Both countries also recognize the shared responsibility in the region to expand access to protection as fundamental to addressing irregular migration. Through this expanded partnership, the United States is working to support the public safety and security in Honduras for its citizens.

The U.S. and Honduras share a common cause in confronting the ongoing border security and humanitarian crisis so that both governments can promote security and prosperity throughout the region. The U.S. Government looks forward to expanded partnership with Honduras to address irregular migration, increase security, and facili

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 21, 2019

DHS and USCG donate 224 backpacks
During a back-to-school rally on Saturday, employees of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) headquarters distributed 224 backpacks filled with school supplies and 50 laptop totes to families living in Southeast District of Columbia (DC) Housing Authority communities as part of the USCG's Annual St. Elizabeths Back-to-School Backpack and School Supplies Drive. Both headquarters are located within the Southeast DC community.

USCG Chaplain Jonathan Alexander, co-lead on behalf of USCG, said this year's success was a team effort.

"I'm very thankful for the support, generosity and enthusiasm of the DHS and Coast Guard team working on St. Elizabeths Campus," he said. "I think it is important to show that we do more than just work in these communities - we must also show we care about our neighbors."

DHS Office of Partnership and Engagement Chief of Staff and DHS co-lead Karinda L. Washington said everyone can help ready students of underserved communities for a brighter future.

"It is crucial to ensure that children in Southeast DC have the tools they need to be successful academically," she said. "Tomorrow's DHS and Coast Guard leaders live here and we're doing our part to get them started on a path to success."

This year's drive exceeded DHS's goal, more than doubling the 100 backpacks filled with school supplies that were donated last year. The donation will benefit kindergarten through 5th grade students living in the Southeast DC Housing Authority communities.




Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 21, 2019

DHS and HHS Announce New Rule to Implement the Flores Settlement Agreement
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced a final rule that finalizes regulations implementing the relevant and substantive terms of the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA). Importantly, the rule will allow for termination of the FSA, and allow DHS and HHS to respond to significant statutory and operational changes that have occurred since the FSA has been in place, including dramatic increases in the numbers of unaccompanied children and family units crossing into the United States.

Large numbers of alien families are entering illegally across the southern border, hoping that they will be released into the interior rather than detained during their removal proceedings. Promulgating this rule and seeking termination of the FSA are important steps towards an immigration system that is humane and operates consistently with the intent of Congress.



The relevant and substantive terms of the FSA (resulting in the termination of the FSA). The way HHS accepts and cares for unaccompanied alien children.The requirements that help ensure that all alien children (both accompanied minors and unaccompanied alien children) in the Government's custody are treated with dignity, respect, and special concern for their particular vulnerability as minors. The ability of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to maintain family unity by holding families with children in licensed facilities or facilities that meet ICE's family residential standards, as evaluated by a third-party entity engaged by ICE (in the event that licensing is not available through the State).A pathway to ensure the humane detention of families while satisfying the goals of the FSA.The relate

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 21, 2019

DHS to Host Press Conference on Changes to Flores Ruling
At 9:30 AM ET on August 21st, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin K. McAleenan, will host a press conference at U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters regarding upcoming changes to the Flores ruling. The Acting Secretary will provide remarks on the changes and then take questions from members of the media.

Watch the press conference on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDphxLi2Xnk.  NOTE: The video will be live when the conference beings.

 

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Keywords: Acting Secretary McAleenan, Border Security, Family detention, immigration enforcement
Topics: Border Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 20, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Traveling to Panama
WASHINGTON - Tomorrow, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan will travel to Panama City, Panama to participate in a Meeting of Central American Ministers of Security and to meet with Panamanian President Lorentino Cortizo to discuss regional cooperation to confront irregular migration.

After arriving in Panama City, the Acting Secretary will meet with diplomatic staff and DHS personnel who are supporting efforts in the region. He will also receive an operational tour of the Panama Canal.

On Thursday, the Acting Secretary will meet with ministers from throughout the Central American region to discuss efforts to collaborate on regional safety and security. Afterwards, he will meet with President Cortizo, as well as Foreign Minister Alejandro Ferrer. That evening, the Acting Secretary will deliver remarks at the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Panama to promote free enterprise and investment in Panama and in the region.

On Friday, Acting Secretary McAleenan will accompany DHS personnel on an operational tour of the Panamanian border region.

Keywords: Central American migration
Topics: International Engagement

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 16, 2019

Readout from Under Secretary Glawe's Trip to Arkansas
WASHINGTON - Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Under Secretary of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) and Chief Intelligence Officer, David J. Glawe, provided the keynote address at the Arkansas Corporate Security Symposium (CSS) on August 14, 2019. The Arkansas CSS was hosted by I&A in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Domestic Security Alliance Council and Walmart, Inc. Under Secretary Glawe discussed I&A's mission and how the new Mission Center Model construct is working to provide intelligence in a timely manner to mitigate threats and have a scalable model within the organization. The event drew over 300 registered private sector, federal, state, local, academia, and homeland security officials.

The Honorable Asa Hutchinson, Governor of Arkansas, kicked off the event with welcoming remarks while Rachel Brand, Executive Vice President Global Governance, Chief Legal Officer, and Corporate Secretary, Walmart, Inc., provided opening remarks. Additionally, there was great emphasis on the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) to provide the state, local, and private sector partners to collaborate and access intelligence. The additional topics discussed included: Counterintelligence Threats to Agricultural, Making Corporate Security Engaging, Security Consideration for Soft Targets, Cyber Mitigation and Response, and Threats to Critical Infrastructure. Initial feedback from the participants indicated the information provided and speeches were extremely helpful and informative.

"The Corporate Security Symposiums provide an unprecedented opportunity to advance our partnership with the private sector, and to address the wide range of threats that impact their operations - from foreign influence, cyber threats, to active shooters," Under Secretary Glawe mentioned during the event. "DHS is committed to advancing this partnership to keep our country safe."

Following the CSS, Under Secretary Glawe met with G

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 15, 2019

United States and Canada Implement Preclearance Agreement
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today, in partnership with the Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada, the implementation of an agreement to improve mutual security and expedite lawful travel through preclearance for travelers and their accompanying baggage on certain transports. The collaboration is articulated in the Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine, and Air (LRMA) Transport Preclearance between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada, which supersedes the previous 2001 U.S.-Canada Agreement on Air Transport Preclearance, and expands upon the two countries' partnership. 

Preclearance is the process by which officers stationed abroad inspect and make admissibility decisions about travelers and their accompanying baggage before they leave a foreign port, simultaneously increasing efficiency and security. The LRMA provides the legal framework and reciprocal authorities necessary for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Canada Border Services Agency to carry out security, facilitation, and inspection processes in the other country. 

"Preclearance strengthens economic competitiveness and mutual security, and benefits travelers by expediting their clearance into the U.S. before they ever leave Canada," said Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan. "This agreement provides the opportunity for CBP to build on six decades of successful operations and, for the first time, to conduct full preclearance in the rail, ferry, and cruise ship environments. This achievement is important for the Department's security objectives and is another example of just how close the U.S. - Canada relationship stands."

CBP currently conducts preclearance operations at eight Canadian airports: Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. CBP officers also conduct immigration pre-inspection at multiple locations in British Columbia in the

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 14, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Traveling to El Paso, TX
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan will travel to El Paso, TX to attend a memorial service for victims of the mass shooting attack on August 3. The Community Memorial Service, hosted by the City of El Paso, seeks to provide the community with a chance to reflect and remember the victims of the mass shooting.

Tomorrow, the Acting Secretary will meet with leadership of a local non-governmental organization to discuss their initiatives in the area. Following that, he will receive an operational tour of a U.S. Border Patrol soft sided facility in El Paso.

Keywords: Border Security
Topics: Border Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 09, 2019

Transcript: Press Conference in Yuma, AZ on August 8, 2019


Well. Good morning. Well, thank you all and welcome. Thank you all for braving the Arizona summer heat to be out here with us today. We have a little bit of shade here.

I want to say that I'm honored to introduce the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan. Secretary McAleenan was designated as the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security by President Trump on April 8th, 2019. Prior to his appointment, he served as Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection after U.S. Senate confirmation in March of 2018 and after having served as the Acting Commissioner since January of 2017. Mr. Secretary, welcome to Yuma and San Luis, Arizona. Thank you for your continued support to CBP, the mission and the challenges we face here in Arizona.



Thanks, Chief. As we begin, I want to start with a few words on the recent shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. First, my heart and the Department's thoughts are with the grieving families from both incidents, but I want to talk for a moment about El Paso. The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are deeply embedded in the community of El Paso, a city with a unique and integrated culture, where two nations in two major cities meet. With over 4,000 DHS professionals and their families living there, protecting our border, facilitating the flow of lawful trade and travel that is a lifeblood of the region. This horrific act was an attack on our family and our community as well. A number of DHS families were directly affected as close family members were victims of the attack. CBP Port Director Donna Sifford was actually in the Walmart during the attack.

She survived uninjured and rendered lifesaving aide to another victim who turned out to be one of her neighbors. The fact that the absolute hate, hateful coward, as Donna called him, was mo

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 09, 2019

Acting Deputy Secretary Pekoske Joins the Five Eyes in London to Discuss Emerging and Ongoing Security Threats
WASHINGTON—Last week, Acting Deputy Secretary David P. Pekoske attended the Five Country Ministerial in London, England, alongside Attorney General William P. Barr to represent the U.S. and to discuss the protection of each nation from active and emerging security threats.

Five Eyes refers to the security alliance forged between the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, who have each vowed to work together in matters of national security, intelligence, counter terrorism, and cyber vulnerabilities.

The Acting Deputy Secretary and Attorney General Barr joined the Home Affairs, Interior Security, and Immigration Ministers of the Five Eyes countries in a series of ministerial sessions to confront threats, including: cybersecurity, emerging technology, asylum fraud and border security, online child sexual exploitation and abuse, and foreign interference. They were joined in part by the Quintet of Attorneys General from each of the Five Eyes nations to discuss terrorism prevention, encryption, and foreign terrorist fighters.

Acting Deputy Secretary Pekoske and newly appointed Home Secretary Priti Patel of the U.K. were closely aligned in their desired approaches to protecting the citizens of all Five Eyes countries against these security threats.

The U.S. and foreign officials also met with representatives from leading technology companies— Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Roblox, Snap, and Twitter— and committed to begin tackling the epidemic of online child sexual exploitation and abuse together by designing a set of voluntary principles that establish systems for online platforms to stop the viewing, sharing, and livestreaming of child sexual abuse material.

The Five Eyes partners also agreed to coordinate responses to national and international cyber threats. Acting Deputy Secretary Pekoske emphasized the risks of 5G networks to telecommunications security and discussed the importance of setting international standards for securi

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 08, 2019

DHS Acting Secretary McAleenan Announces July Migration Statistics Showing Consistent Decline from Record Levels in May
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan announced U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) enforcement actions for the month of July, indicating more than a 20 percent decrease in U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) apprehensions at the Southwest border for the second month in a row.

"The situation is improving by every available metric, but, I want to be very clear that we remain at and beyond crisis levels in illegal crossings, even as our initiatives to address irregular flows and mitigate humanitarian conditions are making an impact," said Acting Secretary McAleenan. "Just two months ago, CBP apprehended or encountered 144,000 individuals crossing our border illegally or presenting without documents at Southwest border ports of entry—the highest monthly total in 13 years. In July, that number was 82,000, a 43% decrease from May and a 21% decrease from the June numbers.

These reductions in flows, combined with the $4.5 billion dollars in emergency supplemental funding we requested on May 1st and received from Congress six weeks ago, have allowed us to dramatically mitigate the challenging overflow conditions in our border facilities. We have been able to eliminate long waits in border stations and reduce the number of children in custody at the border.

Our partnerships with the countries of the Northern Triangle, especially Guatemala, have been increasingly effective at stemming irregular migratory flows. We continue to see Mexico making a significant effort on their border between Chiapas and Guatemala, as well as on the transportation routes of human smugglers—and we need them to continue to sustain this. While our efforts are working, the volume of migrants crossing our southern border remain at crisis levels. To address this crisis, we will continue to collaborate with our international partners and seek the targeted fixes to our immigration laws from Congress."

According to CBP data, total July enforcem

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 08, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Hosting Media Engagements in Yuma, AZ on Southwest Border
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan is in Yuma, AZ to provide a tour of a Southwest border soft sided facility with media. Following the tour, he will host a press conference.

 



9:00 AM MST

Yuma Soft Sided Facility
Yuma, Ariz.
*Pool coverage 

11:00 AM MST

San Luis, Ariz.
*Pool coverage

 

Media interested in video or text quotes should contact the appropriate representative below:


Carmen Valencia - KYMA
Carmen Valencia carmen.valencia@kswt.com
928-919-5894


Abraham Retana - Univision
Abraham Retana aretana@entravision.com
760-604-3648


James Gilbert - Yuma Sun
James Gilbert jgilbert@yumasun.com
928-919-0115


Lucy López Pesquiera - Diario Binacional Sin Fronteras
Norma Luz López Pesqueira luzpesqueira@hotmail.com
653-132-7279

Keywords: Acting Secretary McAleenan
Topics: Border Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 08, 2019

Department of Homeland Security Rescinds Public Notice Regarding Security Conditions at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila
WASHINGTON-Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan ordered today, effective immediately, rescission of the Public Notice regarding security conditions at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila, Philippines (MNL) issued in December. The Notice was published on December 27, 2018, after multiple assessments of MNL identified a failure to adequately implement and maintain international security standards and recommended practices established by the International Civil Aviation Organization in Annex 17 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation of 1944. 

After months of direct engagement with the United States, the Government of the Philippines has made significant improvements to the security operations of MNL. Both the Manila International Airport Authority and the Government of the Philippines civil aviation security authorities have demonstrated they are willing to work toward sustaining those improvements.

The Secretary of Homeland Security, through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), is required under 49 U.S.C. § 44907 to assess the effectiveness of security at all: (1) Foreign airports served by U.S. air carriers; (2) Foreign airports from which a foreign air carrier serves the United States; (3) Foreign airports that pose a high risk of introducing danger to international travel; and (4) Other airports deemed appropriate by the Secretary. If the Secretary of Homeland Security finds, based on TSA's assessment that an airport has failed to implement effective security measures, the Secretary shall notify the foreign government authorities of that finding and recommend steps to achieve compliance. If an airport fails to remedy identified security deficiencies within 90 days of such notice, the Secretary shall publish a notice in the Federal Register that the airport is non-compliant, post the airport's identity prominently at major U.S. airports, and notify the news media.

Several attacks targeting civ

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 07, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Traveling to Yuma, AZ
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan will be traveling to Yuma, AZ to meet with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Arizona National Guard personnel, tour border facilities, and speak with federal, state, and local elected officials.  

The Acting Secretary will first meet with local elected officials to discuss the effects that the humanitarian and security crisis on the Southwest border is having on their communities. He will then meet with DHS field leadership, including CBP and ICE personnel who are working to manage the crisis on a daily basis in Yuma. Following that, Acting Secretary McAleenan will travel to San Luis to tour the border and port of entry. On Thursday, Acting Secretary McAleenan will meet with Senator McSally to discuss border security issues. He will then receive a briefing from the Arizona National Guard regarding the military support being provided to DHS personnel. Finally, Acting Secretary McAleenan will tour the Yuma soft sided facility.

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 05, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Met with Officials in Guatemala City to Further Implement DHS Initiatives
WASHINGTON-Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin K. McAleenan, departed Guatemala City last Thursday after engaging in several productive meetings to increase collaboration and partnership across a number of initiatives to confront irregular migration in the Northern Triangle region. During his trip, the Acting Secretary held talks with the President of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, as well as the Foreign Minister, Sandra Jovel, and the Minister of Government, Enrique Antonio Degenhart, with whom he signed a cooperative agreement regarding the examination of protection claims on July 26, 2019. Acting Secretary McAleenan told President Morales and cabinet members that the U.S. is standing ready to support Guatemala in advancing the agreement.

The Acting Secretary also met with prominent Guatemalan private sector and civil society leaders during to discuss the cooperative agreement and gain their perspective on the continuing U.S.-Guatemalan partnership on regional security and opportunity. Before departing back to Washington, D.C. on Thursday, the Acting Secretary met with the United Nations Human Rights Commission's Regional Representatives for Central America to discuss the agreement and offer support to their efforts in the country.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Government of Guatemala have partnered together to combat human smuggling and transnational criminal organizations operating in the Northern Triangle region, which undermine the safety and security of both countries' citizens and exploit our most vulnerable populations.

Keywords: Guatemala, International partnerships
Topics:

Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 02, 2019

DHS Announces Grant Allocations for Fiscal Year 2019 Preparedness Grants
WASHINGTON— As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) ongoing efforts to support state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, Acting Secretary KevinK. McAleenantoday announced final allocations of $350 million for six Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 DHS competitive preparedness grant programs. These allocations together with the more than $1.3 billion in non-competitive grant funding announced by DHS in April, total more than $1.7 billionin FY 2019granted to assist states, local areas, tribal and territorial governments, nonprofit agencies, and the private sector with their preparedness efforts.

Since 2002, DHS has awarded nearly $52 billion to these partners.  Preparedness grants strengthen our nation's ability to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies in support of the National Preparedness Goal and the National Preparedness System. 

The FY 2019 grant guidance will continue to focus on the nation's highest risk areas, including urban areas that face the most significant threats. For FY 2019, the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) will enhance regional preparedness and capabilities by funding 31 high-threat, high-density urban areas. This represents Congressional intent to limit FY 2019 UASI funding to those Urban Areas that represent up to 85 percent of the nationwide risk, as stated in the Explanatory Statement accompanying the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2019 (Pub. L. No. 116-6).

Consistent with previous grant guidance, dedicated funding is provided for law enforcement and terrorism prevention activities throughout the country to prepare for, prevent, and respond to terrorism-related activity.

All capabilities being built or sustained must have a clear linkage to the core capabilities articulated in the National Preparedness Goal.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Aug 01, 2019

Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan Announces Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Syria
WASHINGTON—Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Kevin K. McAleenan, announced that an extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Syria was warranted, pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. With his signature, he has extended Syria's TPS designation for 18 months.

The decision to extend TPS for Syria was made after a review of the conditions upon which the country's designation is based, which was ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions, as well as an assessment of whether those conditions continue to exist as required by statute. Following careful consideration of available information, including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process, the Acting Secretary determined that the conditions supporting Syria's designation for TPS continue to exist. Thus, under the applicable statute, the current TPS designation must be extended.

There are approximately 7,000 Syrian TPS beneficiaries. This 18 month extension of Syria's designation for TPS permits current Syrian TPS beneficiaries to re-register for TPS and remain in the U.S. with work authorization through March 31, 2021. To be eligible for TPS under Syria's current designation, along with meeting the other eligibility requirements, individuals must have continuously resided in the U.S. since August 1, 2016, and have been continuously physically present in the U.S. since October 1, 2016. Anyone who has been here since the time of the previous designation may be eligible to seek other forms of immigration relief.

Current beneficiaries under Syria's TPS designation are eligible to re-register for an extension of their status for 18 months, through March 31, 2021. The law requires the Secretary to periodically review the conditions in the foreign state for which a designation is in effect. Over the next 18 months, the Acting Secretary will review conditions in Syria to determine whether its designation sh

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 30, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Traveling to Guatemala City
WASHINGTON - Tomorrow, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan will be traveling to Guatemala City, Guatemala to meet with officials regarding the implementation of a number of initiatives to help stem the flow of irregular migration through Guatemala. During his trip, the Acting Secretary will meet with officials from the Government of Guatemala, with whom he signed a cooperative agreement regarding the examination of protection claims on Friday. While in Guatemala City, Acting Secretary McAleenan will also meet with U.S. diplomats, local political and community leaders, members of non-governmental international organizations, and private sector stakeholders. He will depart Guatemala City Thursday.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Government of Guatemala have partnered together to combat human smuggling and transnational criminal organizations operating in the Northern Triangle region, which undermine the safety and security of both countries' citizens and exploit the most vulnerable populations. Acting Secretary McAleenan was recently in Guatemala City for the 7th Northern Triangle Ministerial meeting on June 26, where he met with officials from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, to discuss furthering a comprehensive, regional approach to address security and migration issues.

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Topics: Border Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 26, 2019

DHS Hosted 8th Northern Triangle Ministerial Meeting
WASHINGTON- On July 24, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) hosted the eighth Meeting of Ministers and Security Secretaries of the Central American Northern Triangle and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary.

Officials from Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, and Honduras joined DHS Acting Secretary McAleenan and other DHS officials in Washington, D.C. for discussions on continued collaboration to promote a more secure and prosperous region and stem the flow of irregular migration.

During the bilateral meetings, delegates participated in working sessions to discuss a range of issues, such as irregular migration, information sharing, and combatting illicit trafficking and human trafficking networks.

This was the first Northern Triangle ministerial meeting hosted by the U.S. and first one attended by Panama and Costa Rica. The previous meeting was hosted on June 26 by Guatemala in Guatemala City and the next meeting will be hosted by Panama in August.

Keywords: Border Security, information sharing, International partnerships
Topics: Border Security, Human Trafficking, International Engagement,

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 24, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Traveling to Chicago to Attend 2019 Trade Symposium
WASHINGTON —Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan will attend the 2019 Trade Symposium in Chicago, IL. The 2019 Trade Symposium, hosted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), brings together the public and private sectors to discuss cooperative efforts to pave the path forward for U.S. trade. The Acting Secretary will deliver keynote remarks at the symposium, highlighting the crucial part the Department plays in the U.S. economy by enforcing trade laws and facilitating legitimate trade. He will be joined at the symposium by Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan, who manages the agency that facilitates an average of over $3 trillion in legitimate trade every year.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 23, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Announces a New Designation of Aliens Subject to Expedited Removal
WASHINGTON - On July 23rd, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan announced a new designation of aliens subject to expedited removal that applies to certain aliens encountered anywhere in the country within two years of illegal entry. Use of expedited removal pursuant to the new designation will help alleviate some of the burden and capacity issues currently faced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) by allowing DHS to more quickly remove certain aliens encountered in the interior.

"The new designation adds one more tool for DHS—utilizing specific authority from Congress—to confront the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis on the Southwest border and throughout the country," said Acting Secretary McAleenan. "We are past the breaking point and must take all appropriate action to enforce the law, along the U.S. borders and within the country's interior. This designation makes it clear that if you have no legal right to be here, we will remove you."

The Immigration and Nationality Act gives the Acting Secretary "sole and unreviewable discretion" to designate certain aliens as subject to expedited removal pursuant to a 1996 law. This authority has been used many times, including in a 2002 notice that applied the full scope of expedited removal to certain aliens encountered anywhere in the United States for up to two years after arrival by sea. The new designation harmonizes expedited removal for aliens arriving by land with the longstanding process for aliens arriving by sea, and applies to certain aliens encountered between 14 days and two years of entry within 100 miles of the border, or within two years of entry anywhere in the United States. The new designation is separate from, but complements, a 2004 designation that applies to aliens encountered within 14 days of entry and within 100 miles of the border.

Consistent with the Acting Secretary's express authority to

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 22, 2019

Joint Statement between the U.S. Government and the Government of Guatemala
The U.S. Government and the Government of Guatemala continue to make important progress on a comprehensive regional approach to addressing irregular migration patterns. The two countries are currently cooperating on several initiatives to reduce the flow of irregular migration and ensure the safety and protection of vulnerable populations, especially children.

Both countries have entered into several agreements, the terms of which foster collaboration to expand the capacity of migrant reception, adjudication of protection claims, shelter, and removal infrastructure. By working cooperatively and with international organizations, both governments will continue to harmonize immigration regulations, synchronize regional immigration systems to ensure migrants and children are not victimized by smugglers, and enhance protection systems and capacity through partnership. The partnership also increases Guatemala's attractiveness to its own citizens and foreign investors through workforce and infrastructure development.

Additionally, the governments are working towards signing an agreement to provide support for further protections to Guatemalan H-2A workers by developing a registered Foreign Labor Recruiter program to promote transparency and accountability for those who may operate as such in Guatemala. The H-2A Worker Visa Program provides visas for temporary or seasonal agricultural employment. By regulating Foreign Labor Recruiters in Guatemala, the U.S. Government and the Government of Guatemala are increasing protections for those seeking legal employment opportunities in the U.S., achieving a priority objective for Guatemala and mitigating a major factor of irregular migration into the U.S. With this agreement, the U.S. Government would prioritize H-2A visa appointments ahead of other non-immigrant visa categories for Guatemalans and work to develop and coordinate an outrea

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 19, 2019

DHS Reissues the NTAS Bulletin
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan reissued the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin pertaining to the terror threat to the U.S. homeland. After carefully considering the current threat environment, as well as input from the Department's intelligence and law enforcement partners, Acting Secretary McAleenan determined it is necessary to extend the NTAS Bulletin at this time.

Terrorist groups continue to inspire, enable and direct their followers to spread chaos using homemade weapons and by striking soft targets and crowded places. They also remain focused on conducting more sophisticated attacks using conventional weapons as well as new technologies and tactics. DHS is committed to staying a step ahead of our enemies, and an informed and vigilant public remains one of the Department's greatest assets in protecting the homeland.

This marks the eighth iteration of the Bulletin on the homegrown terrorism threat since the first Bulletin was released in December 2015.

You can read the new NTAS Bulletin at this link.

Keywords: NTAS
Topics: National Terrorism Advisory System

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 19, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Returns to McAllen for Southwest Border Tour with Democrat Senators
On July 19, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan is traveling to McAllen, TX to meet with a congressional delegation from the U.S. Senate on border security issues.

This trip marks the fourth time Acting Secretary McAleenan has toured the border over the past two weeks, and his third trip to McAllen in that time frame. He will be joined by 15 Senators as he highlights the operational challenges faced in the Rio Grande Valley Sector as a result of the overwhelming surge of migrants to the U.S. border. The delegation will have the opportunity to visit the Donna Soft-Sided Processing Facility, a local non-governmental organization, McAllen Border Patrol Station, and the Ursula Central Processing Center.

The tour is part of DHS's effort to be transparent about the challenges at the border and to demonstrate to Congress and the American people the ongoing security and humanitarian crisis. Although migration numbers across the Southwest border saw a decline in June, the Rio Grande Valley Sector continues to see historic volumes of family units and children crossing the border illegally.

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Topics: Border Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 16, 2019

Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan Visited FEMA's National Response Coordination Center for Briefing on Tropical Storm Barry
On July 14, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan visited the National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington, DC to receive a brief on the ongoing response efforts for Tropical Storm Barry.

"Thank you to the men and women at FEMA and their partners across the country who work tirelessly to coordinate response and recovery during this storm," Acting Secretary McAleenan said. "It is an honor to work alongside you in pursuit of our shared DHS mission."

FEMA Acting Administrator Pete Gaynor briefed Acting Secretary McAleenan on the current status of the storm and discussed how heavy rainfall continues as the storm moves through northern Louisiana and into Arkansas. Acting Secretary McAleenan was assured that FEMA has been working in close coordination with local, state, federal, and tribal partners in Louisiana, Mississippi, and other affected areas to assist in response efforts.

Following the briefing, Acting Secretary McAleenan was given a tour of the response operations in the NRCC to observe the complex coordination efforts of FEMA underway during this emergency. He also met with many of the different federal teams working from FEMA and thanked them individually for their diligence in providing a road to recovery to the American people in the storm's path.

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Keywords: National preparedness, Storms
Topics: Disasters

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 15, 2019

DHS and DOJ Issue Third-Country Asylum Rule
WASHINGTON - On July 16th, a joint Interim Final Rule (IFR) issued by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security will publish in the Federal Register.

This IFR uses the authority delegated by Congress in section 208(b)(2)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to enhance the integrity of the asylum process by placing further restrictions or limitations on eligibility for aliens who seek asylum in the United States. Specifically, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security are revising 8 C.F.R. § 208.13(c) and 8 C.F.R. § 1208.13(c) to add a new bar to eligibility for asylum for an alien who enters or attempts to enter the United States across the southern border, but who did not apply for protection from persecution or torture where it was available in at least one third country outside the alien's country of citizenship, nationality, or last lawful habitual residence through which he or she transited en route to the United States.

Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan issued the following statement:

"While the recent supplemental funding was absolutely vital to helping confront the crisis, the truth is that it will not be enough without targeted changes to the legal framework of our immigration system. Until Congress can act, this interim rule will help reduce a major 'pull' factor driving irregular migration to the United States and enable DHS and DOJ to more quickly and efficiently process cases originating from the southern border, leading to fewer individuals transiting through Mexico on a dangerous journey. Ultimately, today's action will reduce the overwhelming burdens on our domestic system caused by asylum-seekers failing to seek urgent protection in the first available country, economic migrants lacking a legitimate fear of persecution, and the transnational criminal organizations, traffickers, and smugglers exploiting our system for profits."


Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 11, 2019

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

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are concerned about the potential impact of Tropical Storm Barry to portions of the Gulf Coast, where Louisiana and Texas are under states of emergency. Our highest priority remains the preservation of life and safety. In consideration of these circumstances, there will be no immigration enforcement initiatives associated with evacuations or sheltering related to the storm, except in the event of a serious public safety threat.

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Topics: Disasters

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 11, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Travels to El Paso
On July 11, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan travels to El Paso, Texas to meet with Border Mayors from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, meet with DHS surge volunteers currently working at the border, host a Town Hall with DHS personnel, and participate in operational briefings and tours of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities in the area.

Acting Secretary McAleenan will participate in a roundtable with border mayors to discuss hardships facing their communities due to the current immigration crisis and how a "whole of government" approach should be used to work towards a solution. The Acting Secretary will reaffirm his commitment to state and local leaders to do everything DHS can to address this crisis. He will then speak to employees from CBP, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) at a town hall. There, he will acknowledge their achievements and stress the importance of Department-wide collaboration when addressing this border crisis. Following the town hall, Acting Secretary McAleenan will meet with DHS employees who have volunteered at the Southwest border in this time of crisis and commend them on their steadfast commitment to U.S. security.

Later in the day, the Acting Secretary will tour the U.S. Border Patrol's El Paso Station and receive an operational briefing of the current state of the El Paso Sector, along with the actions CBP has taken to improve conditions and adjust to the ever changing flow of migrant apprehensions. He will also tour the Clint Holding Facility where he will be briefed on the medical services and accommodations provided at the facility, in addition to the day to day operations at the facility.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 11, 2019

U.S. and Canada Continue Commitment to Securing our Borders, Begin Phase III of the Entry/Exit Project Under the Beyond the Border Initiative
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In support of a strong, secure and efficient border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today the implementation of Phase III of the Entry/Exit information system, a commitment of the Beyond the Border Action Plan. (Beyond the Border Action Plan)

During Phase I, implemented in 2012, the U.S. and Canada piloted the exchange of information on third country nationals and permanent legal residents at four land border ports along the U.S.-Canada border. Building upon the pilot, in Phase II the countries institutionalized this exchange of data at all common land border ports in June 2013. Phase III of this program expands the exchange of data to include U.S. and Canadian citizens, and continue the sharing of data on legal permanent residents and third country nationals. 

CBP and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) are exchanging biographic data, travel documents, and other border crossing information collected from individuals traveling between the countries at land border ports of entry. This data exchange allows both governments to expand their situational border awareness so that the record of a traveler's entry into one country can establish a record of exit from the other country.

"I am proud of the cooperation between the U.S. and Canada on this significant agreement to promote our mutual security and economic competitiveness," said Acting U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Kevin K. McAleenan.  "Ultimately, our commitment to sharing information on

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 09, 2019

DHS Announces Decrease in Border Enforcement Actions and Continued Efforts to Address the Ongoing Border Crisis
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data for June indicates a 28 percent drop in enforcement actions along the Southwest Border since May, from 144,278 to 104,344. This year's decline in apprehensions from May to June outpaces last year's decline by 11 percent. The reduction in apprehensions accounts for decreases across all demographics, including unaccompanied minors, family units and single adults, as well as decreases in migrants from all Northern Triangle countries, particularly those coming from Guatemala. Decreasing apprehension numbers will provide greater opportunities for the DHS to address capacity challenges for those in custody and speed the movement of unaccompanied children into Health and Human Services (HHS) care.

DHS has been taking a "whole of government" approach to confront the ongoing crisis and fulfill our humanitarian and security obligations, including surging personnel from across the Department to high capacity locations on the Southwest border, requesting and receiving continued support from the Department of Defense, expanding medical services, establishing additional soft-sided facilities, surging rescue response operations, and requesting and receiving emergency supplemental funding from Congress.

We are also continuing our collaboration with our international partners, formalizing a number of initiatives with Northern Triangle countries to improve the lives and security of our respective citizens by combating human trafficking and the smuggling of illegal goods, helping to limit ‘push' factors that encourage dangerous irregular migration to the U.S. Additionally, we are working with the Government of Mexico to expand Migrant Protection Protocols to allow the U.S. to more effectively assist legitimate asylum-seekers and individuals fleeing persecution and deter migrants with false or meritless claims from making the journey. And since the administration reached a new a

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 09, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Statement on Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center's Annual Report on Mass Attacks in Public Spaces
On July 9, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan joined Secret Service Director James Murray and the National Threat Assessment Center's (NTAC) Chief Dr. Lina Alathari for the release of its annual report on Mass Attacks in Public Spaces (MAPS). The report examines 27 targeted attacks that occurred in public spaces during 2018.

"Mass attacks - whether inspired by hateful ideologies, grievances, or any other motivating factor - shatter the feeling of safety that we typically have in public spaces in the U.S," said Acting Secretary McAleenan. "The Department of Homeland Security prioritizes the prevention of targeted violence, to include domestic terrorism inspired by all ideologies. Hate and violence have no place in our public spaces."

"Since our founding after the horrible attacks on September 11, we have often utilized the special resources within the Secret Service to better protect our public spaces. This is because the Secret Service has the most experience at protecting public spaces, and they remain the best at it in the world. Secret Service's multidisciplinary methodology involves coordination and partnership between law enforcement and others, including workplace managers, school administrators, local officials, and the mental health community."

Acting Secretary McAleenan thanked the men and women of the Secret Service and National Threat Assessment Center, and reiterated the Department's commitment to partnering with state and local communities to identify and prevent acts of targeted violence. Today's event included a two-hour seminar for federal agencies, local police departments, intelligence analysts, public safety professionals, resource officers, military personnel, school officials, mental health professionals, faith-based community leaders, and private sector security organizations, among others.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 08, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Travels to West Virginia to Discuss DHS Efforts to Combat the Opioid Crisis
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan is traveling to Huntington, West Virginia on July 8 to speak with law enforcement, community and political leaders about Department of Homeland Security (DHS) efforts to interdict dangerous, illicit opioids at or before reaching U.S. borders.

The Acting Secretary will first receive a tour of the city with Huntington Police Chief Hank Dial and Fire Chief Jan Rader. He will then join West Virginia Governor Jim Justice, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin, U.S. Representative Carol Miller (WV-3), Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, and other public health and safety officials to moderate a roundtable discussion on the crisis.

Later in the day, he will travel to the Cabell County Courthouse to receive a Drug Court briefing with Judge Gregory Howard, where he will also meet with graduates of the program. He will also receive a walk-through and briefing at the Marshal University Digital Forensic Lab before departing back to Washington.

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Keywords: opioids
Topics: Law Enforcement Partnerships, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 05, 2019

Acting DHS Secretary Praises Work of Border Patrol Agents, Says Bad Apples Must Be Addressed
*/ On Wednesday night, July 3, Acting Secretary McAleenan appeared on The Fox News Channel's Special Report with Bret Baier to talk about border security and the current humanitarian crisis. When asked about overcrowding at border facilities, the Acting Secretary told Mike Emanuel (standing in for Bret Baier) that "our men and women on the border have been doing an incredible job with limited resources and without, frankly, a lot of support for months on end. I'm very proud of them. I'm very proud of the dedication they bring to their duties. The fact that they didn't sign up for this - they want to catch bad guys on the border, stop criminals from exploiting the border, bringing drugs into the country. But they've been pressed into service to really process, care for, addressing medical needs, take children to the hospital for months on end now. They've done an incredible job. It's our responsibility, ideally working with Congress, but if not working with international partners to address this flow, and get them back to their priority mission."

When asked about the investigation into recent social media activity, the Acting Secretary said, "we can't have these kind of comments, they reflect very poorly on the men and women in uniform. They do not represent the kind of people we have in the Border Patrol. The Border Patrol motto is Honor First and in my experience working with them for 15 years, 16 years since we started the Department of Homela

Department of Homeland Security News
Jul 01, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan to Travel to El Salvador and Honduras
WASHINGTON - On July 1, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan will travel to San Salvador, El Salvador for a two-day visit to discuss continued collaboration in addressing the root causes of irregular migration, enhancing security and targeting transnational criminal organizations. Following his visit to El Salvador, he will travel to Palmerola, Honduras.  

In El Salvador today, Acting Secretary McAleenan will meet with U.S. Ambassador Jean Elizabeth Manes and Deputy Chief of Mission Mark C. Johnson. He will also participate in a meeting of the National Trade Facilitation Committee for a discussion on trade facilitation and customs modernization and then he will receive a briefing on the Policia Nacional Civil Model Police Precinct Program. Tonight, he will join El Salvador President Nayib Bukele for a bilateral meeting.

Tomorrow, Acting Secretary McAleenan will meet with El Salvador's Minister of Justice and Public Security, Rogelio Rivas, to discuss security and migration in El Salvador and Central America, followed by attending the first meeting of the Bilateral Migration Task Force comprised of several key government officials to take a whole of government approach to addressing irregular migration. He will then receive a briefing and tour of the Gender Based Violence (GBV) Assistance Center. Tomorrow afternoon he will travel to Palmerola, Honduras for a bilateral meeting with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez to discuss continued collaboration on migration and security issues.

Keywords: Border Security, Combatting Human Trafficking,

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 27, 2019

Statement from Acting Secretary McAleenan on ICE Leadership
On June 27, Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan released the following statement on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) leadership changes:

"Mr. Mark Morgan, who is serving as the Acting Director of ICE, will take the helm of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner following John P. Sanders's decision to resign the position this week. Mr. Morgan became the Acting Director in May of 2019 and quickly worked to advance the ICE mission of safeguarding the homeland through criminal and civil enforcement. Mr. Morgan returns to CBP where he previously served as the Chief of U.S. Border Patrol. I am confident he will bring the same commitment to the agency as it continues to navigate the current humanitarian and operational crisis.

"Assuming the role of Acting Director of ICE is Matthew T. Albence, who has been performing the duties of the agency's Deputy Director since August 2018. Mr. Albence brings years of experience, as he's held a number of key positions within the ICE domain. In 2017, Mr. Albence served as the agency's Executive Associate Director (EAD) for Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and was also the Assistant Director for the ERO Enforcement Division. A 25-year law enforcement professional, Mr. Albence will lead the way for ICE as the nation's vital immigration enforcement branch."

 

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Topics: Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 27, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Statement on the Senate Passing Emergency Border Funding
On June 26, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan released the following statement after the Senate passed an emergency spending bill to provide the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) with an additional $4.5 billion to address the crisis at the border:

"Today the Senate demonstrated their bipartisan commitment to addressing the humanitarian crisis at our border and supporting the men and women of DHS.  This emergency funding addresses the immediate and dire need to provide safe care for the children and families coming across our border at unprecedented levels. I urge lawmakers to work together quickly and collaboratively to swiftly pass a bill."

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 26, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Statement on CBP Acting Commissioner Sanders's Resignation
On June 26, Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan released the follwoing statement on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) leadership:

"This week, Mr. John P. Sanders offered his resignation as Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, effective Friday, July 5. I would like to thank Mr. Sanders for his service and for assuming the highest role at CBP at one of the most tenuous times in the Department's history. His dedication to our nation's security has helped raise the agency's standards of care as well as support for the law enforcement personnel who serve CBP.

"I had the distinct honor to serve with him at CBP where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer. In that role, he worked to identify and address the operational requirements of the agency, and to provide strategic direction and oversight of enterprise services and operational support components. He also led CBP's efforts to form key partnerships with technological innovators and industry stakeholders.

"Prior to joining CBP, Mr. Sanders served as the Transportation Security Administration's Chief Technology Officer, overseeing the development and implementation of risk-based analysis to enhance transportation security. Mr. Sanders's private sector experience includes co-founding Reveal Imaging Technologies and with contraband detection, geospatial intelligence and data analytics solutions.

"On behalf of the entire Department, I want to thank Mr. Sanders for his outstanding service to CBP and to our nation, and I wish him the very best for the future."

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Topics: Border Security,

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 26, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Statement on CBP's Sanders's Resignation
On June 26, Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan released the follwoing statement on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) leadership:

"This week, Mr. John P. Sanders offered his resignation as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner, effective Friday, July 5. I would like to thank Mr. Sanders for his service and for assuming the highest role at CBP at one of the most tenuous times in the Department's history. His dedication to our nation's security has helped raise the agency's standards of care as well as support for the law enforcement personnel who serve CBP.

"I had the distinct honor to serve with him at CBP where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer. In that role, he worked to identify and address the operational requirements of the agency, and to provide strategic direction and oversight of enterprise services and operational support components. He also led CBP's efforts to form key partnerships with technological innovators and industry stakeholders.

"Prior to joining CBP, Mr. Sanders served as the Transportation Security Administration's Chief Technology Officer, overseeing the development and implementation of risk-based analysis to enhance transportation security. Mr. Sanders's private sector experience includes co-founding Reveal Imaging Technologies and with contraband detection, geospatial intelligence and data analytics solutions.

"On behalf of the entire Department, I want to thank Mr. Sanders for his outstanding service to CBP and to our nation, and I wish him the very best for the future."

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Keywords: staffing
Topics: Border Security,

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 26, 2019

Acquisition Excellence: DHS Receives an "A " Grade on SBA's Annual Small Business Procurement Scorecard
For the 10th year in a row, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) earned a grade "A" or higher on the Small Business Administration's (SBA) Annual Small Business Procurement Scorecard. This is the Department's fourth "A ," the highest score possible.

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

DHS has been the largest agency to consistently earn a grade of an "A" or higher on SBA's scorecard. Last fiscal year, the Department awarded 34.5 percent of total contracting dollars to small businesses, far exceeding the 23 percent goal for the federal government. Further, nearly 11,700 companies received DHS prime contracts and of these approximately 7,800 were small businesses.   

This achievement confirms the Department's commitment to working with small businesses to help keep our nation safe.    

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

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Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 22, 2019

First Ladies of Guatemala and Honduras Tour Border with DHS and CBP Leaders
WASHINGTON - The first ladies of Guatemala and Honduras received a tour of the Rio Grande Valley Southwest border Sector on Thursday, June 20th, accompanied by Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan and Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection John P. Sanders.

Patricia Marroquín de Morales, First Lady of Guatemala, and Ana Garcia de Hernandez, First Lady of Honduras, received a briefing on the state of the border before participating in an operational tour of the border and of CBP processing facilities for single adults, families and unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley area.

"It is important to be able to work hand in hand with the United States government to identify the irregular migration flow, analyze the incentives to migrate, and create conditions of support and wellbeing for people in Northern Triangle countries, so that families build their futures in their own nations," Ana Garcia de Hernandez, First Lady of Honduras said.

"This week, the Guatemalan and Honduran delegations were able to see the border security and humanitarian crisis first hand," said Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan. "This important visit allowed us to share our efforts to address the current situation and demonstrate how our continued collaboration will improve the lives and security of our citizens and theirs."

The dignitaries were joined by Sandra Jovel, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, Enrique Antonio Degenhart Asturias, Minister of Government of Guatemala, and María D. Agüero, Foreign Secretary of Honduras, as well as other senior foreign officials.

"This is a call to all Guatemalans: please - you must know that there is no guarantee that you will you get into the United States, regardless of if you bring a child or not," Sandra Jovel, Guatemalan Minister of Foreign Affairs said in a video posted on Twitter following the tour. "The processes to enter the U.S. are very long,

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 21, 2019

Texas Governor Deploys 1,000 National Guard Soldiers to Assist with Border Crisis
WASHINGTON - Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced today that the Lone Star State will be sending approximately 1,000 soldiers from the Texas National Guard to the Southwest border in order to support U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in response to the continued border security and humanitarian crisis. These troops will provide supplemental staffing support at temporary holding facilities, as well as supplemental enforcement capacity at ports of entry along the border.

"The crisis at our southern border is unlike anything we've witnessed before and has put an enormous strain on the existing resources we have in place," said Governor Abbott. "With the deployment of these troops, we are taking action to confront the crisis at the border and keep potentially dangerous criminals and illegal activity out of our communities. By working together with our federal partners, we will continue to pursue a strong and comprehensive strategy to secure our border."

"At DHS, we have a long history of working closely with our partners in Texas, united by the common purpose of keeping the United States and its people safe and secure," said Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan. "While we are doing everything we can to manage the crisis, the volume of vulnerable populations arriving every day is simply unsustainable. The deployment of Texas National Guard personnel provides critical support to our law enforcement agents at the border at a time of tremendous need."

The combined state and federal effort will help address the humanitarian crisis on our border as well as increase border security for Texas communities. National Guard personnel have provided support—such as counternarcotic support operations— in Texas for decades. Over 4,000 National Guard Troops from Texas, Arizona and New Mexico have helped in securing the border in recent deployments.

In the past three weeks alone, more than 45,000 people have been apprehende

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 20, 2019

Joint E.U.-U.S. Statement Following The E.U.-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting
On June 19, 2019, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union hosted the E.U.-U.S. Ministerial Meeting on Justice and Home Affairs in Bucharest, Romania. The meeting provided an opportunity for both sides to take stock of their long-standing cooperation in this area and to reaffirm their partnership in addressing common security threats.

The U.S. was represented by the U.S. Attorney General, William Barr, and Acting Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security, David Pekoske.

The E.U., hosting the meeting, was represented by the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos, the Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Vera Jourová, the Commissioner for the Security Union, Julian King, as well as the Romanian Vice Prime Minister ad interim and Minister of Justice, Ana Birchall, and the Minister of Interior, Carmen Daniela Dan, together with the Finnish Minister of the Interior, Maria Ohisalo, and the Minister of Justice, Anna-Maja Henriksson, on behalf of the current and incoming Presidencies of the Council of the European Union.

The E.U. and the U.S. reaffirmed that fighting terrorism is among their top priorities and committed to enhance their joint efforts, including by expanding the sharing of information gathered in zones of combat for use in investigations and prosecutions. Participants welcomed results already achieved in this domain, including in cooperation with Europol and Eurojust, and looked forward to the outcome of the meeting to be held on this subject that will bring together E.U. and U.S. experts in Brussels on July 10. With regard to other critical areas of E.U.-U.S. information sharing, Participants of the meeting reiterated the importance of the E.U.-U.S. Passenger Name Record agreement and committed to begin a joint evaluation to assess its implementati

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 12, 2019

DHS and HHS Pen Joint Letter to Congress: Emergency Supplemental Funding Urgently Needed to Address Crisis at Our Border
On June 12, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar wrote a joint letter to Congress urging the immediate passage of emergency supplemental funding, citing the current crisis at our southern border:

On May 1, the Administration requested $4.5 billion in emergency appropriations for DHS, HHS, the Department of Defense, and Department of Justice to address the immediate humanitarian crisis at our southern border. With this crisis growing day to day and no emergency funding, DHS has been forced to surge resources and personnel from the interagency.

"It has been six weeks since the Administration requested emergency supplemental funding and Congress has yet to act. Since May 1, the day the Administration submitted this request, over 144,000 migrants have crossed our southern border illegally. While the Department is doing everything we can to maximize our resources and personnel in a Department-wide emergency response, the surge of families and unaccompanied children migration has created an unsustainable strain on DHS personnel working to protect our borders," Acting Secretary McAleenan said.

"The Administration's emergency supplemental request will support DHS efforts to address the immediate humanitarian crisis. Without this funding, DHS will not have the resources to properly care for the families and children in custody. We urge Congress to immediately approve the administration's supplemental request," he added.

The Administration's supplemental will allow both DHS and HHS to address the humanitarian and security crisis currently facing our Southwest border. This letter to Congress urges quick action in order to provide the appropriate resources to ensure the safety and welfare of our workforce and the migrant population.

View the joint letter to Congress

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 12, 2019

DHS Partners with ALPA and Others to Fight Human Trafficking
On June 12, the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Blue Campaign announced a new partnership with the world's largest airline pilot union, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA), along with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to fight human trafficking through the Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI). Through an interactive training module, ALPA pilots can access the resources needed to help protect the basic right of freedom and bring those who exploit human lives to justice.

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection is proud to partner with those who stand up against human trafficking and exploitation, which has no place in society," said Acting Commissioner John P. Sanders. "Through the Blue Lightning Initiative, we are equipping a critical group of airline professionals who are in a unique position to identify and report signs of potential exploitation and trafficking to law enforcement authorities. Through partnerships like BLI, we can help stop human exploitation."

"Public awareness is key to identifying and reporting human trafficking," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.   "Each tip may make the difference in saving someone's life."

"As flightcrew members responsible for the operation of tens of thousands of flights across North America, airline pilots, working with our partner crewmembers, are uniquely positioned to help combat the vile act of human trafficking," said Capt. Joe DePete, ALPA president. "Through our partnership with the Blue Lightning Initiative, ALPA pilots now have access to education and training that helps identify potential human trafficking victims and alert the authorities."

The Blue Lightning Initiative trains aviation industry personnel to identify potential traffickers and human trafficking victims and to report their suspicions to federal law enforcement. To date, more than 100,000 aviation industry personnel have been trained

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 11, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Statement on the ‘United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security'
WASHINGTON - On June 11th, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan issued the following statement regarding the United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security released by the White House to address problems faced by women and girls in conflict and disaster affected areas around the world:

"On behalf of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), I commend the President for creating an articulated strategy to promote the role of women in preventing conflict and securing peace through the United States Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS Strategy).  This important strategy—the first of its kind—will have far-reaching effects on the success and empowerment of women as it not only prioritizes women's participation in conflict recovery, but in civilian and economic life as well.  I look forward to incorporating the goals of the WPS Strategy as DHS continues to develop and implement programs that work to end human trafficking, disrupt transnational criminal organizations, and increase security and prosperity to eliminate push factors that encourage illegal migration."

Keywords: Combatting Human Trafficking
Topics: Human Trafficking, International Engagement

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 11, 2019

8 Finalists 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) announced eight finalists in the first stage of the Opioid Detection Challenge, which is a $1.55 million global prize competition for rapid, nonintrusive detection tools that will help find illicit opioids in international mail. The Challenge is an S&T collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS).

"I am alarmed with dangerous illicit opioids traveling through our international mail system not only because they feed the devastating opioid epidemic in our country, but because they put our operators at risk," said Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan. "I am very impressed with the creative detection technologies submitted, and we look forward to deploying new solutions in operational environments."

In Stage 1, the Challenge called for well-developed plans for automated, user-friendly tools and technologies that have the potential to quickly and accurately detect opioids in parcels, without disrupting the flow of mail. Stage 1 submissions closed on April 24, 2019, and the Challenge received 83 submissions from U.S. and international innovators. The finalists are:

A solution to use high-frequency radio waves in a particle accelerator technology developed by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (known as CERN). As neutrons and gamma rays pass through parcels, the solution analyzes the energy spectra produced. A layered approach to opioid detection. Machine learning algorithms are applied to images captured through dual-energy radiography and hyperspectral imaging.

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 11, 2019

Written Testimony of L. Eric Patterson for a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing titled "Federal Protective Service: Ensuring the Mission is not Lost in Transition"
Good afternoon Chairwoman Torres Small, Ranking Member Crenshaw, and Members of the Subcommittee. Thank you for the opportunity to testify today on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Protective Service (FPS) regarding FPS's critical mission within DHS.

In the year 2021, FPS will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Since its inception in 1971, FPS has protected people and property in the Federal government by identifying and mitigating vulnerabilities through risk assessments, law enforcement, intelligence analysis, and security countermeasures.

Today, we protect over 9,000 facilities and more than 1.4 million people who work, visit, or conduct business at these facilities each day.

FPS provides the DHS Secretary with a highly trained, nationwide force that can support the Department's mission in countering emerging or existing threats and terrorism, within the boundaries of our Nation and territories.

Each day, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers, including the officers of FPS, risk their lives in protecting and securing this great nation. In recognition of their sacrifices, nearly one month ago, citizens across the United States came together to participate in National Police Week to honor and remember our fallen law enforcement officers. In its history, FPS has had six sworn officers killed in the performance of their duties. This serves as a sobering reminder that the women and men of FPS must remain vigilant and well-prepared to prevent, protect, respond to and recover from events that threaten our nation's people, property, and institutions.

FPS OverviewFPS was established in 1971 as the uniformed protection force of the General Services Administration (GSA). On March 1, 2003, pursuant to the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. §§101 et. seq), FPS was transferred from GSA to DHS in recognition of the role FPS plays in securing our homeland. At the time, it was placed with

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 07, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Views Drug Offload, Tours National Hurricane Center
June 5 through 6, Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan traveled to Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida  to view a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) drug offload, tour the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and meet with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials.

During his visit, McAleenan met with the crew of the USCG Cutter Hamilton, which had just returned to Port Everglades after confiscating drugs including over 26,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $348 million wholesale, and over 1,400 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $1.3 million seized in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The drugs represent 15 separate suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions and disruptions in the Eastern Pacific off the coasts of Mexico and Central and South America by three Coast Guard cutters between March and May 2019. The Acting Secretary, along with Coast Guard District Seven Commander Peter Brown, Commanding Officer U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton Mark Gordon, and senior officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), also discussed the work the Coast Guard undertakes to disrupt transnational criminal organizations that profit off of human trafficking and illicit drug smuggling.

"I am proud of the work our U.S. Coast Guard doesto combat transnational criminal organizations who profit from human misery through human and drug trafficking, exacerbate crime levels in the region, and pump dangerous drugs into our country," McAleenan said. "DHS has a strong interagency partnership to disrupt, dismantle, and prosecute these proliferators of crime.

Also on Thursday, the Acting Secretary toured the National Hurricane Center, which is the epicenter of predicting and tracking hurricanes throughout the Atlantic hurricane season. He received a briefing from Director Ken Graham and NHC leadership on the operational priorities, capabilities and go

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 06, 2019

On This Day in History - Deputy Chief Russell Daniel
CMR 21-19

The Secret Service sent some of our finest onto the beaches of Normandy, France, on June 6th, 1944. One of them came home and became the Deputy Chief of the Secret Service.

Russell "Buck" Daniel was born November 28, 1906, in Lancaster, Missouri. He began his career in the Secret Service in Kansas City, Missouri, as a stenographer on October 7, 1929. He served continuously, except for 2 ½ years in the United States Army.

In 1932, he became a Special Agent in Kansas City, and was later assigned to field offices in New York, Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland, and Oklahoma City, where he gained wide experience in the suppression of counterfeiting, and in the investigation of forgeries of Treasury checks and bonds.

In 1938, Daniel was a member of a special detail in New York established to investigate large-scale counterfeiting activities. His success in the investigation of major counterfeiting and check forgery cases won him a promotion to Special Agent in Charge of Omaha, Nebraska, in March 1939.

In May 1943, Daniel enlisted in the Army and later participated in the Normandy invasion, the Battle of the Bulge, and three other major European campaigns as a paratrooper with the famed 82nd Airborne Division. He was honorably discharged as a Technical Sergeant, wearing the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, Parachutist's Badge, five Battle Stars, and the Bronze Service Arrowhead.

Returning to the Secret Service in 1945, he became Assistant Special Agent in Charge at St. Paul, Minnesota. On January 3, 1949, he came to Washington to assume charge of the Washington Field District. Shortly after his promotion he supervised the investigation and arrests of four men and a woman for making about $150,000 in counterfeit $20 bills in a plant located only a few blocks from the Treasury Building.

On July 17, 1950, Daniel was promoted to the position of Inspector and engaged in insp

Department of Homeland Security News
Jun 06, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Travels to Florida for USCG Drug Offload and Hurricane Season Preparedness Briefing
On April 6, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan will travel to Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida for a two-day trip. The Acting Secretary will view a U.S. Coast Guard cutter drug offload at Port Everglades, receive a briefing and tour of the National Hurricane Center (NHC), and visit with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel at Miami International Airport.

McAleenan will view a Coast Guard drug offload and meet with the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton after they return from a mission that kept thousands of pounds of drugs out of our communities. The Acting Secretary, along with Coast Guard District Seven Commander Peter Brown, Commanding Officer U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton Mark Gordon, and senior officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), will discuss work the Coast Guard undertakes to disrupt transnational criminal organizations that profit off of human trafficking and illicit drug smuggling.

The Acting Secretary will also take an operational tour of the NHC and receive a briefing from Director Ken Graham and NHC leadership on the expectations for Atlantic hurricane season, which began June 1st, and resiliency and response plans. Finally, the Secretary will meet with TSA employees and view a demonstration of new technology used to increase safety and security in aviation. 

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Keywords: drug interdiction, employees, National preparedness
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Department of Homeland Security News
May 31, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Signs Bilateral Agreement to Confront Factors Driving Irregular Migration from Guatemala, Combat Human Smuggling
WASHINGTON - Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan traveled to Guatemala this week to attend the sixth Northern Triangle Security Ministerial meeting with Ministers of Security and other high-level security officials from the region. During his visit, the Acting Secretary signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Guatemalan Ministry of Government to enhance bilateral law enforcement cooperation in an effort to stem the flow of irregular migration. Acting Secretary McAleenan also met with Guatemalan civil society leaders, indigenous leaders, International NGO leadership and small business leaders to gain a deeper understanding of the root causes driving the high rate of migration from the region and targeted solutions to address them. 

The signed MOC will expand areas of bilateral cooperation between the U.S. and Guatemala to target ‘push' factors like high levels of crime and limited economic opportunity that spur illegal and irregular migration from the Northern Triangle Region. Included in the agreement is a provision on law enforcement training to improve criminal investigations that disrupt human trafficking and drug smuggling networks often run by transnational criminal organizations, who are able to profit from human suffering. The agreement has already resulted in nine arrests of a major drug smuggling organization, showing promise for the effectiveness of the resource and information-sharing agreement.

"I am proud to sign this agreement with Minister Enrique Antonio Degenhart," said Acting Secretary McAleenan. "Through our continued collaboration and partnership, the U.S. and Guatemala are formalizing a number of initiatives to improve the lives and security of our respective citizens by combating human trafficking and the smuggling of illegal goods, helping to limit ‘push' factors that encourage dangerous irregular migration to the U.S., perpetuating the ongoing crisis at our bor

Department of Homeland Security News
May 30, 2019

Background Press Call by Senior Administration Officials on the Crisis at Our Southern Border
Office of the Vice President
The White House

8:04 P.M. EDT

  Good evening and thanks for joining the briefing call tonight regarding the crisis at our southern border.  This call is on the record and it will be conducted by acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

There will be brief opening remarks delivered by both gentlemen and then we'll open it up for questions.  Again, the information on this call is on the record.  And with that, I'll turn it over to acting Secretary McAleenan.

  Thanks, Hogan.  I want to start by offering some context on the situation at the U.S. border that is requiring extraordinary action.  The situation is both a humanitarian and border security crisis that has become a national emergency.

The current influx of illegal crossings into the United States from Mexico is overwhelming the resources of CBP and DHS and has severely impacted the ability of the Department to secure the U.S. border and enforce the immigration laws of the United States. 

Over the past 21 days, an average of over 4,500 people have crossed our border illegally or arrived at ports of entry without documents.  In May of 2017, that number was less than 700 a day.  The month of May is on pace to be the highest month in crossings in over 12 years and will significantly surpass the record 109,000 in April.

Yesterday, a single group of 1,036 families and unaccompanied children simply walked from Juárez, Mexico into the United States illegally as a single group -- the largest group ever apprehended at the border. 

U.S. immigration authorities now have over 80,000 people in custody, a record level that is beyond sustainable capacity with current resources.  Over 7,500 single adults are in custody at the border and Immigration and Customs Enforcement is holding over 50,000. 

Most ur

Department of Homeland Security News
May 30, 2019

Border Patrol Agents Apprehend Largest Group Ever Encountered
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
CBP Media Relations
202-344-1780

- U.S. Border Patrol agents from El Paso Sector apprehended the largest group of illegal aliens ever encountered early Wednesday morning. Agents took custody of 1,036 people after they illegally crossed the border in El Paso, Texas, shortly after 4 a.m., MDT.

The group crossed the Rio Grande and were immediately taken into custody by Border Patrol agents south of downtown El Paso, between Bridge of the Americas and Stanton Street Bridge.

"The apprehension of 1,036 individuals in a single group - the largest group ever encountered by Border Patrol agents - demonstrates the severity of the border security and humanitarian crisis at our Southwest border," said CBP Deputy Commissioner Robert E. Perez. "The dedicated men and women of CBP, and in particular the U.S Border Patrol, are doing their very best every day to address the influx of family units and unaccompanied children."

All members of the group were from Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador. The group included 934 family members, 63 unaccompanied minors, and 39 single adults. They were taken into custody for processing and initial medical screenings. They will remain in U.S. Border Patrol custody until they are processed accordingly.

El Paso Sector agents have previously encountered the largest groups so far - of over 400 - on at least two recent occasions. The most recent was on Memorial Day, when agents apprehended a group of 430 people.

The group of 1,036, comprised mostly family units and unaccompanied children, adds to the more than 530,000 aliens apprehended or encountered at ports of entry on the Southwest border so far this fiscal year. The El Paso Sector

Department of Homeland Security News
May 28, 2019

DHS Signs Memorandum of Cooperation with Guatemala to Confront Irregular Migration and Combat Human Smuggling
Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan has formalized an agreement between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Ministry of Government of Guatemala with the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC). The agreement, which will expand areas of collaboration between the United States and the Northern Triangle country to target human smuggling and trafficking networks, marks the start of the Acting Secretary's four-day trip to participate in bilateral and multilateral meetings with officials representing the governments of the Northern Triangle countries.

The meetings will highlight the root causes driving the current high rate of irregular migration to the U.S., as well as viable options for enhancing protections of vulnerable populations.

"I am proud to sign this agreement with Minister Enrique Antonio Degenhart," said Acting Secretary McAleenan. "Through our continued collaboration and partnership, the U.S. and Guatemala are formalizing a number of initiatives to improve the lives and security of our respective citizens by combating human trafficking and the smuggling of illegal goods, helping to limit ‘push' factors that encourage dangerous irregular migration to the U.S., perpetuating the ongoing crisis at or border."

According to the MOC, both countries have agreed to take concrete actions necessary to combat the scourge of human trafficking and smuggling, interdict illicit drug trafficking, and target illegal trade and financial flows. This will include law enforcement training and collaboration to improve criminal investigations.

Other areas of cooperation include increasing the security of the Guatemalan border to stem the flow of irregular migration while ensuring proper preparation to improve the ability of both countries to identify and better understand their root causes.

The Acting Secretary will be in Guatemala through Thursday, May 30th, to meet with officials representing Northern Triangle countries, leadersh

Department of Homeland Security News
May 24, 2019

Message from Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Memorial Day Observance
On Memorial Day, our country recognizes the more than one million men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while carrying out their duties in our Armed Forces, including the U.S. Coast Guard.

It is a day to honor the memory of our brave men and women in uniform who dedicated their lives to training tirelessly and serving selflessly—to protect our freedoms, keep us safe from harm, and secure our nation. As a law enforcement organization, we know all too well the pain and grief that come with making that ultimate sacrifice.

This Memorial Day, I encourage everyone to take time to reflect on the sacrifices our service members and their families have made to our nation and our mission.

As a Department, we are forever thankful to our men and women in uniform—past and present—for putting themselves in harm's way to protect our nation and the American way of life. Through your service and devotion, together we continue to preserve the great freedoms and liberties that make us a great nation.

Kevin K. McAleenan
Acting Secretary
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.

Keywords: memorial ceremony
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
May 21, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Swears in Two New HSAC Members, Announces New Council Tasking Focused on the Security and Resiliency of Houses of Worship and Faith-Based Organizations
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan met with the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) to discuss a range of homeland security issues and his priorities for the Department. The Acting Secretary then swore in two new members to the HSAC, Robert Bonner and Leon Fresco.

"My vision for the HSAC, consistent with its charter, is to seek their strategic, organizationally independent, timely, specific, and actionable advice on a range of homeland security issues," Acting Secretary McAleenan said. "I am pleased to appoint national thought leaders like Robert Bonner and Leon Fresco to the Council." 

During today's public session, Acting Secretary McAleenan also announced a new HSAC tasking that is focused on the security and resiliency of houses of worship and faith-based organizations across the country.

"The right to practice our respective religions free from interference or fear is one of our Nation's most fundamental and indelible rights. That is why I have tasked HSAC with evaluating how DHS can work with houses of worship and faith-based groups to prevent and ensure protection from acts of violence. Worshiping free from fear is a basic and essential right we must defend and I look forward to receiving the committee's critical feedback," Acting Secretary McAleenan said.

The HSAC is a Department of Homeland Security federal advisory committee that provides the Secretary with independent, informed recommendations and advice on a variety of homeland security issues. The HSAC is comprised of national policy makers, representatives from state, local, and tribal governments, emergency, and first responder communities, academia, and the private sector. Former CIA and FBI Director Judge William Webster is chair of the HSAC.

For more information about the HSAC, visit

Department of Homeland Security News
May 15, 2019

Readout from Meeting with Acting Secretary McAleenan and Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Nebojša Stefanovic
On May 14, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan met with Serbia's Deputy Prime Minister, Nebojša Stefanovic, at the Department of Homeland Security's St. Elizabeths campus. The two discussed areas of mutual cooperation and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to identify and prevent terrorist travel and reduce illegal migration. 

Following the signing of this MOU, the Serbians will implement a Secure Real Time Platform (SRTP) to establish the exchange of information with DHS to help identify individuals who pose a threat of terrorism and criminal activity. DHS has offered SRTP to select foreign governments as a way to help increase border and immigration security. This MOU speaks to the partnership and cooperation between the U.S. and Serbia, and to the efforts of DHS to increase security across the globe.

Keywords: International partnerships
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
May 15, 2019

DHS Determines that Conditions in Venezuela Threaten the Safety and Security of Passengers, Aircraft, and Crew, Requiring an Immediate Suspension of Air Transportation
Under 49 U.S.C. § 44907 Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan determined that conditions in Venezuela threaten the safety and security of passengers, aircraft, and crew, requiring an immediate suspension of all commercial passenger and cargo flights between the United States and Venezuela.  In accordance with the statute, the Secretary of State has approved flight suspension, and the Secretary of Transportation has implemented the determination.

This determination is based on the ongoing political instability and increased tensions in Venezuela and associated inadvertent risk to flight operations.

In coordination with the Department of State and the Department of Transportation, the Department of Homeland Security will continue to monitor this situation. If and when the conditions in Venezuela change, and if in the public interest, the Secretaries will revisit this determination. Until then, the flight suspension will remain in effect indefinitely.

Keywords: Transportation
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security, Transportation Security

Department of Homeland Security News
May 15, 2019

DHS Issues Waivers to Expedite Border Wall Projects in Tucson and El Centro
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued two waivers, which will ensure expeditious construction of new bollard wall within the U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson and El Centro Sectors in Arizona and California, respectively. The projects covered by the waivers include up to approximately 78 miles of new bollard wall in place of dilapidated and outdated designs, in addition to road construction and improvement and lighting installation. The waivers were published in the Federal Register on May 15, 2019.

To support DHS's actions under Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, as amended (IIRIRA), DHS requested that the Department of Defense (DoD), pursuant to its authority under 10 U.S.C. § 284(b)(7), assist with the construction of fences, roads and lighting within specified locations of the border in order to block drug-smuggling corridors across the international boundary between the United States and Mexico. The Acting Secretary of Defense determined that the projects covered by these waivers meet the statutory requirements of 10 U.S.C. § 284(b)(7).  As such, these projects will be funded by appropriations available to DoD. DoD, in close coordination with DHS and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will plan and execute these projects in coordination with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

These waivers are pursuant to authority granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security by Congress and cover a variety of environmental, natural resource and land management laws. Congress provided the Secretary of Homeland Security with a number of authorities necessary to carry out DHS's border security mission. Section 102(a) of IIRIRA provides that the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take such actions as may be necessary to install additional physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the United States border to deter illegal crossings in areas of high illegal entry into the United

Department of Homeland Security News
May 15, 2019

DHS Issues Waiver to Expedite Border Wall Projects in California
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a waiver, which will ensure expeditious construction of approximately 15 miles of new border wall system in place of dilapidated and outdated designs in the state of California within U.S. Border Patrol's San Diego and El Centro Sectors.

The waiver was published in the Federal Register on May 15, 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), will begin construction as early as May 18, 2019.

The projects covered by this waiver are funded by CBP's Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) Appropriation. It is not a project undertaken pursuant to the National Emergency Declaration, 10 U.S.C § 284, 10 U.S.C. § 2808, nor does it draw from any other source of funding, including appropriations available to the Department of Defense (DoD).

This waiver is pursuant to authority granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security by Congress and covers a variety of environmental, natural resource and land management laws. Congress provided the Secretary of Homeland Security with a number of authorities necessary to carry out DHS's border security mission. Section 102(a) of IIRIRA provides that the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take such actions as may be necessary to install additional physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the United States border to deter illegal crossings in areas of high illegal entry into the United States.

In section 102(b) of IIRIRA, Congress mandated the installation of additional fencing, barriers, roads, lighting, cameras and sensors on the southwest border. Finally, in section 102(c) of IIRIRA, Congress granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to waive all legal requirements that the Secretary, in the Secretary's sole discretion, determines necessary to ensure the expeditious construction of the barriers and roads authorized by section 102 of IIRIRA.

The geographic sc

Department of Homeland Security News
May 10, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Visits the National Vetting Governance Board to Commend Interagency Cooperation
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan visited the National Vetting Governance Board on Friday to congratulate and thank representatives from multiple agencies for their work on standing up the new National Vetting Center (NVC).

In attendance were members from the Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, along with several representatives from the Intelligence Community (IC).

"Led by DHS, the National Vetting Center is an essential and long-awaited component of the U.S. government's national vetting enterprise," Acting Secretary McAleenan said. "The NVC fills a critical need to improve how federal officials identify individuals who may present a threat to national security, border security, homeland security, or public safety. The NVC is just another step in realizing the 9/11 Commission's recommendations regarding the need for interagency collaboration to ‘connect the dots' and make more informed decisions about threats to the United States."

The NVC strengthens, simplifies, and streamlines the complex way intelligence and law enforcement information is used to inform operational decisions, allowing agencies to contribute their unique information while complying with applicable law and policy and maintaining robust privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties protections. Furthermore, the NVC's technology process allows for information held by national security partners to be checked before the travel benefit is issued, ensuring we keep potential threats away from our borders.

The Acting Secretary expressed gratitude to the group, highlighting the immediate impact on the of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)'s mission. "Through the NVC, CBP can now receive near-real time responses from national security partners for more than 35,000 Electronic System for Travel Authorization applications each day."

Department of Homeland Security News
May 06, 2019

DHS, DOL to Publish Joint Rule for Additional Visas for Returning Foreign Workers
WASHINGTON - On May 6th, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) will publish a joint rule making available an additional 30,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for Fiscal Year 2019. These supplemental H-2B visas are available only to returning workers who received an H-2B visa, or were otherwise granted H-2B status, during one of the last three fiscal years (FY 2016, 2017, or 2018), and availability is restricted by prioritizing only those businesses who would suffer irreparable harm without the additional workers.

Returning H-2B workers have demonstrated their ability to abide by the terms and conditions of the H-2B program and, therefore, are less likely to remain in the United States and work without authorization after their legal status has expired. H-2B workers often return to the same employer year after year on a seasonal basis, are vetted, trusted, and can have their visas approved more rapidly given their known history.

"The Department of Homeland Security continues to urge lawmakers to pursue a long-term legislative fix that both meets employers' temporary needs while fulfilling the President's Buy American and Hire American executive order to spur higher wages and employment rates for U.S. workers," said Acting Secretary McAleenan. "The truth is that Congress is in the best position to establish the appropriate number of H-2B visas that American businesses should be allocated without harming U.S. workers. Therefore, Congress - not DHS - should be responsible for determining whether the annual numerical limitations for H-2B workers set by Congress need to be modified and by how much, and for setting parameters to ensure that enough workers are available to meet employers' temporary needs throughout the year." 

Details on the increase in H-2B Nonimmigrant Visas for FY 2019 can be found alongside the temporary final r

Department of Homeland Security News
May 03, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Statement on U.S. Secret Service Leadership
- On May 3rd, Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan released the following statement on U.S. Secret Service leadership:

"After a long and distinguished career, this week Randolph D. "Tex" Alles stepped down as Director of the U.S. Secret Service. Mr. Alles has led the dedicated men and women of the Secret Service with professionalism for the past two years. Before that, I had the distinct honor to serve with him at U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer. Before joining CBP, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 35 years, retiring in 2011 as a Major General. As a Marine aviator, he served in numerous leadership positions in both the Marine Corps and joint commands.

"I'm also proud to announce that Mr. Alles will transition to a new role with the Department, serving as the Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Management, and will oversee all aspects of the Department's management programs, including financial, human capital, information technology, procurement, security, and asset management. I thank Mr. Alles for his willingness to serve, and I look forward to continuing to work together in pursuit of our shared mission. Mr. Alles will step in for Deputy Under Secretary Chip Fulghum, who has been integral to ensuring the Department functions efficiently and effectively. Mr. Fulghum has served the men and women of DHS with distinction since first joining in 2012, and we are forever grateful for his service. I wish him the very best in the years ahead.

"Today, President Donald J. Trump officially announced the appointment of James M. Murray as Director of the U.S. Secret Service. Mr. Murray began his Secret Service career in 1995 as a Special Agent in the New York Field Office, where he conducted cyber-enabled financial crime investigations and served as the agency's representative to the FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force. Since then he has held a

Department of Homeland Security News
May 02, 2019

White House Cybersecurity Workforce Executive Order Bolsters U.S. Frontline Defenses, Aids Job Creation
On May 2, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the federal government to take critical steps to strengthen America's cybersecurity workforce. Importantly, the Executive Order will enhance mobility of our country's frontline cybersecurity practitioners, support the development of their skills to encourage excellence in the field, and help ensure the United States keeps its competitive edge in cybersecurity. The United States currently has a shortage of 300,000 cybersecurity practitioners.

"America's cybersecurity practitioners—whether working in the private sector or serving in the federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial governments—constitute a core element in our country's frontline defense, and we must urgently bolster them in the face of a myriad of cybersecurity threats," said Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan. "DHS and this Administration are committed to bold action. From enabling movement between the private and public sectors to supporting our workforce's training, education, and development, the President's action today sets the course to expand and sustain the workforce and ensure America keeps its competitive edge in the critical field of cybersecurity."

Under the Cybersecurity Workforce Executive Order, the Department of Homeland Security will work with partners from around the federal government on several initiatives to strengthen the workforce. DHS will create the Federal Cybersecurity Rotational Program, in which Info

Department of Homeland Security News
May 01, 2019

Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan Joins Second Lady Karen Pence to Announce Partnership between U.S. Coast Guard and LinkedIn
WASHINGTON - On May 1st, Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence was joined by Homeland Security Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan to announce a new partnership between the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and LinkedIn. The agreement was sealed by a Memorandum of Understanding providing a free one-year premium LinkedIn membership to USCG spouses after a permanent change of station (PCS) move to help them obtain employment. Importantly, this vital benefit eases some of the challenges associated with finding employment and helps military spouses re-establish their careers after a PCS move.

The Department of Defense (DOD) previously established a partnership with LinkedIn allowing DOD spouses to receive a free LinkedIn premium membership for a year both before and after each PCS move, but the initial agreement excluded the U.S. Coast Guard.

"Military spouse employment is a very important aspect of a strong and resilient military family, " said Mrs. Pence. " Our work to develop a partnership with LinkedIn to include Coast Guard military spouses with LinkedIn premium access started last fall. We commend Microsoft and LinkedIn for working with the United States Coast Guard to expand their program to Coast Guard military spouses. This new collaboration will help spouses with employment opportunities and will make job hunting easier."

Second Lady Pence has become a champion for awareness of the challenges unique to military spouses, including obtaining employment after a PCS move. A proud military mom, whose son serves in the Marines, Mrs. Pence understands the struggles associated with repeated moves of military families. Second Lady Pence advocated to LinkedIn to facilitate expanding this benefit to include the Coast Guard, the only Armed Force in the Department of Homeland Security.

"We are committed to helping as much as possible, and today I'm glad we can make that next move a little bit easier through this partnership with

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 27, 2019

Acting Secretary McAleenan Statement on Synagogue Shooting in Poway, California
WASHINGTON - Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan released the following statement on the synagogue shooting in Poway, California:

"On behalf of the Department of Homeland Security, I am deeply saddened to learn of the tragic shooting in Poway, California. Targeted violence committed against any race, religion, creed or ethnic group cannot and will not be tolerated. DHS will take every appropriate action to assist with the investigation and ensure that those affected by this tragedy receive the closure and justice they deserve. We are thankful that one of our own, an off-duty Border Patrol agent, was able to assist in the response and likely prevented the deaths of more worshipers."

Keywords: countering violent extremism
Topics: Homeland Security Enterprise

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