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Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 22, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 22, 2021

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

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

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

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

Further, Secretary Mayorkas announced action t

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 22, 2021

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 20, 2021

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

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

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

During recent engagement with American busi

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 19, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 16, 2021

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 16, 2021

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 15, 2021

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 12, 2021

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

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

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

Keywords: Cybersecurity, International Partnership
Topics: Cybersecurity,

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 12, 2021

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

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

Keywords: President Biden, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics:

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 09, 2021

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 09, 2021

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

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

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

FY22 Funding Priorities:

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 07, 2021

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 06, 2021

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 05, 2021

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 02, 2021

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

Keywords: Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Apr 01, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 31, 2021

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 31, 2021

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 26, 2021

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 25, 2021

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 24, 2021

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 24, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 24, 2021

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 23, 2021

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 19, 2021

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

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

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

Officials who participated in the trip:

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 17, 2021

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 16, 2021

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 16, 2021

Joint Statement from the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Assessing the Impact of Foreign Interference During the 2020 U.S. Elections
No Evidence Found that a Foreign Government Manipulated Any Election Results

WASHINGTON - The Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), released today key findings and recommendations from a joint report to the President issued last month on the impact of foreign governments and their agents on the security and integrity of the 2020 U.S. federal elections.

The Departments investigated multiple public claims that one or more foreign governments owned, directed, or controlled election infrastructure used in the 2020 federal elections; implemented a scheme to manipulate election infrastructure; or tallied, changed, or otherwise manipulated vote counts. The Departments found that those claims were not credible.

These conclusions are part of a classified report to the President prepared by DOJ and DHS pursuant to section 1(b) of Executive Order 13848, Imposing Certain Sanctions in the Event of Foreign Influence in a United States Election (the EO), issued on Sept. 12, 2018. Although the 1(b) report notes that Russian, Chinese, and Iranian government-affiliated actors materially impacted the security of certain networks during the 2020 federal elections, the Departments found no evidence that any foreign government-affiliated actor manipulated election results or otherwise compromised the integrity of the 2020 federal elections.

The 1(b) report relied on a classified assessment — prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), pursuant to section 1(a) of the EO, about any information indicating that a foreign government acted with the intent or purpose of interfering in the 2020 U.S. federal elections. Whereas the 1(a) report discusses

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 16, 2021

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas Regarding the Situation at the Southwest Border
There is understandably a great deal of attention currently focused on the southwest border.  I want to share the facts, the work that we in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and across the government are doing, and our plan of action.  Our personnel remain steadfast in devotion of their talent and efforts in the service of our nation.

The situation at the southwest border is difficult.  We are working around the clock to manage it and we will continue to do so.  That is our job.  We are making progress and we are executing on our plan.  It will take time and we will not waver in our commitment to succeed.

We will also not waver in our values and our principles as a Nation.  Our goal is a safe, legal, and orderly immigration system that is based on our bedrock priorities: to keep our borders secure, address the plight of children as the law requires, and enable families to be together. As noted by the President in his Executive Order, "securing our borders does not require us to ignore the humanity of those who seek to cross them." We are both a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants.  That is one of our proudest traditions.

 



We are on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years.  We are expelling most single adults and families.  We are not expelling unaccompanied children.  We are securing our border, executing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) public health authority to safeguard the American public and the migrants themselves, and protecting the children.  We have more work to do.

This is not new. We have experienced migration surges before - in 2019, 2014, and before then as well. Since April 2020, the number of encounters at the southwest border has been steadily increasing. Border Patrol Agents are working around the clock to process the flow at the border and I have great respect for their tireless efforts. To understand t

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 13, 2021

Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas Directs FEMA to Support Response for Unaccompanied Children
WASHINGTON - Homeland Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas has directed the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support a government-wide effort over the next 90 days to safely receive, shelter, and transfer unaccompanied children who make the dangerous journey to the U.S. southwest border.

The federal government is responding to the arrival of record numbers of individuals, including unaccompanied children, at the southwest border. Since April 2020, the number of encounters at the border has been rising due to ongoing violence, natural disasters, food insecurity, and poverty in the Northern Triangle countries of Central America. The federal government is working around the clock to move unaccompanied children from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) care and to place them with a family member or sponsor until their immigration case is adjudicated.  The risks posed by the spread of COVID-19 have made this mission all the more difficult.

"I am grateful for the exceptional talent and responsiveness of the FEMA team," said Secretary Mayorkas.  "I am incredibly proud of the agents of the Border Patrol, who have been working around the clock in difficult circumstances to take care of children temporarily in our care. Yet, as I have said many times, a Border Patrol facility is no place for a child. We are working in partnership with HHS to address the needs of unaccompanied children, which is made only more difficult given the protocols and restrictions required to protect the public health and the health of the children themselves. Our goal is to ensure that unaccompanied children are transferred to HHS as quickly as possible, consistent with legal requirements and in the best interest of the children."

FEMA is now integrated and co-located with HHS to look at every available option to quickly expand physical capacity for appropriate lodging. The workforce of DHS, including CBP, the

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 12, 2021

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Burma for Temporary Protected Status
—Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas is designating Burma for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. This new designation of Burma for TPS enables Burmese nationals (and individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in Burma) currently residing in the United States to file initial applications for TPS, so long as they meet eligibility requirements.

"Due to the military coup and security forces' brutal violence against civilians, the people of Burma are suffering a complex and deteriorating humanitarian crisis in many parts of the country," said Secretary Mayorkas. "After a thorough review of this dire situation, I have designated Burma for Temporary Protected Status so that Burmese nationals and habitual residents may remain temporarily in the United States."

Secretary Mayorkas decided to designate Burma for TPS after consultation with interagency partners and careful consideration of the extraordinary and temporary conditions in Burma caused by the coup, which has led to continuing violence, pervasive arbitrary detentions, the use of lethal violence against peaceful protesters, and intimidation of the people of Burma. The coup has worsened humanitarian conditions in several areas by limiting access to life-saving assistance, disrupting flights carrying humanitarian and medical aid, and spurring an economic crisis. Such conditions prevent Burmese nationals and habitual residents from returning safely.  A country may be designated for TPS if the Secretary determines that current country conditions fall into one or more of the three statutory bases for designation: ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters, or extraordinary and temporary conditions.

Only individuals who are already residing in the United States are eligible for TPS. Individuals who can demonstrate continuous residence in the United States as of March 11, 2021, are eligible for TPS under Burma's designation. For their o

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 12, 2021

HHS and DHS Joint Statement on Termination of 2018 Agreement
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Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the termination of a 2018 agreement that undermined the interests of children and had a chilling effect on potential sponsors (usually a parent or close relative) from stepping up to sponsor an unaccompanied child placed in the care of HHS. In its place, DHS and HHS signed a new Memorandum of Agreement that promotes the safe and timely transfer of children. The new agreement does not change safeguards designed to ensure unaccompanied children are unified with properly vetted sponsors who can safely care for them while they await immigration proceedings.

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Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 11, 2021

2019 Public Charge Rule Vacated and Removed; DHS Withdraws Proposed Rule Regarding the Affidavit of Support
WASHINGTON—Today, DHS filed for public inspection with the Federal Register a rule that formally removes from the Code of Federal Regulations the now-vacated 2019 rule on public charge inadmissibility.  On March 9, 2021, a court order vacating the 2019 public charge rule went into effect, and DHS immediately stopped applying the rule.  Today's rule completes the last step in implementing that vacatur.

"Today, DHS closed the book on the public charge rule and is doing the same with respect to a proposed rule regarding the affidavit of support that would have placed undue burdens on American families wishing to sponsor individuals lawfully immigrating to the U.S.,"  said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas.  "In the weeks ahead, we will work with our federal agency partners and community leaders to ensure immigrants and their families have accurate information about our public charge policies. DHS is committed to implementing reforms that improve our immigration system and reduce unnecessary barriers to legal immigration."

As DHS announced on March 9, as a result of the vacatur, the 1999 interim field guidance on the public charge inadmissibility provision (i.e., the policy that was in place before the 2019 public charge rule) is now in effect. 

Today, DHS also submitted a notice to the Federal Register withdrawing an Oct. 2, 2020, proposed rule related to the affidavit of support.  Under Section 213A of the INA, USCIS requ

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 09, 2021

DHS Secretary Statement on the 2019 Public Charge Rule
Today, DHS Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced that the government will no longer defend the 2019 public charge rule as doing so is neither in the public interest nor an efficient use of limited government resources.

"The 2019 public charge rule was not in keeping with our nation's values. It penalized those who access health benefits and other government services available to them," said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. "Consistent with the President's vision, we will continue to implement reforms that improve our legal immigration system."

President Biden's Executive Order on Restoring Faith in Our Legal Immigration Systems and Strengthening Integration and Inclusion Efforts for New Americans called for an immediate review of agency actions on public charge inadmissibility and deportability. DHS's review, in consultation with the Departments of Justice and State and the federal benefits-granting agencies, is ongoing. 

As discussed in DHS's litigation statement, and consistent with the government's decision not to defend the rule, the Department of Justice is no longer pursuing appellate review of judicial decisions invalidating or enjoining enforcement of the 2019 public charge rule. Today, the Department of Justice dismissed its pending appeals in the Supreme Court and Seventh Circuit, and is in the process of doing so in the Fourth Circuit. Following the Seventh Circuit dismissal this afternoon, the final judgment from the Northern District of Illinois, which vacated the 2019 public charge rule, went into effect. As a result, the 1999 interim field guidance on the public charge inadmissibility provision (i.e., the policy that was in place before the 2019 public charge rule) is now in effect. 

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Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 08, 2021

Secretary Mayorkas Designates Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months
New Designation Allows Eligible Venezuelans to Apply for TPS and Employment Authorization Documents

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas is designating Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, until September 2022. This new designation of TPS for Venezuela enables Venezuelan nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Venezuela) currently residing in the United States to file initial applications for TPS, so long as they meet eligibility requirements.

This designation is due to extraordinary and temporary conditions in Venezuela that prevent nationals from returning safely, including a complex humanitarian crisis marked by widespread hunger and malnutrition, a growing influence and presence of non-state armed groups, repression, and a crumbling infrastructure. TPS can be extended to a country with conditions that fall into one, or more, of the three statutory bases for designation: ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters, or extraordinary and temporary conditions.

"The living conditions in Venezuela reveal a country in turmoil, unable to protect its own citizens," said Secretary Mayorkas.  "It is in times of extraordinary and temporary circumstances like these that the United States steps forward to support eligible Venezuelan nationals already present here, while their home country seeks to right itself out of the current crises."

Only individuals who can demonstrate continuous residence in the United States as of March 8, 2021 are eligible for TPS under Venezuela's designation. For their own health and safety, individuals should not believe smugglers or others claiming the border is now open. Due to the pandemic, travel and admission restrictions at the border remain in place.

Individuals desiring TPS must file an application with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services within the 180-day registration period. They may a

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 04, 2021

STOP Act Regulations to Fight Opioid Smuggling to be Published
New Regulations to be Published in Federal RegisterWASHINGTON — To combat a wide variety of tactics smugglers use to conceal fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas signed an Interim Final Rule (IFR) to promulgate regulations that will enable U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to implement provisions required in the Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act.  These regulations will strengthen the collection and sharing of advance electronic data (AED) by the United States Postal Service (USPS) and CBP for international mail shipments. 

"The STOP Act is an important step in the battle against the deadly scourge of synthetic drugs that has caused so much loss and pain in our country," said Secretary Mayorkas.  "The Department of Homeland Security is proud to implement the STOP Act through this regulation.  Since taking office last month, working closely with U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Gary Peters, I have prioritized the promulgation of today's regulation." 

"Two additional points are noteworthy.  First, our Department will continue to prioritize the battle against the importation of illegal drugs and their precursors, and we will dedicate our energy and resources accordingly.  This is a matter of homeland security.  Second, our Department is dedicated to the prompt, orderly, and effective promulgation of regulations that implement the laws Congress has passed and that advance the policy priorities of this Administration." 

The IFR, entitled "Mandatory Advance Electronic Information for International Mail Shipments," is expected to be published in the Federal Register soon.  The IFR amends CBP's regulations pertaining to mail importation to establish a mandatory AED program for certain inbound mail shipments. 

"CBP is the frontline in the battle against dangerous and illicit drugs shipped to our country through the international mail system," said Senior Official P

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 03, 2021

READOUT: Secretary Mayorkas and American Mayors Convene to Discuss Shared Priorities
—This afternoon, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and a bipartisan delegation from the U.S. Conference of Mayors met virtually to discuss critical issues facing American cities. The Secretary and the mayors discussed the need to rebuild the immigration system to make it more just and compassionate, address current immigrant resettlement needs in cities and reopen the borders for nonessential travel as soon as it is safe to do so.  They also covered the current heightened threat environment and the need to share intelligence with city officials and help cities guard against cyber attacks. The mayors thanked Secretary Mayorkas for the administration's efforts to make working with local leaders a priority, and the Secretary and the Conference pledged to continue an ongoing dialogue.

 

Mayors participating in the meeting included:

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, USCM PresidentChicago Mayor Lori LightfootTampa Mayor Jane CastorLos Angeles Mayor Eric GarcettiMesa Mayor John GilesProvidence (RI) Mayor Jorge ElorzaSan Diego Mayor Todd GloriaColumbia (SC) Mayor Steve BenjaminBurnsville (MN) Mayor Elizabeth KautzRochester Hills (MI) Mayor Bryan BarnettAustin Mayor Steve Adler Keywords: Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, State and Local, State and Local Partnership
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Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 02, 2021

Secretary Mayorkas Visits FEMA COVID-19 Vaccination Facility in Philadelphia


On March 2, 2021, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas visited operations at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) new Community Vaccination Center (CVC) facility at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, scheduled to open tomorrow and expected to vaccinate up to 6,000 people per day. (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum/Released)

View Original WASHINGTON - Today, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas visited operations at the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) new Community Vaccination Center (CVC) facility at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, scheduled to open tomorrow and expected to vaccinate up to 6,000 people per day.  Secretary Mayorkas thanked and met with the Mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenney, and representatives from other partner organizations including the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and the Department of Defense.

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 01, 2021

DHS Secretary Mayorkas Announces Family Reunification Task Force Principles and Executive Director
WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced today the principles of the Family Reunification Task Force and the appointment of the Task Force's Executive Director, Michelle Brané. 

"We are dedicating our resources throughout the Department of Homeland Security and the federal government, and bringing our full weight to bear, to reunite children who were cruelly separated from their parents," said Secretary Mayorkas, who serves as the Chair of the Task Force.  "It is our moral imperative to not only reunite the families, but to provide them with the relief, resources, and services they need to heal."

Secretary Mayorkas announced that Michelle Brané will serve as the Task Force's Executive Director.  Most recently, she served as the senior director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women's Refugee Commission. Prior to that, Michelle also held positions at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, with human rights organizations in India, and as a human rights officer in Bosnia with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

"Michelle has dedicated her entire career to the protection and well-being of the vulnerable, and to ensuring that the dignity and human rights of every individual are respected," continued Mayorkas.  "I am proud that she has agreed to commit her talent to this most urgent work."

Secretary Mayorkas outlined the Task Force's principles to heal the families, to the fullest extent the law permits:

Family Reunification Task Force Statement of Principles The Family Reunification Task Force (Task Force) will be defined by the relentless pursuit of bringing families back together.The Task Force must balance the need for swift action with the need for comprehensive and stable support.To the extent permissible under law, separated families should have the option of being reunified either in the United States or their country of origin

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 01, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas' Call with Salvadoran Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alexandra Hill Tinoco
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke on Friday, February 26 with Salvadoran Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexandra Hill Tinoco.  Secretary Mayorkas thanked the Foreign Minister for El Salvador's partnership with the United States and Foreign Minister Hill underscored her great appreciation for President Biden's humane approach to immigration. During the conversation, Secretary Mayorkas and Foreign Minister Hill discussed the Biden-Harris Administration's approach to addressing irregular migration, as well as a shared desire to address its root causes and strengthen migration management. They collectively agreed on the need to counter false narratives about migration, work together to immediately reunite children who were separated from their families at the U.S. Southwest border, and other initiatives to protect vulnerable populations.

Keywords: Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Homeland Security, Immigration, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
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Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 01, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas' Call with Guatemalan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pedro Brolo
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke by phone on Friday, February 26 with Guatemalan Minister of Foreign Affairs Pedro Brolo. They noted the strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Guatemala, and pledged continued future cooperation. Secretary Mayorkas and Minister Brolo discussed President Biden's strategy to stem irregular migration, agreeing on the need to address the issues that drive people to leave their home countries, strengthen migration management, and counter false narratives about migration. Secretary Mayorkas committed to working with Minister Brolo to do everything necessary to reunite children who were separated from their families at the U.S. Southwest border. They also committed to continued cooperation on combating illicit trafficking and seeking additional options for legal pathways for migration.

Keywords: Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration, International Partnership, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
Topics: Homeland Security Enterprise, International Engagement, Secre

Department of Homeland Security News
Mar 01, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas' Call with Honduran Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lisandro Rosales
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke by phone on Friday, February 26 with Honduran Minister of Foreign Affairs Lisandro Rosales.  They acknowledged the strong relationship between the United States and Honduras, and their shared desire to continue building a productive and collaborative partnership.  Secretary Mayorkas discussed the Biden-Harris Administration's comprehensive approach to addressing irregular migration, including through a regional strategy to address its root causes and improve migration management. He welcomed Minister Rosales's shared commitment to respond to irregular migration through in-country measures in Honduras.  Secretary Mayorkas and Minister Rosales also pledged cooperation to overcome the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic; counter false narratives about migration; and collaborate in areas such as border security, family reunification, and combatting human smugglers.

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 25, 2021

DHS Announces Funding Opportunity for $1.87 Billion in Preparedness Grants
WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced the release of the funding notice for eight different types of preparedness grants worth nearly $1.87 billion. Together, these programs provide more than $1.8 billion in critical funding to assist our state and local partners in building and sustaining capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other disasters.

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

"In the almost 20 years since September 11, 2001, the terrorism threat landscape has changed considerably. Today the most significant terrorist threat facing the nation comes from lone offenders and small groups of individuals who commit acts of violence motivated by domestic extremist ideological beliefs. While we continue to lawfully protect against threats posed by foreign terrorist organizations, we also must ensure adequate focus and funding is provided to combat domestic terrorism, some of which is motivated by false narratives and extremist rhetoric spread through social media and other online platforms.

"This year, and for the first time, I have designated combating domestic violent extremism as a ‘National Priority Area' for the FY 2021 State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) and Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant programs. Recipients of these grants will be required to spend at least 7.5 percent of their awards on combating domestic violent extremism (DVE). Put another way, states and local governments across the nation will spend at least $77 million in grant funding to ensure we have the necessary capabilities to detect and protect against threats from DVE. This approach will help raise the nation's security baseline and prioritize activities to combat DVE, including open source analysis of threats, execution of threat assessment programs, the development and sharing of intelligence across states and between st

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 23, 2021

DHS Statement on Processing Current Residents of the Matamoros Camp Into the U.S.
Beginning this week, with the support of the Government of Mexico and international humanitarian organizations, the United States will begin to process current residents of the Matamoros camp in Mexico.

The migrant camp in Matamoros has recently been hard hit by extreme weather in northern Mexico. As President Biden continues to rebuild the nation's border management in a way that reflects America's values, addressing humanitarian needs in Matamoros has become a priority. We will work in partnership with the Government of Mexico, and partners on the ground, to facilitate the safe processing of current camp residents who qualify for this program. New arrivals to the Matamoros camp will not gain entry into the United States through this limited process.

This registration and process will be done as quickly as possible with strict enforcement of health and safety protocols and the most vulnerable prioritized for immediate review. Every individual will complete all necessary security screening, as well as testing for COVID-19.

This action is the next phase in the Biden-Harris administration's commitment to a safe, orderly, and humane migration process, while continuing to strictly enforce our existing immigration laws and border security measures. 

The government - at all levels - has been clear: Individuals should not believe smugglers or others claiming the border is now open. The Administration will enforce existing immigration laws.

As a reminder, individuals should not approach the border, including at designated ports of entry, unless and until they are approved and receive appointment information through the virtual registration process.  Due to the current pandemic, travel restrictions at the border remain in place and will be enforced.  Physical presence at a port of entry is not the way to gain access to this phased effort to draw down the MPP program. If individuals believe they were enrolled in MPP, they may register at

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 23, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas' Call with EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke by phone today with the European Commission's Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson.  During the conversation, they emphasized their shared desire to strengthen U.S.-EU cooperation.  Secretary Mayorkas and Commissioner Johansson expressed their continued interest in maintaining the U.S.-EU Passenger Name Record Agreement and working with Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, and Romania to meet the qualifications for the Visa Waiver Program.  They also discussed the potential for new forms of cooperation on migration, domestic violent extremism, and COVID-19-related travel issues. 

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 22, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas' Call with UK Home Secretary Priti Patel
Secretary of Homeland Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke by phone today with the United Kingdom's Home Secretary Priti Patel. Secretary Mayorkas and Home Secretary Patel expressed interest in working collaboratively on key issues such as addressing domestic violent extremism, furthering information sharing, and cybersecurity, to include the proliferation of social media being used for nefarious purposes.  With the UK hosting the G7 Summit this year, as well as the G6 1 Ministerial meeting, Secretary Mayorkas looks forward to engaging with Home Secretary Patel on shared commitments to address global security challenges.

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 22, 2021

DHS Announces Steps to Advance President's Commitment to Elevate Cybersecurity
WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the many ways the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will carry out President Biden's vision to elevate cybersecurity across the government.  DHS will lead efforts to mitigate risks to the United States, further strengthen its partnerships with the private sector, and expand its investment in the infrastructure and people required to defend against malicious cyber attacks as part of a whole-of-government effort.

"Cybersecurity is more important than ever, and we will build on the Department's excellent work as we transform our whole-of-government approach to tackle the challenge we face as a nation," said Secretary Mayorkas.  "This week is just the beginning of a series of actions DHS will pursue nationally and internationally to improve cybersecurity at all levels."

DHS plays a key role in protecting the American people from threats in cyberspace.  The Department's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is charged with securing Federal civilian government networks and our nation's critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats. Congress, in the recent National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), further empowered CISA to execute this mission, including by providing authorities for CISA to "hunt" for cyber threats in federal agency networks and to more effectively identify vulnerable technologies used by critical infrastructure sectors. Over the past months, CISA has honed its capabilities and furthered the Department's effort to advance national cybersecurity by:

Leading the national effort to secure the 2020 election, including by sharing timely cybersecurity information with state and local election officials;Driving urgent remediation of risks posed by the exploitation of commonly used network management software and providing incident response assistance to compromised entities;Collaborating with government and private sector part

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 19, 2021

DHS Statement on First Step in Process to Address Individuals in Mexico with Active MPP Cases
Access b-roll of the processing at San Ysidro Port of Entry here.

Today, DHS began the first step in a phased approach to restore safe and orderly processing at the Southwest Border. DHS and its international partners have now initiated the virtual registration process for individuals who had been forced to return to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and have a pending case before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). The United States is continuing to strictly enforce existing immigration laws and border security measures. Individuals should not approach the border, including at designated ports of entry, unless and until they are approved and receive appointment information through the remote registration process.

DHS began processing a limited number of individuals today through the San Ysidro Port of Entry who were registered ahead of time by international organizations. After getting verified for eligibility using the CBPone application and testing negative for COVID-19, approximately 25 individuals were transported by international organizations to the U.S.-Mexico border this morning for processing through the San Ysidro Port of Entry. The process was orderly, safe, and efficient. CBP inspected all arriving applicants and provided guidance on how to print the electronic immigration forms as needed. After CBP and ICE processing was complete, facilitating organizations helped coordinate travel arrangements as needed.

"Today, we took the first step to start safely, efficiently, and humanely processing eligible individuals at the border," said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. "It is important to underscore that this process will take time, that we are ensuring public health and safety, and that individuals should register virtually to determine if they are eligible for processing under this program. Physical presence at a port of entry is not t

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 19, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas' Call with Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Blair
WASHINGTON - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke with Canadian Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair to discuss a wide range of security issues, including border safety measures in the COVID-19 environment, domestic violent extremism, cybersecurity, and gun control. 

Secretary Mayorkas and Minister Blair discussed the shared priority of securing our borders, while ensuring that essential trade and travel remain open to strengthen our economic security. They agreed that our nations must each continue to take steps to address the growing threat of domestic violent extremism, work together to defend our cyber networks, and tackle critical cross-border issues.

Keywords: Border Security, Canada, Canada-United States Partnership, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), Cyber, Cybersecurity, International,

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 18, 2021

FACT SHEET: DHS Announces Process to Address Individuals Outside the United States with Active MPP Cases
The new process outlined by DHS is one more way the Biden Administration is demonstrating its commitment to a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a plan to process eligible individuals who had been forced to return to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) andhave pending cases before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). Beginning on February 19, DHS will start phase one of an effort to safely and effectively process individuals at the southwest border.

This latest action is another step in the Biden Administration's commitment to reform immigration policies that do not align with our nation's values.

This newly established process:

Only individuals with active cases before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) who were returned to Mexico under the MPP program and are currently outside the United States are eligible for this process. Individuals subject to MPP who do not currently have active immigration court cases will not be processed into the United States at this time. Individuals who believe they are eligible should remain where they are for further instructions.
  This announcement should not be interpreted as an opening for people to migrate irregularly to the United States. We will continue to enforce U.S. immigration law and border security measures throughout this process.
  Partners will employ necessary safety precautions in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, including face coverings and social distancing. Individuals will be tested for COVID-19 before being processed into the United States. DHS will only process individuals consistent with

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 11, 2021

DHS Announces Process to Address Individuals in Mexico with Active MPP Cases
WASHINGTON - Building on a series of Executive Orders last week, the Biden Administration is announcing another step in our phased strategy to reform the nation's immigration system. Beginning on February 19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin phase one of a program to restore safe and orderly processing at the southwest border. DHS will begin processing people who had been forced to "remain in Mexico" under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). Approximately 25,000 individuals in MPP continue to have active cases. 

Individuals should not take any action at this time and should remain where they are to await further instructions.  We will soon announce a virtual registration process that will be accessible from any location. Once registered, eligible individuals will be provided additional information about where and when to present themselves. Individuals should not approach the border until instructed to do so.

"As President Biden has made clear, the U.S. government is committed to rebuilding a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system," said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. "This latest action is another step in our commitment to reform immigration policies that do not align with our nation's values. Especially at the border, however, where capacity constraints remain serious, changes will take time. Individuals who are not eligible under this initial phase should wait for further instructions and not travel to the border.  Due to the current pandemic, restrictions at the border remain in place and will be enforced."

Through a whole-of-government approach, DHS, the Department of State, and the Department of Justice will collaborate with international partners—including the Government of Mexico and international and non-governmental organizations—to safely process eligible individuals to pursue their cases in the United States.

This new process applies to individuals who were returned to Mexico un

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 06, 2021

DHS and Partners Coordinate to Secure Super Bowl LV
TAMPA - David Pekoske, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, this week met with local law enforcement officials and the National Football League (NFL) to review Department of Homeland Security (DHS) operations to help ensure the safety and security of employees, players, and fans during Super Bowl LV.  Dozens of federal agencies and components, including DHS, are contributing to security measures seen and unseen in connection with the Super Bowl.

"While the football teams are on the field, we will be all around it," Pekoske said. "In addition to the outstanding efforts of the Tampa Police Department, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, the FBI, and the NFL Security Team, more than 500 DHS personnel will be working to secure the Super Bowl on Sunday. This is truly a collaborative effort."

As with past Super Bowls, this event was voluntarily submitted to DHS for a risk assessment and was classified as Special Event Assessment Rating (SEAR) Level 1—meaning that it requires extensive federal interagency support.  Not only is the Super Bowl an attractive target for terrorists and domestic violent extremists, but it also presents opportunities for human trafficking, the sale of counterfeit goods, and other criminal activities.

DHS is working with state and local partners and the NFL on a variety of efforts to secure Super Bowl LV, including:

of the extensive interagency effort led byScott McCallister, Regional Director within the DHS Office of Intelligence & Analysis.and training to state and local law enforcement, local hotels, and others to help them identify potential risks and take steps needed to address them.public awareness campaign boosting its visibility in the Tampa area through efforts like billboards and targeted social media to encourage public vigi

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 05, 2021

Readout of Secretary Mayorkas' Call with Pedro Pierluisi, Governor of Puerto Rico
Secretary Mayorkas spoke by phone yesterday with Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi.  This was the Secretary's first call to a U.S. Governor since being sworn-in on February 2. During the conversation, Secretary Mayorkas underscored the Department's commitment to ensuring the safety and security of Puerto Rico and the more than 3 million Americans who live there.  FEMA Acting Administrator Bob Fenton also joined the call to discuss the devastating impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. They agreed that critical work still needs to be done for Puerto Rico to rebuild and recover.  Secretary Mayorkas pledged his full support to help Puerto Rico strengthen its resilience to future natural disasters and other threats.

Keywords: Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT)
Topics: Critical Infrastructure Security, Disasters, Homeland Security Enterprise, Resilience, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 05, 2021

Read-Out of Secretary Mayorkas' Call with Pedro Pierluisi, Governor of Puerto Rico
Secretary Mayorkas spoke by phone yesterday with Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi.  This was the Secretary's first call to a U.S. Governor since being sworn-in on February 2. During the conversation, Secretary Mayorkas underscored the Department's commitment to ensuring the safety and security of Puerto Rico and the more than 3 million Americans who live there.  FEMA Acting Administrator Bob Fenton also joined the call to discuss the devastating impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. They agreed that critical work still needs to be done for Puerto Rico to rebuild and recover.  Secretary Mayorkas pledged his full support to help Puerto Rico strengthen its resilience to future natural disasters and other threats.

Keywords: Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT)
Topics: Critical Infrastructure Security, Disasters, Homeland Security Enterprise, Resilience, Secretary of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 02, 2021

Secretary Mayorkas on Immigration Reform Executive Orders
Secretary Mayorkas released the following statement in support of today's Presidential Executive Orders to reform our immigration processes:

"Today President Biden signed a series of Executive Orders to help restore trust in our immigration system, re-open and reform our asylum process, secure the southwest border by addressing the root causes of migration, and reunite families separated under the Trump Administration. In keeping with our commitment to protect the American people, our homeland, and our values, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security welcomes the President's action to ensure that our immigration system represents the empathy of the American people.

"These Executive Orders will allow DHS to take immediate action to address the most pressing challenges we face. Chief among these challenges is reunifying families who were separated during the last Administration.  The atrocity of separating children from their parents is not easily remedied, but I pledge to do everything in my power to bring families back together and connect them with the resources they need to heal.

"As we undertake this work, it's critical that Congress build on these executive actions by passing the legislation proposed by President Biden to modernize our immigration system, responsibly manage our border, and create an earned path to citizenship."

Keywords: Border Security, Citizenship and Naturalization, Immigration, Immigration Enforcement,

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 02, 2021

Alejandro Mayorkas Sworn in as Secretary of Homeland Security
WASHINGTON - Today, Alejandro Mayorkas was officially sworn in as the seventh Secretary of Homeland Security. Secretary Mayorkas took the oath this afternoon after the Senate voted to confirm him. As Secretary of Homeland Security, Mayorkas now leads the third largest federal department in the United States, which includes the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the United States Secret Service.



Today, Alejandro Mayorkas was officially sworn in as the seventh Secretary of Homeland Security. Secretary Mayorkas took the oath this afternoon after the Senate voted to confirm him. As Secretary of Homeland Security, Mayorkas now leads the third largest federal department in the United States. (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum/Released)

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Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 02, 2021

Acting Deputy Secretary Pekoske Traveling to Florida
WASHINGTON - Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security David Pekoske will make an official visit to Tampa, Florida, to participate in Super Bowl Security Day, Wednesday, Feb. 3.  The Acting Deputy Secretary will meet with security officials, tour the Super Bowl LV Joint Operations Center and Raymond James Stadium, and receive a briefing on the Department's support and coordination with local and NFL officials.  The Acting Deputy Secretary will also participate in the NFL Security Press Conference to discuss the Department's role in supporting state, local and federal public safety partners to ensure the security of those attending the event.

Keywords: Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Topics: Homeland Security Enterprise

Department of Homeland Security News
Feb 01, 2021

DHS Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Sites
DHS and its Federal government partners fully support equal access to the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine distribution sites for undocumented immigrants. It is a moral and public health imperative to ensure that all individuals residing in the United States have access to the vaccine. DHS encourages all individuals, regardless of immigration status, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible under local distribution guidelines.

 

DHS carries out its mission, including all areas within its COVID-19 response, without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, or other protected class, and in compliance with law and policy. Further, DHS supports the equitable and efficient distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to all populations, including historically underserved communities.

 

To reach underserved and rural communities, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in collaboration with federal partners, will coordinate efforts to establish and support fixed facilities, pop-up or temporary vaccination sites, and mobile vaccination clinics. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will not conduct enforcement operations at or near vaccine distribution sites or clinics. Consistent with ICE's long-standing sensitive locations policy, ICE does not and will not carry out enforcement operations at or near health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors' offices, accredited health clinics, and emergent or urgent care facilities, except in the most extraordinary of circumstances.

 

DHS is committed to ensuring that every individual who needs a vaccine can get one, regardless of their immigration status.

Keywords: Coronavirus (COVID-19),

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 31, 2021

Acting Secretary Pekoske Directs TSA to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19 Through the Transportation System
Today the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security announced the issuance of a National Emergency Determination to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  This determination enables TSA to implement President Biden's Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel. TSA will require individuals to wear a mask at TSA screening checkpoints and throughout the commercial and public transportation system. Imposing these proven public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 will mitigate the safety and security threat COVID-19 poses to transportation and contribute to the overall national effort to reduce the transmission of the disease.

Keywords: Acting Secretary David Pekoske, Coronavirus (COVID-19), Public Health, Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Topics: Homeland Security Enterprise, Secretary of Homeland Security, Transportation Security

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 29, 2021

Acting DHS Secretary Pekoske Extends Temporary Protected Status for Syria
WASHINGTON—Today, DHS Acting Secretary Pekoske announced an 18-month extension and re-designation of Syria's Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation. This action enables over 6,700 eligible Syrian nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Syria) to retain their TPS through September 2022 and allows approximately 1,800 additional individuals to file initial applications to obtain such status.

The DHS Secretary may designate TPS to a foreign country if conditions fall into one, or more, of the three statutory bases for designation: armed conflict, environmental disasters, and extraordinary and temporary conditions. Acting Secretary Pekoske decided to extend and newly designate Syria for TPS after consultation with interagency partners and careful consideration of Syria's current conditions. The Syrian civil war continues to demonstrate deliberate targeting of civilians, the use of chemical weapons and irregular warfare tactics, and use of child soldiers. The war has also caused sustained need for humanitarian assistance, an increase in refugees and displaced people, food insecurity, limited access to water and medical care, and large-scale destruction of Syria's infrastructure. These conditions prevent Syrian nationals from safely returning.

Under the TPS statute, a country's TPS designation can be extended for a period of 6, 12, or 18 months. A country can also be re-designated for TPS, which allows eligible individuals to obtain TPS even if they entered the United States after the effective date of the prior designation. Former DHS Secretary Napolitano initially designated Syria for TPS in March 2012.  The designation was subsequently extended and renewed by former Secretary Johnson in 2015 and 2016, and extended by former Secretary Nielsen, and former Acting Secretary McAleenan.

Current beneficiaries under Syria's TPS designation are eligible to re-register for an extension of their status for 18 months. Syrian nat

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 27, 2021

DHS Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin
WASHINGTON - The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin today after consultation with the intelligence community and law enforcement partners. There is currently a heightened threat environment across the United States that is likely to persist over the coming weeks. DHS does not have any information to indicate a specific, credible plot; however, violent riots have continued in recent days and we remain concerned that individuals frustrated with the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances and ideological causes fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize a broad range of ideologically-motivated actors to incite or commit violence.

You can read the NTAS Bulletin here.

Keywords: Acting Secretary David Pekoske, National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS)
Topics: Critical Infrastructure Security, Homeland Security Enterprise, Intelligence and Analysis, National Terrorism Advisory System,

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 25, 2021

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 20, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Keywords: Border Security, Immigration, Immigration Enforcement, Immigration Reform
Topics:

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 20, 2021

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 15, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 13, 2021

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 13, 2021

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 13, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 13, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 11, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 08, 2021

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 08, 2021

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 07, 2021

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 06, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 05, 2021

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 05, 2021

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 05, 2021

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Jan 04, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 31, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 29, 2020

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

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

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

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

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Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 28, 2020

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

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

After DHS issues implementing regulations as necessary, states may:

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 22, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 21, 2020

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

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

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

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

The Acting Secretary's remarks can be found here.

Keywords: Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, Chinese,

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 18, 2020

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 17, 2020

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 17, 2020

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 15, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 14, 2020

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 14, 2020

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

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

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

This final rule preserves

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 11, 2020

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 09, 2020

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 07, 2020

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

 

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

 

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

 

The Supplemental Policy-Guidance can be found here.

More information on Migrant Protection Protocols can be found here.

 

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 07, 2020

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

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

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

The Supplemental Policy-Guidance can be found here.

More information on Migrant Protection Protocols can be found here.

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 07, 2020

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

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

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

For more information, please visit USCIS.g

Department of Homeland Security News
Dec 02, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Homeland Security News
Nov 12, 2020

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

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

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

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

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