Homeland Security

Message from 2017 Feds Feed Families Chair

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 09:28

​(The below message is from the Department's Fed Feed Families Chair)

Dear Colleagues,

For many of us, the start of the summer is a chance to relax and enjoy the warm weather.  For Americans dealing with food insecurity, particularly children who are out of school, it can be the most difficult time of the year.  Food pantries and food banks often experience a decline in donations during the summer months, which impacts those already struggling.  Through the Feds Feed Families campaign, DHS employees have a unique opportunity to help those in need.

There are many ways to contribute, and our Department is uniquely poised with a strong presence in local communities across the Nation.  Last year, employees donated non-perishable items at work, traveled to farms to harvest crops (gleaning), and even donated freshly prepared food directly to local shelters.  The Coast Guard was one of several components that donated over 100,000 pounds, allowing DHS to collect over one million pounds of food!   As Department Chair for the 2017 campaign, I commend you for your past participation, and invite you to make this year’s drive the most successful yet.  Whether you choose to glean, use online donations, or bring in canned goods, know that your actions have the potential to change lives.   During the month of June, the Department collected 33,846 pounds.  In July, DHS employees donated an additional 154,216 pounds, for a total of 188,062 pounds so far.  Together I know we can continue our push through August to make this year’s campaign the best to date!   For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture Feds Feed Families page or the DHS Feds Feed Families page on Connect.   Sincerely,   Vice Admiral Sandra Stosz, U.S. Coast Guard 2017 DHS Feds Feed Families Chair   Topics:  DHS Enterprise
Categories: Homeland Security

Six Things You Probably Didn't Know About FPS

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 07:37
The Federal Protective Service (FPS) is a law enforcement, physical security and intelligence agency within DHS that serves on the front lines every day to prevent, protect, respond to and recover from terrorism, criminal acts, and other hazards threatening the U.S. government, federal employees and public visitors in more than 9,000 federal facilities. Their unique capabilities allow daily government operations to run smoothly. As symbols of U.S. strength and leadership, federal buildings can be a strategic target to those who wish to cause harm, which makes FPS’ services critical to the DHS mission of protecting the homeland. Here are some things you might not know about FPS:   1.) Their core mission is to protect people who work in, and visit, federal facilities. All across the country, FPS inspectors and special agents work to ensure the safety and security of more than 1.4 million employees and visitors in over 9,000 federal facilities.     An FPS officer on guard outside of the General Services Administration. (Photo courtesy of FPS)   FPS inspectors are law enforcement officers who work closely with the agency leaders to assess what security risks their building faces, and then create tailored security plans to help agencies combat those risks for the safety of their employees and visitors. For example, FPS inspectors make sure buildings have items like security cameras, locked entryways, x-ray machines, and other countermeasures. FPS also has special agents who investigate threats made to federal employees, investigate stolen items, and investigate any major incident or emergency that occurs on federal property.   2.) Every day around the country, they conduct an “Operation Shield” to catch adversaries off guard. Daily, and with little notice, FPS officers increase their patrols at random federal government buildings to enhance the protection of the individuals inside. This provides a highly-visible law enforcement presence to deter terrorist and criminal activity, and also gives FPS an opportunity to engage with federal employees, visitors, and facility security managers. During Operation Shield, FPS also tests the effectiveness of security countermeasures at that building.   3.) FPS officers have important teammates to help accomplish their mission: Highly-trained K-9 partners FPS has explosive detection canines across the country to help prevent and detect explosives and other materials that may cause harm to people at federal buildings. FPS canines are primarily Labradors, and go through intensive training with military and police K9 teams, including other agencies from DHS.     An FPS explosive detection canine and FPS officer. (Photo courtesy of FPS)   These furry law enforcement dogs are widely used throughout the country and often support state and local police who may not have dogs who can detect explosives. An FPS canine and its human officer are full-time teammates. After a hard day’s work, and even once it retires, the canine goes home to live with its FPS officer.    4.) They Teach Federal Employees How to Respond to Active Shooters FPS provides federal employees with training on how to respond to an active shooter in their building. Teaching employees to “Run, Hide, Fight,” this informative presentation explains important life-saving actions each employee can take in that situation. How do FPS officers know so much about this? Because FPS officers respond immediately to reports of active shooters at federal government buildings, and go through extensive training programs each year to prepare themselves for that day. Officers learn how to assess a shooter quickly, and work as a team to eliminate the threat.     (Left) An FPS officer presenting shooter procedures to employees at the Food and Drug Administration. (Right) FPS officers train to respond to an active shooter. (Photos courtesy of FPS)   5.)  They are peacekeepers who protect your First Amendment rights.   As symbols of government, federal facilities are often the place where citizens congregate to express their concerns about an issue, often in the form of mass demonstrations or protests. When this happens, FPS law enforcement officers are on-site to ensure that all citizens can express themselves in a safe and peaceful manner. When demonstrations start to become violent against others, or disruptive to government operations, FPS officers will step in to regain the peace.   6.) They cannot accomplish the mission alone, and they help others accomplish their missions in return. FPS works closely with many other local and state law enforcement agencies, as well as other federal law enforcement agencies, to get the job done. FPS sits on a variety of interagency working groups and task forces, such as the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. As joint partners, FPS works with these agencies to assess and respond to threats, escort government leaders, enhance security measures at major events, and much more. For example, FPS works with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to provide security at the immigration port-of-entries along the nation’s borders. FPS teams up with the U.S. Marshals Service to protect the exterior of federal courthouses.   Topics:  Federal Building Security Keywords:  fps, Federal Protective Service Public Affairs
Categories: Homeland Security

ICE NPT Competes in Rocky Mountain Nationals

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 10:42
The ICE National Pistol Team (NPT) 2017 season started off with a bang at the recent Rocky Mountain Nationals in Raton, New Mexico.   The Rocky Mountain Nationals is a Police Pistol Combat (PPC) law enforcement precision pistol shooting competition that involves each competitor firing more than 400 precision rounds each day. It consists of the New Mexico State PPC Championship, Colorado State PPC Championship and the Charlie Pirtle Memorial PPC Regional matches.   This year, the NPT — a perennial championship contender — had eight traveling agents and officers as well as eight alternates, including the first women to join the ranks of the ICE precision pistol shooting team.     The ICE National Pistol Team poses for a photo with their awards from the Rocky Mountain Nationals competition. (Photo courtesy of ICE)   The team was represented by Assistant Field Office Director and Team Captain Arlo Arcinas, Special Agent Billy Schuck, Special Agent John Dennis, Deportation Officer Patrick Elliott, Deportation Officer Elisa Garcia-Lozano and Deportation Officer Elaine Lawless.   Garcia-Lozano and Lawless joined forces to win the Classified Team Divisions, while Arcinas won the Expert Division. Together, the NPT also won the Expert Team Division.     Elisa Garcia-Lozano and Elaine Lawless holding up their award from the Classified Team Divisions. (Photo courtesy of ICE)   “The ICE National Pistol Team has been and continues to be one of the top 3 teams in the nation,” Arcinas said. “Although remote and tucked away, at over 6,000 feet in elevation at the base of the Rocky Mountains, the friendly yet competitive spirit of this event is representative of the fierce competition the team will face at the upcoming National Police Shooting Championships in September. Based on their performance thus far, the ICE National Pistol Team is expected to continue its legacy as a premier top tier, precision pistol team.”   Topics:  Homeland Security Enterprise Keywords:  immigration enforcement, employee morale, employee recognition Public Affairs
Categories: Homeland Security

DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Visits Tennessee Fusion Center

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 15:57
Release Date: August 7, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

NASHVILLE, TENN.— Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke today visited the Tennessee Fusion Center (TFC) where she met with TFC staff and law enforcement as well as homeland security executives from the state of Tennessee. She also received an operational brief and tour of the facility. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam met her upon arrival to the facility.

The TFC routinely collaborates with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to share intelligence and support investigative efforts.  In particular, the TFC has shared unique state and local law enforcement data – such as information available in their state gang database - to support a range of efforts including human trafficking, fraudulent identities, narcotics smuggling, and counterterrorism. This information has led to the arrests of human smugglers and traffickers, wanted fugitives, and individuals attempting to exploit minors, and has also provided unique insights on trends and tactics related to illegal narcotics across the state of Tennessee.  For example, earlier this year the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI) along with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced the arrests of more than 42 individuals for their involvement in human trafficking. This operation, known as “Someone Like Me,” was a joint effort with ICE/HSI, TBI, the Memphis Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, prosecutors with the Shelby County District Attorney’s office and nonprofits.  Additionally, information shared by the TFC has supported the identification and watchlisting of known or suspected terrorists.

“Fusion centers were established post-9/11 across the country to facilitate coordination among national security partners, and are a critically important method for DHS to share information and analysis with our state and local partners,” said Acting Secretary Duke. “Their grassroots intelligence and analytic efforts better position our country to identify and address emerging trends and threats, especially at the local level, and allows us to mutually support state and federal investigations.”

The brief provided to Acting Secretary Duke during the visit discussed Tennessee’s collaboration with the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis, as well as ICE/HSI on various investigations involving gangs, human trafficking, as well as their efforts to dismantle criminal organizations importing illegal narcotics such as methamphetamine and fentanyl into the U.S. ICE/HSI attributed much of their success in Tennessee to their strong partnerships with the TBI, the TFC, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and other agencies across the State.  Throughout Tennessee, DHS components work together with their state and local partners daily to ensure the safety and security of the 6.5 million people who live there.

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Topics:  Critical Infrastructure Security, Economic Security Keywords:  HSI, Acting Secretary Duke, critical infrastructure
Categories: Homeland Security

DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Discusses Public Event Security with Venue Managers

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 14:41
Release Date: August 7, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

NASHVILLE, TENN.— Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke today delivered remarks at the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) VenueConnect 2017 conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Acting Secretary Duke reaffirmed the Department of Homeland Security’s commitment to partnering with private sector venues to ensure the safety of the American public. Excerpts of Acting Secretary Duke’s remarks as prepared are below.

“The places where we gather—our stadiums and concert halls, our fairgrounds and convention centers—are living symbols of our free society.  Freedom of expression.  Freedom of assembly.  And freedom to cheer for whichever team we choose.   

“But recently, the world has watched in horror as these symbols of free society have come under attack…

“As ISIS loses ground in Syria, terrorists affiliated with—or inspired by—the group are bringing the battleground to our city streets. 

“Our friends in the UK know firsthand how barbaric our enemies really are.  We saw this all too clearly in the attack on Manchester Arena on May 22.  An Ariana Grande concert with more than 14,000 fans—many not even old enough to drive.  What should have been a fun night with friends and family was shattered by a radicalized young man filled with hate, and his homemade bomb full of shrapnel. 

“Last week, I had the privilege of touring AT&T Park in San Francisco to see firsthand how you—venue operators--secure large venues and special events.  It also showed me how DHS works alongside our private sector partners. 

“The tour was a timely reminder that security is a shared responsibility and the public and private sector must work together to make these places more secure and resilient. 

“Effective security doesn’t stop or start at the fence line and instead requires close coordination between law enforcement, venue owners and managers, and emergency management…

“Terrorists use the element of surprise in their attacks to maximize damage.  Through we can’t always prevent attacks, we can be ready to respond.  And we especially encourage those who organize public gatherings to take four proactive steps to prepare for a worst case scenario.  They are Connect, Plan, Train, and Report.”

DHS works closely with private sector and community partners to help them protect themselves through initiatives such as DHS’s Hometown Security.  Hometown Security is designed for small and medium-sized businesses, and people who organize public gatherings that extremists might consider soft targets.  The goal is to protect restaurants, clubs, grocery stores, sporting events, places of worship, and other places where people gather.  The Hometown Security portal on DHS.gov makes it easy to find free, useful information that helps communities enhance their security.

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Topics:  DHS Enterprise, Economic Security, Essential Security Support, Federal Building Security, Land Keywords:  Acting Secretary Duke, private sector, public-private partnership
Categories: Homeland Security

DHS Statement on Explosion at Minnesota Mosque

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Sat, 08/05/2017 - 20:55
Release Date: August 5, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON— Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke is aware of the explosion today at a mosque in Bloomington, Minn. We are in close contact with federal, state and local authorities and local community leaders as the investigation into this matter continues. The Department of Homeland Security fully supports the rights of all to freely and safely worship the faith of their choosing and we vigorously condemn such attacks on any religious institution. We are thankful that there were no injuries, but that does not diminish the serious nature of this act.

 

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Categories: Homeland Security

DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke's Statement on Celebrating the U.S. Coast Guard's 227 Years of Service

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 16:48
Release Date: August 4, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

This Year’s Theme is “Honoring the Past, Securing the Future”

WASHINGTON— Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke today released the following statement on the United States Coast Guard’s 227th birthday: “Today, Coast Guard men and women stationed around the globe will celebrate 227 years of service by honoring their rich history and looking ahead to a future of dedicated service to our nation.

“The Coast Guard stands ready to protect U.S. security and economic interests whenever and wherever called upon- in our coastal waters, the Arctic region and abroad. Notably, the brave men and women of the Coast Guard operate thousands of miles below our southern border, securing our country from transnational organized criminals, human smugglers and terrorist threats before they reach our shores and harm our citizens.  Their efforts are a critical part of the department's mission to protect the homeland and the American people.

“We are grateful for these extraordinary men and women – active duty, reserve, civilian, and auxiliary – who proudly serve in critical jobs afloat, ashore, and in the air to protect our maritime interests and national security, as well as save lives every day. Thank you for continuing to ensure our nation’s safety, security, and prosperity.”

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Keywords:  coast guard
Categories: Homeland Security

DHS Hosts Hurricane Briefing with President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Hurricane State Governors

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 11:12
Release Date: August 4, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

DHS is Coordinating Preparedness on all Levels of Government 

WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Homeland Security hosted a hurricane briefing for President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, cabinet officials, and hurricane state governors. The purpose of the briefing, held at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington, DC, was to discuss the nation’s preparedness for hurricane season. Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, and other federal agency leaders all attended. They were joined via teleconference by the governors from states with a high risk of hurricanes.

During the meeting, the President was briefed on the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season forecast by the acting director for the National Hurricane Center. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Duke discussed the government-wide year-long hurricane preparedness efforts, working with all levels of government, the private sector, and individuals – highlighting the shared responsibility of preparedness.  FEMA Administrator Long discussed the nation’s readiness posture for hurricane response and the Agency’s response and recovery capabilities.

“Natural disaster preparedness is a joint effort between state and local partners, the American people, and the federal government.  We at DHS and FEMA are ready to respond quickly, efficiently, and effectively when a disaster occurs,” said Acting Secretary Duke.  “We take this responsibility seriously, and like today will continue to coordinate closely with our state and local partners to support our nation’s collective ability to respond.”

Several governors briefed out on their state-specific preparedness efforts, as well as ongoing coordination with their federal counterparts.

“Incidents begin and end locally, and FEMA’s role is to support the efforts and capabilities of states, local governments, tribes, and territories impacted by disasters,” said Administrator Long.  “FEMA stands ready to coordinate federal capabilities in our shared responsibility for response and recovery. Every level of government and each individual has a role to play.”

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.  More information on safety measures the public can take can be found at http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.  The FEMA App (available in English and Spanish) puts safety tips, directions to shelters, emergency supply checklists and more, into the palms of users’ hands.

 

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Topics:  Plan and Prepare for Disasters Keywords:  FEMA, Hurricane, National preparedness, President, response and recovery, ready.gov
Categories: Homeland Security

DHS Delivers Northern Border Threat Analysis Report to Congress

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 09:05
Release Date: August 3, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security delivered to the Congress the Northern Border Threat Analysis Report describing the current threat landscape on the U.S.-Canada border and analyzing national security and other threats across the air, land, and maritime domains. The report was prepared in accordance with the reporting requirements of the Northern Border Security Review Act.

Although the Northern and Southern borders of the United States differ greatly in terms of climate, threat environment, and volume of cross-border flows, some of the same technological resources and border enforcement methods are effectively deployed at both borders. DHS also collaborates with other federal, state, local, and tribal partners, as well as our Canadian partners, to address border security-related issues. Intelligence coordination and sharing is critical for successful northern border operations.

This report offers a preliminary description of the Department’s capabilities and gaps for our operations on the Northern border. DHS intends to build on the preliminary assessment offered in this report by updating its Northern border strategy and writing a corresponding implementation plan. The updated strategy will include measures that will allow DHS to evaluate progress toward addressing capability gaps on the Northern border. Upon completion, these documents will enable DHS to begin a formal capability assessment and generate requirements which will guide the Department’s approach to making investments that will make the U.S.-Canada border more secure.

Current strategic guidance for DHS northern border operations is derived from several sources, including the 2014-2018 DHS Strategic Plan, the 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR), and the 2012 Northern Border Strategy.

To read the full public Executive Summary, click here.

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Topics:  Border Security Keywords:  Northern border security, Canada-United States partnership, Border Security, QHSR
Categories: Homeland Security

HSIN Supports Safety and Security for Attendees at Scout Jamboree

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 07:30
The Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN) helped facilitate the security of over 30,000 attendees at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree (NSJ), held July 19 to 28 near Glen Jean, West Virginia. President Trump, joined by several members of his cabinet, spoke at the event on July 24.   The NSJ brings together federal, state, local and private sector partners to prepare for, secure and support the event. Other participating DHS components included I&A, NPPD and TSA.   Weekly meetings and “dry run” exercises were held leading up to the event. Over 300 members of the West Virginia National Guard and other partners were trained in preparation for it, according to HSIN Mission Advocate Christine Wisniewski.   During the event, HSIN provided an information sharing platform and capabilities needed to support interagency collaboration. “The ability to use the suite of tools available on HSIN—from the HSIN Connect rooms for information sharing to the main site for situational awareness and planning—allowed the broad group of responders from the military and local emergency management staff to quickly share information,” Jimmy Gianato, Director and Homeland Security Advisor of the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said.        President Donald J. Trump addresses a crowd at the Boy Scouts of America’s 2017 National Scout Jamboree near Glen Jean, WV, July 24, 2017. He is the eighth president to attend the event. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Dustin D. Biven / 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)   The team also used mapping tools created with the assistance of NPPD. The infrastructure visualization platform provided data that was integrated into HSIN, enabling analysts to zoom in to view video and other data on the venue. HSIN’s trusted network enabled the operations team to share intelligence and risk-mitigation strategies as well as preemptively stop adverse actions from occurring.   HSIN has been designated as the primary system for operational information sharing and collaboration within DHS and all of its partners since 2006. Over 85,000 users trust HSIN’s secure, reliable and fast access to share sensitive but unclassified information with Federal, state, local, territorial, tribal and private sector homeland security partners.   “HSIN is the only platform out there that permits interagency relationship building and further enhances communications across many sectors of government and non-government entities,” Major General James Hoyer, Adjutant General, West Virginia, said, “What we established for the NSJ will be the model for how we all communicate and work together in the future.”   Topics:  Critical Infrastructure Security Keywords:  HSIN Public Affairs
Categories: Homeland Security

Statement By Acting Secretary Of Homeland Security Elaine Duke On Legislation To Create A Merit-Based Immigration System

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 14:08
Release Date: August 2, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – The immigration system of the United States must encourage the admission of the best and the brightest from around the world. The RAISE Act embodies the President's vision for a merit-based immigration system that would better serve our national interest.

The men and women of the Department of Homeland Security are committed to enforcing the existing immigration laws of our nation, including our current system which admits more than 1.1 million legal immigrants per year. We look forward to an immigration structure that is better for American workers, the American economy, for American security, and better for legal immigrants and their immediate families.

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Topics:  Immigration and Citizenship Services Keywords:  immigration
Categories: Homeland Security

DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Discusses Public Venue Security at AT&T Park

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 17:54
Release Date: August 1, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

DHS is Coordinating Closely with Private Sector Partners on Venue Security

WASHINGTON – Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke met with security officials at AT&T Park in San Francisco to discuss how DHS works alongside our private sector partners and local law enforcement on public venue security. Acting Secretary Duke reaffirmed DHS’s commitment to partnering with large venue security teams to ensure the safety of the American public.

“The Department of Homeland Security is proactively working with our private sector partners to ensure the safety and security of public venues and gathering places,” said Acting Secretary Duke. “As we saw in the tragic attack at Manchester Arena, high profile events make attractive targets for terrorists. DHS will continue to make public venue security a top priority, while striving to minimize potential inconveniences to the public.”

DHS works alongside professional sports leagues and public assembly venues to develop several programs for the safety, security, and resilience of sporting stadiums including everything from sharing threat information, training for hourly employees on recognition of suspicious activity around the venue, to unmanned aerial system awareness, and patron screening best practices guides.

Beyond the work with these venues, DHS also works to assist communities nationwide, reaching small and medium size businesses that attract large numbers of people, including but not limited to restaurants, clubs, grocery stores, places of worship and other venues often located near larger entertainment venues.  The Hometown Security portal on DHS.gov makes it easy to find free, useful information that helps communities and businesses enhance their security. 

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory Mendenhall

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Topics:  Federal Building Security, Law Enforcement Partnerships Keywords:  law enforcement, Hometown Security, mass gatherings; large-scale public events
Categories: Homeland Security

Pursuant to Executive Order on Public Safety, Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Release Data on Incarcerated Aliens

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 10:53
Release Date: August 1, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – President Trump’s Executive Order on Public Safety in the Interior of the United States requires the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports on data collection efforts. The data in this release shows a significant prison population of incarcerated aliens.

Below is a summary of data collected under Section 16 of the Order, which directs “the Secretary [of Homeland Security] and the Attorney General . . . to collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports” regarding the following subjects: (a) the immigration status of all aliens incarcerated under the supervision of the Bureau of Prisons; (b) the immigration status of all aliens incarcerated as federal pretrial detainees; and (c) the immigration status of all convicted aliens in state prisons and local detention centers throughout the United States.

Information Regarding Immigration Status of Aliens Incarcerated Under the Supervision of the Federal Bureau of Prisons

The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has an operational process for maintaining data regarding foreign-born inmates in its custody. On a daily basis, BOP supplies this information to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE, in turn, analyzes that information to determine the immigration status of each inmate and provides that information back to BOP.

As a part of satisfying the Justice Department’s second quarterly report of this information, below is information regarding aliens currently incarcerated under the supervision of BOP.[1] This information is current as of June 24:

Out of the 187,855 inmates in BOP custody, 42,034 are foreign-born.  The breakdown of the 42,034 aliens is as follows:   

  • 19,749 (46.9%) are aliens who have received final orders of removal;
  • 21,121 (50.2%) are aliens who are under ICE investigation for possible removal;
  • 1,157 (2.8%) are aliens whose cases are pending adjudication before an Immigration Judge in the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR); and
  • Seven (.0002%) are aliens who have been granted relief.

 

Information Regarding the Immigration Status of Aliens Incarcerated as Federal Pretrial Detainees

The U.S. Marshal Service (USMS), the Department of Justice’s component charged with the housing and care of federal pretrial detainees, recently instituted a program to capture data regarding the immigration status of these detainees. 

Based upon records current as June 14, USMS identified 12,005 “self-reporting” foreign-born prisoners (aliens) out of 50,135 arrested and detained at USMS facilities. Further details follow for the 50,135 detained aliens:

  • 9,857 (82.1%) are aliens who have received final orders of removal;
  • 2,047 (17.1%) are aliens whose cases are still pending adjudication before an Immigration Judge in the EOIR; and
  • 101 (.8%) are aliens still pending adjudication (ICE has charged these aliens as removal cases, but a final disposition has not yet been reached.)

Immigration Status of All Convicted Aliens Incarcerated in State Prisons and Local Detention Centers throughout the United States

The Department continues to progress towards establishing data collection of the immigration status of convicted aliens incarcerated in state prisons and local detention centers through its Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

 

[1] The previous report is available at: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/pursuant-executive-order-public-safety-department-justice-releases-data-incarcerated-aliens-0

 

 

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Topics:  Immigration Enforcement Keywords:  Department of Justice, public safety, immigration statistics, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement
Categories: Homeland Security

DHS Acting Secretary Duke Joins Tech Companies, UK Home Secretary Rudd to Discuss Combating Online Terrorist Recruitment

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 08:17
Release Date: August 1, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke will join leaders from internet and technology companies at the inaugural meeting of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism in San Francisco, Calif. The meeting is part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to work collaboratively with the private sector to counter terrorist recruitment and radicalization. Acting Secretary Duke will be joined by her counterpart in the United Kingdom, Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

“The internet provides terrorists with a virtual safe haven to recruit followers in our communities and plot against us,” Acting Secretary Duke said. “The Department is eager to work with our private sector partners to fight back against terrorist propaganda and to support their efforts to remove dangerous content and terminate known terrorist accounts. Additionally, internet and tech companies play a critical role in amplifying credible voices to counter the false narrative of groups like ISIS and al Qaeda. We cannot cede the digital battlespace. The Department will continue to partner with industry to confront this challenge, while protecting free speech and privacy.”

In June, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube announced the formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism in an effort to make online platforms hostile to terrorists and violent extremists.
 

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Topics:  Countering Violent Extremism Keywords:  cve, countering terrorism, ISIS
Categories: Homeland Security

DHS Issues Waiver to Expedite Border Construction Projects in San Diego Area

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 06:48
Release Date: August 1, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security has issued a waiver to waive certain laws, regulations and other legal requirements to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads in the vicinity of the international border near San Diego.  The waiver will be published in the Federal Register in the coming days.

This waiver is pursuant to authority granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security by Congress and covers a variety of environmental, natural resource, and land management laws.

The Department has exercised the waiver authority in Section 102 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), as amended, on five previous occasions from 2005 to 2008.

The waiver covers certain border infrastructure projects in the United States Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector, one of the busiest sectors in the nation. In fiscal year 2016 alone, the United States Border Patrol apprehended more than 31,000 illegal aliens and seized 9,167 pounds of marijuana and 1,317 pounds of cocaine in the San Diego Sector.

The sector remains an area of high illegal entry for which there is an immediate need to improve current infrastructure and construct additional border barriers and roads. To begin to meet the need for additional border infrastructure in this area, DHS will implement various border infrastructure projects. These projects will focus on an approximately 15-mile segment of the border within the San Diego Sector that starts at the Pacific Ocean and extends eastward, to approximately one mile east of what is known as Border Monument 251.

Congress provided the Secretary of Homeland Security with a number of authorities necessary to carry out DHS’s border security mission. One of these authorities is found at section 102 of the IIRIRA.

Section 102(a) of IIRIRA provides that the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take such actions as may be necessary to install additional physical barriers and roads in the vicinity of the United States border to deter illegal crossings in areas of high illegal entry into the United States. In section 102(b) of IIRIRA, Congress has called for the installation of additional fencing, barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors on the southwest border. Finally, in section 102(c) of IIRIRA, Congress granted to the Secretary of Homeland Security the authority to waive all legal requirements that the Secretary, in his sole discretion, determines necessary to ensure the expeditious construction of the barriers and roads authorized by section 102 of IIRIRA.

The Department is implementing President Trump’s Executive Order 13767, Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements, and continues to take steps to immediately plan, design and construct a physical wall along the southern border, using appropriate materials and technology to most effectively achieve complete operational control of the southern border.

While the waiver eliminates DHS’s obligation to comply with various laws with respect to covered projects, the Department remains committed to environmental stewardship with respect to these projects. DHS has been coordinating and consulting -- and intends to continue doing so -- with other federal and state resource agencies to ensure impacts to the environment, wildlife, and cultural and historic artifacts are analyzed and minimized, to the extent possible.

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Topics:  Border Security, Immigration Enforcement Keywords:  Border Security, immigration enforcement
Categories: Homeland Security

Number of Passengers Screened by TSA this Summer Sets Records

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:28
The number of passengers to fly this summer season is expected to be the highest in years, with more than 2.5 million passengers per day anticipated to pass through TSA checkpoints through Labor Day.   In fact, in the last week of June, TSA set a record for the most passengers and crew members screened in the history of the agency when more than 17 million individuals were screened at checkpoints nationwide – 17,089,533 to be exact.   A TSA officer at Tyson Airport (TYS) inspecting pole-vaults, which can be transported in checked baggage. (Photo courtesy of TSA)   Peak travel period kicked off on the Memorial Day holiday and extends through August. So far, the busiest travel day of the summer was on June 30, which was the Friday before Independence Day. That day, TSA experienced its third busiest day ever, with 2,647,714 passengers and crew screened. And during the first week in July, nearly three-quarters of a million people flew out of just the three main airports surrounding the Washington, D.C. area.    Even with these record-setting numbers, TSA is prepared for the summer travel season.   “Securing the travel of millions of passengers daily remains our top priority,” TSA Acting Administrator Huban A. Gowadia said. “TSA takes many security measures, seen and unseen, while working closely with industry partners such as airlines and airports to enhance the traveling experience and ensure every passenger arrives to their destination safely.”   Through the TSA Airport Operations Center and in coordination with airport and airline partners, TSA aims to maintain effective and efficient security operations at checkpoints nationwide during the busy travel season. The center tracks daily screening operations, rapidly addresses any issues that arise, and deploys personnel, canine teams and technology where needed. This summer, nationwide, 50 more passenger canine teams are in use compared to last summer and 2,000 more TSA officers are working this year compared to last year.   Bbucca, an explosive detection canine, is working at the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA) checkpoint. (Photo courtesy of TSA)   “TSA is tasked with a complex, critical security mission that can only be accomplished through close collaboration with stakeholders and partners,” Gowadia said. “We will not compromise our security mission of protecting air travelers as we face an evolving threat by a determined enemy.”     Topics:  Transportation Security Keywords:  Passenger Screening Canine, TSA, summer Public Affairs
Categories: Homeland Security

Statement from Press Secretary Dave Lapan on Homeland Security Leadership

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 18:07
Release Date: July 28, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – Secretary Kelly remains the Secretary of Homeland Security until Monday, July 31, at which time Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke will become acting Secretary.

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Topics:  DHS Enterprise Keywords:  Secretary John Kelly, Secretary Kelly
Categories: Homeland Security

Statement from Secretary John F. Kelly

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 17:46
Release Date: July 28, 2017

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact: 202-282-8010

WASHINGTON – I have been fortunate to have served my country for more than 45 years - first as a Marine and then as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. I am honored to be asked to serve as the Chief of Staff to the President of the United States.

To the tremendous men and women of DHS, I thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Secretary. When I left the Marines, I never thought I would find as committed, as professional, as patriotic a group of individuals. I was wrong. You accomplish great things everyday defending our nation and I know your exceptional work will continue.

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Topics:  DHS Enterprise Keywords:  Secretary John Kelly, Secretary Kelly
Categories: Homeland Security

#AmericanHeroesWeek – Thanking Those From ICE Who Keep Us Safe

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:02

This week marks American Heroes Week, and we at DHS are taking time to thank the brave service members and veterans, law enforcement officers, and first responders who keep Americans safe every day.

This includes the brave men and women of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who go above and beyond to secure the homeland and keep the public safe. Here are some of their stories:

ICE provides support to Boston Marathon bombing victims

When the bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April 2013, thousands of miles away in Denver, Colorado, Gabe Martinez knew immediately that the lives of those injured would never be the same. Martinez is a living testament. On Thanksgiving Day 2010, while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps in Afghanistan, a bomb exploded. After spending 22 years with his natural born legs, he lost both in a split second.

Looking to find a way to visit the bombing victims in the aftermath of the attacks, Martinez, a Human Exploitation Rescue Operative (HERO) and computer forensic analyst with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Denver, reached out to an organization created by a group of Marine Corps spouses with the aim of providing immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families.

Through the organization, Martinez and a group of volunteers visited injured survivors, providing encouragement. In the first year following the attack, he went to Boston 12 times. The original intent was to do one trip, meet with the injured survivors and let them know that everything is going to be OK and be done; however, it has evolved into an annual reunion where lifelong relationships have been formed. Over the years, Martinez has invited friends to make the trip with him, including HSI Tampa computer forensic analyst and fellow HERO Justin Gaertner, who was injured in the same attack in Afghanistan as Martinez. Martinez and Gaertner continue their mission to let those who were injured in the Boston Bombing know that the events of the day weren’t the end for them, just recently returning from a visit with victims in Boston.

 

ICE OTTP instructor helps save life 

Jason Gueringer, a firearms programs specialist and tactical instructor with ICE’s Office of Training and Tactical Programs (OTTP), served as class coordinator for a group of officers with the DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate’s Federal Protective Service (FPS). Following the conclusion of the diagnostic portion of the training, which requires a physical fitness test and 1.5-mile run, Gueringer was giving further instructions when a student suddenly collapsed. For the next 14 minutes, Gueringer and others on hand sprang into action to resuscitate the student just as the EMS arrived to load him in the ambulance and take him to the hospital. Upon arrival, Gueringer told the paramedics, cardiologists and the emergency doctors what had happened. The quick reaction by Gueringer and the other officers saved the student’s life. Gueringer said he relied on his first aid training from the the military and ranger first response training at ICE.

 

ERO Buffalo helps make a miracle

Federal, state and local law enforcement agency personnel joined together June 11 to create a special day for some young people. 

Federal, state and local law enforcement agency personnel joined together June 11 to create a special day for some young people. More than 30 officers from eight agencies took part in the Miracle League of Western New York’s (WNY) Law Enforcement Day at Grand Island, New York. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Buffalo Deportation Officer Peter Sukmanowski coordinated the baseball game for 40 children and teens in order to give back to the community ICE serves, especially the young people who face significant hardships and challenges in their lives. Sukmanowski threw the ceremonial opening pitch with Sheriff James Voutour of Niagara County. ERO Buffalo officers participated in both offense and defense, assisted while at bat, ran the bases, caught the ball, and had a great time. The ERO Buffalo Honor Guard presented the colors during the pre-game ceremony and Deportation Officer Lawanda Charles sang the national anthem. The Honor Guard participated in the event as part of their official ICE duties and other ERO staff gave their time during off-duty hours.

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Topics:  Immigration Enforcement Keywords:  immigration enforcement Public Affairs
Categories: Homeland Security

CBP's Single Window Team Named Sammie Award Finalist

Dept. of Homeland Security News - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 07:39

On average, more than $10 billion worth of traded goods enter or exit the United States each day, but importers and exporters sometimes were required to wait days before getting the go-ahead to move their products across U.S. borders.

CBP Executive Assistant Commissioner for Trade Brenda Smith and the Single Window Team at CBP have dramatically altered the process of obtaining approval, which entails submitting duplicate information, sometimes even using paper forms, to multiple federal angencies. During a four-year period, EAC Smith and Assistant Commissioner Phillip Landfried of the Office of Information Technology organized the implementation of the Single Window via the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), an online portal that allows businesses to deal with all regulatory agencies in one place.   As a result of their leadership, implementation of the “Single Window” via ACE last December – which has been in the works for more than a decade – has eliminated more than 250 paper forms and hundreds of redundant data requests and greatly reduced wait times for import and export decisions.   After Smith joined the project in 2012, she established an interagency council comprised of the 47 agencies to build consensus and help solve problems and also collaborated extensively with private industries ranging from mass retailers to automotive and electronics firms.    Pictured above, CBP Executive Assistant Commissioner for Trade Brenda Smith (left) and Assistant Commissioner Phillip Landfried of the Office of Information Technology (right). (Photo courtesy of CBP)   “She built partnerships with tens of thousands of importers and exporters, customs brokers, dozens of software providers and 47 government agencies,” Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said.   To create the technology and infrastructure to support the initiative, EAC Smith and AC Landfried adopted an approach that relied on innovative methodologies and both government and private-sector partnerships to build, test and deploy the user-friendly automated system.   “AC Landfried introduced Agile Methodologies to turn ACE around – focusing on producing working code every two weeks as the most important measure of progress,” Valerie Isbell, Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner of OIT, said. The move to Agile was a critical turning point for accomplishing the Single Window, as it drove rapid delivery of trade processing capabilities in ACE for real-time use by CBP officers and businesses.   “I thought the complexity would be the automation,” Smith said. “But we found that the complexity was in managing the change. There were so many levels of impact that had to be taken into account—policy, operations, education, resources and logistics—on both the government side and in the private sector. To manage this, you had to understand the whole ecosystem.”   ACE is now the backbone of CBP’s trade processing and risk management activities, providing a single, centralized access point to connect CBP, partner government agencies (PGAs) and the trade community. Please remember to show your support for the Single Window team through casting your vote for the CBP Single Window Team at this link.   ### Topics:  DHS Enterprise Keywords:  cbp Public Affairs
Categories: Homeland Security

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