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Hear What Leadership Means to Acting CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan

55 min 40 sec ago

In October, then Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke kicked off Leadership Year, a year-long initiative that highlights the important principles and values that characterize good leadership at all levels across the Department.  As part of this initiative, various leaders from across DHS are sharing their thoughts on why leadership matters.

Kevin K. McAleenan became Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection January 20, 2017. As the agency’s chief executive, Mr. McAleenan oversees 60,000 employees, manages a budget of over $13 billion, and ensures the effective operations of CBP’s efforts to protect national security while promoting economic prosperity and security.  Mr. McAleenan directs CBP’s three core missions, counterterrorism, border security, and trade enforcement, while facilitating $4 Trillion in trade and facilitating travel of over 365 million people through ports of entry.  He oversees the largest law enforcement agency and the second-largest revenue collecting source in the federal government.


Topics:  Border Security Keywords:  leadership Public Affairs
Categories: Homeland Security

Readout Of DHS Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Meeting With Australian Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull And NSA Director Mike Rogers On Cybersecurity

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:02
Release Date: February 22, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen participated in a roundtable discussion on cybersecurity hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). Secretary Nielsen was joined by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and National Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers, as well as representatives from the private sector.

The group discussed the strong U.S.-Australian partnership on cybersecurity issues, and the shared goal of improving deterrence and holding malicious cyber actors accountable. Secretary Nielsen discussed DHS’s ongoing work to mitigate risks to our supply chain, which is being targeted by sophisticated adversaries with increasing regularity. Finally, the participants recommitted to their joint efforts to deter malicious cyber activity and strengthen the global cyber landscape.

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Topics:  Cybersecurity, DHS Enterprise, Homeland Security Enterprise Keywords:  Australia, Cyber, cyber security, international
Categories: Homeland Security

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on Cybersecurity for the Nation’s Election

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 06:53
Release Date: February 20, 2018

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

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) participation in a series of coordination meetings with state and local election officials, private sector companies, and federal partners to discuss cybersecurity for the nation’s election infrastructure.

“The American public’s confidence that their vote counts -- and is counted correctly -- relies on secure election infrastructure. The first primaries of the 2018 midterm election cycle are just around the corner, and DHS and our federal, state and local partners have been working together for more than a year to bolster the cybersecurity of the nation’s election infrastructure. Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with the Executive Board of the National Association of Secretaries of States, who were in town along with representatives from all 50 states and a number of local jurisdictions for a series of meetings and briefings on this important issue. I thanked them for their partnership and pledged the Department will continue its support to state and local election officials, primarily through sharing timely and actionable threat information and offering cybersecurity services.”

A readout of DHS meetings with state election officials and other election sector partners is available here.

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Topics:  Cybersecurity Keywords:  Cybersecurity, Election security, hacking
Categories: Homeland Security

Readout of DHS Meetings with State Election Officials and Other Election Sector Partners

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 15:38
Release Date: February 19, 2018

WASHINGTON – Last week, senior officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) participated in a series of coordination meetings with state and local election officials, private sector companies, and federal partners to discuss cybersecurity for the nation’s election infrastructure.

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

DHS, the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), and state and local election officials convened a meeting of the Government Coordinating Council (GCC) for the Election Infrastructure Subsector.  The GCC was established in October and provides a well-tested mechanism for sharing threat information between the federal government and council partners, advancing risk management efforts, and prioritizing focus of services available to sector partners in a trusted environment. 

DHS met with private sector election industry representatives in Arlington, Va., who had gathered to formally establish a Sector Coordinating Council (SCC) for the Election Infrastructure Subsector, the private sector counterpart to the GCC.  This GCC-SCC structure is used by the 16 critical infrastructure sectors to facilitate joint engagement with government and private sector entities and to coordinate security and resilience efforts.  The charter organizations of the SCC for the Election Infrastructure Subsector include 25 private sector and non-government organizations (listed below).

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018

On Friday, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen met with the NASS Executive Board to discuss DHS’ commitment to working with state election officials on cybersecurity for the midterm elections and beyond.

In addition, DHS joined together with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to sponsor classified briefings for election officials from all 50 states.  A similar briefing occurred on Sunday, February 18, 2018. These briefings focused on increasing awareness of foreign adversary intent and capabilities against the states’ election infrastructure, as well as a discussion of threat mitigation efforts.

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

On Saturday, DHS met with Secretaries of State and other chief election officials at the NASS Winter Conference and National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) Winter Conference.  National Protection and Programs Directorate Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary Chris Krebs and Acting Deputy Under Secretary Bob Kolasky addressed attendees at the NASS conference.  Acting Deputy Under Secretary Kolasky then met with NASED.  At both conferences, DHS reiterated the department’s commitment to working with election officials and system owners to support their efforts and determine where DHS support adds the most value. The department lends its expertise and services to election partners on a voluntary basis, including risk and vulnerability assessments, cyber hygiene scans, providing real-time threat intelligence feeds, issuing security clearances to state officials, partnering on incident response planning, and delivering cybersecurity training.

Members of the GCC are available here.

Members of the SCC include:

  • Associated Press (AP) Elections*
  • BPro, Inc.
  • Clear Ballot Group
  • Crosscheck
  • DemTech Voting Solutions
  • Democracy Live
  • Democracy Works (Parent organization for the Voting Information Project)
  • Dominion Voting Systems
  • ELECTEC Election Services Inc.
  • Election Systems & Software
  • ERIC
  • Everyone Counts
  • Hart InterCivic
  • Microvote General Corp.
  • PCC Technology Inc.
  • Pro V&V
  • SCYTL
  • SLI Compliance
  • Smartmatic
  • Tenex Software Solutions
  • Unisyn Voting Solutions
  • VOTEC
  • Votem
  • VR Systems

*AP Elections is responsible for the election night projections.  The SCC membership does not include journalists.

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Topics:  Combat Cyber Crime, DHS Enterprise, Information Sharing, Secure Cyber Networks Keywords:  cyber security, Election security, GCC, private sector, SCC, state and local
Categories: Homeland Security

DHS Secretary Nielsen Joins Vice President Pence Along the Southern Border

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 19:53
Release Date: February 16, 2018Discuss the Need for Border Security with DHS Frontline Personnel

WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen joined Vice President Mike Pence along the southern border in McAllen, Texas. While in McAllen, Secretary Nielsen and Vice President Pence took an operational tour of the Hidalgo Port of Entry. They also participated in a roundtable discussion with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) personnel from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. During the roundtable, the group discussed the need to end dangerous loopholes and secure our borders to keep American communities safe.

“Today, we heard about the importance of the DHS mission firsthand from the people who protect our communities every day,” said Secretary Nielsen. “It is clear that we must take action to secure our border on behalf of  American families. I’m grateful for the men and women of DHS for sharing their stories today, and for their dedication to their often difficult and dangerous jobs.”

(DHS Official Photos/Jetta Disco)

(DHS Official Photos/Jetta Disco)

DHS remains committed to immigration reform that will secure our border, end the visa lottery, end chain migration, and provide a permanent solution for DACA.

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Topics:  Border Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration Enforcement Keywords:  immigration reform
Categories: Homeland Security

Readout of Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen's Meeting with Guatemalan Minister of Government Enrique Degenhart

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 13:51
Release Date: February 16, 2018

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen met this morning with Guatemalan Minister of Government, Enrique Degenhart, whom she congratulated on his appointment as Minister. During the meeting, she outlined her priorities on enhancing air, land, and maritime border security, combating transnational criminal organizations (TCO) and gangs, and deterring illegal immigration, specifically the rise in unaccompanied alien children flooding the Southern border. Secretary Nielsen and Minister Degenhart spoke about their shared commitment to securing the border to improve regional security, combating corruption and the rise of gangs, and improving information sharing and cyber collaboration.

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Topics:  Aviation Security, Border Security, Immigration Enforcement, Land, Maritime Keywords:  illegal, immigration, land, Maritime, Secretary, Transnational Crime Organizations, Unaccompanied Alien Children
Categories: Homeland Security

ODNI, DHS, FBI To Lead National-level Classified Dialogue for State Election Officials

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 18:38
Release Date: February 15, 2018

Cross-posted from DNI.gov

On February 16 and February 18, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), together with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), will sponsor a classified briefing for election officials from all 50 states. This national-level classified dialogue with officials from the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), and the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is part of an ongoing effort to ensure the integrity and security of the nation's election infrastructure, particularly as the risk environment evolves. The briefings will focus on increasing awareness of foreign adversary intent and capabilities against the states’ election infrastructure, as well as a discussion of threat mitigation efforts. The goal of this collaborative event is to build an enduring partnership to ensure the sharing of timely, substantive information on threats to our nation’s critical infrastructure.

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Topics:  DHS Enterprise, Homeland Security Enterprise Keywords:  Election security
Categories: Homeland Security

Department Of Homeland Security Statement on President Donald J. Trump Signing the Blue Campaign Authorization Act

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:03

This week, President Donald J. Trump signed the Department of Homeland Security Blue Campaign Authorization Act of 2017, which will help combat human trafficking as well as protect victims of this crime. This legislation will officially authorize for the first time the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign, which is the unified voice for DHS efforts to combat and raise awareness regarding human trafficking. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental, and private organizations, the Blue Campaign supplements the Department’s ongoing efforts and strives to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice.

Through the Blue Campaign, DHS raises public awareness about human trafficking, leveraging partnerships and existing resources to educate the public to recognize human trafficking and report suspected instances to law enforcement. The Blue Campaign also works in collaboration with DHS components such as Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, and others to offer training to law enforcement and other stakeholders to increase detection of human trafficking, and to protect victims and bring suspected traffickers to justice. This legislation will allow Blue Campaign to continue this critically important work.

DHS is responsible for investigating human trafficking, arresting traffickers, and protecting victims. DHS also provides immigration relief to non-U.S. citizen victims of human trafficking.

DHS utilizes a victim-centered approach to combat human trafficking, which places equal value on identifying and stabilizing victims and investigating and prosecuting traffickers. The Department understands how difficult it can be for victims to come forward and work with law enforcement due to their trauma, and remains committed to helping victims feel stable, safe, and secure.

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Topics:  Human Trafficking Keywords:  Blue Campaign, Combatting Human Trafficking, human smuggling, human trafficking Public Affairs
Categories: Homeland Security

Unaccompanied Alien Children and Family Units Are Flooding the Border Because of Catch and Release Loopholes

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:17
Release Date: February 15, 2018

Border security includes the ability to remove illegal aliens that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) apprehends, otherwise we are stuck with a system that sanctions catch and release. Due to legal loopholes and court backlogs, even apprehended illegal aliens are released and become part of the temporary, illegal population of people that we cannot remove. This must end now.

Legal loopholes are exploited by minors, family units, and human smugglers, and are a magnet for illegal immigration

  • In 1997, the former Immigration and Naturalization Service entered into the Flores Settlement Agreement relating to the detention and release of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) . The Flores settlement agreement has now been litigated for over twenty years, spawning multiple onerous court decisions that handicap the government’s ability to detain and promptly remove UACs.
    • Under the Flores Agreement, DHS can only detain UACs for 20 days before releasing them to the Department of Health and Human Services which places the minors in foster or shelter situations until they locate a sponsor.
    • When these minors are released, they often fail to appear for court hearings or comply with removal orders.
    • These legal loopholes lead to “catch and release” policies that act as a “pull factor” for increased future illegal immigration.
    • This has incited smugglers to place children into the hands of adult strangers so they can pose as families and be released from immigration custody after crossing the border, creating another safety issue for these children.
  • The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 limits DHS’s ability to promptly return UACs who have been apprehended at the border and creates additional loopholes.
    • Under TVPRA, UACs who are not from Mexico and Canada are exempt from prompt return to their home country. We must amend the TVPRA so that all UACs who are not victims of human trafficking, regardless of country of origin, can be safely and promptly returned to their home countries.
    • We must amend TVPRA to limit the period to file asylum claims for UACs to one year consistent with all other applicants for asylum and ensure that these asylum cases are heard only in immigration court (no second bite at the apple).
    • We must end abuse of the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) visa to ensure the applicant proves reunification with both parents is not viable due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment and that the applicant is a victim of trafficking. This is necessary as many UACs are able to obtain a Green Card through SIJ status even though they were smuggled here to reunify with one parent present in the United States.

Once released into the interior of the United States, with few exceptions, UACs will generally remain in the country.

  • UACs frequently abscond and fail to appear for their removal hearings before an immigration judge—with 66% of all removal orders for UACs from FY15 to FY17 resulting from a UAC’s failure to appear for a hearing.
  • Only 3.5 percent of unaccompanied minors apprehended are eventually removed from the United States.
  • Over 100,000 UACs were released into the interior from FY16 to today.
  • The 100,000+ UACs who were released are in addition to the more than 167,000 family units (i.e. alien children who are accompanied by an adult claiming to be a relative or guardian) that were apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection from FY16 to date.
    • Nearly all of these Family Units are released into the interior of the United States because of judicially-imposed constraints on ICE’s authority to detain the entire family units as a result of recent rulings in the Flores consent decree litigation.

These loopholes create a pull factor that invites more illegal immigration and encourages parents to pay and entrust their children to criminal organizations that will smuggle them in—often while abusing and molesting those children along the way.

  • In recent months, there has been a staggering increase in the apprehension of UACs and Family Units from Central America crossing the southern border and being released into the United States.
  • The number of family units crossing the border increased by 625% since last April.
  • In December, officials apprehended over 4,000 UACs and 8,000 Family Units—an increase of 30 percent and 68 percent respectively since October.
  • Thousands of these unaccompanied children—particularly young teenage girls—are subjected to sexual abuse by smugglers, criminals, and even government officials along their journey to the United States. Many also never make it to the United States, instead pressed into service at brothels and bars in Mexico and Guatemala.

The influx of unaccompanied alien minors also creates recruiting opportunities for brutal gangs such as MS-13

  • UACs provide fertile recruiting ground for violent gangs, such as MS-13. While there are no official statistics on the number of UACs involved with gangs, anecdotal evidence suggests this gang recruiting strategy is working. For example, a June 2017 review of UACs in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Refugee Resettlement found that 39 of 138 UACs (28%) were involved with gangs, with the vast majority of those involved voluntarily.[1]
  • Other enforcement examples suggest similar numbers. For example, Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Operation Matador resulted in 39 MS-13 arrests in 30 days in the New York City area, 12 of whom had entered the country as unaccompanied minors. Fox News reported in November 2017 that, of 214 MS-13 members rounded up in the span of a few weeks, officials said at least a third would have been classified as UACs.[2]
 

[1] See Letter from Barbara Pisaro Clark, Acting Assistant Secretary for Legislation, Department of Health and Human Services, to the Honorable Ron Johnson, Chairman, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (June 21, 2017), https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/download/orr-response-to-sen-johnson.

[2] See Joseph J. Kolb, Feds crack down on MS-13, but immigration policy lets new recruits in, figures show, Fox News (Nov. 30, 2017), http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/30/as-raids-target-m-13-gang-fears-resurgent-ranks-linger.html.

Topics:  Border Security, Immigration and Citizenship Services, Immigration Enforcement Keywords:  immigration reform
Categories: Homeland Security

To Make America Safe Again, We Must End Sanctuary Cities and Remove Criminal Aliens

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:10
Release Date: February 15, 2018

Non-cooperative jurisdictions that do not honor U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) detainer requests to hold criminal aliens who are already in their custody, endanger the public and threaten officer safety by releasing criminal aliens back into the community to re-offend. In addition to causing preventable crimes, this creates another “pull factor” that increases illegal immigration.

We must take criminal aliens off our streets and remove them quickly once they are apprehended. 

  • The 2001 Supreme Court decision in Zadvydas v. Davis significantly restricts the ability of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to detain aliens with final orders of removal, including serious felony offenders, if their home countries will not accept their return.
    • In Fiscal Year 2017, more than 2,300 aliens were released because of that court decision, including more than 1,700 criminal aliens.
  • In addition to those who enter illegally, visa overstays account for roughly 40 percent of all illegal immigration in the United States.
  • Some jurisdictions do not honor ICE detainer requests to hold or provide adequate notice of release of criminal aliens who are already in custody, endangering the public and threatening officer safety by releasing criminal aliens back into our communities to re-offend.
  • Instead of allowing ICE officers to take custody of criminal aliens in a secure environment, such as a local jail, jurisdictions that refuse to honor ICE detainers put ICE officers and others at risk by forcing them to go into often perilous environments to arrest dangerous criminal aliens.
  • There are nearly one million aliens with final orders of removal, and not enough officers or resources to deport them.
  • Of the 53,908 criminal cases filed by federal prosecutors in the 94 U.S. District Courts in fiscal year 2016, 23,573 cases (43.7 percent) were located in just the five border districts (Arizona, Southern District of California, New Mexico, Southern District of Texas, and Western District of Texas).
  • Half of all federal criminal cases filed in U.S. District Courts in Fiscal Year 2016 (25,965 of 53,908 cases) were referred by the DHS.
  • While noncitizens made up approximately 7.2 percent of the U.S. population in 2016,[1] they accounted for 41.7 percent of all federal offenders sentenced for felonies or Class A misdemeanors in that fiscal year. Even excluding all types of immigration offenses, noncitizens accounted for more than 20 percent of all federal offenders sentenced for felonies or Class A misdemeanors—nearly three times their share of the general population.
  • In the five border districts, noncitizens accounted for 73.5 percent of all federal offenders sentenced for felonies or Class A misdemeanors in fiscal year 2016, and 47 percent of all federal non-immigration felonies or Class A misdemeanors.

The American people overwhelmingly favor the removal of criminal aliens.

  • According to a recent Harvard-Harris poll,[2] 80 percent of American voters share the common-sense view that cities that arrest illegal aliens for crimes should be required to turn them over to immigration authorities.
 

[1] See U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement, 2016, https://www.census.gov/cps/data/cpstablecreator.html.

[2] http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/320487-poll-americans-overwhelmingly-oppose-sanctuary-cities

Topics:  Border Security, Immigration and Citizenship Services, Immigration Enforcement Keywords:  immigration reform
Categories: Homeland Security

We Need to End Unchecked Chain Migration and Eliminate the Reckless Visa Lottery to Secure the Nation and Protect the American Worker

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:07
Release Date: February 15, 2018

Our current immigration system does not protect American workers or our economy.

  • The United States currently admits 1.1 million immigrants per year. That is more than the population of San Francisco or Indianapolis every year.
  • Currently, 70 percent of legal immigration into the United States is based on family relations, while only 1 in every 15 legal immigrants—less than seven percent—are admitted to the United States based on skill or employment.
End Chain Migration
  • Under our current law, a single immigrant can sponsor numerous relatives to come to the United States as lawful permanent residents.
  • Each family member of the original immigrant who came to the United States as a lawful permanent resident can, in turn, sponsor relatives once they become a citizen.
  • The result is known as chain migration because each new immigrant can sponsor his or her own extended family members, who ultimately have little connection to the original immigrant.
  • Academic research has found each immigrant on average sponsors 3.45 additional family members for green cards.
  • Between 2005 and 2016, the United States permanently resettled 9.3 million immigrants based on family relations—a population larger than the size of Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco and Cleveland combined.
  • Chain Migration, which has been the primary source of low-skilled legal immigration into the United States, has depressed wages and job opportunities for comparably skilled American workers. This has had a profoundly negative impact on African American and Hispanic workers in particular. It is for that reason that famed Civil Rights leader and late Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Jordan called for ending Chain Migration in the mid-1990s.
Cancel the Outdated Visa Lottery
  • The visa lottery system admits 50,000 immigrants a year, many who have no existing connections to our country, minimal education, and no job offers.
  • At the time of submitting their visa application, selectees are only required to have a high school education or two years of work experience at the time of submitting their visa application.
  • This program is susceptible to fraud and has been exploited by national security threats. It does not advance our interests.
  • Past reports show that the visa lottery system has a long history of fraud and abuse. 
  • A report published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in 2007 found that the visa lottery system was vulnerable to fraud committed by and against lottery applicants.
    • The GAO report found difficulties in verifying applicant identities, which raised serious security concerns.
    • At some of the consular posts they reviewed the majority of visa lottery applicants had hired “visa agents” to enter the lottery.
  • In 2003, the State Department Office of Inspector General (OIG) authored a report that found the program was subject to widespread abuse.
    • The OIG found that despite restrictions against duplicate visa lottery submissions, thousands of duplicate submissions were detected each year.
    • The report asserted that identity fraud was endemic in the system and that it was commonplace for applicants to use fraudulent documents.
  • From 2007 to 2016, the United States admitted nearly 30,000 individuals that originated from countries designated as “State Sponsors of Terrorism” through the visa lottery system. This is a direct threat to our national security.
Topics:  Border Security, Immigration and Citizenship Services, Immigration Enforcement Keywords:  immigration reform
Categories: Homeland Security

We Must Secure The Border And Build The Wall To Make America Safe Again

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 09:06
Release Date: February 15, 2018

Walls Work. When it comes to stopping drugs and illegal aliens across our borders, border walls have proven to be extremely effective. Border security relies on a combination of border infrastructure, technology, personnel and partnerships with law enforcement at the state, local, tribal, and federal level.

  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehends over 1,100 people a day crossing the border illegally. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) refuses entry to 7 known or suspected terrorists every day, 50 every week, and 2,500 every year.
  • DHS has seen a 300 percent increase in unaccompanied alien children (UACs) in the last eight months of 2017 – and a 600 percent increase in family units.
  • In Fiscal Year 2017, Border Patrol saw a 73 percent increase in assaults on officers along the Southwest border.
  • Thousands of aliens illegally re-enter the United States each year, with approximately 15,700 sentenced for illegal reentry in fiscal year 2016. This does not even include the many thousands more who evade detection, or those who are not charged with illegal reentry as part of a plea agreement.
  • The border jurisdictions bear the brunt of illegal alien crime, which is a large portion of the total crime in the United States. Of the 53,908 criminal cases filed by federal prosecutors in the 94 U.S. District Courts in fiscal year 2016, 23,573 cases (43.7 percent) were located in just the five border districts (Arizona, Southern District of California, New Mexico, Southern District of Texas, and Western District of Texas). In the five border districts, noncitizens accounted for 73.5 percent of all federal offenders sentenced for felonies or Class A misdemeanors in fiscal year 2016, and 47 percent of all federal non-immigration felonies or Class A misdemeanors.
  • Half of all federal criminal cases filed in U.S. District Courts in fiscal year 2016 (25,965 of 53,908 cases) were referred by the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Simply put—walls work. They have worked in Yuma, Arizona as a result of the 2006 Bipartisan Secure Border Act. They have also worked in San Diego. Both areas have seen 95 percent drops in attempted illegal border crossings.
  • Only 3.5 percent of UACs apprehended are eventually removed from the United States.

Illegal immigrants are incentivized to illegally enter by the low standard for credible fear and the lack of cost or sanction for filing a baseless asylum claim, which allows many of them to assert meritless claims that will not be adjudicated for years.

  • There has been a 1,700 percent increase in Credible Fear receipts from 2008 to 2016.
  • Annual asylum applications have tripled in the last 3 years.
  • There has been a 1,750 percent increase in the asylum backlog over the last 5 years. The affirmative asylum backlog at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has grown to 313,214 cases, as of January 28th. Another 290,000 asylum cases are pending in our immigration courts as of February 9.
  • The increase in claims filed is not associated with an increase in meritorious claims. As of FY 17, the asylum grant rate for defensive applications in immigration court is approximately 30%. On average, out of 88 claims that pass the credible fear screening, fewer than 13 will ultimately result in a grant of asylum.
  • The backlog of cases in our immigrations courts is approximately 675,000 cases.
Topics:  Border Security, Immigration and Citizenship Services, Immigration Enforcement Keywords:  immigration reform
Categories: Homeland Security

Schumer-Rounds-Collins Destroys Ability of DHS to Enforce Immigration Laws, Creating a Mass Amnesty For Over 10 Million Illegal Aliens, Including Criminals

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 06:57
Release Date: February 15, 2018

The Schumer-Rounds-Collins proposal destroys the ability of the men and women from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to remove millions of illegal aliens. It would be the end of immigration enforcement in America and only serve to draw millions more illegal aliens with no way to remove them.  By halting immigration enforcement for all aliens who arrived before June 2018, it ignores the lessons of 9/11 and significantly increases the risk of crime and terrorism.

It is an egregious violation of the four compromise pillars laid out by the President’s immigration reform framework. Instead of helping to secure the border as the President has repeatedly asked Congress to do, it would do the exact opposite and make our border far more open and porous. It would ensure a massive wave of new illegal immigration by exacerbating the pull factors caused by legal loopholes.  By keeping chain migration intact, the amendment would expand the total legalized population to potentially ten million new legal aliens – simultaneously leading to undercutting the wages of American workers, threatening public safety and undermining national security.

The changes proposed by Senators Schumer-Rounds-Collins would effectively make the United States a Sanctuary Nation where ignoring the rule of law is encouraged.

#1—Provides a Safe Enforcement-Free Haven for Over 10 Million Illegal Aliens
  • It eviscerates the authority of DHS to arrest, detain, and remove the vast majority of aliens illegally in the country by attempting to limit DHS enforcement by codifying a “priorities” scheme that ensures that DHS can only remove criminal aliens, national security threats and those who arrive AFTER June 30, 2018. 
  • This immigration enforcement “holiday” until June 30, 2018 will show to the world we are not serious about enforcing our immigration laws as those who arrive here can just stay here consequence free, at a minimum until the next amnesty. 
  • The amendment fails to address serious loopholes in immigration law on detention and removal authorities, including Zadvydas v. Davis.  The most egregious loopholes have required DHS to release aliens with final orders of removal - including dangerous convicted criminal aliens - into American communities if, because their country of origin refuses to accept them, we are unable to remove them in 180 days.
    • In Fiscal Year 2017, more than 2,300 aliens were released because of that court decision, and more than 1,700 of those were criminal aliens.
  • It does nothing to combat sanctuary jurisdictions, and does not enhance ICE’s detainer authority—the tool it uses to pick up and process aliens from the secure and controlled environments of jails and prisons - or indemnify local jurisdictions that seek to comply with detainers.  This forces ensures that local jurisdictions release criminals back into communities to re-offend.
    • According to a recent Harvard-Harris poll,[1] 80 percent of American voters share the common-sense view that cities that arrest illegal aliens for crimes should be required to turn them over to immigration authorities.
    • While noncitizens made up approximately 7.2 percent of the U.S. population in 2016,[2] they accounted for 41.7 percent of all federal offenders sentenced for felonies or Class A misdemeanors in that fiscal year. Even excluding all types of immigration offenses, noncitizens accounted for more than 20 percent of all federal offenders sentenced for felonies or Class A misdemeanors—nearly three times their share of the general population.
  • It does not fix any current removal loopholes that it make it difficult for DHS to remove criminal aliens and does not subject gang members to removability – a serious concern where many gang members enter the country as Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs) and are unable to be removed.
    • Last year, “Operation Raging Bull”, a law enforcement operation targeting MS-13 gang members, resulted in the arrest of 214 individuals in the United States—nearly one third of whom (64 individuals) had entered the country as UACs.
#2—Fails to Secure the Border
  • The amendment ties the hands of all the men and women of DHS who stand at the border attempting to make our nation more secure.
  • Leaves longstanding loopholes wide open, undermining DHS’s ability to remove aliens and perpetuating the catastrophic “catch and release” policy.  These loopholes create a dramatic pull factor for illegal immigration.
    • Fails to terminate the Flores Settlement Agreement, effectively ensuring continued surges in unaccompanied alien minors and family units.
      • Only 3.5 percent of unaccompanied minors apprehended are eventually removed from the United States. 
    • Fails to address The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, which limits the DHS ability to promptly return UACs who have been apprehended at the border and creates additional loopholes.            
      • Failing to close these loopholes creates untold risks for children who are routinely smuggled and trafficked as they seek to arrive in the United States.
  • Fails to ensure that drugs like fentanyl do not enter the U.S.
  • Fails to address much needed hiring and pay reforms that allow DHS to support the men and women on the frontlines.
  • Prevents DHS from building a Border Wall where it is needed through the imposition of unnecessarily onerous environmental and reporting burdens.
  • It does not provide any provisions to deter visa overstays (criminal designation, prompt removal, or bars to immigration benefits), enabling mass illegal immigration through temporary visa programs.
    • Visa overstays account for roughly 40 percent of all illegal immigration in the United States.
#3—Not a DREAMer Bill, But a Mass Amnesty Bill for Illegal Aliens of All Ages
  • Gives initial citizenship to a massive population of three million illegal aliens – and potentially many more as extended-family chain migrants. 
  • In addition to the 3 million DACAs, it ensures a path to citizenship for their 6 million parents through the use of a faux-prohibition provision that is likely unconstitutional as well as administratively and judicially impossible to administer.
  • There are no real eligibility requirements. Much of the eligibility criteria can be waived.
  • Gives citizenship to criminal aliens: Many criminals can benefit from the DACA provision as the bars for criminals are overly narrow and the eligibility to waive criminal conduct for applicants is overbroad.
  • Expands maximum age of entry into the United States for DACAs to age 18— ensuring it applies to illegal aliens who have spent most of their lives in their home countries and who came to the United States recently and who are decidedly not children.
  • Grants immigration benefits to individuals who are not “DREAMers”: expands conditional permanent resident status to certain aliens in Temporary Protected Status who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements designed to address the DACA population.
  • Persons who are under the age of 43 years old TODAY are eligible to apply for DACA now – these are not children, and haven’t been for some time. 
  • Additionally there is no maximum age limit: meaning that, a “DREAMer” who is eligible today could wait years before applying, thus we could have DACA “children” benefiting receiving citizenship when they are in their 60s and 70s.
  • Contains unworkable and dangerous confidentiality provisions, which hamstrings DHS’s ability to remove illegal aliens who do not meet eligibility requirements or commit fraud.
  • The bill creates a new definition of expunged records that contradicts current law and ensures that criminal aliens with expunged convictions can benefit from legalization.
  • Allows illegal aliens’ own statements – not verifiable documentation – to satisfy the DACA eligibility requirements creating an obvious enforcement loophole. This is the exact type of non-auditable visa program that the GAO continues to cite as irredeemable on its face. 
  • Prevents the Secretary from denying applications for DACA applicants who appear to be a threat to public safety or national security concerns.
  • Anyone who claims to be eligible for relief is barred from removal, essentially a get out of jail free card.
  • The Schumer-Rounds-Collins proposal explicitly prevents DHS from removing anyone who is “enrolled in” school over the age of five. This would include teenage human smugglers, gang members, or criminal aliens.
#4—Expands Chain Migration
  • Fails to protect the economic security of millions of American workers and taxpayers by doing nothing to address unchecked extended family chain migration.
  • Under current law, illegal aliens are unable to legally bring over their foreign relatives through chain migration. By providing a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal aliens while leaving chain migration intact across the entire U.S. immigration system, these individuals would then be able to bring over all of extended families through chain migration, who in turn could bring in their foreign relatives, potentially increasing the legalized population of aliens to 10 million. 
  • A Princeton study found that every two new migrants sponsor, on average, seven additional relatives to come to the United States.
#5 Keeps the Visa Lottery
  • The bill does nothing to address the outdated and dangerous Visa Lottery program, let alone fulfill the Administration’s goal of ending it.
  • A report published by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in 2007 found that the visa lottery system was vulnerable to fraud committed by and against lottery applicants. 
    • The GAO report found difficulties in verifying applicant identities, which raised serious security concerns. 
    • At some of the consular posts they reviewed the majority of visa lottery applicants had hired “visa agents” to enter the lottery.
  • In 2003, the State Department Office of Inspector General (OIG) authored a report that found the program was subject to widespread abuse.
    • The OIG found that despite restrictions against duplicate visa lottery submissions, thousands of duplicate submissions were detected each year.

The report asserted that identity fraud was endemic in the system and that it was commonplace for applicants to use fraudulent documents.

 

[1] http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/320487-poll-americans-overwhelmingly-oppose-sanctuary-cities

[2] See U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, Annual Social and Economic Supplement, 2016, https://www.census.gov/cps/data/cpstablecreator.html.

Topics:  Border Security, Immigration and Citizenship Services, Immigration Enforcement Keywords:  immigration reform
Categories: Homeland Security

The McCain-Coons Proposal Would Increase Illegal Immigration, Surge Chain Migration, Continue Catch and Release, and Give a Pathway to Citizenship to Convicted Alien Felons

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 09:31
Release Date: February 14, 2018

McCain-Coons ignores the recommendations made by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) front-line operators.

#1 Fails To Secure the Border
  • The McCain-Coons proposal does not authorize a single penny for appropriations for border security, ensuring that our Nation’s border is never secured or our national security protected.
  • Rather than securing the border, the McCain-Coons proposal requires the DHS to submit a strategy on border security to Congress— something that DHS has already done.
    • DHS submitted its border security strategy months ago after hearing from its front-line men and women and sent that plan to Congress in the form of the White House’s immigration framework. Rather than implementing DHS’ strategy, the McCain-Coons proposal completely ignores it and instead asks DHS to submit another, redundant plan.  This is an insult to the expert men and women who spent thousands of hours putting together the plan that the McCain-Coons proposal summarily rejects.
  • The McCain-Coons proposal handcuffs immigration operators while refusing to provide new authorities, such as granting officials access to federal lands or border construction waiver authority.
  • The McCain-Coons proposal fails to close numerous legal loopholes in our immigration system, like leaving “catch and release” for family units and unaccompanied alien minors fully in place.
#2 Not a “DACA” Bill, But a Mass Legalization Bill
  • The McCain-Coons proposal grants citizenship to hundreds of thousands of additional illegal aliens that are not “DACA” recipients, including thousands who resided in the United States under Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
#3 Grants Immediate Status to Millions of Illegal Aliens— Including Dangerous Criminal Aliens and Convicted Felons
  • Gives a fast-track path to U.S. citizenship to an overly-broad population of illegal aliens (including aliens who do not qualify under “DACA”).
  • The proposal applies to anyone who came to the United States prior to 2013 and claims to have been under the age of 18 at the time of entry. Because there is no age cut off, under the McCain-Coons proposal, an eligible recipient could now be 65 years old, or older.
  • Gives citizenship to convicted felons.
    • Under the McCain-Coons proposal, a whole host of individuals could waive prior criminal records and therefore be eligible for a fast-track path to U.S. citizenship. This includes convicted felons, as well as those who have committed domestic violence offenses, and criminal gang members. Even a deportable alien convicted of a firearms offense would be eligible for citizenship benefits under McCain-Coons.
    • Under the bill, criminal grounds of ineligibility are subject to extremely broad waivers, such that even felonies can be waived. The waivers are so broad that they essentially exempt this class of aliens from criminal removal grounds that apply to other aliens. Contrary to current law—and even President Obama’s DACA policy—the expunged records cannot be considered.
    • Additionally, any alien, including a criminal alien, is eligible for citizenship as long as they simply apply for a T or U visa or file a VAWA self-petition. [Note: merely filing a claim is sufficient to become a beneficiary. Under the McCain-Coons proposal, it is not required that the alien’s claim even be approved].
  • The proposal would be subject to widespread fraud and abuse as sworn affidavits (which is essentially just the alien’s word) would be allowed as evidence of compliance for certain eligibility requirements. Sworn affidavits are also allowed as evidence of “extreme hardship.”
  • The McCain-Coons proposal includes no meaningful education requirements for would-be beneficiaries. The few educational requirements in the proposal are easily subject to fraud, because there is no requirement that aliens demonstrate that they actually attend classes, as mere enrollment is sufficient.
  • The McCain-Coons proposal explicitly prevents DHS from removing anyone who is “enrolled in” school over the age of 4. This would include teenage human smugglers, gang members, or criminal aliens.
  • The proposal would also force U.S. taxpayers to subsidize illegal aliens’ higher education costs by repealing the prohibition on in-state tuition for illegal aliens at public colleges and universities.
#4 Surges Chain Migration
  • The McCain-Coons proposal does nothing to stop unchecked chain migration, while actually increasing the number of individuals eligible to bring in their foreign relatives through chain migration. 
  • Under current law, illegal aliens are unable to legally bring over their foreign relatives through chain migration. By providing a pathway to citizenship to potentially millions of illegal aliens, while leaving chain migration intact across the entire U.S. immigration system, these individuals would then be able to bring over all of their non-parental relatives through chain migration, who in turn could bring in their foreign relatives, potentially adding millions of people to future flows of chain migrants on top of existing chain migration flows.  It thus surges chain migration, rather than fulfilling the Administration’s goal of ending it.
#5 Keeps the Visa Lottery
  • The bill does nothing to address the outdated and dangerous Visa Lottery program, let alone fulfill the Administration’s goal of ending it.

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Topics:  Border Security, Immigration and Citizenship Services, Immigration Enforcement Keywords:  immigration reform
Categories: Homeland Security

The Secure and Succeed Act Secures the Border, Ends Chain Migration, Cancels the Visa Lottery and Finds a Permanent Solution for DACA

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 08:50
Release Date: February 14, 2018

The Secure and Succeed Act includes recommendations made by the frontline officers of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This bill is a reasonable compromise that follows the framework laid out by the President.

Pillar # 1—Secures the Border
  • The Secure and Succeed Act secures our borders, will stop cartels, will save lives, safeguard the safety of our communities, and will curb the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
    • $25 billion trust fund for the border wall system which includes border infrastructure and technology.
    • Appropriates additional funds to hire new DHS personnel, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attorneys, immigration judges, federal prosecutors, and other law enforcement professionals.
    • Enacts Kate’s Law, which will help the men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and ICE secure the border, enforce the immigration laws within the interior, and make our nation and our communities safer.
    • Deters visa overstays with prompt removal.
      • In addition to those who enter illegally, visa overstays account for roughly 40 percent of all illegal immigration in the United States.
    • Permanently authorizes the electronic employment verification system (E-Verify).
    • Ends “catch and release” loopholes that create another pull factor for illegal immigration and protects public safety.
    • Ensures the detention and removal of criminal aliens, gang members, violent offenders, and aggravated felons.
    • Institutes much needed hiring and pay reforms to ensure the recruitment and retention of critically-needed personnel.
    • Ensures synthetic drugs (fentanyl) are severely inhibited from entering the country.
      • ICE seized over one ton of fentanyl in 2017, nearly 5 times last year's total.
      • CBP seizures of fentanyl has significantly increased over the last three years, from approximately 2 pounds seized in 2013 to 1,485 pounds seized in 2017.
    • Addresses the 2001 Supreme Court decision in Zadvydas v. Davis which generally requires DHS to release aliens with final orders of removal (including criminals and serious felony offenders) into American communities if they haven’t been deported within 180 days of the date their removal period begins.
      • In Fiscal Year 2017, more than 2,300 aliens were released because of that court decision, and more than 1,700 of those were criminal aliens.
Pillar #2—Ends Chain Migration
  • The bill ends chain migration, which has been the primary source of low-skilled legal immigration into the United States, has depressed wages and job opportunities for comparably skilled American workers.
  • The Secure and Succeed Act protects and promotes the nuclear family by limiting family based immigration to spouses and unmarried children under 18.
  • A recent joint Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security report found that roughly three in four individuals convicted of international terrorism-related charges between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2016 were foreign-born, some of whom were able to enter the United States solely on the basis of family ties and extended-family chain migration.
  • Randomly selecting foreign nationals to resettle within the United States based on distant relations is incompatible with a security-based approach to immigration.
Pillar #3—Cancels the Visa Lottery
  • Eliminates the outdated visa lottery that randomly grants 50,000 visas per years, is susceptible to fraud and has been exploited by individuals who threaten our national security.
  • In 2004, the State Department’s Deputy Inspector General warned that the visa lottery program “contains significant threats to national security as hostile intelligence officers, criminals, and terrorists attempt to use it to enter the United States as permanent residents.”
Pillar #4—Finds a Permanent Solution for DACA
  • The Secure and Succeed Act provides a legal status for DACA recipients and other DACA-eligible illegal immigrants, adjusting the time-frame to encompass a total population of approximately 1.8 million individuals.
    • 10-12 year path to citizenship, with requirements for work, education and good moral character.

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Topics:  Border Security, Immigration and Citizenship Services, Immigration Enforcement Keywords:  immigration reform
Categories: Homeland Security

What Leadership Means to DHS CRCL Officer Cameron Quinn

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:49

In October, then Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke kicked off Leadership Year, a year-long initiative that highlights the important principles and values that characterize good leadership at all levels across the Department.  As part of this initiative, various leaders from across DHS are sharing their thoughts on why leadership matters. 

On September 20, 2017, Cameron Quinn joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.  The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) supports the Department's mission to secure the nation while preserving individual liberty, fairness, and equality under the law.


Topics:  Civil Rights Civil Liberties Keywords:  leadership Public Affairs
Categories: Homeland Security

Department Of Homeland Security Statement On The President’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 16:58
Release Date: February 12, 2018Budget Will Advance DHS Priorities

WASHINGTON— Today, President Donald J. Trump delivered his Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Budget to Congress. The FY 2019 Budget reflects the administration’s priorities, including ensuring the safety and security of the American people. The budget requests $47.5 billion in discretionary budget authority for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a $3.5 billion or 7.8 percent increase from the FY 2018 President’s Budget.

The President’s budget invests in securing our physical and maritime borders, enforcing our immigration laws, and advancing cybersecurity and aviation security to safeguard Americans from those who seek to do us harm.

The budget demonstrates the Department’s commitment to strengthening our border security and our enforcement of immigration laws. In FY 2019, DHS proposes $1.6 billion to support the construction of 65 miles of new border wall system, as well as an additional $164 million to support efforts to hire 750 new Border Patrol Agents and 153 support personnel. To enhance national security, public safety, and ensure faithful execution of immigration laws, the budget provides $5.1 billion for enforcement and removal operations and includes $571 million for an additional 2,000 ICE law enforcement officers and 1,312 support personnel. Funding also supports continued expansion of the E-Verify program. To secure our maritime borders and approaches, the budget invests $1.9 billion in the recapitalization of U.S. Coast Guard assets.

Recent events have magnified the importance of cybersecurity as a national priority. DHS is leading the way to safeguard the federal government’s civilian information technology systems against cybersecurity risks, and sharing cybersecurity information with state, local, and tribal governments, as well as international partners and the private sector. The FY 2019 Budget provides nearly $1 billion for initiatives that protect federal networks and address cyber system vulnerabilities as well as $319 million for critical infrastructure protection.

For more information, click here.

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Topics:  DHS Enterprise, Homeland Security Enterprise Keywords:  budget
Categories: Homeland Security

DHS Statement On NBC News Coverage Of Election Hacking

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 10:06
Release Date: February 12, 2018

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

WASHINGTON - Today, Jeanette Manfra, National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, released the following statement regarding the recent NBC news coverage on the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to combat election hacking.

“Recent NBC reporting has misrepresented facts and confused the public with regard to Department of Homeland Security and state and local government efforts to combat election hacking. First off, let me be clear: we have no evidence – old or new - that any votes in the 2016 elections were manipulated by Russian hackers. NBC News continues to falsely report my recent comments on attempted election hacking – which clearly mirror my testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last summer – as some kind of “breaking news,” incorrectly claiming a shift in the administration’s position on cyber threats. As I said eight months ago, a number of states were the target of Russian government cyber actors seeking vulnerabilities and access to U.S. election infrastructure. In the majority of cases, only preparatory activity like scanning was observed, while in a small number of cases, actors were able to access the system but we have no evidence votes were changed or otherwise impacted.

"NBC’s irresponsible reporting, which is being roundly criticized elsewhere in the media and by security experts alike, undermines the ability of the Department of Homeland Security, our partners at the Election Assistance Commission, and state and local officials across the nation to do our incredibly important jobs. While we’ll continue our part to educate NBC and others on the threat, more importantly, the Department of Homeland Security and our state and local partners will continue our mission to secure the nation’s election systems.

"To our state and local partners in the election community: there’s no question we’re making real and meaningful progress together. States will do their part in how they responsibly manage and implement secure voting processes. For our part, we’re going to continue to support with risk and vulnerability assessments, offer cyber hygiene scans, provide real-time threat intel feeds, issue security clearances to state officials, partner on incident response planning, and deliver cybersecurity training. The list goes on of how we’re leaning forward and helping our partners in the election community. We will not stop, and will stand by our partners to protect our nation’s election infrastructure and ensure that all Americans can have confidence in our democratic elections.”

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Keywords:  Election security
Categories: Homeland Security

DHS Acting Press Secretary Statement on January Border Apprehension Numbers

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 11:59
Release Date: February 7, 2018

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

WASHINGTON – Today, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton released the following statement on U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) January Southwest Border Migration numbers:

“DHS front-line personnel are required to release tens of thousands of unaccompanied alien children and illegal family units into the United States each year due to current loopholes in our immigration laws. Once again, this month we saw an unacceptable number of UACs and family units flood our border because of these catch and release loopholes.  To secure our borders and make America safer, Congress must act to close these legal loopholes that have created incentives for illegal immigrants and are being exploited by dangerous transnational criminal organizations like MS-13. The administration will continue to work with Congress to pass its responsible, fair and pro-American immigration framework that provides funding for the border wall system, ends chain migration and the diversity visa lottery, and creates a permanent solution for DACA.”

CBP January Southwest Border Migration numbers are available here.

 

 

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

Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on the National Vetting Center

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 14:56
Release Date: February 6, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement on President Donald J. Trump’s signing of a National Security Presidential Memorandum to establish a National Vetting Center (NVC):

“As part of the President’s efforts to raise the global bar for security and protect Americans, we’ve put in place tougher vetting and tighter screening for all individuals seeking to enter the United States.  The National Vetting Center will support unprecedented work by DHS and the entire U.S. intelligence community to keep terrorists, violent criminals, and other dangerous individuals from reaching our shores.  This is yet another step towards knowing who is coming to the United States – that they are who they say they are and that they do not pose a threat to our nation.  Our frontline defenders need real-time information to protect our country, and the Center will ensure they are able to fuse intelligence and law enforcement data from across the government in one place to detect threats early.  As part of this effort, DHS and its partners will make certain that mechanisms are in place to ensure that the National Vetting Center is able to accomplish its mission while protecting individuals’ privacy, civil rights and civil liberties.”

The NVC, which will be housed within the Department of Homeland Security, will help fulfill the President’s requirement that departments and agencies improve their coordination and use of intelligence and other information in the vetting process.

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Topics:  Border Security, Immigration and Citizenship Services, Immigration Enforcement Keywords:  Border Security, public safety, vetting
Categories: Homeland Security

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