DHS Acting Secretary McAleenan Travels to Florida for USCG Drug Offload, Hurricane Season Preparedness Briefing

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

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

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

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