Homeland Security

Homeland Security News: Readout from Secretary Nielsen’s Trip to Texas

WASHINGTON (STL.News) – Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen traveled to Austin, Texas, where she delivered remarks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Midyear meeting between heads of state police agencies, police chief associations, and midsize agencies. During her remarks, the Secretary reaffirmed the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) commitment to … Continue reading Homeland Security News: Readout from Secretary Nielsen’s Trip to Texas

US Homeland Security News: Readout from Secretary Nielsen’s Trip to the Advanced Training Center with Vice President Mike Pence

WASHINGTON (STL.News) On March 13, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen accompanied Vice President Mike Pence to visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Advanced Training Center (ATC) in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  During the visit they toured the facility and observed a use of force simulation, mat room training for the Less Lethal … Continue reading US Homeland Security News: Readout from Secretary Nielsen’s Trip to the Advanced Training Center with Vice President Mike Pence

Homeland Security News: Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Announcement on Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan

WASHINGTON (STL.News) Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen has announced her determination that an extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for South Sudan is warranted pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act.  After carefully reviewing conditions in South Sudan with interagency partners, Secretary Nielsen determined the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and … Continue reading Homeland Security News: Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Announcement on Temporary Protected Status for South Sudan

Homeland Security News: Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Trip Readout from Napa and San Francisco, CA

WASHINGTON (STL.News) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released the following statement: On Tuesday, February 26, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen traveled to Napa, California to participate in meetings with tech companies and foreign partners focused on combating terrorist use of the internet.  During her engagements, Secretary Nielsen announced that the Department … Continue reading Homeland Security News: Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Trip Readout from Napa and San Francisco, CA

Homeland Security News: DHS Combats Human Trafficking And Seizes Counterfeit Merchandise During the Super Bowl

WASHINGTON (STL.News) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released the following statement: As Super Bowl 53 approaches, 25 elements of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with nearly 600 personnel, have been working to support State, local, and private sector security officials ensure a safe and secure event.  At the same time, the Department, … Continue reading Homeland Security News: DHS Combats Human Trafficking And Seizes Counterfeit Merchandise During the Super Bowl

Department of Homeland Security News: DHS Announces Implementation of Visa Sanctions on Ghana

Ghana has Failed to Accept Removed Nationals WASHINGTON – Jan. 31, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released the following statement: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced, in coordination with the Department of State, the implementation of visa sanctions on Ghana due to lack of cooperation in accepting their nationals ordered … Continue reading Department of Homeland Security News: DHS Announces Implementation of Visa Sanctions on Ghana

Homeland Security News: Readout from Secretary Nielsen’s Trip to San Diego

WASHINGTON – Jan. 29, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released the following: On January 29, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen traveled to San Diego to meet with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees and to conduct an operational tour of the San Ysidro Port of Entry to assess implementation of … Continue reading Homeland Security News: Readout from Secretary Nielsen’s Trip to San Diego

Homeland Security News: Migrant Protection Protocols

“We have implemented an unprecedented action that will address the urgent humanitarian and security crisis at the Southern border. This humanitarian approach will help to end the exploitation of our generous immigration laws. The Migrant Protection Protocols represent a methodical commonsense approach, exercising long-standing statutory authority to help address the crisis at our Southern border.” … Continue reading Homeland Security News: Migrant Protection Protocols

Homeland Security News: DHS Releases Southwest Border Enforcement Statistics

WASHINGTON – Jan. 9, 2018 – Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the number of enforcement actions at the southwest border for the month of December.  Due to the lapse in funding, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is unable to publish the enforcement actions for December on its website. Total Enforcement Actions (individuals … Continue reading Homeland Security News: DHS Releases Southwest Border Enforcement Statistics

Homeland Security News: MYTH/FACT: Known and Suspected Terrorists/Special Interest Aliens

WASHINGTON – Jan. 7, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released the following statement: In recent days, the terms “Special Interests Aliens” (SIAs) and “Known and Suspected Terrorists” (KSTs) have become more frequently used as part of discussions about the federal budget and border security.  These terms are not synonymous nor interchangeable, but … Continue reading Homeland Security News: MYTH/FACT: Known and Suspected Terrorists/Special Interest Aliens

Homeland Security News – CBP Issues Statement on Illegal Border Crossings in San Diego Sector

WASHINGTON – Jan 1, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released the following statement: The following is based on initial operational reporting.  Last night, an approximately 150 migrants attempted to illegally enter the United States by climbing over and crawling under border fence in San Diego Sector.  Due to CBP’s increased presence, a … Continue reading Homeland Security News – CBP Issues Statement on Illegal Border Crossings in San Diego Sector

Homeland Security News: CBP Commissioner: Continued Humanitarian Crisis – Increase in Medical Emergencies on the Southern Border

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is releasing data regarding the very high number of referrals being made for medical care of arriving migrants by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to medical providers along the Southwest Border. CBP is releasing this information to provide greater context to the ongoing border security and humanitarian … Continue reading Homeland Security News: CBP Commissioner: Continued Humanitarian Crisis – Increase in Medical Emergencies on the Southern Border

WASHINGTON | Trump’s pick for AG once questioned value of border wall

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump‘s pick for attorney general, William Barr, once questioned the value of a wall along the Mexican border similar to the one the president has advocated, describing the idea as “overkill.” Barr was attorney general under President George H.W. Bush when he was asked in a Feb. 24, 1992, interview whether … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump’s pick for AG once questioned value of border wall

Homeland Security News: CBP Shares Additional Information about Recent Passing of Guatemalan Child

WASHINGTON – An eight year-old Guatemalan national, previously apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, died shortly before midnight on December 24 at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  CBP released an initial statement, which can be found here.  Consistent with CBP’s commitment to accountability and transparency, CBP is releasing a timeline … Continue reading Homeland Security News: CBP Shares Additional Information about Recent Passing of Guatemalan Child

Homeland Security News: Guatemalan national passes away at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico

WASHINGTON – An eight year-old Guatemalan national previously apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection died shortly after midnight on December 25 at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico. According to initial reporting, while in CBP custody earlier on December 24, a U.S. Border Patrol agent noticed that the child showed signs … Continue reading Homeland Security News: Guatemalan national passes away at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico

Homeland Security News: Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on the Federal Commission on School Safety Comprehensive Resource Guide

WASHINGTON – Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement Federal Commission on School Safety Comprehensive Resource Guide: “I am proud of the work of the Federal Commission on School Safety, which today offers a bold vision of secure and violence-free schools.  This report provides actionable recommendations for communities, schools, and students to protect … Continue reading Homeland Security News: Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on the Federal Commission on School Safety Comprehensive Resource Guide

WASHINGTON | Mattis says he has extra authority to use military on border

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the White House has given him authority to use military troops to protect Customs and Border Protection personnel at the southwest border. This could, under certain circumstances, mean directing troops to temporarily detain migrants in the event of disorder or violence against border patrol agents. Mattis said Wednesday … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Mattis says he has extra authority to use military on border

WASHINGTON | Trump signs bill to elevate cybersecurity mission at DHS

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump has signed legislation that elevates the importance of cybersecurity work within the Department of Homeland Security. The legislation the president signed into law on Friday creates the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS. The new agency will become the focal point at the department for protecting critical infrastructure, including election … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump signs bill to elevate cybersecurity mission at DHS

Homeland Security News: Congress Passes Legislation Standing Up Cybersecurity Agency in DHS

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today released the following statement: On November 13, the United States House of Representatives voted unanimously to pass legislation creating the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The CISA Act (H.R. 3359), which passed the Senate in October and now … Continue reading Homeland Security News: Congress Passes Legislation Standing Up Cybersecurity Agency in DHS

Internet traffic hijack dogs Google

Internet traffic hijacking disrupted several Google services Monday, including search and cloud-hosting services. Network-monitoring companies say service interruptions lasted for nearly two hours and ended about 5:30 p.m. EST. The incident was suspicious because it rerouted data traffic to Google through Russian and Chinese telecommunications companies. Google confirms Monday’s disruption and says it believes the … Continue reading Internet traffic hijack dogs Google

Homeland Security News: DHS Myth vs. Fact: Asylum Proclamation and Rule

WASHINGTON – Our system is currently overwhelmed by unchecked mass immigration, particularly at our Southwest border. President Trump is using the authority granted to him by the Immigration and Nationality Act to manage and protect the integrity of our immigration system and our national sovereignty. Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act states plainly: … Continue reading Homeland Security News: DHS Myth vs. Fact: Asylum Proclamation and Rule

Homeland Security News: Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker Statement on DHS-DOJ Asylum Regulation

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen and Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker released the following statement on the joint Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice asylum regulation: “Consistent with our immigration laws, the President has the broad authority to suspend or restrict the entry of aliens into the United States … Continue reading Homeland Security News: Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker Statement on DHS-DOJ Asylum Regulation

Homeland Security News: Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on the Shooting in California

WASHINGTON – Today, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement regarding the shooting in California: “Today, I join the American people in mourning the lives of those lost in the horrific shooting in Thousand Oaks, California.  I offer my deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and all those affected by … Continue reading Homeland Security News: Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on the Shooting in California

California News: Attorney General Becerra Leads Coalition Opposing Trump Administration’s Proposal Regarding Immigrant Children Detained by Federal Government

Coalition condemns proposed rule to circumvent Flores Agreement, which provides important protections for migrant children in detention SACRAMENTO, CA – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, leading a coalition of 18 attorneys general, today submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) expressing … Continue reading California News: Attorney General Becerra Leads Coalition Opposing Trump Administration’s Proposal Regarding Immigrant Children Detained by Federal Government

Homeland Security News: Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement on President Trump’s Proclamation of November as National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month: “Americans rely on secure and resilient infrastructure to provide access to safe food, reliable electricity and transportation, clean water, and instant communication.  These physical and cyber systems—and others … Continue reading Homeland Security News: Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month

Homeland Security News: Secretary Nielsen Statement on the Nomination of Dr. Joseph Cuffari

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement on President Trump’s intent to nominate Dr. Joseph Cuffari as Inspector General at the Department of Homeland Security: “I am pleased that President Trump intends to nominate Dr. Joseph Cuffari as Inspector General (IG) at the Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Cuffari’s leadership … Continue reading Homeland Security News: Secretary Nielsen Statement on the Nomination of Dr. Joseph Cuffari

NEW YORK | Q&A: Preparing a small business for a possible attack

NEW YORK — News of another mass shooting, including the recent attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh, makes many people wonder what they would do if confronted with an active shooter or other assailant. And small business owners may wonder how they can prepare their companies to deal with a possible attack. Here are some … Continue reading NEW YORK | Q&A: Preparing a small business for a possible attack

WASHINGTON | Border mission doesn’t fit Mattis’ focus on ‘lethality’

WASHINGTON  — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has left no doubt that his top priority as leader of the military is making it more “lethal” — better at war and more prepared for it — and yet nothing about the military’s new mission at the U.S.-Mexico border advances that goal. Some argue it detracts from it. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Border mission doesn’t fit Mattis’ focus on ‘lethality’

WASHINGTON | The Latest: 10 states to dispatch troops to US-Mexico border

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump‘s stance on immigration issues (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Troops from 10 states are set to be dispatched to the border in response to a caravan of Central American migrants that is largely composed of families with children and is weeks from reaching the U.S.-Mexico border. According … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: 10 states to dispatch troops to US-Mexico border

Homeland Security News: FEMA Leads Massive Whole Community Response Effort for Hurricane Michael Survivors

WASHINGTON – Thousands of first responders and volunteers continue working together to save lives, restore power and help survivors affected by Hurricane Michael. More than 16,000 federal employees, including over 8,000 military personnel have been deployed to support Hurricane Michael response efforts. Since Michael’s landfall, search and rescue teams from FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, … Continue reading Homeland Security News: FEMA Leads Massive Whole Community Response Effort for Hurricane Michael Survivors