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  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’s Trip to Mexico

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’s Trip to Mexico

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas’s Trip to Mexico | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: June 16, 2021)

    Washington - - On June 14-15, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas visited Mexico during his first international trip as Secretary — a reflection of the Department of Homeland Security’s commitment to a close and deep partnership with the Government of Mexico.

    “I am proud of the partnership we are building with Mexico,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “I am looking forward to our work together on a wide range of issues, including our emergence from the

    Secretary Mayorkas is welcomed by Secretary Ebrard
    (Photo courtesy: U.S. Department of Homeland Security / DHS Photo by Zachary Hupp)

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  • Statement from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism

    Statement from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on the National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: June 15, 2021) With today’s release of the first-ever National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism, President Biden is demonstrating his steadfast commitment to addressing the most significant and persistent terrorism-related threat to the homeland today. In furtherance of the National Strategy, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will remain focused on addressing violence, while at the same time protecting privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties. DHS is undertaking a number of actions as part of an all-of-government effort to fight domestic terrorism. DHS is enhancing its analysis of open-source information to identify threats and leverage credible threat-analysis produced by others. The Department is contin...
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  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Releases Plan for Use of Border Barrier Funds

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Releases Plan for Use of Border Barrier Funds

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Releases Plan for Use of Border Barrier Funds | site |



    DHS says Biden Administration Reaffirms Commitment to Serious Policy Solutions for Border Management


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: June 11, 2021) Washington - - Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the agency’s plan for funds the previous administration was planning to use for construction of a border wall at the Southwest border of the United States. The plan fulfills a requirement of President Biden’s Proclamation ending the diversion of funds for border wall, and outlines steps DHS will take to end wall expansion to the extent permitted by law and address life, safety, and environmental concerns. The prior administration planned to spend over $15 billion on wall construction, and diverted over $10 billion of those funds from military projects and other sour...
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  • U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, Mayor Garcetti Visit LA Cyber Lab

    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, Mayor Garcetti Visit LA Cyber Lab

    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, Mayor Garcetti Visit LA Cyber Lab | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: June 11, 2021) Los Angeles - - Yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti visited the Los Angeles Cyber Lab and received a briefing on its operational capabilities. The Cyber Lab is a prime example of how a public-private partnership can shore up our cyber defenses across every level of government as called for by President Biden. “As cyber threats continue to evolve, we must adapt to ensure the resilience of our nation’s institutions and critical infrastructure,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “The federal government cannot do this alone. DHS is committed to strengthening its partnerships with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and private sector entities across the country. The LA Cyber Lab is a t...
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  • Family Reunification Task Force Provides Initial Progress Report and Announces Upcoming Reunification of 29 Families

    Family Reunification Task Force Provides Initial Progress Report and Announces Upcoming Reunification of 29 Families | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: June 8, 2021)

    Washington - - The Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families (Task Force) submitted to President Biden its Initial Progress Report, which details ongoing efforts to identify and reunite children who were unjustly separated from their parents at the United States-Mexico border under the prior Administration. “The Department of Homeland Security is committed to the relentless pursuit of reunifying families who were cruelly separated by the previous Administration,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, who serves as the Chair of the Task Force. “When we reunified the first seven families last month, I said that this was just the beginning. In the coming weeks, we will reunif
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  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces New Efforts to Support the TSA Workforce

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces New Efforts to Support the TSA Workforce | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS) press release dated: June 3, 2021) Washington - - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas today announced new efforts to support the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening officer workforce, including expanding collective bargaining at the national level and ensuring that TSA’s standards and processes adhere to the principles applied by the Merit Systems Protection Board.  Secretary Mayorkas also expressed the Department’s commitment to improving pay for the TSA workforce.    “TSA employees are outstanding public servants who work on the frontlines, including throughout the pandemic, to keep the traveling American public safe,” said Secretary Mayorkas.  “They deserve the empowerment of collective bargainin...
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  • DHS and DOJ Announce Dedicated Docket Process for More Efficient Immigration Hearings

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of Justice Announce Dedicated Docket Process for More Efficient Immigration Hearings | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: May 28, 2021) Washington - - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced a new Dedicated Docket process to more expeditiously and fairly make decisions in immigration cases of families who arrive between ports of entry at the Southwest Border. This new process should significantly decrease the amount of time it takes for migrants to have their cases adjudicated while still providing fair hearings for families seeking asylum at the border. “Families arriving at the border who are placed in immigration proceedings should have their cases decided in an orderly, efficient, and fair manner,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. ...
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  • DHS Announces New Cybersecurity Requirements for Critical Pipeline Owners and Operators

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces New Cybersecurity Requirements for Critical Pipeline Owners and Operators | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: May 27, 2021) Today, the Department of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced a Security Directive that will enable the Department to better identify, protect against, and respond to threats to critical companies in the pipeline sector. “The cybersecurity landscape is constantly evolving and we must adapt to address new and emerging threats,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “The recent ransomware attack on a major petroleum pipeline demonstrates that the cybersecurity of pipeline systems is critical to our homeland security. DHS will continue to work closely with our private sector partners to support their operations and increase the resilience of our nation’s criti...
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  • DHS Secretary Mayorkas Designates Haiti for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas Designates Haiti for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months | site |



    New Designation Allows Eligible Haitians to Apply for TPS and Employment Authorization


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: May 22, 2021) Washington - - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced a new 18-month designation of Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This new TPS designation enables Haitian nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Haiti) currently residing in the United States as of May 21, 2021 to file initial applications for TPS, so long as they meet eligibility requirements. “Haiti is currently experiencing serious security concerns, social unrest, an increase in human rights abuses, crippling poverty, and lack of basic resources, which are exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemi...
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  • ICE to Close Two Detention Centers

    ICE to Close Two Detention Centers

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to Close Two Detention Centers | site |



    DHS says Secretary Mayorkas will continue to review detention facilities and health and safety standards


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: May 20, 2021) Washington - - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to discontinue use of the C. Carlos Carreiro Immigration Detention Center in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts by transferring the remaining detained noncitizens out of the facility and terminating the Intergovernmental Services Agreement with the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and the 287(g) agreement with the BCSO that is no longer operationally needed. In a memo to ICE Acting Director Tae Johnson, Secretary Mayorkas stated, “Allow me to state one foundational principle: we will not tolerate the mistreatment of ind...
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