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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 w
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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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  • DHS Statement on the Approval of an Additional Jones Act Waiver in Response to Eastern Seaboard Oil Supply Constraints

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Statement on the Approval of an Additional Jones Act Waiver in Response to Eastern Seaboard Oil Supply Constraints | site |


    (Information [published statement by a Department of Homeland Security {DHS} spokesperson] contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security press release dated: May 13, 2021) “Today, Secretary Mayorkas approved a temporary and targeted Jones Act waiver request for a second company. This decision was made after careful consideration and consultation with interagency partners across the federal government as part of the whole-of-government response President Biden directed to address the impacts of the Colonial Pipeline shut down.” Last night, Secretary Mayorkas, in the interest of national defense, approved an initial temporary and targeted waiver request in response to eastern seaboard oil supply constraints. The Departments of Transportation, Energy, and Defense were consulted in order to a...
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  • Statement by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on the Approval of a Jones Act Waiver in Response to Eastern Seaboard Oil Supply Constraints

    Statement by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas on the Approval of a Jones Act Waiver in Response to Eastern Seaboard Oil Supply Constraints | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: May 12, 2021) Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement on the announcement that the Department of Homeland Security will approve a temporary and targeted Jones Act Waiver in response to eastern seaboard oil supply constraints. “In the interest of national defense, I have approved a temporary and targeted waiver request to an individual company. This waiver will help provide for the transport of oil products between the Gulf Coast and East Coast ports to ease oil supply constraints as a result of the interruptions in the operations of the Colonial Pipeline. The decision to approve the waiver was made after careful consideration and consultation with interagency partne...
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  • DHS Creates New Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships and Additional Efforts to Comprehensively Combat Domestic Violent Extremism

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Creates New Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships and Additional Efforts to Comprehensively Combat Domestic Violent Extremism | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: May 11, 2021) Washington - - Building on the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to combating all forms of terrorism and targeted violence, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced today that DHS has established a new Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) to improve the Department’s ability to combat terrorism and targeted violence, consistent with privacy protections, civil rights and civil liberties, and other applicable laws. “CP3 will help build local prevention frameworks to provide communities with the tools they need to combat terrorism and targeted violence,” said Secretary Mayorkas. “Individuals who may be radicalizing, or...
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  • DHS Secretary Mayorkas Announces Family Reunification Task Force Principles and Executive Director

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas Announces Family Reunification Task Force Principles and Executive Director | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: March 1, 2021) Washington - - Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced today the principles of the Family Reunification Task Force and the appointment of the Task Force’s Executive Director, Michelle Brané. “We are dedicating our resources throughout the Department of Homeland Security and the federal government, and bringing our full weight to bear, to reunite children who were cruelly separated from their parents,” said Secretary Mayorkas, who serves as the Chair of the Task Force. “It is our moral imperative to not only reunite the families, but to provide them with the relief, resources, and services they need to heal.” Secretary Mayorkas announced that Michelle Brané will serve as ...
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  • DHS Announces Process to Address Individuals in Mexico with Active MPP Cases

    DHS Announces Process to Address Individuals in Mexico with Active MPP Cases

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Process to Address Individuals in Mexico with Active MPP Cases | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: February 11, 2021) Washington - - Building on a series of Executive Orders last week, the Biden Administration is announcing another step in our phased strategy to reform the nation’s immigration system. Beginning on February 19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin phase one of a program to restore safe and orderly processing at the southwest border. DHS will begin processing people who had been forced to “remain in Mexico” under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP). Approximately 25,000 individuals in MPP continue to have active cases. Individuals should not take any action at this time and should remain where they are to await further instructions. We will soon announce a virtual registration process that will be ac...
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  • Secretary Mayorkas on Immigration Reform Executive Orders

    Secretary Mayorkas on Immigration Reform Executive Orders

    Secretary Mayorkas on Immigration Reform Executive Orders | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: February 2, 2021)

    Secretary Mayorkas released the following statement in support of today’s Presidential Executive Orders to reform our immigration processes: “Today President Biden signed a series of Executive Orders to help restore trust in our immigration system, re-open and reform our asylum process, secure the southwest border by addressing the root causes of migration, and reunite families separated under the Trump Administration. In keeping with our commitment to protect the American people, our homeland, and our values, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security welcomes the President’s action to ensure that our immigration system represents the empathy of the American people. “These Executive Orders will allow DHS to take immediate action to address the most pressing challenge...
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  • DHS Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Sites

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Statement on Equal Access to COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Distribution Sites | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: February 1, 2021) DHS and its Federal government partners fully support equal access to the COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine distribution sites for undocumented immigrants. It is a moral and public health imperative to ensure that all individuals residing in the United States have access to the vaccine. DHS encourages all individuals, regardless of immigration status, to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once eligible under local distribution guidelines. DHS carries out its mission, including all areas within its COVID-19 response, without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, or other protected class, and in compliance with law and policy. Further, DHS supports the equitable and efficient distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to all populati...
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  • DHS Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin

    DHS Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) press release dated: January 27, 2021) Washington - - The Acting Secretary of Homeland Security has issued a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin today after consultation with the intelligence community and law enforcement partners. There is currently a heightened threat environment across the United States that is likely to persist over the coming weeks. DHS does not have any information to indicate a specific, credible plot; however, violent riots have continued in recent days and we remain concerned that individuals frustrated with the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances and ideological causes fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize a broad range of ideologically-motivated actors to i...
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  • DHS Statement on the Suspension of New Enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols Program

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Statement on the Suspension of New Enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols Program | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: January 20, 2021) Today, DHS is announcing the suspension of new enrollments in the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) program. Effective tomorrow, January 21, the Department will cease adding individuals into the program. However, current COVID-19 non-essential travel restrictions, both at the border and in the region, remain in place at this time. All current MPP participants should remain where they are, pending further official information from U.S. government officials. Please note: Individuals outside of the United States will not be eligible for legal status under the bill President Biden sent to Congress today. The legalization provisions in that bill apply only to people already living in the United States....
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  • DHS Releases New Arctic Strategic Approach to Advance U.S. Interests in the Region

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Releases New Arctic Strategic Approach to Advance U.S. Interests in the Region | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: January 13, 2021)

    On January 11, then-Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf approved the Department’s first-ever Strategic Approach for Arctic Homeland Security, a landmark document that positions DHS to more effectively tackle emerging risks in the region as geopolitical interest and competition grows.


    The Arctic has taken center stage for regional competition and influence. Receding icecaps and increased traffic will necessitate an expanded DHS footprint in a number of areas, including trade and travel facilitation and cyber and infrastructure security. With this Strategic Approach, the Department is now increasingly prepared to anticipate and respond to these new challenges. This groundbreaking vision outl...
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  • Bahraini MOI – U.S. DHS Joint Statement on Acting Secretary Wolf’s Trip to Bahrain January 2021

    Bahraini MOI – U.S. DHS Joint Statement on Acting Secretary Wolf’s Trip to Bahrain January 2021 | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Depaartment of Homeland Security [DHS] press release dated: January 11, 2021)

    The Kingdom of Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior, led by His Excellency Minister Lt. General Shaikh Rashid bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, provided a warm welcome to U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf in Manama on January 5-6, 2021. H.E. Minister Al Khalifa and Acting Secretary Wolf discussed ways to bolster cyber resilience, combat cybercrime, and strengthen critical infrastructure protection measures between Bahrain’s National Cybersecurity Centre (NCSC) and DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and other operational components. In addition, the two nations explored ways to fortify their relationship on emerging threats. To ensure maximum security and stability ...
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    Family Reunification Task Force Provides Initial Progress Report and Announces Upcoming Reunification of 29 Families
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    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 w
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    06-11-2021, 05:23 AM
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    DHS and DOJ Announce Dedicated Docket Process for More Efficient Immigration Hearings
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    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. ...
    05-30-2021, 03:04 AM
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    DHS Announces New Cybersecurity Requirements for Critical Pipeline Owners and Operators
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    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...
    05-28-2021, 08:11 AM
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    DHS Secretary Mayorkas Designates Haiti for Temporary Protected Status for 18 Months
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    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...
    05-27-2021, 06:36 PM
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    DHS Statement on the Approval of an Additional Jones Act Waiver in Response to Eastern Seaboard Oil Supply Constraints
    by Staff Reporter 1
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Statement on the Approval of an Additional Jones Act Waiver in Response to Eastern Seaboard Oil Supply Constraints | site |


    (Information [published statement by a Department of Homeland Security {DHS} spokesperson] contained in U.S. Department of Homeland Security press release dated: May 13, 2021) “Today, Secretary Mayorkas approved a temporary and targeted Jones Act waiver request for a second company. This decision was made after careful consideration and consultation with interagency partners across the federal government as part of the whole-of-government response President Biden directed to address the impacts of the Colonial Pipeline shut down.” Last night, Secretary Mayorkas, in the interest of national defense, approved an initial temporary and targeted waiver request in response to eastern seaboard oil supply constraints. The Departments of Transportation, Energy, and Defense were consulted in order to a...
    05-14-2021, 10:09 AM

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