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May 20

Yesterday, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas concluded a two-day trip to New Orleans where he participated in a series of workforce engagements with the U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel.

May 19

I commend the work of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California, the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service to bring criminal charges against 14 baggage handlers and co-conspirators, for circumventing TSA checkpoints and illegally transporting drugs across the country.

May 19

Today, Congress passed H.R. 2252, a bill that ensures fair treatment for our dedicated Border Patrol personnel. After the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014 passed last year, the Office of Personnel Management advised DHS that the bill required certain legacy pay mechanisms for our personnel to end before the intended replacement regime could fully come into effect. This was contrary to the intent of the legislation, and I directed the Department to take all legally allowable actions to mitigate the impact on our Agents. Among other steps, we worked with Congress, in a spirit of bipartisanship, to clarify the law in order to protect our Agents from financial hardship.

May 18

On May 20, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will travel to New London, Conn., where he will join President Barack Obama and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft at the 134th Commencement Exercises of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

May 15

On May 18-19, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas will travel to New Orleans where he will participate in a series of workforce engagements with U.S. Coast Guard and Federal Emergency Management Agency personnel. While in New Orleans, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas will also lead an employee town hall to thank U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel for their service and for responsibly implementing the Department’s policies and enforcement priorities.

May 14

Secretary Johnson Presents Award for ValorSecretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today presented the 2015 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary’s Award for Valor to 12 outstanding individuals who have displayed exceptional valor either while serving the Department, or while off-duty acting only as a concerned citizen willing to help those in need.

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