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Earlier today, in one of his first public speeches since becoming Secretary of Homeland Security last month, Secretary Johnson addressed the 82nd Winter Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM).
Addressing a crowded ballroom of more than 250 mayors from small and large cities across the country, the Secretary reiterated the Department of Homeland Security’s commitment to a strong local-state-federal partnership in securing communities.
The Secretary highlighted DHS’s important collaboration with communities across the nation on a wide range of critical homeland security issues, including support for local law enforcement and first responders, information sharing, cybersecurity and the need for commonsense immigration reform.
Prior to his formal remarks, Secretary Johnson had an opportunity to personally talk with a number of mayors, including Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Laredo, TX Mayor Raul Salinas, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.