“We express our condolences to the families of those members of the United States Marine Corps who were killed.”
Following the incident in Chattanooga, Tennessee last week, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson Expressed his condolences and the condolences of the Department of Homeland Security to the families of the members of the Marine Corps who were killed. Secretary Johnson also stated that the department was increasing security at certain federal facilities out of, an abundance of caution. The safety and security of this nation and its people is the highest priority of this Department. You can read Secretary Johnson’s full statement here.
Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas joined the L.A. Dodgers to celebrate Cuban American Heritage night, throwing out the first pitch at last Sunday night’s baseball game. Originally from Havana, the Deputy Secretary is the highest ranking Cuban-American official currently serving in the Obama Administration. While in LA, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas met with DHS employees to express his thanks for their continued hard work and dedication in defense of the nation.
On July 14-16, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas traveled to Israel. He met with his counterparts in the Israeli government to discuss many homeland security issues including cybersecurity, law enforcement cooperation, immigration, and aviation security. During his meetings, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas underscored the importance of working with Israel to address shared security challenges and reiterated the Department’s commitment to improving aviation security and to sharing information with international law enforcement and our counterterrorism allies to ensure collective global security. On July 16, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas participated in a signing ceremony in Tel Aviv to promote cooperation on cybersecurity with Israel and joint cyber research and development.
On July 17-18, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas continued his overseas trip, with a visit to Stockholm. Deputy Secretary Mayorkas met with Swedish counterparts to discuss potentially expanding U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Preclearance operations to Stockholm Arlanda Airport. He also highlighted the continued importance of working together with partner nations, like Sweden, to strengthen our security cooperation while facilitating lawful trade and travel.
On Tuesday the 14th, Secretary Johnson testified in a hearing entitled “Oversight of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security” before the House Committee on the Judiciary in Washington, D.C.
Secretary Johnson on Thursday traveled to Chicago on Thursday to meet with local community leaders to discuss the Department’s efforts with local law enforcement to keep communities safe.