On August 8, 2019, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan hosted a press conference in Yuma, AZ.
Acting Secretary McAleenan
Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan announced U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) enforcement actions for the month of July, indicating more than a 20 percent decrease in U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) apprehensions at the Southwest border for the second month in a row.
Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan is in Yuma, AZ to provide a tour of a Southwest border soft sided facility with media. Following the tour, he will host a press conference.
Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan will be traveling to Yuma, AZ to meet with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Arizona National Guard personnel, tour border facilities, and speak with federal, state, and local elected officials.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan will attend the 2019 Trade Symposium in Chicago, IL. The 2019 Trade Symposium, hosted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), brings together the public and private sectors to discuss cooperative efforts to pave the path forward for U.S. trade. The Acting Secretary will deliver keynote remarks at the symposium, highlighting the crucial part the Department plays in the U.S. economy by enforcing trade laws and facilitating legitimate trade. He will be joined at the symposium by Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan, who manages the agency that facilitates an average of over $3 trillion in legitimate trade every year.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced today that the Lone Star State will be sending approximately 1,000 soldiers from the Texas National Guard to the Southwest border in order to support U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in response to the continued border security and humanitarian crisis. These troops will provide supplemental staffing support at temporary holding facilities, as well as supplemental enforcement capacity at ports of entry along the border.
Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan has formalized an agreement between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Ministry of Government of Guatemala with the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC). The agreement, which will expand areas of collaboration between the United States and the Northern Triangle country to target human smuggling and trafficking networks, marks the start of the Acting Secretary’s four-day trip to participate in bilateral and multilateral meetings with officials representing the governments of the Northern Triangle countries.
Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan travelled to McAllen, Texas on Tuesday and Wednesday to assess the strategic and operational challenges faced by law enforcement and local communities as they work to confront the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis at the U.S. Southern Border.
As I assume the role of Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, I look forward to working to support the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as they carry out the critical missions that keep our country safe. I’d also like to extend my sincere thanks to Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen for her service to the country as the sixth Secretary of Homeland Security, and for her tireless work on behalf of the people and organizations of DHS. She deserves our enduring respect and appreciation for her leadership, and I’m personally grateful for it.