Effective today we will begin to require the use of more electronic passports, or e-Passports, by all travelers coming to the United States from the 38 countries that participate in our Visa Waiver Program.
I am pleased that Congress passed H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, signed into law today by President Obama.
Yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with Norwegian Minister of Justice and Public Security Anders Anundsen to discuss cooperation on a number of shared security and travel facilitation issues.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, federal, state and local law enforcement and homeland security officials in this country have been in a heightened state of readiness. This past Thanksgiving week, many Americans witnessed this first-hand at airports, train stations, parades, public places and events.
Yesterday, Sunday, I was in New York City to observe first-hand the NYPD's active shooter exercise in the City’s subway system. That exercise, planned weeks ago, was partially funded by the Department of Homeland Security, and it highlights the many different ways our Department supports state and local law enforcement counterterrorism activities.
STOCKHOLM— Today, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas concluded his trip to Sweden where he met with Swedish counterparts to discuss a range of homeland security-related priorities.
On July 14-16, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas will travel to Israel. He will meet with his counterparts in the Israeli government to discuss a range of homeland security-related issues including cybersecurity, law enforcement cooperation, immigration, and aviation security. On July 16, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas will participate in a signing ceremony in Tel Aviv to promote cooperation on cybersecurity with Israel and joint cyber research and development.
MIAMI — Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas today traveled to Miami to deliver remarks on the Department’s efforts on security and facilitation of legitimate travel and trade at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting and World Air Transport Summit. While in Miami, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas also participated in workforce engagements with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees.
WASHINGTON— Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced today the United States intends to enter into negotiations to expand air preclearance operations to ten new foreign airports, located in nine separate countries: Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom. If negotiations are successful, preclearance – where each traveler undergoes immigration, customs, and agriculture inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) before boarding a direct flight to the United States– could be completed before departure from these foreign airports rather than upon arrival in the U.S. Expanding the preclearance program is both a security imperative – enabling CBP to stop potential threats before they arrive on US soil – as well as a strong economic opportunity.