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Acting Secretary Wolf's Prepared Remarks on 2020 Homeland Priorities

Thank you, Secretary Chertoff and Congresswoman Harman, for the kind introduction.

It’s great to be here with the Homeland Security Experts Group, where colleagues, experts, and thought leaders can constructively discuss the most pressing threats to the Homeland.

Some of you have served at the Department, and others continue to serve as mentors and friends to Departmental leadership. 

A few of you have even stood in this role—and I often refer to the examples you have set as DHS heads into a new decade, where the threat landscape is more complex and dynamic than ever.

On behalf of the Department and me personally, thank you—to all of you—for lending your expertise and insights to making our country more secure.

Arizona Officials Join Acting Secretary Wolf to Mark Completion of 100 Miles of New Border Wall System, Highlight Progress Addressing Border Crisis

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf was joined by United States Senator Martha McSally, Yuma Mayor Douglas Nicholls, U.S. Border Patrol Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent Anthony Porvaznik, and Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot to announce the Federal government has completed construction on the first 100 miles of new border wall system along the southwest border.

Acting Secretary Wolf Traveling to Arizona

On Thursday, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf will travel to Yuma, Arizona, to participate in a roundtable discussion with federal and local officials about the ongoing immigration and border issues in the state. The Acting Secretary will also receive an operational briefing on the Yuma sector, conduct a site visit to a border wall construction site, and host a press conference.

Acting Secretary Wolf Visits Honduras to Finalize Key Agreements

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf completed a series of bilateral meetings with the Government of Honduras in Tegucigalpa to discuss ongoing efforts to fully implement key agreements geared toward stemming the flow of illegal immigration, combating transnational criminal organizations in the region, and promoting a prosperous Honduras.

DHS Begins MPP Returns at Nogales Port of Entry in Arizona

The Department of Homeland Security will begin processing migrants for return to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) at the Nogales Port of Entry south of Tucson, Arizona. This brings the total number of ports of entry where MPP returns will be made to seven. Any migrants making illegal or inadmissible entry at the Southwest Border, regardless of location of entry, may be returned to Mexico through one of these locations to await their immigration court proceedings. Previously, migrants apprehended in the Tucson Sector were returned to Mexico through El Paso for processing under MPP. The expansion to the Nogales Port of Entry reflects the continued commitment by both the United States and Mexico to a program that has proven effective at reducing human smuggling across the Southwest Border.

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Meets With Governor Abbott in Austin

Today, Acting DHS Secretary Chad F. Wolf met with Governor Greg W. Abbott in Austin, Texas. The Governor thanked the Acting Secretary for the administration's efforts to continue to secure our southern border, and they discussed strategies to improve upon the progress already being made.

DHS Expands MPP Operations to Eagle Pass

As of October 28, the Department of Homeland Security has begun processing migrants for return to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry, in Eagle Pass, Texas.

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