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Submitted Written Testimony Of Senior Official Performing The Duties Of The Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli Before The U.S. Senate Committee On The Judiciary Subcommittee On The Constitution On August 4th

Chairman Cruz, Ranking Member Hirono and distinguished members of the Committee: 

Thank you for the opportunity to testify today on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) role in protecting against the continued assaults by criminals and violent extremists in the city of Portland, Oregon  and more specifically, the Federal Courthouse and federal law enforcement officers there.

DHS/CBP/PIA-053 U.S. Border Patrol Digital Forensics Programs

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) conducts searches of electronic devices to identify violations of the laws CBP enforces and administers, including laws relating to the detection and apprehension of illicit goods and individuals entering and exiting the United States in between ports of entry (POE). Depending on the circumstances, CBP conducts searches of electronic devices pursuant to different legal authorities. CBP is publishing this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) update to analyze the privacy risks of expanded digital forensic tools and an enterprise-wide solution for managing and analyzing certain types of metadata that USBP collects from electronic devices across its digital forensic collection activities. In addition, this updated PIA will clarify that searches may be conducted pursuant to border search authority.

Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice Announce Plan to Restart MPP Hearings

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) remain committed to resuming removal hearings for aliens subject to the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) as expeditiously as possible. To lend greater certainty in a fluid COVID-19 environment, DHS has maintained close contact with the Department of State (DOS) and the Government of Mexico (GOM) and worked with DOJ to identify public health criteria to determine when hearings may resume swiftly and safely.

DHS/CBP/PIA-049 CBP License Plate Reader Technology

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) uses a combination of surveillance systems, including license plate reader technology, to provide comprehensive situational awareness along the United States border to assist CBP in detecting, identifying, apprehending, and removing individuals illegally entering the United States at and between ports of entry or otherwise violating U.S. law. In 2017, CBP published a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) describing its use of commercially available fixed and mobile license plate reader technology. CBP is conducting this Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) update to provide public notice of CBP’s use of license plate reader data procured from commercial vendors.

Acting Secretary Wolf Traveling to Florida

On, June 8th, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf will travel to Ft Lauderdale, Florida to visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Hurricane Center, where he will tour the facility and participate in a briefing to discuss operational readiness for the upcoming hurricane season.


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