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Joint DHS/EOIR Statement on MPP Rescheduling

The Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) remain committed to proceeding with Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) hearings as expeditiously as possible. The Departments have been in ongoing discussions about the timing for the resumption of hearings in light of the continuing emergency health conditions in the United States, in Mexico, and in the international community, as many countries continue to be significantly impacted by COVID-19. As a result of this ongoing review of conditions, and in conjunction with continued implementation of health officials’ COVID-19 guidance, DHS and DOJ are postponing both MPP hearings and in-person document service through, and including, July 17, 2020.

Acting Secretary Wolf’s Statement on Extension of Non-Essential Travel Restrictions with Canada and Mexico

The Department of Homeland Security will ensure that the measures taken at our borders will protect America from all threats, including threats against the health and safety of our citizens. Based on the success of the existing restrictions and the emergence of additional global COVID-19 hotspots, the Department will continue to limit non-essential travel at our land ports of entry with Canada and Mexico.

Avoiding COVID-19 Scams

Scammers are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to harm people through financial scams. During this time of uncertainty, knowing about possible tricks is a good first step toward preventing them.

Weekly Update: DHS Response to COVID-19

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has risen to the new challenges presented by COVID-19 and continues to lead the national response to mitigate the spread.

Estimated Airborne Decay of SARS-CoV-2

DHS S&T performed laboratory studies to estimate the stability of SARS-CoV-2 in aerosols representative of respiratory particles produced during breathing, talking or coughing across a range of environmental conditions. It was determined that environmental conditions, in particular simulated sunlight, greatly affected how long virus would remain stable in the air. The Probabilistic Analysis of National Threats, Hazards and Risks (PANTHR) program developed an interactive tool based on these data that allows users to estimate how long SARS-CoV-2 would remain stable in aerosols across environmental conditions including temperature, relative humidity and UV index. Users can use the tool to estimate the decay rate for SARS-CoV-2 in aerosols by selecting temperature, relative humidity and UV index information for a location of interest. This tool can help users better understand the effect of environmental conditions on aerosols containing SARS-CoV-2.

Feds Feed Families 2020

As this year’s DHS Feds Feed Families Campaign Chair, I am pleased to announce that the 2020 Feds Feed Families Food Drive is underway now through July 31.

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