We, the Home Affairs, Interior, Security and Immigration Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States convened in person, under Canada’s chairship, in Wellington, New Zealand on June 27-28, 2023 for the Five Country Ministerial.
Deputy Secretary John Tien
Deputy Secretary John Tien is an extraordinary patriot and public servant and a wonderful human being. On behalf of 260,000 of us throughout the Department of Homeland Security – across the country and around the world – I express our profound thanks to him for making our Department and all of us the beneficiaries of his dedication to country and qualities as a person for the past two years. He will retire from our Department on July 20 to rejoin his family in Atlanta, having made our Department better and further burnished his legacy of service.
After 26 years of combined federal service including three combat tours in Iraq and living apart from my family for the last two years, I have decided to return to Atlanta to re-join them there. As our Secretary so eloquently says, “when we serve, we all serve.” As a result, I first thank my family for providing me much-needed emotional support while I once again served the nation. It is now my turn to do the same for them.
Secretary Mayorkas Brings Together Faith Leaders to Discuss Efforts to Enhance DHS’s Work to Protect Houses of Worship
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas convened a meeting of the Faith-Based Security Advisory Council (FBSAC), reconstituted in September of 2022. At the meeting on Tuesday, June 6, Secretary Mayorkas and Deputy Secretary Tien emphasized the Department’s commitment to better supporting faith communities across the country in matters of security and preparedness. FBSAC members presented their recommendations to the entire Council on how DHS can improve information sharing, increase access to DHS grants and resources, and build trust and partnerships with faith-based organizations, leaders, and communities.
ICE arrests former Salvadoran Army officer in New Jersey accused in El Mozote massacre case in El Salvador
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents arrested a Salvadoran national on April 4 for assisting or otherwise participating in extrajudicial killings and for willfully misrepresenting this material fact in his immigration application.
DHS and DOJ Announce Historic Guatemalan Human Smuggling Extraditions at Joint Task Force Alpha Summit
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security joined the U.S. Department of Justice yesterday to announce the first ever extraditions from Guatemala to the United States on charges of human smuggling resulting in death, and the first Guatemalan human smuggling extraditions to the United States of any kind in nearly five years.
US. Department of Homeland Security and Finnish Ministry of the Interior enhance internal security cooperation
On January 31, 2023, Deputy Secretary for Homeland Security John K. Tien and Krista Mikkonen, Minister of Interior of Finland, and their respective delegations met in Washington, D.C.
On January 25, the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3), in collaboration with EdVenture Partners and the McCain Institute for International Leadership, hosted the finalists of Invent2Prevent, a program that empowers university and high school students to develop innovative projects that help prevent targeted violence and terrorism in their local communities.
This week, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security John K. Tien was in the United Kingdom and Germany for a range of bilateral and multilateral engagements with key European partners to advance homeland security objectives.
Today, DHS became the first federal agency to debut a battery electric vehicle (EV) fitted for performing law enforcement functions at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers’ Office of Cheltenham Operations.