Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement today on the passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which will provide the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) with authorities to counter unmanned aerial systems (CUAS) used for nefarious purposes.
President Trump’s Executive Order on Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports on data collection efforts.
Senior officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) will participate in a press call, December 21st at 2:30 PM EST to discuss the Alien Incarceration Report, a report mandated by the Executive Orders, which shows the impact a porous southern border and suspected criminal aliens have on federal incarcerations for crimes committed in the United States.
In accordance with the judge's ruling, DHS has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected sections of the Executive Order entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States."
Over 200 artifacts were returned to the government of India today by Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch during a ceremony with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The items were recovered as a result of an investigation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the work of the United States Attorneys’ Offices in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and the Department of Justice’s Office of International Affairs.
We welcome recent progress made with the People’s Republic of China on cyber issues of concern to both the United States and China. Through the efforts of President Obama and President Xi Jinping, as well as officials from both sides, we have made several key commitments focused on concrete actions and arrangements to address our differences on cyber issues.
Secretary Napolitano commended the announcement of a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of additional individuals responsible for the murder of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent Jaime Zapata and the attempted murder of ICE HSI Special Agent Victor Avila.
News headlines from across the country tell us that there are people actively plotting and attempting to harm our citizens. The most serious attempts recently have included an attempt on Times Square, a plot to bomb the New York subway system, and a plot to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, OR. This threat environment highlights the necessity for our front line and first responders to not only be prepared, but to also be aware of some of the potential indicators of terrorist activity so that future attempts may also be thwarted.