Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke with Canadian Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair to discuss a wide range of security issues, including border safety measures in the COVID-19 environment, domestic violent extremism, cybersecurity, and gun control.
In order to limit the further spread of coronavirus, the U.S. has reached agreements with both Canada and Mexico to limit all non-essential travel across borders. Working closely and collaboratively, the Department of Homeland Security is part of a North American approach to stop the spread of the virus.
“In close collaboration, the US, Mexico, and Canada have each agreed to extend restrictions on non-essential travel across their shared borders for 30 additional days. As President Trump stated last week, border control, travel restrictions and other limitations remain critical to slowing the spread and allowing the phased opening of the country.”
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Policy (PLCY) Assistant Secretary for Border, Immigration and Trade Michael Dougherty, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) U.S. Border Patrol Acting Deputy Chief Scott A. Luck, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Buffalo Kevin Kelly address DHS’ assessment of threats on the Northern Border and our efforts to ensure its security.
I applaud Congress for passing the Promoting Travel, Commerce, and National Security Act of 2016 on December 10. This legislation enables us to implement the critical 2015 United States and Canada Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine, and Air Transport Preclearance (LRMA). Once Canada takes action and the agreement enters into force, the LRMA will strengthen the security of our homeland while facilitating legitimate cross-border travel.
Today, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas concluded a three-day trip to Chicago and Detroit, where he participated in the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 2015 Conference and Exposition and the U.S./Canada Border Conference. During both conferences, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas met with state and local law enforcement partners to discuss the Department’s continued efforts to share information and work together on homeland security initiatives such as preventing violent extremism.
On Oct. 24-26, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas will travel to Chicago to participate in the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 2015 Conference and Exposition. During the conference, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas will deliver remarks on the Department’s commitment to support interoperable communications at the IACP Communications and Technology Committee Meeting. While in Chicago, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas will meet with state and local law enforcement partners to discuss the Department’s continued efforts to share information and work together on homeland security initiatives such as preventing violent extremism.
The United States and Canada set forth the following Statement of Privacy Principles concerning the provision, receipt and use of personal information exchanged by the United States and Canada pursuant to any BTB information sharing arrangements and initiatives.
WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has joined Public Safety Canada and the Secretariat of Governance of Mexico in outlining the first steps toward the creation of a North American Trusted Traveler network. The new agreement signed by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson on July 10, 2015 and his Canadian and Mexican counterparts will make it easier for eligible travelers in the United States, Mexico and Canada to apply for expedited screening programs, helping to promote legitimate travel across the continent.
The Northern Border Strategy establishes a clear vision and discrete actions that will collectively improve DHS’s efforts to safeguard the Northern Border against terrorist and criminal threats, facilitate the flow of lawful cross-border trade and travel, and strengthen cross-border community resilience.