The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced today, in partnership with the Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada, the implementation of an agreement to improve mutual security and expedite lawful travel through preclearance for travelers and their accompanying baggage on certain transports. The collaboration is articulated in the Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine, and Air (LRMA) Transport Preclearance between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada, which supersedes the previous 2001 U.S.-Canada Agreement on Air Transport Preclearance, and expands upon the two countries’ partnership.
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.
Securing the nation through preclearance. Secretary Johnson announces 11 new overseas @CustomsBorder preclearance locations to identify threats long before they arrive in the U.S.
On Nov. 4, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson will announce plans to expand air preclearance operations to additional foreign airports at a media event at Newark Liberty International Airport.
I am pleased that Congress passed H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, signed into law today by President Obama.
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with Canadian Minister of Transport Marc Garneau to discuss continued cooperation on transportation security, maritime safety, and cross-border travel.
Yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with Norwegian Minister of Justice and Public Security Anders Anundsen to discuss cooperation on a number of shared security and travel facilitation issues.
In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, federal, state and local law enforcement and homeland security officials in this country have been in a heightened state of readiness. This past Thanksgiving week, many Americans witnessed this first-hand at airports, train stations, parades, public places and events.
Yesterday, Sunday, I was in New York City to observe first-hand the NYPD's active shooter exercise in the City’s subway system. That exercise, planned weeks ago, was partially funded by the Department of Homeland Security, and it highlights the many different ways our Department supports state and local law enforcement counterterrorism activities.