In 2016, Congress answered our call for federal grants, awarded and administered by the Department of Homeland Security, to support local efforts to counter violent extremism. Today, I am pleased to announce the first round of awards of these grants.
The United States is revoking the so-called “wet-foot/dry-foot” policy for Cuban migrants that has been in place since the mid-1990s. Effective immediately, Cuban nationals who attempt to illegally enter the United States will be subject to removal, consistent with our enforcement priorities.
During my tenure as Secretary of DHS we have worked aggressively to enhance the cyber security of federal civilian executive branch networks. This has included deployment of EINSTEIN across all civilian departments and agencies.
The recent active shooter event at Fort Lauderdale International Airport, and the response to mistaken reports of an active shooter event at JFK Airport in August 2016, highlight the need for Airport Operations Centers, staffed by airport operators and security, local law enforcement, the airlines, as well as TSA and CBP, to manage security, incident response, as well as day-to-day airport operations.
On Friday, January 13, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson, U.S. Secret Service Deputy Director William Callahan, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa, and U.S. Park Police Deputy Chief Scott Fear will participate in a media availability to discuss preparations for the 2017 Inauguration.
I am pleased to announce that last week I appointed Paul A. Beeson as the new Director of Joint Task Force-West (JTF-West). In this role, Director Beeson will oversee and coordinate the Department’s activities for our southwest land border.
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.
I am pleased that Congress has passed H.R. 6302, a resolution that will raise Secret Service salary caps during presidential election years. Previously, more than a thousand Secret Service employees with protective mission responsibilities were working overtime beyond the capped levels of their salaries—essentially working without pay during this busy election year.
On December 7, 2016, in Washington, D.C., Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, together with Chinese State Councilor and Minister of the Ministry of Public Security Guo Shengkun, co-chaired the third U.S.-China High-Level Joint Dialogue on Cybercrime and Related Issues