Teams of innovators and municipal governments around the world who are using technology to address challenges such as disaster response, energy management, and mass transit improvement will share their work at the Global City Teams Challenge/Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Expo.
The recent shooting in Orlando reminds all Americans that the threat of violence exists in our communities. The ideology or motivation behind each attack may vary, but in common we have seen an evolution toward more independent, unaffiliated attacks inspired by extremist groups. Extremist individuals can find inspiration and encouragement through social media with geographically dispersed but like-minded extremists.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldaña addresses the role ICE plays in the arrest, detention, and removal of individuals meeting the Department of Homeland Security’s enforcement priorities.
Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and other senior officials spoke by phone today with several hundred Jewish community stakeholders as part of a call organized by the Jewish Federations of North America’s Secure Community Network to discuss current homeland security issues. Deputy Secretary Mayorkas thanked the participants for their continued support in helping to keep our communities safe and secure.
That is why, as part of the executive actions the President announced last November, we ended the controversial Secure Communities program. This was a program by which our immigration personnel lodged orders known as “detainers” to hold individuals in local jails, so that they could be handed directly over to federal authorities for enforcement purposes after their time in local custody. The goal of the program was to make it easier to identify and remove convicted criminals. But, in many instances the program led to the transfer of those who had been in this country for years, and had simply been picked up and charged with a minor offense, without a conviction. As a result, the Secure Communities program became embroiled in political and legal controversy. And, in reaction, a rapidly expanding list of city, county and state governments enacted laws and directives that limit or outright prohibit their cooperation with federal immigration enforcement personnel. The consequences nationwide have, regrettably, included notorious cases in which dangerous individuals on whom we placed detainers were released to the streets, and committed more serious crimes.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldaña addresses the policies and procedures related to Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson addresses President Obama’s announced series of executive actions to begin to fix the nation’s immigration system.
As part of the Obama administration's ongoing commitment to smart, effective border security, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced that the Secure Communities program has been deployed to all 25 U.S. counties along our Southwest border.