This week, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen traveled to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. Secretary Nielsen met with international partners and industry leaders to discuss the importance of public-private partnerships in advancing a global security agenda.
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State and other federal agencies, is taking action to further strengthen the already robust national security and immigration enforcement elements of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). These enhancements include requiring VWP countries to use counterterrorism information to better screen travelers, assessing VWP countries to ensure they implement safeguards against the aviation sector, and requiring certain VWP countries to initiate public information campaigns to reduce overstays.
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen spoke with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner James O’Neill regarding the details of the attempted terrorist attack in New York City. Secretary Nielsen released the following statement on the Department’s role in coordinating a federal response to terror-related incidents.
Senior officials from the Department of Homeland Security, White House, State Department, and Department of Justice will participate in an embargoed press call today, Friday, September 22nd at 2:00 PM EDT to discuss enhanced global security measures.