The DHS Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans recently completed its evaluation and review of all currently travel restricted and 180-day warning countries. Notably, this review included new recommendations to remove from travel restrictions certain countries that have demonstrated significant compliance improvement.
Next week, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf will travel to Nicosia, Cyprus; Manama, Bahrain; and Doha, Qatar to meet with regional counterparts and discuss bolstering security cooperation and information sharing partnerships across the region.
As a result of extensive state, industry, and government collaboration, Congress has passed the bipartisan REAL ID Modernization Act. The Act modernizes REAL ID requirements originally set more than 15 years ago.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reminding Americans that only 12 months remain until the October 1, 2021 REAL ID enforcement goes into effect. DHS continues to urge Americans to obtain a REAL ID-compliant card or acceptable alternative well before this deadline.
The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, and Health and Human Services today issued joint guidance specifically for the air travel industry to better protect passengers, crew, and other airport workers from the COVID-19 pandemic during our economic recovery.
Today, June 18th, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf will travel to San Francisco, CA to participate in an award ceremony for Federal Protective Service (FPS) Protective Service Officer (PSO) Sombat Mifkovic and the five other officers who responded to a shooting on May 29th during civil unrest that resulted in his severe injury and took the life of FPS PSO Dave Patrick Underwood.
On, June 8th, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf will travel to Ft Lauderdale, Florida to visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Hurricane Center, where he will tour the facility and participate in a briefing to discuss operational readiness for the upcoming hurricane season.
On Friday, June 5th, Acting Secretary Chad Wolf will travel to Elizabeth City, NC to visit the Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City.
To address the threat to the nation posed by the novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), the President issued Proclamations 9984, 9992, 9993, and 9996, suspending the entry of all aliens who were physically present within the People’s Republic of China (excluding the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau), the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States. Each of the above proclamations includes an exception for “any alien whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, or their designees.”
In support of the Trump Administration’s reopening of the economy, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf signed an order that exempts certain foreign professional athletes who compete in professional sporting events organized by certain leagues, including their essential staff and their dependents, from proclamations barring their entry into the U.S.