Last week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) activities converged on an honorable theme: commemorating Independence Day through service to our nation. Throughout the week, DHS components and employees incorporated the spirit of Independence Day into their efforts, continued to carry out the unwavering DHS mission to protect the U.S., and reflected on how their service contributes to the success of our nation.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodriguez speaks to attendees at a naturalization ceremony at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. Congratulations to each New U.S. Citizen, and happy Independence Day!
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) welcomed 24 refugees from 10 countries as they were sworn in as new U.S. citizens on June 20 at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, TX. World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year, and was established in 2001, the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees.
World Refugee Day is June 20. This day is always special to employees of USCIS as we play a critical role in resettling refugees from around the globe. This year marks the 10th anniversary of our refugee corps, which has grown to include 88 officers and 22 supervisors, who are based in Washington, D.C., but also travel around the world to interview refugee applicants. The men and women of the USCIS Refugee Corps provide resettlement opportunities to qualified refugees from around the globe while ensuring the integrity of the refugee program and our national security. Working in cooperation with the Department of State, the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program resettled 69,987 in the United States during fiscal year 2014.
On June 8, 2015, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson concluded his trip to Houston, where he participated in a naturalization ceremony, met with local officials and community members, and delivered remarks entitled “Immigration: Perception Versus Reality” at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Every day, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plays a role in combating domestic violence and sexual assault, and seeks to be a productive partner in working to prevent violence against women. In conjunction with National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, today the DHS Council on Combating Violence Against Women released a comprehensive DHS Resource Guide which provides summaries and links to programs, initiatives, training materials, and services that can be leveraged by communities across the country to combat these types of heinous crimes.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas addresses the work of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Border security is a core mission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Department has deployed historic levels of front-line personnel, technology, and infrastructure to the border to reduce the flow of illegal immigrants and illicit contraband while, at the same time, fostering legal trade and travel.
For the sake of our economy and our security, legal immigration should be simple and efficient. After the long wait for a legislative solution to fix our broken system, the President took action within his authority to help streamline the legal immigration system until Congress passes commonsense, comprehensive reform.