U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen addresses the current threat environment, DHS’ efforts to elevate the baseline of its security posture, and how the Department’s immigration priorities are helping to secure the Nation.
Visa Waiver Program
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.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released today the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Entry/Exit Overstay Report. The report provides data on departures and overstays, by country, for foreign visitors to the United States who entered as nonimmigrant visitors through an air or sea Port of Entry (POE) and were expected to depart in FY16.
DHS Office of Policy Acting Assistant Secretary for Border, Immigration and Trade Michael Dougherty, CBP Office of Field Operations Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner John Wagner, and ICE Homeland Security Investigations Assistant Director for National Security Investigations Division Clark Settles address the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to prevent terrorists and other criminal actors from entering the United States, either by acquiring U.S. visas or traveling through the Visa Waiver Program
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) Under Secretary Francis Taylor, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodriguez, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Deputy Administrator Huban Gowadia, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Deputy Commissioner Kevin McAleenan address DHS’ efforts to prevent foreign terrorist groups from traveling to the United States to launch attacks.
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with German Federal Minister of Interior Thomas de Maizière to discuss a range of security issues, including border security, cybersecurity, and counterterrorism.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Policy (PLCY) Assistant Secretary for Border, Immigration, and Trade Policy Seth Stodder, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Office of Global Strategies Assistant Administrator Paul Fujimura, TSA Representative Larry Mizell, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) CBP Office of Field Operations Executive Assistant Commissioner John Wagner address DHS’ role in aviation security as it pertains to commercial air service between the United States and Cuba.
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with Italian Minister of Interior Angelino Alfano to discuss a range of homeland security-related issues, including efforts to facilitate lawful trade and travel, border security, and information sharing to enhance counterterrorism efforts.
Effective today we will begin to require the use of more electronic passports, or e-Passports, by all travelers coming to the United States from the 38 countries that participate in our Visa Waiver Program.
Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson met with French Minister of Interior Bernard Cazeneuve to discuss cooperation on a number of shared security-related issues, including law enforcement collaboration, border security, and information sharing to enhance counterterrorism efforts.