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Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the release of the funding notice for eight different types of preparedness grants worth nearly $1.87 billion. Together, these programs provide more than $1.8 billion in critical funding to assist our state and local partners in building and sustaining capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other disasters.
With the support of the Government of Mexico and international humanitarian organizations, the United States will begin to process current residents of the Matamoros camp in Mexico. The migrant camp in Matamoros has recently been hard hit by extreme weather in northern Mexico. As President Biden continues to rebuild the nation’s border management in a way that reflects America’s values, addressing humanitarian needs in Matamoros has become a priority.
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke by phone with the European Commission’s Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson.
Secretary of Homeland Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke with the United Kingdom’s Home Secretary Priti Patel
Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the many ways the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will carry out President Biden’s vision to elevate cybersecurity across the government. DHS will lead efforts to mitigate risks to the United States, further strengthen its partnerships with the private sector, and expand its investment in the infrastructure and people required to defend against malicious cyber attacks as part of a whole-of-government effort.
DHS began the first step in a phased approach to restore safe and orderly processing at the Southwest Border. DHS and its international partners have now initiated the virtual registration process for individuals who had been forced to return to Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and have a pending case before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). The United States is continuing to strictly enforce existing immigration laws and border security measures. Individuals should not approach the border, including at designated ports of entry, unless and until they are approved and receive appointment information through the remote registration process.
Readout of Secretary Mayorkas’ Call with Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Blair
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas spoke with Canadian Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair to discuss a wide range of security issues, including border safety measures in the COVID-19 environment, domestic violent extremism, cybersecurity, and gun control.
The Biden Administration is announcing another step in our phased strategy to reform the nation’s immigration system. Beginning on February 19, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin phase one of a program to restore safe and orderly processing at the southwest border. DHS will begin processing people who had been forced to “remain in Mexico” under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP).
David Pekoske, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, met with local law enforcement officials and the National Football League (NFL) to review Department of Homeland Security (DHS) operations to help ensure the safety and security of employees, players, and fans during Super Bowl LV.
Secretary Mayorkas spoke by phone with Puerto Rico Governor Pedro Pierluisi. his was the Secretary’s first call to a U.S. Governor since being sworn-in on February 2.