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DHS News Releases

  1. DHS Statement On Attack In Barcelona
    Release Date: 
    August 17, 2017

     For Immediate Release
    Office of the Press Secretary
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke has been briefed on the situation in Barcelona, Spain and is being kept apprised of developments. DHS has reached out to Spanish authorities, and the Department is standing by to support our allies as they respond to and recover from this horrendous attack. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and those affected.

    We will not let terrorism become the new normal. Instead, such acts of violence only harden our resolve to fight back against violent extremists, bring them to justice, and dismantle their networks. DHS will continue its efforts to raise the baseline of our security across the board and to work with foreign partners to help them do the same.

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  2. Statement by Acting Secretary Elaine Duke on Incident in Charlottesville
    Release Date: 
    August 12, 2017

    For Immediate Release
    Office of the Press Secretary
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    DHS personnel have been in contact with Virginia state and local law enforcement to offer any assistance necessary to deal with today’s horrible violent incident in Charlottesville. What we have seen today has no place in our society. DHS will continue to work closely with our state and local partners across the country to counter violent extremism in all forms.

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  3. DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Visits Tennessee Fusion Center
    Release Date: 
    August 7, 2017

    For Immediate Release
    Office of the Press Secretary
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    NASHVILLE, TENN.— Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke today visited the Tennessee Fusion Center (TFC) where she met with TFC staff and law enforcement as well as homeland security executives from the state of Tennessee. She also received an operational brief and tour of the facility. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam met her upon arrival to the facility.

    The TFC routinely collaborates with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to share intelligence and support investigative efforts.  In particular, the TFC has shared unique state and local law enforcement data – such as information available in their state gang database - to support a range of efforts including human trafficking, fraudulent identities, narcotics smuggling, and counterterrorism. This information has led to the arrests of human smugglers and traffickers, wanted fugitives, and individuals attempting to exploit minors, and has also provided unique insights on trends and tactics related to illegal narcotics across the state of Tennessee.  For example, earlier this year the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI) along with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced the arrests of more than 42 individuals for their involvement in human trafficking. This operation, known as “Someone Like Me,” was a joint effort with ICE/HSI, TBI, the Memphis Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, prosecutors with the Shelby County District Attorney’s office and nonprofits.  Additionally, information shared by the TFC has supported the identification and watchlisting of known or suspected terrorists.

    “Fusion centers were established post-9/11 across the country to facilitate coordination among national security partners, and are a critically important method for DHS to share information and analysis with our state and local partners,” said Acting Secretary Duke. “Their grassroots intelligence and analytic efforts better position our country to identify and address emerging trends and threats, especially at the local level, and allows us to mutually support state and federal investigations.”

    The brief provided to Acting Secretary Duke during the visit discussed Tennessee’s collaboration with the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis, as well as ICE/HSI on various investigations involving gangs, human trafficking, as well as their efforts to dismantle criminal organizations importing illegal narcotics such as methamphetamine and fentanyl into the U.S. ICE/HSI attributed much of their success in Tennessee to their strong partnerships with the TBI, the TFC, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and other agencies across the State.  Throughout Tennessee, DHS components work together with their state and local partners daily to ensure the safety and security of the 6.5 million people who live there.

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  4. DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Discusses Public Event Security with Venue Managers
    Release Date: 
    August 7, 2017

    For Immediate Release
    Office of the Press Secretary
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    NASHVILLE, TENN.— Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke today delivered remarks at the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) VenueConnect 2017 conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Acting Secretary Duke reaffirmed the Department of Homeland Security’s commitment to partnering with private sector venues to ensure the safety of the American public. Excerpts of Acting Secretary Duke’s remarks as prepared are below.

    “The places where we gather—our stadiums and concert halls, our fairgrounds and convention centers—are living symbols of our free society.  Freedom of expression.  Freedom of assembly.  And freedom to cheer for whichever team we choose.   

    “But recently, the world has watched in horror as these symbols of free society have come under attack…

    “As ISIS loses ground in Syria, terrorists affiliated with—or inspired by—the group are bringing the battleground to our city streets. 

    “Our friends in the UK know firsthand how barbaric our enemies really are.  We saw this all too clearly in the attack on Manchester Arena on May 22.  An Ariana Grande concert with more than 14,000 fans—many not even old enough to drive.  What should have been a fun night with friends and family was shattered by a radicalized young man filled with hate, and his homemade bomb full of shrapnel. 

    “Last week, I had the privilege of touring AT&T Park in San Francisco to see firsthand how you—venue operators--secure large venues and special events.  It also showed me how DHS works alongside our private sector partners. 

    “The tour was a timely reminder that security is a shared responsibility and the public and private sector must work together to make these places more secure and resilient. 

    “Effective security doesn’t stop or start at the fence line and instead requires close coordination between law enforcement, venue owners and managers, and emergency management…

    “Terrorists use the element of surprise in their attacks to maximize damage.  Through we can’t always prevent attacks, we can be ready to respond.  And we especially encourage those who organize public gatherings to take four proactive steps to prepare for a worst case scenario.  They are Connect, Plan, Train, and Report.”

    DHS works closely with private sector and community partners to help them protect themselves through initiatives such as DHS’s Hometown Security.  Hometown Security is designed for small and medium-sized businesses, and people who organize public gatherings that extremists might consider soft targets.  The goal is to protect restaurants, clubs, grocery stores, sporting events, places of worship, and other places where people gather.  The Hometown Security portal on DHS.gov makes it easy to find free, useful information that helps communities enhance their security.

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  5. DHS Statement on Explosion at Minnesota Mosque
    Release Date: 
    August 5, 2017

    For Immediate Release
    Office of the Press Secretary
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    WASHINGTON— Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke is aware of the explosion today at a mosque in Bloomington, Minn. We are in close contact with federal, state and local authorities and local community leaders as the investigation into this matter continues. The Department of Homeland Security fully supports the rights of all to freely and safely worship the faith of their choosing and we vigorously condemn such attacks on any religious institution. We are thankful that there were no injuries, but that does not diminish the serious nature of this act.

     

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  6. DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke's Statement on Celebrating the U.S. Coast Guard's 227 Years of Service
    Release Date: 
    August 4, 2017

    For Immediate Release
    Office of the Press Secretary
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    This Year’s Theme is “Honoring the Past, Securing the Future”

    WASHINGTON— Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke today released the following statement on the United States Coast Guard’s 227th birthday: “Today, Coast Guard men and women stationed around the globe will celebrate 227 years of service by honoring their rich history and looking ahead to a future of dedicated service to our nation.

    “The Coast Guard stands ready to protect U.S. security and economic interests whenever and wherever called upon- in our coastal waters, the Arctic region and abroad. Notably, the brave men and women of the Coast Guard operate thousands of miles below our southern border, securing our country from transnational organized criminals, human smugglers and terrorist threats before they reach our shores and harm our citizens.  Their efforts are a critical part of the department's mission to protect the homeland and the American people.

    “We are grateful for these extraordinary men and women – active duty, reserve, civilian, and auxiliary – who proudly serve in critical jobs afloat, ashore, and in the air to protect our maritime interests and national security, as well as save lives every day. Thank you for continuing to ensure our nation’s safety, security, and prosperity.”

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  7. DHS Hosts Hurricane Briefing with President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Hurricane State Governors
    Release Date: 
    August 4, 2017

    For Immediate Release
    Office of the Press Secretary
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    DHS is Coordinating Preparedness on all Levels of Government 

    WASHINGTON – Today, the Department of Homeland Security hosted a hurricane briefing for President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, cabinet officials, and hurricane state governors. The purpose of the briefing, held at Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington, DC, was to discuss the nation’s preparedness for hurricane season. Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke, FEMA Administrator Brock Long, and other federal agency leaders all attended. They were joined via teleconference by the governors from states with a high risk of hurricanes.

    During the meeting, the President was briefed on the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season forecast by the acting director for the National Hurricane Center. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Duke discussed the government-wide year-long hurricane preparedness efforts, working with all levels of government, the private sector, and individuals – highlighting the shared responsibility of preparedness.  FEMA Administrator Long discussed the nation’s readiness posture for hurricane response and the Agency’s response and recovery capabilities.

    “Natural disaster preparedness is a joint effort between state and local partners, the American people, and the federal government.  We at DHS and FEMA are ready to respond quickly, efficiently, and effectively when a disaster occurs,” said Acting Secretary Duke.  “We take this responsibility seriously, and like today will continue to coordinate closely with our state and local partners to support our nation’s collective ability to respond.”

    Several governors briefed out on their state-specific preparedness efforts, as well as ongoing coordination with their federal counterparts.

    “Incidents begin and end locally, and FEMA’s role is to support the efforts and capabilities of states, local governments, tribes, and territories impacted by disasters,” said Administrator Long.  “FEMA stands ready to coordinate federal capabilities in our shared responsibility for response and recovery. Every level of government and each individual has a role to play.”

    The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.  More information on safety measures the public can take can be found at http://www.ready.gov/hurricanes.  The FEMA App (available in English and Spanish) puts safety tips, directions to shelters, emergency supply checklists and more, into the palms of users’ hands.

     

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  8. DHS Delivers Northern Border Threat Analysis Report to Congress
    Release Date: 
    August 3, 2017

    For Immediate Release
    Office of the Press Secretary
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security delivered to the Congress the Northern Border Threat Analysis Report describing the current threat landscape on the U.S.-Canada border and analyzing national security and other threats across the air, land, and maritime domains. The report was prepared in accordance with the reporting requirements of the Northern Border Security Review Act.

    Although the Northern and Southern borders of the United States differ greatly in terms of climate, threat environment, and volume of cross-border flows, some of the same technological resources and border enforcement methods are effectively deployed at both borders. DHS also collaborates with other federal, state, local, and tribal partners, as well as our Canadian partners, to address border security-related issues. Intelligence coordination and sharing is critical for successful northern border operations.

    This report offers a preliminary description of the Department’s capabilities and gaps for our operations on the Northern border. DHS intends to build on the preliminary assessment offered in this report by updating its Northern border strategy and writing a corresponding implementation plan. The updated strategy will include measures that will allow DHS to evaluate progress toward addressing capability gaps on the Northern border. Upon completion, these documents will enable DHS to begin a formal capability assessment and generate requirements which will guide the Department’s approach to making investments that will make the U.S.-Canada border more secure.

    Current strategic guidance for DHS northern border operations is derived from several sources, including the 2014-2018 DHS Strategic Plan, the 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR), and the 2012 Northern Border Strategy.

    To read the full public Executive Summary, click here.

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  9. Statement By Acting Secretary Of Homeland Security Elaine Duke On Legislation To Create A Merit-Based Immigration System
    Release Date: 
    August 2, 2017

    For Immediate Release
    Office of the Press Secretary
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    WASHINGTON – The immigration system of the United States must encourage the admission of the best and the brightest from around the world. The RAISE Act embodies the President's vision for a merit-based immigration system that would better serve our national interest.

    The men and women of the Department of Homeland Security are committed to enforcing the existing immigration laws of our nation, including our current system which admits more than 1.1 million legal immigrants per year. We look forward to an immigration structure that is better for American workers, the American economy, for American security, and better for legal immigrants and their immediate families.

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  10. DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Discusses Public Venue Security at AT&T Park
    Release Date: 
    August 1, 2017

    For Immediate Release
    Office of the Press Secretary
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    DHS is Coordinating Closely with Private Sector Partners on Venue Security

    WASHINGTON – Today, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke met with security officials at AT&T Park in San Francisco to discuss how DHS works alongside our private sector partners and local law enforcement on public venue security. Acting Secretary Duke reaffirmed DHS’s commitment to partnering with large venue security teams to ensure the safety of the American public.

    “The Department of Homeland Security is proactively working with our private sector partners to ensure the safety and security of public venues and gathering places,” said Acting Secretary Duke. “As we saw in the tragic attack at Manchester Arena, high profile events make attractive targets for terrorists. DHS will continue to make public venue security a top priority, while striving to minimize potential inconveniences to the public.”

    DHS works alongside professional sports leagues and public assembly venues to develop several programs for the safety, security, and resilience of sporting stadiums including everything from sharing threat information, training for hourly employees on recognition of suspicious activity around the venue, to unmanned aerial system awareness, and patron screening best practices guides.

    Beyond the work with these venues, DHS also works to assist communities nationwide, reaching small and medium size businesses that attract large numbers of people, including but not limited to restaurants, clubs, grocery stores, places of worship and other venues often located near larger entertainment venues.  The Hometown Security portal on DHS.gov makes it easy to find free, useful information that helps communities and businesses enhance their security. 

    U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory Mendenhall

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