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February 11, 2020

Chairman Thompson Demands Subpoenaed DHS Documents as the Department Continues to Stonewall Investigation into Deaths of Children in CBP Custody

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on the Committee's ongoing investigation of the circumstances surrounding the deaths of children in U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody and the policies and procedures regarding medical care for children in CBP custody. Despite the fact that the Committee originally requested documents into this matter as far back as … Continue Reading


February 08, 2020

House Leaders Demand DHS Reverse Retaliatory Global Entry Ban on New York Residents

(WASHINGTON) - Reps. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, & Operations, and Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), sent a letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf strongly opposing the decision by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to discriminate against … Continue Reading


January 31, 2020

Congressional Leaders Call for Immediate Halt of Trump Programs that Rush Migrants Through Asylum Screenings

(WASHINGTON) - Congressional leaders called on Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf to immediately halt implementation of the Trump Administration's new asylum programs, Prompt Asylum Claim Review (PACR) and the Humanitarian Asylum Review Process (HARP). These programs do not help asylum seekers but instead systematically deny them due process, leave them in life-threatening circumstances, and ultimately deny the opportunity to justly seek asylum in the United States. The letter … Continue Reading


January 28, 2020

Chairman Thompson, Committee Leaders Request Information on DHS Response to the Coronavirus Outbreak

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security; Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL), Vice Chairwoman; and Subcommittee Chairs Reps. J. Luis Correa (D-CA), Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), Kathleen M. Rice (D-NY), Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), Max Rose (D-NY) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) sent a letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf requesting information on the Department of Homeland Security's efforts in addressing the health and … Continue Reading


January 27, 2020

Thompson Inquires on New Border Patrol Chief’s Involvement in Racist Social Media Groups

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Mark Morgan, Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), regarding the appointment of Rodney S. Scott as the Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol. According to media reports, Mr. Scott engaged with at least one social media site in which CBP personnel communicated vulgar and discriminatory comments. In the letter, Chairman Thompson requests all investigatory … Continue Reading


January 15, 2020

Chairman Thompson Requests Secret Service Cost to Protect President Trump and Family

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Director of the U.S. Secret Service to request information on the cost to American taxpayers to protect President Trump and his family on travel. Letter excerpts: President Trump and his family require 24-hour protection from the Secret Service, including trips taken for both official business and personal reasons. Such trips require the Secret Service to provide … Continue Reading


January 14, 2020

Thompson Leads Members Calling for Trump to Issue Puerto Rico Disaster Declaration

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, led a group of House Members in writing President Trump to urge him to, without delay, issue a disaster declaration for Puerto Rico after an earthquake devastated the island last week. Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced requested the President issue a major disaster declaration on Saturday and the President has yet to act. Despite it being over two years since Hurricane Maria, … Continue Reading


January 14, 2020

Warren, Thompson, Velázquez Urge President to Fully Fund Emergency Response in Puerto Rico

(WASHINGTON) - U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ranking Member of the Senate Banking, Housing, & Urban Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Financial Institutions & Consumer Protection, House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), House Small Business Committee Chair Nydia Velázquez (D-NY), sent a letter urging President Trump to waive Puerto Rico's local cost-sharing requirement following recent earthquakes and to ensure that the federal government … Continue Reading


January 07, 2020

House Leaders Press Trump Administration On Reports of Iranian Americans Being Held at Border

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship and Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), House Immigration and Citizenship Subcommittee Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), and Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border … Continue Reading


December 20, 2019

Chairman Thompson Writes DHS on Shocking Facial Recognition Report

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf regarding the Department's use of facial recognition technology after a government report came out yesterday on the technology's unreliability and racial bias. Chairman Thompson requests DHS conduct an immediate assessment of whether it should halt current facial recognition operations and plans for future expansion. Letter … Continue Reading


December 18, 2019

Thompson, Rogers Write Acting DHS Secretary Wolf After Department Fails to Comply with Subpoena

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Committee, sent a letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf regarding the Committee's subpoena to the Department for border security documents. The Department did not meet the subpoena's December 11th deadline. Letter text: Dear Acting Secretary Wolf: As you know, on November 20, 2019, the Committee on Homeland Security … Continue Reading


December 17, 2019

Thompson, Richmond Request FBI Documents on Controversial “Black Identity Extremists” Classification

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA) sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting documents and a briefing from the FBI in light of additional reporting on the Bureau's controversial "Black Identity Extremists" (BIEs) classification. "To better understand the full scope of threats law enforcement faces and to ensure that the rights and privacy of community members are protected, … Continue Reading


December 10, 2019

Thompson and Maloney Highlight Coast Guard Obstruction After Commandant Refuses to Testify

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a letter to Admiral Karl L. Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, on his refusal to testify before the Committees' joint subcommittee hearing tomorrow on how the Coast Guard is handling complaints of harassment and bullying. "Your refusal to testify continues a troubling trend of impediments to … Continue Reading


December 04, 2019

Chairman Thompson Requests Investigation into $400 Million Border Wall Contract

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General to request a review of the $400 million border wall construction contract the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded to a company President Trump frequently touted. Letter text: I write seeking a review of the $400 million contract the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded to Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. on … Continue Reading


November 15, 2019

Thompson and Maloney Ask for Emergency Review of Wolf and Cuccinelli Appointments

(Washington) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Acting Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent a letter to the Comptroller General of the United States requesting an expedited review of the legality of the appointment of Chad Wolf as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security and Ken Cuccinelli as Acting Deputy Secretary. "[R]ecently released documents suggest that the installation of Mr. … Continue Reading


October 26, 2019

Thompson Responds to DHS Acting Secretary McAleenan’s Refusal to Comply with Proper Subpoena

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan after he wrote that he will refuse to comply with the Committee's lawful October 24th subpoena for a hearing on terrorist threats facing the country. Letter text: I was disappointed, but unfortunately not surprised, to receive your letter yesterday. I write to set the record straight and to urge you to comply with the … Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

Thompson Writes House Sergeant at Arms on SCIF Security Breach

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the House Sergeant at Arms regarding the security breach at a House SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) today. Letter excerpt: Today, a group of Minority Members of the House of Representatives, including Minority Members of the Committee of Homeland Security, intentionally brought their electronic devices into a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information … Continue Reading


October 18, 2019

Thompson & Rogers Request Intelligence Assessment on Homeland Threat from Escaped ISIS Fighters in Syria

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Committee, sent a letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis Under Secretary David Glawe to request an intelligence assessment on the threat to the homeland posed by Islamic State (ISIS) foreign fighters released or escaped in the aftermath of the withdrawal of U.S. troops and … Continue Reading


October 18, 2019

Committee Chairs, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Demand Investigation into Tent Immigration Courts at the Border

(WASHINGTON) - Congressional leaders from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and House Committees of jurisdiction called on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Joseph V. Cuffari and Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz to launch an investigation into the use of tent courts at the border. These tent facilities are being used to hold immigration hearings via video teleconference (VTC) for asylum seekers subject to President Trump's "Remain in … Continue Reading


October 08, 2019

Chairman Thompson Writes Acting NCTC Director After Pulling Out of Counterterrorism Hearing

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Acting Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) after he pulled out of testifying on a mutually agreed upon date for a public hearing on threats facing the country. The NCTC, which is part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), has consistently testified at previous, yearly hearings on this topic. Letter text: I was dismayed to … Continue Reading

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