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June 07, 2022

Thompson, House Chairs, Congress Urge President Biden to Recalibrate Relationship with Saudi Arabia

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, alongside five Committee Chairpersons called on President Biden to further recalibrate the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia, in light of reports that President Biden is considering a visit to the Kingdom in the coming months, and urged the president to forcefully advocate for a more balanced bilateral relationship that benefits everyday Americans and reaffirms … Continue Reading


June 02, 2022

Homeland Democrats Request Briefing on DHS Role In Responding to Uvalde Shooting

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Homeland Security Committee Democrats, led by Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to request a committee briefing on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) role in responding to tragic mass shooting Uvalde, Texas last week and what the Department plans to do, along with its Federal, State, and local partners, to prevent future tragedies.  “While details surrounding the horrific … Continue Reading


June 01, 2022

Thompson, Watson Coleman Congratulate New Coast Guard Commandant as First Ever Female Military Service Chief

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Chairwoman of the Transportation and Maritime Security Subcommittee, sent a letter to Admiral Linda Fagan to congratulate her on her swearing in as the new United States Coast Guard Commandant and first female ever to lead a branch of our armed forces. “You take the helm of the Coast Guard at a pivotal moment for our Nation as we combat … Continue Reading


May 10, 2022

Chairs Thompson and Maloney Request Information from DHS IG on Efforts to Conceal Department Employee Misconduct

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Joseph Cuffari, requesting documents and information related to reported efforts by the Inspector General’s office to delay or conceal findings of domestic abuse and sexual harassment by DHS employees.  The letter follows a … Continue Reading


April 28, 2022

Chairs Thompson, Watson Coleman Write TSA on its Plan to Address Rise in Guns at Airport Checkpoints After Member of Congress Again Caught by TSA

(WASHINGTON) – Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security, sent a letter to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) inquiring about its plan to address the dangerous and alarming rise of individuals bringing firearms to airport checkpoints after a Member of Congress, Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC), was caught by TSA bringing a gun to a … Continue Reading


April 21, 2022

Chair Thompson, Vice Chair Torres Lead Bipartisan Letter to MTA Regarding Security Cameras in Wake of NYC Subway Shooting

(WASHINGTON) – Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY), Vice Chairman of the Committee, led a bipartisan letter to the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) following the New York City Subway shooting in Sunset Park, Brooklyn last week. After it was revealed that security cameras were not functioning on the day of the shooting, the Members request information regarding how the MTA uses funds it has … Continue Reading


March 25, 2022

Chairs Thompson & Barragán Urge DHS to Terminate Contract with Torrance County Detention Facility

(WASHINGTON) – Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, & Operations, sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) following a management alert from the DHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) regarding unsafe and unsanitary conditions at the Torrance County Detention … Continue Reading


February 10, 2022

Homeland Democrats Request Additional Funding to Protect Nonprofits Amid Increasing Threats, Including Houses of Worship and HBCUs

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Homeland Security Committee Democrats, led by Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), sent a letter to House Appropriators urging them to provide significant new funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) in the FY2022 Homeland Security Appropriations bill, given the current complex, diffused, and dynamic terrorism landscape which is heavily motivated by elements of white supremacy.  Recently, there has been a spate of bomb threats to Historically … Continue Reading


January 24, 2022

House & Senate Committee Leaders Request GAO Audit of CBP ‘Critical Incident Teams’

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Chairs of the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees, House and Senate Judiciary Committees, and House Oversight Committee sent a letter to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting it conduct a review of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) use of Critical Incident Teams along the southwest border. The letter – sent by 10 Committee and Subcommittee Chairs – was prompted by a complaint from a civil rights organization … Continue Reading


January 24, 2022

Oversight and Homeland Security Chairs Request Information from Customs and Border Protection on Potential Misconduct of Specialized Teams

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), requesting documents and information related to Critical Incident Teams—specialized units within CBP tasked with investigating and collecting evidence of allegations of excessive and deadly use of force by Border Patrol agents.  “The Committees … Continue Reading


December 22, 2021

Thompson, DeFazio, Watson Coleman, Larsen Write Airlines to Urge Them to Require and Pay for Crew Members to Attend TSA’s Self Defense Program

(WASHINGTON) - Committee on Homeland Security Chair Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Transportation & Maritime Security Subcommittee Chair Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), and Aviation Subcommittee Chair Rick Larsen (D-WA) sent letters to four major airlines urging them to require their crew members to attend TSA's Crew Member Self Defense Program so that they are equipped with the necessary skills to deter and mitigate … Continue Reading


October 25, 2021

Chairs Thompson and Watson Coleman Write TSA to Urge Improved Enforcement of Mask Mandates

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Chairwoman of the Transportation and Maritime Security Subcommittee, sent a letter to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske seeking answers on how TSA plans to enforce enhanced civil penalties for travelers who do not comply with the Federal requirement to wear masks in transportation settings. Enforcement of these … Continue Reading


September 24, 2021

Chairman Thompson Writes DHS on Mistreatment of Haitian Migrants

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security regarding the continued mistreatment of Haitian migrants by the Department. In the letter, Chairman Thompson again urges the Secretary of Homeland Security to immediately halt repatriation flights to Haiti and to provide Haitians and other migrants an opportunity to apply for asylum. He also urges the Secretary to update use of force … Continue Reading


September 22, 2021

Chairs Thompson, Meeks Write DHS & State Department to Urge Stop to Repatriations of Haitian Migrants

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY) sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State expressing their concern regarding the ongoing repatriation of Haitian migrants and urge a humanitarian moratorium on these repatriations. "[T]housands of Haitians and other migrants have arrived in Del Rio, Texas over the past week and are now seeking shelter … Continue Reading


May 11, 2021

Homeland Security, Transportation & Infrastructure Leaders Write White House National Security Advisor Sullivan on Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack

(WASHINGTON) - Today, leaders of the Homeland Security Committee and the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee sent a letter to White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on the national security and economic security implications of the Colonial Pipeline Company ransomware attack, which could lead to rising fuel costs and fuel shortages. In the letter, the Members ask for a formal briefing as soon as possible from the interagency task force the White House established in … Continue Reading


March 25, 2021

House Committee Chairs Send Letters Seeking Documents About January 6 Attack on U.S. Capitol

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Committee and Subcommittee Chairs across the House of Representatives sent letters to the White House, federal agencies, law enforcement, and Legislative Branch entities, including the House and Senate Sergeant at Arms, seeking documents and communications relating to the January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist assault on the Capitol. "Our Committees are requesting information relating to the January 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol, which killed five people and injured … Continue Reading


March 03, 2021

House Homeland Security, Intelligence & Judiciary Leaders Write President Biden on Delayed Domestic Terrorism Data Report

(WASHINGTON) - Today, leaders of the Committee on Homeland Security, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the Committee on the Judiciary sent a letter urging President Biden to prioritize the issuance of a long overdue intelligence assessment and report on the domestic terrorism threat. The assessment and report, which the Trump Administration failed to produce as required by law and was due to Congress over 8 months ago, is to include comprehensive data regarding the extent … Continue Reading


February 23, 2021

Wilson, Meeks, Jayapal, and Thompson Lead More Than 60 Members of Congress Calling for an End to Title 42 Expulsions

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Gregory W. Meeks (NY-5), Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-7), and Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie G. Thompson (MS-2) sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas calling on him to end the practice of summarily expelling migrants under Title 42 of the Public Health Services Act as soon as practicable and to employ alternative forms of humanitarian relief for … Continue Reading


February 09, 2021

Chairs DeFazio and Thompson Urge FAA, TSA to Enforce Federal Mask Mandate for Airline Passengers to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

(WASHINGTON) - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) are urging the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to closely coordinate with all stakeholders to enforce President Joe Biden's Federal mask mandate for airline passengers to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure passenger and frontline aviation and … Continue Reading


February 03, 2021

Chairman Thompson Writes Newly Confirmed Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, Invites Him to Testify

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to newly confirmed Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas to congratulate him on his position and to invite him to testify before on the Committee on pressing issues facing the country. Letter excerpts: "Your tenure comes at a critical time for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which has been without confirmed leadership for nearly two years and has a … Continue Reading

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