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July 31, 2020

Thompson & Rose Demand Documents from DHS After Intelligence Reports Compiled on Journalists

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Max Rose (D-NY), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, sent a letter to the Acting Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requesting documents regarding I&A's role in the Department's response to protests in Portland this month in the wake of several disturbing reports indicating that … Continue Reading


July 21, 2020

As COVID-19 Stretches FEMA Thin and Hurricane and Wildfire Seasons Ramp Up, House and Senate Committee Leaders Demand Administration Work to Fill Neglected Senior Leadership Vacancies at the Agency

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR); Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS); Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Gary Peters (D-MI); Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV); and Chair of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, & Recovery Donald M. … Continue Reading


July 20, 2020

Homeland Democrats Demand Documents from DHS on Trump Administration Deployment in Portland

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, along with Democratic members of the Committee, sent a letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on the Department of Homeland Security's actions in Portland. The Department has sent no justification to Congress for its actions. The Department has still not answered an overdue Congressional request for documents pertaining to its statue protection 'Task Force'. "[W]e are … Continue Reading


July 19, 2020

Nadler, Thompson & Maloney Call for IG Investigation Into Trump Administration Use of Force Against Protestors

(WASHINGTON) - Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) condemned the Trump Administration's use of violent tactics against peaceful protestors in Washington D.C., Portland, Oregon, and elsewhere around the country, and demanded that the Inspectors General of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) open … Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

Thompson and Rice Urge DHS and CBP to Halt Deployment of Officers to Southwest Border

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations, sent a letter to Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, and Mark Morgan, Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), urging the Administration to immediately reverse plans to deploy additional DHS personnel from across the United States during the … Continue Reading


July 14, 2020

Waters, Smith, Engel, Thompson and Pallone Seek Information on Trump Administration Failures to Boost Production of PPE and Testing As COVID-19 Cases Spike

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), Chairman of the House Committee on Armed Services, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Secretary of … Continue Reading


July 10, 2020

Chairman Thompson Writes DHS on Sharp Increase of COVID-19 Cases at the Department

"Despite this troubling trend, it appears your Department has not taken simple steps to help ensure these employees are as safe as possible" (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 troubling rise in COVID-19 cases among the frontline workforce of the Department of Homeland Security. According to data regularly provided to the Committee, the number of … Continue Reading


July 06, 2020

Thompson and Correa Call on TSA to Make Masks Mandatory

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA), Chairman of the Transportation and Maritime Security Subcommittee, sent a letter to the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) again calling on him to issue a requirement for airline passengers to wear masks in order to go through airport security checkpoints. The Members previously wrote TSA on this issue in May. Currently, only … Continue Reading


July 06, 2020

Chairman Thompson Demands Documents from DHS on Statue Protection ‘Task Force’

(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 requesting documents on the Department of Homeland Security's new "Protecting American Communities Task Force" created to coordinate law enforcement activity to protect "monuments, memorials, statues, and federal facilities." In the letter, Chairman Thompson writes that although DHS has provided a briefing on the Task Force to … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Thompson Demands U.S. Coast Guard Ban Confederate Flag

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Admiral Karl Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, demanding the Coast Guard prohibit public displays of the Confederate Battle Flag at all Coast Guard installations, cutters, boats, aircraft, and government-owned housing. The U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps have already decided to prohibit displays of the flag from all of their military facilities Chairman Thompson … Continue Reading


June 26, 2020

Chairman Thompson Demands FBI Director Provide Documents and Agree to Testify

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray regarding multiple requests for briefings and documents that have yet to be fulfilled by the FBI. The Committee has tried to resolve these issues to no avail, with the FBI failing to even schedule a requested telephone call between Chairman Thompson and Director Wray to discuss the long overdue requests. To date, the FBI has failed to: Provide … Continue Reading


June 22, 2020

Thompson Demands Documents Regarding Nigel Farage Travel to the United States to Attend Trump Rally

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS), regarding the decision by the Trump Administration to permit Mr. Nigel Farage to travel to the United States from the United Kingdom, enabling him to attend the Trump campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Currently, travel to the United States is not allowed from the United Kingdom due to the coronavirus pandemic. In the … Continue Reading


June 17, 2020

Chairman Thompson Writes DHS on Temperature Check Plan

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf expressing concerns regarding reports that DHS is preparing to task the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) with checking temperatures of departing passengers at U.S. airports to identify individuals who may have COVID-19. "I understand that some airlines and airports are lobbying the Trump Administration to conduct … Continue Reading


June 10, 2020

Chairman Thompson Leads Letter Urging Zuckerberg to Curb Dangerous Rhetoric Espoused by President Trump on Facebook

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Democrats on the Committee sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urging him to follow the lead of other social media companies and take action against President Trump's use of Facebook to push increasingly incendiary, violent, and abhorrent messages. Over the past few weeks, the President has taken to social media to peddle a baseless conspiracy theory accusing a former member of … Continue Reading


June 03, 2020

Nadler, Grijalva, Smith and Thompson Call for Answers on Trump Administration's Use of Force Against Peaceful DC Protestors

(WASHINGTON) - House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA), and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) sent a letter today seeking answers on the Trump Administration's use of tear gas, pepper spray, smoke canisters, stun grenades, and rubber bullets to forcibly remove peaceful protesters gathered in Lafayette Square. The letter, sent to … Continue Reading


June 02, 2020

Chairman Thompson Demands Briefing on Secret Service Involvement in Gassing of Protesters Outside White House

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Secret Service Director to request an immediate briefing on the Secret Service's involvement in the tear-gassing of peaceful protesters outside the White House last night so the President can have a campaign style photo-op. "I write to you stunned, disturbed, and furious at the sight of federal authorities tear-gassing peaceful protesters in Lafayette Park, outside the … Continue Reading


June 01, 2020

Homeland Security Dems Write DHS & FBI on the Federal Government’s Response to Protests Around the Country

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Democratic Members of the Committee sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI regarding reports of extremist involvement in protests arounds the country - and how DHS and the FBI are responding while ensuring that Americans' civil rights and civil liberties are protected. In recent days, Federal officials, including the President, have suggested that far-left … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Chairman Thompson and Committee Democrats Write FEMA on its Ability to Respond to Multiple Disasters During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins June 1 (WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and the Democratic Members of the Committee, sent a letter to Peter Gaynor, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), raising concerns about the agency's ability to respond to multiple disasters simultaneously during the COVID-19 pandemic and asking for a briefing on their preparation efforts. The Atlantic Hurricane Season … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Chairman Thompson Demands DHS and HHS Provide Requested Documents on Federal Response to Coronavirus

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent letters to the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of Health and Human Services demanding they provide the documents and information the Committee has requested regarding the Federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. In some cases, the requested documents have been outstanding for as long as two months. HHS has failed to provide a single page of documents in … Continue Reading


May 21, 2020

Chairman Thompson Writes Pompeo, Wolf Demanding They Halt Joint Saudi Security Programs After Pensacola Attacker’s Al Qaeda Ties Uncovered Revealing Vetting Concerns

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo again urging they immediately halt two joint airport security and air marshal training and advisory programs with the Saudi Arabia after the Department of Justice announced this week that the gunman in December's terrorist attack in Pensacola, Florida, a Saudi national receiving aviation … Continue Reading

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