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March 26, 2020

Homeland Security and Oversight and Reform Committees Question Deficient DHS IG Investigations and Raise Concerns About DHS IG Cuffari’s Leadership

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, each sent letters to Joseph V. Cuffari, the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These letters request information and documents regarding numerous shortcomings in the review by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the deaths of two children in the custody of Customs and … Continue Reading


March 24, 2020

Thompson, Rose Write DHS on Reports of Extremists Seeking to Exploit Coronavirus Pandemic

(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 Elizabeth Neumann, Assistant Secretary for Threat Prevention and Security Policy, at the Department of Homeland Security regarding the Federal government's efforts to counter potential homeland security threats from violent extremists who may seek to take advantage of the current … Continue Reading


March 24, 2020

Thompson, DeFazio, Payne, Titus Urge Trump to Eliminate Cost Share for States Under Coronavirus Disaster Declarations

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, and Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to, during the … Continue Reading


March 23, 2020

Thompson Writes DHS and HHS on Tracking Masks and Medical Supplies FEMA Is Shipping to States

(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 Health and Human Services Alex Azar regarding the personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical medical equipment and supplies available in the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) that FEMA is presently shipping to states. FEMA has been unable to provide any specific numbers regarding the availability … Continue Reading


March 20, 2020

Homeland Democrats Write TSA on Coronavirus Contingency Plans for Its Workforce, Flying Public

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA), Chairman of the Transportation and Maritime Security Subcommittee, and other Democratic Members of the Committee, sent a letter to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regarding the protection of Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) still serving on the frontlines at our airports during the coronavirus pandemic. An increasing number of officers have … Continue Reading


March 19, 2020

Chairman Thompson, Committee Democrats Write Trump to Request Federal Government Take Specific, Swift Action on Coronavirus

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and the Democratic membership of the Committee, sent a letter to President Trump asking him to take swift action by "harnessing the resources and capabilities of the Federal government" to stem the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. Specifically, they ask him to: Direct the DoD and HHS to dedicate the Federal government's purchasing power towards acquiring ventilators. Direct the DHS, … Continue Reading


March 17, 2020

Chairman Thompson Writes Secret Service for Campaign and Convention Coronavirus Contingency Plans

(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 the Service's contingency plans related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of the presidential campaigns and the upcoming party conventions. Letter excerpts: I write to inquire about the plans in place for the United States Secret Service (USSS) to prepare for COVID-19 in the context of the presidential campaign as well … Continue Reading


March 12, 2020

Thompson Writes DHS, HHS, CDC on Rationale, Implementation Plan for Trump’s Travel Ban After Contradictory Statements

(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, Alex Azar, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Dr. Robert Redfield, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to request more information on the travel ban announced by President Trump last night. In the letter, Chairman Thompson requests the rationale for the travel ban, including all plans and … Continue Reading


March 04, 2020

Chairman Thompson Requests DHS, Candidate Protection Advisory Committee Immediately Meet to Determine Secret Service Protection for Democratic Candidates

(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 the Members of the Candidate Protection Advisory Committee, asking them to immediately convene to decide whether to provide Secret Service protection to Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Senator Bernard Sanders. Letter text: As the process for nominating the Democratic candidate for President of the United … Continue Reading


February 21, 2020

Chairman Thompson Writes Acting DHS Secretary Wolf on Election Security Post ODNI Staff Shakeup

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Chad Wolf, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on election security in the wake of the ODNI staff shakeup. In the letter, Chairman Thompson demands DHS remain forthcoming, honest, and candid about election security threats. Letter excerpts: "I am concerned, however, that the President's recent decision to remove certain ODNI officials for providing … Continue Reading


February 18, 2020

Top Homeland & Judiciary Democrats Condemn Deployment of Tactical CBP Agents to Various Cities in U.S.

(WASHINGTON) - In response to reports that U.S. Customs and Border Protection will deploy law enforcement tactical units to targeted cities in retaliation for their immigration policies, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations Chairwoman Kathleen M. Rice (D-NY), and Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), sent a … Continue Reading


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