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September 06, 2018

Thompson, Vela Inquire on U.S. Citizen Passport Denials Along Border

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on news reports of a surge in passport denials by the Department of State to United States citizens born along the U.S.-Mexico border. The Ranking Members also express their concern … Continue Reading


August 31, 2018

Thompson, Velázquez Urge FEMA to Extend Funding for Hurricane Maria Cleanup in Puerto Rico

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) sent letters to President Trump and to the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in support of Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s appeal of FEMA’s August 15 denial of a request to extend 100 percent Federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures in Puerto Rico. In the letter, the Members write: Over … Continue Reading


August 20, 2018

Thompson, Watson Coleman, Demings Call for Investigation Into Reports Federal Air Marshals Were Directed to Racially Discriminate

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, along with Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), and Rep. Val Demings (D-FL), announced they have requested the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General commence an investigation into news reports that former Federal Air Marshals alleged that a supervisor in Orlando, Florida directed them to target African American travelers for unwarranted scrutiny. Reportedly, the … Continue Reading


July 31, 2018

Thompson Writes DHS on Homeland Security Implications of 3D Printed Gun Blueprints Published Online

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on the homeland security implications of the Trump Administration allowing the online publication of blueprints for 3-D printed firearms. It is unknown if the Department of Homeland Security was involved in the decision of the Departments of State and Justice to abandon the lawsuit that would have stopped publication. The … Continue Reading


July 31, 2018

Thompson, Watson Coleman Inquire on Air Marshal Intelligence Program

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Protective Security, sent a letter to the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regarding news articles on the Federal Air Marshal Service and its practices and operations. In the letter, the Members request more information on the authorities and rules followed for … Continue Reading


July 26, 2018

Leading Democrats Call for Top Trump Administration Officials to Testify on Election Security

(WASHINGTON) - In a new letter today, top Democrats called for a joint hearing on election security to investigate the threats facing elections in 2018 and the Trump administration’s plan to secure our elections from foreign interference. The letter, from Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Robert A. Brady (D-Pa.), Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), and Homeland … Continue Reading


June 29, 2018

Ranking Members Press FEMA Administrator on Slow Hurricane Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico

(WASHINGTON) - With the 2018 hurricane season underway and Puerto Rican families still struggling in the aftermath of Hurricanes Maria and Irma, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Small Business, Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member on the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Congressman Richard Neal (D-MA), Ranking Member of the … Continue Reading


June 29, 2018

Top Dems Call for Comprehensive Review of President Trump’s Child Separation Policy by Inspectors General at DHS, HHS, and DOJ

Today, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, Jerrold Nadler, Bennie G. Thompson, Bobby Scott, and Frank Pallone, Jr., the Ranking Members of the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, the Judiciary, Homeland Security, Education and the Workforce, and Energy and Commerce, sent a letter to the Inspectors General of the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services calling for a broad review of the Trump Administration’s child separation and “zero tolerance” policies. … Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Thompson & Velázquez Lead Letter to Speaker Ryan to Urge He Place Puerto Rico Independent Commission Bill on House Floor

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Reps. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), led a group of 21 Democratic House members in writing Speaker Ryan to urge him to put legislation (H.R. 6103) on the House floor to establish an independent commission to examine the Federal preparation for and response to the 2017 hurricanes in Puerto Rico. There is historical precedent for Congress to act after a failed disaster response: in 2005, … Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

Homeland Dems to McCaul: Join Us in Calling for Trump to End Child Separation Policy

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the twelve Democratic members of the House Committee on Homeland Security, led by Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), sent a letter to Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) to urge him to call for the end of President Trump’s child separation policy. Letter excerpts: Over Father’s Day weekend, many of us visited facilities along our Nation’s southern border that are holding children separated from their parents due to the Trump Administration’s so-called … Continue Reading


June 18, 2018

Thompson Writes Nielsen on Immigrants Transferred to Federal Prisons

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to express his concern and request more information regarding U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) recent transfer of 1,600 detainees to five federal prisons due to President Trump’s zero-tolerance policy. Congressman Thompson released the following statement along with the letter: “The Trump … Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Senior Dems: FEMA Ending Power Line Work Leaves Puerto Rico Vulnerable as Hurricane Season Begins

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Energy & Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long to protest his decision to end the Army Corps of Engineers’ mission in Puerto Rico to help … Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Members of Congress Press FEMA, HHS on Federal Government’s Failures on Puerto Rico Fatality Count Following Hurricane Maria

(WASHINGTON) - United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Representative Nydia M. Velá?zquez (D-NY), and Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, led their Senate and House colleagues in a follow-up letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) seeking information about the federal government’s role in the official accounting of fatalities due to Hurricane Maria in … Continue Reading


June 13, 2018

Top Dems Seek Information on Reports of Inequities and Allegations of Harassment at Coast Guard Academy

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Joe Courtney (D-CT), co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Coast Guard Caucus, sent a letter to Coast Guard Commandant Karl L. Schultz requesting information about how the Coast Guard will address the results of a recent institutional assessment that found troubling gaps in … Continue Reading


June 07, 2018

Jayapal, Thompson, and Lofgren Lead 108 Lawmakers Urging Appropriators to Stop DHS from Separating Families

(WASHINGTON) Representatives Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) led 108 members of Congress in urging the Subcommittee on Homeland Security on Appropriations to restrict the Department of Homeland Security’s ability to separate families at the border. The letter comes in response to the Trump administration’s cruel and inhumane policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. “Many parents arrive at our borders with their … Continue Reading


May 30, 2018

Thompson, Vela Demand Protection of Children at the Border

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, announced they have transmitted three letters to the Trump Administration aimed to ensure the safety and security of children at the border. The Administration’s new “zero tolerance” policy towards border crossers will dramatically increase the number of children in the government’s … Continue Reading


April 18, 2018

Committee Leaders Urge FEMA to Extend Army Corps’ Puerto Rico Mission Until All Electric Customers Restored

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the top Democrats of four House Committees sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long requesting an extension of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (USACE) mission to restore power in Puerto Rico, which is currently scheduled to expire on May 18, 2018. The letter comes as news reports indicate an island-wide power outage hit Puerto Rico earlier today. The letter was signed by Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone, … Continue Reading


April 12, 2018

House National Security Dems Demand Answers on Trump’s Border Troop Deployment

(WASHINGTON) - Seven House Democratic national security leaders sent a letter to Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Defense Secretary James Mattis to oppose President Trump’s recent decision to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. Given the potential cost and with border crossings at a 40-year low, the Administration must provide a thorough justification and plan for any deployment of troops and use of taxpayer funds. News reports indicate the Administration is only now … Continue Reading


April 10, 2018

Top Democrats Call on Speaker Paul Ryan to Compel Trump Administration to Produce All Documents on Russian Cyberattacks Against States

(WASHINGTON) Today, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, Jerrold Nadler, Adam Schiff, Robert Brady, Bennie G. Thompson, and Eliot Engel—the Ranking Members of the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Judiciary, Intelligence, House Administration, Homeland Security, and Foreign Affairs—sent a letter urging House Speaker Paul Ryan to personally intervene to obtain all documents being withheld by the Trump Administration relating to Russian government-backed efforts to monitor, penetrate, or … Continue Reading


April 06, 2018

Thompson, Vela, Rice: Stop Ineffective and Discriminatory Extreme Vetting Program

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to urge she halt Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Visa Lifecycle Vetting Initiative (VLVI), formerly referred to as the Extreme … Continue Reading