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April 05, 2018

Engel, Pallone, Thompson Urge FCC to Crack-Down on Fake ‘Stingray’ Cell Towers

(WASHINGTON) - Following reports this week of possible foreign entities spying on Americans’ cellular calls, Congressman Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, today called on the FCC to crack-down on fake cell towers known as stingrays. Stingrays … Continue Reading


March 22, 2018

Thompson Requests Facebook Election Security Briefing

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security and Co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Election Security, sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg to request a briefing on how Facebook is addressing known efforts to undermine or manipulate our elections. I am concerned that Facebook has not only failed to anticipate the various ways its platform and the data it collects might be misused, but also that … Continue Reading


March 20, 2018

Jayapal, Thompson, Lofgren Lead More Than 50 Members to Protect Families From Being Torn Apart at the Border

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson, Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren, and 58 members of Congress sent a letter to the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations to urge the committee to reject the separation of families at the border and instead restore funding for alternatives to detention, such as the Family Case Management Program (FCMP). “Attorneys from around the country … Continue Reading


March 20, 2018

DeFazio, Thompson, Pallone: Six Months After Hurricane Maria, Federal Recovery Still Lagging Behind

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), and Energy & Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long on the delays and challenges that continue to frustrate the federal response and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico six months after it was devastated by Hurricane … Continue Reading


March 13, 2018

Thompson & DeFazio Urge President Trump to Extend the Federal Cost Share for Debris Removal for the U.S. Virgin Islands

(WASHINGTON) Today, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump urging him to extend the Federal cost share for debris removal and emergency protective measures for the U.S. Virgin Islands as a result of the damage after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The debris build up on the U.S. Virgin Islands left by … Continue Reading


March 08, 2018

What is the Trump Administration’s Election Security Study?

(WASHINGTON) - The co-chairs of the Congressional Task Force on Election Security, Committee on Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson and Committee on House Administration Robert Brady, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to request more information following the President’s comments Tuesday indicating the existence of an election security study taking place at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Time is running out to secure our elections from … Continue Reading


March 06, 2018

Democrats Request Funding to Help Secure Elections From Russian Interference

(WASHINGTON) - Today, a group of House Democrats, including Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer and the Co-Chairs of the Task Force on Election Security, Reps. Robert Brady and Bennie G. Thompson, sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee to express support for the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and to request that the EAC receive $14 million so it can continue to assist states in their urgent efforts to secure voting systems in advance of the 2018 midterm elections. The members … Continue Reading


March 05, 2018

Thompson, Barragán Question Kirstjen Nielsen on Involvement in Rob Porter’s Security Clearance

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Committee Member Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA) sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen to demand answers on her involvement in Rob Porter’s security clearance controversy. Secretary Nielsen served as Deputy Chief of Staff under John Kelly during a critical time in the FBI’s investigation into Porter’s background and allegations regarding domestic violence. In her … Continue Reading


February 08, 2018

Democrats: DHS Has No Right or Reason to Separate Families

(WASHINGTON) - Today, 75 Democratic Representatives led by Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard and Pramila Jayapal, Co-Chairs of the Women’s Working Group on Immigration Reform, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, Ranking Member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen expressing profound concern with the Department of Homeland Security's practice of separating … Continue Reading


January 26, 2018

Top Dems to AG Sessions, Secretary Nielsen: Flawed and Misleading Report is a Blatant Political Attempt to Link Immigration & Terrorism

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joseph Crowley, Oversight & Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel, Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff, and Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren sent a letter to Homeland Security … Continue Reading


January 23, 2018

Thompson, Nadler, Cummings Demand Answers on the White House’s Security Clearance Process & Jared Kushner’s Interim Clearance

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler, and Oversight & Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings sent a letter to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to demand answers on how the Trump White House handles the security clearance process for its staff. Press reports revealing details of Jared Kushner’s one year old interim clearance calls the clearance adjudication process for … Continue Reading


January 23, 2018

Election Security Task Force Seeks Clarification On DHS Role in Continuing Kobach Voter Fraud Commission

(WASHINGTON) - Today, House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Robert A. Brady (D-PA), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Task Force on Election Security, wrote to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kristjen Nielsen seeking clarification regarding the Department's responsibilities related to the now-defunct Presidential Commission on Election Integrity. The Commission was ostensibly established to … Continue Reading


January 18, 2018

Thompson to DHS Secretary Nielsen: Your Failure to Acknowledge or Repudiate Trump’s Racist Remarks Calls Into Question Your Ability to Lead

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent the below letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen regarding her recent comments: Dear Secretary Nielsen: I read with incredulity your statement today asserting you are “thoroughly disappointed” at the attention being given to President Trump’s racist, xenophobic statements at last week’s White House meeting. The President’s defamatory words are in keeping … Continue Reading


January 09, 2018

Democratic Ranking Members Send Letter to Speaker Ryan on House Republicans’ Refusal to Fully Investigate Russia’s Threat to Our Democracy and National Security

(WASHINGTON) House Democratic Ranking Members Eliot Engel, Maxine Waters, Jerrold Nadler, Bennie Thompson, Elijah Cummings and Robert Brady sent a letter to Speaker Ryan today urging House Republicans to join Democrats to fully investigate and address Russia’s threat to our democracy and national security. This letter comes as we mark one year since the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s report confirming Russia’s meddling into the 2016 election and America’s continued … Continue Reading


January 08, 2018

Vela, Thompson, Grijalva Urge Democratic Senate Leadership to Consider Environmental Impact of Border Wall

(WASHINGTON) - Representative Filemon Vela, Ranking Member of the Border and Maritime Subcommittee, led a letter to Senate Minority Leader Schumer and Senate Minority Whip Durbin following reports of ongoing border security negotiations with the White House. The letter urges Senate leaders to consider the environmental impacts of the proposed border wall before reaching any final decision on border wall funding. The Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Representative … Continue Reading


December 13, 2017

Velázquez, Thompson Press for Explanation of Puerto Rico Death Toll

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, wrote the Government Accountability Office (GAO) demanding a review of the official death count in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. While the latest official death toll stands at 64, recent media reports have suggested the actual loss of life may be much higher, estimating 1,052 deaths can be attributed to Maria. “It is clear from numerous … Continue Reading


December 12, 2017

Thompson, Watson Coleman: After NYC Attack TSA Must Focus on Overdue Security Mandates

(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 two surface transportation security mandates that have not been implemented and are long overdue. Yesterday’s attack in New York City underscores the urgent need for TSA to … Continue Reading


December 06, 2017

Does the New Homeland Security Secretary Agree with Trump?

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent the below letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, on her first day, reminding her of President Trump’s past inflammatory statements on homeland security matters and inquiring if she agrees with these statements. Department of Homeland Security’s future actions and policymaking on these topics impact all Americans. Link to Letter # # # Media contact: Adam … Continue Reading


December 01, 2017

Troublesome: New FEMA Request for $100 Million Single Vendor Puerto Rico Recovery Contract

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke regarding a Request for Information (RFI) issued by FEMA for Resource Capability and Transportation Support needs in the wake of extensive hurricane damage in Puerto Rico. The contract to a single vendor could be worth more than $100 million. Letter excerpts: “We have certainly seen the danger in awarding a single … Continue Reading


November 28, 2017

Republicans Refuse NAACP Witness for Domestic Terrorism Hearing (Updated)

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent the below letter to Committee Chairman Michael McCaul protesting his exclusion of the NAACP from a full Committee hearing Thursday on homeland threats and domestic terrorism: I write regarding our Full Committee hearing entitled "Worldwide Threats: Keeping America Secure in the New Age of Terror" scheduled for November 30, 2017. As you know, I have requested that representatives … Continue Reading