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October 12, 2017

Thompson, Payne to Trump: You Must Commit to Puerto Rico Recovery

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications, sent a letter to President Trump after yet another series of injurious tweets on Puerto Rico and the recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria. Reps. Thompson and Payne urge President Trump not to renege on the federal government’s commitment to Puerto Rico’s … Continue Reading


October 11, 2017

Thompson, Watson Coleman Demand Cost of Pence Political Stunt

(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 Director of the U.S. Secret Service to get answers on Vice President Pence’s use of Secret Service resources in a political stunt over the weekend to garner media attention by walking out of a football game. The members demand the cost and staffing for … Continue Reading


September 27, 2017

Homeland Dems to Trump: Gov’t Must do More to Help Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

(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 President Trump on the inadequate Federal response to recent hurricanes that have devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Dear President Trump: We write to express our serious concerns regarding the inadequate Federal response to recent hurricanes that have devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. … Continue Reading


August 15, 2017

Democrats Call for Domestic Terrorism Hearings

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the twelve Democratic members of the House Committee on Homeland Security, led by Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), sent the below letter to Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) and the Republican members of the Committee to urge the Committee hold hearings on domestic terrorism. In March and June of this year, Ranking Member Thompson wrote to Chairman McCaul requesting the Committee on Homeland Security address the ongoing threat of domestic terrorism through our … Continue Reading


August 02, 2017

Thompson to DHS: Don’t Abuse Waiver Law to Rush Border Wall

(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 news that former Secretary John Kelly signed a waiver before leaving DHS designed to disregard certain environmental laws to push forward construction of President Trump’s border wall mandated by Executive Order 13767. Ranking Member Thompson released the following statement along with the letter: “Congress … Continue Reading


July 18, 2017

Cummings, Conyers, Thompson and Brady to VP Pence: Remove Kobach from Election Commission and Rescind Request for Sensitive Voter Information

(WASHINGTON) Today, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, John Conyers, Jr., Bennie G. Thompson, and Robert A. Brady, Ranking Members of the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Judiciary, Homeland Security, and House Administration, sent a letter to Vice President Michael Pence requesting that he ask for the resignation of Kris Kobach from his position as the Vice Chair of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, and that he rescind Mr. Kobach’s unprecedented request … Continue Reading


June 26, 2017

Thompson to DHS: Produce Clear Guidance on Travel Ban

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly regarding the imminent temporary reinstatement of President Trump’s revised travel ban. Ranking Member Thompson released the following statement with the letter: “Chaos ensued after President Trump’s first travel ban was hastily implemented in January when CBP officers in the field lack proper implementation guidance. Given that … Continue Reading


June 21, 2017

Homeland Dems to DHS Sec. Kelly: Don’t Back Down on Protecting Election Infrastructure

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the Democratic members of the House Committee on Homeland Security, led by Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on the Department’s January 2017 designation of election infrastructure as a critical infrastructure subsector and to seek more details from the Administration on its plans to work with states to secure election infrastructure after Intelligence officials confirmed Russia sought to … Continue Reading


June 20, 2017

House Democratic Leaders, Ranking Members Urge Attorney General Sessions & White House Counsel to Reverse Unprecedented Policy to Not Respond to Democratic Requests

(WASHINGTON) Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, along with House Democratic Leaders and Ranking Members sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Counsel Don McGahn urging them reverse their policy that instructs federal agencies in the Trump Administration to ignore oversight requests from Members of Congress. The Members wrote, “This policy represents an unprecedented assault on the basic constitutional design of our … Continue Reading


June 01, 2017

Congress Must Act After Another Domestic Terrorist Attack

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Committee Chairman Michael McCaul demanding that the Committee confront the domestic terrorism threat. Last week, a domestic terrorist in Portland, Oregon stabbed three people, killing two, while shouting religious hate speech at two young Muslim women. Ranking Member Thompson wrote Chairman McCaul in March regarding the need for hearings and legislation on … Continue Reading


May 25, 2017

Homeland Dems to DHS: Do Not Appoint Sheriff Clarke

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the Democratic members of the House Committee on Homeland Security, led by Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly strongly urging him to not consider Sheriff David Clarke for a position at the Department of Homeland Security. Sheriff Clarke’s troubling record as Milwaukee County Sheriff is well documented. His oversight of the Milwaukee County Jail has been scrutinized after multiple inmate deaths, including … Continue Reading


May 23, 2017

THOMPSON & RICHMOND TO TRUMP: Do Not Politicize Cyber Program to Shift Narrative on Classified Info

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), Ranking Member of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee, sent a letter to President Trump demanding more information following a news story claiming that the White House is considering a ploy to distract from the President’s own careless handling of classified information by creating false narrative about the Department of … Continue Reading


May 16, 2017

Richmond, Payne Request Hearings on Ransomware Attacks on Healthcare Sector

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), Ranking Member of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee, and Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr. (D-NJ), Ranking Member of the Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications Subcommittee, sent a letter to Committee on Homeland Security majority requesting hearings on the cybersecurity posture of our healthcare and lifeline sectors in the wake of the worldwide ransomware attacks last week. Rep. Richmond and Rep. Payne Jr. … Continue Reading


May 15, 2017

Thompson, Payne, Watson Coleman Inquire on Newark CBP Hazing & Sexual Assault Allegations

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ), and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) sent a letter to the Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regarding media reports revealing allegations of longtime sexual assault and crude hazing by CBP Officers at Newark Liberty International Airport. In the letter the Members write: “There is no place for this type of conduct at CBP … Continue Reading


April 03, 2017

Democrats Push Trump Administration to Protect the Education of Undocumented Children

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA), John Conyers (D-MI), Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), and Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), the Ranking Members of the Committees on Education and the Workforce, Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, respectively, sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly asking them to remind public schools that they are still required to educate … Continue Reading


March 15, 2017

Thompson: Hearing, Legislation Needed to Protect Religious Institutions from Domestic Terrorism

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter today to committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) to request a comprehensive oversight hearing on the ongoing domestic terrorism threat to our nation’s religious institutions - including Jewish Community Centers - and to request a markup to pass the Securing American Non-Profit Organizations Against Terrorism Act (H.R. 1486). This bill, introduced by Ranking Member Thompson, … Continue Reading


March 08, 2017

Reps. Thompson, Vela, Payne: Reject Cruel and Misguided Plan to Separate Mothers & Children

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX), and Rep. Donald Payne Jr. (D-NJ) sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly regarding his confirmation that DHS is considering separating children from their parents at the border. Trying to ‘discourage’ people fleeing violence and extreme poverty from seeking safety in the U.S. by threatening to take their children away from them … Continue Reading


March 07, 2017

House Democrats Formally Request that Homeland Security Secretary Kelly Brief Caucus on President Trump’s Executive Orders, Immigration Policies

(Washington) - House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY), along with 141 House Democrats, today sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly formally requesting a briefing on President Trump’s executive orders on refugees, travel bans, and immigration for members of the caucus. The letter was led by Crowley, House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.), and Reps. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), … Continue Reading


February 24, 2017

Thompson: Intel Professionals Must Not Be Used as Political Pawns to Fulfill Misguided Campaign Promises

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly regarding media reports that President Trump demanded the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) build legal standing for his Muslim travel ban. Ranking Member Thompson released the following statement along with the letter: “I am concerned that this mandate from the White House, which some … Continue Reading


February 24, 2017

Thompson Inquires on Troubling Domestic Flight ID Check Incident at JFK

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the acting leadership of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding their agencies’ February 22 search for an individual at JFK Airport which resulted in passengers being forced to show identification to federal law enforcement as they disembarked a domestic flight. It is troubling that CBP officers called to … Continue Reading