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February 23, 2017

Homeland Security Democrats: DHS Must Explain Deportation Plans to American People

(WASHINGTON) - All House Committee on Homeland Security Democrats, led by Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly regarding his February 20 memoranda providing guidance for President Trump's immigration enforcement Executive Orders. Democratic members are asking for answers to provide oversight of the Administration’s misguided border security and immigration policies, provide the facts to the American public, and help avoid chaos … Continue Reading


February 15, 2017

Top Dems Request Info from WH Counsel on Flynn’s False Statements

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, John Conyers, Jr., Eliot L. Engel, Bennie G. Thompson, Adam Smith, and Adam Schiff, Ranking Members of the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Armed Services, and Intelligence, sent a letter to White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn, II raising grave concerns and requesting information about reports that Department of Justice officials warned him three weeks ago that Lt. General … Continue Reading


February 03, 2017

Thompson, Engel, Conyers Write AG to Demand Answers on Reported Trump Plan to Target Islam

(WASHINGTON) - Today, House Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) sent a letter to Acting Attorney General Dana Boente to demand answers on reports that President Trump intends to overhaul the government Countering Violent Extremism program in a manner that would target and single out Muslim Americans. “Such a move is … Continue Reading


February 01, 2017

Top Dems Call on Pentagon to Investigate Flynn’s Payment for Dining with Putin

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, Adam Smith, John Conyers, Jr., Bennie G. Thompson, Adam Schiff, and Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Members of the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Armed Services, Judiciary, Homeland Security, Intelligence, and Foreign Affairs, sent a letter requesting that the Department of Defense review a potentially serious violation of the Emoluments Clause by retired Lt. General Michael Flynn, who now serves as President Donald Trump’s National … Continue Reading


January 10, 2017

Dem Ranking Members: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board Must be Functional

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, and Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump asking him to make swift appointments to the bipartisan, independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). The PCLOB has a dual-mission of reviewing the counter-terrorism … Continue Reading


December 06, 2016

Hoyer, National Security Ranking Members Send Letter to President Obama Urging Briefings on Russian Interference in U.S. Election

(WASHINGTON) - Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel, Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson, Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith, and Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff sent a letter today to President Obama asking for Administration officials to brief all Members of Congress … Continue Reading


November 15, 2016

Top House Dems Urge Appropriators Fund Secret Service Overtime Pay for 2016 & 2020 Elections

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings and Bennie G. Thompson, Ranking Members of the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform and Homeland Security, sent a letter to the House Committee on Appropriations urging appropriators to include funding for Fiscal Year 2017 that would ensure that Secret Service agents are eligible to be paid for the overtime they earn in each of the 2016 and 2020 presidential election years. Press accounts report that at least 1,000 Secret Service … Continue Reading


October 26, 2016

Cyberattack Shows DHS Must Linkup With Critical Infrastructure Companies

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson inquiring about the recent distributed denial of service (DDoS) cyber attacks against the network services of Dyn, Inc. The October 21 attacks affected many popular websites and access to these sites was temporarily hindered. In the letter, Ranking Member Thompson stresses the importance of having robust information sharing and outreach … Continue Reading


October 21, 2016

Dangerous Political Rhetoric Could Incite Violence

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson regarding inciteful rhetoric on the campaign trail, the growth in antigovernment militia groups, and possibility of violence. In the letter, Congressman Thompson states: "Members of militia groups and 'sovereign citizens' report feeling a sense of legitimization from political rhetoric of Republican Presidential nominee Donald J. … Continue Reading


August 30, 2016

Top House Dems Seek FBI Investigation of Possible Trump Connections to Cyber Attacks

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings, John Conyers, Jr., Elliot L. Engel, and Bennie G. Thompson, the Ranking Members of the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, Judiciary, Foreign Affairs, and Homeland Security, sent a detailed letter to FBI Director James Comey requesting that the FBI assess whether connections between Trump campaign officials and Russian interests may have contributed to cyber attacks against the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic … Continue Reading


August 19, 2016

DHS Reliance on Private Prisons Must Also Be Reviewed

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to John Roth, Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security, on the Department's reliance on private prisons. In light of the Department of Justice's recent decision to terminate or not renew its contracts with privately operated prisons, Ranking Member Thompson called on the DHS Inspector General to conduct an immediate review of DHS' use of private prisons. … Continue Reading


August 10, 2016

All Threats Towards Candidates Should be Investigated and Treated Equally

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to United States Secret Service (USSS) Director Joseph Clancy regarding recent statements by the Republican presidential nominee. Any personal threat to cause harm, along with the encouragement of others to cause harm, is a serious offense. In fact, United States Code 18 U.S.C. § 879 states that anyone who knowingly and willingly threatens to inflict bodily harm upon a … Continue Reading


August 08, 2016

Homeland Security Must Help Secure Election System

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson regarding the security of the nation’s election system. In recent weeks, a spate of hacking incidents against national political institutions have brought into sharp focus that cyber hackers, possibly at the direction of a foreign government, are engaged in a campaign to exploit cyber vulnerabilities to impact the forthcoming … Continue Reading


July 26, 2016

Thompson, Engel, Conyers: Russia Must Not Interfere with U.S. Election

(WASHINGTON) - Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs; Representative John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Ranking Member of the House Committee on the Judiciary; and Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, today underscored the potential threat of Russia’s interference in an American election, and urged the Administration to take steps to prevent Russia’s manipulation of the American political … Continue Reading


May 26, 2016

Letter: Problems with Red Cross in Mississippi Continue

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the American Red Cross expressing concern over ARC disaster response in Mississippi. Letter to American Red Cross ProPublica article 2015 GAO report on Red Cross oversight # # # Media contact: Adam Comis at (202) … Continue Reading


May 12, 2016

West Texas Investigation Highlights Vulnerability of Critical Infrastructure

(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 Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, sent a letter to Thomas E. Brandon, Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on the April 2013 West Fertilizer Facility fire and explosion in West, Texas. The ATF announced yesterday that their investigation … Continue Reading


April 29, 2016

FBI Shared Responsibility Committees Must Pass Privacy Test

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter David Medine, Chairman of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) regarding the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) ongoing and expansion of countering violent extremism (CVE) activities, specifically related to "Shared Responsibility Committees" (SRCs). Congressman Thompson previously wrote the Department of Justice about the need for continuous … Continue Reading


April 22, 2016

TSA Must Address Airport Security Checkpoint Delays

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released a letter sent to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator Peter Neffenger on the increase in security checkpoint wait times that travelers are facing at many airports. Link to Letter # # # Media contact: Adam Comis at (202) … Continue Reading


March 11, 2016

Reps. Inquire on Campaign Event Security

(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 Oversight and Management Efficiency, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to ask for details on how the Department of Homeland Security maintains situational awareness at widely-attended presidential campaign events, some of which have had numerous incidents of violence. In the letter, … Continue Reading


January 13, 2016

Homeland Dems Inquire on ICE Raids Targeting Families

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the twelve Democrats of the House Committee on Homeland Security, led by Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson expressing concern about the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations targeting families from Central America. In the letter, the members write: "Given the Department's limited budgetary resources and the increased interest among Americans in … Continue Reading