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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


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