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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


November 05, 2015

Thompson Inquires on FBI Extremism Website

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch expressing concern regarding news reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has expanded its Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) efforts into America’s classrooms by drafting a website for educators and students to use as a guide to spot radicalization. According to reports, plans for the website have been temporarily … Continue Reading


October 13, 2015

Members of House Homeland Security Panels Reject Plan to Divert Border Security Funding

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Democratic Members of the House Committee on Homeland Security, led by Congressman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), and the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee, led by Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), sent a letter to the House Committee on Ways and Means voicing opposition to language in the Senate-approved highway bill (H.R. 22) that would divert customs revenue away from border security needs to fund future highway … Continue Reading


September 30, 2015

Cultural Problems Continue to Plague Secret Service

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent the below letter to the Director the U.S. Secret Service in response to a Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) memorandum out today on an investigation into improper access of records by Secret Service Employees. In the letter, Congressman Thompson states: “This matter is about much more than the embarrassment to the individual targeted by … Continue Reading


June 24, 2015

Thompson Calls for Hearing on Domestic Terrorism

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the Committee, asking him to convene hearings on domestic terrorism in the wake of the June 17 attack on the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina. This year, the Committee has held three hearings on the radicalization threat from foreign terror groups, but none on the domestic terrorism threat. In the … Continue Reading


February 13, 2015

Homeland Leaders Question President on New Cyber Threat Integration Center

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee sent a letter to President Obama inquiring about the new proposal to establish a new cyber information sharing hub, the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), and its relationship with the Department of Homeland Security's 24/7 cyber situational awareness center, the National Cybersecurity and Communications … Continue Reading


December 25, 2014

Thompson Questions TSA About Gun Running Operation

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), John S. Pistole, to inquire about how a Delta Airlines employee was able to smuggle more than 100 firearms and ammunition on flights between Atlanta and New York City. A link to the letter is below. Congressman Thompson released the following statement regarding the incident: "It is unacceptable for any … Continue Reading


December 09, 2014

Thompson, Cummings, and Conyers Request In-Depth Hearings into Garner, Brown, and Other Deaths

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Reps. Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), John Conyers Jr. (D-MI), and Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Members of the House Committees on Oversight and Government Reform, the Judiciary, and Homeland Security respectively, requested a series of in-depth hearings to examine issues raised by the deaths of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and others, as well as incidents that followed these killings. A link to the letter is below. "We firmly believe that events in Staten Island, … Continue Reading


October 15, 2014

Thompson Inquires CDC on Ebola Policies and Worker Safety

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regarding its Ebola related policies and guidance, including how they are implemented at hospitals and how they address healthcare worker safety. Link to Letter # # # Media Contact: Adam Comis at (202) … Continue Reading


October 02, 2014

Thompson Writes Secretary Johnson on Secret Service Review & Leadership

(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 Secretary's impending review of the U.S. Secret Service and the selection process for a new, permanent director. A link to the letter is below. In the letter, Congressman Thompson states: "The operational deficiencies that have recently come to light and the longstanding cultural problems that have plagued the … Continue Reading


October 01, 2014

Thompson Calls for Secret Service Director to be Replaced by Outsider

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to President Barack Obama regarding the recent White House security breaches and the leadership of the U.S. Secret Service. A link to the letter is attached below. In the letter Congressman Thompson states: "it is now evident that the Secret Service needs a seasoned law enforcement professional who is not a product of the Secret Service to bring about needed reforms. The … Continue Reading


July 22, 2014

Congressman Thompson Urges Compassion for Unaccompanied Children

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to President Barack Obama regarding correspondence sent to the President by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant on Friday. The Governor expressed his views on the unaccompanied children situation at the southwest border and the prospect that some of the children may be housed at facilities in Mississippi. Congressman Thompson's letter is attached below. In an excerpt of the … Continue Reading


June 10, 2014

Homeland Security Democrats Inquire on DHS Role in Addressing Influx of Unaccompanied Children Entering the U.S.

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, and other Democratic members of the Committee, sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate, the Federal Coordinating Official of the Unified Coordination Group designated by the President to address the influx of Unaccompanied Alien Children … Continue Reading


April 10, 2014

House Members Seek Information on Expansion of TSA Behavior Detection Programs

(WASHINGTON) - Today, four House Committee and Subcommittee Ranking Members sent a letter to John S. Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), questioning the expanded use of Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs) through the Targeted Conversation program, which is part of TSA's Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) program. Under the expanded program, passengers who refuse to answer intrusive questions posed by BDOs at airport security … Continue Reading


February 11, 2014

Thompson, Richmond Inquire on Abu Dhabi Preclearance Security Concerns

(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 Committee's Transportation Security Subcommittee, sent a letter to John S. Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), regarding TSA's decision to allow passengers arriving in the United States from Abu Dhabi International Airport to bypass passenger screening before boarding a domestic flight. This … Continue Reading