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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


January 13, 2014

Dems Write McCaul on Abu Dhabi Preclearance Legislation

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, along with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Committee's Border & Maritime Security Subcommittee, and Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), Ranking Member of the Committee's Transportation Security Subcommittee, sent a letter to Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, expressing concern about the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) … Continue Reading


December 16, 2013

Top House Dems Urge Leadership to Hold Immediate Classified Briefing on Sensitive IT Documents Subpoenaed by Issa

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the top ranking Democrats on seven House Committees-Oversight and Government Reform, Energy and Commerce, Armed Services, Homeland Security, Intelligence, Education and the Workforce, and Ways and Means-sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi urging them to hold an immediate classified briefing with top Administration cyber security officials about the risks posed by the disclosure of documents relating to the Healthcare.gov website that … Continue Reading


May 02, 2013

Ranking Members Thompson and Waxman Urge President to Establish Blue Ribbon Commission on Chemical Facility Security

(WASHINGTON) - Today Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to establish a Blue Ribbon Commission to examine industrial chemical facility security, in light of the recent tragic explosion at the West, Texas fertilizer plant. The Energy and Commerce Committee and the Homeland Security Committee have jurisdiction over the Chemical Facility … Continue Reading


April 18, 2013

Bipartisan Letter Sent to DHS on Abu Dhabi CBP Preclearance Post

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and other members of Congress, sent a bipartisan letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano regarding the apparent decision to provide Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance operations at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates. Link to Letter # # # Media Contact: Adam Comis at (202) … Continue Reading


April 09, 2013

Homeland Dems Refute TSA Explanation of Knife Policy

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), Ranking Member of the Transportation Security Subcommittee, and Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), Member of the Transportation Security Subcommittee, sent a letter to John S. Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), reiterating their chief concern that proper procedures and protocols were not followed when TSA announced its … Continue Reading


April 02, 2013

Thompson, Jackson Lee Write Coast Guard on TWIC

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member on the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee, sent a letter to Admiral Papp, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard regarding the TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Credential) Reader NPRM (Notice of proposed rulemaking). The letter asks for an extension of the comment period. LETTER # # # Media Contact: Adam Comis at … Continue Reading


March 21, 2013

133 Members of Congress Write to Stop TSA Knife Policy

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Reps. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), and Michael Grimm (R-NY) led a bipartisan group of 133 members of Congress in sending a letter to John S. Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), expressing serious concern and urging the withdrawal of the recent decision that TSA will start to allow passengers to bring certain knives and sports equipment onboard airplanes. This decision was made without formal engagement with … Continue Reading


February 01, 2013

Thompson Inquires on Potential Sequester Impact on DHS

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, requesting information on how the March 1, 2013 sequester will affect the Department of Homeland Security and each of its components. The sequester would result is across-the-board cuts at the Department that range from 7.6 to 9.4 percent. A link to the letter is below. LETTER # # # Media … Continue Reading


January 15, 2013

Thompson Writes TSA on 'Managed Inclusion' Program

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to John S. Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in response to recent news reports detailing TSA's "Managed Inclusion" program which will use Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs) to identify passengers whom appear to pose no threat and usher them into the 'PreCheck' screening line. Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs) … Continue Reading


November 15, 2012

Thompson: Committee Jurisdiction and Legislation Must Be The Priority Next Congress

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to three Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairs, Reps. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Candice S. Miller (R-MI), and Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), regarding the next Congress which begins in January. These three Committee members are seen as possible replacements as the Committee on Homeland Security Chair for the 113th Congress. In the letter, Ranking Member Thompson … Continue Reading


October 04, 2012

Thompson, Jackson-Lee Inquire on TSA Insider Threat Policies

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member on the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Transportation Security Subcommittee, sent a letter to John S. Pistole, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in response to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report on TSA efforts to address the information technology insider threat—the possibility that TSA employees or … Continue Reading


August 14, 2012

Thompson Seeks Further Inquiry on TSA Racial Profiling Allegations

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sent two letters regarding news reports of alleged racial profiling conducted by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Behavior Detection Officers (BDOs) at Boston Logan International Airport. Ranking Member Thompson wrote John S. Pistole, Administrator of TSA, urging him to take action and to suspend the Screening of Passenger by Observational Technique (SPOT) program until there … Continue Reading


July 25, 2012

Thompson Requests More Info on Maritime Cargo Screening

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asking for more details on maritime cargo security efforts and the state of the 100 cargo screening mandate set in law by the "Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007." This request comes following today's hearing on "Understanding the Homeland Threat Landscape". Link to Letter # # # … Continue Reading


April 23, 2012

CISPA Needs Privacy Safeguards

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and other Democratic House members sent a letter to Reps. Mike J. Rogers (R-MI) and C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, regarding privacy concerns in H.R. 3523, the "Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011" (CISPA), set to be considered by the House of Representatives later this week. The … Continue Reading


March 26, 2012

Thompson, Jackson-Lee Request GAO Audit of Full-Body Scanners

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Committee's Transportation Security Subcommittee, sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to request a review of the deployment of Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). While the Department of Homeland Security has spent at least $1 billion on AIT since 2009, … Continue Reading


January 24, 2012

Thompson Inquiries on 2012 DHS Grant Funding Allocations

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, wrote to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano requesting information on how the Department will allocate the $1.12 billion Congress appropriated for twelve State and local grant programs in H.R. 2055, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012. This Act, signed by the President on December 23, 2011, reduced funding for these State and local homeland security grant programs by 43 … Continue Reading