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June 18, 2019

Nadler, Cummings, Thompson Question Legal Basis for Appointment of Ken Cuccinelli as Acting Director of USCIS

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Homeland Security Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), and Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan demanding a full explanation regarding the appointment of Ken Cuccinelli to serve as Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Full text of the letter is available here and below: Dear Acting Secretary McAleenan: We … Continue Reading


June 04, 2019

Chairman Thompson Demands Answers After Reports of Child Migrants Being Left in Vans Overnight

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the John Kelly, Acting Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security, and Joanne Chiedi, Acting Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, demanding they investigate reports of child migrants being left in vans overnight while awaiting reunification with their families. Letter text: Dear Acting Inspectors General Kelly and Chiedi: Late … Continue Reading


May 03, 2019

Homeland Security Democrats Urge TSA to Continue to Allow Collective Bargaining for its Frontline Workforce

(WASHINGTON) - All 18 Democrats on the House Committee on Homeland Security, led by Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) and Transportation and Maritime Security Subcommittee Chairman Lou Correa (D-CA), sent a letter to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske urging him to continue to allow collective bargaining for TSA employees. At the Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security's budget hearing on April 9th, Administrator Pekoske refused to commit to … Continue Reading


May 02, 2019

Rogers, Thompson Call for New Focus on Threats to Religious Institutions at DHS

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Committee, today called on Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan to create a Homeland Security Advisory Council Subcommittee focused on threats to places of worship and religious institutions. This follows a wave of recent attacks on religious institutions across the globe. "We urge you to establish a Homeland Security Advisory Council … Continue Reading


April 25, 2019

House Committees Investigate Unprecedented Firings at DHS

(WASHINGTON) -Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeking documents relating to recent actions by President Donald Trump and his top aide, Stephen Miller, to remove senior leaders throughout DHS who reportedly refused orders to violate … Continue Reading


April 18, 2019

Thompson, Warren Seek GAO Review of Federal Disaster Aid Programs' Impact on Inequality

(WASHINGTON) Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting that the GAO conduct a review of federal disaster relief programs to determine the extent to which the structure and administration of those programs exacerbate racial and socioeconomic inequities in the United States and the extent to which they have a disparate impact on Native tribal … Continue Reading


April 15, 2019

Thompson, Cummings, Nadler Demand Documents on Trump Administration Plan to Treat Immigrant Families and Children as Pawns in Political Game

(WASHINGTON) - Three House Committee Chairs sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the White House requesting documents regarding a Trump Administration proposal to release detained immigrants into congressional districts represented by Democrats for purely political reasons. This letter follows the President's acknowledgement that the Administration is actively considering this proposal and his claim that he has the "absolute legal right" to release immigrants into … Continue Reading


April 11, 2019

Rep. Max Rose Calls for Counterterrorism Budgets from Social Media Companies

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Max Rose and fellow Democrats on the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, which he chairs, are requesting details on the investments that members of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism are making to prevent the exploitation of their platforms by terrorists and extremists. The request follows a March 27th briefing in which Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Microsoft were unable to answer questions about resource allocation … Continue Reading


April 10, 2019

Chairman Thompson Writes New Acting Homeland Security Secretary on Outstanding Document Request and Upcoming Hearing

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan reminding him of Secretary Nielsen's commitment to come before the Committee on May 1. In the letter, Chairman Thompson also asked Acting Secretary McAleenan to produce documents still outstanding from a January 4, 2019 request related to the Department's border activities, including its separation of families and … Continue Reading


April 08, 2019

Chairman Thompson to Trump: Law Is Clear on DHS Order of Succession

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to President Trump informing him that the law is clear on the Department of Homeland Security's order of succession following the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen. The Under Secretary for Management shall be the Acting Homeland Security Secretary. Dear President Trump: Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's short-lived tenure at the Department of Homeland Security was a disaster from the … Continue Reading


April 03, 2019

Democrats Write Secretary Nielsen: You Must Engage with Congress on Thoughtful, Specific Border Security Solutions

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, led a letter from leading border security and immigration House Democrats to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen after she wrote Congress on the current situation on the border last week. Letter … Continue Reading


March 19, 2019

Chairman Thompson: Tech Companies Must Work to Stop Spread of Terrorist Content

(WASHINGTON) - After last week's deadly white-nationalist domestic terror attack on two New Zealand mosques, and the shooter's concurrent live-stream of the attack, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, has written a letter to the CEOs of four major technology companies (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Microsoft) urging them to prioritize the immediate removal of violent terrorist content, including that of far-right, domestic terrorists. In the … Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Chairman Thompson: Administration Stonewalling Domestic Terrorism Oversight

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Attorney General and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to demand the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI brief the Committee on Homeland Security on the evolving threat of domestic terrorism. After Congress has ignored the issue of domestic terrorism for years, the Committee plans to hold hearings on this issue in the coming months. This request comes … Continue Reading


March 14, 2019

Reps. Thompson, Rice, Espaillat, & Clarke Demand Answers on Reports ICE is Tracking Trump Protesters

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Border Security, Facilitation, & Operations Subcommittee, Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), and Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), sent a letter to the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding news reports that ICE is tracking Trump Administration protesters. The letter demands the tracking document and an … Continue Reading


March 07, 2019

Chairman Thompson & Chairwoman Rice Demand Answers on Secret CBP List to Target Reporters & Lawyers at the Border

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, & Operations, sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to demand answers about new reports of a list CBP is using to stop, detain, question, and search reporters, attorneys, and advocates at the southern border. In the letter, Chairs Thompson and Rice … Continue Reading


January 29, 2019

Chairman Thompson to Secretary Nielsen: Your Refusal to Testify on Border Security Is Unacceptable

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent the below letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, calling on her to reconsider her refusal to testify before the Committee next week: Dear Secretary Nielsen: Your decision to refuse my invitation to testify before the Committee on Homeland Security regarding our Nation’s border security on February 6, 2019, is unreasonable and unacceptable. I strongly urge you to … Continue Reading


January 11, 2019

DeFazio, Thompson Urge TSA Administrator to Provide Financial Relief for Transportation Security Officers

(WASHINGTON)—Today, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, requested a meeting with Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske to discuss ways to provide financial relief to Transportation Security Officers (TSO) during the government shutdown. In particular, the lawmakers urged Administrator Pekoske to brief them on ways TSA … Continue Reading


January 08, 2019

HOUSE CHAIRS DEMAND ANSWERS ON SANCTIONS RELIEF FOR RUSSIAN OLIGARCH

(WASHINGTON) - The chairs of seven committees in the House of Representatives today are calling on the Trump Administration to explain the easing of sanctions on businesses tied to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. In response to a December 19, 2018 notification that the Treasury Department intends to terminate sanctions against three companies tied to Deripaska, the lawmakers wrote Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin requesting a briefing for Members of Congress and a postponement of the … Continue Reading


January 07, 2019

Chairman Thompson Inquires on Shutdown Effects on TSA

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to request more information on the security and workforce effects the government shutdown is having on the agency: Letter excerpt: On Friday, CNN reported that hundreds of TSA officers from at least four major airports called out from work last week. As you are aware, TSA officers are required to work … Continue Reading


January 04, 2019

Chairman Thompson Calls on Secretary Nielsen to Come Before the Homeland Security Committee to Answer for the Administration’s Border Security Policies

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen requesting her to testify before the Committee for its first hearing of the new Congress on the Administration’s failed border security agenda. Secretary Nielsen has only appeared before the Committee once. In the letter, Chairman Thompson wrote: Your border security presentation submitted to Congress today is yet … Continue Reading

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