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September 16, 2019

Chairman Thompson, Members Urge DHS to Help Hurricane Dorian Refugees from the Bahamas

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, led a group of 36 members of Congress in sending a letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan urging him to use his department's discretion and available resources to help the people of the Bahamas after the country was devastated by Hurricane Dorian. Letter excerpts: "Since the storm devastated the Bahamas and displaced people began to flee, there have been numerous … Continue Reading


August 30, 2019

Bipartisan, Bicameral Homeland Security Committee Leaders Press DHS on Reported Changes to Weapons of Mass Destruction Counterterrorism Programs

(WASHINGTON) - The bipartisan leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee are pressing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for answers following recent reports that the Administration has scaled back programs focused on preventing terrorist attacks involving weapons of mass destruction. U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ron Johnson (R-WI), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and … Continue Reading


August 19, 2019

Cummings and Thompson Request Interviews in Investigation of Coast Guard Academy’s Handling of Harassment Allegations

Washington, D.C. (Aug. 19, 2019)-Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to Coast Guard Admiral Karl L. Schultz requesting transcribed interviews with Dr. Kurt Colella, Dean of Academics at the Coast Guard Academy, and Rear Admiral Anthony J. Vogt, Commander of the Thirteenth Coast Guard District, regarding the handling of complaints of harassment and … Continue Reading


August 09, 2019

Chairmen Cummings, Thompson, and Raskin Request Information on Immigration Enforcement Actions in Mississippi

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Oversight Committee's Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, sent a letter to the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security requesting documents and a briefing to investigate the recent coordinated immigration enforcement actions, resulting in the arrest of 680 … Continue Reading


August 09, 2019

Chairman Thompson Inquiries on ICE Raids in Mississippi

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to express his outrage on the ICE raids in Mississippi this week which left children without their parents - a form of child separation. Even though these raids were purportedly planned for over a year, ICE seems to have ignored its own guidelines to minimize the impact on children and the broader … Continue Reading


August 08, 2019

Thompson, Rogers Question Acting Secretary McAleenan on What DHS Is Doing to Address Domestic Terrorism Threat

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Committee, sent a letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan asking him what the Department of Homeland Security is doing to address the domestic terrorism threat after several recent acts of mass violence. The letter also asks him to testify on the matter next month. Letter excerpts: These acts of mass violence remind us … Continue Reading


August 06, 2019

Thompson, Rogers Demand 8chan Owner Appear and Answer Questions on Site’s Extremist Content

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Ranking Member of the Committee, sent a letter to Jim Watkins, the owner of the website 8chan, to request that he appear before the Committee to answer questions on what is being done to address the proliferation of extremist content on his platform. According to media reports, the killer who carried out the August 3rd domestic terrorist attack in El Paso, Texas, … Continue Reading


July 25, 2019

Wasserman Schultz, Thompson Write Trump on Lack of Election Security Leadership in Run-up to 2020 Election

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to President Trump on the White House's lack of election security leadership. Letter excerpts: "To the best of our knowledge, you have not designated any individual at the White House to coordinate interagency efforts to defend our elections against foreign interference, nor have you requested or received a recent joint briefing from the officials leading … Continue Reading


July 18, 2019

Thompson Writes Capitol Police on Increasing Threats Against Members of Congress

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Capitol Police Board following up on his letter earlier this week on member security and threats against members of Congress. In the letter, Chairman Thompson requests the police board hold an emergency meeting and act swiftly to address this heightened threat environment. Letter text: I am following up on my July 15th letter given President Trump's continued attacks on … Continue Reading


July 05, 2019

Chairman Thompson Requests DHS Inspector General Investigation of CBP Leadership After Racist Facebook Group Revelations

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Acting Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requesting the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) commence an investigation into current and former U.S. Customs and Border Protection leadership after it was discovered employees allegedly posted violent, racist, misogynistic comments and pictures on private Facebook groups. Specifically, Chairman … Continue Reading


July 03, 2019

House Chairs Urge Trump Administration to Rescind Child Migrant Information-Sharing Memo

(WASHINGTON) - Today, several House committee and subcommittee chairpersons sent a letter to the Trump Administration urging it to rescind a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) requiring information about sponsors for migrant children be shared by HHS with DHS, where the information is then used to deport a child's family and loved ones. The MOA has negatively impacted the ORR shelter system and possibly contributed to the current prolonged detention of child migrants in overcrowded, squalid … Continue Reading


June 27, 2019

Chairmen Thompson, Engel, and Nadler Call on Trump to End Unlawful Safe Third Country Negotiations

(WASHINGTON) Representatives Bennie Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary, and today expressed their strong opposition to the negotiation of safe third country agreements with Guatemala and Mexico and explained that these accords would be contrary to U.S. law since the countries do not have adequate asylum and … Continue Reading


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

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