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October 12, 2021

Chairman Thompson Statement on DHS Announcement to Protect Workers

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the Secretary of Homeland Security announcing its worksite enforcement strategy: "I applaud the Secretary's announcement that the Administration is prioritizing immigration enforcement actions that protect workers by facilitating effective enforcement of wage protections, workplace safety, and labor rights. The previous Administration too often carried out … Continue Reading


September 29, 2021

Chairman Thompson Statement on DHS Creating New Law Enforcement Oversight Body

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announcing the formation of a Department-wide law enforcement coordination body, the Law Enforcement Coordination Council (LECC), in the wake of calls by the Chairman and others for reforms to ensure that law enforcement activities are more fair, equitable, and accountable. In July, Chairman Thompson and Committee … Continue Reading


September 27, 2021

Chairman Thompson Statement on TSA Announcing Merit Systems Protection Board Rights for its Frontline Workforce

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announcing it has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) in which the MSPB has agreed to review adverse action appeals from screening workforce employees. This follows Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas' announcement in June which highlighted steps the … Continue Reading


September 20, 2021

Chairman Thompson Statement on Border Patrol’s Mistreatment of Migrants at the Border

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on reports of U.S. Border Patrol's treatment of migrants along the border. "Video and photos coming out of Del Rio showing U.S. Border Patrol's mistreatment of Haitian migrants along the border are horrific and disturbing. This mistreatment runs counter to our American values and cannot be tolerated. I call on Secretary Mayorkas to take immediate action to … Continue Reading


September 17, 2021

Chairman Thompson Statement on DHS Watchdog Report Showing Border Patrol Failures in 2019 Death of Child in Custody

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issuing a press release indicating it had completed its investigation into the death of Carlos Hernandez Vasquez, Guatemalan boy who died in U.S. Border Patrol care in Texas in 2019. Chairman Thompson also sent a letter to the OIG requesting the final report. "The Office of … Continue Reading


September 11, 2021

Chairman Thompson Statement Marking 20 Years Since the September 11 Attacks

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement commemorating the twentieth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks: "On this day twenty years ago, our country suffered the deadliest act of terror in our nation's history. On this solemn day, we mourn the thousands of American lives lost. We honor the brave first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their fellow citizens. We take … Continue Reading


August 13, 2021

Chairman Thompson Statement on Updated DHS Public Bulletin on the Terrorism Threat

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Majorkas issuing a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) bulletin on the current terrorism threat: "While I am glad to see Secretary Mayorkas and DHS leadership taking important steps to inform the public about threats to our homeland both from here and abroad, it continues to be troubling that the terrorism … Continue Reading


July 28, 2021

Chairs Thompson, Clarke Statement on President Biden’s Action to Secure Critical Infrastructure Control Systems

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, & Innovation, released the below statement on President Biden releasing the National Security Memorandum on Improving Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Control Systems: "The American people have waited four long years for strong, consistent White House leadership to defend … Continue Reading


July 21, 2021

Thompson Statement on Membership of the Select Committee on the January 6th Attack on the Capitol

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, released the following statement after Speaker Pelosi rejected Republican recommendations to serve on the Select Committee: "At every point after the domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol, Speaker Pelosi has met Republican Leadership more than halfway to investigate the facts and circumstances of January 6th. … Continue Reading


July 12, 2021

Chairs Thompson and Clarke Statement on Confirmation of Jen Easterly as CISA Director

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, & Innovation, released the following statement after Jen Easterly was confirmed by the Senate to be Director of the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. "It is unfortunate that political games delayed her confirmation, but we are pleased the Senate has finally acted … Continue Reading


July 01, 2021

Thompson Statement on Being Named Chair of Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement after Speaker Pelosi named him as Chair of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol: "I deeply appreciate the responsibility the Speaker has placed in my hands to ensure the January 6th domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol is thoroughly and properly investigated. The Select Committee named today is uniquely … Continue Reading


June 30, 2021

Chairman Thompson Statement on the House Creating a Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the Capitol

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution to create a Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol (H.Res. 503): "Today, House Democrats followed through on our promise to stand up for the integrity of our democracy and ensure that the facts and circumstances of the January 6 attack on the Capitol are … Continue Reading


June 29, 2021

Chairs Thompson and Barragán Seek Answers from CBP on Deployment of Helicopter at Peaceful Minnesota Protest

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, & Operations, sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seeking answers and a briefing regarding an incident in Park Rapids, Minnesota on June 7, where a CBP helicopter apparently flew dangerously low over nonviolent protestors opposing the Line 3 crude oil … Continue Reading


June 28, 2021

Chairman Thompson Statement on Introduction of a Resolution Creating a Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the Capitol

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on Speaker Pelosi introducing a resolution to create a Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol (H.Res. 503): "Today, Speaker Pelosi followed up on her promise to the American people to stand up for our democracy and ensure that the facts and circumstances of the January 6 attack on the Capitol are fully investigated. … Continue Reading


June 15, 2021

Chairman Thompson Statement on GAO Legal Decision on President Biden Pausing Border Wall Construction

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the U.S. Government Accountability Office releasing a decision determining that President Biden's order to pause border wall construction was legal: "I am glad that GAO was able to quickly release its determination that President Biden's day one action to pause border wall construction was clearly legal. The previous Administration's careless rush to push … Continue Reading


June 15, 2021

Thompson, Slotkin Statement on Biden Administration’s Release of First-Ever Domestic Terrorism Strategy

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism, released the following statement on the Biden Administration's release of the nation's first National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism: "We are encouraged by the Biden-Harris Administration's release of the first-ever National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism - a promise … Continue Reading


June 11, 2021

TODAY @ 2PM: Hearing on Border Security and Addressing Corruption in Central America

(WASHINGTON) - Today at 2pm, the Subcommittee on Oversight, Management & Accountability, chaired by Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA), will hold a virtual hearing to examine how corruption and fragile democratic institutions in Central America have contributed to migration from the region to the U.S. border, as well as what can be done to strengthen democracy and the rule of law in the region. This virtual hearing will be streamed live on YouTube and on our website. Event details: WHAT: … Continue Reading


June 08, 2021

Chairman Thompson Statement on January 6 Report, Need for Full Investigation

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the release on a bipartisan report from the Senate Committees on Homeland Security & Government Affairs and Rules and Administration on the January 6 domestic terrorism attack on the Capitol. "Although this report provides new insight into the many intelligence failures, miscommunications, and security lapses on January 6, it is clear a full and … Continue Reading


June 03, 2021

Chairman Thompson Releases Statement on New DHS Administrative Actions to Improve Protections and Pay for the TSA Workforce

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas issuing new administrative actions to improve conditions for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workforce: "I commend the Biden Administration for taking decisive action to improve conditions for the TSA workforce. TSA frontline officers have been grossly underpaid and denied basic workplace rights for … Continue Reading


June 03, 2021

Thompson, Maloney, Katko, Comer Release GAO Report on Management Problems at DHS Office of Inspector General

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson, Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Homeland Security Committee Ranking Member John Katko, and Oversight and Reform Committee Ranking Member James Comer announced the release of a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report they requested on systemic management problems at the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General (DHS OIG). "It is critical that DHS, a … Continue Reading