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October 09, 2020

Chairman Thompson Subpoenas DHS For Trusted Traveler Documents

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued a subpoena to the Honorable Chad Wolf of the Department of Homeland Security for documents and communications regarding the Department's decision to summarily single out and ban New York residents from DHS Trusted Traveler programs, including Global Entry. The subpoena also demands documents relating to inaccurate or misleading information that the Administration provided to the … Continue Reading


October 09, 2020

Chairman Thompson: Planned Attack in Michigan Highlights the Consequences of President Trump’s Dangerous Inaction on Domestic Terrorism

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement after militia extremists were arrested in Michigan on domestic terrorism-related charges. The right-wing, anti-government accelerationists wanted to kidnap the Governor of Michigan, overthrow the state government, and start a civil war. "It is clear from what we have seen in recent years and from what government officials and experts have repeatedly told us: … Continue Reading


October 05, 2020

Chairman Thompson Statement on Trump’s Disregard for Health of Public, Secret Service

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on President Trump's reckless actions and his continued disregard for the health and safety of the public and those around him, including the Secret Service: "The President has spent the year downplaying the coronavirus and denying its danger. His actions over the past few weeks show that - even with his own illness, so many of his staff infected, and 210,000 … Continue Reading


October 01, 2020

Chairman Thompson Urges House Rules Changes to Streamline Homeland Security Jurisdiction

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, testified before the House Rules Committee in favor of long-overdue changes to the House of Representative's Rules to give the Committee on Homeland Security primary jurisdiction over the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During the Member day hearing, both Republicans and Democrats expressed openness to revisiting House Rule X and considering jurisdictional changes for the next Congress … Continue Reading


September 25, 2020

Underwood Appointed Chair of Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation Subcommittee

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-IL) was appointed by House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) to be Chair of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Innovation, effective Friday, September 25, 2020. Underwood currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Homeland Security Committee. "Our nation faces homeland security threats that endanger not only the lives of Americans, but the foundation of the democracy we hold dear. As … Continue Reading


September 21, 2020

Chairman Thompson Demands DHS Not Play Politics, Endanger Lives in Trump Effort to Deny Federal Funds to NYC, Seattle, Portland

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, sent a letter to the Honorable Chad Wolf of the Department of Homeland Security demanding he not act on the Department of Justice's improper designation of New York City, Portland, and Seattle as "anarchist jurisdictions." Withholding federal funds for political reasons would mean these cities would be without critical homeland security funding used to prevent, prepare for, protect against, … Continue Reading


September 21, 2020

Homeland Security Committee Releases Staff Report Finding ICE Facilities Fail to Meet Basic Standards of Care

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released a majority staff report finding that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) fails to conduct proper oversight of migrant detention facilities, leaving deficiencies unidentified and uncorrected, and that ICE facilities frequently fail to meet basic standards of care. One year ago, Chairman Thompson commenced an investigation into the conditions of confinement at ICE … Continue Reading


September 15, 2020

Chairman Thompson Statement on Whistleblower Complaint Alleging ICE Detention Center Medical Neglect, Unsanitary Conditions

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement regarding a whistleblower complaint from a nurse at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility run by LaSalle Corrections in Georgia alleging medical neglect, unsanitary conditions, a lack of COVID-19 precautions, and the performance of hysterectomies without informed consent on detained women. "The allegations put forth in this whistleblower complaint … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Chairman Thompson Subpoenas Chad Wolf After Refusal to Testify

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued a subpoena to The Honorable Chad Wolf of the Department of Homeland Security for a September 17 public hearing on threats facing the homeland. Since June, the Committee has engaged with DHS to secure the participation of Mr. Wolf, along with the FBI Director and the National Counterterrorism Center Director, for this hearing. Although DHS committed to Mr. Wolf testifying on September … Continue Reading


September 11, 2020

Thompson Statement Marking 19 Years Since the September 11 Terror Attacks

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement commemorating the nineteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks: "On this day nineteen years ago, our country faced the deadliest act of terror in our nation's history. As we reflect on the almost 3,000 lives lost on that fateful day, we also remember the first responders who sacrificed their lives in the hope of saving others. Today we also honor … Continue Reading


September 09, 2020

Chairman Thompson Statement on DHS Whistleblower Allegations

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the numerous disturbing allegations in the whistleblower complaint filed by Department of Homeland Security official Brian Murphy: "The whistleblower complaint filed by Brian Murphy is a damning - but wholly unsurprising - indictment of the Trump Administration and officials at the Department of Homeland Security. As Chad Wolf and Ken Cuccinelli - who are … Continue Reading


September 03, 2020

Chairman Thompson: Trump Administration Continues to Politicize Homeland Security and Law Enforcement, Ignore Right-Wing Domestic Terrorism Threat

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the Trump Administration's continued failure to confront the threat from right-wing domestic terrorism, while politicizing the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice: "The evidence is clear: right-wing domestic terrorism is the most pressing violent threat facing the country. Not only have Trump Administration officials - including Chad Wolf and Bill … Continue Reading


September 01, 2020

Thompson Statement on National Preparedness Month

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on National Preparedness Month, which starts today: "Every year, National Preparedness Month serves as a key opportunity to create or review your emergency plans, re-stock your emergency kits, and spread awareness within your communities-especially as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic will require us to adjust our disaster plans. As our Nation continues to … Continue Reading


August 25, 2020

Chairman Thompson Statement on Trump Plan to Nominate Chad Wolf as Homeland Security Secretary

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news President Trump announced he plans to nominate Chad Wolf to be Homeland Security Secretary. Recently, the Government Accountability Office released a legal decision determining that Mr. Wolf was illegally appointed to the position of Acting Secretary. "It has taken President Trump far too long - over 500 days - to nominate someone to permanently run … Continue Reading


August 21, 2020

Thompson and Maloney Release Statement After GAO Reaffirms Decision that Trump’s Top DHS Appointments Were Illegal

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reaffirmed its August 14 decision regarding President Donald Trump's illegal appointments of Chad Wolf as the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security and Ken Cuccinelli as the Senior Official Performing the Duties of Deputy Secretary. Previously, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, requested GAO … Continue Reading


August 20, 2020

Thompson Statement After Bannon Charged with Fraud in Wall Campaign

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news that Steve Bannon and others - who had their own border wall built by Fisher Sand and Gravel - have been charged with embezzling public donations: "It is not surprising that Steve Bannon and others building their own border wall have been charged with embezzling public donations. There is simply not enough oversight of these types of construction … Continue Reading


August 18, 2020

Chairman Thompson: Chad Wolf Continues to Politicize DHS

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on Chad Wolf's politically charged and misleading interview on the Axios on HBO television show last night: "It is galling for Chad Wolf, who was named Acting Secretary unlawfully and continues to act illegitimately in that position, to use a primetime television appearance to attempt to rewrite history about the Trump Administration's attacks on protestors … Continue Reading


August 14, 2020

Thompson and Maloney Release GAO Decision Confirming Trump’s Top DHS Appointments Were Illegal

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a legal decision concluding that President Donald Trump's appointments to senior leadership positions at the Department of Homeland Security were illegal and circumvented both the Federal Vacancy Reform Act and the Homeland Security Act. In November 2019, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and … Continue Reading


August 06, 2020

One Year After Mississippi ICE Raids, Administration Finally Charges Employers

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement after the Trump Administration finally announced it has indicted employers and plant managers one year after the August 7, 2019 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids. "After the largest single-state ICE raid ever, I am glad that the Administration - a year later - is finally taking criminal action against employers and plant managers. However, the … Continue Reading


July 28, 2020

Thompson Statement on DHS’ Refusal to Restart DACA Program

(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 still not accepting DACA applications after the Supreme Court ruled last month that the Administration couldn't end the program: "The senior leadership at the Department must stop blatantly ignoring the Supreme Court's very clear ruling and stop wasting time coming up with new and cruel ways to throw Dreamers' lives into … Continue Reading