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July 13, 2018

Ranking Member Thompson Statement on FEMA’s 2017 After Action Report

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the release of the Administration’s 2017 Hurricane Season FEMA After-Action Report: "This report shows us what we have already known for almost a year: that the 2017 hurricane season was devastating for the country and markedly catastrophic for the people of Puerto Rico. FEMA was simply unprepared. While this reflection is welcome, this … Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Ranking Member Thompson Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Trump’s Muslim Ban

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news that the Supreme Court upheld Trump’s Muslim Ban on a narrow 5-4 decision: “The Supreme Court’s upholding of President Trump’s Muslim Ban sets a dangerous precedent. Trump’s Muslim Ban does not make us safer and flies in the face of our values and the Constitution. After having President Trump in the White House for 17 months, its clearer than … Continue Reading


June 26, 2018

Thompson, DeFazio Condemn Trump Plans to Divert Coast Guard Funding to Deportation Force

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, released the following joint statement on news reports that the Trump Administration plans to divert funds from the Coast Guard to Immigration and Customs Enforcement: “The Trump Administration has already proposed cutting the Coast Guard’s budget once, and now it wants to divert funds … Continue Reading


June 20, 2018

TOP JUDICIARY & HOMELAND DEMOCRATS CONDEMN TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER

(WASHINGTON) - Today, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler and House Homeland Security Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson, released the following joint statement on President Donald Trump’s family separation executive order: “Donald Trump created a humanitarian crisis when he mandated that children would be ripped from their parents’ arms in order to deter immigration. Trump is now trying to convince the American people that mandating indefinite detention of families … Continue Reading


June 19, 2018

Thompson Statement on Secretary Nielsen’s Sad Defense of the Child Separation Policy

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on Secretary Nielsen’s press briefing and attempt to defend the Administration’s child separation policy: “Secretary Nielsen’s attempt to do the White House’s bidding and defend President Trump’s horrific child separation policy was just the usual spectacle of lies, misstatements, and outright propaganda that we see from this Administration on a daily … Continue Reading


June 18, 2018

Ranking Member Thompson Visits South Texas Border Facilities

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement after visiting border facilities near Brownsville Texas today: “After visiting the South Texas border and seeing children separated from their parents firsthand, it is abundantly clear that President Trump must put an end to his family separation policy. As a Member of Congress, a grandfather, and an American, it is obvious to me that this horrific … Continue Reading


June 15, 2018

Thompson Statement on GOP Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Family Bill

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on House Republicans’ new immigration legislation: “Speaker Ryan’s immigration bill is nothing more than a cruel political exercise to rally the right and enshrine President Trump’s terrible and heartless anti-family immigration policies into law. This extreme bill does little to address crises of the President’s own creation—separating families and … Continue Reading


June 14, 2018

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Establish Puerto Rico Hurricanes Commission

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY), Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced legislation to establish a “9/11-style” independent commission to investigate the federal response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico. Introduced in both chambers of Congress, the bill would create a commission charged with examining the federal government’s … Continue Reading


June 12, 2018

Thompson Statement on Mueller Indicating Election Meddling Ongoing

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security and co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Election Security, released the following statement on news from Special Counsel Robert Mueller that election meddling operations are still ongoing: “As Robert Mueller confirmed today, the threat to our elections from foreign interference persists and it is high time the White House wakes up and takes this threat seriously. Inaction will … Continue Reading


June 06, 2018

Republicans Reject ZTE Resolution

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement after Committee Republicans rejected H.Res. 898, a Resolution of Inquiry sponsored by Ranking Member Thompson which would direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide all information and documentation it possesses related to the cybersecurity threats posed by the Chinese telecom corporation ZTE. ZTE has been considered a significant security … Continue Reading


June 01, 2018

Thompson Statement on the Start of Hurricane Season

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the start of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Congressman Thompson also called on Homeland Security Committee Chairman McCaul to lead a Committee visit to Puerto Rico - which is still recovering from the catastrophic aftermath of Hurricane Maria. “The 2017 hurricane season was unfortunately one of the most active, costly, and dangerous to date. … Continue Reading


May 31, 2018

Report: Secret Service Overpaid Millions to Presidential Campaigns for Travel Expenses

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report he requested on U.S. Secret Service travel cost reimbursement during the 2016 presidential campaign cycle. The report, titled "Presidential Campaign: Actions Needed to Address U.S. Secret Service Overpayments for Travel Costs" found that of the $17.1 million the Secret Service reimbursed to the … Continue Reading


May 29, 2018

Thompson Statement on New Hurricane Maria Death Toll Estimates

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the release of a Harvard University study estimating the death toll from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico at 4,645: “It is heartbreaking to learn that the more we closely examine the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, we get a clearer picture of the catastrophic loss of life caused by the storm and the Administration’s inadequate response. Multiple studies … Continue Reading


May 25, 2018

Thompson Statement on the Trump Administration’s ZTE Deal

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news reports that the Trump Administration has reached a deal to save the Chinese corporation ZTE, a known significant security and surveillance threat: “Any ZTE deal must not be allowed to move forward until we have a complete understanding of any national security risks associated with ZTE - including whether it is possible to mitigate those risks … Continue Reading


May 22, 2018

Thompson: Shocking Secretary Nielsen Hasn’t Read 2017 Intel Assessment, Isn’t Aware Russia Helped Trump

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on Homeland Security Nielsen’s alarming comments after the House of Representative’s election security briefing today: “I was shocked to hear that Secretary Nielsen has apparently not bothered to read the January 2017 Intelligence Community assessment that Russia interfered in our elections and undermined our democratic process to help President Trump … Continue Reading


May 17, 2018

Thompson Statement on ICE Abandoning its Extreme Vetting Program

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has canceled plans for its Visa Lifecycle Vetting Initiative (VLVI), formerly referred to as the Extreme Vetting Initiative. “I am glad that DHS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agreed with us that their plans for an automated extreme vetting system should be canceled. The original plans … Continue Reading


May 16, 2018

Congressman Thompson Introduces Resolution on ZTE

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, introduced a Resolution of Inquiry directing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide the Committee with all information and documentation it possesses related to the cybersecurity threats posed by the Chinese telecom corporation ZTE. ZTE has been considered a significant security and surveillance threat for years and has illegally sold its products to Iran and North Korea, … Continue Reading


May 15, 2018

Thompson Statement on White House Elimination of Cyber Coordinator

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news that the White House has eliminated the position of Cybersecurity Coordinator on the National Security Council: “A lot has changed since the last time John Bolton served in the White House, but after just a month in the Trump White House he is already wreaking havoc on the National Security Council. With cyber threats ever-changing and growing … Continue Reading


May 15, 2018

Thompson to Speaker Ryan: Election Security Briefing Insufficient

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Election Security, released the following statement on news that Speaker Ryan has announced an election security briefing for members of Congress: “Unfortunately, due to it being in an unclassified setting, it is not possible for this last minute briefing scheduled by House Republicans on election security to be able to go into the … Continue Reading


May 15, 2018

Thompson, Richmond: Delayed Cyber Strategy Shows DHS is Behind

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA), Ranking Members of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee, released the below statement on the release of the Department of Homeland Security’s delayed Cybersecurity Strategy. Rep. Richmond originally authored the language in the FY2017 National Defense Authorization Act (Section 1912) mandating the Strategy (original bill … Continue Reading