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July 16, 2020

Thompson: Watchdog Report Tells Us Trump’s Wall Was Never About Security

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report out today on U.S. Customs and Border Protection's mismanagement and poor planning of President Trump's border wall construction. "It's clear from this report that CBP's main priorities are to maximize wall construction and to please the President in the run up to the … Continue Reading


July 15, 2020

Thompson: Report on Child Deaths in CBP Custody Shows CBP Has Not Prioritized Migrant Care – with Tragic Results

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report he requested out today on the tragic deaths of two children in Customs and Border Protection care in 2018. Through their investigation, the GAO found that CBP has misspent emergency funds meant for migrant medical care, does not properly train its employees on the medical needs of children, and does not … Continue Reading


July 10, 2020

Homeland and Oversight Chairs Issue Statement on Coast Guard’s Refusal to Appear for Public Hearing

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement on U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz's refusal to appear for a public hearing: "At a time when people across this country are coming together to confront systemic racism, it is deeply disappointing that the Coast Guard's Commandant, Admiral Karl Schultz, has … Continue Reading


July 07, 2020

Thompson, Rice Statement on the Trump Administration’s Cruel New Policy Forcing International Students to Leave the U.S.

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Chairwoman of the Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations Subcommittee, released the following statement on news the Trump Administration plans to bar international students from the country if their school's classes are online: "The Trump Administration has yet again announced a new policy that will damage the economy, harm U.S. institutions, and do … Continue Reading


July 02, 2020

Chairman Thompson Statement on the Administration’s ‘Runway to Recovery’ Aviation Plan

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the Administration's new national strategy from the Departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, and Health & Human Services with recommendations on recovery for the nation's airlines and airports: "I am pleased that the Trump Administration took our advice to create an interagency working group to plan for the future of the country's aviation … Continue Reading


June 30, 2020

Homeland Security Committee Releases Report on Oversight of Federal Coronavirus Response

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, released a majority staff report detailing how the Committee has worked to respond to the coronavirus pandemic facing our nation. The Committee kicked off its oversight effort with three hearings on coronavirus in March. After social distancing protocols took effect, the Committee continued its robust oversight of the Trump Administration's preparedness and response activities. Since March, … Continue Reading


June 23, 2020

Thompson Statement on Trump’s Extreme Immigration Restrictions

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news President Trump is extending limits on worker visas through 2020, greatly restricting immigration to the country. "Once again the Trump Administration is using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to further extreme anti-immigrant policies. Stopping immigrants from legally coming to this country serves no real economic or public health purpose and … Continue Reading


June 18, 2020

Chairman Thompson Statement on Supreme Court DACA Decision

(WASHINGTON) - Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news that the Supreme Court has upheld the DACA program, ruling that President Trump broke the law when he tried to end the program. "I am overwhelmingly pleased that the Supreme Court ruled that President Trump indeed broke the law when he tried to cruelly end the DACA program without reason. While we must do more to protect Dreamers, they can rest assured … Continue Reading


June 16, 2020

Murder Suspect in FPS Shooting Death in Oakland Linked to Right Wing Extremism

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news that prosecutors have filed federal charges following the murder of an officer of the Federal Protective Service (FPS), part of the Department of Homeland Security: "I am relieved to hear news that Federal prosecutors have filed murder charges in the tragic shooting death in Oakland last month of David Patrick Underwood, a Federal Protective Service … Continue Reading


June 11, 2020

GAO: CBP Broke the Law When it Spent Emergency Funds on Dirt Bikes and Dog Food Instead of on Migrant Care

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement after the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a decision that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) violated the law when it used funds in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act, 2019 (H.R. 3401). The legislation contained line item appropriations of $112 million … Continue Reading


June 05, 2020

Oversight and Homeland Chairs Issue Statement on DHS IG Report Confirming Findings in Joint Investigation

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, the Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Rep. Jamie Raskin, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and Rep. Lou Correa, the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security, issued this statement following a report issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General (IG) on the U.S. Coast … Continue Reading


May 30, 2020

Chairman Thompson Statement on Reports of Right-Wing Extremists Joining Protests to Sow Chaos

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on reports that right-wing extremists and white nationalists are joining protests to sow chaos and incite violence: "It is deeply troubling to see media reports and statements from state officials indicating that right wing extremists and white nationalists are joining protests across the country to purposely worsen tensions and sow chaos. I have asked the … Continue Reading


May 29, 2020

Chairman Thompson Statement on Trump’s Tweets Stoking Violence

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on President Trump's tweets last night that were flagged by Twitter for glorifying violence. "The President's late-night tweets were disgusting and dangerous. He will try again to walk them back, but the American people know what he did and Twitter is right to have flagged his tweets. He knew exactly what he was doing and did it on purpose. He took the … Continue Reading


May 28, 2020

Chairman Thompson Statement on Trump’s Social Media “Executive Order”

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on President Trump's Executive Order directed at social media companies: "It's a sad day when an Executive Order is used as a tool for political grievance after the President's ego gets bruised. Nothing in the Executive Order is about substantive policy and it is just another reflection of his failure to lead the country through the coronavirus pandemic. … Continue Reading


May 22, 2020

Thompson Statement on Extending National Guard Deployment

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the Trump Administration sending mixed signals on the future of National Guard deployments to respond to COVID-19: "The Administration needs to stop sending mixed signals to our States that continue to need National Guard assistance to respond to coronavirus. Having a hard stop, just to shortchange National Guard members, does not help us combat the virus … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Thompson Statement on Trump’s Election Misinformation Threats

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement in response to tweets from President Trump lying about voter fraud and threatening to withhold federal funding for Michigan and Nevada if the states moved forward in expanding vote by mail. "This is misinformation, plain and simple. Apparently, the President does not understand how our democracy works and thinks he can inappropriately interfere in the … Continue Reading


May 20, 2020

Chairman Thompson Statement on $1.3 Billion Border Wall Contract

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news the Trump Administration awarded a $1.3 billion contract - the largest ever - for wall construction to a company, Fisher Sand and Gravel, that lacks the proper experience. The Federal government is still investigating the Administration's previous contract with the company. The Administration also did not announce the award. "If the Administration … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Thompson Statement on Reports TSA to Check Passenger Temperatures

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news reports that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) may begin checking passenger temperatures at airports as soon as next week: "I cannot find any law that gives TSA the authority to perform temperature checks as reported. The health and safety of our Transportation Security Officers have already been put at great risk the past few months - … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Chairman Thompson Statement on Reports ICE Forcing Family Separation or Indefinite Detention on Immigrant Families

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is forcing family separation or indefinite detention on immigrant families. "Reports that the Trump Administration is finding new ways to separate families and treat immigrants inhumanely during this pandemic are a new low. The coronavirus pandemic cannot be used as a Trojan horse for the … Continue Reading


May 15, 2020

Chairman Thompson Statement on National Police Week and National Peace Officers’ Memorial Day

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on National Police Week and National Peace Officers' Memorial Day: "As National Police Week comes to a close and on National Peace Officers' Memorial Day, we honor the brave men and women around the country who serve to ensure the safety and security of our homeland, especially during these trying times. We also take the time to remember all of those who have … Continue Reading