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December 05, 2019

Thompson Statement on New Evidence in Death of Child While in CBP Custody

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on an investigative news report on the death of Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez, a child in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody on May 20. "Today's report calls into serious question the steps U.S. Customs and Border Protection claims to have taken to care for a child in its custody. Not only did CBP hold Carlos longer than the legal limit and … Continue Reading


November 27, 2019

Thompson Statement on DHS Watchdog Child Separation Report

(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) report out today on the technology and planning failures impacting family separation. Before the "zero-tolerance" policy was implemented in 2018, both CBP and ICE knew that their IT systems were completely inadequate to track separated families. They also knew they needed a plan … Continue Reading


November 21, 2019

Thompson & Richmond Statement on Jeanette Manfra Departing CISA

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, & Innovation, released the following statement on news that Jeanette Manfra is leaving the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): "Jeanette Manfra led CISA's Cybersecurity Division at a pivotal time. In early 2017, Ms. Manfra took … Continue Reading


November 20, 2019

Thompson Issues Subpoena to DHS for Documents on the Deaths of Children, Separation of Families, and Metering at the Border

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued a subpoena to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf for records regarding U.S. Customs and Border Protection's handling of children and families at the border. Chairman Thompson originally requested these documents on January 4th. Despite repeated requests, the Committee has still not received the documents. The Committee authorized the issuance of the subpoena today. "The … Continue Reading


November 13, 2019

Chairman Thompson Statement on Appointment of Ken Cuccinelli as Acting DHS Deputy Secretary

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news President Trump has installed Ken Cuccinelli as the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Homeland Security Secretary: "It seems that President Trump just couldn't fight the urge to play to his base by elevating Ken Cuccinelli to another senior leadership position at DHS that he is wholly unqualified for. Mr. Cuccinelli is nothing more … Continue Reading


November 13, 2019

Chairman Thompson Statement on Appointment of Chad Wolf as Acting DHS Secretary

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on Chad Wolf being installed by President Trump as Acting Homeland Security Secretary, the fifth person to hold this position since 2017: "The President installing an Acting Homeland Security Secretary who lacks the necessary experience exemplifies the dysfunction that has plagued DHS since the first days of the Trump Administration. There are people in … Continue Reading


November 01, 2019

Chairman Thompson Statement on Trump’s 5th DHS Secretary

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news President Trump appointed Chad Wolf as Acting Homeland Security Secretary, the fifth person in this role since 2017: "The President appointing as Acting Homeland Secretary someone without the necessary experience just points to the dysfunction that has plagued DHS since the first days of the Trump Administration. There are plenty of people in … Continue Reading


October 30, 2019

Chairman Thompson Statement on Convoluted White House Scheme to Install Cuccinelli as Acting DHS Secretary

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news reports that President Trump is still searching for a loophole to install Ken Cuccinelli as Acting Homeland Security Secretary: "Reports that President Trump is desperately combing through federal law to find a loophole to make an end-run around the Constitution are disappointing but not surprising. If the White House cannot find anyone qualified and … Continue Reading


October 24, 2019

Chairman Thompson Subpoenas DHS Acting Secretary McAleenan and NCTC Acting Director Travers

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, issued subpoenas to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and Acting National Counterterrorism Center Director Russell Travers for an October 30th public hearing on terrorist threats facing the country. Since July, the Committee has attempted to secure the participation of the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security and the Acting Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, … Continue Reading


October 23, 2019

Chairman Cummings’ Aviation Security Bill Approved by Homeland Security Committee

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the House Committee on Homeland Security approved legislation authored by the late Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, to help secure our skies and improve the Transportation Security Administration's security operations. Congressman Cummings introduced H.R. 3469, the "Covert Testing and Risk Mitigation Improvement Act" in June to improve the effectiveness and integrity of the covert tests TSA conducts of airport … Continue Reading


October 22, 2019

Chairman Thompson Underscores Counterterrorism Priorities After Returning from Mideast

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement after returning from Speaker Pelosi's Congressional Delegation to the Middle East: "I am pleased to have accompanied my colleagues and Speaker Pelosi on her bipartisan delegation to the Middle East. Meeting with key allies in the region is critical to our counterterrorism mission. While we are currently seeing the dire consequences of President Trump's … Continue Reading


October 18, 2019

Bicameral Legislation Introduced Blocking Trump’s Doral Corruption

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Representative Lois Frankel (FL-21), Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (MS-2), and Representative Steve Cohen (TN-9) introduced the Trump's Heist Undermines the G-7 (THUG) Act, following the announcement that President Trump's Miami resort will be the site of the next Group of Seven (G-7) summit. A companion bill is being introduced in the Senate by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). The G-7 is a group of the seven largest advanced … Continue Reading


October 11, 2019

Chairman Thompson Statement on McAleenan’s Departure From DHS

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news that Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan has left the Trump Administration: "Today's ouster of the Acting Secretary further highlights that President Trump continues to decimate the leadership of the Department of Homeland Security. This will only add to the chaos for a Department where there are chronically too many leadership … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Groundbreaking Domestic Terrorism Legislation Passes House

(WASHINGTON) - Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Domestic and International Terrorism DATA Act (H.R. 3106), bipartisan legislation sponsored by Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, to foster greater transparency into the federal government's handling of domestic terrorism and to increase research on the issue. This is the first bill the House of Representatives has passed that gives needed attention to domestic terrorism. The … Continue Reading


September 26, 2019

Chairman Thompson on Whistleblower Complaint: We Must Do More to Secure Our Elections

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on state of nation's election security after the whistleblower complaint against the President was released today: "The declassified whistleblower report is clear. The President again, just he did in 2016, sought out assistance from a foreign power to help in his reelection. This is election interference, plain and simple. The President has continually and … Continue Reading


September 20, 2019

Thompson Statement on DHS Strategy for Combating Terrorism and Targeted Violence

(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's Strategy for Combating Terrorism and Targeted Violence: "This strategy could be a much-welcomed step in the right direction, and I applaud the Department for laying out a serious plan. However, I still have many questions that the Department needs to answer - including how it plans to fund and staff this effort. If we … Continue Reading


September 18, 2019

Thompson: New National Security Advisor Must Bring Back Cyber Coordinator Position

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on news that President Trump has named Robert O'Brien as National Security Advisor: "Mr. O'Brien, President Trump's fourth National Security Advisor, is named when threats facing the nation have evolved and our adversaries are exploiting cyberspace in new ways to advance their economic ambitions, assert influence, and undermine U.S. power. His first act as … Continue Reading


September 11, 2019

Thompson Statement Marking 18 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 on the eighteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks: "Eighteen years ago, our country was forever changed in the face of terror and hate. Today we remember those that were lost in New York, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. They and their loved ones are on our minds and in our hearts. We also recognize the bravery of the … Continue Reading


September 10, 2019

Chairman Thompson Statement on FBI & DHS Refusal to Testify

(WASHINGTON) - Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement after the heads of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and National Counterterrorism Center all refused to appear before the Committee to submit testimony and answer questions for a hearing today on terrorism and threats to the homeland. "When the country is facing repeated domestic terrorism attacks, the American people have … Continue Reading


September 05, 2019

Thompson & Rogers Joint Statement After 8chan Deposition

(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, released the below joint statement after the Committee deposed Jim Watkins, owner of the social media website 8chan. The deposition was in response to the Committee's subpoena of Watkins in August. "We want to thank Mr. Watkins for his cooperation today. He provided vast and helpful information to the Committee about the … Continue Reading