8:01 AM, Dec 25, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Just two days before Christmas, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) took the first step to prepare for a possible "surge" of unaccompanied minors in 2015. HHS posted a "Sources Sought" notice to gather information on "options for contract surge capacity to shelter and care" for children who enter the country on their own. The Homeland Security Act of 2002 placed the responsibility for such children on HHS instead of the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
At this point, HHS is not estimating the number of children for which care may be needed in the coming year:
No decisions have been made regarding the need for surge capacity in 2015, but ORR is exploring options available should the need arise. The purpose of the temporary structures with staffing and services is to identify agencies capable of standing-up soft-sided structures, trailers, or other temporary structures that could shelter 100-2,500 children on federally leased or owned land.
The Washington Post reported in October that Department of Homeland Security secretary Jeh Johnson placed the fiscal 2014 total of unaccompanied children at 68,434. After an enormous surge in the summer months, the numbers fell quickly in the fall. It is not yet clear if President Obama's immigration actions announced in late November have had any impact on that trend.
"...federal agencies are here to help."12:44 PM, Dec 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jeh Johnson, the secretary of homeland security, has released a statement following the North Korean-backed cyber attack on Sony Pictures. Johnson urges American companies to protect themselves against cybersecurity threats and says the Department of Homeland Security is "here to help."
Here's the full statement:
7:46 PM, Nov 20, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Director of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson will head for the Texas-Mexico border town of McAllen, Texas Friday in the wake of President Obama's announcement regarding his immigration executive order.
3:19 PM, Oct 1, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The director of the Secret Service has resigned, according to a press release from DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson:
Today Julia Pierson, the Director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it. I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the Nation.
So it's not decimated?12:01 PM, Oct 1, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Visiting Canada for the first time as Department Homeland Security (DHS) chief, secretary Jeh Johnson addressed the Canadian American Business Council on Wednesday.
8:13 PM, Jul 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Thousands of illegal immigrants are streaming across America's southern border, but on Wednesday the chief of the Department of Homeland Security will be attending an educational event with schoolchildren in Washington, D.C.
In an email to reporters with the subject line reading, "SECRETARY JOHNSON TO PARTICIPATE IN A LET’S READ! LET’S MOVE! EVENT," the department announced that Jeh Johnson will be attending an event Wednesday morning at the library of Congress, along with other government officials, a chef, and a retired NFL player. Here's an excerpt from the email:
11:28 AM, Jul 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson struggled this morning on NBC to say whether the Obama administration will deport most of the recent influx of illegal immigrants:
11:10 AM, Jul 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson explained that the immigration crisis is about the children. "We have to do right by the children," he said this morning on NBC:
6:53 AM, Jan 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The new secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, went to Texas yesterday to check out the U.S. border with Mexico and to push immigration reform.
But Obama thanks Napolitano for taking "steps to make sure our immigration system better reflects our values."2:31 PM, Oct 18, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Janet Napolitano, who recently stepped down as head of the Department of Homeland Security, was noticeable absent today in the nominating of her replacement, Jeh Johnson, by President Obama at the White House:
6:14 PM, Oct 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
The president will "nominate former Pentagon attorney Jeh Johnson as the next secretary of homeland security," USA Today reports.
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