DHS Articles


Homeland: 'No Specific or Credible Threats' of Similar Attack in U.S.

9:42 PM, Nov 13, 2015

The Department of Homeland Security says there is no threat of a terrorist attack like the one in France happening immediately in America.

"The Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are closely monitoring events in Paris and we are in contact with our counterparts in the region. At this time, we know of no specific or credible threats of an attack on the U.S. homeland of the type that occurred in Paris tonight," DHS secretary Jeh Johnson says in a statement released to the press.

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Report: Employee Satisfaction Plummets at Homeland Security

1:40 PM, Oct 05, 2015

How happy in their jobs are government workers?  Well, the sovereign answer to that question would be: “Who cares?”  They have steady work and, for most of them, it is all indoors with no heavy lifting.  And they practically have to commit a felony to get fired. 

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Maryland Rolls Back 'Sanctuary State' Status For Illegal Immigrant Prisoners

Hogan's compliance with federal immigration enforcement angers activists.
2:33 PM, Aug 13, 2015

Maryland's Republican governor Larry Hogan is angering immigration activists with his decision to comply with a federal immigration enforcement directive.

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DHS Chief Talks Up Cybersecurity on Day the Computers Crashed

'I can build you a perfectly safe city, but it will look like a prison'
2:02 PM, Jul 09, 2015

The Atlantic dubbed July 8, 2015 “the day the computers betrayed us” as systems supporting the NYSE, United Airlines, and the Wall Street Journal all suffered crashes. Those events served as a fitting backdrop to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson's remarks on cybersecurity at CSIS.

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DHS Chief Talks Up Cybersecurity on Day the Computers Crashed

'I can build you a perfectly safe city, but it will look like a prison.'
2:01 PM, Jul 09, 2015

The Atlantic dubbed July 8, 2015 “the day the computers betrayed us” as systems supporting the NYSE, United Airlines, and the Wall Street Journal all suffered crashes. Those events served as a fitting backdrop to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson's remarks on cybersecurity at CSIS.

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Report: 15 Years After 9/11, Homeland Communications Poor

1:32 PM, Jun 08, 2015

A review conducted by the Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security found that two and a half years after a scathing report on the state of intra-agency communications in the event of an emergency, "DHS components’ inability to communicate with each other persists." The department's corrective actions and plans are still not finalized,

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DHS Chief Worried About Drones in 2016 Campaign

Said there was 'a little drone flying over my head' during recent speech.
7:21 AM, May 15, 2015

DHS chief Jeh Johnson agreed with Chuck Todd that drones could make protecting 2016 presidential candidates more difficult. And, Johnson said as an example, he was a giving a speech recently when he looked up to see "a little drone flying over my head."

Watch here:

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Pam Geller: No Contact from FBI, Homeland Security Since Terror Attack

7:18 AM, May 07, 2015

Pamela Geller, the woman targeted by terrorists in Texas over the weekend, says the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have yet to contact her after the thwarted attacked. She made the comments last night in an interview with Sean Hannity.

Watch here:

"This is a serious threat," said Hannity. "Basically a Fatwa, a death threat, has now been issued. Your reaction to that? Have you had any contact with the FBI?"

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DHS Posts 'Due to a Lapse in Funding' Notice

10:25 AM, Mar 01, 2015

In spite of the Friday night passage of an eleventh hour, one-week stopgap spending bill to 

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DHS Chief: 'Be Particularly Careful' If You Go to Mall of America

6:51 PM, Feb 22, 2015

Department of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson basically warned against going to the Mall of America today, after threats of a terror attack by al Shabaab. " I would say that, if anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today, they have got to be particularly careful," said Johnson.

He made the comments this morning on CNN:

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Obama to Republicans: 'Don’t Jeopardize Our National Security Over' Immigration

12:47 PM, Feb 02, 2015

Barack Obama told Republicans that they should not risk "national security" over their disagreements on the president's executive amnesty.

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Secret Service Director Resigns

2:19 PM, Oct 01, 2014

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.

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Homeland Security Head: 'Core al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan'

So it's not decimated?
11:01 AM, Oct 01, 2014

Visiting Canada for the first time as Department Homeland Security (DHS) chief, secretary Jeh Johnson addressed the Canadian American Business Council on Wednesday.

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Hayes Podcast: How I Made the Terror Watch List

Hosted by Michael Graham.
1:00 PM, Sep 24, 2014

The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with frequent contributor Steven F. Hayes on how he learned he was on the government's terror watch list.

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Amid Border Crisis, DHS Secretary To Participate in 'Let's Read! Let's Move!' Event

7:13 PM, Jul 28, 2014

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:

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DHS: 'We Effectively and Sensibly Enforce Our Nation’s Immigration Laws'

6:53 AM, Jan 22, 2014

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.

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Department of Harassment

Oct 21, 2013

Last month, Angel Echevarria, an off-duty Department of Homeland Security official, was arrested in Florida for pulling his gun and shooting a car that allegedly cut him off on the highway. According to police, Echevarria had absolutely no legal authority to do this. The episode was a classic “road rage” incident, and Echevarria is lucky he didn’t harm any of the passengers in the car, which included a 2-year-old child. 

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Senator on DHS Nominee: 'President Plans to Nominate a Loyalist and Fundraiser to this Post'

5:14 PM, Oct 17, 2013

The president will "nominate former Pentagon attorney Jeh Johnson as the next secretary of homeland security," USA Today reports.

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Napolitano Says Farewell: 'Key to Our Success Is the Ability to Be Flexible and Agile'

9:08 AM, Aug 27, 2013

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is saying farewell today at a Press Club event in Washington, D.C. Today is her last day on the job, before becoming head of the Univeristy of California.

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GAO: ‘Visa Overstay’ Backlog at DHS Remains Over One Million

9:53 AM, May 21, 2013

Today, the Government Accountability Office issued a report of preliminary finding on the progress the Department of Homeland Security has made in its efforts to reduce the backlog of immigrant visas. Although almost 863,000 records were "closed" in the last two years, the backlog of potential overstays remains at more than one million [emphasis added]:

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Napolitano: 'Homeland' Workers 'Make Our Nation Safer, More Secure and More Resilient'

3:19 PM, May 06, 2013

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano praised her employees today in a statement to the press. 

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Chief of Staff Out at DHS

Shake-up.
10:50 AM, Mar 02, 2013

In a late Friday afternoon email, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano notified staff that her chief of staff was leaving. 

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Homeland Only Fully Approves 10% of Freedom of Information Requests

FOIA staff of 400; costs over $38 million.
3:32 PM, Feb 05, 2013

According to an annual report for 2012 just released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), DHS processed a total of 205,895 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests during the year. The report, presented by Acting Chief Freedom of Information Act Officer Jonathan R. Cantor, shows that DHS reduced the backlog of such requests by 30 percent during the year. However, a deeper look at the numbers reveals that the agency only fully granted just over 10 percent of FOIA requests that were processed.  

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Napolitano to 'Inspect Border Security' in California, Texas

8:49 AM, Feb 04, 2013

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will travel to California and Texas today and tomorrow "to inspect border security," the federal agency announced today.

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DHS Offers Winter Storm Tips: 'If You Must Shovel Snow, Stretch Before Going Outside.'

"Change wet clothing frequently..."
1:59 PM, Jan 23, 2013

Earlier today, the Department of Homeland Security took to its Twitter account to offer "tips" on how to deal with the winter weather:

Tips for what to do during #winter storms and extreme cold #weather from @readydotgov: twitter.com/DHSgov/status/…

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Napolitano to Address 'Diversity in Cyber Security Conference'

12:32 PM, Oct 24, 2012

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is scheduled to deliver a keynote address at the "Diversity in Cyber Security Conference" tomorrow in Washington, D.C., a press release from the organization hosting the event announced in a press release. The group Women in International Security is hosting the event.

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Napolitano Expresses Concern About Key Part of Ariz. Immigration Law: 'Will Make DHS’ Work More Challenging'

2:13 PM, Jun 25, 2012

Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano celebrated the Supreme Court's Arizona decision in a statement. But Napolitano expressed concern in a statement that a key component of the law, which allows law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of folks who are stopped, saying that it "will make DHS' work more challenging."

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DHS to Relax Immigration for Young People Who 'Do Not Present a Risk to National Security or Public Safety'

9:01 AM, Jun 15, 2012

A press release from the Department of Homeland Security: 

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DHS Warns of ... Hurricanes

9:15 AM, Jun 02, 2012

The Department of Homeland Security's latest concern is hurricanes. With the start of the hurricane season, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is encouraging a so-called "Whole Community Approach."

 

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