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  • Release Date: 
    April 21, 2017

    For Immediate Release
    Office of the Press Secretary
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    SAN DIEGO - Today, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly delivered brief remarks during a media availability in San Diego:

    "In our system of government, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice enforce the laws passed by the United States Congress.  That includes our immigration laws.  These laws exist to keep our people safe and our nation sovereign.    

    Both the Attorney General and I are serious about border security and enforcing our immigration laws.  In accordance with the Executive Orders signed earlier this year, we have ended dangerous “catch and release” enforcement policies.  We have significantly increased detainers for deportation.  And we have arrested more criminal aliens. 

    We will continue to expand our approach to deterring illegal migration.  That includes constructing a physical barrier, supporting it with technology, and patrolling it with a dedicated and professional workforce. 

    It also includes our approach of prosecuting anyone who pays traffickers to smuggle people into the country—especially those who smuggle in children, including family members here.  Human smuggling across our border puts individuals – especially children - at great risk of assault, abuse and even death at the hands of smuggler and coyotes.  There is nothing the Attorney General and I want more than to put human smugglers out of business, and we will do everything in our power—and within the law—to end the flow of illegal migration. 

    Our efforts are working.  As I reported back in March, we’ve seen a dramatic reduction in illegal migration across the southwest border. In fact, March apprehensions were 30 percent lower than February apprehensions—and 64 percent lower than the same time last year.

    These numbers are lower because DHS and DOJ have shown that we’re serious about border security and enforcing our immigration laws.  The dedicated and selfless men and women who do this important work have the knowledge, the training, and the resources, and—and this is a big one—they know that they have an Administration and a Department that “has their back.

    I am honored to serve with the men and women of DHS, who do so much every day to keep our country safe and strong."

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  • Release Date: 
    April 21, 2017

    For Immediate Release
    Office of the Press Secretary
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    The tool helps prospective applicants find the best DHS Trusted Traveler Program for them according to their travel preferences and citizenship

    WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security unveiled today a new Trusted Traveler comparison tool. The tool helps prospective applicants find the DHS Trusted Traveler Program that best matches their citizenship and travel preferences.  More than 10 million low-risk travelers currently receive expedited clearance as members of one of the five Trusted Traveler Programs: TSA Pre✓™, Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, or FAST. U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration manage these programs, which are customized to fit a variety of travel needs. The tool can be accessed on DHS.gov.

    “CBP’s Trusted Traveler Programs have successfully improved the international arrivals process—reducing wait times at airports across the country while maintaining our primary mission of security,” said CBP Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. “Using this new tool, prospective Trusted Travelers will be better able to decide which program best suits their travel needs, so they can apply and, if approved, begin enjoying the benefits of expedited clearance that millions people currently do.”

    Membership in DHS Trusted Traveler Programs has grown by 169 percent since FY14 from more than 4 million members to more than 10.8 million members. During that same time period, Global Entry membership, the largest DHS Trusted Traveler Program, grew approximately 141 percent—from more than 1.6 million members to more than 4 million members.

    "We’re pleased with the launch of the DHS Trusted Traveler Programs interactive tool that ultimately will help travelers feel confident about their decision regarding which program is right for them,” said TSA Acting Deputy Administrator Gary Rasicot. “We will continue to focus on increasing participation in TSA Pre✓®, with the goal of providing expedited screening to a majority of the traveling public."

    Global Entry kiosks are located in 52 U.S airports and 15 Preclearance airports where members are processed in about a minute. U.S. citizens and U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents may apply for Global Entry as well as citizens of certain countrieswith which CBP has trusted traveler arrangements, including Colombia, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands, Panama, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Global Entry members also receive the added benefit of being pre-eligible to participate in TSA Pre✓™.

    NEXUS was launched in 2000 as a joint effort between CBP and the Canada Border Services Agency. NEXUS members experience expedited clearance into both the United States and Canada. NEXUS members enjoy the benefits of Global Entry at no additional cost by using the automated kiosks for entry at participating airports and also receive TSA Pre✓™ benefits.

    With SENTRI, the first Trusted Traveler Program, members may enter the United States by using dedicated primary lanes into the United States at Southern land border ports of entry. U.S. citizens and U.S. lawful permanent residents also receive Global Entry and TSA Pre✓™ benefits.

    The Free and Secure Trade(FAST) program is a commercial clearance program for known low-risk shipments entering the United States from Canada and Mexico. FAST enrollment is open to truck drivers from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

    TSA Pre✓™enables Trusted Travelers to enjoy a secure and efficient screening experience at more than 180 U.S. airports with 30 participating airlines nationwide. TSA Pre✓™ travelers do not need to remove shoes, laptops, 3-1-1 liquids, belts or light jackets. Last month, 97 percent of TSA Pre✓™ passengers got through an expedited screening lane in less than 5 minutes.

    For all of the programs, prospective applicants have to submit an initial application online. Once conditionally approved, the applicant must schedule and attend an in-person interview to finalize their enrollment. Trusted Traveler memberships are valid for 5 years.

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  • Release Date: 
    April 20, 2017

    For Immediate Release
    Office of the Press Secretary
    Contact: 202-282-8010

    WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly delivered brief remarks during a media availability in El Paso:

    “In our system of government, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice enforce the laws passed by the United States Congress.  That includes our immigration laws.  These laws exist to keep our people safe and our nation sovereign.   

    Both the Attorney General and I are serious about border security and enforcing our immigration laws.  In accordance with the Executive Orders signed earlier this year, we have ended dangerous “catch and release” enforcement policies.  We have significantly increased detainers for deportation.  And we have arrested more criminal aliens. 

    We will continue to expand our approach to deterring illegal migration.  That includes our approach of prosecuting anyone who pays traffickers to smuggle people into the country—especially those who smuggle in children. 

    People who illegally cross our borders do not respect the laws of our nation. We want to get the law breakers off our streets, and out of the country, for the good of our communities.

    Under the laws of our nation, migrants get a ruling from an immigration judge, who determines if someone is subject to removal.  Historically, it was a slow process with a massive backlog.  That meant overcrowded detention facilities, and long waits before justice could be served. 

    DHS and DOJ are working together to improve this process.  At DHS, we’re working to expand our detention capacity, and process immigration cases as close to the southern border as possible. 

    DOJ has already deployed additional immigration judges from the interior of the country to handle border-related cases. 

    This means detained immigrants aren’t biding their time in the United States, using our government’s resources.  It means we can move them through our system more efficiently—less bed space, shorter waits, and faster repatriation, if that’s what the law requires. 

    We at DHS support the Department of Justice’s efforts to hire additional immigration judges, and their commitment to holding those judges accountable for docket management. 

    It’s on us to enforce the law.  And I’m proud to say we’re doing our part.  I am honored to serve with the men and women of DHS, who do so much every day to keep our country safe and strong.” 

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