Secretary of Homeland Security in Houston

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HOUSTON, TX - There was an increased federal presence in town as the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson finished his two-day visit to Houston.

Day 1 was spent reviewing the damage done by the May storms - accompanied by representative Sheila Jackson Lee, who assured Houstonians today, “He has committed to this community more trailers that will help individuals and as well more resources, that are here through FEMA, and I want to thank him.”

Day 2 was filled with dialogue, and setting the record straight on illegal immigration.

“Facts are too often drowned out by demagoguery, suspicion, exaggeration, and misperception,” says Johnson.

With all the attention illegal immigration gets, it must be worse than ever, right? Nope. Among those facts drowned out - border captures are down 34% from this point last year, and if this trend continues, Johnson says, “…apprehensions of those attempting to cross our southern border illegally will be at the lowest point since the 1970`s.”

That sounds like winning, but the secretary is quick to point out, "Though the numbers have in fact declined dramatically, we are not - (I) repeat NOT- declaring mission accomplished.”

That`s clear. Just look to flare ups like this weekend where shots were fired at a Border Patrol helicopter near Laredo. It`s not common, but it happens, and Johnson’s latest budget proposal asks for $373 million in new technology and infrastructure enhancements along the border.



HOUSTON — Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson concluded his trip to Houston, where he participated in a naturalization ceremony, met with local officials and community members, and delivered remarks entitled “Immigration: Perception Versus Reality” at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Earlier today, Secretary Johnson, along with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, and Houston Mayor Annise Parker, participated in a naturalization ceremony for 41 citizenship candidates at the U.S. Courthouse. U.S. District Judge, the Honorable Lynn N. Hughes of the Southern District of Texas, administered the Oath of Allegiance. Secretary Johnson delivered remarks, congratulating the new citizens and welcoming them into American society.

While in Houston, Secretary Johnson participated in a roundtable discussion with young adults at the Syrian American Cultural Club to discuss their concerns regarding efforts to keep local communities safe. Secretary Johnson underscored the importance of community engagement to effectively counter violent extremism and highlighted the Department’s commitment to working with and empowering local communities. Secretary Johnson also participated in a roundtable discussion with federal and state partners, community leaders, and local stakeholders, including members of the Syrian American Council, to discuss the Department’s continued efforts to expand partnerships with community organizations and state and local officials on civil rights and civil liberties to safeguard local communities.

This afternoon, Secretary Johnson delivered remarks on the Department’s border security efforts and enforcement capabilities at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. During his remarks, Secretary Johnson also discussed the Department’s work to improve our immigration system and stressed the importance of congressional action to achieve comprehensive immigration reform.

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