On July 11, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan travels to El Paso, Texas to meet with Border Mayors from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, meet with DHS surge volunteers currently working at the border, host a Town Hall with DHS personnel, and participate in operational briefings and tours of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities in the area.
Acting Secretary McAleenan will participate in a roundtable with border mayors to discuss hardships facing their communities due to the current immigration crisis and how a “whole of government” approach should be used to work towards a solution. The Acting Secretary will reaffirm his commitment to state and local leaders to do everything DHS can to address this crisis. He will then speak to employees from CBP, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the United States Coast Guard (USCG) at a town hall. There, he will acknowledge their achievements and stress the importance of Department-wide collaboration when addressing this border crisis. Following the town hall, Acting Secretary McAleenan will meet with DHS employees who have volunteered at the Southwest border in this time of crisis and commend them on their steadfast commitment to U.S. security.
Later in the day, the Acting Secretary will tour the U.S. Border Patrol’s El Paso Station and receive an operational briefing of the current state of the El Paso Sector, along with the actions CBP has taken to improve conditions and adjust to the ever changing flow of migrant apprehensions. He will also tour the Clint Holding Facility where he will be briefed on the medical services and accommodations provided at the facility, in addition to the day to day operations at the facility.