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17 Mar, 35 tweets, 17 min read
Happening now: "We are tracking that event very carefully" @SecMayorkas tells House Homeland Security Committee of shootings in & around #Atlanta #Georgia that left 8 ppl dead, 6 of them women of Asian descent Image
#Cybersecurity: "As a 1st step, I have directed grant funding that will provide an additional $25 million for state & local entities across the country to increase their cybersecurity" per @SecMayorkas re: #SolarWinds, @Microsoft Exchange hacks
.@CISAgov "remains laser focused on protecting & providing assistance to federal civilian agencies & working w/the private sector" adds @SecMayorkas
NEW: "Threat landscape has significantly evolved" per @SecMayorkas "While we remain vigilant about the threat of foreign terrorism, ideologically motivated domestic violent extremism now poses the most lethal & persistent terrorism related threat to the homeland today"
"The Jan. 6 attack on the #USCapitol & on American democracy is a searing example" per @SecMayorkas

"We are working to assess the linkage between extremists exploitation of social media & their acts of violence"
"We are expanding out intelligence & information sharing capabilities, again, consistent w/privacy rights, civil rights, & civil liberties, as part of a whole of gvt effort to combat domestic violent extremism" per @SecMayorkas
.@DHSgov grant program now make domestic violent extremism a priority area, per @SecMayorkas

States &urban area will spend at least $77 million "to prevent, prepare for, protect against & respond to acts of domestic violence extremism"
NEW: Surge at US southern border - "Most are single adults who are expelled within hours back to #Mexico" per @SecMayorkas "Families who are apprehended at the border are also immediately expelled ... unless we confront at times a limitation on Mexico's capacity to receive them"
US-#Mexico border: "We are also encountering many unaccompanied children, children who arrive without a parent or legal guardian " per @SecMayorkas
"Their families made the heart-wrenching decision to send them on a journey across Mexico to provide them w/a better, safer future" per @SecMayorkas

"The previous administration was expelling these unaccompanied children, some who are girls under the age of 12"
"The previous administration was expelling these unaccompanied children, some who are girls under the age of 12" per @SecMayorkas "We ended that practice"
.@SecMayorkas says unaccompanied children are being allowed to make claims for humanitarian relief "as the law provides"

"If it is determined they do not have a valid claim, they will be returned in a safe manner" he adds
US has increased capacity to hold the additional children coming to the border until @HHSGov can vet them...

@DHSgov also reestablishing the Central American Minors Program , so children have legal pathway for relief & don't have to make the dangerous journey, per @SecMayorkas
"We will not waiver in our commitments" per @SecMayorkas "We will also not waiver in our values & our principles as a nation"

"We can & we will tackle the many challenges we face while complying w/our legal obligations & honoring our nations values & principles"
#USCapitol siege "was heartbreaking" per @SecMayorkas

"I certainly am reviewing the events that led up to that horrible day. I'm also mindful of the fact that there are criminal investigation underway to address individuals who broke the law"
"Domestic violent extremism in one of the gravest & most persistent threats that we as a country face" per @SecMayorkas "We are fully engaged in addressing it"
Children separated from parents at the border under Pres. Trump "subject of an intense effort & and all of gvt efforts directed by Pres. Biden to find the parents & reunite the families" per @SecMayorkas
"This is a full-time effort by talented & dedicated individuals" per @SecMayorkas re: reuniting children w/parents

"We have an obligation"
.@HomelandGOP's @RepJohnKatko presses @SecMayorkas on whether situation at the border is a "crisis"

Mayorkas replies, "Mr. Ranking Member, I'm not spending any time on the language that we use. I am spending the time on operational response to the situation"
"The border is secure & the border is not open" per @SecMayorkas "We are expelling, under the CDC's public health authority in light of the pandemic, single individual who arrive at the border. We are expelling families under that same public health authority"
"The message is, 'Come on in,'" @RepMcCaul tells @SecMayorkas of @POTUS border policies

"Why in the world did this administration, Pres. Biden, basically shred the Trump administration's agreements w/#Mexico & Central America?"
"Sometimes the tools of deterrence defy the values & principles for which we all stand" per @SecMayorkas "One of those tools of deterrence that the Trump administration deployed was deplorable & absolutely unacceptable"
"And if we want to speak of language... a crises is when a nation is willing to rip a 9yo child out of the hands of his or her parent & separate that family to deter future migration" per @SecMayorkas
"What the president is committed to, & what I am committed to execute is to make sure we have an immigration system that works, and migration to ur country is safely, orderly & humane" adds @SecMayorkas
.@RepMcCaul says he, too, was against family separation
"We have seen migration surges before - 2019 was extraordinary, 2104, and before then" per @SecMayorkas

"The immigration system is broken & it is in need of legislative reform" he says, noting bills pending before the House
#Cyber: "This is one of my foremost urgent priorities" per @SecMayorkas "The #cyber threat this country faces from nation-state actors as well as from individual actors, cannot be overstated. The threat to critical infrastructure cannot be overstated"
"This hearing, this meeting, for many Americans watching it has been quite nauseating thus far" @RepClayHiggins tells @SecMayorkas "The carefully read scripted statements-I'm not sure you're here to answer questions, sir. I suspect you're here to present a prepared narrative"
"My sources tell me they're coming now & they're coming through the year" @RepClayHiggins says

"The cartels have 2 million in the pipeline" he claims "I don't believe you have a plan to deal with it"
"Let me assure you of one thing...despite our string differences of opinion, I look forward to working w/you toward shared goals" @SecMayorkas replies
Pronouncements by some that #Election2020 was stolen "not fact based" per @SecMayorkas "They are actually in defiance of the facts"

Mayorkas also praises former @CISAgov @C_C_Krebs for agency's work on election security
NEW: @RepDanBishop ask @SecMayorkas about reports of 4 individuals on the terror watchlist being apprehended at the border

Mayorkas say he is aware of the reports, & in response to Bishop's question says "no," terrorists do not have the right to cross the border to seek asylum
Known or suspect terrorists - "Individuals who match that profile have tried to cross the border, the land border, have tried to travel by air into the United States, not only this year, but last year" per @SecMayorkas "That's not a new phenomenon"
"It is because of our multi-layered security apparatus, the architecture that we have built since the commencement of the Dept of Homeland Security, that we are in fact able to identify & apprehend them & ensure that they do not remain in the United States" per @SecMayorkas
"I am concerned if one tries to come" per @SecMayorkas on terrorists attempting to enter the US

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19 Mar
New: House Intelligence Committee Chair @RepAdamSchiff tells @CSIS @ODNIgov report on #Election2020 shows that "several agency heads...were not candid w/the country" about election meddling
Per @RepAdamSchiff, that list includes "former Atty General Bill Barr & former director of Nat'l Intelligence John Ratcliffe, his predecessor Ric Grenell, Nat'l Security Adviser O'Brien and others"
"You had top agency heads out pushing a misleading narrative in support of the president..." per @RepAdamSchiff "...deemphasizing the threat from #Russia & suggesting or affirmatively stating a falsehood, that #China was actually the bigger threat to our election"
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"All American share an obligation to stand up against hate in our communities" @DepSecDef Kathleen Hicks tells National War College about rising violence again Asian American community

Hicks says @DeptofDefense is committed to lead by example Image
#China - #Beijing has been displaying an "increased military confidence & a willingness to take risks" warns @DepSecDef Hicks
US, @DeptofDefense must be able "to demonstrate the will & capability to credibly deter PRC aggression" per @DepSecDef
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19 Mar
Conflict between #China & US increasingly likely and to deter that "a strong [US] military is the key" former US ambassador to #SouthKorea & former @INDOPACOM commander Harry Harris tells @CSIS

"It is essential"
#Beijing's buildup will have big consequences "unless we're there to head them off, not only us but our allies & partners in the region as well" per ret Amb Harry Harris
"We need to have the ability to have increased missile defense capabilities as well as an offensive missile, offensive capability" per Harris

"We need to build that out" he says, referring to threat from both #China & #NorthKorea
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18 Mar
JUST IN: Praise & congratulations for newly confirmed @CIA Director William Burns from @ODNIgov Director Avril Haines

The Senate confirmed the 64yo former ambassador by unanimous consent earlier after a weeks-long hold on his nomination was lifted Image
More: "We must have experienced leaders in place who are ready to grapple with these risks head-on" per Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman @MarkWarner

Dir Burns will "provide the leadership and support that the brave men & women of the @CIA deserve" he adds Image
Reaction to confirmation of Bill Burns by @CIA
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18 Mar
#SolarWindsHack - @FBI focused on more precise attribution

"Understanding who conducted this activity, why & how so that we can create the widest possible range of responses for our policymakers to consider" #Cyber Division's Tonya Ugoretz tells lawmakers
"We find it is most powerful when we are able to say, w/detail & as transparently as possible, how exactly adversaries conducted this activity, & ultimately who was behind it" per @FBI's Ugoretz

"The effort to develop that information, investigatively continues"
"The majority of the activity appears to have been directed at the #UnitedStates" per @FBI's Ugoretz re #SolarWinds hack

"However, we are aware of instances & information shared with us from foreign partners where some of their networks were affected as well"
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17 Mar
BREAKING: @ODNIgov @TheJusticeDept @DHSgov release unclassified findings from report on violent domestic extremism

Per report, US intelligence estimates domestic violent extremists "pose an elevated threat" & they have been "galvanized by recent political & societal events"
MORE: US intelligence says narratives re #Election2020 fraud, #USCapitol siege, #COVID19 & other conspiracy theories "will almost certainly spur some DVEs [domestic violent extremists] to try to engage in violence this year"
More: "Small cells of DVEs adhering to a diverse set of violent extremist ideologies are more likely to carry out violent attacks...than organizations that allegedly advocate a DVE ideology" per @ODNIgov report
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