Homeland Threat Assessment October 2020

In my role as Acting Secretary, I receive intelligence, operational, law enforcement, and other information on a daily basis. This Homeland Threat Assessment (HTA), the first of its kind for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), draws upon all sources of information and expertise available to the Department, including from intelligence, law enforcement, and our operational Components. The result is a “Whole-of-DHS” report on the threats to the Homeland. This HTA is as close as the American people will get to seeing and understanding the information that I see as Secretary and that our employees see in their national security missions. As you read through the HTA you should […]

Apathy toward racial justice is racism

COMMENTARY – ORLANDO SENTINEL – Guest Columnist August 7, 2020 APATHY TOWARD RACIAL JUSTICE IS RACISM  Do I have your permission to be provocative? If you keep reading, you implicitly consent. Why are so many white people uncomfortable, worrisome and even scared to discuss racism, racial justice and racial reconciliation? Why is corporate Orlando, which is disproportionately represented by whites, reticent to support racial justice work? These are painfully important questions given that racism was not created by African Americans, nor have we benefited from it. Who has profited from structural racism, intentional inequality, and indifference to inequity? At a time when Black Americans are being disproportionately affected by deadly […]


The Honorable John C. Lewis famously said, “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble, and help redeem the soul of America.” This was his call to action to confront the three evils of racism, poverty and war espoused by Martin Luther King, Jr.  Unfortunately, racism is still America’s No. 1 public health crisis. Deadly police violence against African Americans and others sparked the globally recognized Black Lives Matter movement, which has awakened the moral compass of the nation and the world. On July 26, 2020 at 3:00 PM, in celebration of the life and legacy of Congressman John Lewis and the 55th Anniversary of the Chicago Freedom Movement (credited in part […]