Secretary Jeh Johnson, former head of Department of Homeland Security
There has been a flood of migrants at the southern border which has overwhelmed the immigration system. There
are currently not enough resources to hold those apprehended for the duration of their immigration proceedings.
Immigration courts are severely backlogged with over 800,000 cases pending. Gangs like MS-13 use our weak
borders to gain entry into the country and target unaccompanied minors for recruitment. 300 Americans die every
week from heroin and 90 percent of all heroin originates from south of the border. The amount of fentanyl
seized by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in FY 2017 (2,370 pounds) was enough to kill every American citizen by
overdose. The southern border is the main entry point for cocaine entering the United States. The
southern border is used to smuggle firearms, weaponry, and other dangerous materials into the United States.
Last year alone there were nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorist stopped by immigration authorities. More
than 30 percent of women are sexually assaulted on the trek to the border. Nearly 70 percent of migrants are
victims of violence on the journey. Border Patrol refers an average of 50 cases a day to medical providers.
Is there a crisis on our southern border? Recently the President declared a national emergency. The
House of Representatives voted against the President's national emergency at the southern border.
Secretary Jeh Johnson, was Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security under President Obama. He will
discuss his unique understanding of these complex issues, share his extensive experience, and if he believes if there
is a crisis at our southern border.
Secretary Johnson had 240,000 employees under him, in jobs that ranged from aviation and border security to
emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector.
Prior to joining DHS, Secretary Johnson served as General Counsel for the Department of Defense, where he was part
of the senior management team and led the more than 10,000 military and civilian lawyers across the Department. As
General Counsel of the Defense Department, Secretary Johnson oversaw the development of the legal aspects of many of
our nation's counterterrorism policies, spearheaded reforms to the military commissions system at Guantanamo Bay in
2009, and co-authored the 250-page report that paved the way for the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell in 2010.
The nation is divided about the President's announced national emergency. This will be a rare event with
Secretary Johnson who will provide an interesting perspective based on his first-hand experience and expertise.
Early RSVPs here are recommended as the event will reach capacity.
Early RSVPs are suggested here as the event will reach capacity.