Securing Tomorrow with David Ignatius and Jeh Johnson

On December 13 2016, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Washington Post columnist David Ignatius discussed the latest threats to U.S. national security, including election hacking, immigration and border control.
  • Dec 14, 2016
      Program Highlights

      Sec. Jeh Johnson on border security: The answer is not necessarily more walls

      Speaking to The Washington Post on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson cautioned against building more walls to improve border security. “If you talk to border security experts they will tell you, more surveillance, more technology, more equipment, more aerial surveillance, more aerostats (are needed) so that we can monitor migration patterns as they shift.”
      • Dec 14, 2016

      DHS: No evidence ballots were altered on election night

      Speaking to The Washington Post on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the agency found no evidence voting systems were attacked by hackers on election night. “On election night, we had our guard up for this,” Johnson said. “We did not see anything that amounted to altering ballot counts … nothing out of the ordinary.”
      • Dec 14, 2016

      DHS: Apprehension numbers on the border are decreasing

      Speaking to The Washington Post on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said apprehension numbers on the Southwest border have gone down significantly. “Apprehensions are an indicator of total attempts,” Johnson said. “They’ve gone back up again this season but they are a fraction of what they were 15 years ago.” Johnson cited economic factors, investments in border security and changing demographics of migrants for the overall decrease.
      • Dec 14, 2016

      Sec. Jeh Johnson: Extreme political rhetoric about Islamic extremism is counterproductive

      Speaking to The Washington Post on Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he hopes the extreme rhetoric utilized in the election about Islamic extremism does not drive away or isolate American Muslims. “American Muslim communities right now are concerned, they are worried,” Johnson said. “I think it’s unfortunate that CVE (countering violent extremism) has been somewhat hijacked by the political debate about Islamic extremism versus Islamic extremism,” Johnson said. “To refer to what is happening when you’re talking about home-grown violent extremism as Islamic extremism is counterproductive to building bridges to the Islamic community.”
      • Dec 14, 2016
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      • Dec 14, 2016
      Secretary Jeh Charles Johnson

      Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

      Jeh Johnson is the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. As such, he leads the third largest Department of the U.S. government, with a workforce of 229,000 employees and 22 components including TSA, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, FEMA, the Coast Guard and the Secret Service. Under Secretary Johnson’s leadership, DHS is responsible for counterterrorism, cybersecurity, aviation security, border security, port security, maritime security, administration and enforcement of our immigration laws, protection of our national leaders, protection of critical infrastructure, detection of and protection against chemical, biological and nuclear threats to the homeland, and response to disasters.
      David Ignatius

      Columnist, The Washington Post

      David Ignatius is a Columnist for The Washington Post. He writes a twice-a-week foreign affairs column and contributes to the PostPartisan blog.
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