Separation of Families at U.S. Border Analysis, Statements and Resources



House Bills Would Largely Dismantle Asylum System at U.S.-Mexico Border








American Immigration Council, Asylum Seekers Fleeing Domestic Violence and Gangs Now Face Even Higher Hurdles to Protection


U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Reunite Families and Redirect Destinies


Hispanic Federation, Families Belong Together


American Immigration Council


Memorial to Ron Plummer

For those of you who have worked in the emergency management profession in the State of Florida you probably would have met or knew Ron Plummer.  Ron was the Manager of the Orange County, FL Office of Emergency Management.  He and I were hired at about the same time back in 2003.  I worked with Ron for almost 8 years with Orange County.  He always had a smile or a joke and was also upbeat when going to work.  I considered him a friend and a colleague.

I was unfortunately informed on Thursday (6/14) in the afternoon that Ron has passed away.  I am expecting additional details on his funeral and burial over the next several days.  As soon as I have it I will post it on this blog post.

Rest in Peace Ron!



United States and North Korean Summit News, Analysis and Resources


News Articles


Analysis of Summit




Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit


Council on Foreign Relations, The North Korea Nuclear Agreement and Human Rights


The Latest Resources on North Korea from Nuclear Threat Initiative and CNS




AP Fact Check: Trump distorted history on North Korea


President Trump’s Press Conference on North Korea Summit, Annotated


Politico Photos of the Summit

Statement from DHS Press Secretary on May Border Numbers

WASHINGTON — Yesterday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Press Secretary Tyler Q. Houlton released the following statement on U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Southwest Border Migration numbers for May:

“The May 2018 Southwest Border Migration numbers show that for the third month in a row more than 50,000 illegal border crossers were apprehended.  The number of apprehended illegal border crossers increased slightly from the previous month and climbed by 160 percent in May 2018 in comparison to May 2017.

“These numbers show that while the Trump administration is restoring the rule of law, it will take a sustained effort and continuous commitment of resources over many months to disrupt cartels, smugglers, and nefarious actors.  We are taking action and will be referring and then prosecuting 100 percent of illegal border crossers, we are building the first new border wall in a decade, and we have deployed the National Guard to the border.

“No one expects to reverse years of political inaction overnight or in a month.  It is also clear change will take more than Administration action alone. Congress must act to end legal loopholes that have left us with policies that serve as tremendous magnets for illegal immigration.  Smugglers, human traffickers, and nefarious actors know our loopholes well and accordingly exploit them. The refusal by members of Congress to close catch-and-release loopholes have prevented the Administration from controlling the border.

“As the May numbers indicate, we are seeing family units try to illegally cross our borders at staggering rates. In May 2018, the number of illegal family units trying to cross the border increased by 435 percent in comparison to May 2017 – and the number of unaccompanied alien children apprehended illegally crossing the border increased by 329 percent in May 2018 in comparison to May 2017.”

CBP’s Southwest Border Migration numbers for May can be found HERE.


Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with national emergency management organizations, held a PrepTalks Symposium on School Safety and Youth Preparedness at the Long Branch High School in Long Branch, NJ. “Children under the age of 18 make up nearly one-quarter of the entire U.S. population,” said FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Division Director, Natalie Enclade. “Helping to prepare our children for disasters and keeping them safe in the classroom is a national priority.”

PrepTalks are 15-to-20-minute presentations by subject-matter experts and national/international thought leaders, designed to spread new ideas, spark conversation, and promote innovative leadership for the issues confronting emergency managers now and over the next 20 years.

Four PrepTalk speakers delivered presentations to highlight the benefits of preparing young people, how to leverage existing community networks, and what schools can do to make their environment safer. More information about the speakers is available at

In the coming months, FEMA and PrepTalk emergency management partners will release videos online of each presentation with a companion discussion guide, and related resources for whole community partners.

PrepTalks are a partnership between FEMA, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the National Emergency Management Association, the National Homeland Security Consortium, and the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

FEMA Podcast: U.S. Air Force Hurricane Hunters

On this week’s episode of the FEMA Podcast, we catch up with the brave men and women of the U.S. Air Force Hurricane Hunters. Major Nicole Mitchell, a meteorologist with the hunters, gives us a tour of the aircraft and discusses what it’s like to fly right through the most intense parts of a hurricane.


The FEMA Podcast is a new audio program series available to anyone interested in learning more about the Agency, hearing about innovation in the field of emergency management, and listening to stories about communities and individuals recovering after disasters. The FEMA Podcast is available on Apple iTunes to stream or download. Approximately 20 to 30 minutes in length, the podcast will be updated with a new episode on a weekly basis. By subscribing, new episodes will automatically update on a listener’s device. For more information, visit

FEMA Announces Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Funds for Fire Management Assistance Declarations

FEMA announced the availability of funds to support wildfire recovery using the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) for Fire Management Assistance declarations. The eligibility period is for two fiscal years from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2018.


To date, 85 Fire Management Assistance declarations are eligible for HMGP Post Fire grants in six FEMA regions. The HMGP Post Fire program leverages the existing Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance. Eligible applicants must have a FEMA-approved mitigation plan in order to receive HMGP Post Fire support. To view eligible declarations, visit and select the declaration type, “Fire Management Assistance.”


FEMA will send a formal funding notification letter to each eligible applicant. Eligible applicants such as states, territories and federally recognized tribes will have six months from the date of the funding notification letter to apply for funds. Two 90 day extensions may be requested. For additional information about HMGP Post Fire, visit