Elaine C. Duke Sworn In As Deputy Secretary For The Department Of Homeland Security

Release Date: April 10, 2017
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WASHINGTON – Elaine C. Duke was sworn in today as the seventh Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, following her confirmation by the U.S. Senate. In this capacity, she will serve as the chief operating officer for the Department.

“I want to congratulate Elaine on her confirmation as the Department’s new Deputy Secretary,” said Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly. “I look forward to working closely with her as the Department continues to move forward in protecting our nation.”

“It’s an honor to return to public service and, in particular, return to the Department of Homeland Security,” said Deputy Secretary Duke. “I look forward to meeting new colleagues and reconnecting with former colleagues as we strive to further the Department’s vital mission.”

An accomplished leader and a civil servant for most of her career, Deputy Secretary Duke has served in the federal government for nearly three decades, most recently serving in government as the Department’s Senate-confirmed Under Secretary for Management, a position she held until April 1, 2010. As the Under Secretary, she was responsible for managing the Department’s business lines and corresponding $47 billion budget. Prior to her appointment, she served both as the Department’s Deputy Under Secretary for Management and Chief Procurement Officer. She also served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Acquisition at the Transportation Security Administration, delivering an acquisition program that met the post 9/11 legislative mandate to federalize passenger and baggage screening at U.S. airports. Previously, Deputy Secretary Duke held various positions with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Prior to Deputy Secretary Duke’s swearing in, Chip Fulghum, the Deputy Under Secretary for Management, was serving as the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Secretary. “I would also like to thank Chip for his support during this period of transition,” added Secretary Kelly. “His leadership has been instrumental in providing continuity during this time.” Mr. Fulghum will continue to act as the Under Secretary for Management.

Statement from Secretary Kelly on Arrest of Cartel Member Suspected of Murdering U.S. Border Patrol Agent

Release Date: April 13, 2017
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WASHINGTON – On behalf of the Department of Homeland Security, I want to express my gratitude to our counterparts in Mexico on the arrest of Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, a cartel member suspected of shooting and killing U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry on December 14, 2010. Brian A. Terry was killed in a gunfight between U.S. Border Patrol agents and members of a cartel “rip crew” that regularly patrolled the desert along the U.S.-Mexico border looking for drug dealers to rob. Four members of the “rip crew” have already been sentenced to jail time in the U.S. The last remaining member of the “rip crew” is believed to still be at large.

Under the Trump administration, we have renewed our cooperation with Mexico to better secure our border and address cross-border crime. This latest arrest illustrates the commitment of the Administration to seek justice for the brave law enforcement personnel who risk their lives every day to protect the border.

I also want to commend the dedicated professionals of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Marshals who provided critical support to our Mexican counterparts. I am grateful for the dedication and collaborative efforts of the law enforcement community in both Mexico and the U.S. in bringing this arrest to fruition.

My hope is that this arrest will mark a significant step in bringing closure to Agent Terry’s family and his colleagues and friends at DHS. The thoughts and prayers of the entire DHS family continue to be with the Terrys.