Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Saturday mentioned that there’s “no particular, credible risk” to the U.S. homeland — as he traveled to New York City to mark the twentieth anniversary of the 9/11 terror assaults.
“I’m very proud to be right here in New York City this morning to pay tribute to the lives misplaced as a results of the 9/11 assaults,” Mayorkas mentioned on CNN. “This nation, 20 years, later is stronger and safer than ever earlier than.”
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Mayorkas was requested once more about the evaluation of the terror risk, and previous remarks that there was no recognized particular risk as the anniversary approached.
“That, certainly, stays true,” he mentioned. “There is no particular credible risk to the homeland presently and what we do is we stay vigilant each single day.”
He described a “multi-layered” strategy to guarantee the security of the American folks throughout authorities and state and native companions, and paid tribute to the 250,000 folks working for DHS throughout the nation and round the world.
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“I believe we in the federal authorities are working extra cohesively, extra collaboratively than ever earlier than,” he mentioned.
Mayorkas was attending a ceremony in 9/11 Memorial Plaza in New York City, together with President Biden, First Lady Jill Biden and different high and former officers together with former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Attorney General Merrick Garland, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.
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Earlier this week, Mayorkas had informed CBS News that DHS is doing “all the pieces attainable” to make sure that terrorists launched by the Taliban do not get into the United States as a part of the Afghan evacuees being introduced into the U.S.
“We have no proof that they’ve,” he mentioned.
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He additionally mentioned that the main risk had shifted from international terrorists to home extremism.
“We’ve seen the risk evolve from the international terrorists searching for to enter the United States to the particular person right here radicalized to violence by a international terrorist ideology, to now what we think about the most critical terrorism associated risk on our homeland, which is the home violent extremists,” he mentioned.