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LOS ANGELES—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today completed a two-day trip in Los Angeles, after meeting with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, participating in a roundtable discussion with stakeholders on the need for commonsense immigration reform, and touring port operations. He also met with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel in the region.
In his meeting with Mayor Garcetti, Secretary Johnson reiterated the critical partnership of local officials that the Department of Homeland Security works closely with every day to address common security threats ranging from counterterrorism to disaster response, to ensure a safer, more secure, and more resilient homeland.
At the roundtable meeting, which took place at the Los Angeles City Hall, Secretary Johnson underscored his shared support for passing much needed immigration reform, and his commitment to continuing to build on the significant progress made to border security over the last five years. Secretary Johnson reiterated his ongoing focus on continuing to build on the historic levels of personnel, technology and resources to the Southwest border, while at the same time working to ensure we effectively and sensibly enforce our nation’s immigration laws.
Later, Secretary Johnson received an aerial tour of the Los Angeles/Long Beach Seaport, joined CBP Acting Commissioner Thomas Winkowski for briefings on port operations with CBP and U.S. Coast Guard personnel.
Yesterday, Secretary Johnson viewed Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security operations as well as the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Federal Inspection Facility at Los Angeles International Airport. Secretary Johnson also traveled to the Joint Regional Intelligence Center in Los Angeles and participated in a roundtable discussion with law enforcement partners.