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Secretary Announces No-Match Rule In Border Address

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff speaks on State of Immigration and the No Match Rule at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Oct. 23 (DHS Photo/Lutz)

October 23, 2008 - Secretary Chertoff announced the issuance of the No-Match Supplemental Final Rule, which provides guidance to help businesses comply with legal requirements intended to reduce illegal employment of unauthorized workers, in his quarterly State of the Border address.

The Secretary also outlined comprehensive efforts to secure the border, enforce national immigration laws, improve temporary worker programs, and legal migration. He noted: "We developed a comprehensive multi-year strategy for dealing with the issue of illegal migration, we have implemented that strategy, and today we are seeing positive results of our actions." Read more

TSA Assumes Watch List Vetting for Secure Flight

Reagan National Airport (Ginger Garvey)

October 22, 2008 – The Secure Flight Final Rule shifts pre-departure watch list matching responsibilities from individual aircraft operators to the Transportation Security Administration and carries out a key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission. This will help TSA better remedy misidentifications resulting from similar names to those found on a watch list. Read more

Secretary Explains Risk Management

October 21, 2008 – Secretary Chertoff explained how to cost-effectively manage, not eliminate, risk in a free society, since "we know we can't prevent all calamities and all manmade and natural acts." He emphasized, "Responding to disasters after they occur is not risk management. That's suffering the consequences of unmanaged risks." Read more