The world is not going to stop moving because we are very focused on Katrina. Part of the responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security is to deal with all hazards, everything that's out there, and to continue to be able to keep our eye on everything that may happen in the future,
We offered to move him to another office far away from the FEMA building, where he could do no harm, ... We told him that he would have a nice desk, a telephone and a secretary, and that he could spend all day rewriting his resume.
Brown testified that he pressed the White House to urge dysfunctional ... I did not have a problem dealing with state and local officials.
I'm not going to judge others, ... I've got my own house to put in order.
My own view is this, I've got to get my own house in order, ... I am not here to judge others. I did not have a problem with state and local officials.
We're going to have to go house to house in this city. We're going to have to check every single place to find people who may be alive and in need of assistance,
We're going to have to go house to house in this city. We're going to have to check every single place to find people who may be alive and in need of assistance.
I think that was a bad idea, and I directed it not to happen again,
Our goal at DHS is to completely eliminate the 'catch and release' enforcement problem, and return every single illegal entrant,
Return every single illegal entrant -- no exceptions,
Our goal at the Department of Homeland Security is to . . . return every single illegal entrant x2014 no exceptions, ... It should be possible to achieve significant and measurable progress to this end in less than a year.
If they think that they can come across the border and get released, they're going to keep coming, ... Return every single illegal entrant no exceptions.
The DHS programs supporting these teams already possess their own communications and aerial surveillance capabilities, such as helicopters and P-3 aircraft, ... Once in position, the teams will be able to relay up-to-the-minute, dependable information on which authorities could act confidently.
absolutely an appropriate response while this and other intelligence information continued to be examined and analyzed.
We're not dealing with classified information.
I'm not going to judge others, ... I did not have a problem dealing with state and local officials.
My judgment was that we had a battlefield commander, ... To go down there, I would have been doing Mike Brown's job.
Mike Brown talked about the need to take seriously this hurricane ... It was difficult to know where on the Gulf Coast it was going to land.
I think we're going to be ready when it does hit land,
What it means is that a lot of communities were working from a very low base. They either had very small grants the prior year or even no grants.
Well, I said in July before Katrina that we had a lot more work to do in preparedness. And I think that was borne out, obviously, a month later.
We've done it in intelligence sharing and certain elements of security. There were parts of the department, in fact, that worked very well in Katrina, like the Coast Guard and TSA.
We may have to force people to get together in terms of picking a particular type of technology and starting to build to that technology, as opposed to everybody exercising their right to buy their own system, you know, at will.
The second thing we did was said, OK, we've now identified the risk, but what do you want to do with the money Because it's not enough to have risk you've got to have a meaningful use for the money we give you.
So, all during the '90s and, you know, for the first half of this decade, we had opportunities to get evacuation plans in place, better communications in place.