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September 12, 2018

Thompson Introduces HBCU and Homeland Security Partnership Legislation

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, introduced the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Homeland Security Partnerships Act (H.R. 6772).  Under this legislation, DHS would be required to issue a strategy including yearly goals for enhancing partnerships with HBCUs and minority-serving institutions. This legislation also requires DHS to monitor and report on implementation of the strategy thereby ensuring the Department’s progress in providing contracting, research and development, and career opportunities to HBCUs and minority-serving institutions.

Congressman Thompson released the following statement announcing the bill:

“Over 180 years ago, the first HBCU was founded to provide African Americans the opportunity to receive a higher education.  The over 100 existing HBCUs have leveled the playing field and given merit and worth to the country by enhancing prosperity. Since its inception, DHS has realized the value in working with HBCUs in various capacities and has recognized the need to strengthen the capacity of HBCUs.  My legislation will enhance the opportunities available to HBCUs and their students and will further partnerships between these institutions and DHS.  It will also require DHS to issue a strategy on the work it is doing with HBCUs and report on the progress it has made. I hope my colleagues from both sides of the aisle will support me in furthering this legislation.” 

Link to Bill Text

Link to Bill Fact Sheet

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