Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan announced a new Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) tasking that is focused on the security and resiliency of houses of worship and faith-based organizations across the country.

“The right to practice our respective religions free from interference or fear is one of our Nation’s most fundamental and indelible rights. That is why I have tasked  HSAC with evaluating how DHS can work with houses of worship and faith-based groups to prevent and ensure protection from acts of violence. Worshiping free from fear is a basic and essential right we must defend and I look forward to receiving the committee's critical feedback,” Acting Secretary McAleenan said.

He also met with HSAC to discuss a range of homeland security issues and his priorities for the Department. The Acting Secretary then swore in two new members to the HSAC, Robert Bonner and Leon Fresco.