On September 17, the Academy welcomed Joseph W. Curtain to speak about maritime mass migration and his role as chief of staff for Homeland Security Task Force Southeast (HSTF-SE). HSTF-SE is responsible for the oversight of the Department of Homeland Security's comprehensive maritime mass migration plan, a.k.a., OPLAN VIGILANT SENTRY. HSTF-SE was established as a standing task force to facilitate a proper and effective response to a triggering event that causes mass maritime migration in the Caribbean region. Mr. Curtain spent the morning discussing the federal government's plan, including its basic organization and structure by which HSFT-SE will deploy resources and direct multi-agency operations to address a potential or full-scale mass maritime migration event. He also discussed the federal agencies responsible for at-sea rescue and interdiction operations, land-based law enforcement operations, migrant processing, protection and detention procedures, national policy, and how the local and state government support the plan in the event of a mass maritime migration.
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