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Remarks as prepared for delivery
These three cases once again highlight the threat that individuals acting at the behest of the PRC government pose to our institutions and the rights of people in the United States. These operations include the harassment and attempted forcible repatriation of individuals living in the US; an effort to corrupt our justice system; and attempting to recruit agents for the People’s Republic of China under the guise of a fake academic organization. We will not tolerate these actions.
The Department of Homeland Security was created to address our most significant national security threats. These cases reflect the breadth and persistence of hostile nation-state activity. These actions threaten our sovereignty and the rule of law. And countering these threats is a cornerstone of the Department of Homeland Security’s mission.
Our success in eliminating these threats depends on our strong partnership with US Attorneys, the FBI and the US intelligence community. I want to take this opportunity to recognize the exemplary work of the US prosecutors who made these cases possible.
First, the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, led by Breon Peace. I want to thank Assistant US Attorney Alex Solomon, who is with me on stage, AUSAs Meredith Arfa and Antoinette Rengle, and Department of Homeland Security Attorney Scott Claffey.
I also want to recognize Philip Selinger, the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. We are grateful for the work of Assistant US Attorney Brendan Day, who is also here, and Joyce Malliet.
Along with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, these offices and attorneys are on the front lines, every day, working to defend national security and deliver justice on behalf of the American people.