NDIA Homeland Security Division Honors The Honorable John Morton

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The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA), Homeland Security Division will present its highest award, the America Secure Award, to The Honorable John Morton, Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Homeland Security, on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. The America Secure Award is presented annually to a deserving individual or organization in recognition of their contributions to making the United States a more secure and prosperous nation.

Director Morton’s commitment to a true partnering relationship between Government and Industry is in keeping with the values and ideals of the National Defense Industrial Association and is deserving of recognition.

NDIA is pleased to announce that it will present its highest award, the America Secure Award, on September 19, 2012, to The Honorable John Morton, Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Homeland Security.

NDIA Homeland Security Division Chair, Mr. Paul Druckman, and the Division membership will present the America Secure Award to The Honorable John Morton at the Army and Navy Club (901 17th Street, Northwest, Washington, DC 20006).

Under Director Morton, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has committed itself to ensuring the safety of the United States at the highest levels. Whether dealing with criminals seeking to exploit our nation’s customs and immigration laws for financial gain, fugitives posing threats to public safety, individuals attempting to repeatedly circumvent our nation’s borders, or violators of human rights and dignity, Director Morton has steadfastly lead his agency in working to consistently and efficiently apply the principles of law toward the goal of maintaining American security.

During his tenure at ICE, Director Morton has strengthened ICE’s investigative efforts, with a particular emphasis on border crimes, export controls, intellectual property enforcement and child exploitation. Director Morton has also sought to prioritize ICE’s immigration enforcement efforts around the removal of criminal offenders, recent border violators, and those who ignore orders of removal or obtain immigration status by fraud.

Director Morton’s commitment to a true partnering relationship between Government and Industry is in keeping with the values and ideals of the National Defense Industrial Association and is deserving of recognition. For these reasons and more, the National Defense Industrial Association’s Homeland Security Division is honored to present its highest honor, the America Secure Award, to Director John Morton.

This is the fifth time that the America Secure Award will be presented. Previous Awardees include: Virginia Task Force 1 of the Fairfax Country Fire & Rescue Department, U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, the Honorable Jim Gilmore, former Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia and Chair of U.S. Congressional Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction (known as the Gilmore Commission); and The Honorable Paul McHale, former Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense and former Member, U.S. House of Representatives.

For further information and to register, go to http://www.ndia.org/meetings/249A

About NDIA:
The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is America’s leading Defense Industry association promoting national security. NDIA provides a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between Industry and Government on National Security issues. NDIA members foster the development of the most innovative and superior equipment, training and support for warfighters and first responders through our divisions, local chapters, affiliated associations and events.

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