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Jeh Johnson, Homeland Security secretary / Carolyn Kaster, AP

WASHINGTON - Newly installed Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Friday that U.S. authorities are "keeping a close eye'' on the Sochi Winter Olympics after issuing an advisory this week to airlines that terror operatives could use toothpaste tubes and cosmetics to make explosives.

"Within the last 48 hours, we have, out of an abundance of caution, issued advisories to air carriers and others based on what we've learned, adjusted TSA security measures, and are continually evaluating whether more is necessary,'' Johnson said in his first policy speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center.

The DHS advisories were issued as Russian authorities have assembled a massive security force against threatened strikes against Winter Games by Islamic extremists.

Of the myriad threats facing Americans at home, Johnson said the risk posed by self-radicalized operatives may represent the greatest risk to the homeland.

"We face threats from those who self-radicalize to violence, the so-called 'lone wolf,' who did not train at an al-Qaeda camp overseas or become part of an enemy force, but who may be inspired by radical, violent ideology to do harm to Americans,'' Johnson said.

"In many respects, this is the terrorist threat to the homeland ‚?? illustrated last year by the Boston Marathon bombing ‚?? that I worry about most,'' he said. "It may be the hardest to detect, involves independent actors living within our midst, with easy access to things that, in the wrong hands, become tools for mass violence.''

Johnson also called the nation's "broken'' immigration system a "matter of homeland security.''

He said a recent statement of legislative principles issued by congressional Republicans marks a "serious step forward on immigration reform.''

"There are an estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants living in this country,'' Johnson said. "They are not going away; they are not going to self-deport‚?¶As a matter of homeland security, we should encourage these people to come out of the shadows of American society, pay taxes and fines, be held accountable, and be given the opportunity to get on a path to citizenship like others.

"This is not a special path to citizenship,'' he said. "It is an opportunity to get in line behind those who are here legally.''

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who issued those principles a week ago, said Thursday that there is dimming hope for passing an immigration bill because GOP lawmakers do not trust President Obama to implement the laws they pass.



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