What is the department of Homeland Security?
Created in response to the 9/11 attacks,
the Department of Homeland Security
is charged with protecting Americans
• Prevents terrorist attacks
• Prevents unauthorized nuclear
materials in the U.S.
Secures air, land and sea borders to prevent illegal activity while facilitating lawful travel and trade
• Streamlines and facilitates the legal immigration process
• Focuses on removing criminal undocumented immigrants who pose a threat to public safety and targeting employers who knowingly and repeatedly break the law
• Analyzes and reduces cyber threats
• Responds to cyber threats to ensure computers, networks and systems are safe
• Coordinates federal response and recovery effort in event of terrorist attack, natural disaster or other large-scale emergency
• Facilitating rebuilding and recovery along the Gulf Coast
• Maximizing collection of customs revenue
• Maintains safety of the marine
• Prevents the exploitation of children
The DHS has made significant contributions since being established in November, 2002.
DHS has managed several natural disasters and ongoing relief efforts, including: the BP oil spill in the Gulf, deadly tornados in Joplin, MO and Tuscaloosa, AL.
Announced a new U.S.-Mexico border initiative investing resources and personnel to cut off flow of weapons and funding to Mexican drug cartels. Aims to prevent violence and demand for illegal drugs in U.S.
Concluded cyberspace policy review. DHS conducted research to create a plan for improved cybersecurity protection and policy.
Concluded Surface Transportation Security Assessment. DHS conducted research on how to improve security for surface transportation (mass transit, rails and highways).