TITLE

The Two Faces of DHS: Balancing the Department's Responsibilities

AUTHOR(S)
Kahan, Jerome H.
PUB. DATE
July 2013
SOURCE
Homeland Security Affairs;Jul2013, Vol. 9, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In forming the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), many of the twenty-two entities transferred to the new Department brought with them a smorgasbord of nonhomeland security responsibilities, such as processing legal immigration and enforcing immigration laws, intercepting illegal crossborder trafficking in drugs and arms, enforcing our customs regulations, and keeping our waterways safe. How DHS has operated with its "split personality" has not become a prominent issue. There remains a growing risk, however, that efforts to manage non-homeland security activities might compromise the department's main job of protecting against terrorism and responding to terrorist attacks and natural disasters as well as accidents with national implications. It is not too late for DHS to focus squarely on this issue.
ACCESSION #
90461776

 

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