The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created in the wake of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001. Federal agencies understood to play an integral role in protecting the American homeland from terrorist attacks were folded into this bureaucratic leviathan and included, among other federal agencies, the Secret Service, U.S. Customs Service and components of the former INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service).
The title of the agency, “Department of Homeland Security,” certainly created the appearance that the issue of national security was at the heart of the massive reorganization of federal agencies, but it became readily apparent that this was not the case. In fact, the myriad failures of this agency have caused me to come to refer to the DHS as being the “Department of Homeland Surrender.”
As noted on the official DHS website, the budget for the DHS for Fiscal Year 2015 has been set at more than $60 billion. ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has been provided with more than 5.4 billion dollars, CBP (Customs and Border Protection) has been budgeted for nearly 12.8 billion dollars while USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) has been budgeted to receive more than 3 billion dollars and the TSA (Transportation Safety Administration) will receive more than 7.3 billion dollars.
The Official DHS Website lists it mission as follows:
The Core Missions
There are five homeland security missions:
While all sorts of arguments are being made about how secure or insecure our borders truly are, the irrefutable metric about border security has nothing to do with the arrest statistics offered by the administration (which are, at best, highly suspect), but can be found in the fact that our nation finds itself awash with heroin and cocaine. In point of fact, police departments and other first responder agencies across the United States are providing their members with the antidote to heroin overdoses. This is an unprecedented measure.
Neither heroin nor cocaine are produced in the United States. Therefore, every single gram of these substances that are present in the United States provides graphic and incontrovertible evidence of a failure of border security.
How secure can our nation be when our borders are not secure and unknown millions of foreign nationals freely roam the towns and cities of our nation while their very presence in the United States represents a violation of the essential immigration laws that are America’s first line of defense and last line of defense against international terrorists and transnational criminals?
If a company made promises such as those articulated in the DHS mission statement, and did as an abysmal job as the DHS does, it would face all sorts of lawsuits and sanctions — ultimately putting it out of business. These failures of the DHS are hardly “victimless.” Every year thousands of people in the United States die because of crimes committed by criminal aliens. Illegal drugs play a role in most violent crimes committed in the United States — creating still more carnage.
Terror attacks have killed and injured thousands of innocent victims and we have never been more vulnerable to this threat than we are today.
No one has been made accountable for these failures of the immigration system. The only people who have lost their jobs were those who were slaughtered because of those attacks.
There is an expression that mocks those who fail to act until a tragedy strikes — doing too little, too late. The expression is, “Closing the barn doors after the horses are stolen.” This administration, aided an abetted by politicians from both sides of the aisle and those local and state politicians who gloat about creating “Sanctuaries” for illegal aliens are in fact, guilty of taking the barn doors off the hinges after the horses were stolen.
Of course, if, God forbid, there is another terror attack carried out on American soil, these supposed leaders may claim the “insanity defense.” It has been said that insanity is “Doing the same thing the same way and expecting a different outcome.”
On March 9, 2005 I testified before the Subcommittee on Management, Integration and Oversight of the Committee on Homeland Security on the topic: CBP and ICE: Does the Current Organizational Structure Best Serve U.S. Homeland Security Interests?
In my prepared testimony I made it clear that in my judgement, the creation of the DHS caused many more problems than it solved.
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