What is Homeland Security?
For Americans, homeland security is a relatively new national security effort concentrated on preventing threats to the U.S. homeland, responding to attacks on the U.S. homeland, and being resilient in the face of such threats and attacks. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 to coordinate and more effectively respond to terrorist threats. 22 separate federal agencies and departments comprised of over 160,000 men and women were brought together and reorganized to form DHS. DHS is responsible for preventing terrorism and enhancing our nation’s security, securing and managing our borders, enforcing and administering U.S. immigration laws, securing cyberspace, and managing responses to natural disasters. Homeland Security is all about keeping the United States a safe place for all of us to live.
“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” – Wendell Phillips