The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is responsible for defending our country at the border and throughout the interior. To do so, DHS has over 240,000 employees, with more that 140,000 are in law enforcement positions.
The Department of Homeland Security was established in the aftermath of the devastating and disturbing September 11th attacks that sent shockwaves through every American. We witnessed true sacrifice, heroism, and a unified resolve against evil in the months and years that followed. The chief mission of the DHS is to ensure that no other attack like that would ever occur again.
On this episode of the Blue View, National FOP President Patrick Yoes sits down with Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the seventh head of the department, to discuss a range of issues, including the crime surge, border crisis and domestic terrorism. Secretary Mayorkas has served in numerous roles with DHS and is very familiar with the challenges facing law enforcement at all levels of government. Prior to his time at DHS, he served as prosecutor in California.
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00:00 – Intro
01:10 – About Secretary Mayorkas
05:48 – Crime Surge 09:45 – Border Crisis
16:55 – Combating Smuggling
21:00 – Coordinating Immigrant & Refugee Resettlement
24:00 – Domestic Terrorism
30:30 – DHS Programs
33:55 – Closing