Department of Homeland Security


What does this department do? How does it affect society?

The Department of Homeland Security keeps the American people safe on land, sea and air from terrorists. They affect the American society because they keep Americans safe from foreigners with bad intentions.

Who is the current secretary of the department? How large is the department and where is it located?

The current secretary of the Department of Homeland Security is Secretary Jeh Johnson.

The DHS is located in Washington,DC, and it has more than 200,000 contractors and 188,000 federal employees.

When was this department created and why?

The Department of Homeland Security was created in November 25, 2002.

The DHS was created to protect and safeguard Americans from terrorism and any future attacks towards the United States.

What major issues has this department dealt with in the past?

Since its establishment in 2002, the major confronting issues are combating violent extremism, immigration enforcement, cyber security and border security.

What role, if any, does this department have to setting or affecting foreign policy?

Because of its role in securing and managing our borders, it must establish laws regarding foreign trade with other nations.

How is the department funded?

The DHS is funded by a budget decided by Congress in the United States federal budget.

What agencies or organizations are included in this department and what do they do?

The United States Coast Guard defends and preserves the U.S., they also protect the safety and security of the U.S. people from external and internal threats both natural or man-made.

The United States Secret Service protects the president, vice-president, former presidents, presidential families, the White House, and visiting world leaders. They also protect the U.S. currency.