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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • DHS attempts to ensure safe and secure borders, promoting the free flow of commerce.
  • DHS houses five other agencies.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) became a Cabinet-level organization in late 2002 with a primary mission to help prevent, protect against, and respond to acts of terrorism on U.S. soil.

DHS mission

The mission of the DHS includes:

  • Preventing terrorist attacks within the United States;
  • Reducing American vulnerability to terrorism; and
  • Minimizing the damage and recovery from attacks that might occur.

DHS will attempt to do so by ensuring safe and secure borders, welcoming lawful immigrants and visitors, and promoting the free flow of commerce.

The organization

The agencies within the DHS are housed in one of five major directorates:

  • Border and Transportation Security (BTS),
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response,
  • Science and Technology,
  • Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection, and
  • Management.