Homeland Security: Action Calls & Election Issues
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
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When you're making action calls, and/or preparing for the 2018 mid-term elections:
- Ask which homeland security priorities your legislator is okay ignoring as the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shifts funding, staff, and other resources to deal with the situation at the southern border. Attention focused on what is a standard level of immigration/asylum-seeking will divert resources from identifying and tracking terrorists, gathering intelligence, surveilling high value targets, reducing cartel activity, addressing human trafficking, tracking money laundering, detaining and prosecuting known criminals, etc. How much will slip through?
- Ask which US military mission priorities will be set aside to build camps to house asylum-seekers and immigrants on military facilities. There will be impacts. Ask them what the impacts will be, and if these are legal and in line with Congressional mandates and appropriations (funding).
- When terrorists next attack the US, will your legislator be confident that homeland and national security resources were most effectively used to prevent and protect against such attacks?
UPDATE: On the evening after this post was written, a judge halted some of the actions DHS has been taking to detain asylum-seekers and immigrants and to separate them from their children. DHS was ordered to reunite parents with kids, etc. The next morning, Supreme Court Justice Kennedy announced his retirement. This issue will not be resolved easily.
These points remain, and are also useful talking points in the 2018 mid-terms.
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