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The Department of Homeland Security
By Phyllis Naegeli

1     In response to the attack on America that occurred September 11, 2001, President Bush created a new cabinet level department - the Department of Homeland Security. The mission of this department is to bring together security organizations across America in a unified effort to keep our nation safe from terrorist attacks.
2     On March 1, 2003, nearly one hundred and eighty thousand government employees from twenty-two government offices were reorganized under the Department of Homeland Security. Reorganization on this scale had not taken place for many years. Secretary Tom Ridge, the first Secretary of Homeland Security, went to work organizing the department and designing programs to keep America safe from further attacks. The Department of Homeland Security was divided into five separate divisions to coordinate and handle the ongoing effort of protecting America.
3     In order to keep seven thousand five hundred miles of land borders and ninety-five thousand miles of marine borders safe, the Border and Transportation Security Division was formed. The job of this division is to oversee the safety of our air, land, and water transportation systems. Included in this responsibility is the daunting task of ensuring terrorists are kept out of our country while keeping the flow of transportation safe and efficient. In addition, the department now handles the duties of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the U.S. Customs Offices.

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