DHS secretary reviews 21st century border security

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson recently spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the subject of U.S. border security in the 21st century. His remarks were centered on the U.S. southwest border. In his address, Secretary Johnson voiced his commitment to increased transparency about U.S. border security, and reviewed expanded security measures along the southwest border. Johnson also discussed two major efforts aimed at curbing illegal entry into the U.S.

The risk-based strategy focuses on “risk areas” where larger numbers of illegal border crossings take place. Johnson stated that DHS and the agencies working to secure U.S. borders needed to be flexible enough to move as risk area locations change, saying “We need to go further in this direction, so that we can focus our resources where our intelligence and our surveillance tell us the threats exist.”

The Southern Border campaign plan is an initiative that coordinates the assets and personnel of Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Coast Guard, and other resources within DHS to better address illegal immigration into the U.S. Included in the campaign goals are the effective enforcement and interdiction across land, sea, and air; the degradation of transnational criminal organizations; and to maintain the unimpeded flow of lawful trade, travel, and commerce across U.S. borders. The campaign also includes the establishment of three new DHS task forces that will enable more effective, efficient, and unified homeland security and border security efforts.

For more information about Johnson’s address, please follow the link below.
Remarks by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson: “Border Security in the 21st Century” – As Delivered, Department of Homeland Security


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