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Department of Homeland Security

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Agency overview


To secure the nation from the many threats we face.

Current priorities

  • Protect the American people from terrorist threats
  • Safeguard and secure cyberspace, specifically overseeing protection of the .gov domain
  • Provide disaster response and assistant to a wide range of threats, from natural disasters to coordinated attacks
  • Investigate human trafficking, arrest traffickers and protect victims
  • Enforce immigration laws to enhance public safety, border security and the integrity of the immigration system


DHS is comprised of sixteen departmental components with offices throughout the nation. Learn more about the organizational structure.

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