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In Focus

The Department of Homeland Security's mission is broad and diverse and covers everything from counterterrorism to the Nation's maritime and border security, from protection of our national leaders to coordinating the federal government's response to natural disasters.

Here are some of the key current issues that are part the Department's mission.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information from the Department of Homeland Security

DHS and the Administration launched an early and ongoing effort to protect as many Americans as possible from COVID-19.

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Ending Legal Loopholes and Securing Our Border

DHS is committed to enforcing our immigration laws so that we can secure our border and keep the American people safe.

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Confronting the Opioid Crisis

The opioid epidemic is devastating too many American communities. We are working with our partners here and overseas to stop the flow of illicit opioids at the source and interdicting narcotics before they reach our borders.

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Executive Orders on Protecting the Homeland - Learn what DHS is doing.

In January 2017, the president announced a series of Executive Orders that provide DHS with additional resources, tools and personnel to carry out the critical work of the department.

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Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a non-congressionally authorized administrative program that permitted certain individuals who came to the United States as juveniles and meet several criteria - including those lacking any current lawful immigration status - to request consideration of deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and eligibility for work authorization.

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Last Published Date: July 27, 2020

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