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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.

Addressing Climate Change: The Department of Homeland Security's Efforts. DHS is committed to adapting and responding to the climate emergency.

The climate crisis poses a multi-level threat to the American people, the global community, and DHS operations at home and abroad. It is vital for the Department to provide leadership and act to minimize its own environmental impact, to promote resilience against the risks posed by climate change, and to facilitate adaptation, so as to reduce harms and threats to the American people and abroad.

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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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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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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: June 4, 2021

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