Past Features

January 20, 2017

Draining the DHS swamp
This will not be easy

The Mission of DHS -- as defined by law.
Glenn Spencer
Good Luck, General Kelly  
One source describes the Marine Corps Motto as follows:
"Semper Fidelis" signifies the dedication that individual Marines have to "Corps and country," and to their fellow Marines. It is a way of life. Said one former Marine, "It is not negotiable. It is not relative, but absolute... Marines pride themselves on their mission and steadfast dedication to accomplish it."
    As he assumes command of the Department of Homeland Security later today, retired Marine Corps General John Kelly will face an organization that is unsure of its mission. Its leadership ignores the mission assigned it by Congress and this reaches well down into the ranks.
    Last year, when asked by Rep. Norma Torres of California to define operational control of the border, acting U.S. Border Patrol Chief Vitiello couldn't --- or wouldn't do it.
    Other Border Patrol chiefs have had the same problem.
    This lack of a clear definition of its mission and purpose permeates all that DHS/Customs and Border Protection does --- from selecting leadership to duty to buying border technology --- and this is by design.
    DHS/Customs and Border Protection has, over many years, been completely politicized --- and changing it to do the job America demands of it will not be easy.
    Good luck, General Kelly.