Is Janet Napolitano a bad boss, or is the strain of trying to reconcile law enforcement and the demands of idiotic social policy straining employee happiness at Homeland Security? The Government Accountability Office reports that ICE and the TSA are depressing Homeland Security worker morale scores.¹ Those involved in immigration enforcement and removal showed especially low job satisfaction.² Why should we be surprised?
From border security to domestic extremism to keeping the skies safe for travelers, the Department of Homeland Security is tasked with guarding our gates and the American way of life. Does the agency see to domestic security based on our country’s needs, or what best serves the goals of the party in the White House?
There was a lot of strong talk after September 11 about securing the homeland. Now we have Park 51, the Ground Zero mosque, open for business just a short distance from the site of the Islamic terrorist attacks. Over a decade after 9/11 we still have problems identifying who is attending our flight schools and more states are handing out driver’s licenses to foreign nationals. The Southwest Border seems less secure than ever as children from Central America strain the Border Patrol’s resources and inflame state and local governments forced to deal with the problem. ICE agents have perhaps the worst job of all within the agency as they try to enforce laws that have become so unpopular that the word from the top is ignore them whenever possible.
Should domestic security be a partisan pursuit? After Janet Napolitano’s departure, new DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson is continuing the tradition of lip synching for the president and Democratic Party leaders.
Civil Candor’s Homeland Security category focuses on the discord between the agency’s job of protecting Americans and its increasingly larger role of backing White House policy. When the two tasks come into conflict, who wins and who loses?
Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh can thank the announcement on Paul Ryan for diverting some of the attention from remarks he made last week that are turning into an ugly debate over political correctness, Islamophobia, and whether the GOP harbors an anti-Muslim bias. With weekend news reports of a pellet gun being fired at a Chicago area mosque on Friday, we have all the makings for a firestorm over a congressman not only exercising his right to speak his mind, but telling anyone who has been paying attention what they should already know about Islamic extremism.
Securing our homeland is a tough job. Not only do we have to monitor the ports, skies, and borders, the 9/11 terrorist attacks proved we also need to worry about who we let in our door and what they do while they are here. A new government report questions how well Homeland Security’s TSA monitors the identities, criminal records, and immigration status of those attending U.S.
How could anyone be surprised that Homeland Security is being less than forthcoming with the information on criminal alien removals requested by the House Judiciary Committee? Obama administration officials and DHS have repeatedly told us their strategy for dealing with illegal immigration, so it should not come as a shock when we discover that criminal aliens are being sorted according to their offenses.
Anyone feel a little uncomfortable listening to talk about tolerance during the buildup to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks? Does the rhetoric sound more like a demand? Americans are tolerant but we will not, under any circumstances, marginalize what happened on 9/11, or allow the memory of that day to be manipulated by those portraying America as a nation that fears outsiders, and rejects those who are different.