To meet the challenges of today, the Biden administration and Congress should reform the U.S. Department of Homeland Security around a mission that highlights safety and services alongside its traditional protecting roles. The Center for American Progress conducted a qualitative study and review of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security informed by discussions with more than 35 stakeholders—including former and current government officials, policy experts, and civil society members—from November 2020 to May 2021. Read CAP’s full report and recommendations: “Redefining Homeland Security: A New Framework for DHS To Meet Today’s Challenges.”
Mara Rudman is the executive vice president for policy at the Center for American Progress. Rudy deLeon is a senior fellow at the Center. Joel Martinez is the Mexico policy analyst at the Center. Elisa Massimino is a senior fellow at the Center. Silva Mathema is the acting director of the Immigration Policy team at the Center. Katrina Mulligan is the acting vice president for National Security and International Policy at the Center. Alexandra Schmitt is a senior policy analyst on the National Security and International Policy team at the Center. Philip E. Wolgin is the managing director of Immigration Policy at the Center.