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Politics and the Department of Homeland Security

It certainly has rung loud and clear for me — DHS is turning political.

I have followed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since its inception. I cannot recall another time when the secretary of that department was using this bully pulpit to advance the "political agenda" of the president in such a forceful and outrageous manner. Through his actions, Acting Secretary Chad Wolf is overtly destroying trust in the department. Whenever he does leave the office, the damage he leaves in his wake will last long after his departure. 

See this Washington Post article, "Trump administration turns to immigration as vote nears."

It saddens me to see these types of actions having an impact on many good actions that the department undertakes every day to protect Americans. I'm waiting for the next foot to fall, when the validity of the Nov. 3 election is called into question by DHS, which is bound by its mission to advance our most cherished democratic institution. Hopefully it won't go that far — but anything is possible.


Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.
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