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Should the Department of Homeland Security be disbanded?

The ACLU is calling for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to be disbanded. It argues the DHS has concentrated too much power within a single agency and lacks any real oversight.

The department, which was created in the aftermath of 9/11, has failed at its actual mission. DHS has been at the heart of some of the worst American excesses. It was DHS that separated families at the border. It was DHS that snatched protesters off the streets of Portland. It created intelligence reports on journalists. Former DHS officials from both the Obama and Bush administrations have come out to speak against the department. It's ineffective and dangerous. 

However some argue that DHS has a more important role to play. The United States continues to face a complex set of problems domestically and abroad. DHS was stood up after 9/11 in order to more effectively coordinate information and operations to keep America safe. Merely breaking up the organization would add layers of bureaucracy.

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This excerpt from the ACLU's opinion piece in USA Today sums up the argument. DHS is ineffective at its actual mission, incompetent, and has little to no oversight. The most indicting fact is that several DHS officials have come out against the agency for its excesses. This is not a call from outsiders. It is a bipartisan alarm that DHS must be disbanded or reformed before it causes further damage to the United States. 

The fearsome tactics of DHS are well known to the communities against whom they are used. Its dysfunction is one of the Beltway’s worst kept secrets. DHS’s overbroad mandate and unchecked powers have turned it into a tinderbox, now ignited by a president willing to trample on the constitutional limits of presidential powers. While calls for reform have been loud and clear for years, new signals are now coming from the highest levels of the DHS diaspora.
Tom Ridge, the first secretary of Homeland Security, said recently that DHS “wasn’t designed to become the president’s personal militia.”
Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff asserted that President Donald Trump’s deployment of agents to U.S. cities is “damaging to the department.”
And Richard Clarke, who served on the National Security Council for Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, has called for dismantling DHS. 
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Republicans and President Trump are standing by the organization. They see it as a necessary part of American law enforcement. The law enforcement failures that allowed for an attack like 9/11 cannot happen again. DHS is the core agency that coordinates all the moving parts to keep the country safe. In their eyes, DHS provides an essential role through supporting local law enforcement as well as through organizations like ICE, Border Patrol and TSA.

Here's how Acting Secretary Chad Wolf characterized DHS's role when he was summoned to Capitol Hill to testify after his officers were widely criticized for their heavy-handed tactics in Portland. 

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