DHS is scrambling to respond to the federal government shutdown that has left the border open in many areas.
Key points:DHS officials have been working around the clock to prepare for the shutdownThe agency said it has a “large contingency” plan to help keep the U.N. in compliance with international agreementsDHS has also created a new position of chief logistics officerThe agency says it has an “overhaul of capacity” to help with the transition to a shutdownThe U.T.O. reported that DHS officials have set up a new headquarters in San Diego, California, to manage the agency’s response to the shutdown.”DHS is ready and committed to help manage this critical national security threat and protect our Nation’s border,” DHS Secretary Elaine Duke said in a statement.
The agency will also create a new division of chief logistical officer, which will be responsible for the administration of the agency.
“Our goal is to ensure that all our personnel have access to the best equipment and training to keep our communities safe, protect our nation’s borders and enforce our laws,” she said.
A DHS official told ABC News that the new division will be staffed with people from both the agency and the private sector who are focused on protecting the nation’s border.DHS said it is “working with partners to address the backlog of border crossers, to address any shortages and to provide timely, reliable service to the public.”DHS and the U,T.o.M. also said they will use DHS’s $1.1 trillion contingency fund to provide funding for additional personnel and equipment.
The government shutdown has forced the closure of border crossings in Arizona and California and prompted the United Nations to cancel its annual conference in New York.