On this day in history, Jan. 24, 2003, Department of Homeland Security established as Cabinet agency

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), a far-reaching federal response to the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, on U.S. soil, began operation as a new Cabinet-level agency on this day in history, Jan. 24, 2003.

“Our duties are wide-ranging and our goal is clear — keeping America safe,” the department states online of its mission.

The creation of DHS enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support amid the fear that followed the 9/11 attacks.

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It has engendered widespread criticism in recent years from across the political spectrum for giving a bloated federal agency the ability to pry into the lives of everyday Americans.

In particular, DHS has been found to be at the center of the Biden administration’s alleged collusion with tech giants to censor free speech in recent years.

At the same time DHS was allegedly working to censor everyday Americans, it brazenly shirked its most basic security responsibility: protecting the U.S. border.

Calls have grown in recent months to impeach DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas amid the department’s increasing abuses and ineffectiveness.

“A mistake made in panic would be best fixed by starting over.” — The Brennan Center

DHS is now a bureaucratic behemoth with more than 240,000 employees and a fiscal year 2023 budget of $97 billion — greater than the annual budget of 42 states.

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