As hundreds of flood victims in Texas face the cruel actuality and devastation left behind by Hurricane Harvey, the main target now shifts to aid efforts — together with how the federal authorities will reply.
One key participant is Elaine Duke, appearing head of the Division of Homeland Safety, who is only one month into her new position.
Duke took the job when Gen. John Kelly, the earlier secretary of Homeland Safety, grew to become President Trump’s chief of employees on the White Home.
In a current interview with NPR, Duke outlined how DHS deliberate to function within the aftermath of Harvey. She described how DHS coordinates efforts with its sub-units, together with FEMA (Federal Emergency Administration Company) and ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).
Security is the important thing concern, Duke stated.
“We surge with FEMA. So a few of our assets in DHS be a part of FEMA to assist its assist of the governor — on this case, Texas,” Duke stated. “However we even have to make sure the protection and regulation enforcement all through the nation. So we discover that proper stability of surging assets to FEMA and persevering with our present operations.”
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Within the week since Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Class four hurricane, DHS has activated its Surge Capability Pressure, a voluntary program that permits DHS staff exterior FEMA to help in catastrophe response efforts, pending DHS approval.
ICE has deployed 200 brokers to supply safety in areas affected by Harvey, in addition to help in search-and-rescue efforts.
Duke, who served as deputy secretary of DHS earlier than taking the highest job on an interim foundation, has served within the federal authorities for practically three a long time.
As deputy secretary, Duke led “all efforts associated to the strategic execution of DHS’s important missions,” her DHS biography states.
Duke can be an enormous proponent of President Trump’s plan to construct a wall alongside the U.S.-Mexico border, writing in USA At the moment this month that it “will save numerous harmless lives.”
“Our Border Patrol brokers have seen firsthand the success of a border wall in Yuma, Ariz. — which serves as a chief instance of how investments in personnel, know-how and a border wall can flip the tide in opposition to a flood of unlawful immigration and safe our homeland,” Duke wrote.
Congress can have a big to-do checklist when it returns from recess after Labor Day. At first will doubtless be allocating funding for Harvey aid efforts. President Trump is reportedly calling for $6 billion in help.