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500 Staff at Homeland Security Are Quarantined

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In this photo taken Feb. 25, 2015,, the Homeland Security logo is seen during a joint news conference in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Almost 500 employees at the Department of Homeland Security are currently quarantined because of possible exposure to the coronavirus, with 13 confirmed infected or presumed positive, according to documents obtained by Politico.

“The department’s leadership is going to have to pay very close attention as this public health crisis evolves,” John Cohen, former acting undersecretary of intelligence and analysis, told Politico. “It has to be concerned that its ability to carry out its core mission could be compromised if there’s a widespread outbreak of the virus among DHS personnel.

“And quite frankly, that’s something that federal, state, and local officials need to be concerned about across the board — that this virus will spread among first responders, law enforcement, and Homeland Security personnel, compromising the ability of those organizations to protect the public.”

House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss.,  said in a statement”

“It’s important to remember that during this pandemic, the DHS workforce is still manning the frontlines, protecting our skies and borders. It’s critical they are properly protected — and the administration has a long-term plan for this. Not just for their own health and safety, but to ensure we have a fully functional frontline workforce in the months to come.”

Former DHS spokesperson David Lapan told Politico:

“Because of the president’s outsized focus on the immigration enforcement part of the DHS mission set — since immigration is not the only thing in DHS’s mission — the organization has been under a lot of strain over the last three years. The focus on immigration, lots of attention, lots of presidential pressure, vacancies, changes in leadership, the government shutdown, people having to work without pay — after all of that, add on this pandemic, and I think you have cause for concern about a workforce that has been under extended stress now having to endure yet more.”

A DHS spokesperson declined to comment on the documents to Politico or confirm the quarantine.

via newsmax

8 COMMENTS

  1. Cry me a river. Find another job with as high a pay, as many benefits. Government workers rake in money by the ton, from mailmen to congressmen. You don’t want to do the job I am sure a replacement can be found.

    • They are protecting our country. We need them to stop Terriosts and illegals. You have no compassion. Hope you get the virus

  2. Homeland security prays on us citizens and does very little to protect us from terrorism. Why else would a security department have 2k attorneys and rack in cash from writing civil penalties similar to traffic police. Homeland security is introducing us to the German SS or Russian KGB. Wake up American

  3. start replacing them all. Put in people that will work with the President [trump]. Most of those are obumer leftovers. Good new for us.

  4. Why do articles like this alway contain quotes from former government agencies spokes people? Can the person responsible for this article spell Fake News! If the information is to be believed at least quote current reliable sources.

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