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Topic - Rand Beers
Recruiting former troops to a new fight, the Homeland Security Department swore in its inaugural class of military veterans Friday to be special operatives trained to track down child pornographers and sex abusers.
The Department of Homeland Security began work in 2007 on a program to secure the nation's chemical plants from terrorist attack. But 4½ years and nearly a half-billion dollars later, there is little to show for it.
The Department of Homeland Security and U.S. intelligence agencies are combing through some 750,000 visas of foreign visitors to find out if any remain in the United States and if they pose terrorism or other security risks.
The Department of Homeland Security is not expected to implement a congressionally mandated program that would confirm the departure of foreign visitors from the United States through electronic fingerprint scans — a so-called biometric exit system.
"The goal of this initiative is to give our nation's military veterans a chance to continue to serve at home for a righteous cause," said acting Homeland Security Secretary Rand Beers. "Through this program, they are trained to fight on a new battlefield to protect the innocence of children at home and around the world."
Mr. Beers added that CFATS already had improved the security of the nation's chemical industry sector.