[Letter from Janet Napolitano to Representative Bennie G. Thompson on March 1, 2013 Sequestration]   [open pdf - 450KB]

From the introductory paragraph of the letter: "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shares your deep concerns about the effects this unprecedented budget reduction to Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 funding will have on DHS, its missions, and our Nation's security and economy. Reductions mandated by sequestration would undermine the significant progress the Department has made over the past ten years and would negatively affect our ability to carry out our vital missions. Sequestration would roll back border security, increase wait times at our Nation's land ports of entry and airports, affect aviation and maritime safety and security, leave critical infrastructure vulnerable to attacks, hamper disaster response time and our Surge Force capabilities, and significantly scale back cyber security infrastructure protections that have been developed in recent years. In addition, sequestration would necessitate furloughs of up to 14 days for a significant portion of our frontline law enforcement personnel, and could potentially result in reductions in force at the Department."

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