...Because Republicans were largely in control at the time, instead of getting an entirely new agency, they reorganized Immigrations and Customs and told them not to work on either immigrations, or customs, and they are now called "Homeland Security Investigations" - in my experience, they mostly work local drug cases. Oh, and they gave them a HUGE budget increase. They nationalized airport security guards, calling them TSA and giving them pensions.
...because a hurricane could attack the "Homeland", they added FEMA and disaster relief?
Then they added the US Coast Guard and Secret Service.
Who would you put in charge of all this? I'm not going to say one was better than the other, but George Bush nominated Governors - people who had been CEOs. Why? Well, George Bush was a Governor, and the massive bureaucracy they were creating needed a CEO. Then Bush nominated Michael Chertoff...a lawyer. Barack Obama had Janet Napalitano - he was a lawyer too. Now, he has nominated Jeh Johnson to be the Director of Homeland Security for the United States.
|Working hard to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell|
to 1989 private practice lawyer
1989-1991 Federal Prosecutor, New York City
1992-1998 private practice lawyer
1998-2001 General Counsel for the Air Force
2001-2009 private practice lawyer
2004 lawyer for John Kerry's presidential campaign
2006 lawyer for Obama presidential campaign
2009-2012 Department of Defense General Counsel
2013-present private practice lawyer
"One of the most highly qualified and respected national security leaders" - White House official
With that background, he is the obvious choice for DIRECTOR OF HOMELAND SECURITY.