Conflicts between federal agencies responsible for border protection and immigration have undercut investigations and strained border security, says the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, accoding to the Associated Press. A draft report recommends they be merged, contending that they too frequently compete for resources and work against each other. “DHS’ border enforcement role is simply too important to permit the degree of dysfunction spawned by the current organizational structure to continue,” the report says. “Some structural change is in order.”
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has said that the agencies should remain separate. Homeland Security officials say the report does not present an accurate picture of the agencies, which they say have made significant progress on immigration and border enforcement.