Officials with Alabama's Department of Homeland Security say the agency has been steadily losing funds during the past decade. The department's federal funding this year is less than one-tenth of what it was in 2003. Department officials say state funding — $374,000 this year — is used mostly to meet the demands of Alabama's immigration law. State-level homeland security departments sprang up across the U.S. in the months and years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Alabama was one of the first states to pass a law elevating its homeland security effort to cabinet-level status Alabama's Homeland Security Department has 13 employees. Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
Alabama's Homeland Security Steadily Losing Funds
By The Associated Press • Aug 23, 2012