The Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America (DHS) have decided to filter their focus on the actions and fights against Islamist Extremism by making the necessary changes to the $10 million government grant program that previously existed. Their motive is to focus more on the fight and counter actions in their home land of America.
As per the recent reports, ex-president of the United States, Barrack Obama and his administration had created a programme and formulated a new list of grant receipts and amounts so as to diversify their focus and ensure it is not restricted to just the United States. According Reuters, President Donald Trump and his administration reinstate the focus and refurbish it, to bring the focus back to combating Islamist Extremism back home on the United States’ soil.
According to a DHS spokeswoman, the department had changed the criteria regarding grants to consider whether the applicants who would be partnering with the law enforcement agencies had any prior experience in fighting extremism and implementing counter-terrorism measures, even after the awards had been spent. The top scoring applicants were selected while the rest of the applicants were not.
As a matter of fact, the new awardees, receiving $1.2 million as grants in total were Minnesota, California and Washington D.C. A spokesperson representing the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said that the grants and awards would be used to act against all kinds of extremism, not only Islamist extremism.