As it relates to the checks and balances of our American government, the Executive Branch is responsible for the daily administration of the state bureaucracy. The head of the Executive Branch is the President of the United States. Underneath the President are the several Departments that have been created by Executive Order. The Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Justice are just a few examples of these subgroups within the Executive Branch. The representative leaders of these departments are collectively known as the President’s “Cabinet” of advisors.
Since the Executive Branch of our government is in charge of administrating the affairs of the nation, it is important to keep them in our prayers. The Executive Branch directs the general political flow of the federal government.
Featured Member of the Executive Branch for Prayer
Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security
Jeh Charles Johnson was born in September 1957 in New York City. His first name (pronounced “Jay”) is taken from a Liberian chief, who reportedly saved his grandfather’s life while he was on a League of Nations mission to Liberia in 1930. Johnson is a graduate of Morehouse College and earned his law degree at Columbia University.
Johnson served as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York for two years, after which he was General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force under President Bill Clinton. He also spent some time in the private practice of law. In January 2009, Johnson was named by President Barack Obama to be General Counsel for the Defense Department, a position he resigned from a year ago to return to private practice.
He assumed the office of Secretary of Homeland Security on December 23, 2013.
He and his wife, Susan DiMarco, met as children, but started dating only after Johnson visited her dental practice. He “endured three years of dental work before she agreed to a date with him,” according to their wedding announcement in the New York Times.
IN THE NEWS
In an unprecedented move, the U.S. State Department has classified details on refugees to be resettled in America via a secret deal made with Australia. And key lawmakers in Congress are asking both Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secretary of State John Kerry to explain. The bi-lateral agreement, which Australia’s prime minister called a “one-off,” involves 2,465 people currently being held in Papua New Guinea and Nauru who will now be transferred onto U.S. soil.
“This is a backroom deal, wheeling and dealing with another country’s refugee problem,” Center for Immigration Studies Fellow Don Barnett said. “I don’t believe for a moment it’s a one-time deal. That’s for public consumption.”
“This situation is concerning for many reasons,” the lawmakers’ letter read, charging that “your departments negotiated an international agreement regarding refugees without consulting or notifying Congress.” Even so, screeners from the U.S. Customs and Immigration Services were set to leave for the Pacific Island nations next month to begin vetting the refugees.
When staffers probed the number of individuals being considered for resettlement, they were told it was “classified,” even though refugee admissions are traditionally public. Officials did, however, confirm countries of origin to be Iran, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq and Sudan, as well as some deemed “stateless.”
Executive Branch Prayer Needs
In his last address on national security, President Obama said that for eight years his Administration has protected the U.S. from a major terror attack, while abiding by cherished American ideals.
Some 175 immigrants were approved for citizenship even though they were not properly run through the FBI data bases, potentially missing disqualifying red flags, the Obama Administration admitted.
Pray for President Obama and his family as they prepare for their next life chapter.