DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson details agency priorities during congressional hearing

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson outlined the agency's priorities on Wednesday during a Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing.

Johnson cited the shift toward combating al-Qaeda affiliates as the core leaders of the central organization have been killed or captured, as well as a renewed focus on self-radicalized "lone wolf" extremists not trained by al-Qaeda who have the potential to strike the U.S independently.

"To counter the potential for violent extremism at home, I am committed to seeing DHS continue to build strong relationships with state and local law enforcement throughout the country," Johnson said. "We continue to provide training to law enforcement, community and private sector partners to counter violent extremism and active shooter threats."

Johnson also focused on border security, specifically the influx of unaccompanied children across the U.S. border with Mexico. President Barack Obama directed Johnson earlier this month to establish the Unified Coordination Group, an interagency effort to respond to that trend.

"We must, and we will, address this situation," Johnson said.

Johnson also identified other immigration-related DHS priorities, including a review of U.S. deportation policies, the use of force by DHS officials and airport safety.

Johnson also addressed management issues at DHS, including low morale in various components of the department. A Steering Committee was recently formed to address issues impacting morale at DHS.