AL Homeland Security Losing Funds

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) -- 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.

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