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  • Issue Brief posted December 22, 2014 by David Inserra, Bruce Klingner Washington Must Respond to North Korean Cyber Bullying and Threats of Terror

    Over the past week, the hack of Sony Pictures has gone from an embarrassing cybersecurity incident to successful international terrorism and extortion by North Korea. Several yet-to-be-released films were stolen from Sony Pictures and circulated on the Internet. The hackers, who call themselves the “Guardians of Peace,” released private e-mails and the health records and…

  • Commentary posted December 12, 2014 by David Inserra A Dangerous Executive Precedent on Immigration

    Last month the President announced that he would no longer enforce U.S. immigration law. Instead he would actively shield illegal immigrants from deportation and issue work authorizations for about 5 million now ineligible to hold jobs. During the first six years of his presidency, Mr. Obama made over a dozen statements noting that he simply did not have the authority…

  • Commentary posted November 25, 2014 by David Inserra A 10-Step Plan to Save America's Immigration System

    President Obama’s executive action on immigration further damages our malfunctioning immigration system and, more importantly, threatens to upend our entire governing system. The president’s program shreds the rule of law and encourages even more illegal immigration. Moreover, Mr. Obama is abandoning his oath of office to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”…

  • Commentary posted November 21, 2014 by David Inserra Congress Must Stifle President’s Immigration Plan

    Addressing the National Council of La Raza in 2011, President Barack Obama said it was “tempting” to bypass Congress on immigration. “But,” he quickly added, “that’s not how our system works; that’s not how our democracy functions; that’s not how our Constitution is written.” Today the president is singing a different tune, vowing to ignore Congress and unilaterally…

  • Commentary posted November 4, 2014 by Derrick Morgan, David Inserra A Conservative Pathway for Immigration Reform

    President Obama’s executive amnesty policies and failure to enforce immigration laws give conservatives an opening to unite on immigration in a way that appeals to all Americans. By holding to the principles of rule of law and fairness, immigration policy can be firm, fair and in the best interests of citizens and immigrants alike. Comprehensive Immigration “Reform”…

  • Special Report posted November 3, 2014 by David Inserra Ten-Step Checklist for Revitalizing America’s Immigration System: How the Administration Can Fulfill Its Responsibilities

    Contributors David Inserra is Research Associate for Homeland Security and Cybersecurity in the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy, a division of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, at The Heritage Foundation. The U.S. immigration and border security system is often called…

  • Issue Brief posted October 31, 2014 by David Inserra Five Questions the Secret Service Review Panel Must Answer

    A ‌series of alarming security breaches have caused ‌many to question the Secret Service’s ability to protect the President.[1] In the wake of these events, an independent four-member review panel—two senior officials each from the Bush and Obama Administrations—will investigate the Secret Service’s recent security breaches and advise the Department of Homeland Security…

  • Issue Brief posted October 31, 2014 by David Inserra Terror Plot 62: Lone-Wolf Terrorist Attacks in the U.S. and Canada Call for Renewed Vigilance

    Recent attacks in Canada and New York City by homegrown, lone-wolf terrorists remind us again that “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” None of these attacks are thought to be directly connected to al-Qaeda or Islamic State (ISIS) operatives. Rather, all three were homegrown, lone-wolf terrorist attacks—perpetrated by individuals who acted on their own, rather…

  • Issue Brief posted October 27, 2014 by David Inserra, Paul Rosenzweig Continuing Federal Cyber Breaches Warn Against Cybersecurity Regulation

    Recent high-profile private-sector hacks have once again put a spotlight on the issue of cybersecurity.[1] This is a serious problem that requires legislation to improve the United States’ cybersecurity posture, but the U.S. should not reflexively adopt government regulation of cyberspace as a solution. There are concerns that such a response would not be cost-effective…

  • Issue Brief posted October 21, 2014 by David Inserra Refuge and Asylum: President Obama Should Not Abuse One of America’s Great Humanitarian Tools

    Several weeks ago, President Obama announced that the U.S. would begin accepting refugee applications for children from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (the so-called “Northern Triangle”) with legally resident relatives in the U.S. While the violence and poverty in these countries is real, it does not meet the legal justification for refuge or asylum. Such a program…

  • Issue Brief posted September 16, 2014 by David Inserra, Riley Walters The Visa Waiver Program: Enhancing Security, Promoting Prosperity

    The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is a valuable tool supporting U.S. tourism and trade, public diplomacy, and national security. The VWP allows residents of member countries to visit the U.S. without a visa for up to 90 days in exchange for security-cooperation and information-sharing arrangements and reciprocal travel privileges for U.S. residents. The VWP is extended only…

  • Issue Brief posted September 2, 2014 by David Inserra Senate Cyber Information-Sharing Bill on the Right Track but Improvements Needed

    On July 8, the Senate Intelligence Committee passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) of 2014. Cybersecurity information sharing is a valuable tool to enhance the security of businesses and the U.S. government. While sharing information on cyber threats and vulnerabilities is not a silver bullet, it keeps security personnel up to date with the constantly…

  • Backgrounder posted August 14, 2014 by Derrick Morgan, David Inserra Administrative Amnesty: Unjust, Costly, and an Incentive for More Illegal Immigration

    President Barack Obama is considering using prosecutorial discretion to effectively legalize millions of illegal immigrants. Doing so would be unjust and costly and would encourage more illegal immigration.[1] Congress should discourage the Administration from considering this divisive and unproductive step, which would only make it more difficult to implement suitable,…

  • Issue Brief posted July 28, 2014 by David Inserra Immigration Working Group Recommendations Fall Short

    Representative Kay Granger (R–TX) recently released the Border Crisis Working Group’s recommendation on what should be done to deal with the influx of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) crossing the southwest border.[1] While some of the recommendations are sound, others fall short, and some merely recycle flawed ideas of the past. Most important, however, the…

  • Commentary posted July 17, 2014 by David Inserra Threat of Terrorism Remains

    Things seem to go from bad to worse in the blood-soaked Middle East, Civil war still rages in Syria, even as ISIS gobbles up swaths of Iraq and Syria.  After years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, many Americans are tempted to wash their hands of the region. But that would be a huge mistake. What happens in those far-off lands can have a huge impact here at home.  The…