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  • 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…

  • Issue Brief posted July 15, 2014 by David Inserra Border Crisis: Emergency Budget Request Misses the Mark

    President Obama recently requested $4.3 billion in emergency funding, with $3.7 billion to deal with the immigration crisis at the border. While there may be a need for extra funding to handle the influx of unaccompanied minor children (UAC) and families, this does not mean that Congress needs to break the Budget Control Act (BCA) spending caps. Instead, Congress should…

  • Issue Brief posted July 15, 2014 by David Inserra Children Illegally Crossing the U.S. Border: Responding Requires Policy Changes

    In the past several months, the issue of immigration has been dominated by the influx of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) and families crossing the border. These unlawful immigrants are primarily from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Immigration policies that are selectively enforced and not properly administered—together with high levels of crime and endemic rates…

  • Issue Brief posted July 10, 2014 by David Inserra, Romina Boccia Crisis at the Border: Throwing Money at the Problem Is Not the Solution

    President Obama has just made public the details of his $4.3 billion emergency request, including $3.7 billion in additional emergency funding to deal with the immigration crisis on the southwest border. While the federal government does need to take action to better protect U.S. borders and enforce immigration laws, throwing money at the problem is not the solution,…

  • Backgrounder posted June 16, 2014 by Paul Rosenzweig, Brett D. Schaefer, James L. Gattuso, David Inserra Protecting Internet Freedom and American Interests: Required Reforms and Standards for ICANN Transition

    The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has contracted with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to manage core functions of the Internet since ICANN was established in 1998. ICANN is a private nonprofit corporation created to manage policy and technical features of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS) in a…

  • Issue Brief posted May 29, 2014 by David Inserra Reforming DHS Through the Appropriations Process

    In March, President Obama released his fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget request. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is given a total budget authority of $60.9 billion plus another $710 million that the President proposed as part of a supplement known as the Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative (OGSI). The result is a 1.6 percent increase in the DHS budget,…

  • Backgrounder posted May 12, 2014 by David Inserra Expanding Government: Beware of the Senate’s Immense, Obamacare-Style Immigration Bill

    The Senate’s latest effort at comprehensive immigration reform was introduced by the bipartisan Gang of Eight in April 2013, and passed the Senate that June.[1] Titled the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744), it follows the same broad course as other reform bills that have failed over the past eight years, offering promises of…

  • Issue Brief posted April 15, 2014 by David Inserra, Charles "Cully" Stimson The DREAM Act in the NDAA: Wrong for National and Homeland Security

    Under current law, lawful permanent residents (LPRs) are eligible to volunteer to serve in the United States military. If they pass the strict qualification requirements applicable to all who seek to serve, they can serve in the armed forces of the United States, and once they are in the armed forces, they may apply for expedited consideration for U.S. citizenship, which…

  • Backgrounder posted April 1, 2014 by David Inserra, Paul Rosenzweig Cybersecurity Information Sharing: One Step Toward U.S. Security, Prosperity, and Freedom in Cyberspace

    The Internet is a powerful engine for growth and freedom, of which the United States has taken and continues to take full advantage. As everything from military systems to smartphones has become linked to the Internet, however, the number of bad actors seeking to attack or steal from those targets has increased dramatically. Hackers compromise, steal, or destroy hundreds…