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  • Backgrounder posted June 22, 2011 by Ray Walser, Ph.D., Jena Baker McNeill, Jessica Zuckerman The Human Tragedy of Illegal Immigration: Greater Efforts Needed to Combat Smuggling and Violence

    Abstract: Over the past 10 years, traversing the U.S.–Mexico border illegally has become increasingly dangerous for would-be immigrants. Illegal immigrants face kidnapping, murder, and rape at the hands of violent drug cartels and ever more ruthless human smugglers. Crossing treacherous desert areas exposes the travelers to heat exhaustion and dehydration. Hundreds of…

  • Testimony posted March 30, 2011 by Jena Baker McNeill Aviation Security: Policy Responses to Address Terrorism Threats

    Testimony before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Committee on State Government March 30, 2011 Chairman Metcalfe, Ranking Member Josephs, and committee members: thank you for this opportunity to share my thoughts and answer your questions to the best of my ability. I should state beforehand that the views expressed in this testimony are my own and should not…

  • Play Movie Jena Baker McNeill on the Detroit Terror Attack on CNBC Video Recorded on December 1, 2009 Jena Baker McNeill on the Detroit Terror Attack on CNBC

    Jena Baker McNeill discusses homeland security and airline security processes after the attempted terror attack on Christmas Day.…

  • WebMemo posted September 29, 2009 by Jena Baker McNeill 26 Foiled Terror Plots Show Success of Information Sharing

    Last week, the FBI, along with its state and local counterparts, announced arrests in three terror plots targeting several American cities. These foiled plots now make 26 publicly known terror plots that have been disrupted by law enforcement since September 11, 2001. These foiled plots demonstrate just how far information sharing has come since 9/11. But the…

  • WebMemo posted July 14, 2009 by Jena Baker McNeill, Matt A. Mayer Section 287(g) Revisions: Tearing Down State and Local Immigration Enforcement One Change at a Time

    On Friday, July 9, the Obama Administration announced plans to revise the Memorandums of Agreement (MOAs) that are negotiated under section 287(g) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA). The section 287(g) program is designed to allow state and local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration laws. For participating cities and states, this…

  • Play Movie Homeland Security and the States Video Recorded on May 14, 2009 Homeland Security and the States

    Since 9/11, there has been a tendency in Washington to look for a Beltway-centric answer to disaster response. As a result, are state and local governments getting a false sense of security by relying on Washington more and more? What should be the…

  • Play Movie Robotic Vehicle Development Video Recorded on April 8, 2009 Robotic Vehicle Development

    Utilizing science and developing technologies are a necessity for America's security. Doing so helps the United States maintain a competitive advantage over potential adversaries and keep American safe. Simultaneously, advances in science and techn…

  • Play Movie National Guard Troops: Back to the Border? Video Recorded on March 31, 2009 National Guard Troops: Back to the Border?

    The violence at the southern border due to drug smuggling is not a new development. But the increasing violence by these drug cartels has exploded and spilled over into border counties in the United States. Responding to calls to deal with the drug…

  • WebMemo posted October 8, 2008 by Jena Baker McNeill, Matt A. Mayer Don't Let E-Verify Perish in the Next Congress

    On September 27, Congress voted to fund E-Verify through March 2009. This is certainly a positive step for the program, but it has put the ball in the next Congress's court to reauthorize and fund E-Verify into the future. It is also an opportunity to expand and improve on the program in conjunction with the new Administration. Helping Employers Comply with the…

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