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  • 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,…

  • Special Report posted July 11, 2014 by David Adesnik, George C. Marshall Fellows Class of 2012 Lessons in Foreign Policy and National Security

    Contributors 2012 George C. Marshall Fellows David Adesnik, Research Staff Member, Institute for Defense Analysis, Department of Defense Lindsey Alazaraki, Student/Researcher, Missouri State University Leslie Bolz, Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of Representative Doug Lamborn (R–CO) Peter Doran, Research Fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) Jonathan Hiler,…

  • 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,…

  • 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,…

  • Issue Brief posted January 31, 2014 by Cassandra Lucaccioni , Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D. Top Homeland Security Priorities for Congress in 2014

    The world today is more dangerous than it was on September 10, 2001. Threats to the homeland have increased as the President’s leadership has caused the U.S. to lose respect and influence on every front. After at least 61 thwarted terrorist attacks in the U.S.,[1] those who are committed to destroying America’s way of life cannot be ignored. Protection of the homeland…

  • Commentary posted January 1, 2014 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. New Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson must fight Interpol abuse

    In his confirmation hearing to be secretary of the perennially troubled Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson emphasized that his priorities would be to fill senior DHS vacancies, improve its management and raise its morale. But now that he's on the job, Mr. Johnson is responsible for more than just the DHS. He also helps lead the National Central Bureau, through…

  • Commentary posted December 28, 2013 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Refuting (not rebutting) Media Matters

    Media Matters, the self-styled “media watchdog” of the left, has accused the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review of using “deceptive numbers” to “attack” immigration reform. But the Trib is exactly right when it says that the Obama administration is not committed to border enforcement and cannot be trusted to implement a comprehensive immigration reform plan. The criticisms…

  • Commentary posted December 20, 2013 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Federal Judge: The Obama Administration Aids and Abets Human Trafficking

    A federal judge in Texas has issued a searing indictment of the Obama administration’s immigration policy. He accuses the government of “completing the criminal mission” of human traffickers “who are violating the border security of the United States” and assisting a “criminal conspiracy in achieving its illegal goals.” The judge calls the administration’s behavior…

  • Issue Brief posted October 23, 2013 by Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D., David Inserra Top 10 Issues the New DHS Nominee Must Face

    Last week, the White House announced that it would nominate Jeh Johnson to fill the long-vacant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Johnson previously served as the general counsel for the Department of Defense from 2009 to 2012. As Johnson prepares to be vetted by the Senate Homeland Security Committee, here are 10 issues that he and the committee…

  • Issue Brief posted October 8, 2013 by Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D., David Inserra Biometric Exit Improvement Act: Wrong Solution to Broken Visa and Immigration System

    Several Members of Congress recently released the Biometric Exit Improvement Act in an effort to enhance the U.S.’s security and immigration system. However, the law triples down on a costly policy that adds little real security. Instead of feel-good but ineffective strategies, Congress should reconsider the biometric exit requirement and push the Administration to…

  • Issue Brief posted July 17, 2013 by Jessica Zuckerman Border Security Results Act: Misguided Metrics and a Potential Trigger for Amnesty

    Rather than taking up the Senate’s Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744), the House has chosen to take a piece-by-piece approach to immigration reform, with five separate bills currently up for consideration, each seeking to address a specific challenge within the nation’s broken immigration system. While this approach should be…

  • Testimony posted June 26, 2013 by Matt A. Mayer Are We Prepared? Measuring the Impact of Preparedness Grants Since 9/11

    Testimony before Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia  United States Senate  June 25, 2013 Matt A. Mayer Visiting Fellow Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies My name is Matt A. Mayer. I am a Visiting Fellow in the Douglas and…

  • Issue Brief posted June 3, 2013 by Jessica Zuckerman, David Inserra Homeland Security Appropriations Need Different Priorities

    While the most recent continuing resolution contained a full year of funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the disorder of the overall budget process over the past several years has generally resulted in weak congressional guidance to DHS. It is important that Congress return to a normal appropriations process and express the right priorities to DHS…

  • Issue Brief posted April 12, 2013 by Matt A. Mayer Homeland Security: Developing a Strategic Road Map for the Future

    As the deadline for the second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) approaches at the end of this year, much attention is being given to the record of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and what the department’s proper role should be. Ultimately, the strategy cannot simply be to maintain the status quo, continuing down the same path for the next 10 years…

  • Issue Brief posted April 9, 2013 by Jessica Zuckerman, David Inserra Chemical Security: Risk-Based Solutions Key to Fixing Flaws

    Last month, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), a program that is overseen by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this hearing, DHS representatives claimed to have “turned a corner” on the CFATS program, putting slow and burdensome procedures behind them and moving forward with timely…