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  • 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 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…

  • Backgrounder posted February 12, 2013 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., Jessica Zuckerman, Matt A. Mayer, Paul Rosenzweig, Brian Slattery The Second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review: Setting Priorities for the Next Four Years

    In March, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will mark its 10th anniversary of existence. DHS was established to prevent terrorist attacks and to reduce the vulnerability of, and minimize the damage to, the U.S. in the case of attacks. Ten years later, the concept of homeland security has come to embody an "all hazards" approach, focusing not only on terror…

  • Issue Brief posted January 17, 2013 by Paul Rosenzweig, Jessica Zuckerman Napolitano Stays On: Five Key Steps for DHS in the Next Administration

    The White House has announced that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will stay in her post as President Barack Obama begins his second term. While the decision is not terribly surprising, it is an important one. Secretary Napolitano’s dedication to stay on will give her the opportunity to continue to improve the operation of the Department of Homeland Security…

  • Backgrounder posted November 14, 2012 by Jessica Zuckerman REAL ID Compliance: Enhancing Security, Respecting Liberty, and Reducing Fraud

    Abstract: In order to enhance national security by reducing identification fraud, Congress passed the REAL ID Act in 2005, calling on all 50 states to meet minimum security standards for issuing driver’s licenses and state IDs. Seven years after passage of the act, and after two deadline extensions, the majority of states are still not in full compliance with REAL ID…

  • Issue Brief posted October 3, 2012 by Michael P Downing, Matt A. Mayer The Domestic Counterterrorism Enterprise: Time to Streamline

    Over the last decade, the domestic counterterrorism enterprise in the United States has added a significant amount of much-needed capacity. From the expansion of Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs) by the FBI to the development of intelligence fusion centers by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the resources now dedicated to gathering information, analyzing…

  • Issue Brief posted September 26, 2012 by Jessica Zuckerman National Terrorism Threat Level: Color-Coded System Not Missed

    Last week, the FBI foiled the 52nd thwarted Islamist-inspired terrorist plot against the United States since 9/11. The thwarting of this plot came as the FBI and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued warnings to religious organizations and other groups within the U.S. of the potential for heightened violence in connection with recent unrest in Egypt and Libya. Yet…