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  • Issa Immigration Proposal Misses the Mark

    Representative Darrell Issa (R–CA) is reportedly preparing an immigration bill that he says is “halfway between full amnesty and simply rejecting people.” Although the bill text is not yet available, any approach that begins with amnesty will not solve our immigration challenges. As described in press reports, Issa’s proposal falls … More

    Immigration Reform: Empty Border Security Metrics Still Wrong

    With the end of the government shutdown last week, President Obama is trying to pivot back to immigration in the hopes of passing amnesty during this Congress. The Senate has already passed an incredibly flawed bill that makes lots of promises but ultimately guarantees nothing but amnesty. Now the House … More

    Cyber Failures in Obamacare Exchanges: Dangerous to Your Wallet and Privacy

    Yesterday marked the grand opening of the new Obamacare health insurance marketplaces, and the rollout did not go smoothly. Even more worrying is that these website errors are only the tip of the iceberg. Just a few weeks ago, Members of Congress and several experts challenged the Department of Health … More

    Syria and Iran Could Retaliate with Cyber Attacks

    With the U.S. and allies actively considering military action against the Syrian regime for reportedly using chemical weapons, the U.S. cannot ignore the possibility that Syria, and its ally Iran, will strike back at the U.S. with cyber weapons. Reuters is reporting that if the U.S. does intervene in Syria, … More

    Cooperation with Mexico: Key to Border Security and Stopping Transnational Crime

    According to recent reports, the U.S. is in talks with Mexico to strengthen security along Mexico’s southern border. The effort reportedly includes a three-level security system for Mexico’s border with Belize and Guatemala to stop human trafficking, drug running, and other gang-related activity. Stopping such activities is critical to not … More

    Cybersecurity: Snazzy New Chief, Same Old Regulations

    On Monday morning, President Obama appointed Phyllis Schneck, a vice president at the cybersecurity firm McAfee, as the next Deputy Under Secretary of Cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At first glance the appointment of a private-sector expert seems like it could improve DHS’s approach to cybersecurity. Real … More

    Hacker Ring Taken Down

    Last week, prosecutors announced charges against four Russians and one Ukrainian for what is being called the largest-known hacking and data theft operation to be prosecuted in the U.S. The hackers are accused of several high-profile hacks over the past six years that netted them over 160 million credit and … More

    Edward Snowden Dodges Cybersecurity Regulations

    Edward Snowden, the leaker of the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs, was reportedly able to smuggle thousands of classified documents out of the NSA simply with thumb drives. Despite the NSA’s secret and powerful security measures, Snowden later arrived in Hong Kong with four laptops containing classified information. Three … More

    BrandUSA: Senate Immigration Bill Extends Wasteful, Flawed Program

    On Thursday, the Senate will vote on S. 744, a highly flawed comprehensive immigration “reform” bill. As is often the case with comprehensive bills, S. 744 is full of handouts, pork, and special-interest deals. One example of this lies in provisions that would extend the funding of BrandUSA, a government-run … More

    Corker–Hoeven Immigration Amendment: Far from a Game Changer

    It’s been called a both a “game changer” and a major “breakthrough” for the Senate Gang of Eight’s immigration bill (S. 744). In reality, however, the Corker–Hoeven amendment (or perhaps more accurately the Schumer–Corker–Hoeven amendment) is far from a magic solution to our nation’s border security challenges. A new 1,000-plus-page … More