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  • Heritage Fellow At The Border: Wake-Up Call

    In 2007, a group of bandits looking to hijack a competitor’s drug load mistakenly opened fire on 23 illegal immigrants, including three small children, hidden in a pickup. The assailants had been camping out in a remote desert area for several days waiting to seize a drug load coming across … More

    Heritage Fellow At The Border: Casualties of War

    Pima County sees the spillover from the cartel’s battling for control of the smuggling corridors in to the United States everyday. About 15 percent of the Pima County jail’s population, about 300 inmates, are criminal aliens—individuals here unlawfully who have committed a felony (other than just violating immigration laws). Most … More

    Heritage Fellow At The Border: Cartel Tactics

    The character of the cartel war as seen in Pima County can be brutal. One “bandit” tactic is to organize small teams that camp out for days in the desert living on peanut butter and gallons of water. They set-up scouts on the hill tops to look out for law … More

    Heritage Fellow On the Front Lines

    Heritage senior fellow James Carafano recently traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border and filed a series of reports which will be featured here throughout the week. What goes on across the border matters to the Pima County Sheriff Department. Any of the smuggling cartel war that spills over the border falls … More

    Heritage Fellow Patrols the Border

    Heritage senior fellow James Carafano recently traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border and filed a series of reports which will be featured here throughout the week. It is the fastest growing county in Arizona, with a population of over a million. Pima County’s other mark of distinction is that has more … More

    Wasting Homeland Security Dollars

    In a first of its kind, a report from The Heritage Foundation provides a fresh look at the billions of dollars in homeland security grants handed out to state and local governments. The report details the federal, state, and local spending from 2000 to 2007 in 26 states, the District … More

    Weird Science from NYT

    Only the New York Times op-ed page could offer two ridiculous and obviously contradictory statements in two succeeding sentences and believe it was making sense. In “Defensible Missile Defense,” Professor Ted Postol declares that US missile defense “performance is unproven, it requires unending additional resources and it faces problems that … More

    Waste of a Speech

    Yesterday, President Obama declared that in addition to solving all of the country’s other ills that he was going to eliminate government waste. His target—defense spending. “I want to focus on one particular example, and that is the situation in defense contracting.” This was a speech I long expected. Our … More

    No Defense for NYT Math

    I am sure the folks at The New York Times can add, but they make no sense when they talk about defense dollars. The latest headline trumpets, “Proposed Military Spending Is Highest Since WWII” . Here are the numbers that really put defense spending in their proper perspective. When the … More

    Missile Mayhem

    When is a negotiation not a negotiation? And a rejection not a rejection? Apparently in the Alice in Wonderland exchange of notes and replies between the United States and Russia. President Obama sent a secret letter to the Russian president suggesting if Iran did not have a nuclear and ballistic … More