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  • Illegal Immigration in Workplace Would Be 'No Match' for DHS

    With an estimated 12 million to 15 million illegal immigrants in the United States, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) certainly has a lot on its plate. However, many are now criticizing ICE for its lack of action not against illegal immigrants, but American citizens. In raids since October 2007, ICE … More

    Declaration of Dependence

    Disaster management is over-federalized. This chart from a recent Heritage Backgrounder, The Local Role in Disaster Response: Lessons from Katrina and the California Wildfires, makes it abundantly clear. With the exception of the Johnson and Reagan administrations, the number of federal disaster declarations has steadily and dramatically grown. By the end … More

    The Psychology of War

    Guns, boots, helmets and…social science? It’s not been used much since the Cold War, but the Department of Defense believes an increase in cultural understanding could play an important role in national security. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Minerva as a new approach. Minerva will award $50 million over five … More

    What's Wrong with This Picture?

    As tornadoes and flooding torment the Midwest, citizens are working together to protect the cities and towns they call home. But that’s no average Joe in this photo — it’s Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. So with five states under federal disaster declarations since the beginning of June alone, what’s wrong with this picture? … More

    America’s Wake-Up Call

    Last week, I was in New York City participating in the filming of The Heritage Foundation documentary on missile defense due-out early next year. The purpose of these scenes is to share with Americans the magnitude of the threat and the fragility of the peace and prosperity that we take … More

    ACLU Has All the Border Answers

    After I ran a series of posts on my visit to the Arizona border, the ACLU took me to task for making the case that better border security is a good idea. In the last ACLU post they were particularly irate that I found anything worthy in the technology demonstration … More

    A Webb of Expenses

    The decision by Congress to establish an all-volunteer force in 1973 ensured that American citizens have “the freedom to pursue their careers where and how they choose – in essence their right to liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The all-volunteer system, while expensive, has proven to be consistent with … More

    Dowsing Defeatist Talk on Long War

    The United States is winning the Long War against al-Qaeda. Despite hair on fire headlines, heated presidential political rhetoric, and conventional wisdom that so often points to the contrary, a simple look at the evidence shows that the war against terrorism is actually going better than the chicken-littles would have … More

    Don't Bad Mouth Our Border Patrol

    The ACLU is stil upset about our border blogging series. You might be surprised to find, if you read the posts on the ACLU’s “Blog of Rights,” we actually agree on a good deal–including the importance of getting border security done right. The ACLU blog went so far as to … More

    ACLU Far From the Border

    The ACLU is not happy. Last week and earlier this week I wrote a series of blog posts about my trip to the Tucson sector of the U.S.-Mexico border and the challenges facing the Border Patrol. The “official” ACLU blog took exception to my observations on three points: Objecting to … More