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    Immigration: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

    The Obama Administration has claimed that the southern border is secure because apprehension rates for illegal border crossings are down. The Pew Hispanic Center, using data supplied by the Obama Administration, bolstered this claim by issuing a report that found that illegal border crossings are down and large numbers of … More

    The Red Card Solution: A Different Approach to Immigration, Prosperity, and Security

    Following last week’s GOP presidential debate, the phrase “red card” has been thrown around quite a bit. No, we’re not talking about soccer penalties or black Friday shopping at Target. We’re talking about the Krieble Foundation’s “Red Card Solution” for U.S. immigration and border security. Since the concept was raised … More

    Congress's Unrealistic Demands on Air Cargo Security Continue

    Congress is at it again. Earlier this month, Representatives Bennie Thompson (D–MS), Edward Markey (D–MA), and Sheila Jackson Lee (D–TX), sent a letter to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) demanding to know how the agency planned to meet the congressional mandate requiring the 100 percent screening of air cargo. This … More

    A View from the Border

    How goes the battle for the border? Heritage Foundation Latin American specialist Ray Walser and I spent some time on the border at Laredo, Texas, with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the U.S. Border Patrol. Laredo is America’s largest inland port of entry. Last year, 1.64 million trucks passed through … More

    Illegal Immigration: Fixing the Entire System

    Will securing our US-Mexico border solve our country’s entire illegal immigration problem?  Of course not, but neither will turning a blind eye by a providing a pathway to citizenship for everyone who broke the law by immigrating to our country illegally. Unfortunately at a time when politicians are expected to … More

    Washington in a Flash: House to Vote on Boehner's Debt Plan

    Lawmakers are still scrambling to agree on a debt deal. The newly rewritten plan by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is expected to be voted on by the House. The newly rewritten bill has more savings than what the Congressional Budget Office originally projected. Numerous conservatives have voiced concerns about Boehner’s bill. Rep. … More

    Border Security Stymied By Bureaucratic Roadblocks

    Yesterday, the Obama Administration released its new Southwest Border Counternarcotics Strategy. This strategy leaves out a glaring issue plaguing border enforcement: Without full access to border lands for the Border Patrol, no amount of manpower, weapons, or other technology will help get control of the border. One of the problems … More

    Obama’s Texas Two-Step on Immigration

    In case we needed any more signs that President Obama’s re-election campaign has started, today’s immigration speech in front of a friendly El Paso, Texas, crowd was a great reminder.  Despite failed attempts by previous administrations to convince the American people that rewarding illegal immigration is sound policy, President Obama … More

    The Predictable Conclusion of Obama's Immigration Speech

    The President gave a speech this afternoon where he expressed the need to fix America’s broken immigration system. He had a lot of good things to say about immigration. For instance, the President emphasized the positive effects of immigration, stating, “It doesn’t matter where you came from; what matters is … More

    Hatch's Bill Picks Up Administration's Slack on Immigration Enforcement

    Senator Orrin Hatch came to The Heritage Foundation on Friday to present his forthcoming immigration bill—“The Strengthening our Commitment to Legal Immigration and America’s Security Act.”  His remarks, and the content of his bill, are a step in the right direction on immigration and border security—given that President Obama used … More