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    Morning Bell: A 9/10 Security Mindset

    Yesterday the citizens of New York and New Jersey who lived through 9/11 were witness to an ominous flashback. A massive aircraft, trailed closely by an F-16 fighter jet, descended towards the city and flew so close and low to Manhattan skyscrapers that office building windows rattled. Fortunately this was … More

    Questions for Secretary Napolitano: Workplace Enforcement

    DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano is tentatively scheduled to testify before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee about DHS immigration enforcement policies on May 6, 2009. Given Secretary Napolitano’s novel interpretations of federal law, the Heritage Foundation will be posting a series of questions (and suggested answers) for the Secretary. Question … More

    Questions for Secretary Napolitano: E-Verify

    DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano is tentatively scheduled to testify before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee about DHS immigration enforcement policies on May 6, 2009. Given Secretary Napolitano’s novel interpretations of federal law, the Heritage Foundation will be posting a series of questions (and suggested answers) for the Secretary. Questions … More

    Napolitano: Illegal Immigration NOT a Crime?

    On Sunday, April 19, 2009, Secretary Napolitano went on CNN’s “State of the Union” and proclaimed that crossing the border illegally is not a crime. This statement left a lot of folks scratching their heads given that U.S. law—the law Napolitano is sworn to uphold—says quite the opposite. Section 8, … More

    One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

    It was bad enough that the federal government utterly failed to enforce our interior enforcement immigration laws during the Clinton years and during the first term of George W. Bush. It was only after Michael Chertoff arrived as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and started taking … More

    More Resources, Not Laws, Needed on Border

    Anticipating the arrival of Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday, Mexican President Felipe Calderon called for the Obama Administration to violate U.S. citizen’s Second Amendment rights: “It is necessary to reduce the sale of weapons, particularly of high-powered weapons, in the United States.” New … More

    In the Heat of Battle, Secretary Clinton Faults Drug War Strategy

    In her March 25-26 visit to Mexico, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attracted considerable attention when she said, “Our insatiable demand for illegal drugs fuels the drug trade. …So yes, I feel very strongly that we have a co-responsibility.” Secretary Clinton acknowledges that the U.S. market and American habits are … More

    Heritage Fellow At The Border: Fighting Back

    I finish my trip to the border with the Pima County Sherriff Department by asking the tough questions. Are you making a difference? “We are just putting a dent in the cartels,” one deputy tells me. “These guys will send a 10,000 pound load of marijuana across the border as … More

    Heritage Fellow At The Border: Driving the Border

    Landing just north of the border we meet up with a ground unit to drive some of the busiest smuggling routes. I ride with a deputy in one car and another deputy trails us in a second vehicle. “It is always smarter never to travel alone,” I’m told. While there … More

    Heritage Fellow At The Border: Heading South

    Lieutenant Palmer, the head of the Pima County Border Crime Unit, arranges for me to fly with his helicopter team down to the border. It is an instructive flight. Most of the U.S.-Mexican border in the county is part of a Native American reservation, so in practice the unit only … More