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    Is Congress Our Number One Threat to Homeland Security?

    Currently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reports to over 100 committees and subcommittees in Congress. Could you imagine reporting to over 100 bosses? The Heritage Foundation has long advocated for reform of DHS oversight. Because of DHS’s involvement in various sectors in immigration, agriculture, transportation, and disaster assistance, to … More

    Save Our Ships: DHS Should Renew Cargo Waiver

    A waiver implemented by former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Janet Napolitano that has exempted DHS from scanning every piece of cargo that enters the U.S. from international seaports will expire in a few months. We can only hope that her successor, Jeh Johnson, renews this waiver. … More

    Report: U.S. Releases 1 in 3 Illegal Immigrants Convicted of Crimes

    Federal immigration officials last year charged only one of every four “deportable” illegal immigrants and released more than a third of those convicted of crimes, according to a new report based on data from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) itself. ICE agents last year “charged only 195,000 or 25 percent, … More

    DHS Chief Jeh Johnson Confirms Inflation of Deportation Numbers

      Jeh Johnson, President Obama’s new secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, this week admitted that “a very large fraction” of deportations aren’t really that but instead “turn-backs” at the border.  During questioning on Capitol Hill, Johnson confirmed that his agency’s use of border security metrics inflate the reported … More

    Lamar Smith to DHS Chief: Obama ‘Inflates’ Deportation Numbers (VIDEO)

    A Texas congressman sharply disputed claims of record deportations of illegal immigrants on President Obama’s watch when the new secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Jeh Johnson, appeared for a House hearing. The administration is “inflating” deportation statistics, so they are “inaccurate,” Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) told Johnson … More

    Why It’s the Government’s Fault There Isn’t Enough Salt to Make Roads Safe in New Jersey

    Winter storms recently dumped nearly a foot of snow in parts of New Jersey. As of February 13, New Jersey state police had responded to 157 accidents and 353 calls for help, and road crews struggled to maintain safe driving conditions while faced with a shortage of rock salt to … More

    Misguided Cybersecurity Oversight

    Despite multiple recently released reports detailing cybersecurity vulnerabilities within federal agencies, Congress is still trying to give the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) greater regulatory power over data breaches. In response, the banking industry is fighting back. In a letter to the Senate Banking Committee, representatives from the financial service industry … More

    DHS Secretary: Breaking the Law Earns Illegal Immigrants “the Right to Be Citizens”

    Last Friday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson broke into the headlines with his claim that unlawful immigrants had “earned the right to be citizens.” That’s a disturbing comment from one of the nation’s chief law enforcement officers. Amnesty, whether it provides some form of legalization or full … More

    Homeland Security Employee Morale Continues to Decline

    For the second straight year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has found itself last among government agencies in terms of job satisfaction. The 2013 “Best Places to Work in Government” listed DHS job satisfaction at 46.8 percent, ranking it last out of 19 agencies. Compare this to NASA, which … More

    Jeh Johnson Confirmed: What’s Next for the DHS Secretary

    President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Jeh Johnson, has been confirmed by the Senate in a final vote of 78–16. This comes after a swift confirmation from the Homeland Security Committee early this month. The swift and quick confirmation left many with lingering questions. Concerns … More