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    Why Is Congress Putting Pork First on Homeland Security?

    The fiscal year (FY) 2012 homeland security appropriations bill is on the floor today. One would assume that this would be an opportunity for House members to get rid of wasteful programs while maintaining funding for the ones that make us safer. Instead, they are avoiding the hard choices that … More

    Chaotic Security Oversight Costs Taxpayers Money

    According to a recent AP story, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) “answered 11,580 letters, gave 2,058 briefings, and sent 232 witnesses to 166 hearings” in 2009. The time it took for DHS to answer all these congressional inquiries is so great that it can’t be measured in hours, days, … More

    DHS Inspector General Echoes Four Years of Heritage Research

    With the recent devastation in Japan, the paragon of earthquake preparedness, Americans are rightfully questioning the readiness of the United States to handle a large-scale national disaster. In spite of the supposed progress the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has made since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, there is wide spread … More

    No More Color-Coded Chaos

    Today, the color-coded threat system, officially known as the Homeland Security Advisory System, will be nixed by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. She should be applauded for getting rid of a system that has zero credibility and has done little to achieve its goal of informing the public about potential … More

    Pat-Downs and Pumpkin Pie

    Pat-downs and body scanners seem to be keeping some from getting in the Thanksgiving spirit this week. As if the security lines weren’t bad enough during the busiest time of the year to fly, travelers are now faced with the invasive screening measures. Seniors speculate how to get out of … More

    Tom Ridge Is Right

    In a recent CQ article, former Secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, weighed in about congressional oversight of homeland security. Congressional oversight of homeland security may sound as exciting as a colonoscopy, but it is actually a very big problem. Currently, over 100 committees and subcommittees have jurisdiction over the … More

    Some ICAO Kudos for the DHS

    Well deserved kudos to the Department of Homeland Security and Secretary Janet Napolitano.  Since the failed December bombing attempt over Detroit demonstrated gaps in airport security DHS has been engaged in an extensive outreach around the world.  Convening regional meetings in every corner of the globe, DHS has worked the … More

    Immigration Absconders

    Anyone concerned about immigration should read a guest column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution by my former Justice Department colleague Mark Metcalf, a former immigration judge who was in the heart of the federal immigration-enforcement process. He points out that in its 2008 annual report, the Department of Homeland Security reported … More

    The Back Door Amnesty Reality

    A recent article by Fox News led with a quote from the Department of Homeland Security: “We are not engaged in a backdoor amnesty.” Well that certainly is news, considering that the actions of the Administration, or lack there of, scream otherwise. The article goes on to highlight recently published … More

    Drop in Illegal Immigration Proves Amnesty Is the Wrong Approach

    According to a new Pew Hispanic Center report, illegal immigration has dropped by almost two-thirds in the past ten years. The numbers increased, but slowed from 2000 to 2007, while the numbers dropped by 300,000 from 2007-2009. This is not a surprising trend. The Department of Homeland Security announced in … More