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    The Human Cost of Not Enforcing Immigration Law

    Yesterday we wrote about the real consequences of the failure of the federal government to enforce our immigration laws by referring to the two teenagers in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Allison Kunhardt and Tessa Tranchant, who were killed by a drunken illegal alien in 2007. The culprit had been previously arrested … More

    Amnesty ... It's Baaack!

    Amnesty is like Jason Voorhees. No matter how many times it seems to be dead, it keeps coming back, each one worse than the last. Washington seems to be following the same script when it comes to immigration. We tried an amnesty in 1986. It failed to stem the growing … More

    Morning Bell: 100 Days Later, Obama Still Failing the Gulf

    Over the last four weeks, The Heritage Foundation sent multiple teams of respected energy, environment, homeland security and response experts to the Gulf to study the federal response to the oil spill. These three delegations, with more to come, have traversed the areas hit hardest by the crisis, talking to response workers, … More

    Too Many Chiefs, Not Enough Leadership in Homeland Security Oversight

    NPR put out a story this week on congressional oversight of homeland security. Currently, 108 Committees and Subcommittees have oversight over the Department of Homeland Security. The story includes a diagram of this oversight that should make heads spin. For some, this might seem like cute clip-art, but this is … More

    American Security: Hostage to Parochial Congressional Pride

    In the U.S. House of Representatives, new legislation to prepare for and prevent WMD attacks must go through not one, not two, not three, but EIGHT separate committees before it can be enacted—a process that insures it will never become law. In the Senate, when legislators tried to create a … More

    Slipping on Spill Cleanup: Lead, Follow, or Get Out the Way

    The Daily Caller explains how it works in the Gulf. “Escambia County sends a request to the Mobile, Ala., Unified Command Center…Then, it’s reviewed by BP, the federal government, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard. If they don’t like it, they don’t tell us anything.” The … More

    Newsflash: Terrorists are Attacking Americans

    Attempted terrorist attacks are on the rise and we should expect more to come according to a recent memo from the Department of Homeland Security. Three weeks after the country saw the attempted Times Square bombing, an unclassified DHS intelligence memo asserts not only that “the number and pace of … More

    NYC Terror Dollars: Addressing the Real Funding Problem

    In the wake of last Saturday’s attempted Times Square bombing, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is mad because NYC’s share of federal counterterrorism dollars has fallen over the past few years. These dollars, allocated through the DHS Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) have gone from “25% of the total funding pot … More

    Outside the Beltway: E-Verify Law Gains Traction in Virginia

    Following the lead of a handful of other states, the Virginia House yesterday passed a bill by an 82–13 margin that would require all state agencies, public contractors and Virginia-based employers with 15 or more employees to ensure that any potential hires are eligible to work in the United States. … More

    Night of the Living Dead Idea

    The Department of Homeland Security’s Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) is out. Like the Pentagon’s QDR it is supposed to detail future threats and how our government will deal with them. This report, also like the QDR (and the annual assessment of the Director of National Intelligence), includes the obligatory … More