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    Homeland Security Overtime Abuse Costs Taxpayers Millions

    U.S. special counsel Carolyn N. Lerner sent a letter to President Obama and Congress last week detailing overtime abuses at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that cost taxpayers potentially tens of millions of dollars annually. Six DHS offices alone are costing the taxpayers approximately $8.7 million annually. Under federal … More

    “Help Make It Stop”: Victims Testify About How Overcriminalization Ruins Lives

    This story has been removed based on new information that came to The Foundry’s attention.

    Second Circuit Rebukes Trial Judge in NYC Stop and Frisk Case

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently entered an important order in the case involving the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) controversial “stop and frisk” policy. For some time, the NYPD has vigorously pursued “stop and frisk” in an effort to reduce gun-related violence. Officers stop … More

    U.S. Immigration Officers Give Frightening Warning

    Chris Crane, president of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council, which represents immigration enforcement officers, recently called on Congress to resist immigration reforms that harm his officers’ ability to do their jobs: ICE officers are being ordered by [Administration] political appointees to ignore the law. Violent criminal aliens are … More

    The Motor City Wants Your Car Back: Civil Forfeiture in Detroit

    To most Americans, attending a party at a downtown art institute is a fun, cultural experience. But for the 130 people attending “Funk Night” at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit in 2008, a fun night out morphed into a scene out of an action movie. Armor-clad police stormed the … More

    The Questions the New DHS Nominee Should Answer

    The nomination of Jeh Johnson to be the new Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will give Senators the opportunity to ask key questions about the Administration’s enforcement (or lack thereof) of federal immigration laws. Johnson served as the general counsel for the Department of Defense from 2009 … More

    Help! The Government Took My Property

    What if government officials took your property and told you that they could keep it—even if you had done nothing wrong? That’s exactly what happened to Terry Dehko, a victim of civil asset forfeiture. Dehko is an immigrant owner of a grocery store who fled to the U.S. to escape … More

    Cooperation with Mexico: Key to Border Security and Stopping Transnational Crime

    According to recent reports, the U.S. is in talks with Mexico to strengthen security along Mexico’s southern border. The effort reportedly includes a three-level security system for Mexico’s border with Belize and Guatemala to stop human trafficking, drug running, and other gang-related activity. Stopping such activities is critical to not … More

    Hasan Verdict: The Threat of Homegrown Terrorism Continues

    Today, a jury of 13 military officers found Major Nidal Malik Hasan guilty for his shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas nearly four years ago, which left 13 people dead and more than 30 severely injured. This act of terrorism that shocked the nation and the entire U.S. military … More

    U.S. Embassies Remain Closed: 5 Heritage Must-Reads on Counterterrorism

    Twenty U.S. embassies and consulates remain closed throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Asia this week. The State Department says that “current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in … More