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    Four Conservative Principles to Guide Immigration Reform

    Speaker Boehner is reportedly preparing his list of principles for immigration reform. Here are four conservative principles for immigration reform—based on Heritage’s “Advancing the Immigration Nation: Heritage’s Positive Path to Immigration and Border Security Reform”—that Speaker Boehner and the House should keep in mind. Enhance security and enforcement efforts. Perhaps … More

    Mexican Cartels: A Hemispheric Danger

    U.S. authorities recently arrested the son of the Sinaloa drug cartel’s chief strategist on various charges, including conspiracy to import drugs. The discovery of this narcotics smuggling plot highlights the need to evolve U.S. approaches to counternarcotic efforts, Mexican criminal justice system reforms, and financial targeting in the fight against … More

    Immigration Reform: Empty Border Security Metrics Still Wrong

    With the end of the government shutdown last week, President Obama is trying to pivot back to immigration in the hopes of passing amnesty during this Congress. The Senate has already passed an incredibly flawed bill that makes lots of promises but ultimately guarantees nothing but amnesty. Now the House … 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

    Budget Cuts Force Navy to Neglect SOUTHCOM

    Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert admitted recently that the Navy currently has no ships in SOUTHCOM due to budget constraints. United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) is a joint force containing all branches of the U.S. military—the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard—that exists to defend … More

    Arrest of Notorious Zetas Leader Built on U.S.–Mexican Cooperation

      Miguel Angel Treviño Morales, leader of Los Zetas, was captured by Mexican law enforcement on July 15. Treviño was among the most feared outlaws in Mexico. Los Zetas, an offshoot of renegade soldiers who turned to lives of crime, has expanded into a major drug and crime syndicate. Treviño’s … More

    Amnesty: A Path to Permanent Residency Is as Bad as a Path to Citizenship

    The gossip in Washington is that the House of Representatives, unlike the Senate, will not have a path to citizenship, or amnesty, in its immigration reform bills. Indeed, just a few days ago, Speaker John Boehner (R–OH) said he would bring immigration bills up for a vote only if a … More

    Senator Cornyn’s Border Security Amendment Doesn’t Cut It

    The Senate’s “Gang of Eight” is busy pushing for amnesty while promising that the border will be secured and U.S. immigration laws will be enforced…eventually. Just a few days ago, Senator Marco Rubio (R–FL) stated unequivocally that “first comes the legalization. Then come the measures to secure the border.” After … More

    Fast and Furious: DOJ Inspector General Issues Long-Awaited Report

    The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) inspector general has come out with a report about Operation Fast and Furious, an ill-conceived gun-smuggling investigation to identify the cartel leaders behind a firearms trafficking network that resulted in more than 2,000 high-powered weapons ending up in the hands of dangerous thugs. Two of … More

    DHS Deportation Numbers Again Called into Question

    Reports are circling again this week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to overstate its deportation numbers. After boasting the highest number of removals of illegal immigrants in agency history late last year, DHS was criticized by Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX) for artificially inflating its deportation numbers by … More