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Who Will Permanently Fill the DHS Secretary Job?

In a July 31 blog, I commented on the shift of Secretary John Kelly from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to White House chief of staff, noting that this leaves behind his second-in-command, Elaine Duke, to act in his stead — something that concerns me insofar as Duke is a veteran Obama State Department employee with a background in management, not operational matters.

Contemplating the Implied Powers of Federal Immigration Agents

For many years of my life, my daily routine included strapping on a gun and handcuffs before going to work. I was a plainclothes investigator for the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), having begun my career in the mid-1970s. By the time I started working for INS, it was a Justice Department agency, having before that been a part of the Treasury and Labor Departments.

91.1% of Guatemalans Migrate to the U.S. for Economic Reasons

Fewer than 1% leave because of violence or gangs.

According to the "Survey on International Migration of Guatemalans and Remittances 2016", by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 91.1 percent of Guatemalans emigrate to the United States for economic reasons

MAVNI: Inappropriate Access to the Military and Needless Security Risk

The Center for immigration Studies has consistently been against opening up military recruitment to aliens who would otherwise be ineligible, such as nonimmigrants and, most particularly, those illegally in the country. It is unnecessary to meet recruiting goals, most aliens would not meet the educational or background standards of our modern fighting forces, and it introduces needless risk into the equation of national defense and security.

Time to End DACA

One of President Trump's signature campaign promises was to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a controversial program created by the Obama administration in 2012 that granted work permits, identity documents, and relief from deportation to approximately 800,000 illegal immigrants who arrived as youths. More than six months into Trump's term, however, DACA is still alive, and his administration appears divided over how to proceed. It is time to stop wavering. The president should end a program that is illegal, overbroad, and likely to lead to a more extensive amnesty.

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