Immigration and Visa Policy

Touring San Ysidro and Otay Mesa Ports of Entry

Folks at Customs and Border Protection (CBP) put together a tour of the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry for a small number of bloggers and think tank representatives to take a look behind the scenes at the daily operations at these vital and busy locations. This is what we saw.

Mexico Must Step Up Immigration Enforcement

There are rising fears that the United States could see a repeat of the 2014 massive influx of unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Part of the challenge comes down to a matter of incentive.

CBP’s Global Entry – An Easy Win for Homeland Security

Much ink has been spilled over the balance between security and personal privacy. When it comes to immigration, I began thinking about where our national security apparatus could do a better job of things. Growing the CBP’s Global Entry program is one way to get there.

After Paris attack, Heightened Concerns for Illegal Immigration

Need another good example of why border security and immigration enforcement are important? Paris.

Deal with Illegal Immigration With an Exit-Tracking System

In the debate over how to address illegal immigration to the United States, some have cautioned that a rigorous effort to enforce visa laws can lead to profiling and potentially a violation of civil rights. That’s a fair concern, and it’s one that can be addressed if we provide U.S. law enforcement with the tools to do their job. That means an exit-tracking system.

Mexican Energy Reform is Gateway to Improve U.S. Security

When we talk about border security, we often focus on what the United States should do to stop illegal crossings. Less often discussed, however, is what can be done in Mexico (and elsewhere in Latin America) to dampen the desire to illegally enter the United States in the first place. One surefire way to achieve this: economic development.

Inconsistent Wait Time Data from DHS

DHS needs a uniform policy across all components on disseminating high quality, objective data that provides utility to all who use it. The data needs to be transparent and reproducible. With regards to the collecting and posting of wait times, much work is still needed across at least three agencies: CBP, TSA and USCIS.

Obama Taps Emanuel for TSA! NSA Monitors S&T! SJL Releases New Book! Really?!?

In Security Debrief’s sixth annual April Fools coverage, we’ve collected stories the rest of the media somehow missed…

Good Idea, Bad Idea – Bioterrorism and UACs

Good Idea, Bad Idea is a weekly recap of the brilliant and stupid things America’s homeland security community does every day, because sarcasm is good for the soul. This week, a cat catches the tongue of OHA’s Dr. Kathy Brinsfield and Sen. Chuck Schumer gets a paper cut.

A Lunch with Alan Bersin

Join the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association on June 24 for an exclusive, off-the-record, closed door luncheon with Alan Bersin, DHS Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy and Vice President for the Americas, Interpol.