Homeland Security

Building a wall at the border would divide us

This election season, there’s no televised presidential debate – Democratic or Republican – that doesn’t eventually address immigration reform. At its best, the debate informs us about the lives and families torn apart by deportation. We see...

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Poets and artists expose the failure of immigration detention

Twenty years ago this week, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, ushering in an era of mass detention and deportation of immigrants. A few months later on September 30th, the President signed...

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Hitting the wall

With the presidential campaign in full swing, few issues are generating more attention than immigration reform.  In particular, on the Republican side, much is heard about the need for border security.  Donald Trump began his rise to...

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Stop border patrol from looting deportees

“At least they should have left us with an ID,” said Javier*, his eyes filled with fear. Stranded nearly 2,000 miles from home, he had been robbed of his money, passport and cell phone. Who stole his belongings? The U.S. government.

Imagine...

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Veterans: A business asset

As Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, we partnered during the hardest days of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now we are working together again in another cause important to our country: assuring returning veterans...

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Separating myth from fact at the VA

Hardly a day goes by without another headline about problems in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health-care system and the veterans suffering as a result. But in recent weeks, a number of politicians and journalists have...

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