OPINION PIECES

August 5, 2022

Follow the gun-violence bill road map to immigration reform

Stewart Verdery and Gil Kerlikowski

Seattle Times

You could have a spirited argument over which public policy debate in the United States has been plagued the most by gridlock and partisanship, but guns and immigration would surely be two top examples.

June 3, 2022

Immigration reform could prevent food prices from harming consumers

Douglas Baker

Fox News

Farmers need congressional action to hire enough workers and stave off shortages

May 25, 2022

What the U.S. military needs is an infusion of immigrants

Margaret Stock

The Washington Post

Today’s U.S. military is facing a personnel deficit that is affecting our nation’s readiness and threatening our national security. But if our leaders are willing to act, there’s an obvious solution to this problem: immigrants.

February 7, 2022

Time to press pause on decades of immigration trench warfare

Stewart Verdery

The Hill

As we head quickly toward the 2022 midterm elections, our national stalemate on immigration policy remains one of the most destructive versions of ‘Groundhog Day’ that our country’s political class has ever created.

January 9, 2022

Stop relying on China. Move the supply chain to Central America.

Elaine Dezenski

Dallas Morning News

In July, 200,000 migrants were apprehended at the southern U.S. border, a 21-year high, according to an analysis by Pew Research. It’s no surprise that this unprecedented, post-COVID-19 surge in migration has stretched our immigration, asylum and border systems to the breaking point.

October 19, 2021

Congress should pass an Afghan Adjustment Act

Stewart Verdery

Roll Call

Afghans fleeing the Taliban need support and legal status

September 1, 2021

Reforming Our High-Skill Immigration System Is a National Security Imperative

Stewart Verdery & Elaine Dezenski

Morning Consult

A significant part of the story behind the United States’ incredible Covid-19 vaccination development success is an immigration story.

August 28, 2021

Amid Afghanistan chaos, refugee vetting process is sound: OPINION

Elizabeth Neumann

ABC News

The focus should be on welcoming refugees, not fearmongering.

August 7, 2021

Border numbers renew urgency for immigration reform

Paul Rosenzweig

The Washington Times

Congress must act now

August 3, 2021

Congress, stop holding 'Dreamers' hostage

Stewart Verdery

The Hill

Amid the contentiousness of our national debate on immigration policy, consensus has emerged on one issue: "Dreamers." Children brought to the U.S. by their parents, through no fault of their own, deserve a right to stay in our country as Americans.

June 16, 2021

The US must help Afghans who have helped us

Rick "Ozzie" Nelson

The Hill

The clock is ticking ever louder for our Afghan allies.

May 4, 2021

It's time to show that vulnerable refugees are once again an American priority

Elizabeth Neumann

The Hill

The dismantling of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) by the Trump administration under the false pretense that refugee resettlement is incompatible with national security has been heartbreaking.

May 2, 2021

How we can meet the challenge at the border

Douglas Baker

Washington Examiner

The large numbers of migrants seeking safety in the United States pose a serious humanitarian crisis. But, believe it or not, they also present an unprecedented opportunity.

April 7, 2021

Don’t Let the Humanitarian Crisis at the Border Excuse Congressional Inaction on Immigration

James Loy

Morning Consult

As members of Congress watch thousands of asylum seekers, many of them children, risk their lives to enter the United States each day, it would be tempting to argue that essential immigration reforms must wait until the crisis at the border is resolved.

March 23, 2021

As Border Challenges Persist, Let's Not Confuse the Real Threats

Elizabeth Neumann

The Dispatch

Exaggerated claims of terrorists arriving clouds the real debate we need to have about immigration policy.

January 15, 2021

Rescinding the Travel Ban Will Improve National Security

Elizabeth Neumann

National Immigration Forum

President-elect Joe Biden has indicated he will rescind the travel and refugee bans
President Trump enacted through Executive Order (EO) 13780 and Proclamation 9645.1
I join many in the national security community in applauding this intended action. These
bans damaged our nation’s reputation and were an unnecessary distraction from needed
security enhancements. However, as a national security official who participated in
screening and vetting enhancements and the implementation of the travel bans, I urge the
Biden administration to leverage some of the security enhancements that accompanied EO
13780 and Proclamation 9645 to make our country even safer.

December 17, 2020

Robust Refugee Programs Aid National Security

Elizabeth Neumann

National Immigration Forum

Note: This brief is part of a series of papers, Insider Perspectives: National Security and Immigration, exploring the intersection between national security and immigration issues. 

February 5, 2020

Border Security -- What Works and What Creates Headlines?

Douglas Baker

LinkedIn

I have spent the better part of the last 15 years working on border security efforts, both in the United States and abroad. First as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for Border and Transportation Security, and more recently as an investor and board member of Persistent Sentinel, a US-based company that has managed a significant piece of the Jordan-Syria land border security program for more than ten years. The one constant truth that I have learned is that security threats evolve. Therefore, you should design a security solution to address future threats, not one to fight the last war.

December 7, 2012

Now is the time for a bipartisan immigration reform plan

Douglas Baker

CHRON.

With the 2012 elections behind us, now is the time for leaders from both the legislative and executive branches to come together in a bipartisan manner and address our nation's urgent needs. One is comprehensive immigration reform.

June 22, 2010

Immigration reform rears its head again

Douglas Baker and Michael Neifach

Daily Caller

The recently enacted immigration law in Arizona has inflamed both sides in the apparently endless immigration reform debate. We know firsthand how tough it is to fashion a workable solution that appeases the hardcore activists on either side. Even so, the Arizona law, the latest of a number of recently proposed or adopted state laws related to immigration enforcement, highlights the need for reform at the federal level.

May 10, 2009

We need open debate on border security

Douglas Baker and Michael Neifach

CHRON.

Recent events have refocused attention on American border security. Drug violence spreading north across the Rio Grande River, a potential pandemic flu that originated in Mexico and possible consideration of a comprehensive immigration bill later this year all point to a growing need to openly and honestly discuss this national imperative.