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February 10, 2024

History confirms Republicans rejected a once-in-a-lifetime immigration opportunity

Stewart Verdery

The Hill

Immigration politics may be the most important to winning and losing elections in America. Add the substance around immigration reform and border security and it is one of the most complicated policy issues facing America as well.

November 26, 2023

Continuous immigration litigation hurts national security

Stewart Verdery

Washington Examiner

When electing representatives, we entrust them to work through their differences and develop solutions that strengthen our country and keep our citizens safe.

November 21, 2023

4 policy fixes to address the paradigm shift at the southern border

Theresa Cardinal Brown

The Hill

The Biden administration has asked Congress for $106 billion in supplemental funding for the current fiscal year for “national security priorities,” including Ukraine, Israel and the border.

November 18, 2023

To expand growth in AI, we must invest in our workforce

Theresa Cardinal Brown and Margaret D. Stock

The Hill

President Biden recently issued a sweeping artificial intelligence executive order, marking the country’s most ambitious attempt to regulate the growing tech industry and its use of AI in our everyday lives.

November 10, 2023

What Executive Order on AI Means for Immigration

Michael Neifach

JD Supra

On October 30, 2023, President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order regarding the “Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of Artificial Intelligence.”

November 7, 2023

Five Eyes Warning Is Clear: Government and Businesses Must Wake Up to China Threat

Paul Rosenzweig

The Messenger

Which presents the greater espionage threat to Western democracy: the Russia-Ukraine war or the Israel-Hamas conflict? Remarkably, if you ask the West’s five leading intelligence officials, the answer is “neither.”

October 23, 2023

Proposed Rule to Reform, Modernize H-1B Program

Michael Neifach

JD Supra

USCIS has published a proposed rule that, once implemented, would significantly reform and modernize the H-1B Program. The Modernizing H-1B Requirements, Providing Flexibility in the F-1 Program, and Program Improvements Affecting Other Nonimmigrant Workers Rule has been released for Notice and Comment by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

October 20, 2023

Israeli Citizens, Nationals Can Apply for Visa Waiver Program Beginning Oct. 19

Michael Neifach

JD Supra

Beginning on October 19, 2023, eligible Israeli citizens and nationals can apply for visa-free travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).

June 6, 2023

U.S. must expose China's hidden hand in America's deadly fentanyl crisis

Elaine Dezenski

Miami Herald

March 20, 2023

Critical Homeland Security positions need five-year terms

Stewart Verdery and Kate Christensen Mills

The Hill

The politics around immigration are historically difficult and perhaps never more than this moment where global migration fueled by economic disparities, public health emergencies, weather disasters and political instability has overwhelmed governments around the world, including our own. But one of the major reasons for our own internal chaos is the fact that we cannot even pick leaders to run our own immigration agencies.

November 10, 2022

What could have been: An America with immigration reform

Stewart Verdery

The Hill

Imagine this: It’s July of 2007, and after exhausting negotiations, the biggest piece of immigration legislation in decades — the Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007 — has passed the Senate and House with bipartisan votes of 63-37 and 252-180, respectively and is on its way to President George W. Bush’s desk for signature. Of course, that legislative achievement never happened.

October 6, 2022

Allowing documented ‘Dreamers’ to remain in the country can boost national security

Lynden Melmend

Dallas Morning News

After turning 21 years old, some U.S.-raised kids must leave the country after falling out of status.

August 15, 2022

Time to treat Afghan allies with same respect as those fleeing Ukraine

Margaret Stock

The Hill

In the months following Russia’s winter invasion of Ukraine, President Biden announced the U.S. would accept up to 100,000 Ukrainians and established “Uniting for Ukraine,” a program that streamlines and expands the humanitarian parole process for Ukrainians to gain admittance to America.

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. 

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