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Immigration

What Ending the Flores Agreement on Detention of Immigrant Children Really Means

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its final rule on custody of two groups of noncitizen children, establishing different procedures for the treatment of children accompanied by at least one parent at the border prior to arrest and “unaccompanied alien children” (UACs) who crossed the border and were arrested without a parent.

Immigration

Immigration Detainers: A Guide for the Perplexed

Local opposition to federal immigration enforcement is often treated as an ideological issue, with fights over sanctuary cities breaking down along familiar political lines. But setting politics aside, several local law enforcement agencies worry that they cannot lawfully comply with one important aspect of federal immigration enforcement—the immigration detainer.

Transition 2016

Trump Appoints DHS Secretary and Ambassador to China

Fresh from a week full of controversial diplomatic moves regarding China, President-elect Donald Trump announced another two appointments for key national security positions: Retired Brigadier General John Kelly for Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as Ambassador to China.

Counterterrorism

DHS’s Modest Social Media Proposal Deserves Support

According to a coalition of advocacy groups, a new proposal by DHS to seek information about the online presence of individuals trying to enter the United States from Visa Waiver countries—directly and voluntarily from those individuals—would “invade individual privacy and imperil freedom of expression.” The alarmist rhetoric used in responding to this proposals belies a far less dramatic reality.

Cybersecurity

CISA in Context: Privacy Protections and the Portal

When CISA passed the Senate back in October, many commentators warned of the panoply of ways in which a hypothetical DHS information-sharing portal would function to allow companies to collect and then funnel citizens’ private information directly into the hands of the most fearsome elements of the federal government:

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