Author: Andrea Page

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Cultures of Preparedness in Communities: A Role for Higher Education

The Federal Emergency Management Agency held a workshop at its Higher Education Program National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland, May 22-23, 2018. The purpose of this workshop was to bring together emergency managers and social scientists to explore the cultural context of emergency preparedness. A lack of cultural understanding...

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Combating Terrorist Financing

The U.S. Department of the Treasury released its National Strategy for Combating Terrorist and Other Illicit Financing (Illicit Finance Strategy) describing current government strategies to combat illicit financing of terrorist organizations both domestically and internationally. Transnational criminal organizations, terrorists, and weapons proliferation are the primary drivers of illicit financing activities,...

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US Intelligence Warns of Increasing Risk to National Security in Coming Year

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) issued a Statement for the Record, Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community, in an open hearing today before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The primary threats to US national security identified in this statement include:  Risks to...

Mexico–United States barrier at the border of Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, USA. The crosses represent migrants who died in the crossing attempt. Some identified, some not. Surveillance tower in the background.

Visa Overstays Exceed Illegal Border Crossings for Seventh Year in a Row

The Center for Migration Studies of New York released a report highlighting current trends in migration statistics. The report, US Undocumented Population Continued to Fall from 2016 to 2017, and Visa Overstays Significantly Exceeded Illegal Crossings for the Seventh Consecutive Year, shows that the majority of illegal immigration is attributable...

U.S. Border Patrol agents conduct intake of illegal border crossers at the Central Processing Center in McAllen, Texas, Sunday, June 17, 2018.

Family Apprehensions Increase with Changes in Immigration Legislation

The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (the “Committee”) released a Majority Staff Report highlighting increases in family and unaccompanied child apprehensions at the southern border, despite an overall decrease in illegal immigration over the same period. Judicial Rulings Ending the Obama Administration’s Family Detention Policy: Implications for Illegal...

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Loopholes in U.S. Immigration Law Allow Child Marriage

The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (the “Committee”) released a Majority Staff Report today detailing the use of child marriages to obtain immigration visas for fiancés or spouses. This report, titled “How the U.S. Immigration System Encourages Child Marriages,” explains that loopholes in the Immigration and Nationality...

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School Safety Needs Improvement: Findings of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Commission

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Commission (the “Commission”) released its Initial Report on January 2, 2019 calling for improvements in school safety and security in Florida. The report cites a lack of institutional accountability as the driving force behind mediocre safety practices. These are exacerbated by non-compliance, poor...

Members of the 436th Security Forces Squadron clear rooms during an active shooter exercise Feb. 26, 2018, at the George S. Welch Elementary School and Dover Air Force Base Middle School on Dover AFB, Del. Security Forces has developed a strong relationship with local and state police departments by hosting joint exercises where all units benefit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Zoe M. Wockenfuss)

School Safety – It Takes a Village

The Federal Commission on School Safety was established in March 2018 to examine the issues and incidents that compromise the safety of students in U.S. schools. The Commission worked to understand the complexity of the problem of school safety by organizing field visits and meetings with organizations and individuals committed...