Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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Red Flags: Homegrown Extremist Mobilization

The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have compiled a list of Homegrown Violent Extremist (HVEs) Mobilization Indicators. Given the continuous threat of HVE’s joining the ranks of the most violent terrorist organizations abroad, the domestic law enforcement agencies...

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Tracking State-Sponsored Cyber Operations

The Council on Foreign Relations is at the forefront of collecting the most important data on state-sponsored cyber activity around the world. Under the guidance of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy program the resulting platform paints a very dynamic world of cyber activity with new actors emerging every year. Launched in 2017,...

The Effects of Climate Change on U.S. Defense Operations and Facilities

Extreme weather events as a result of climate change represent a “national security issue” that will continue to hinder U.S. Department of Defense operations and promote regional instability over the next 20 years, a recent DoD report to Congress confirmed. Titled “Report on Effects of a Changing Climate to the...

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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...

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Global Risks Report 2019 is Released

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Advisory Board has released its annual overview of most pressing risks facing the world in 2019. The Global Risks Report 2019 looks at the contemporary challenges along with their potential levels of impact – “from slowing global growth and persistent inequality to climate change, geopolitical...

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In Focus: Digital Assistants

New In Focus now available on Digital Assistants, with resources that address the cyber-vulnerabilities of smart devices and how users can protect themselves when adding one to their home. In 2018, sales for smart devices such as the Amazon Echo, and Google Home topped over 90 million. Add to that, businesses are...

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...

Law Review Commons: A Great Source for Open Access to Law Scholarship

A key research database that warrants greater attention is the burgeoning Law Review Commons . The first of its kind, the site serves as the largest open access law database comprising more than 300 law reviews and over 220,000 articles from top law schools dating back to 1852. The site sprang in...