Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

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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...

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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...

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Top Emerging National Security Threats

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report highlighting the most significant threats to American security. GAO utilized survey information provided by 45 government organizations, including the Department of Defense (DOD), the Department of State (State), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)....

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Homeland Security Against Illicit Terrorist Travel

The House Homeland Security Committee Majority Staff released a report exposing threats posed by terrorists, also known as Special Interest Aliens (SIAs), traveling to the United States from a country identified as having possible or established links to terrorism. The report examines ways to prevent these individuals from getting access to...

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In Focus: Government Shutdown

New In Focus available with resources on the potential Government Shutdown. Each HSDL In Focus brings together short lists of resources in the HSDL collection that are highly relevant to current events. Please Note: An HSDL account may be required to view some resources.

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...