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On Sunday, LIVE, from 5:30-6:30 pm, Janice Kephart will bring you homeland security news and analysis that you will not hear from mainstream media or the White House. Instead, the "The Homeland Security Show with Janice Kephart" is a reality check to help us all understand better how well government is protecting us, how government is not protecting us, and what can be done better. Each week guests are those that are experts in homeland security issues. Don't expect the expected! Ms. Kephart is known throughout Washington D.C. respected for her strong voice in seeking to make America safer no matter what the political ramifications.
For this week's guest: Remembering September 11
Ms. Kephart is the host of "The Homeland Security Show with Janice Kephart" on KalallooRadio.com at 5:30pm EST on Sundays. The show is LIVE, so you can call in and share your comments and ask questions with host at 914 338 1302.
Director of National Security Policy
Ms. Kephart is an internationally recognized border and ID security expert, who served as counsel to the 9/11 Commission and was a key author of the Staff Monograph, 9/11 and Terrorist Travel as well as the immigration-related facts and recommendations in the 9/11 Commission Report.
Prior to 9/11, she was responsible for conducting factual investigations into counter-terrorism issues and conducting oversight of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (before the creation of the Department of Homeland Security) as a counsel to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology and Terrorism, including drafting and passage of the federal identity theft statute used by US attorneys to prosecute identity thieves and support victims. She also put together the only Congressional hearing and record focusing on the foreign terrorist threat on our homeland prior to 9/11.
Her focus as the Center's National Security Director is on assuring implementation of 9/11 Commission border recommendations, as her extensive work on the REAL ID Act demonstrates. Ms. Kephart speaks regularly at conferences, to international media, publishes articles and opeds around the world, and has testified before Congress 15 times on issues of border and ID security.
As a former 9/11 Commission counsel and Senate Judiciary Counsel, Janice Kephart brings her expertise on homeland security internationally with guests who know how government works, and will tell America how well its government is protecting its people, or not. With only the people that work homeland security issues intimately.
Ms. Kephart is the host of "The Homeland Security Show with Janice Kephart" on KalallooRadio.com at 5:30pm EST on Sundays.
On Capitol Hill, a Strong Indictment of Administrative Amnesty Policies
By Janice Kephart, June 12, 2012
Immigration was finally at the top of the agenda on Capitol Hill this week. While the House leadership has refused to take up any real immigration measures this session, individual representatives showed some political will on immigration enforcement via the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill. Perhaps encouraged by some harsh words from Supreme Court justices on the Obama administration's arguments against Arizona's S.B. 1070, the House passed measures by large voting margins to prohibit funding of the administration's "amnesty by any means" programs.
The House DHS appropriations bill included amendments refusing to fund measures supporting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton's "prosecutorial discretion" memos (Morton himself has twice been given a no-confidence vote by his agents' union); prohibiting the termination of the immigration training of state and local law enforcement under 287(g); assuring that criminal aliens are not released back into communities; and not allowing cities and towns providing sanctuary to illegal aliens to obtain federal Homeland Security funding. A measure that failed House passage would have cut DHS spending by 2 percent across the board, another indication that the House is not in favor of less homeland security.
Interestingly, reporting by The Hill only listed these measures, while the headline was about TSA screeners being allowed to continue wearing their uniforms and badges despite a House bill restricting the practice. Taken as a whole, however, the House indictment of the Obama administration's non-enforcement and amnesty policies is clear and decisive and should be making headlines.
The specific vote results listed by The Hill are as follows:
From Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), to prohibit funds to enforce an executive order that mandates the Department of Homeland Security communicate in a language other than English in certain cases. Passed 224-189.
From King, to prohibit funds to enforce "Morton Memos" concerning administrative amnesty. Passed 238-175.
From Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.), to prohibit funds from being used to terminate the 287 (g) program under which state and local law enforcement is delegated authority for immigration enforcement activities within their jurisdictions. Passed 250-164.
From Rep. Robert Turner (R-N.Y.), to prohibit more than $20 million from being made available for surface transportation security inspectors. Exempts National Explosives Detection Canine Training Program and Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response Teams. Failed 101-314.
From Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), to cut accounts by 2 percent across the board, with some exceptions. Failed 99-316.
The following additional amendments were accepted by voice vote:
From Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.), to prohibit funds for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release or to provide alternative forms of detention for criminal aliens.
From Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), to prohibit funds from going to cities and towns that do not enforce federal immigration law.
From Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.), to bar the purchase of unmanned aerial vehicles.
From Rep. David Price (D-Ga.), to bar the use of funds in contravention of immigration laws.
On Tuesday, LIVE, from 6:30-7:30 pm, Janice Kephart will bring you homeland security news and analysis that you will not hear from mainstream media or the White House. Instead, the "The Homeland Security Show with Janice Kephart" is a reality check to help us all understand better how well government is protecting us, how government is not protecting us, and what can be done better. Each week guests are those that are experts in homeland security issues. Don't expect the expected! Ms. Kephart is known throughout Washington D.C. respected for her strong voice in seeking to make America safer no matter what the political ramifications.