Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the first-ever authorization bill for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). H.R. 3846, introduced by both the Chair Candice Miller (R-MI) and Ranking Member Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, is a positive bipartisan accomplishment.
The graying of America will force our nation’s leaders to rethink policies in fields ranging from health care to public safety to transportation. For housing policymakers, a major challenge will be responding to the needs of the overwhelming majority of seniors who will seek to age in place in their own homes and communities.
Last week, on the 10th anniversary of the release of The 9/11 Commission Report, the 9/11 Commissioners reconvened to issue a new report with five recommendations to improve the nation’s security. One recommendation calls on Congress to pass legislation to better protect Americans from intensifying attacks on the nation’s information systems and to enable collaboration between the public and private sectors.
This morning, the trustees of Social Security released their annual report, which includes an assessment of the program’s financial health. The Social Security actuaries estimate that under current law, the Old-Age and Survivor’s Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund will be depleted in 2034 (one year earlier than projected last year), while the Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund will be depleted in late 2016, unchanged from last year.
Last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4984, the Empowering Students Through Enhanced Financial Counseling Act, with broad bipartisan support (on a 405-11 vote). The bill would expand the frequency and scope of required financial counseling provided to student borrowers. BPC applauds this development.
This week we have a few thoughts from Kris Siglin at the Housing Partnership Network who will pack a punch on an all-star panel of housing practitioners as they discuss the way housing shapes and forms communities on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 16. Kris also reflects on her time working on the housing commission that preceded the BPC effort – The Millennial Housing Commission – as well as her time on the Hill with one of our co-chairs, Senator Kit Bond.
On July 15, BPC hosted former Senator Chris Dodd, former U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Gene Ludwig and an expert panel for a discussion of what has been accomplished in financial regulatory reform since the financial crisis.
Keynote remarks by former Senator Chris Dodd and former Comptroller of the Currency Gene Ludwig at BPC’s event “Dodd-Frank at Four: Making Progress, Meeting Challenges, & Finding Solutions”
In the ongoing dialogue over the current child migration crisis, attention has recently focused on what happens to children after they are apprehended at the border. Several outlets have reported the number of children deported in recent years based on statistics from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). While an increasing number of children apprehended are under age 14, the Pew Research Center recently released data that showed that 84 percent of children apprehended so far in 2014 were teenagers. Because of long backlogs in the immigration court system, some of these teenagers will turn 18 before their removal. In order to get a clearer picture of how many apprehended minors are ultimately removed, these “age-out” cases should be included.
Under the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, the Department of Homeland Security screens Mexican children within 48 hours of apprehension to determine if the child is a victim of trafficking or has a claim to asylum based on fear of persecution. If the child does not meet that criteria, they are eligible to agree to a voluntary return and speedy repatriation to Mexico. On the other hand, unaccompanied alien children from non-contiguous countries must be transferred to Office of Refugee Resettlement within 72 hours of apprehension and are guaranteed an immigration court hearing.