The Agenda for Generational Equity is a conversation starter. We cannot afford to have young Americans—“Millennials”—on the sidelines for critical debates about our nation’s future. Though no exact definition exists, we, the Millennials, are the generation of young Americans born between the early 1980s and early 2000s.
It is a common misconception that nearly all unauthorized immigrants sneak across our southern border. However, Pew Research Center estimated that in 2006, 40 to 50 percent of unauthorized immigrants currently residing in the U.S. had entered the country legally but overstayed their visa. Today, the U.S. cannot effectively track or verify whether temporary visitors leave the country before expiration of their visas. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) noted in 2007 that without the ability to biometrically track international travelers exiting the country the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), “cannot ensure the integrity of the immigration system by identifying and removing those people who have overstayed their original period of admission.”
For most of U.S. history, little to no security existed along the southwest border with Mexico. This began to change after the U.S. enacted its first immigration quotas in the late 19th century. Irregular efforts to patrol the border began in 1904, and Congress officially established the Border Patrol in 1924. Early efforts focused mainly on unauthorized Chinese immigration and unlawful liquor smuggling.
In partnership with USA TODAY, the Bipartisan Policy Center examined attitudes about public service among Americans and released a brand new national poll by Whit Ayres and Mark Mellman that includes measures of interest in running for office and different perceptions about public and community service.
The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) recently released A Bipartisan Rx for Patient-Centered Care and System-Wide Cost Containment, which included a multitude of recommendations to spur improvement in system-wide health care quality and efficiency. This effort, led by former senators Tom Daschle, Bill Frist, Pete Domenici, and former OMB and CBO Director Dr. Alice Rivlin, focused extensively on reforms to Medicare that would result in higher quality care and reduce cost growth for beneficiaries and taxpayers. A central aim of our recommendations, which incorporate an SGR fix, is to create strong incentives for the full range of providers to transition from the volume-based payment methods that predominate in Medicare today to advanced payment and delivery models that promote accountability for quality outcomes, patient satisfaction and value.
This is a critical moment to examine Iran’s influence in the Western Hemisphere and to consider what can be done to limit its influence. Iran’s interest in Latin America has three primary motivations: (1) cultivating stronger diplomatic ties with nations that oppose the United States, (2) finding economic assistance amidst sanctions, and (3) establishing strategic capabilities for terrorist and asymmetric operations.