Last week, CIA Deputy Director Gina Haspel assumed the role of Acting Director upon Mike Pompeo’s swearing-in as America’s 70th Secretary of State. Haspel is President Trump’s choice to succeed Secretary Pompeo at the CIA’s helm on a permanent basis.
Service in the CIA is largely quiet, behind-the-scenes work to keep America safe. The names of these men and women are often unknown to the wider public, but their contributions to national security are indispensable. Haspel’s rise within the Agency is a testament to the crucial work of these public servants.
Like Secretary Pompeo, Haspel’s credentials are far-reaching. She joined the CIA in the waning days of the Cold War and years later, with the fight against al Qaeda heating up, she requested a transfer to the CIA's Counter Terrorism Center. Her first day on the job was September 11, 2001.
The costs from America’s porous immigration system continue to rise. At the end of April, news broke that between October 2016 and December 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was unable to locate nearly 1,500 of the 7,635 unaccompanied alien minors it attempted to reach—almost one-fifth of its file.
“I don’t care what you think about immigration policy, it’s wrong,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said. He’s right: A very small percentage of the unaccompanied alien children (UAC) who illegally enter the United States each year are ultimately removed, creating a major public safety challenge.
Loopholes in our immigration laws put both UACs and American citizens at risk. Most UACs are older teens (16-17 years old) from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Some are MS-13 gang members who use our immigration system to infiltrate the United States, but UACs who are not gang members are still at risk of harm from MS-13. This broken system is dangerous for everyone.