Wall Street Journal aviation columnist Scott McCartney reports that the Transportation Security Administration’s recent efforts to expand its domain into general law enforcement has encountered legal obstacles.
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DHS’ ‘No-Match Rule’ Stopped by Preliminary Injunction
The Regulatory Flexibility Act and unlawful aliens
On October 10, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer issued a preliminary injunction barring the Department of Homeland Security from implementing a regulation it issued in August that tightened up existing practice in the enforcement of 1986 federal immigration law. The case provides a lesson in administrative procedure — particularly, how an agency’s failure to take obscure procedures seriously can backfire.
TSA Relaxes Restrictions on Butane Lighters
Why risk-based security regulations can be hard to implement
On August 4, the federal Transportation Security Administration will permit butane lighters in carry on baggage. Why is TSA allowing them now? Why were they banned in the first place?
Benefit-cost Analysis and Real World Decision Making
The case of homeland security equipment maintenance
Critics say benefit-cost analysis is a bad tool for choosing whether to regulate. Supporters say it’s a good tool because it mimics how people and institutions normally make rational decisions. Today’s example is homeland security equipment purchased by the federal government but left unmaintained by local governments.
There are wide differences of opinion about what, if anything should be done about illegal immigration. There seem to be several camps. Both extremes are best known for how their opponents label them. Opponents of immigration are called “restrictionists,” whereas those who support it are called advocates for “open borders.” Most of the population has views in the middle, and capturing them is the public policy contest.
Two economic issues arise in debates about immigration policy. The first concerns whether enforcement of federal immigration laws reduces illegal immigration. The second concerns the extent to which immigrant labor is “needed” to “perform work that Americans won’t do.” A recent Page One Wall Street Journal story sheds light on both questions.
TSA is trying hard to help passengers understand the new carry-on rules. They are so helpful that they are undermining public perception that their rules are risk-based. We offer some helpful suggestions.