At Heritage, we bring the best and the brightest minds together to boldly address refugee policy.

This summer, Heritage experts Olivia Enos, David Inserra, and Joshua Meservey wrote a report titled “The U.S. Refugee Admissions Program: A Roadmap for Reform”.

Their report asserts that the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program should be used neither as a service to mass distribute global migration rights, nor to solve international conflict.

Rather, it should be reformed to assert American leadership, tangibly help partners and allies, and rescue some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Last Thursday, they briefed Admiral Hall on their report at the National Security Council. He was very receptive and promised to pass it to the new Senior Adviser for Refugees.

James Jay Carafano, the Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy and E. W. Richardson Fellow, said of their work:

“While others have obsessed about the numbers and bans, we have focused on substantive reforms to actually make the program better—reduce abuse, enhance security and promote assimilation. Our work has not gone unnoticed. I have gotten constructive feedback from NGOs on all sides of this issue.”

Plans to make their roadmap to reform a reality are in the works.

What do you think should be done about America’s refugee program?

On college campuses, the fight between political correctness and the truth rages on.

Scott Yenor, a tenured political science professor at Boise State University, was a visiting fellow at Heritage for the 2015-2016 academic year. While at Heritage, he wrote a series of essays on the principles that make America great and now he is under attack by the Left.

Controversy began in August 2017 when Yenor, now back at Boise State, published an op-ed in the Daily Signal on how “Transgender Activists Are Seeking to Undermine Parental Rights” (viewed 42,500 times) which linked to one of those essays, titled Sex, Gender, and the Origin of the Culture Wars: An Intellectual History.

In his essay, Yenor wrote:

“Transgender theories [include] … the abolition of male supremacy and traditional socialization toward gender scripts, cultivation of androgyny, elimination of the proprietary family and the dependence of women and children on that family, and celebration of non-monogamous, non-marital sexual experiences.

Whether this new world will prove to be fit for human flourishing remains to be seen.”

When the Boise State University caught wind of Yenor’s essay, a merciless smear campaign was launched:

  • The Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion issued a statement in which he claimed that Yenor’s ideas are “the root of genocide.” He concluded that: “Not every person who agrees with Yenor’s piece is likely to become an espoused Neo-Nazi, but likely every Neo-Nazi would agree with the substance of Yenor’s piece.”
  • Yenor’s fellow faculty attempted to officially censure him, calling his research “hate speech” and a threat to women’s and transgender rights.
  • The entire faculty of the BSU School of Social Work authored a letter indicting Yenor.
  • A student group raised 2,100 signatures to fire him.
  • An op-ed was published in BSU’s student newspaper entitled “Yes, Yenor should absolutely be fired.”
  • BSU College Republicans and Democrats debated the controversy.

Heritage experts worked with Yenor to coordinate a national response which led to several essays and op-eds being published in support of Yenor and his research.

Most notably, Yenor was interviewed by Tucker Carlson on November 3. You can watch that interview below:

Yenor’s case has piqued the interest of state legislators:

  • The two leading Idaho gubernatorial candidates, Rep. Raul Labrador and Tommy Ahlquist, have personally met with Yenor, with a view to understanding the climate on campuses, and to ultimately reforming and defunding BSU in particular.
  • Labrador, who was put in touch with Yenor by Heritage Action, has also asked Yenor for policy suggestions on how to reform BSU.
  • Additionally, Yenor has held several meetings with leaders in Idaho’s state legislature. State legislators are interested in defunding BSU’s budget allocations for diversity bureaucrats. Should this effort be successful, it could readily be replicated in other states.

Your support encourages brave people like Yenor to stand up to the intellectual bullies on college campuses.

Do you think political correctness has gone too far?

Your support helps bring the conservative message across the country, from Capitol Hill to Hollywood.

The life story of Virginia Walden Ford, a visiting fellow at Heritage, will be made into a movie directed by R.J. Daniel Hanna.

Ford serves on the D.C. Advisory Committee of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and is the founding member of The Black Alliance for Education Options. She also serves as Executive Director of D.C. Parents for School Choice, Inc. which she founded in 1998.

With your support, she has led the fight for school choice for almost two decades, and has been part of the Heritage family since 2008.

Titled ‘Miss Virginia,’ the movie will tell her story of being a struggling inner-city single mother who moves her son from a dangerous neighborhood school to a safer, but more expensive one.

In January of 2016, Ford wrote about her experience with the school systems in The Daily Signal. You can read her piece, titled “My School Choice Story”, here.

In her story, Ford wrote:

“I got into this movement as one mother fighting for one child, and I’ve seen it grow to where hundreds of thousands of parents, supporters, and legislators who have stood up and demanded that educational options be provided that would give children a better chance for a future that is brighter than the sun.”

Erin O’Connor, the script-writer, said of Ford:

“The real Miss Virginia is as formidable as she is warm and down-to-earth. No one captures that spirit like Uzo. Her bravery, grit, and humor shine through in all her performances.”

Production will commence early next year in Los Angeles.

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Because of your support, Heritage’s defense team is able to maintain a completely unbiased perspective–unlike other think tanks that rely on government or industry money for their funding.

Some of their specific recommendations have been incorporated in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which recently worked its way through Congress.

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Our founders would not recognize our government today; it far exceeds the size and scope they envisioned.

Too many departments and agencies have expanded and taken on functions that could be better performed by the private sector, state government, and local government.

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Recently, a joint effort between Heritage, the Trump administration, and our conservative allies in Congress and throughout the country will bring our federal government more closely aligned with the vision of our founding fathers.

Experts here at Heritage created a Blueprint for Reorganization, a special report that was submitted to the Office of Management and Budget, to make this vision a reality.

The Federal Reorganization Project’s description highlights Heritage’s Blueprint for Reorganization. Your support directly fueled this effort to reorganize and minimize the sprawling state of federal government.

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