For the second year in a row, Heritage was ranked as having the most significant impact on public policy in the entire world. This is according to the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go-To Think Tank Index Report, which also found Heritage to rank first in the category of “Best Use of the Internet.”

Not only that, but many members of Congress clearly consider The Heritage Foundation as a “must follow” on social media. While we use social media in the hopes of reaching policy makers of all parties, the Huffington Post reports that @Heritage is the sixth most followed Twitter account by House Republicans – just behind @FoxNews and @realDonaldTrump.

Read more on Heritage rankings in the Global Go-To Think Tank Index

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President Donald Trump (L) makes remarks as The Heritage Foundation’s Kay Cole James listens, during a roundtable discussion on border security with conservative leaders and administration officials, at the White House, Washington, DC, January 23, 2019. Trump continued to demand Democrats agree to his $5.7 billion border wall plan. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI (Newscom TagID: upiphotostwo651043.jpg) [Photo via Newscom]

President Trump has prioritized the crisis at the border as the central issue of concern in Washington. In the midst of a high stakes legislative battle, he turned to a small group of conservative leaders this week. Heritage President Kay Coles James was there to encourage him to stay the course and point to true north. The Heritage Foundation’s message has been consistent throughout this process: Secure the border. Open the government.

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Will the 2020 census include the question: “Are you a U.S. citizen?” A recent ruling by Judge Jesse Furman, an Obama appointee on the U.S. District Court of Southern New York, has thrown the matter into doubt.

Judge Furman ruled to drop the citizenship question from next year’s decennial census. In doing so, he disregarded the precedent for including the citizenship. This precedent has a history that dates back to 1820 and was continuously used from 1890 to 1950 on every census, and continues to this very day in the American Community Survey.

The decision threatens the integrity of our electoral system because the census count is used to determine the allocation of House seats and Electoral College votes. Moreover, Heritage Senior Fellow Mike Gonzalez reminds us that it is irrational to think that the census can ask questions on race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, and age, yet it cannot ask the only question that should matter to a color-blind, self-governing republic.

Senior Legal Fellow Hans von Spakovsky joined Gonzalez in urging President Trump to take the issue all the way to the Supreme Court—and quickly. The deadline for finalizing the census form is this June. We are happy that the administration asked the Supreme Court to intervene.

It’s your support that allows Heritage experts to keep track of the legislative proposals—and the court rulings—that can preserve or destroy our American way of life. Thanks for helping us to do that.

Read Von Spakovsky and Gonzalez here>

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Celebrating 15 years of school choice in the District of Columbia, Heritage had the honor of hosting Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to commemorate National School Choice Week. The D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, long championed by Heritage, has been a blessing for hundreds of District students and their families.

“The outcomes for students in D.C. have continued to improve, from the most underperforming district in the country to now one that is on a growth trajectory,” DeVos said Wednesday at The Heritage Foundation.  She went on to urge Congress to implement stronger school choice programs for the future of the nation’s children.

Panelist Virginia Ford summarized the driving message by stating, “The President of the United States shouldn’t be the only one living in public housing that is able to send their children to private school.” School choice has allowed low-income students previously trapped in failing public schools to acquire a quality education elsewhere—an important step on the path out of poverty.

Today, over 50 percent of D.C. students go to schools they weren’t assigned to, and that’s good news. With your help, there will be more good news for students all across America who are being failed by costly public schools. Thanks to your support, Heritage is at the forefront of school choice and education.

With six states adopting Education Savings Accounts, should conservatives leave this in the hands of states, or should we pursue a federal bill on school choice?

Can the president declare a national emergency on the southern border to begin construction on a border wall? President Trump has expressed hesitancy to do so, dampening several days of heated media debate over whether such an action would be legitimate.

While the media gushed soundbites and hasty conclusions, John Malcolm, the Vice President for Heritage’s Institute for Constitutional Government, thoroughly explained why the current law does give the president this power.

Traditionally, Congress designates national emergencies, but some 136 statutes give the president extraordinary powers to do so. These are not mere temporary powers; 31 emergencies declared by former presidents remain in effect today.

If the president were to declare an emergency, it would surely be challenged in court. But, Malcolm concludes, the president does have a strong legal basis to act if he so chooses.

It’s people like John Malcolm who help Heritage cut through the false assertions and wild exaggerations to tell the truth about the law and the president’s authority. Thank you for enabling us to bring facts and clarity to the debate on border security.

Read John Malcolm’s article here.

Should the president declare a national emergency, or should he secure a deal with Congress first?

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