As a member of the Homeland Security Committee, the issues of Defense and Border Security are extremely important to my work in Congress, and our country as a whole.
Today’s military strategies, capabilities, and challenges look very different than they did during the days of the Cold War. Our military is active worldwide defending American national security and economic interests, and it is second to none. Today’s challenges involve determining what resources are necessary to keep America’s technical and competitive edge to ensure we can keep the peace through strength. In the 21st Century, America must defend our interests and our freedoms against shadowy terror networks and their state sponsors, as well as defending our position in the world from those who may seek to replace us.
We must also maintain our military superiority while addressing inefficiency, duplicity, and waste in all areas of the federal government. Today’s evolving threats force us to remain on guard against ideologies that seek harm us, counter foreign propaganda, and ensure that the men and women responsible for protecting us possess the tools they need to successfully defend our national security.
- Immigration: I strongly believe that border security fits the Constitutional definition of a federal duty and I am a proud member of the Homeland Security Committee. I support an all inclusive strategy for border enforcement, including physical fencing, greater use of surveillance technology and increased manpower. Border security should include an immigration policy aspect, as well as a national security element. Because of this belief, I have cosponsored legislation such as H.R. 1299, the Secure Border Act of 2011, which requires a comprehensive strategy for gaining operational control of our borders. I support stronger enforcement of immigration laws and oppose granting amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the country, which is why I am also cosponsoring H.R. 140, the Birthright Citizenship Act.
For more information concerning my work and views on the issues of Defense and National Security, please contact my Washington, DC office.
I look forward to your feedback.