Homeland Security

a tank on a desertThe 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. Luckily we now have a President that truly makes our military a top priority. 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. It is refreshing to have a President that takes our national security seriously and is dedicated to ensuring that they constantly have the resources necessary to protect us.

Immigration: Illegal immigration in our country puts an intense strain on our health care, welfare, and budgetary systems. It is estimated that illegal immigration costs the federal government between $60 and $100 billion as illegal aliens take advantage of entitlement and public benefits. As your Representative, I have worked to finish the fence along the southern border and cosponsored numerous pieces of legislation that would correct the anchor baby problem, close tax code provisions that allow illegal immigrants to claim tax credits for children living overseas, prohibit the granting of amnesty to illegal aliens, and eliminate the visa lottery.

The House recently voted on two different immigration bills- H.R. 4760, Securing America’s Future Act of 2018 and H.R. 6136, Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018. Unfortunately, both bills failed to pass through the House, and the conversation of how to address our nation’s worsening immigration problems is still an ongoing debate.

The issues of Defense and Border Security are extremely important to my work in Congress, and our country as a whole.

I was a cosponsor of H.R. 4760, the Securing America’s Future Act of 2018 because I believe that this bill included true reforms that our nation needs to adopt including ending chain migration, building the wall, making e-verify mandatory, criminalizing visa overstays and more. I have supported and will continue to support legislation and policies that address the major immigration problems that we currently face to ensure a secure, successful America.

Stopping Terrorists from being sent to the United States: In the 114th Congress I sponsored a bill, H.Res.617, “Providing for authority to initiate litigation for actions by the President or other executive branch officials inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution of the United States with respect to the unlawful transfer of individuals detained at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.” These terrorists should not be transferred to South Carolina or any other state, and the laws regarding releasing these detainees abroad must be respected. It is important for Congress to legally prepare to respond to any possible violation of the law, which is what this legislation aimed to accomplish.

H.R. 844, The Terrorist Deportation Act: In the 115th Congress I reintroduced the Terrorist Deportation Act of 2017, which would make anyone that law enforcement officials have placed in the Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) who isn’t a citizen or a permanent resident eligible for immediate and mandatory deportation proceedings. My bill will make it harder for suspected terrorists to come to America and easier for our law enforcement and counterterrorism professionals to remove suspected terrorists who are already here.

Under current procedures, when law enforcement officials have reasonable grounds of suspicion that a person might be a terrorist, they enter that person into the Terrorist Screening Database. The TSDB is estimated to have roughly one million people listed, of whom around 5% are US persons (defined as either citizens or permanent residents). The bill first makes those listed in the TSDB inadmissible into the country, then makes those who are in the country eligible for mandatory expedited deportation proceedings.  The bill also creates a due process hearing for those on the TSDB who may have been placed there by mistake.


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.

Thank you.

More on Homeland Security

September 13, 2021 In The News

Sept. 11, 2001, is etched in my memory and has never faded, even after two decades. It is in our national interest to remember the horrific events of 9/11 to remain steadfast against terrorism to ensure this never happens again.

August 30, 2021 Press Release

Congressman Jeff Duncan supports House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s request for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call Congress back in-session to be briefed on the escalating crisis in Afghanistan to prevent further deterioration and loss of life. 

June 24, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) filed legislation to create the Office of Policy Development and Cybersecurity (OPDC) within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The NTIA Policy and Cybersecurity Coordination Act is the result of bipartisan, cooperative work with Susan Wild of Pennsylvania (D) and John Curtis of Utah (R). It reflects the agency’s role in developing policy to address the cybersecurity threats of the last two decades since the agency was last authorized.

March 23, 2021 Press Release

Laurens, S.C. – As our nation faces a worsening crisis at the southern border, Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) remains committed to America First policies that secure the border and close loopholes and flawed incentives in our nation’s immigration system.

March 15, 2021 In The News
March 11, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) led a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding the growing crisis at our southern border:

February 23, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03) filed legislation to prohibit the transfer or release of terrorists detained at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to locations within the United States: