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    You might remember when I sent this letter to Secretary of State Kerry and Secretary of Homeland Security Johnson in October. It requested a commitment that both the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) maintain the highest level of security protocols when vetting Syrian refugees allowed into our country, to ensure our national security is not compromised in the process. Recently, I received a response back from DHS. You can read it here. The letter I received in response details the vetting process currently in place,...

    After yesterday's vote in the House of Representatives over whether to pause the Syrian refugee program, I want to be sure you know where I stand. I voted “yes” on H.R. 4038 to pause the Syrian refugee program, which passed by a vote of 289-137. Here’s why: Bottom-line: Our top priority must always be the safety and security of American citizens. Period. That means until the federal government can adequately ensure the safety of the American people, we must pause the refugee program. How we got here: The current refugee crisis is appalling and ...

    We shouldn’t have to wait for a tragedy like the death of Kate Steinle, who was killed by a criminal illegal immigrant, to get serious about the absurdity of “sanctuary cities,” which are cities that refuse to obey federal immigration laws. All cities in the United States should be required to comply with current federal immigration laws. Period. That’s why I voted for the Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act, which passed the House. This bill will cut off certain federal funding grants for cities who do not comply with federal immigration ...

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    #TBT

    It’s #ThrowbackThursday -- how about a throwback to the time I questioned the head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), during a Judiciary hearing and he was unable to confirm the number of criminal illegal immigrants with gang affiliations who are deported, the number of criminal illegal immigrants with gang affiliations who are released, or even explain the process for determining if any of these illegal immigrants are members of criminal gangs? Or, what about the time I questioned the Director of ICE, Sarah Saldana, and she could no...

    Did you know that the U.S. is one of a relatively few number of countries around the world that does not have an official language? Many people are surprised when they learn that – even though over half of the 50 states have adopted English as their official language -- it has not been adopted as the official language of the United States as a whole. Even our fact-checking friends over at Politifact were surprised to learn this, although they had to rate the statement “true” after doing some research. Our nation is undeniably unique because of ...

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    2 bills

    You and I both know securing the border and enforcing our immigration laws needs to not just be a priority – but a reality. Here are two bills I’ve been working on to that end: H.R. 3009. This bipartisan bill cuts off certain federal grant funding for “sanctuary cities” – cities that do not comply with current federal immigration law. This bill passed the House and is on its way to the Senate. Take a look at the bill, here. H.R. 1148. This bill is critical – it removes the ability of the President to unilaterally shut down immigration enforceme...

    Good news on the passage of The Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act (H.R. 3009) – a bipartisan bill, which cuts off certain federal grant funding for sanctuary cities that do not comply with current federal immigration laws. The bill passed the House last night, with my support, and is now headed over to the Senate for consideration, but the fight is far from over. This bill is just the first step in ensuring local law enforcement is enforcing immigration law. It is crucial that Congress continues to act aggressively to hold the Administra...

    Many people are surprised when they learn that – even though over half of the 50 states have adopted English as their official language, it has not been adopted as the official language of the United States as a whole. In fact, the U.S. is one of a relatively few number of countries around the world that does not have an official language. Our nation is undeniably unique because of the diversity of its people. At the same time, there are things that unify our country, like the American flag and our national anthem. For years, there has been a d...

    A secure border should not just be a priority, it should be a reality. That’s why the House Judiciary Committee passed the Michael Davis, Jr. In Honor of State and Local Law Enforcement Act (H.R. 1148), which is an updated version of the SAFE Act. This bill, which I co-sponsored, removes the President’s ability to unilaterally shut down immigration enforcement, and strengthens the interior enforcement of our immigration laws by allowing state and local governments to enforce federal immigration law. I am also supporting H.Res.11, to authorize t...

    Currently, there are laws forbidding individuals from receiving Social Security payments if they are here illegally. However, their entire work history – even work done as an illegal immigrant – can still count towards Social Security benefits if the individual later becomes a legal U.S. resident. In my opinion, that makes no sense. That’s why I’m championing the No Social Security for Illegal Immigrants Act (H.R. 1716) to stop unauthorized work from counting towards Social Security credits. I will keep you updated on its progress as it moves t...

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