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Congressman Trey Gowdy

Representing the 4th District of South Carolina

Homeland Security

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Our government’s primary function is to protect our citizens and defend our freedoms.  The most important aspect of that duty is to ensure our brave men and women in uniform have all the resources they need to perform their courageous and inspirational task.  As recent terrorist attacks remind us, America has many enemies who wish to undermine the enduring ideals our nation represents.  It is imperative we remain diligent in our fight, and always remember the sacrifice of our soldiers stationed around the world.

I encounter another aspect of national security from my position on the House Judiciary Committee: improving our immigration system. Our current situation is a risk to national security because we have failed to track and control those coming to our country. For example, of those immigrants who are unlawfully present in the US, 30- 40 percent entered through legal means but then overstayed their visas. We can strengthen our border security and better equip our law enforcement to detain and remove individuals who pose a threat to our national security. 

But as we seek to protect our national security, we balance individual privacy rights with public safety. Recent revelations regarding the abuses of government under the guise of national security illustrates the need for robust oversight and transparency within our national security apparatus.  We must work for our national security without subjecting ourselves to further government intrusion.

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