Security

A strong national defense is vital in a post-9/11 world. That includes comprehensive border security. In keeping us safe, the government may be tempted to overreach in ways disturbing to those of us who value our liberty above all else. Spying on Americans in the name of security is unacceptable. Finding the right balance between our national security and our freedoms is essential in keeping Americans safe from terrorists who want to kill us because they hate our way of life.

In response to the news that North and South Korea intend to work toward a formal end to the Korean War and dismantle the North Korean nuclear program, I – the last Korean War veteran in Congress – released the following...
America’s Peace Corps volunteers are our angels abroad. They represent the very best we have in America, but right now, we are not doing enough to protect them.  
Recently, I joined a bipartisan group of 66 senators, led by Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), in a letter to the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, demanding the release of wrongfully imprisoned...
As you may be aware, Texas has roughly 300,000 human trafficking victims, including nearly 79,000 minors who have been forced into prostitution or other forms of sex trafficking. Sadly, Houston has the highest number of...
The Russians lied.In 2013, the Russian bear entered into a sweeping agreement with the United States. The deal, Syria’s arsenal of chemical weapons would be removed by the middle of 2014.Russia would guarantee this agreement...
Backpage.com pleaded guilty to Texas human trafficking charges in a state district court on Thursday. The company’s CEO also pleaded guilty to money laundering.
I released the following statement after President Trump signed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) into law.
Yesterday I questioned General Darren W. McDew on military vulnerabilities with U.S. Transportation Command [TRANSCOM], including cyber threats to commercial and space assets. I also discussed various training exercises...
Border Patrol agents welcomed the news of President Donald Trump’s order activating the National Guard to assist with securing the southwest border with Mexico. Agents said the move will put more agents on the front line and...
I released the following statement regarding a potential deployment of the U.S. Military to the U.S- Mexico border.
I released the following statement following the historic summit between North and South Korea.
A recent poll released by New American Economy and Target Point Consulting revealed that the large majority of conservative and Republican voters would support legisla
U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and I recently introduced the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act of 2018 to authorize a nationwide law enforcement program focusing on the reduction of violent crime....
An FBI agent testified that text messages and photos found on an alleged assailant’s cell phone detailed the steps reportedly taken on the night an Austin district court judge was shot. The messages also allegedly show the...
Helping Houstonians rebuild after Hurricane Harvey remains my top priority. Since Harvey hit Texas, I have been working relentlessly to ensure that everyone affected by the terrible storm has the financial help they need to...
Recently on the Senate floor, I highlighted the critical work done by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), particularly in Austin, TX following the recent package bombings, and the importance of standing behind the...
On Tuesday April 10th, Representative Jeff Denham (R-CA) revealed that he has secured support from enough Republican representatives to pass a resolution that will force a vote on four different immigration bills in the...
I released the following statement regarding the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation announcement regarding the seizure of Backpage.com.
Houston City Council members voted Wednesday to adopt new building regulations for homes in floodplains.
On March 30th, Adolfo Flores reported that a caravan of at least 1200 Central Americans were walking north through Mexico in search of better living and working conditions.

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