National Security and Foreign Policy
As a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, I am in a unique position to strengthen the Department of Homeland Security and shape policies that will keep our communities safe. DHS is the third largest federal agency, with more than 240,000 employees and a budget of $64 billion. One of my top priorities as a member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency is to make sure there is transparency at DHS and that taxpayer dollars are used efficiently and responsibly. I also sit on the Border and Maritime Subcommittee, working to ensure our borders are secure and our ports can process people and goods quickly and securely.
Recognizing the significance of our nation’s ports to our local economy and how much ports increasingly rely on information technology, I wrote legislation to help protect the cybersecurity infrastructure of our nation’s 360 ports, which the House of Representatives passed unanimously. I was also proud that the House of Representatives approved legislation I co-authored to improve and permanently authorize the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the national center that trains our federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.
Back in the District, I have worked to strengthen the relationship between our local law enforcement, community leaders, and federal homeland security officials by hosting roundtable meetings where we can discuss local threats and build partnerships to keep communities safe and ensure an effective, efficient response to potential dangers.
Finally, as a former 9-1-1 dispatcher, I understand that in order to save lives during emergencies, our first responders must be able to communicate and locate people who need help. As our telecommunications technology becomes more sophisticated and more people rely on cell phones as their primary phone, I believe it is critical that our first responders have a 21st Century 9-1-1 infrastructure. Unfortunately, the federal government has not moved quickly enough to help states fund these critical infrastructure upgrades, so I have called on the Government Accountability Office to assess how these delays negatively impact first responders’ ability to help our communities during times of crisis. This is critical to showing Congress and state governments that we must act now to protect our communities and bring our emergency communications technology into the 21st Century.
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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA) issued the following statement in response to reports of a Department of Homeland Security memo exploring the possibility of using National Guard troops to enforce immigration laws:
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Reps. Norma J. Torres (D-CA) and John R. Moolenaar (R-MI), joined by Reps. Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), and Albio Sires (D-NJ), introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives to reaffirm the United States Congress’s commitment to fighting corruption in Central America.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) issued the following statement after a scheduled meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and ICE Acting Director Thomas D. Homan regarding this weekend’s immigration raids was abruptly cancelled:
ONTARIO, CA – Today Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA) issued the following statement on the ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals against reinstating President Trump’s travel ban:
“I am proud that our judiciary has stood up to the President and his dangerous overreach of power by ruling against reinstating the travel ban. In the short time this ban was in place, President Trump has already done a great deal of harm to our nation and our national security.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, following reports that Republican House Judiciary staffers secretly participated in drafting Donald Trump’s anti-refugee executive order, House Democrats wrote to Speaker Paul Ryan strongly urging him to clarify whether it is permissible for House staff to provide assistance to the White House in developing its policies. The letter also demands that Ryan provide explicit guidance regarding whether it is acceptable for House staff to sign non-disclosure agreements with the Administration.
ONTARIO, CA – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA) issued the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s latest executive actions drastically limiting the admittance of refugees:
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA) issued the following statement in response to a series of executive actions regarding immigration enforcement announced by the Trump administration:
“The Trump administration’s executive actions on immigration are an attempt to appease the far right at the expense of our values, security, and economic well-being. Contrary to Trump’s claims, these cynical orders will only undermine local law enforcement, waste taxpayer dollars, and strain our relationship with a crucial ally.
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, a group of Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Mexico’s undersecretary for North America, Carlos Sada, regarding the importance of U.S.-Mexico cooperation in light of the recent extradition of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The letter was signed by Reps. Norma J. Torres (D-CA), Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Tony Cárdenas (D-CA), Joaquin Castro (D-TX), and James P. McGovern (D-MA).
The letter comes as the Trump administration announces new executive actions aimed at building a wall between the United States and Mexico, a key ally.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) was named to the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade and the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere of the Foreign Affairs Committee. She was also elected Ranking Member of the Indian, Insular and Native Alaskan Affairs Subcommittee and named to the Subcommittee on Federal Lands of the Natural Resources Committee.
WASHINGTON, DC - Today, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA) would be appointed to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.