Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California
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National Security and Foreign Policy

It is my priority 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. I'm working to ensure that there is transparency at DHS and that taxpayer dollars are used efficiently and responsibly, and that 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.

More on National Security and Foreign Policy

July 16, 2019 Press Release

Violence against women in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala is a major driver of migration to the United States

 

The measure strengthens protections for women and children in their homes and communities to reduce female homicides, domestic violence, and sexual assault

 

July 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (D-CA) and Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced that a measure based on their Prevent Crime and Terrorism Act has passed the House as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (NDAA), and now moves to the U.S. Senate for further consideration. The measure blocks the Trump Administration’s proposal to transfer firearm export regulation from the U.S. State Department to the U.S. Commerce Department.

June 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) issued the following statement in response to reports that the Trump Administration is planning to roll back the parole in place program, which allows the undocumented family members of active duty servicemembers to remain in the U.S. temporarily:

 

June 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement on the legislation to provide humanitarian assistance for migrants at the southern border. The legislation provides $4.5 billion in emergency spending to address the humanitarian crisis at the border, with significant funding for priorities including legal assistance, food, water, and medical services, support services for unaccompanied children, alternatives to detention, and refugee services.

 

June 21, 2019 Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – Hoy, la congresista Norma J. Torres (CA-35) emitió la siguiente declaración sobre los informes de que la Agencia de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE) llevará a cabo redadas de inmigración a gran escala este fin de semana:

 

June 21, 2019 Press Release

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ONTARIO, CA — Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (CA-35) issued the following statement in response to reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will conduct large-scale immigration raids this weekend:

 

May 23, 2019 Press Release

El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala have some of the highest female and child homicide rates in the world

 

The Central American Women and Children Protection Act of 2019 strengthens protections for women and children in their homes and communities to reduce female homicides, domestic violence, and sexual assault

 

May 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (CA-35) announced that she was appointed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to serve on the House Democracy Partnership (HDP) for the 116th Congress. HDP is a bipartisan, twenty-member commission of the U.S. House of Representatives that works directly with legislatures of partner countries around the world to support the development of effective, independent, and responsive legislative institutions. The Partnership is assisted by the U.S.

May 18, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement after the U.S. State Department submitted a new report to Congress regarding corruption in the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The report, which was required by a provision in the Fiscal Year 2019 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, lists government officials in the Northern Triangle who are known or credibly alleged to have committed acts of corruption.

 

May 17, 2019 Press Release

El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala have some of the highest female and child homicide rates in the world

 

The Central American Women and Children Protection Act of 2019 strengthens protections for women and children in their homes and communities to reduce female homicides, domestic violence, and sexual assault