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.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) release the following statement after the 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.
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
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representatives Norma J. Torres (D-CA) and Albio Sires (D-NJ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, led a group of 101 Members of Congress in a letter urging U.S. Department of State Secretary Mike Pompeo to immediately reverse the department’s decision to suspend development and humanitarian assistance for Central America’s “Northern Triangle” countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
What follows is the list of corrupt Central American officials that the Department of State provided to congress on April 3, 2019. You can view the original document HERE
SECTION 1: SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
WASHINGTON, DC - Hoy, la representante estadounidense Norma J. Torres (D-CA) emitió la siguiente declaración después de que el Congreso recibió la lista de funcionarios corruptos en Honduras, El Salvador y Guatemala requerida por la Sección 1287 de el National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement after Congress received the list of corrupt government officials in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala required by Section 1287 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The list, which was adopted from the Torres-authored End Corruption in the Northern Triangle Act, was to include elected or government officials who were known to have committed acts related to drug trafficking and corruption.
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement after President Donald Trump’s decision to end all foreign assistance to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador:
WASHINGTON, DC - Hoy, la representante estadounidense Norma J. Torres (D-CA) emitió la siguiente declaración después del anuncio de Kirstjen Nielsen, la Secretaria del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS), que los Estados Unidos y los gobiernos de Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador acordaron a una serie de medidas de cooperación de seguridad en la región:
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement after Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s announcement that the United States and the governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador had agreed to a series of security cooperation measures in the region:
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement after the U.S. Senate, including 12 Republican Senators, voted in support of the resolution of disapproval to terminate President Trump’s emergency declaration: