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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November 15, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Congresswoman Norma J. Torres (CA-35) released the following statement today announcing her appointment as Co-Chair to the New Democrat Coalition Housing Task Force.


“I bought my first home at the age of twenty-three – not many can say the same today,” Rep. Torres said.As a longtime resident of the Inland Empire, I know that the biggest barrier preventing our community from reaching its full economic potential is lack of affordable housing units.”


November 5, 2019 Page

The United States is in troubled times. President Trump abused his power and violated the Constitution on a July 25th phone call when he pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to dig for dirt one of Trump’s political opponents.


Congress has a duty to open an impeachment inquiry in light of President Trump’s well-documented unlawful behavior. His actions threaten our national security, undermine our elections, endanger our allies and weaken our alliances.

November 5, 2019 Page



Since 2014, the United States has provided nearly $1.5 billion worth of military aid to Ukraine to help them fight off Russia which invaded the country in August of that year.


October 17, 2019 Page

On Thursday, October 17th at 7 p.m., I will host a live telephone town hall on the current United States House of Representatives impeachment inquiry of President Trump.  I will be joined by University of California Los Angeles School of Law Professor, Jon Michaels.  


October 11, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Representative Norma Torres (CA-35), founder and Co-Chair of the Central America Caucus, Representative Eliot L. Engel (NY-16), Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Representative Jim McGovern (MA-8), Chairman of the Committee on Rules, and Representative Albio Sires (NJ-8), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, issued the following statement:


September 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) issued the following statement after the announcement by the Guatemalan Congress of a new commission to investigate “illegal and arbitrary acts” by former staff members of the International Commission against Impunity (CICIG):


“I strongly oppose any retaliation against former CICIG personnel, including efforts to delegitimize their work, slander their reputations, or pursue fabricated legal cases against them.

September 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA) released the following statement on the opening of an impeachment inquiry of President Donald J. Trump:


“For hundreds of years of this great country’s history, public servants like myself have taken an oath of office to protect and uphold the Constitution of the United States. That includes President Trump. Speaker Pelosi’s announcement honors that oath by protecting our democracy from the dark forces of corruption.   

September 12, 2019 Press Release

The mass shootings in El Paso, TX, Dayton, OH, and Gilroy, CA involved AR-15, AK-47, and WASR-10 assault style files


According to a recent report, 32 out of 115 mass shootings between 1982 and 2019 involved semi-automatic rifles    


September 3, 2019 Press Release

The UN and U.S.-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, or CICIG, shuttered today; employees and partners have received threats to their safety  


Torres-led letter comes on the heels of a recent congressional delegation to Guatemala, where Members of Congress met with representatives from CICIG, the judiciary, and civil society  


August 12, 2019 Press Release

ONTARIO, CA – Today, U.S. Representative Norma J. Torres (D-CA), the first Guatemalan-born Member of Congress, issued the following statement regarding the Guatemalan presidential election: