The primary role of government is the protection and security of its people. As recent terrorist attacks remind us, America has many enemies who are continually trying to undermine the enduring ideals our nation represents. It is imperative we remain diligent in our fight and always remember the sacrifice of our soldiers stationed around the world and their families.
Another aspect of national security I encounter from my position on the House Judiciary Committee is our immigration system. Our current system is a risk to national security. For example, of those immigrants who are unlawfully present in the US, 30 to 40 percent entered through legal means but then overstayed their visas. Not only should we be concerned with who is entering the country but, just as importantly, we need to know who is exiting—or not exiting—this country. We can strengthen border security and better equip our law enforcement officials at all levels to detain and remove individuals who pose a threat to local communities and national security.
As we protect our national security, we must be mindful to balance individual privacy rights with public safety. Recent revelations regarding government abuses under the guise of national security illustrate the need for robust oversight and transparency within our national security apparatus. We must address these abuses and work to ensure our national security and restore faith in government. Toward that end, I have sponsored legislation to expand the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s authority to play a watchdog role over surveillance conducted for purposes beyond counterterrorism and modernize our email privacy laws.
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Washington, DC - Last night, Rep. Gowdy (SC-04) joined Martha MacCallum on Fox News to discuss the House Intelligence Committee's investigation.
Congressman Trey Gowdy partnered with health and law enforcement officials to educate the public on the rise of human trafficking in the Upstate at a symposium Friday.
The congressman addressed a packed conference room of healthcare professionals, clergy, teachers and law enforcement, educating attendees on how to identify and report incidents of human trafficking.
Gowdy, a 4th District Republican whose district includes parts of Spartanburg and Greenville counties, said the Upstate has seen an increase in activity due to its proximity between Charlotte and Atlanta.
Washington, DC - Last night Rep. Gowdy (SC-04) joined Tucker Carlson on Fox News to break down the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia, President Trump's wiretap allegations, government surveillance of American citizens and the unmasking of U.S. citizens. Watch the full interview below.
Washington, DC - Rep. Gowdy, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), questioned FBI Director Comey during the House Intelligence Committee's hearing on Russian active measures during the 2016 election campaign. In case you missed it, watch his second round of questioning below.
Washington, DC - This morning Rep. Gowdy joined Bret Baier on America's Newsroom to preview the House Intelligence Committee's hearing on its investigation into Russian active measures during the 2016 election campaign.
Washington, DC - Rep. Gowdy, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), questioned FBI Director Comey during the House Intelligence Committee's hearing on Russian active measures during the 2016 election campaign. In case you missed it, watch his first round of questioning below.
Washington, DC - On Friday morning, Rep. Gowdy joined Steve Doocy on Fox and Friends to discuss the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russia and the danger with leaks.