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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President Donald J. Trump’s recent executive order temporarily banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries could have been better written, according to U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.).
On Tuesday, Gowdy appeared on Fox News and shared his thoughts on the executive order, which bans people from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, and Somalia from entering the U.S. for 90 days, and suspends the U.S. refugee resettlement program for 120 days.
Spartanburg, SC - Rep. Trey Gowdy released the following statement after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to block President Trump's executive order on immigration.
"No one familiar with the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals should be surprised at today's ruling. The 9th Circuit has a well-earned reputation for being presumptively reversible. Unlike the district court order, there is at least a court opinion which can be evaluated.
Washington, DC - Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) issued a statement following President Trump’s executive orders on extreme vetting:
“Our nation has a long and rich history of welcoming those fleeing persecution. We also have a long and rich history of liberating those suffering under oppression. We are the most welcoming and generous country in the world, and we are a country of immigrants.
Washington, DC – Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04) released the following statement after being named Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations:
21st Century Cures Act
Millions of individuals all across the United States are impacted by life-threatening diseases. America has the best and brightest doctors in the world yet healthcare costs continue to rise and excessive government regulations threaten our ability to maintain our global status as the leader in biomedical innovation.
Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016