Homeland Security

WikiLeaks documents add to the mounting evidence against Afghan War (Rep. Lynn Woolsey)

The documents released to the news media this past weekend by WikiLeaks add to the mounting evidence that the war in Afghanistan remains fiscally unsustainable and morally unjustifiable. The New York Times puts it bluntly: “The documents…illustrate… why, after the United States has spent almost $300 billion on the war in Afghanistan, the Taliban are stronger than at any time since 2001.”

I don’t know how we can possibly reach any other conclusion: This war is not worth the huge investment, in blood and treasure, which the American people have been asked to make for nearly a decade.


Release of classified documents by WikiLeaks endangers our national security (Rep. Ike Skelton)

Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, released the statement below regarding the release of classified documents posted on the website WikiLeaks:

I am extremely concerned about the manner in which these documents were leaked and with the recklessness of WikiLeaks in posting them. Our nation’s secrets are classified for a reason, and the release of classified documents could put our national security — and the lives of our men and women in combat — at serious risk.


Obama sues Arizona, gives sanctuary to lawbreakers

The Obama administration is suing Arizona for wanting to enforce our nation's immigration laws, but they won't sue cities that violate our immigration laws by enacting sanctuary policies.

So-called "sanctuary cities" prohibit their law-enforcement officers from cooperating with the Department of Homeland Security to report illegal immigrants. Many sanctuary cities do not even allow their officers to report illegal immigrants who have been arrested.


The evangelical solution: Just Integration Strategy for immigration reform

Somewhere between Arizona and amnesty lies the answer to America’s immigration crisis. Once again, as we have experienced throughout the development of the American idea, the faith community emerges as the prophetic witness of a solution that reconciles the rule of law with compassion for the suffering. From the abolitionist movement of the 1800s to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, the faith community arises in our generation to address our current polarizing issue, immigration reform. On this occasion, evangelicals stand poised to present a strategy that the vast majority of Americans can embrace, a Just Integration Strategy.


An evangelical view of immigration reform

A number of high-profile evangelicals — Dr. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention and Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel among them — have come out in support of what Dr. Land calls “comprehensive immigration reform.”

Their support of President Obama’s plan has naturally resulted in front row seats at presidential speeches, visits to the White House and testimony before Congress. Heady stuff.


Working to improve intelligence agency staffing, assimilation of data (Rep. Adam Schiff)

Re: The Washington Post's ‘Top Secret America’

In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, Congress began the process of identifying structural, operational and cross-agency shortcomings that may have allowed the 9/11 hijackers to elude capture in the months leading up to the attack.

In 2004, this effort resulted in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, which mandated major structural reforms and created the director of national intelligence (DNI) to mobilize a new, integrated workforce and eliminate barriers to collaboration. This wholesale reorganization has resulted in significant progress, but much work remains. 


Obama and Democrats playing race card with lawsuit, immigration reform push

In May, when I spoke at the “Stand With Arizona” rally in Tempe, Ariz., I was chided by national media outlets for saying, “America, this is our Alamo. Be ready to fight for everything that is precious to you.” The controversial remark drew hate mail in Spanish and ridicule by leftist media outlets. The mainstream media generally dismissed the event. Why?

The political left regularly condemns people for judging others, yet hypocritically dismisses the people of Arizona as bigots for enacting a law to defend themselves. They have called for national boycotts. President Obama has even weighed in, as has his attorney general, Eric Holder, who condemns the 12-page bill as racially motivated and illegal before admitting that he has never even read it. What is the law all about?


Congress needs to step in on immigration reform

The U.S. Department of Justice last week brought a lawsuit against Arizona over our state’s new immigration law, S.B. 1070.

Regardless of whether you support the lawsuit or not, it will provide an important opportunity for clarity for not only Arizona but other states around the nation about where our authority resides and where the federal government’s authority resides.


Lawsuit against Arizona's immigration law ignores states' rights

Like the previews of a summer B movie, the much awaited federal suit against Arizona is finally out in the political theatres around the country. The Obama administration officially filed the suit yesterday at 10:15 a.m. against Arizona's new immigration law on the grounds that it preempts federal authority. The court action seeks to enjoin the law from taking effect later this month and to have a federal judge overturn it.


Lawsuit demonstrates President Obama's commitment to a united America and immigration reform (Rep. Mike Honda)

I commend President Obama for his leadership in immigration. The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona's anti-immigrant law, S.B. 1070.

The president is demonstrating his commitment to comprehensive immigration reform, one of our top priorities. His challenge of S.B. 1070 is preventing a patchwork of immigration-related state laws that could lead to rampant racial profiling throughout our country, but that does little to fix our broken immigration system.