Homeland Security

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.


President Obama hit the nail on the head in immigration speech (Rep. Mike Honda)

I commend President Obama’s call for comprehensive immigration reform, and his strong understanding of the very human experience behind this challenge. In his speech today, the President hit the nail on the head by touching on all of the key aspects of this very complex issue.

Immigration reform can lead the way to a more prosperous and united America, one that is based on respect and fairness for the richness of our diversity, as opposed to one that is divided by our worst fears.


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Is Gen. David Petraeus the right person to take over the Afghanistan war effort?


Jihad Denial Syndrome

See no jihad. Hear no jihad. Speak no jihad.

This sums up the Obama administration’s national security assessment regarding our ongoing conflict with global Islamic jihad. Unfortunately for us, it seems they have come down with a severe case of Jihad Denial Syndrome (JDS).


Setting the record straight on border crime

Officeholders and candidates in Arizona who support the state’s draconian new immigration law have justified it with hyperbole, exaggeration and falsehoods about Arizona’s crime rate. For example, Gov. Jan Brewer has colored recent speeches with images of "murder, terror and mayhem" and "drop houses, kidnappings and violence." Now let’s be clear: The recent surge of violence in Mexico is real, as are the fears of Arizonans. But that is why it is so important to separate fact from fiction and to avoid false claims and baseless rhetoric that inflames those fears.


Hearing on what START treaty means for missile defense

Yesterday Obama officials made the case before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the new START treaty will not have a negative effect on their plans to field a system to protect the United States from rogue regimes that are building ballistic missiles. No one seemed to need much convincing that the Obama administration doesn’t plan to make our missile defenses strong enough to bother the Russians, but treaties live on long after presidential administrations, so Senators rightly continue to probe the White House on how the treaty might restrict future defense planning. 


SBInet: has it passed the border security test? (Rep. Cueller)

The nation’s borders need cutting-edge solutions to combat a spectrum of 21st century threats. This requires continuous oversight to ensure our tools are getting the job done. This spring, the Department of Homeland Security did just that when it learned a virtual fencing program wasn’t meeting its objectives in Arizona. Virtual fencing is a critical means of securing the nation’s southern border.