Committee on Homeland Security

Michael McCaul

Open Borders: The Impact of Presidential Amnesty on Border Security

2014/12/03


McCaul to Hold Hearing on the Impact of Presidential Amnesty on Border Security--DHS Secretary Johnson to Testify

2014/11/21

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security will hold the following hearing on the impact of the President’s executive action on border security. The Department of Homeland Security’s Secretary Jeh Johnson to testify on the federal response and preparation for this change in policy.

WEDNESDAY, December 3 at 10 a.m.

Committee on Homeland Security

Open Borders: The Impact of Presidential Amnesty on Border Security

311 Cannon House Office Building

Invited Witness Includes:

·         The Honorable Jeh Johnson, Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) on the hearing: “The president’s decision to bypass Congress and grant amnesty to millions of unlawful immigrants is unconstitutional and a threat to our democracy. There is no doubt our immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed, but this does not mean the president has the authority to act without Congress.

“History has proven that unilateral action on immigration simply perpetuates a cycle of illegal entry into this country. This was true under the 1986 amnesty and it has been true under DACA, which enticed 60,000 unaccompanied children to make the perilous journey across our southern border this summer. We will see a wave of illegal immigration because of the president’s actions, and in no way is the Department of Homeland Security prepared to handle such a surge. Furthermore, the president knows any immigration reforms will be ineffective as long as our border remains insecure.

“As chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, I will use every tool at my disposal to stop the president’s unconstitutional actions from being implemented, starting with this oversight hearing. Sec. Johnson will have the opportunity to answer the American people’s questions, including how DHS will secure our border and prevent additional illegal immigration.”  

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.

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Subcommittee Field Hearing: Emergency Preparedness: Are We Ready For A 21st Century Hugo?

2014/11/21

On Friday, November 21, 2014, the Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency will hold a field hearing entitled “Emergency Preparedness: Are We Ready For A 21st Century Hugo?”  The Subcommittee will meet at 1:00 p.m. in Tillman Hall, Clemson University, 101 Gantt Circle, Clemson, South Carolina 29634.

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McCaul: President’s Actions Tonight Threaten Our Democracy

2014/11/21

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on President Obama’s proposed executive actions on immigration:

“The president’s decision to bypass Congress and grant amnesty to millions of unlawful immigrants is unconstitutional and a threat to our democracy. There is no doubt our immigration system is broken and needs to be fixed, but this does not mean the president has the authority to act without Congress.

“History has proven that unilateral action on immigration simply perpetuates a cycle of illegal entry into this country. This was true under the 1986 amnesty and it has been true under DACA, which enticed 60,000 unaccompanied children to make the perilous journey across our border this summer. We will see a wave of illegal immigration because of the president’s actions, and in no way is the Department of Homeland Security prepared to handle such a surge. Furthermore, the president knows any immigration reforms will be ineffective as long as our border remains insecure.

“As chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, I will use every tool at my disposal to stop the president’s unconstitutional actions from being implemented.”

Yesterday, McCaul and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, sent a letter to the president telling him that any executive actions on immigration would be a slap in the face to the American people and the Constitution.

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McCaul Statement on U.S. Chamber of Commerce Support for Cybersecurity Legislation

2014/11/20

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s support for Senate passage of cybersecurity legislation. These cybersecurity bills are companioning legislation to H.R. 3696 the “National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2014.”

Chairman McCaul: “I am very pleased the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports the Senate's cybersecurity bills which ‘need to be passed expeditiously.’ These bills mirror many of the provisions in my House bill. The Senate must stop sitting on its hands while the country’s vital networks remain at risk to criminals, hacktivists and nation states. I once again urge the Senate to pass these important pieces of legislation that would, of note, provide a civilian interface for sharing cyber risk information with the private sector and streamline authorities so DHS can more effectively protect Federal networks."

From 2009 to 2013, the number of reported breaches just on federal computer networks — the .gov and .mils — rose from 26,942 to 46,605, according to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team and it is only getting worse.

In 2013, US-CERT responded to a total of 228,700 cyber incidents involving federal agencies, companies that run critical infrastructure and contract partners. That’s more than double the incidents in 2009.

In July, U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 3696, the National Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection Act, introduced by Chairman McCaul, Ranking Member Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Subcommittee Chairman Patrick Meehan (R-PA) and Subcommittee Ranking Member Yvette Clarke (D-NY). More information on this bipartisan legislation to strengthen efforts to combat cyber attacks on our critical infrastructure can be found HERE.

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Clawson Introduces Legislation to Improve DHS Engagement with Private Sector

2014/11/20

Media Contacts: David James (Clawson) 202-225-2536; April Ward (McCaul) 202-226-8477

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, U.S Rep. Curt Clawson, R-FL, a member of the Committee on Homeland Security, introduced H.R. 5712, the “DHS Private Sector Office Engagement Act,” to improve private sector engagement in protecting the homeland. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, joined in co-sponsoring the bill.

Rep. Clawson said: “Homeland Security promotes economic security and vice versa. With more than 85 percent of critical infrastructure owned by the private sector, DHS needs a robust mechanism to understand the needs of the private sector. H.R. 5712 is important legislation that will clearly focus the department on activities that will have a measurable impact on our security and our economy.  Having come to the Congress as a former CEO, this is the kind of partnership our marketplace needs to help our economy grow."

Chairman McCaul said: “Over the last several years, the quality, quantity and strategic engagement from DHS’s Private Sector Office has significantly decreased. While the Department has recently taken to steps to improve private sector input, such as assigning private sector loan executives to TSA and CBP to promote travel and tourism, more can and should be done. H.R. 5712 will streamline functions of the office and establishes accountability mechanisms to make sure the office is effective.”

H.R. 5712 improves private sector engagement by:

·         Requiring DHS to analyze and report on the economic impact of changes in homeland security policy including all new regulations;

·         Directing the department to determine what actions are needed to reduce associated burdens on the private sector including unnecessary barriers to private sector job creation;

·         Authorizing the Private Sector Office for four years with the streamlined functions of economic impact analysis and business liaison responsibilities;

·         Authorizing the Loaned Executive Program to provide top executive-level and subject matter experts from the private sector an opportunity to share their expertise with DHS;

·         Requiring the department to coordinate private sector efforts, with respect to functions of the department and throughout all department components, to identify private sector resources and capabilities that could be effective in augmenting Federal, State, and local government agency efforts to prevent or respond to an incident;

·         Requiring DHS to promote existing public-private partnerships and develop new public-private partnerships to address homeland security challenges;

·         Putting accountability mechanisms in place such as a strategic plan with objective outcome-based performance metrics to be validated by the GAO; and

·         Preventing the Private Sector Office from duplicating procurement liaison functions.

The full text of H.R. 5712 is available HERE.

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Duncan to Hold Clemson Field Hearing on Emergency Preparedness

2014/11/20

Media Contacts: Allen Klump (Duncan); April Ward (Committee)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-South Carolina, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, will hold a field hearing at Clemson University.  

FRIDAY, November 21 at 1:00 p.m.

Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency

Field Hearing: Emergency Preparedness: Are We Ready For A 21st Century Hugo?

Tillman Hall, Clemson University, 101 Gantt Circle, Clemson, South Carolina 29634

Witnesses Include:

Panel I

·         Mr. Robert J. Fenton Jr., Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Response and Recovery, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

·         Jeffrey L. Payne, Ph.D., Acting Director, Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

·         Major General Robert Livingston Jr., Adjutant General, State of South Carolina

·         Mr. Kim Stenson, Director, Emergency Management Division, State of South Carolina

·         Mr. John S. Skipper, Jr., Sheriff, Anderson County, South Carolina

Panel II

·         Dr. Clifton Lacy, Director, Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security, Rutgers University

·         Mr. Jim Bottum, Chief Information Officer and Vice Provost, Computing and Information Technology, Clemson University

·         Mr. Thomas Louden, General Secretary, North and South Carolina Division, The Salvation Army

·         Dr. Jason Hallstrom, Deputy Director, Institute of Computational Ecology, Clemson University

·         Emily Bentley, J.D., Associate Professor, Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Savannah State University

Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) on the hearing: “Over twenty-five years have passed since Hurricane Hugo devastated South Carolina. First responders must now be prepared for a ‘21st Century Hugo’: not just natural disasters but public health emergencies, like Ebola, cyber-attacks, energy infrastructure issues, among other concerns. We will examine how local first responders are empowered and supported by federal, state, and local partners. I’m thrilled that we will be holding the hearing at Clemson University—far from the bubble of Washington D.C.—where the committee can hear important perspectives from state and local first responders and Clemson experts on how to best prepare for emergencies facing our area.”

*LIVE video of the hearing will be available here.

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McCaul on GAO report: DHS's FOIA Backlog Unacceptable

2014/11/19

Today, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) processing of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, requested the GAO review, which found DHS has an outstanding number of backlogged FOIA requests due to mismanagement and duplicative efforts between components of the department.

“It is not acceptable for DHS’s FOIA requests to go unanswered,” Chairman McCaul said. “The American people deserve a transparent and efficient department where efforts are not duplicative and taxpayer dollars are effectively and efficiently used. I hope DHS takes immediate action to correct this unproductive process and provide the information requested by and for the American people.”

In 2011, DHS established a goal to reduce the backlog of FOIA requests by 15 percent. However, GAO found that not much progress has been made and at the end of fiscal year 2013, nearly half of all reported backlogged federal FOIA requests belonged to DHS.

Furthermore, GAO found DHS’s FOIA processing has been mismanaged. For example, the report found that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) improperly closed 11,000 FOIA cases and in 2012 a manager found a stack of boxes with 12,000 FOIA requests that CBP never processed.

The GAO report recommends DHS eliminate duplicative processing and direct components to implement recommended and required FOIA system capabilities.

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McCaul Selected as Chairman of House Committee on Homeland Security for 114th Congress

2014/11/19

Today, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security released the following statement following the House Republican Conference vote to select him as chairman of the U. S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security for the 114th Congress: 

Chairman McCaul: “I want to extend my gratitude to Speaker Boehner and my Republican colleagues for placing their confidence in me to continue as chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security in the 114th Congress.  Over the past two years, we have witnessed numerous crises affecting the homeland including the Boston Marathon bombing, the continued spread of radical Islamist extremism around the global, countless cyber attacks on our vital public and private networks, the effects of border insecurity on our nation and combating bio-threats such as Ebola.   “I commend my hardworking colleagues on the Committee for what we have accomplished together this Congress to confront these challenges and provide diligent oversight of the Department of Homeland Security. Moving forward we will continue to lead legislative efforts to address border security, cyber security, counterterrorism, transportation security, save taxpayer money, and preparedness to respond to natural disasters, terror attacks and biological threats.   “Furthermore, Congress has never reauthorized DHS since it was first established in 2002. I will lead this effort next Congress through regular order. I look forward to collaborating with my fellow committee chairs and colleagues in the Senate on issues of mutual jurisdiction to provide oversight and implement sensible policy to better secure our nation.”

Learn more about Chairman McCaul and the House Committee on Homeland Security HERE.

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McCaul, Goodlatte Demand President Obama Respect the Constitution, Abandon Unilateral Plan to Move on Immigration

2014/11/19

Media Contact: Lauren Claffey (Homeland); Jessica Collins (Judiciary)

Today, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, demanded President Barack Obama abandon his plan to bypass Congressional authority and move on immigration via executive order.

“Instead of proceeding with ill-advised executive action, we implore you to work with Congress to enact legislation to address our broken immigration system,” the chairmen said in a letter to President Obama. “We strongly urge you to respect the Constitution and abandon any unconstitutional, unilateral executive actions on immigration. Let’s secure the border, enforce our immigration laws in the interior of the United States, and build a broad consensus for immigration reform. Otherwise, as the chairmen of the committees with oversight over border security and our nation’s immigration laws, we will be forced to use the tools afforded to Congress by the Constitution to stop your administration from successfully carrying out your plan.”

The signed letter to President Barack Obama is available HERE

The text of the letter to President Barack Obama follows: 

President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President,

We join our fellow members of Congress in expressing our disappointment in your continued efforts to bypass Congressional authority. The latest indications that you will take executive action on immigration later this week are a slap in the face to the American people and the Constitution.

Earlier this month, the American people rejected your policies you said were on the ballot and voted to change the way Washington operates.  According to several recent polls, the American people want you to refrain from acting on your own to change our immigration laws. They want you to abide by the Constitution and work with the newly elected Congress to address our nation’s greatest challenges, both domestically and internationally.

The Constitution is clear that it is Congress’ duty to write our laws and, once they are enacted, it is the president’s responsibility to enforce them. Something as important as changing our immigration laws cannot be forced by unilateral action by the president. That’s not the way our system of government works.

In the past, we have seen the surge in illegal immigration that comes when amnesty is promised and the enforcement of our immigration laws is ignored. With more than 11 million unlawful immigrants already in the United States, the answer to our immigration crisis is not to invite more illegal immigration. The answer is to secure the border and enforce our immigration laws. Executive action will simply perpetuate and exacerbate a cycle of unlawful entry into the United States. This was true under the1986 amnesty, it has been true under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and it has been true under your administration’s policy to not follow the immigration laws already on the books.

Instead of proceeding with ill-advised executive action, we implore you to work with Congress to enact legislation to address our broken immigration system. We strongly urge you to respect the Constitution and abandon any unconstitutional, unilateral executive actions on immigration. Let’s secure the border, enforce our immigration laws in the interior of the United States, and build a broad consensus for immigration reform. Otherwise, as the chairmen of the committees with oversight over border security and our nation’s immigration laws, we will be forced to use the tools afforded to Congress by the Constitution to stop your administration from successfully carrying out your plan.

Sincerely,

Michael McCaul Chairman House Homeland Security Committee

Bob Goodlatte Chairman House Judiciary Committee

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Membership

Louis Barletta

PENNSYLVANIA's 11th DISTRICT

Susan Brooks

INDIANA's 5th DISTRICT

Paul Broun

GEORGIA's 10th DISTRICT

Jason Chaffetz

UTAH's 3rd DISTRICT

Steve Daines

MONTANA

Jeff Duncan

SOUTH CAROLINA's 3rd DISTRICT

Richard Hudson

NORTH CAROLINA's 8th DISTRICT

Peter King

NEW YORK's 2nd DISTRICT

Tom Marino

PENNSYLVANIA's 10th DISTRICT

Michael McCaul

TEXAS' 10th DISTRICT

Patrick Meehan

PENNSYLVANIA's 7th DISTRICT

Candice Miller

MICHIGAN's 10th DISTRICT

Steven Palazzo

MISSISSIPPI's 4th DISTRICT

Scott Perry

PENNSYLVANIA's 4th DISTRICT

Mike Rogers

ALABAMA's 3rd DISTRICT

Mark Sanford

SOUTH CAROLINA's 1st DISTRICT

Lamar Smith

TEXAS' 21st DISTRICT

Chris Stewart

UTAH's 2nd DISTRICT