There is no more important role for our Federal government than to "preserve, protect, and defend" the United States of America and her citizens. That is a responsibility I take very seriously and one that I focus on while in Washington. I was in Washington, DC on September 11th when the planes hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and word came that a fourth plane was likely headed towards the U.S. Capitol building. I saw Members of Congress and staff running from the building ahead of an anticipated attack. That is a sight I hope to never see again.
Thankfully, American soil has not been attacked since that tragic day seven years ago. Our nation has made strides to protect against these homeland security threats, but more needs to be done to ensure that the violence that happened that day will never be repeated.
Over the past seven years I have worked to find ways to secure our homeland and ensure that we can stop those who wish to do us harm while protecting the civil rights of American citizens. I was proud to support the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006 which took the necessary steps to secure our ports and prevent threats from reaching U.S. soil by implementing an international, multi-layered approach to cargo screening and port security.
We must also work to take control of our national borders as they are our first line of defense. Border security must mean more than just preventing illegal immigrants from crossing into our country, it must also ensure that terrorists and others who wish to do us harm are stopped. By building a fence along our southern border and increasing the number of Border Patrol Enforcement Officers we can ensure that we have control of our borders.