Safety for Americans from terrorism and other threats must be our number one national security priority. And while a strong military is essential, I believe our efforts to deal with terrorism must also address the issues of global health, dependence on foreign oil, poverty, and nuclear proliferation.
Being a district that includes part of the nation's northern border, it's important that we are able to protect all of our families and communities who live and work along the border. What's more, many local businesses in the northern part of the district depend on the economic activity and trade that comes with a safe border. It's important that we remember a safe community includes not only securing our border, but protecting the civil rights of everyone who lives, works and goes to school in our border communities.