We live in dangerous times. Especially in our area northwest of Chicago, right next to one of the world's busiest airports and in the backyard of one of the world's greatest cities, we can't be too vigilant. Congressman Roskam has been a forceful advocate for us to make sure that we can remain safe in our area and that we can be secure as a nation.
Steps for Security
Congressman Roskam is working to make sure we can be safe. He has a clear view of what America's role in the world should be and what we need to be secure here at home. If America is to remain the freest nation in the world and not suffer more attacks on our homeland, we need to project the strength necessary for the task and implement the forward-thinking protections needed to guard against an ever-evolving threat.
Keep terrorists out of America
The United States has invested tens of millions of dollars to have a secure place to hold enemy combatants.
Closing Gitmo to move terrorists to Illinois will not bring us good will from radicals overseas, but will only create a new target in Illinois.
For our area in particular, we cannot afford to have the security threat of the transport of terrorists from a prison out west through our district to Chicago.
Incredibly, at one point in the debate, Senator Durbin suggested this would be good for jobs in Illinois, but we don't need terrorists to create jobs.
Committing to our troops
The surge in Iraq was successful in bringing us to a point where we can draw down forces in Iraq and run a mission now principally of advising and training.
We need that same sort of commitment to the mission in Afghanistan so that our troops can deliver the same success.
Arbitrary early withdrawal timetables and a lack of commitment of resources will only hinder the ability of our soldiers to deliver their mission and potentially threaten to require us to re-engage in new battles in the future.
Securing our border
The federal government has been derelict in its duty to secure our borders.
On top of that, we're in the absurd position of the federal government suing a state that is trying to enhance its vigilance on the border.
We have the most generous immigration system in the world, bringing in more than 1 million people per year, which is more than all other countries in the world combined.
But our immigration system is still arduous and complex.
We need to make it easier to facilitate legal immigration and secure with greater strength our porous borders.
Enforcing strong sanctions on Iran
Ahmadinejad is a loose cannon ruling Iran.
Earlier this year, Congress passed a strong set of sanctions on Iran, and we must now make sure that the Administration uses those tools to their fullest effectiveness.
Iran has no legitimate aspirations for nuclear power. It is in hot pursuit of nuclear capabilities to be provocative and to ultimately be able to produce a nuclear weapon.
For our own sake, and for our close ally Israel, we much apply all due pressure to Iran to ensure that it does not gain the capability to make a nuclear bomb.
Guarding against next generation threats
Earlier this year, the Director of National Intelligence testified before Congress that our enemies have "severely threatened" the nation's telecommunications and computer infrastructure.
Cybersecurity is the next frontier of threats that we must defend against.
Congressman Roskam worked through an amendment to improve legislation passed by the House advancing a broad public-private effort to develop a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy to protect our nation's technological infrastructure.
His amendment will strengthen the role of community colleges in training the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, and was endorsed by the College of DuPage and the American Association of Community Colleges.
Security for our district: Congressman Roskam has proved that he can effectively legislate to enhance the security of our district. The House accepted an amendment of his to the Transportation Security Administration Authorization Act. Congressman Roskam's provision requires the Department of Homeland Security to reflect needed improvements to the Transit Security Grant Program based on the feedback from local transit authorities, like Metra and CTA. DHS will better coordinate with local agencies and more effectively protect our residents who rely on public transportation daily.