Congressman Michael McCaul

Representing the 10th District of Texas

Homeland Security

As Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee my top priorities are to address the al Qaeda-Hezbollah terrorist threat, border security, cyber security and fixing the Department of Homeland Security to ensure it is capable of carrying out its core mission of protecting the homeland.  In addition, I am working to make the nation’s airport security system smarter and more efficient.

Being a Texan, border security is of the utmost importance to me.  In November 2012, I authored the second edition of his report “A Line in the Sand: Confronting Crime, Violence and Terror at the Southwest Border”, which revealed the increased presence of Iran and Hezbollah in Latin America and their relationships with drug cartels that control smuggling routes into the United States.

I have also helped secure three Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Texas to provide law enforcement with better border surveillance and have worked towards identifying existing Department of Defense technologies that have proven successful in Iraq and Afghanistan, for use along the Southwest border without duplicating research and development, ultimately saving taxpayers money and making the equipment operational more quickly.

Cyber Security is also a very pressing matter in today's world.  I served co-chair of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th President, which presented cyber security recommendations to President Obama’s administration upon taking office in 2009.  In 2012 I authored the Cyber Security Enhancement Act, which passed the House, and would help harden federal networks, improve coordination inside and outside of government, improve research and development as well as the quality of our cyber workforce.  With a high concentration of high tech companies in the 10th Congressional district, I maintain a closerelationship with the high tech community from Austin to Washington to Silicon Valley and have worked to include industry in shaping cyber security policy in order to promote information sharing and protect critical infrastructure.

More on Homeland Security

Aug 16, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) released a letter in response to Ranking Member Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and the Democrat Members’ call for a hearing on the threat of domestic terrorism on the heels of the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Aug 15, 2017 Op-Eds

Over the last six months the Trump administration has made good on its promise to enhance border security and enforce our immigration laws.  In the first half of 2017, illegal border crossings fell by an estimated 70%. It is very reassuring to know that President Obama’s reckless immigration policies are now over.  An Executive Branch that is dedicated to fixing the problems along our southern border and actually enforcing our laws not only deters future illegal immigration, but is also absolutely necessary to protecting our homeland.

Jul 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – As the United States faces new and evolving threats to our national security, a strong, smart, multi-layered approach at our nation’s borders is required.

Jul 28, 2017 Op-Eds

While there are plenty of critics of President Trump’s approach and style, many of his foreign policy decisions have been strong and decisive and stand in stark contrast to those of the Obama administration.

The Trump White House relishes American exceptionalism and enjoys promoting Western values. It clearly understands that there is no such thing as leading from behind when it comes to tackling the most pressing international security issues. 

Jul 20, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, our nation’s leaders created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to better protect our country. Fifteen years later, the Department still has not been reauthorized by Congress. Reforming and improving DHS through a first-ever comprehensive reauthorization is key to staying ahead of ever-evolving threats.

Jul 14, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-10) – Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee – applauded the House passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA). 

May 25, 2017 Op-Eds

“An Attack In Manchester, And A World United Against Terror”

The Honorable Michael McCaul

Chairman, House Homeland Security Committee

 

This week’s terrorist attack at a concert in Manchester is a horrific reminder of the growing threat facing the Western world.

Britain experienced the deadliest terrorist attack on its soil since the 2005 London transit bombings, and we have all once again seen the true face of evil.

May 23, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Human trafficking is a heinous form of modern-day slavery that continues to exploit thousands, despite the tireless efforts of law enforcement, advocacy groups, and government agencies like the Department of Homeland Security. Today’s bipartisan bill, H.R.

May 21, 2017 McCaul Column

As Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I often lead a group of bipartisan members of Congress on Congressional Delegations (CODEL) overseas to study policies for increasing our homeland security.  This year, as we traveled to France, Poland, Estonia, and Ukraine, the overarching topic of discussion was cybersecurity and how to protect America from Putin and his cyber-attacks on the United States.

May 12, 2017 Press Release

I applaud the President’s signing of this cybersecurity executive order. Cybersecurity is of the utmost importance and requires continual effort and vigilance to deter and defend against the many adversaries we face. I am pleased to see the President recognize DHS’ role as the lead federal civilian agency in the protection of .gov and civilian networks.