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Congressman David Kustoff

Representing the 8th District of Tennessee

Homeland Security

“I believe protecting our nation and American citizens should be the government’s primary focus. As threats continue to be made against us at home, we must stay vigilant in our efforts to prevent and otherwise deter these extremists from harming us. – Congressman David Kustoff

Border Security:

  • As we have seen an increase in a drug distribution and crime from street gangs, such as MS-13, we must protect our borders and not allow people to enter our country illegally. By increasing our border security, we can deter future threats, prevent crime and tackle drug distribution throughout our communities.
  • As a former U.S. Attorney, I worked to enforce the laws that would send criminals back to their country of origin.
  • In July of 2017, I voted to build a southern border wall with Mexico through the Make America Secure appropriations package. This legislation will add $1.6 billion for increasing our border security through wall construction and increased technology to detect illegal immigrants entering the southern border.
  • In addition, I have voted in favor of the following legislation:
  • H.R. 3003, the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act
    • This legislation provides more tools to fight sanctuary policies and punish rogue cities, and protects the public from dangerous criminals.
  • H.R. 3004, Kate’s Law
    • This legislation enhances penalties for deported felons who return to the United States so that they aren’t free to roam our streets and harm innocent lives.
  • H.R. 2664, the Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act
    • This legislation raises awareness of human trafficking by directing the Secretary of Labor to effectively educate DOL employees on the issue, ensure they have the tools/resources to detect cases of exploitation, and establishes a clear framework to assist law enforcement.

Law Enforcement and First Responders:

  • We must be doing all we can to assist our law enforcement community. These heroes protect our communities from outside threats and maintain the safety that every American deserves. I remain committed to ensuring that these individuals have the funding and assets necessary to carry out this very important mission.

Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act:

  • On July 20, 2017, I was pleased to support Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act. This legislation authorizes the funding to ensure that Homeland Security has the necessary resources to carry out its mission of protecting those on American soil. 

More on Homeland Security

February 27, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—February 27, 2019—U.S. Representative David Kustoff (TN-08), a member of the House Financial Services Committee (FSC), today introduced the Criminal Organizations’ Narcotics, Finances, Resources, Operations, and Networks Targeting (CONFRONT) Act, H.R. 1387. The CONFRONT Act would require the President, in collaboration with the Treasury Secretary, to develop a national strategy to combat the financial networks of transnational criminal organizations (TCOs).

February 26, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—February 26, 2019—Congressman David Kustoff (TN-08) released the following statement after the passage of a Resolution disapproving of President Trump’s National Emergency Declaration.

February 14, 2019 Press Release

Washington, D.C.—February 14, 2019—Congressman David Kustoff (TN-08) released the following statement after voting to provide full-year Fiscal Year 2019 funding for various departments and agencies, and funds for the wall at our southern border.
 

October 3, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – October 3, 2018 – Congressman David Kustoff (TN-08) today released the following statement on his bill, the Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2017, which was signed into law by President Donald Trump on September 28, 2018.
 
This law will ensure that individuals who make bomb threats and other credible threats of violence against community religious centers—based on the religious nature of that center—can be prosecuted for committing a hate crime. 
 

June 20, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative David Kustoff (TN-08) today released the following statement after President Trump’s executive order keeping families together in light of the current immigrant separation policy.