[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 9 (Tuesday, January 16, 2018)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
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COUNTER TERRORIST NETWORK ACT
HON. HENRY C. “HANK” JOHNSON, JR.
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Mr. JOHNSON of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 4578--
Counter Terrorist Network Act. This legislation will allow the U.S.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to enhance border security
operations that will interrupt and dismantle transnational criminal and
foreign terrorist networks that threaten the security of our country.
The purpose of this bill is to ensure the CBP has the authority
necessary to prevent terrorists from exploiting legitimate avenues of
traveling to and entering the United States.
We must continue to provide our law enforcement and security agencies
with the appropriate resources to protect our great nation from
terrorist networks. The CBP's primary mission is to keep the United
States borders and ports safe against all threats domestic and foreign.
The CBP mainly deals with transnational criminal organizations,
smugglers and human traffickers, and terrorist networks. All of these
groups pose significant threats to our national security and the safety
of the American people. The CBP's border security mission uniquely
situates this agency to combat terrorist threats that begin far from
our homeland. Despite all the work performed by the CBP, the agency
doesn't have explicit legal authorization to combat threats or to
assign their personnel to other U.S. agencies both domestically and
internationally to support their mission. This bill seeks to provide
such explicit authorization.
As a former member of the House Armed Services Committee, I have
always voted to support our law enforcement and our security agencies.
This legislation will help provide the CBP with the proper
authorization to collect intelligence on foreign terrorist threats
before they reach the border. This will help ensure the safety of our
homeland and the security of our border. I support H.R. 4578 and I urge
my fellow members to lend their support as well.