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  • Congress Must Update Privacy Laws
    Posted in Op-Eds on January 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security, Technology and Entertainment

    This article originally posted on The Hill Imagine living in a country where individual privacy is not protected. Where local police officers can read your text messages without a warrant. Where state and federal officers can trick your cell phone into thinking it’s connecting to a cell tower when it’s really connecting to a device that gives big brother your location and the telephone numbers you’re calling. Where none of your cell phone use is private and some officers don’t need probable caus... Read more

  • Congressman Farenthold applauds passage of military authorization bill
    Posted in Press Releases on December 2, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security, South Texas Military Facilities

    Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 2943, authorizing Department of Defense operations while instituting conservative reforms. Included in the bill were provisions to provide a full 2.1% pay raise to our service members, increase operations and maintenance and provide relief to National Guardsmen who were told they would have to pay back their enlistment bonuses. “This bill is essential to restoring strength to... Read more

  • Congressman Farenthold’s Statement on Governor Abbott Banning Sanctuary Cities in Texas
    Posted in Press Releases on November 29, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration Reform, Homeland Security

    Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) released the following statement after Texas Governor Greg Abbott pledged to ban sanctuary cities in Texas. Governor Abbott’s crackdown will cut state funding to cities, such as Austin, that refuse to comply with federal immigration laws and shelter criminal illegal immigrants from deportation. “I’m glad to see Governor Abbott’s commitment to the safety of Texans,” Congressman Blake Farenthold said. “Sanctuary cities endanger American lives by adopting poli... Read more

  • Congressman Farenthold: Americans Must Remain Vigilant
    Posted in Press Releases on September 19, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security

    Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX) released the following statement after three attacks in the U.S. over the weekend injured dozens of people in three separate states. “The terrorist attacks over the weekend shows the need for Americans to continue to remain vigilant and reminds us that we must support our intelligence community, military and law enforcement,” Congressman Farenthold said. “My fear is this could have been much worse. Fortunately, Americans responded, from the off-duty officer in... Read more

  • Congressman Farenthold Holds Refugio Leaders Roundtable
    Posted in Press Releases on August 4, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration Reform, Homeland Security, Transportation and Infrasturcture

    On Wednesday, August 3, 2016, Congressman Blake Farenthold held a roundtable with local Refugio-area leaders. In attendance were Congressman Farenthold, Congressman Farenthold’s District Director JD Kennedy and Field Representative Luis Buentello, Refugio Mayor Wanda Dukes, Chief of Police Andy Lopez, Refugio Chamber of Commerce member Jennifer Ragle, and board members of the Refugio County Community Development Foundation Jessica Bonilla and Amanda Mendoza. During their meeting, issues discusse... Read more

  • Congressman Farenthold's Statement on Orlando Terrorist Attack
    Posted in Press Releases on June 12, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security

    Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX) released the following statement today after a gunman killed at least 50 people in Orlando early Sunday morning. "Today, America faced a horrible atrocity," Congressman Farenthold said. "In Orlando, a gunman who pledged his allegiance to ISIS is being investigated for the death of 50 people and injuring 53 others. Initially, this case is being treated as an act of terror. Coupled with what appears to be a thwarted attack in California, it is imperative we cont... Read more

  • Farenthold Offers Condolences, Assistance to Family of ISIS Terror Attack Victim
    Posted in Press Releases on March 30, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security

    Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX) issued the following statement today after speaking to the brother of Gail Minglana Martinez, who died due to injuries sustained during the terrorist attack in Brussels last week. “My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the family of Mrs. Martinez, whose life was tragically cut short by the ISIS terror attack in Brussels,” Congressman Farenthold said. “I ask that everyone offer their prayers and support to the Martinez family as they work through the p... Read more

  • Farenthold Statement on Terrorist Attack in Brussels
    Posted in Press Releases on March 22, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration Reform, Homeland Security

    Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27) released the following statement today in support of our allies in Brussels as they work to recover from a terrible tragedy after a terrorist attack killed 31 and injured nearly 200. “As officials complete a thorough investigation of the terrorist attacks that occurred earlier today in Brussels, I extend my thoughts and prayers to those affected by these awful events,” Congressman Farenthold said. “These are not isolated incidents. In the United States, we ... Read more

  • Farenthold Votes to Approve Refugee Program Reform Bill
    Posted in Press Releases on March 16, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Immigration Reform, Homeland Security

    Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX-27), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, released the following statement today after voting to give state and local governments the power to decide if refugees will be resettled within their communities. “The United States is one of the most generous countries when it comes to immigration and refugees. Regardless of people’s feelings on these issues, most agree keeping Americans safe should be the top priority,” Congressman Farenthold said. “This legisl... Read more

  • Rep. Farenthold Statement on President Obama’s Plan to Transfer Guantanamo Detainees
    Posted in Press Releases on February 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Homeland Security

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Blake Farenthold (R-TX) released the following statement today after President Obama announced his plan to close Guantanamo Bay and transfer detainees deemed too dangerous to be transferred to other countries to be brought to the United States. “The President himself signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act, that prohibits the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States,” Congressman Farenthold said. “The NDAA passed with overwhelming bi... Read more