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Congressman Andre Carson

Representing the 7th District of INDIANA

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Homeland Security

As a former law enforcement officer and official at the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, I have served on the front lines in our struggle to keep our city, state and country safe.  In Congress, I look to carry on this work by ensuring that our brave first responders get the resources they need to respond to emergencies.

Supporting Police and Fire Departments

Over the last few years, Indianapolis has seen a significant spike in violence, leaving neighborhoods calling for help.  Whether resulting from drugs, gangs or any other cause, one thing is clear—our police need better resources to keep our streets safe. To rectify this problem, I have advocated for increased funding for programs like the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program and the COPS Hiring Program, which help to increase the number of well trained and well equipped officers on our streets.

Similarly, I understand the massive challenges faced by our fire departments, which are struggling to secure the basic equipment they need to respond to emergencies.  This is why I have pushed for increased funding for the Fire Assistance Grant Program. This important program awarded numerous competitive grants to Indianapolis, enabling our first responders to hire additional staff and purchase the equipment necessary to keep our city safe and secure.  While I believe it is important for us to reduce our deficit, I do not believe that it should accomplished by cutting any of these grants for first responders and the people they protect.

Preventing Drug Violence on Our Border

For the last several years, we have witnessed spikes in drug related violence along the United States-Mexico border. This violence, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives, has spilled over the border and resulted in the assault and murder of American citizens.  We are also seeing significant drug trafficking and drug use in Indiana, tragically taking many more lives.

I strongly support the Obama Administration’s efforts to quell violence along our border and protect innocent Americans against traffickers, who are flooding our streets with dangerous drugs and deadly gang violence. By equipping and deploying hundreds of additional border agents to the most vulnerable parts of our border, the President has sent a strong signal to gangs and drug cartels that the United States will not tolerate lawlessness and brutality. Going forward, I will continue to press my colleagues in the House to support Mexico's efforts to crack down on drug trafficking and gang violence.

Pursuing Comprehensive Immigration Reform

An estimated 12 million people are living in the United States without documentation of citizenship or residency status.  Like many Hoosiers, I believe the best and safest way for individuals to enter the United States is through the appropriate legal channels set up to distribute visas.  Unfortunately, this system is broken:  it does not reflect our workforce needs, many families are separated for decades due to backlogs and some individuals have no pathway to pursue legal immigration.

I have a long record of supporting bipartisan efforts for comprehensive immigration reform, and will continue to work toward national and local solutions to the problems in our current immigration system. Comprehensive reform would strengthen border security, improve our economy, and create a fair and rigorous path to citizenship for individuals living in the shadows. While effective border security is a key component of comprehensive reform, I do not support efforts to criminalize immigrant communities or to militarize the border. We should be focused on protecting our border without giving the inaccurate impression that our country believes all immigrants are dangerous.

 

More on Homeland Security

Sep 10, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Congressman André Carson (IN-07) released the following statement following tonight’s Presidential address.

 

“Tonight, the President addressed the continued advancement of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  The unprecedented gains ISIL is making in Iraq and Syria threaten to destabilize more than just the region.  By capturing major cities, sophisticated weaponry, oil fields and other forms of financing, ISIL has the resources to pose a real threat to our national security. 

Jul 10, 2014

Statement from Congressman André Carson on alleged NSA spying on Muslim-Americans

July 9, 2014

 

Washington D.C. - Congressman André Carson issued the following statement today regarding reports that the United States monitored several prominent Muslim Americans:

Sep 9, 2011



CARSON STATEMENT ON TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman André Carson today released the following statement about the upcoming 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks:

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Jun 28, 2011

June 28, 2011          

Carson to speak at counterterrorism workshop

Workshop seeks to improve situational awareness, information sharing

INDIANAPOLIS – Congressman André Carson will participate in the opening session of the Indianapolis Joint Counterterrorism Awareness Workshop Series on Wednesday morning.

May 2, 2011

May 2, 2011  

Carson Statement on Osama Bin Laden

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman André Carson released the following statement in response to President Obama’s announcement Sunday night that the U.S. military killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan:

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