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What do you call the facilitation of $2 million of goods and services across our borders every minute? In Texas, we call it NAFTA.
In Texas, more than one million jobs, and fourteen million nationwide, depend on trade with Mexico and Canada. Many of these Texas jobs are in the 23rd Congressional District. These jobs feed families in El Paso, San Antonio and everywhere in between. They include manufacturing, logistics, agriculture and energy. They fuel our local economies in West Texas, along the Rio Grande and all the way up I-35’s NAFTA superhighway.
Speaker Paul Ryan is impaneling an informal working group of moderate Republicans and immigration hard-liners to find a solution for so-called Dreamers that the House GOP conference can support.
WASHINGTON, DC – As Amazon continues evaluating locations for it’s second headquarters, U.S. Representative Will Hurd issued a letter to CEO Jeff Bezos championing the city of El Paso for site selection.
While key White House technology leadership positions remain unfilled, President Donald Trump’s technology office is looking for ways to bring business professionals into government for short-term projects.
A Texas-based amnesty group called the plan by President Donald Trump to tie border security and immigration enforcement to a congressional bill to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program a “ransom note.” The group demands a clean bill issuing amnesty to approximately 800,000 of the so-called “DREAMers.”
One of President Trump’s advisers on Thursday acknowledged that the administration has been slow to permanently fill top information technology roles in the federal government.
Chris Liddell, one of the officials in the White House Office of American Innovation, said that he would like the administration to move “faster” on filling vacant chief information officer (CIO) positions across the government.
Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, is working on the text of his bill to create the Cyber National Guard, a scholarship program that will help train students for cybersecurity jobs in the Federal government.
Students who apply for the Cyber National Guard would receive scholarship money for cybersecurity training programs. Once the students graduate, they would spend the same number of years working for a Federal agency as they did receiving scholarship money to attend school.
Congressman Will Hurd has introduced two amendments to the Border Security for America Act that would use cutting edge technology instead of a large wall to secure the U.S/Mexico border.
Earlier this year, Hurd brought up an idea for something he calls a “SMART” wall. It uses a series of cameras, drones and other tech to monitor activity along the border.
He says he’s been getting some good response form both sides of Congress from Lawmakers who realize the need for more security.
Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) on Thursday said he is unimpressed with the Department of Justice's rebranding of the encryption debate as a matter of "responsible encryption."
"You can call it whatever you want, but make sure you have strong encryption," he said at "The Cyber Frontier," a series of talks put on in Washington by The Atlantic magazine.
Will we soon see a wall? The House Homeland Security Committee recently passed widespread border security legislation that would outline a U.S. plan to protect U.S. borders. Only Republicans voted for the legislation, but not all conservatives are on the same page when it comes to border security. Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) says there are many more effective ways to secure our border than building a wall.“Let’s only build things that make sense in certain places,” said Hurd.