Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee Policy Positions
Providing for the safety and security of citizens is a high priority for governors. With the constantly evolving threat of terrorism and increased occurrences of natural disasters, governors must maintain and continually update state strategies to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies.
Governors recognize that the foundation of today’s economy, national security and the daily operations of government are increasingly dependent upon the security and reliability of communications technology and other digital infrastructure.
Governors strongly support the efforts and sacrifices made by the men and women of the armed forces – active duty, reserve, National Guard and veterans – to protect the United States and preserve our way of life. Governors are particularly concerned with the role of the National Guard as it is the only military force that a governor can call upon to respond to disasters and other emergencies.
Governors strongly support providing services to our nation’s veterans and their families, and urge the federal government to work with states to help veterans, including members of the National Guard and reserves, reintegrate into the community.
The nation’s governors urge Congress and the Administration to enact immigration reform that strengthens the economy and our communities and secures our borders and ports.