Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Homeland Security

As a representative from New York City, which is perhaps the number one target for terrorists, Congressman Serrano understands the importance of a Department of Homeland Security that is competent and capable of protecting citizens from potential acts of terrorism.

As a representative from New York City, which is perhaps the number one target for terrorists, Congressman Serrano understands the importance of a Department of Homeland Security that is competent and capable of protecting citizens from potential acts of terrorism. However, he also recognizes the equal importance of ensuring that the rights and liberties of U.S. citizens and of immigrants are not trampled upon in the process of providing security.

In recent years Congressman Serrano has fought for New York to receive higher Homeland Security grant allocations and pushed for these allocations to be made on the basis of risk, arguing that distribution of funds of this importance should never be influenced by politics.

Congressman Serrano feels strongly that the Department of Homeland Security needs to differentiate between its immigration responsibilities and its security responsibilities. He believes that first priority should be given to keeping dangerous criminals and terrorists out of the country and catching them when they are here, not to trying to keep out and catch people who are coming to the United States to work towards a better life.

Furthermore, Congressman Serrano vehemently opposed the building of a wall along the southern border, arguing that technology has afforded us more efficient ways of securing the border, while a wall only serves to send a negative message.

Congressman Serrano’s commitment to ensuring that the federal government provides security to the nation without infringing the rights of citizens or mistreating immigrants will continue to shape his agenda in the area of Homeland Security.

More on Homeland Security

Mar 13, 2019 Press Release

The subcommittee will come to order. 

Welcome everyone to our fourth hearing of the year.  Today we are going to examine gun violence prevention and enforcement efforts.  There is an epidemic of gun violence in our nation, and this subcommittee has a key role to play in the urgently needed response, as we oversee the federal law enforcement agencies tasked with overseeing gun dealers, investigating gun crimes, and running our background check system, among other things. 

Feb 14, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee, today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s plans to issue national emergency declaration to reallocate previously appropriated funding to use on a Southern border wall:

Jan 25, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Rep. Jose E. Serrano, House Appropriations Committee member and Chairman of the Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee today released the following statement on President Trump and Republicans’ agreement to temporarily reopen the federal government after 35 days of the Trump Shutdown:

Jun 7, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano, Ranking Member of the Appropriations Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Subcommittee, today released the following statement in response to the Commerce Department agreement with ZTE easing the sanctions on the Chinese telecommunications firm.

Jan 23, 2018 The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC


Congressman Serrano Votes Against Short Term Continuing Resolution

Congressman Serrano opposed the numerous short term Continuing Resolutionsthat did not include sufficient disaster relief funding for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands or the DREAM Act. Watch Congressman Serrano’s discussion of the shut down and the CR here:

Jan 8, 2018 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano today released the following statement on the Trump Administration’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for immigrants from El Salvador. Last year, President Trump also terminated the TPS program for Nicaragua and Haiti.

Nov 13, 2017 The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC


Congressman Serrano Questions Financial Oversight & Management Board for Puerto Rico Executives

Oct 3, 2017 The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC


Congressman Serrano Fight for Puerto Rico In the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Sep 11, 2017 The Serrano Report

In Washington, DC


Congressman Serrano Reaffirms His Commitment to Protecting DREAMers