Congressman Matt Salmon

Representing the 5th District of Arizona

Defense and National Security

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More on Defense and National Security

Jul 1, 2015 In The News

Rep. Matt Salmon has introduced a bill that would bar federal authorities from releasing undocumented immigrants who have been accused or convicted of serious crimes.

And he wants them deported within 90 days.

The fact that we need legislation to accomplish this is astonishing.

But apparently we do.

Jul 1, 2015 In The News

I don't know anyone who wasn't horrified and heart-broken when news broke that 21-year-old Grant Ronnebeck, a good kid working hard, was shot dead while clerking at a QuikTrip store in Mesa in January.

I don't know anyone who wasn't angry and outraged to learn that the man eventually charged with the murder, Apolinar Altamirano, was in the country illegally and already had been convicted of felony burglary.

Good people disagree about a lot when it comes to immigration issues.

Jun 1, 2015 Video

GEIST: Congressman, where do you come down on this question that Rand Paul raises of privacy versus security in this particular case?

SALMON: Well, I'm going to go back to something somebody a lot earlier than Rand Paul said. It was Benjamin Franklin. And he said, "Those that are willing to trade their freedom for security deserve neither, and will probably lose both." We can do it. We can't (ph) do it the right way.

May 7, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling that the NSA’s domestic metadata spying program is not authorized by section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act.

Apr 24, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement outlining why he voted no on H.R. 1731, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act, and H.R. 1560, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act.

Apr 24, 2015 Letter

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The Honorable Jeh Johnson       
Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C.  20528

Secretary Johnson,

Recently, Arizona’s largest cross-border smuggling tunnel was discovered in Naco, AZ. According to news reports, this tunnel is one of the more highly sophisticated smuggling tunnels, replete with hydraulics, ventilation, and lighting systems.

Apr 2, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement upon hearing word that a framework agreement was reached addressing Iran’s nuclear program.

“Since these discussions were first started, I have maintained that the idea of openly engaging Iran with negotiations that will, in any way, allow them to develop their nuclear program are useless.  From early reports, that is exactly what we’ve learned of today.

Mar 17, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and Congressman Matt Salmon (R-AZ) today introduced in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, respectively, the Arizona Borderlands Protection and Preservation Act, legislation that would enable U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel to gain full access to federal lands on the Southwest border of Arizona for border security activities, including routine patrols and surveillance.

Feb 27, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, today released the following statement after the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted unanimously to pass H.R. 757, the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act of 2015.

Feb 24, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement on the latest developments to fund the Department of Homeland Security.

“The American people are crying out against the unlawful actions of the President.  In response, the House has worked the will of the people by defunding these actions while fully funding the Department of Homeland Security.  Unfortunately, in a confounding show of dysfunction, Senate Democrats refuse to even allow consideration of that bill.