Congressman Al Green Passes Homeland Security Legislation

Oct 23, 2019

(Washington, D.C.) – On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, Congressman Al Green’s legislation, H.R. 4713, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) Authorization Act of 2019, was approved by the House Committee on Homeland Security. This legislation would make certain improvements to CRCL. Congressman Green released the following statement:

“H.R. 4713 – the Department of Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Authorization Act – will improve the accountability, transparency, and responsibility of the office that is intended to oversee civil rights and liberties. The legislation calls for investigative reports and reviews of Department programs to be publicized on the Department’s website and establishes CRCL officers to guarantee improved oversight. A significant requirement of H.R. 4713 is that CRCL officers must submit an annual report of their findings to the President and Congress.

“As Members of Congress, it is imperative that we provide safeguards against bad DHS policies and programs that effectively threaten constitutional rights.  I thank Chairman Bennie Thompson for his leadership as well as my colleagues on the House Committee on Homeland Security for approving this important measure. I look forward to its passage on the Floor of the House of Representatives.”