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Bipartisan bill supports Department of Defense Cyber Scholarships WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), joined by Representatives John Ratcliffe (R-TX), Pete Aguilar (D-CA), Ted W. Lieu (D-CA), Rick Allen (R- GA), and Hank Johnson (D-GA), today introduced the Department of Defense (DOD) Cyber Scholarship Program Act of 2017, legislation that would improve the cybersecurity workforce pipeline by reinvigorating and improving an existing DOD scholarship program for students pursuing degrees in cybersecurity fields. The bill is the House companion to S. 592, introduced by Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), David Perdue (R-GA), and Mike Rounds (R-SD). “The Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) has boosted the nation’s cyber forces through scholarships and grant opportunities at colleges and universities across the country, and has strengthened the Department of Defense as a result,” said Langevin, the co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus, who is also a senior member of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees. “I have been a longtime supporter of these types of initiatives across the whole of government, and it is imperative we reinvigorate this program, which has done so much good for our superiority in cyberspace.” The DOD Cyber Scholarship Program Act would rename the IASP as the DOD Cyber Scholarship Program, expand scholarships to students pursuing Associate’s Degrees, and authorize the scholarship program to receive $10 million in Fiscal Year 2018. Due to budget constraints, IASP stopped recruiting new students in 2013, starving the Department of needed cyber talent and increasing the difficulty of recruiting skilled professionals into government positions. “America needs the best and brightest to tackle the cybersecurity challenges we’re confronted with each day. Step one is making cybersecurity service to the nation more attractive. This bill increases educational opportunities for those who can help bolster United States’ own cyber workforce, which will 18 Congressman Jim Langevin strengthen our ability to face growing cybersecurity challenges both now and moving forward,” said Ratcliffe. “The strength of our national security is dependent on the investments we put into it. With the rapid advances we’ve seen in cyberwarfare, having a trained and prepared workforce is essential to protecting the homeland,” said Aguilar. “I am pleased to co-lead the bipartisan DOD Cyber Scholarship Program Act to provide $10 million in scholarship funds to aspiring cybersecurity students. As a Computer Science major myself, I am well aware of the threats facing our nation in the cybersecurity area. The DOD needs to have the best and brightest cybersecurity professionals with eager minds ready to put their education to work securing the nation’s military weapons systems and communication networks,” said Lieu. More on page 41

Border Security and Immigration Trump scapegoats immigrants with creation of “Office of Victims of Immigration and Crime Engagement” President Trump stated that he has “ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American victims during his Joint Address to congress. The office is called VOICE – Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement. Any victim of crime deserves acknowledgement and sympathy, and crime is an issue that must be taken seriously. However, the emphasis on victims of immigrant crimes is problematic. It only serves to scapegoat and demonize immigrants even though the data clearly shows that immigrants, including unauthorized immigrants, are less likely than nativeborn Americans to commit crimes. The creation of this office had been included in the interior enforcement Executive Order that was signed in January, and in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo implementing the Executive Order. According to the memo, this office is to be a “programmatic liaison between ICE and the known victims of crime committed by removable aliens,” and will ensure that victims are provided information about the offender such as immigration status and custody status. In addition to creating the VOICE office, the administration has ordered monthly public reports on immigrants who have committed crimes and any local jurisdictions that release them from custody. VOICE raises many concerns: 1. Efforts like VOICE may create a climate of discrimination, suspicion, and hatred against all immigrants, and will embolden antiimmigrant groups. “It will lead to more harassment, more hate crimes, more bullying, and more discrimination against anybody who looks like he may be an immigrant,” stated Frank Sharry of America’s Voice. The last year has seen an increase in hate groups, according to the 19 Photo: Elvert Barne Southern Poverty Law Center, and very recently several likely hate crimes have made headlines. In February an Indian immigrant was killed by an American man who thought he was of Middle Eastern descent and told him to “get out of my country.” Even more recently, a Sikh man was shot in Washington state after being told “Go back to your own country.” 2. The money going to VOICE could be better spent to help victims. In response to the President’s announcement, the National Center for the Victims of Crime said that More on page 26

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