House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 26, 2015.
House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 26, 2015. Lauren Victoria Burke AP
House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 26, 2015. Lauren Victoria Burke AP

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