27 Feb 2016

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) is joining Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to push for legislation to increase immigration enforcement and crack down on guest worker abuse.

This week Brooks introduced companion bills to Cruz and Sessions’ ICE Agent Support Act and the American Jobs First Act in the House.

The first bill mandates that civil fines collected from immigration violations be used to fund immigration enforcement far from the border, and the second bill changes the H-1B white-collar guest-worker program to help American college-grads.

Cruz and Sessions introduced both bills the the Senate earlier this year.

“I was pleased to file companion legislation to a pair of measures introduced by Senators Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions, which would empower Immigration and Customs Enforcement in their efforts to identify and remove illegal aliens while reforming our foreign-worker visa program so that it cannot be used against American workers,” Brooks said Wednesday.

Brooks added that, like Sessions, he thinks immigration reform should put the American people first.

“Similarly, we must ensure that our federal immigration enforcement officers have the adequate resources to do their jobs efficiently and effectively,” he continued. “Put simply, the ICE Agent Support Act would channel fines imposed on various illegal immigrants into an immigration enforcement fund, supporting our brave immigration enforcement agents.”

In a statement Cruz thanked Brooks for his assist and reiterated the intend of both pieces of legislation, namely to “ to repair the H-1B visa program to prevent it from displacing American workers” and to show a “clear signal of support to the ICE agents who risk their lives on a daily basis to enforce our nation’s immigration laws.”