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Congressman Mo Brooks Introduces Trio of Major Immigration Bills

February 5, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC— Friday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) introduced a trio of major immigration bills in the 117th Congress— No Social Security for Illegal Aliens Act of 2021, the Arrest Statistics Reporting Act, and the American Jobs First Act of 2021.

"Congressman Brooks has established himself as a leader in Congress in fighting to end illegal immigration and to create a legal immigration system that better serves the interest of American workers. With these bills, it's clear that Congressman Brooks plans to take this fight to the 117th Congress," said Chris Chmielenski, Deputy Director, NumbersUSA.”

RJ Hauman, Government Relations Director for Federation for American Immigration Reform said, "Congressman Mo Brooks is once again leading the charge on protecting American workers and families at a critical time. These three pieces of legislation check a few of the most important boxes on immigration policy — proper illegal alien crime data, no taxpayer benefits for illegal aliens, and finally reforming a deeply flawed guest worker program. We applaud him and urge every one of his colleagues to cosponsor." 

1. The No Social Security for Illegal Aliens Act would prohibit the distribution of Social Security benefits to illegal aliens who perform unauthorized work in the United States. Demonstrating their contempt for American law, illegal aliens often use fraudulent Social Security numbers to flout current law which forbids illegal aliens from receiving Social Security payments.

No Social Security for Illegal Aliens Act original cosponsors: Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Bill Posey (FL-08), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Ted Budd (NC-13), Thomas Massie (KY-04), Scott Perry (PA-10), Debbie Lesko (AZ-08), Brian Babin (TX-36), Randy Weber (TX-14), Mathew Rosendale (MT-At Large), Ralph Norman (SC-05), Jody Hice (GA-10), Dan Bishop (NC-09), Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Barry Moore (AL-02), Matt Gaetz (FL-01), and Bob Gibbs (OH-07). 

About the No Social Security for Illegal Aliens Act, Congressman Brooks said, “The prospect of ‘free’ government services and benefits is a giant magnet for illegal aliens. Congress should do absolutely everything in our power to eliminate that giant magnet. That’s why I’ve reintroduced the ‘No Social Security for Illegal Aliens Act.’ It would prohibit the distribution of Social Security benefits to illegal aliens who perform unauthorized work in the United States. The bottom line is, NO illegal alien should be rewarded with government benefits for breaking America’s laws.”

2. The Arrest Statistics Reporting Act does two things. First, it requires that arrest reports already sent to the FBI by state and local governments include the best known immigration status of the arrestee. Second, it requires the federal government to publish illegal alien crime data in the FBI’s annual crime reports. This data will better inform the public and lawmakers about illegal alien crime and help lawmakers make better decisions needed to protect American lives.

Arrest Statistics Reporting Act original cosponsors: Brian Babin (TX-36), Jody Hice (GA-10), and Doug LaMalfa (CA-01).

About the Arrest Statistics Reporting Act, Congressman Brooks said, “America’s policymakers face an information gap that undermines our ability to make immigration policy decisions that protect American lives from the threat posed by illegal alien crime. Policymakers know that, in FY 2020, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducted 103,603 administrative arrests. Those arrested had criminal histories including more than 1,800 homicide-related offenses, 1,600 kidnappings, 3,800 robberies, 37,000 assaults, and 10,000 sex crimes.[1] But, federal crime data alone is insufficient. Many of the most heinous crimes, such as murder, rape, violent assaults, and the like, are prosecuted at the city, county and state level. Currently, Congress does not have access to city, county and state level data on crimes committed by lawful immigrants or illegal aliens.”

Brooks continued, “My bill, the Arrest Statistics Reporting Act, requires that arrest reports sent to the FBI by state and local governments include the best known immigration status of the arrestee. Further, it requires that illegal alien crime data be published in the FBI’s annual crime reports. This data will better inform the public and lawmakers about illegal alien crime and help us make the more informed decisions that are needed to protect American lives.”

3. The American Jobs First Act overhauls the H-1B visa program that, too often, harms American workers. The American Jobs First Act is aimed directly at combatting American worker replacement like the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) attempted last summer. As was widely reported, TVA planned to layoff at least 120 of its American technology workers with the intention of replacing them with lower cost foreign H-1B guest workers.

The American Jobs First Act:

  • Stops employers from hiring foreign H-1B workers if they have recently, or plan to, furlough their U.S. workers
  • Requires employers to pay their H-1B workers more than their American workers to ensure foreign labor is only used when absolutely necessary
  • Suspends the F-1 OPT program, which grants all foreign students extendable work permits and exacerbates job market competition among American graduates
  • Ends the unfair diversity visa lottery program, which fails to serve U.S. interests by issuing 50,000 green cards to foreigners from around the world regardless of their qualifications

The American Jobs First Act original cosponsors: Matt Gaetz (FL-01) and Lance Gooden (TX-05).

About the American Jobs First Act, Congressman Brooks said, “My American Jobs First Act will bring much needed reform and oversight to the H-1B visa program to ensure that U.S. workers are no longer disadvantaged in their own country. To end the allure of cheap foreign labor, the bill will require employers to pay any H-1B workers a minimum amount of $110,000. And to stop American worker replacement, my bill will require companies seeking H-1B labor to not have fired any American workers for at least two years without just cause and commit to not firing any workers without just cause for two years after. Commonsense H-1B reform measures like these, alongside ending the unfair Optional Practical Training (OPT) and diversity visa lottery programs, all serve to promote American interests when it comes to immigration.”

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[1] https://www.ice.gov/features/ERO-2020

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