WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressmen Clay Higgins (R-LA) and Lou Correa (D-CA), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Subcommittee on Border Security and Enforcement, introduced the bipartisan Cooperation on Combating Human Smuggling and Trafficking Act which would enhance border security and combat human trafficking.
This legislation would direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to enhance border security by expanding bilateral cooperation with Mexican, Central American, and South American law enforcement to identify and disrupt human smuggling and human trafficking operations.
“Human trafficking is evil, and everyone who participates in it is doomed to face judgment in the eyes of God,” said Chairman Higgins.“Criminal cartels make billions by trafficking in human misery. This legislation will help enhance American partnership with selected law enforcement agencies in Mexico, Central America and South America. This legislation is a strategic maneuver in our war against the cartels.”
“This legislation represents a real, bipartisan effort to not only begin to address the root causes of migration, but to save lives at home and abroad,”said Ranking Member Correa.“By expanding American partnership with authorities in Mexico, Central America, and South America—and supporting their efforts to investigate and prosecute human smugglers and traffickers targeting children and families—we will make meaningful strides towards disrupting human trafficking operations at their roots and keeping our nation’s border safe, secure, and humane.”
Read the legislation here.