Mo Brooks introduces bill to give states power to deny illegal alien resettlement

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Mo Brooks floor speech

Congressman Mo Brooks introduced a bill called the Local Control Act, a bill that aims to allow state governors and local elected officials to decline when the federal government attempts to settle illegal aliens in their communities. The bill states that the federal government must “require the Secretary of Homeland Security to notify the Governor of a State prior to the date on which any alien without lawful status under the immigration laws is transported to, housed in, or resettled in such
State, and for other purposes.”

Specifically, the bill would add a new section to the Immigration and Nationality Act that would state that illegal aliens could not be settled into a state 1) without the approval of the governor and 2) could not be placed into any locality in the state if that locality has a law or policy in effect disapproving of illegal alien resettlement in that area.

The “Local Control Act” is endorsed by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a border security advocacy group.

Brooks stated, “The first duty of any government is to protect its citizens against invaders. I believe in empowering governors and local elected officials to defend their states and communities since Joe Biden has proven incapable or unwilling to do his duty. Reports indicate that illegal aliens are being driven in unmarked white vans and being flown into communities in the dark of night by the Biden Administration. Recently, unvetted Afghan evacuees were placed in Alabama without any Alabamian’s consent. Americans shouldn’t be put at risk of terrorism, illegal alien crime, job losses, wage suppression, or any other number of things by a lawless presidential administration that is dead set on weakening America.”

Brooks has been a staunch critic of President Joe Biden’s handling of the crisis in Afghanistan. He expressed disapproval in September over the resettlement of Afghan nationals in Mobile.

Brooks commented, “Recently, unvetted Afghan evacuees were placed in Alabama without any Alabamian’s consent. Americans shouldn’t be put at risk of terrorism, illegal alien crime, job losses, wage suppression, or any other number of things by a lawless presidential administration that is dead set on weakening America.”

Dan Stein, President of FAIR, believes the law will help keep Americans.

Stein stated, “As the historic crisis on the border continues to worsen, FAIR applauds Representative Mo Brooks’ leadership in assuring that the wishes of the American people are respected by the federal government. The Local Control Act returns power to the American people by requiring state governors to approve any federal plans to house or resettle illegal aliens in their state. It also gives localities the ability to opt out of illegal alien resettlement. Federal funding should not be used to detriment the interests of U.S. citizens and lawful residents, and this bill will ensure that their voices are heard. Remember, the American people are the key stakeholders in when it comes to immigration, and this legislation treats them as such.”