H.Res. 14: Recognizing the importance of the Border Patrol in combating human smuggling and commending the Department of Justice for increasing the rate of human smuggler prosecutions

H.Res. 14

Recognizing the importance of the Border Patrol in combating human smuggling and commending the Department of Justice for increasing the rate of human smuggler prosecutions

Date
May 6, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

H.Res. 14 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on January 6, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 14 resolves that the House of Representatives:

  • "reaffirms its support for the role and importance of the Border Patrol in combating human smuggling; and
  • "commends the Department of Justice for increasing the rate of human smuggler prosecutions and urges the Department of Justice to continue prosecuting human smugglers at a rate that will help eliminate the scourge of human smuggling."

Background

Trafficking in people for prostitution and forced labor is one of the most prolific areas of international criminal activity, with the overwhelming majority of those trafficked being women and children. According to State Department estimates, approximately 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year and two to four million people are trafficked each year within countries. Numbers are even higher for trafficked laborers. As many as 17,500 people are believed to be trafficked to the United States each year. Furthermore, human trafficking is quickly becoming a leading source of profits for organized crime syndicates, generating billions of dollars.