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Culberson Urges AG Sessions to Fight Human Trafficking

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Washington D.C., April 26, 2018 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative John Culberson (TX-07), Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS), chaired a hearing focused on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) fiscal year 2019 budget request. Rep. Culberson pressed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on his efforts to increase investigations into terrorism and prosecutions of opioid dealers, fight drug and human trafficking, and enforce immigration laws.

Following the hearing, Rep. Culberson issued the following statement.

“I’m proud of the work my Subcommittee has done to support the Department of Justice’s efforts to reduce the number of people who fall victim to drug and human traffickers, terrorists, and violent criminals.

“I urge Attorney General Jeff Sessions to enforce existing law. Cities that receive our hard-earned tax dollars must follow federal immigration laws, and any sanctuary cities must not receive federal law enforcement grants.

“My Subcommittee will ensure that federal, state, and local law enforcement officers have the necessary resources to protect our communities and our country.”

Watch Rep. Culberson’s opening statement here.

Read Rep. Culberson’s Memo: Reining in Sanctuary Cities by Enforcing Existing Law here.

Rep. Culberson’s Work to Fight Human Trafficking & Secure Border

  • Since taking over as Chairman of CJS, Rep. Culberson has increased grants to fight human trafficking by 82 percent, and he has also advocated to increase Homeland Security Investigations funding to combat this major problem.
    • This includes increased funding for the Minor Victims of Trafficking Grant program and victim services grants for labor-trafficked minors, and funding to relieve the unacceptable backlog of rape kits. 
  • This past year, he worked to ensure there is over $600 million in the 2018 CJS bill to fight human trafficking, fund grants to help stop violence against women, and support missing and exploited children programs.
  • This year, he provided funds for over 100 additional immigration judge teams to speed up the removal of people who are in the country illegally.



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