A Quick Look at S. 2538, the “ICE Agent Support Act of 2016”

DAILY SIGNAL — Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the presidential candidate, have introduced a bill into the Senate dubbed the “ICE Agent Support Act of 2016“, whose intent is “[t]o provide resources and incentives for the enforcement of immigration laws in the interior of the United States.”

It is a good bill and deserves to be recognized as such, although it’s unlikely to become law in a hotly contested election year, particularly given that this president would almost certainly veto the legislation.

The bill would direct that certain civil fines collected into the Treasury Department’s Immigration Enforcement Account be used to offset money appropriated to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for identifying and removing criminal aliens, including maintenance and updating of systems used for that purpose, reimbursement of salaries and expenses, and provision of firearms, vehicles, and equipment within ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations Division (ERO), which handles virtually all of the immigration work within ICE. This is accomplished by amending a portion of Section 280 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) (8 U.S.C. Sec. 1330).

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