Hawley Op-Ed: The Border Bill’s Assault on American Workers

By U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) | Feb. 5, 2024 | Compact Magazine

This week, the Senate is supposedly voting on the biggest immigration overhaul in decades.  That is a polite way of saying that US workers are on the chopping block. The Senate’s “border deal” is a terrible bargain hashed out behind closed doors, one that sells out the American working class in favor of illegal immigrants, the biggest corporations, and Wall Street.  

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America’s big corporations want cheap labor. They don’t...

Hawley, Blumenthal Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Crack Down on Human Trafficking by Empowering Victims

U.S. Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) introduced bipartisan legislation to hold human traffickers accountable by giving victims their day in court.

“Human trafficking survivors deserve justice, not forced arbitration,” said Senator Hawley. “This legislation puts power in the hands of survivors and gives them the power to hold human traffickers accountable.”

“Forcing victims of modern-day slavery into a rigged arbitration system deprives them of one of the most...

Hawley Demands Investigation into Biden DHS Agents Pulled from Child Exploitation Cases After Additional Whistleblower Claims

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Joseph Cuffari, demanding an investigation into whistleblower allegations that the Biden DHS has reassigned hundreds of special agents charged with important investigations to menial tasks at the southern border – including handing out sandwiches to illegal immigrants.

The letter follows Senator Hawley’s questioning of DHS Secretary Mayorkas' testimony in last week's Senate Homeland...

Hawley Exposes Whistleblower Claim that Biden DHS Pulled Agents from Child Exploitation Cases to Make Sandwiches at Southern Border

During a second round of questioning at today’s Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) called out Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas for taking special investigators off of human trafficking and fentanyl cases and reassigning them to in-person services at the southern border.

Senator Hawley referenced a whistleblower who came to him with these allegations, then questioned the Secretary. “You're taking...

Hawley, Booker Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Crack Down on Child Labor Practices, Hold Corporations Accountable for Violations

Today U.S. Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced the bipartisan Preventing Child Labor Exploitation Act to prohibit companies that illegally employ children from securing coveted federal government contracts. Senator Hawley's legislation comes as the Department of Labor recently reported a startling 69 percent increase in illegal child labor since 2018. This dramatic uptick in child-labor exploitation includes a series of high-profile cases involving minors employed in...

Hawley Slams Biden Official for Releasing Migrant Children to Human Traffickers

Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) questioned Robin Dunn Marcos, Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, about the ongoing child migrant crisis at the southern border and the 85,000 children that the Biden Administration has lost track of.

"Do you really think that you are helping these children by releasing them to labor traffickers and yes, sex traffickers?" asked Senator Hawley. "85,000 children whom you have no contact with and your answer is—we gave them a presentation before...

Hawley Introduces Bill Empowering States to Fight Back Against Biden’s Border Crisis

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has introduced the State Border Defense Act to empower states to fight back against President Biden's failed immigration policies that are flooding America's streets with deadly narcotics and enabling a rise in child trafficking. Senator Hawley's legislation comes after the Biden Administration's repeated efforts to undermine states’ ability to secure their own borders—including preventing the installation of a buoy barrier and razor wire along the southern...

Hawley Presses Tyson Foods CEO on Dangerous Child Labor Practices

Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to Tyson Foods CEO Donnie King, demanding answers after a disturbing new report from The New York Times exposed unsafe, illegal child labor practices within the company.

"I am alarmed by new reports that Tyson Foods has actively participated in dangerous and illegal child labor practices," wrote Senator Hawley. "Any company that employs, facilitates, encourages, or excuses child labor must be held to account. In light of the facts, you owe...

New Hawley Bill Holds Corporations Accountable for Exploiting Biden’s Child Smuggling and Labor Crisis

Today U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced the Corporate Responsibility for Child Labor Elimination Act, new legislation that would compel large corporations to eradicate unlawful child labor, fueled by Biden’s border crisis, from their operations in the United States.

Recent investigative reporting has documented an explosive growth of migrant child labor in the United States and found evidence of unlawful child labor in the supply chains of some of America’s largest corporations.

“Joe...

Hawley Demands FBI Launch Full-Scale Effort to Locate Missing Migrant Children, Bring Child Labor Criminals to Justice

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray yesterday, demanding a full-scale effort be made to locate the nearly 85,000 migrant children that have gone missing under the Biden administration, while also bringing any child labor criminals holding them in modern-day slavery to justice.

"According to statistics kept by Customs and Border Protection, some 345,000 children have come across the border unaccompanied since early...