Rep. Steve Pearce, R-Dist. 2, introduced a bipartisan immigration bill with a Texas representative Wednesday that they say will help bring accountability, transparency and cooperation to border patrol efforts.
The Border Enforcement, Accountability, Oversight and Community Engagement Act of 2014, was introduced with Rep Beto O’Rourke, D-Tex.
“Today’s bill is a direct response to the needs of our constituents, and is a resounding statement that the two parties can successfully work together on immigration reform,” said Pearce. “This bill helps ensure proper training for all agents and officers, as well as providing mechanisms for greater interaction with the communities in which they serve and protect.”
The legislation is expected to create new ways for people to resolve issues with Customs and Border Protection. It calls for adding an ombudsman for border and immigration related concerns for local residents.
Pearce and O’Rourke met with ranchers, immigrants, commuters and others who approached them with their personal stories and ideas for improving CPB operations, according to a news release issued by Pearce’s office.