Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Immigration

We need stronger borders to help address the tide of drugs like heroin, meth and marijuana that are flowing across our borders, and into Indiana and the rest of the country. There is a broad consensus in Congress that our immigration system is broken and in desperate need of repair. I believe that we can come to an agreement that both strengthens our borders and reforms our immigration system while respecting the rule of law and our values as a nation of immigrants.

First, we must focus on securing all of our borders and ports, enforcing the immigration laws that already exist, and safeguarding our workforce through effective verification systems. It is essential that our immigration system be reflective of our national interests while keeping Americans safe.

Second, we must work together to reform our broken immigration system to ensure that it is efficient and just, and I look forward to a full debate about how we can achieve this goal.

Third, in discussions of immigration reform, we must not group legal immigrants in to the discussion of undocumented immigrants. Legal immigrants make huge contributions to our country and to Indiana in particular. It is unfair to people who invest the time, resources and effort to legally immigrate to the United States for us to afford the same benefits and opportunities to people who enter our country illegally. Illegal immigrants are part of our workforce and thus contributing to our communities as well, however those illegal immigrants who commit violent and drug-related crimes cannot be tolerated. They should be prioritized for deportation.

Lastly, DREAMERS, children who have not committed crimes and whose parents entered the country illegally,  present a difficult issue for all of us. I am committed on working towards finding a compassionate resolution to their immigration status and that of their families.

I look forward to working with my colleagues on securing all of our borders and ports, enforcing the laws that are already on the books, and repairing our broken immigration system. 

More on Immigration

Sep 17, 2017 In The News

INDIANAPOLIS - What approach does the President want to take on DACA, and how will it effect an already contentious political climate for congressional Republicans?

It's a vexing questions for many in the GOP, after President Trump met again with House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer this past week, leading to confusion over whether a deal was imminent allowing "dreamers" to stay if more border security enhancements were put in place.

Sep 6, 2017 In The News

Rep. Brooks says DACA issue has to be addressed

ANDERSON – Madison County’s congressional delegation is in agreement that the nation’s immigration system needs to be reformed and at the same time address the issue of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Sep 5, 2017 News Releases

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) issued the following statement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:

Sep 5, 2017 In The News

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – There are strong reactions across the nation today after the Trump administration announced its decision to end DACA, an Obama-era policy protecting undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children.

Among those reacting to the termination of the program are local officials and businessmen. Below is a compilation of those statements.

Sen.  Todd Young (R-Ind.) 

Feb 4, 2017 In The News

ANDERSON — Rep. Susan Brooks said nothing that President Donald Trump has done in his first two weeks in office has been a surprise.

Brooks, a Republican who represents Indiana's 5th District, was at the Anderson Impact Center on Saturday for one of her regular “Connect with Your Congresswoman” event.

She said the executive order issued by President Donald Trump on immigration policies from seven Middle Eastern predominately Muslin nations, needs to be clarified.

Jan 29, 2017 News Releases

Washington, D.C.  – Rep. Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) released the following statement today on the President’s executive order on immigration:  

Feb 4, 2016 In The News

The Indiana congressional delegation sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to directly intervene in the plight of adopted children from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Indiana has the highest number of adopted Congolese children that have yet to join their American families.

Nov 19, 2015 News Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) voted in favor  of H.R. 4038, the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act of 2015. The SAFE Act establishes the most robust national security vetting process in our nation’s history, providing the safeguards needed to ensure that we are doing everything possible to prevent terrorists and foreign fighters from reaching our shores.

Sep 14, 2015 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks sat in her Capitol Hill office late Wednesday afternoon and said that despite all the evidence to the contrary, there is a clear path forward on the issue of immigration reform.

It’s out there, she insisted. The common ground — it’s out there.

It’s just being trampled and overshadowed by all the rhetoric, by the demand for a silver-bullet bill that magically takes care of everything, and by political leaders on both sides of he aisle who just haven’t had the will to take on the issue in a serious and practical way.