Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) has announced the “State Border Defense Act,” which aims to provide states with more authority to enforce immigration laws and address border security issues. The legislation would authorize states to deport illegal immigrants encountered by local law enforcement and fund the construction of physical barriers along the US-Mexico border. States would also have the ability to prosecute illegal immigrants for crimes related to crossing the border.
Hawley’s proposal comes in response to what he sees as lax enforcement of immigration laws by the Biden administration. He believes that allowing states to take a more active role in immigration enforcement is necessary to address the current border crisis and ensure the enforcement of immigration laws.
The bill could potentially lead to an increase in the number of deportations carried out by individual states, as it grants them the authority to take action when federal immigration enforcement falls short.
The issue of immigration enforcement has been a contentious one in US politics, with differing opinions on how to address illegal immigration and border security. Hawley’s proposal reflects a more proactive approach by individual states in the absence of what he perceives as sufficient federal action.