Bipartisan push for increased state authority in addressing illegal immigration
Written and Drafted By Shafeek Ahmad, Published On 13-November-2023, 11:26 AM EST.
Washington, D.C. – In a united effort, attorneys general from 26 states are urging newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson to prioritize legislation aimed at empowering state officials to act as federal immigration officers. Led by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, the coalition emphasizes the need for swift action to address the ongoing migrant crisis.
The attorneys general, representing a diverse range of states, have penned a letter congratulating Speaker Johnson on his new role and urging him to prioritize the Immigration Enforcement Partnership Act of 2023 (H.R. 1337) or similar legislation. The proposed law, introduced by Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fla.), grants states increased authority to address illegal immigration by involving state officials in federal immigration enforcement.
Background: H.R. 1337 proposes that if the head of the Department of Homeland Security fails to fulfill non-discretionary duties related to enforcing U.S. immigration law, state attorneys general can formally request DHS intervention. In the absence of a DHS response within 30 days, state officials may assume the role of immigration officers in apprehending, arresting, and deporting illegal immigrants.
Call for Action: Despite the bill being introduced last year, state officials lament its lack of progress in the House. The attorneys general are hopeful that Speaker Johnson’s leadership will facilitate a hearing, emphasizing the urgency due to record numbers of migrant encounters, including those on terror watchlists, at the southern border.
Security Concerns: The letter underscores the escalating threats at the U.S. border, citing increased fentanyl seizures and the recent Hamas terrorist attack against Israel. The attorneys general argue that empowering states is crucial to addressing these security challenges promptly.
Judicial System Limitations: While acknowledging ongoing legal battles against the administration, the attorneys general stress that relying solely on the judicial system is insufficient to address the crisis effectively.
Conclusion: In a separate statement, Attorney General Moody highlights the importance of passing the Immigration Enforcement Partnership Act to counter the growing terror threat and secure the border. The letter concludes with a plea for an expedited hearing on the proposed legislation.
Source: Fox News
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