Border Crisis Prompts Southern Senators to Re-Introduce the Empowering Law Enforcement Act

Matt O'Hern
The border crisis has prompted Republican Senators to re-introduce law enforcement legislation.Photo byPixabayonUnsplash

Following the expiration of Title 42, U.S. Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), and Representative Buddy Carter (R-Ga-01) reintroduced legislation to counteract the Biden administration’s refusal to enforce U.S. immigration laws.

The Empowering Law Enforcement Act would grant state and local law enforcement inherent immigration enforcement authority to investigate, identify, apprehend, arrest, detain, or transfer an illegal immigrant who has entered the U.S. Additionally, this legislation would provide the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary flexibility on how long a criminal alien may be detained, extending the 180-day period to ensure violent criminals are not released back into communities.

“Biden’s open border agenda has created an unprecedented crisis at our southern border,” Sen. Blackburn said. “Amid this disaster, we must equip state and local law enforcement with the tools they need to stem the mass influx of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border. This bill ensures that even in sanctuary cities, where federal immigration officials have their hands tied, state and local officers can enforce immigration laws. Border Patrol is overwhelmed, and the Empowering Law Enforcement Act will give them the backup they desperately need to secure the border.”

“With the Biden administration ignoring federal law and facilitating historic levels of illegal immigration, we should give state and local law enforcement the authority to keep their communities safe,” Sen. Tuberville said. “The Empowering Law Enforcement Act gives state and local officers the ability to enforce immigration laws when federal officers are prohibited from doing so. It also would extend the detention period for dangerous criminal aliens. The Biden administration has opened up our border and undermined our law enforcement — this bill would bring that to an end.”

“Like all our law enforcement officers right now, thanks to the dangerous ‘defund the police’ movement, our border patrol agents are overworked and are not properly resourced or supported,” Representative Carter said. “This bill will empower law enforcement to enforce immigration laws, even in sanctuary cities, so that they can keep our communities safe and restore law and order. With the recent influx in border crossings due to the expiration of Title 42, this is an all hands on deck situation.”

To learn more about Title 42, see the article: Senators Slam Biden for Ending Title 42 During Illegal Immigration Crisis.

The legislation is endorsed by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

“FAIR supports the Empowering Law Enforcement Act of 2023, and believes now is the time to provide more tools to state and local law enforcement officers who are bearing the burden of our border crisis and mass illegal immigration surges,” said FAIR.

This is original content from NewsBreak’s Creator Program. Join today to publish and share your own content.

Comments / 75

Published by

Matt O’Hern’s journalism experience includes political news reporting for various organizations and news publications in Florida since 2005. O’Hern graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, AL with a degree in journalism.

Orlando, FL

More from Matt O'Hern

Comments / 0