(DCWatchdog.com) – As President Joe Biden has left the US-Mexican border completely unprotected, allowing the nation’s invasion by millions of illegal Third World immigrants, the GOP leadership of Texas has moved to rectify that, making border jumping a state crime with a new law.
Close to 10 million illegal immigrants have entered the United States since Biden occupied the White House three years ago.
On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott enacted a groundbreaking piece of legislation, SB 4, making Texas the first state to authorize law enforcement officers to arrest migrants who enter the state illegally.
The bill signing, a significant event in Texas’ legislative history, took place at the Brownsville border wall base, Breitbart News reports.
SB 4 is a critical component of a broader legislative initiative to curb the influx of migrants from Mexico.
This suite of measures was passed during two special sessions of the Texas Legislature this fall.
The bill signing ceremony saw the presence of notable figures including Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd, Texas Adjutant General Major General Thomas Suelzer, Texas Border Czar Mike Banks, and several state senators and representatives. Notably absent was House Speaker Dade Phelan.
Senate Bill 4, from the fourth special session, criminalizes illegal entry into Texas from a foreign nation.
This law represents a firm stance by Texas against illegal border crossings between official ports of entry.
It introduces the offense of illegal reentry, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison and includes provisions for offenders to be sent back to their country of origin.
Additionally, it grants civil immunity and indemnification to local and state government officials and employees involved in enforcing these provisions.
This Texas law parallels a federal statute under Title 8 of the United States Code 1325, which categorizes illegal entry into the US as a misdemeanor for first-time offenders and a felony for repeat offenders.
However, under the Biden federal administration, enforcement of this statute has been minimal.
In a process akin to federal proceedings, migrants in Texas may opt to return to their home countries as part of sentencing agreements, similar to the federal courts’ Stipulated Deportation process, where a migrant agrees to removal as part of the sentencing.
Furthermore, the Texas Legislature has passed laws, signed by Governor Abbott, that impose a mandatory ten-year minimum prison sentence for smuggling persons.