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Attorney General Ashley Moody wants more authority to crack down on illegal immigration and she’s teaming up with U.S. Rep. Bill Posey to get it.
Moody’s office said Posey has agreed to introduce a bill that would enable state Attorneys General to act on immigration cases if the U.S. Department of Homeland Security “fails” to “enforce the nation’s public-safety immigration laws.”
Posey will file the legislation, titled the Immigration and Enforcement Partnership Act of 2023, on Friday.
The legislation will require state AGs to inform DHS if they believe they are not enforcing the laws on the books. If DHS doesn’t enforce the laws referenced within 30 days — or authorize the state to do so in its stead — the state Attorney General would be allowed to file a civil action to enforce these requirements.
The bill also requires the courts to expedite proceedings on such action to the greatest extent practicable.
“In just two years, Biden has completely destroyed border security. U.S. Customs and Border Protection sources report that 1.2 million inadmissible immigrants evaded authorities. The out-of-control Southwest Border continues to allow thousands of pounds of illicit and deadly substances like fentanyl into the country, causing record-shattering drug overdose deaths in the United States,” Moody said.
“If the federal government refuses to act, then state Attorneys General should be able to step up and actually enforce our nation’s laws — to protect the citizens of their states.”
Posey added, “Maintaining operational control over our borders is critical to our security and our ability to stop drug smugglers, human traffickers, and those on terrorist watch lists, who are invading our country and mean to do harm to our communities. When the federal government abdicates its role in securing our nation’s borders and refuses to enforce immigration laws, states should have authority to protect their citizens.”
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