(FeaturedNews.com) – A new bill has been introduced by Texas Republicans in the state House. If it passes, it could potentially allow citizens to have the authority to arrest migrants caught illegally crossing into the U.S.
In the past year, President Joe Biden has faced pressure from Republicans to secure the U.S.-Mexico border due to the influx of migrants that have been entering the U.S. during his time in office. As a response to the migration crisis, many GOP-led states, including Texas, have started busing operations in order to transport migrants to cities like Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C., in order to decongest the border areas and protest against the administration’s “open-border” policies.
The new House Bill 20, which was filed by Texas State Representative Matt Schaefer, could help further strengthen the state’s control over its own border. The bill proposes the formation of a Texas Border Protection Unit, which will be allowed to “arrest, detain, and deter individuals crossing the border illegally, including with the use of non-deadly force.”
The unit’s selected chief would also be allowed to bring into his team “law-abiding citizens without a felony conviction” who could be a part of the unit. However, those citizens would not be allowed to make arrests “unless trained and specifically authorized by the governor.”
As per the bill, the Texas governor, currently Republican Greg Abbott, “shall appoint a citizen of the United States” as the Border Protection Unit’s chief, who is going to receive an annual salary for his service. Their self-appointed deputy and assistant chiefs would also have an annual salary “as provided by the legislature.”
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