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Hawley's New Bill Would Give States Vast Immigration Enforcement Powers

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As the US border crisis continues spiral out of control on account of the Biden administration’s lackadaisical attitude toward border security, a number of American lawmakers have felt compelled to take matters into their own hands.

For Texas Governor Greg Abbott and his Florida counterpart Ron DeSantis, that meant executing an advocacy campaign that provided migrants with transportation to liberal enclaves such as New York City and Martha’s Vineyard.

Congressman Josh Hawley is taking the sentiment a step further, however, looking to provide state lawmakers with an opportunity to pick up the federal government’s slack.

Legislation being introduced by Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., on Tuesday would allow states to enforce federal immigration law, including the deportation of illegal immigrants – as Hawley calls for the U.S. to “take the gloves off” to fight unlawful immigration.

The “Empowering States to Deport Illegal Immigrants Act” would authorize state and local law enforcement officers to enforce certain federal immigration laws, and comes amid ongoing Republican claims that the Biden administration is refusing to secure the border.

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The bill would effectively abrogate a 2012 Supreme Court case which significantly limited the ability for states to be involved in immigration enforcement. Instead, the bill would allow states to use their resources for immigration enforcement.

The move would be a big one.

It would give power to state prosecutors to initiate prosecutions for violations of federal immigration law. States would be able to deport illegal immigrants and for border states to move to secure the border.

Hawley has long been considered one of the MAGA Movement’s rising stars in Congress, an honor corroborated by just how much the liberal left despises him.

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.