Border Crackdown Approved in 16-13 Vote

( – Arizona’s state senate has approved a new measure to fight against illegal immigration in a 16-13 vote along party lines.

The new ballot will allow local police to arrest migrants for illegally crossing any part of the Mexican border other than approved entry ports. It also brings the state government into the fight against illegal immigration, as state judges will be able to prosecute illegal border crossings without federal approval.

Far-left activists claimed the legislation stems from racism after they were seen yelling “stop the hate” at protests against the bill. However, supporters noted that the US Border Patrol has been overwhelmed by the influx of illegal immigrants during Joe Biden’s presidency. That influx has led to a sharp increase in violence and drug trafficking.

The problem has spread far beyond the border, drawing ire from Biden’s own party as far away as New York. The federal government has repeatedly cracked down on state efforts to stop illegal immigration while failing to protect its own borders. It is currently in an intense fight with the state of Texas after Republican Governor Greg Abbott disobeyed federal orders to take down razor wire placed along the border.

It also sued to prevent another state-level attempt to stop illegal immigration in 2010. Federal officials falsely claimed that it violated Constitutional law. They claimed immigration is a federal issue despite refusing to follow its rules to secure the border.

Supporters said the federal government has not only continued its refusal to secure the border, but actually encourages illegal immigration to continue. Therefore, they claim state efforts are essential to protecting citizens.

Jake Hoffman, a Republican state Senator representing the city of Queen Creek, echoed those concerns. He referred to the ongoing illegal border crossings as an invasion. However, a provision was included to exclude those who illegally immigrated to Arizona before the law took effect. It will be presented to Arizona voters in November for approval.

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