On Sunday, Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott announced his intention to affix his signature to a novel state legislation that would grant all Lone Star State police officers the authority to apprehend immigrants who have unlawfully entered the state from another nation.
SB4, which would make illegally crossing the Texas-Mexico border a state misdemeanor and thereby authorize local police to handle immigration enforcement, was introduced by Texas Republicans to the governor last month.
“Texas is having to step up and do even more to make sure that we deny illegal entry into the state of Texas and as a result … in two weeks I’ll be singing [the] new law,” Abbot said during a recent interview.
“The problem is extraordinarily bad. The numbers are high, and that is because Joe Biden continues to lay out the welcome mat welcoming illegal immigrants into the United States of America.” he continued.
The most recent endeavor by Abbott, in his ongoing dispute with the open border policies of the Biden Administration, occurs during the tenure of President Joe Biden, during which millions of individuals have illegally crossed the border.
According to estimates cited by House Republicans from Yale University and the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the current number of unauthorized immigrants residing in the United States ranges from 16.8 million to 29 million. According to the data, approximately 3.8 million migrants entered the country during the administration of President Biden, surpassing the capabilities of U.S. Border Patrol authorities.
These authorities have continued to issue warnings regarding the unprecedented influx of unauthorized immigrants into the country.