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I just got back from another fact-finding trip to our disintegrating southern border, this time in Arizona where I was part of a group that met with scores of elected sheriffs at the Southwest Border Sheriff’s Coalition conference. What I discovered was terrifying. With Biden and Congress refusing to act to secure the border, what can be done?
Former Congressman John N. Hostettler, a vice president with the Texas Public Policy Foundation, briefed the gathered sheriffs on one potential action.
A federal statute passed in 1952 and amended in 1996—8 USC Sec. 1324—allows state and local law enforcement to arrest those who move and house aliens who have illegally entered the U.S. Unlike other federal statutes that require federal permission to enforce federal law, this statute allows state and local law enforcement to make arrests.
Further, the element of conspiracy added in the 1996 amendment means that illegal immigrants themselves can be arrested since they paid Mexican criminal drug and human trafficking cartels up to $8,000 to unlawfully enter America.
Unfortunately, while local law enforcement can arrest, the authority to prosecute under