So, on October 4, 2023, U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) introduced the State Border Defense Act to empower states to fight back against President Biden’s failed immigration policies. Hawley did this in response to Biden’s policies. Those policies are flooding America’s streets with deadly narcotics and increasing child trafficking.
Secure Own Borders
Senator Hawley’s legislation comes after the Biden Administration’s repeated efforts to undermine states’ ability to secure their own borders—including preventing the installation of a buoy barrier and razor wire along the southern border. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported a record 232,972 southern border encounters in August—the highest monthly total in 2023 thus far.
Senator Hawley said,
Our southern border is overrun. Joe Biden’s dangerous open-border policies are making it worse every single day, leaving states like Missouri to deal with the consequences. Since the federal government refuses to enforce our immigration laws, states must be able to .
Hawley’s State Border Defense Act would allow states to:
- Remove illegal immigrants from the country rather than sending them to other states
- Prosecute people who commit crimes while entering the country illegally
- Construct barriers on federal lands or waters along the southern border to prevent illegal immigration
You can read the full bill text here.