Texas GOP Still Set on Sending Vigilantes to the Border

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Frightening border bills haven't passed at the Lege yet, but might in special session.

to explicit recommendations from the Attorney General's Office, Texas leaders made clear in the lead-up to the 88th legislative session their hopes of wresting control of immigration enforcement away from the federal government. While Republicans largely failed to achieve those goals, Abbott called for an immediate special session to address border security, specifically focusing on criminal penalties for"the smuggling of persons or the operation of a stash house.

" The Texas Tribune reported that the bill failed after the Senate tried to add harsher penalties for immigration-related offenses, including mandatory minimum sentences of 10 years for human smuggling, and making it a crime for migrants to cross the border into Texas anywhere but at a point of entry.'s Beyond Borders team, summed the session up simply:"I think it was quite horrible.


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