Texas Governor Abbott Says He’ll Sign New Bill Into Texas Law That Makes Illegal Border Crossings A State Crime

The law will empower the state to arrest illegal immigrants

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(Gateway Pundit) Governor Greg Abbott of Texas is poised to sign a groundbreaking law, making illegal border crossing a state criminal offense. This move will grant state peace officers the authority to arrest illegal immigrants.

Governor Abbott revealed these plans during an interview with Maria Bartiromo.


Governor Abbott emphasized the severity of the immigration issue, attributing the high number of illegal crossings to failed policies and open border under Joe Biden’s regime.

“The problem is extraordinarily bad. The numbers are high. And it’s because Joe Biden continues to lay out the welcoming mat for illegal immigrants into the United States of America,” said Abbott.

However, Abbott highlighted that due to the construction of walls and razor wire barriers, Texas is no longer the primary entry point for illegal immigrants. Instead, these individuals are now more frequently using routes through the Tucson and San Diego sectors in other states.

He credited these measures for forcing cartels to alter their routes for illegal entry into the U.S.

Despite these changes, Governor Abbott underscored the need for Texas to take further action.

“Texas is having to step up and do even more to make sure that we deny illegal entry into the state of Texas,” Abbott said.

Under the new law, which Governor Abbott plans to sign in two weeks, it will become a state-level criminal offense to enter Texas illegally from another country. This legislation extends the authority to every peace officer in Texas to arrest individuals who violate this law.

“I’ll be signing a new law in the state of Texas that will make it illegal for people to enter the state of Texas from another country illegally and authorizing every peace officer in the state of Texas to arrest those people entering our country illegally,” said Abbott.

Last month, The Gateway Pundit reported that the Texas House of Representatives has passed immigration bills that mark a drastic shift in the state’s approach to border control.

The House approved measures on Tuesday to not only allocate over $1.5 billion for additional border barriers but also to criminalize the act of illegally crossing the Texas-Mexico border as a state crime.

Senate Bill 3 would channel $1.54 billion towards the construction of border barriers and fund state troopers to patrol Colony Ridge, a housing development near Houston.

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