A new bill introduced by a Congressional Republican this week would drastically increase the criminal penalties for those illegally entering the United States; making first-time crossing a federal felony instead of a misdemeanor.
The legislation -introduced by Tennessee GOP Rep. Diane Black- would make all first-time crossers face felony charges and face a mandatory jail sentence of one year in prison.
“Her Zero Tolerance for Illegal Entry Act would change the punishment for those apprehended illegally entering the U.S. for the first time to one year and one day in prison, which therefore makes it a felony. Today, the misdemeanor offense comes with jail term of up to six months,” writes the Washington Examiner.
“What this bill does is it sets up a huge disincentive,” she told the Washington Examiner. “There is already a process set up and they should be using what the process is … We’re not penalizing people are who doing things the right way seeking asylum. This is for people who are going around the system.”
Read the full story at the Washington Examiner.
CALIFORNIA CHAOS: Trump Tours BORDER WALL, Unloads on 'Sanctuary State' Officials
President Donald Trump touched-down in the ‘Sanctuary State’ of California Tuesday; touring his border wall and meeting with members of law enforcement as the region continues to spiral out of control after months of unprecedented homelessness and a spike in crime.
The President spoke with reporters while inspecting the varying prototypes of his proposed border wall with Mexico; saying California officials were secretly “begging” him to build the barrier.
WATCH: President Trump speaks near the U.S.-Mexico border as he inspects border wall prototypes
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 13, 2018
“The state of California is begging us to build walls in certain areas, they don’t tell you that. We said, ‘No, we won’t do it until we build the whole wall.’ There are certain areas where they’re really wanting us to build a wall,” Trump told the crowd. “People are complaining, because people are pouring in. They don’t talk about that.”
“You have to have see-through, you have to know what’s on the other side of the wall,” he said when asked if he preferred one specific prototype. “If you don’t know what’s on the other side of the wall, you could be two-feet away from a criminal cartel and you won’t even know they’re there.”
'TOTAL CATASTROPHE': Four Separate IMMIGRATION BILLS FAIL in US Senate
Four separate immigration bills crashed and burned in the US Senate this week, capping off a week of fiery debate, negotiations, and eventually defeat as both the President’s proposal and a bipartisan bill failed to secure enough votes.
Trump’s four-part immigration plan -which would provide a pathway to citizenship for nearly two million ‘Dreamers,’ fund his border wall, and end “chain” migration- went down in defeat, with many Republicans joining their Democrat colleagues and sinking the bill in a 39-60 vote.
The Senate’s bipartisan deal also fell short just hours after Trump threatened to veto the bill he described as a “total catastrophe.”
“The Schumer-Rounds-Collins immigration bill would be a total catastrophe. @DHSgov says it would be ‘the end of immigration enforcement in America.’ It creates a giant amnesty (including for dangerous criminals), doesn’t build the wall, expands chain migration, keeps the visa,” Trump tweeted.
The Schumer-Rounds-Collins immigration bill would be a total catastrophe. @DHSgov says it would be “the end of immigration enforcement in America.” It creates a giant amnesty (including for dangerous criminals), doesn’t build the wall, expands chain migration, keeps the visa…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
The Senate’s inability to pass any immigration deal comes as the March 5th deadline looms with the nation’s DACA program officially expiring; throwing into question the fate of millions of ‘Dreamers’ currently residing in the United States.