Cassidy, Tuberville, Carter Introduce Empowering Law Enforcement Act
Published 4:41 pm Wednesday, May 17, 2023
|WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) along with U.S. Representative Buddy Carter (R-GA-01) introduced the Empowering Law Enforcement Act to counteract the Biden administration’s refusal to enforce U.S. immigration laws.
“Local law enforcement is having to pick up the pieces for a failed Biden border policy,” said Dr. Cassidy. “This bill gives them some help.”
“With the Biden administration ignoring federal law and facilitating historic levels of illegal immigration, we should give state and local law enforcement the authority to keep their communities safe,” said Senator Tuberville. “The Empowering Law Enforcement Act gives state and local officers the ability to enforce immigration laws when federal officers are prohibited from doing so. It also would extend the detention period for dangerous criminal aliens. The Biden administration has opened up our border and undermined our law enforcement — this bill would bring that to an end.”
“Like all our law enforcement officers right now, thanks to the dangerous ‘defund the police’ movement, our border patrol agents are overworked and are not properly resourced or supported,” said Representative Carter. “This bill will empower law enforcement to enforce immigration laws, even in sanctuary cities, so that they can keep our communities safe and restore law and order. With the recent influx in border crossings due to the expiration of Title 42, this is an all hands on deck situation.”
Cassidy and Tuberville were joined by Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) as an original cosponsor of the legislation.
The Empowering Law Enforcement Act would grant state and local law enforcement inherent immigration enforcement authority to investigate, identify, apprehend, arrest, detain, or transfer an illegal immigrant who has entered the U.S. Additionally, this legislation would provide the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary flexibility on how long a criminal alien may be detained, extending the 180-day period to ensure violent criminals are not released back into communities.
Specifically, the Empowering Law Enforcement Act would:
The legislation is endorsed by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).