States Seek the Authority to Enforce Immigration Law 

Twenty-six attorneys general want Congress to pass legislation that grants DHS the ability to deputize state officials. 

A coalition of state attorneys general led by the attorney general of Florida penned a letter to House Speaker Mike Johnson calling on Congress to pass a Florida-sponsored measure that would grant the states authority to enforce federal immigration law when the federal government refuses to do so. 

Representative Bill Posey of Florida introduced the Immigration Enforcement Partnership Act in 2022 and again in March 2023. The legislation would allow state officials to require that the Department of Homeland Security enforce federal immigration law, giving DHS the option to enforce it or deputize state officials to carry out federal immigration duties. 

“Maintaining operational control over our borders is critical to our security and our ability to stop drug smugglers, human traffickers, and those on terrorist watch lists, who are invading our country and mean to do harm to our communities,” Representative Posey said when he introduced the bill nine months ago. “When the federal government abdicates its role in securing our nation’s borders and refuses to enforce immigration laws, states should have authority to protect their citizens.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Speaker Johnson and members of Congress as they consider the immigration bill.
  • For the state attorneys general as they seek to ensure federal immigration laws are upheld.
  • For Secretary Mayorkas and DHS officials to enforce federal immigration regulations and laws.

Sources: Just The News, The Texas Observer 


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