New bill would make illegal border crossing a felony


FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2017 file photo a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent escorts an immigrant suspected of crossing into the United States illegally along the Rio Grande near Granjeno, Texas. A U.S. official tells The Associated Press that Border Patrol arrests fell sharply in June 2018 to the lowest level since […]

Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn) has filed a bill that would make illegally crossing the U.S. border a felony crime. Currently, a first-time illegal crossing is a misdemeanor offense.

The Zero Tolerance for Illegal Immigration Act would also rescind federal funding to so-called sanctuary cities and direct the money to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Black’s office says the bill is designed to disincentivize illegal border crossing.

“The United States government should never prioritize illegal immigrants over American citizens,” Black said. “We must have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to illegal border crossings and sanctuary cities, and we must give ICE the resources they need to do their job as they protect our nation.”

Black is a four-term congressman representing the Nashville area. She is currently a candidate in the hotly contested Tennessee governor’s race. Tennessee’s primary election is set for August 2.

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