Rep. Biedermann Introduces Interstate Border Security Legislation

February 21, 2017

IMG_4593Austin, TX (02/21/17) —  Today, Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kyle Bie­der­mann (R- Fred­er­icks­burg) filed a piece of leg­is­la­tion (HB 2137) to form an Inter­state Bor­der Secu­ri­ty Com­pact. The bill would allow the State of Texas to enforce fed­er­al immi­gra­tion law, ensur­ing the safe­ty of its citizens.

The Unit­ed State Con­sti­tu­tion, Arti­cle 1, Sec­tion 10, pro­vides states with the author­i­ty to cre­ate inter­state com­pacts allow­ing them to act out­side of the con­straints of the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment, with the approval of the U.S. Congress. 

“As I have gone door-to-door talk­ing to thou­sands of my con­stituents, one mes­sage is clear, bor­der secu­ri­ty is one of their top con­cerns. We’re hope­ful that the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment will step up to the plate to secure our bor­der. How­ev­er, if they won’t do it, Texas will,” said State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Bie­der­mann. “This leg­is­la­tion will give our Gov­er­nor the tools he needs to form an Inter­state Bor­der Secu­ri­ty Com­pact that will allow us to work with our neigh­bor­ing states to ensure the secu­ri­ty of our borders.” 

Fol­low­ing Con­gres­sion­al approval, Biedermann’s leg­is­la­tion would require the Gov­er­nor of Texas to devel­op an inter­state com­pact for bor­der secu­ri­ty. The goal of the com­pact would be to ensure that peace­ful, law­ful, and order­ly immi­gra­tion is the stan­dard, and to pro­tect the cit­i­zens of the great state of Texas.

“There is cur­rent­ly a large void left by the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment. Until the fed­er­al author­i­ties bold­ly step for­ward to per­form their duty to the res­i­dents of the bor­der states, I plan on work­ing with my col­leagues to final­ly secure our bor­der through an Inter­state Bor­der Secu­ri­ty Com­pact,” Bie­der­mann added.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Biedermann’s bill is the house com­pan­ion to Sen­a­tor Bob Hall’s (R — Edge­wood) SB 514. 

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