BREAKING: AUSTIN, TX– On Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton penned a letter to United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, to inform him of a breakthrough new Texas law that grants Border Patrol agents additional authority.
The new law is Senate Bill 602, which was recently passed by the 88th Texas Legislature and signed by Governor Greg Abbott. The bill allows Border Patrol agents, under “specific circumstances,” to enforce state felony charges against migrants for illegal entry through the southern border “if the incident occurs at a port of entry, or Border Patrol checkpoint.”
“Texas has been forced to develop new solutions after the federal government abdicated enforcement and even weaponized immigration law to intensify surges of new arrivals at the border. Senate Bill 602 reflects Texans’ desire for a more robust and effective response to the historic levels of unvetted foreign aliens entering our state,” Paxton wrote in the letter.
SB 602, which went into effect Sept. 1, includes a clause requiring Border Patrol agents to complete a specialized training program with the Texas Department of Public Safety prior to exercising new authorities and arrests. The following images display the full bill text.
By issuing this letter to Secretary Mayorkas, Attorney General Paxton is fulfilling his legislative duty to provide written notice of the new state bill to commanding authority.
Attorney General Paxton is vocally critical of the Biden Administration and its failure to uphold the law and defend the integrity of U.S. borders. The State of Texas’ decision to uphold these laws itself is monumental and an integral key in ensuring homeland security.
“Attorney General Paxton will continue to use every lawful measure to stop the massive surge of illegal immigration facilitated by federal negligence and neglect,” local news and politics reporter Merissa Hansen said.