While others are complaining, Rep. Juan Ciscomani is doing something about the border

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From progressive mayors to conservative governors, everyone agrees the border is a mess.

It seems impossible to get any kind of immigration reform through Congress, given that the issue has become so toxic on all sides. Today, President Biden is using that as a convenient excuse to enforce immigration laws that are currently barely in place.

The White House is locked in a battle of wills with the governor of Texas. Greg Abbott On border security, while mayors from New York to Denver are appealing to both parties to stem the flow. Both immigrants and border hawks are They flock to Little Eagle Pass, Texas, Where the tense confrontation intensifies.

But away from the TV cameras, some lawmakers are working to repair some of the damage caused by the record influx of migrants. finally.

Bill punishes those who chase at high speed

Siskomani Rep. Juan Siskomani (R-Ariz.) speaks during an Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry event at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel on Thursday, April 6, 2023 in Phoenix.

Siskomani Rep. Juan Siskomani (R-Ariz.) speaks during an Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry event at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel on Thursday, April 6, 2023 in Phoenix.

Earlier this week, Arizona Republican Rep. Juan Ciscumani celebrated the passage of the Raul Gonzalez Officer Safety Act (Human Resources 5585), the bill he introduced in September. The legislation received bipartisan support by a vote of 271 to 154, and will be presented to the US Senate.

He was named after the 38-year-old Border Patrol agent and father of two Killed in a high-speed chase A little over a year ago.

The bill imposes federal penalties on smugglers and undocumented border crossers who engage in high-speed car chases with CBP agents or local law enforcement assisting them.

Violators face a prison sentence of up to two years. If someone is injured during the chase, the penalty will increase to between 5 and 20 years. Finally, if death results from stalking, the defendant faces life in prison.

It also prevents anyone who evades the Border Patrol from obtaining legal status in the United States

“Every day, high-speed chases initiated by smugglers put the safety of Arizonans at risk.” Siskomani said. “This bill signals to bad actors that we will pursue any action that threatens the lives of Americans to the fullest extent of our law.”

Siskomani’s bill has broad bipartisan support

Army National Guard soldiers patrol the banks of the Rio Grande River in Eagle Pass on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024.

Army National Guard soldiers patrol the banks of the Rio Grande River in Eagle Pass on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024.

It’s no wonder the bill received so many votes. Fifty-six House Democrats voted “yes,” including Arizona Rep. Greg Stanton and Senate candidate Ruben Gallego.

It has also been endorsed by the Arizona Fraternal Order of Police, the Cochise, Pinal, and Yuma County Sheriff’s Offices, as well as the police departments in Bisbee, Benson, and Sierra Vista.

It is good to see some politicians working to improve the situation instead of just hounding newsrooms.

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The legislation now moves to the Senate, which will hopefully provide the same bipartisan support. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has introduced a companion bill that is attracting co-sponsors.

“These high-speed chases often end in tragedy, with people regularly killed after smugglers crash and throw passengers across the highway.” Cruz said.

Human traffickers must be held accountable

Rather than waiting for some grand immigration settlement that may never come, lawmakers should work to fix problems where they can. This bill does just that.

It will make human traffickers think twice before engaging in a high-speed chase and support Border Patrol agents who risk their lives every day. Coyotes and gangs should know that the United States will hold them accountable for crimes committed on our soil.

We can hope that Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly will support Agent Raul Gonzalez’s Officer Safety Act. Not only should they vote for it, but they should both co-sponsor the legislation to ensure it passes through the Senate Judiciary Committee and comes to a bipartisan vote.

Mayors in New York and Chicago get national coverage by complaining about the influx of immigrants to their northern climes. But the real victims are those living in crowded border communities in Texas and Arizona.

John Gabriel, a Mesa resident, is the magazine’s editor-in-chief Ricochet.com And a contributor to The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. On Twitter: @exjon.

This article originally appeared on the Arizona Republic website: This border bill could actually pass (and make officers safer)

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