Black makes another immigration proposal in Congress

With early voting set to get underway in the gubernatorial primary on Friday, Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black has filed a bill seeking to make the act of illegally entering the United States a felony. That would be up from the current misdemeanor level, which is punishable by six months’ incarceration.

Black in May introduced a separate bill to crowdfund the construction of a wall on Mexican border.

Here’s the full release.

Washington, D.C. Today, U.S. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) introduced the Zero Tolerance for Illegal Entry Act, which would make illegally entering the United States for the first time a felony and would permanently mandate the E-Verify system for employers, creating less incentive for illegal immigration.

“The United States government should never prioritize illegal immigrants over American citizens. 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. By no longer creating incentives to come to our country unlawfully, we also discourage families from sending their children on an often dangerous journey to reach our southern border.

The Zero Tolerance for Illegal Entry Act works hand in hand with law enforcement to ensure that we are doing all we can to uphold the dignity of our border. President Trump has been clear about illegal immigration from day one, and we know that he is committed to protecting our nation for future generations. We must do all we can to deter the criminal abuse of our border – it has gone on for far too long.”

NumbersUSA released the following statement in support of Congressman Black’s legislation:

“NumbersUSA applauds Congressman Diane Black’s “Zero Tolerance for Illegal Entry Act,” which would protect American jobs, reduce illegal immigration, and hold sanctuary jurisdictions accountable for obstructing the enforcement of Federal immigration law.”

It is currently a misdemeanor to illegally cross the border under United States immigration law, and offenders receive six months of incarceration. The bill would establish a minimum prison sentence of one year and one day, making illegal entry a felony. The Zero Tolerance for Illegal Entry Act permanently mandates E-Verify to ensure that employers hire eligible and legal employees, and includes language explicitly stating that the E-Verify system can only be used for purposes of verifying a potential employee’s eligibility. The bill also rescinds funding from sanctuary cities and redirects it to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

In addition to NumbersUSA, the Zero Tolerance for Illegal Entry Act is supported by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

8 Responses to Black makes another immigration proposal in Congress

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    James White says:

    Yet she votes for amnesty. Go figure.

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    Leslie Parsley says:

    Nothing like campaigning on the hardships of others. And this woman was a nurse. Thank God I was never under her care.

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    Donna Locke says:

    Re-entry after deportation is already a felony. First entry has been a misdemeanor so that Border Patrol officers could give entrants the option to self-deport instead of clogging our courts and costing us. But we see how the entrants have been coached to game our system. Make first entry a felony, build the wall and lots of detention space, and make the asylum ruse less easy to use.

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    David Collins says:

    Black, no doubt, has no clue as to what the current law is and why it’s the way it is. What’s worse, she couldn’t care less. She is the most pandering candidate I think I have ever seen. If this law is such a great idea, why didn’t she come with it years ago when she first got elected? If she is the best candidate Tennessee Republicans have, the party is in deep trouble.

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    MarLE says:

    The sentiment of this is ok but the timing of this is really ill-advised. Just screams “Career politician”. Why on earth do this now? Just live with your record thus far, such as it is!

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    Lin Clerk says:

    Too little too late. Diane Black has been in DC for a,very long time and waits to initiate this action the week that early voting begins? After missing over a third of House votes and skipping gubernatorial forums?

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      Donna Locke says:

      Diane has co-sponsored other tough bills that did not pass. She is still trying. More than you can say for many other Republicans.

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