Subscribe to receive our Floor Reports covering all the action on the Texas House and Senate floor!
Relating to an interstate compact on border security and immigration enforcement.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 1254 would permit the governor to execute an interstate compact with other interested states, and to seek Congressional approval for the compact, to secure the Mexico/Texas border and prevent the entrance into this state by illegal aliens. This compact would only take effect if approved by the United States Congress not later than the 10th anniversary of the date the compact is executed by the governor.
Texas Action supports SB 1254 on the principles of individual liberty, limited government, and property rights.
SB 1254 defines the term "illegal alien" with very clear language. Also, this legislation, after getting the approval of Congress, would set up a system to coordinate with other border states to resolve border security issues. This state and regional approach to the problem comports with the principle of federalism, which is a tenant of limited government, in order to provide a solution to the problem of illegal immigration. This is particularly necessary considering that the federal government has been grossly negligent in its duty to secure the international border and border states are adversely affected.