(TCenter Square ) – Republican lawmakers in Wyoming are advancing legislation that would allocate more than $5 million to border security efforts in Texas, Arizona and Florida.
SF0166, “Sanctuary City Transportation and Border Wall,” was introduced by Republican State Senator Larry Hicks, with Senators Dave Kinskey, John Kolb and Cheri Steinmetz co-sponsoring. Republican state representatives John Bear, Donald Burkhart, Mark Jennings and Ember Oakley introduced the House bill.
The bill would allocate funds to build “a border wall along the southwestern land border as specified; … to assist other states in transporting non-citizens of the United States to sanctuary cities located in other states; and establishing an effective date”.
It would allocate $3 million to the governor’s office, allowing the governor to enter into a contract with the state of Texas to help finance the construction of the border wall and transport non-citizens released by the Biden administration to the United States to so-called United States. sanctuary cities in other states.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the first governor to build a border wall on state land and the first to illegally transport foreign nationals to the US to sanctuary cities, announced Monday that Texas was moving forward with building the border wall after to complete the first phase. last year and the second phase started in December.
The Wyoming bill would use the money to fund “the partial construction of a permanent border wall along the southwest Texas-Mexico land border and for the transportation of non-citizens of the United States from Texas to sanctuary cities from other states”.
Of the $3 million, only $250,000 can be used “to transport non-United States citizens from Texas to sanctuary cities in other states.” The bill would require in the contract between the two states that Texas “submit an accounting describing the legitimate and reasonable expenditures incurred for the construction of the permanent border wall along the southwest land border and the expenditures for the transportation of non-citizens of the United States from Texas to sanctuary cities in other states.”
The bill would also allocate $2 million for the governor to enter into a similar contract with the state of Arizona to also contribute to Arizona’s “partial construction of a permanent border wall along the southern land border- west between Arizona and Mexico and for the transportation of non-citizens of the United States from Arizona to sanctuary cities in other states.” It also stipulates that Arizona could not use more than $250,000 to transport foreign nationals in the country illegally to sanctuary cities and requires Arizona to submit accounting information.
The bill would also allocate $250,000 to the governor to enter into a contract with the state of Florida to help him transport non-Florida citizens to sanctuary cities in other states and require Florida to submit accounting documentation.
If approved and approved, it would take effect on July 1, 2023. If funds appropriated for these states are not spent or appropriated by July 1, 2024, the governor may spend them as the language of the invoice.
The bills indicate that record arrests of illegal alien nationals, including those on the terrorist watch list and with criminal convictions, and unprecedented amounts of drugs seized in fiscal year 2022 are negatively impacting Wyoming residents.
It cites more than 2.3 million encounters of foreign nationals apprehended at the southern border in fiscal year 2022, nearly five times the population of Wyoming. This excludes the more than 630,000 fugitives, those who entered illegally and evaded capture by law enforcement, also larger than the population of Wyoming.
In addition to the nearly 15,000 pounds of fentanyl seized by Border Patrol agents in fiscal year 2022, the Wyoming Department of Criminal Investigation reported that law enforcement officers seized more than 17,000 grams of fentanyl in 2021 . Excludes the amount of fentanyl seized by Texas law enforcement in 2021. Just the last two years, which is enough to kill everyone in the US
“Illegal immigration of non-U.S. citizens at the southwest land border negatively affects the state of Wyoming’s economy and places a burden on Wyoming’s law enforcement agencies,” he says the bill. “Construction of a permanent border along the southwestern land border between the United States and Mexico constitutes a public purpose and provides substantial benefits to the health and welfare of the citizens of the state of Wyoming.”
The Senate Appropriations Committee advanced the bill Thursday on a 3-2 vote.