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Relating to the creation of the offense of criminal trespass by an illegal alien and to certain procedures for arresting illegal aliens for committing that criminal offense. Read & Follow the Bill
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the debate: HB17
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Comments from Debbie Riddle

People are often surprised and confused to discover that state law enforcement officials are not allowed to arrest someone who is in the country illegally, because there is no state law that makes entering America illegally a crime. HB 17 creates the state crime of Criminal Trespass by Illegal Alien so that there is such a law on the books in Texas. Under HB 17, if an officer has detained someone on suspicion of a crime for which you can be arrested without a warrant, then the officer can also confirm that suspect's immigration status with ICE. If ICE confirms that the suspect has committed a criminal violation of federal immigration laws, then the officer may arrest the suspect for the state offense of Criminal Trespass by Illegal Alien.

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(Travis County) February 10, 2011, 11:15 am report abuse
Introduced and referred to committee on House Criminal Jurisprudence (2/09/11)
(Collin County) January 15, 2011, 3:48 pm Thumbs Up report abuse
There are over 15 MILLION ILLEGAL invaders in the USA. Since the Federal Government has REFUSED to SECURE the BORDER and prevent this INVASION, it is time for every STATE to pass STATE laws to PROTECT their LEGAL Citizens from this MASSIVE invasion.
(Travis County) January 15, 2011, 12:28 am Thumbs Up report abuse
I don't buy this excuse that immigration is the Federal governments job. Sure it is, but if they refuse to enforce the laws, to the detriment of the states -- than we have a right to enforce it ourselves.
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