Texas is considering a bill that would create a state security force made up of local law enforcement and private citizens with immunity from prosecution to repel border crossers and battle with cartel operatives, raising concerns about chaos at the border with neighboring states.
A bill before the Texas legislature would create a new state security force made up of local law enforcement and private citizens to repel border crossers and battle with cartel operatives. Members of the unit would be immune from prosecution and lawsuits and could use non-deadly force to arrest, detain, and deter individuals crossing the border illegally. The force would also be able to use force to repel, arrest, and detain known transnational cartel operatives. There is a companion bill that would make it a state crime to cross the border into Texas illegally, punishable by imprisonment. This move by Texas is likely counting on a conservative Supreme Court that only recognizes what is explicitly written in the Constitution, which could lead to chaos at the border with neighboring states.