Texas lawmakers discuss increasing border security
At the State Capitol Texas lawmakers met to discuss heightening border security. Lawmakers look to see if the state could play a greater role in enforcing immigration. In 2014, the Obama Administration changed the policy of "secure communities" to the "priority enforcement program," or PEP. Under secure communities, local law enforcement had to detain people who committed Class C misdemeanors in order for immigration officials to begin the process to deport them. Under PEP, it takes a Class B misdemeanor or more to start that process. After that, there are different levels of enforcement based on the crime.
Someone who comes here illegally is booked into jail just like everyone else. Federal Immigration officials then come pick them up for deportation. But, Texas sheriffs say changes in policy is impacting their ability to keep people safe.
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