A new bill introduced by a Congressional Republican this week would drastically increase the criminal penalties for those illegally entering the United States; making first-time crossing a federal felony instead of a misdemeanor.
The legislation -introduced by Tennessee GOP Rep. Diane Black- would make all first-time crossers face felony charges and face a mandatory jail sentence of one year in prison.
“Her Zero Tolerance for Illegal Entry Act would change the punishment for those apprehended illegally entering the U.S. for the first time to one year and one day in prison, which therefore makes it a felony. Today, the misdemeanor offense comes with jail term of up to six months,” writes the Washington Examiner.
“What this bill does is it sets up a huge disincentive,” she told the Washington Examiner. “There is already a process set up and they should be using what the process is … We’re not penalizing people are who doing things the right way seeking asylum. This is for people who are going around the system.”
Read the full story at the Washington Examiner.