A Republican Bill Would Increase The National Guard’s Ability To Use Lethal Force To Stop “Armed Invaders” At Borders

Legislation empowering the National Guard to use lethal force against “armed invaders” breaking over the southern border into the United States was introduced by a group of Republican congressmen on Thursday.

A Republican Bill Would Increase The National Guard's Ability To Use Lethal Force To Stop

Rep. Morgan Luttrell, a rookie from Texas, presented the “Defend Our Borders from Armed Invaders Act,” which has been submitted to the Committee on Armed Services.

If approved, the measure would provide the National Guard the authority to take “such actions as may be necessary to repel persons attempting to enter the United States from Mexico who are carrying weapons, and for other purposes,” as stated in the bill’s description. The legislation’s entire text is not available to the public.

In a statement, former Navy SEAL Luttrell said that the law is required to thwart the cartels and smugglers who are making a profit at the “wide-open border.”

“We’re seeing violent crime continually escalate at the border and flow into our communities, as President Biden’s policies have created an untenable national security crisis,” Luttrell said.

“This legislation is a step in the right direction to reign in this crime by providing the National Guard [with] the power to stop these armed individuals from crossing into the United States by any means necessary.”

In addition to smuggling drugs across the southern border, cartel members and human smugglers have been known to employ guns.

Images that Fox News was able to obtain in August showed alleged cartel members crossing the Texas-U.S. border carrying guns and body armour. Five alleged Northeast Cartel members were taken into custody in the same region by law police in June.

The previous summer, in Matamoros, Mexico, photos taken by Fox News’ drone showed smugglers brandishing machetes at migrants at the river’s side and advising them to cross into Brownsville, Texas.

To combat cartel smuggling, the Biden administration has implemented several measures, like as a joint law enforcement anti-smuggling campaign in 2022 that resulted in thousands of arrests. Additionally, it has designated over 170 cartel leaders and members for sanctions, frequently in collaboration with Mexico.

Luttrell’s action coincides with a multifaceted legal battle Texas is having with the federal government on how to stop the extraordinary influx of undocumented immigrants.

While the Biden administration secured a ruling from the Supreme Court allowing Border Patrol to destroy razor wire that the state installed, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has taken control of state property along the Rio Grande near Eagle Pass known as Shelby Park. In addition to reiterating its border fortifications, Texas has made it clear that it would not abide by the administration’s requests that it leave the Shelby Park region.

“[President Biden’s] actions have caused an unprecedented invasion that we must defend against,” Abbott said on Thursday.

The number of undocumented immigrants on the non-detained docket has increased dramatically from 3.7 million in FY 2021 to almost 4.8 million in FY 2022 to nearly 6.2 million in FY 2023, according to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) report for fiscal 2023.

Reps. are co-sponsors of the measure. Republican Tennessee Representative Chuck Fleischmann, Republican North Carolina Representative Chuck Edwards, Republican Texas Representative Brian Babin, Mike Collins, Georgia; Brandon Williams, R.N.Y.; and Michael Guest, R.Miss.

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