Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) introduced a bill on Wednesday that would give state officials the power to stop the U.S. federal government from relocating illegal aliens into their states.
The bill, dubbed the “Local Control Act,” would expand the Immigration and Nationality Act by adding a new section that would “plainly state that illegal aliens could not be settled into a state 1) without the approval of the governor and 2) could not be placed into any locality in the state if that locality has a law or policy in effect disapproving of illegal alien resettlement in that area,” Brooks’ office said in a statement.
Brooks’ proposal would work by banning federal funds from being used to “transport, house, or resettle any alien without lawful status under the immigration laws within a State without the approval of the Governor of the State.”
“I believe in empowering governors and local elected officials to defend their states and communities since Joe Biden has proven incapable or unwilling to do his duty,” Brooks said in a statement. “Reports indicate that illegal aliens are being driven in unmarked white vans and being flown into communities in the dark of night by the Biden Administration. Recently, unvetted Afghan evacuees were placed in Alabama without any Alabamian’s consent. Americans shouldn’t be put at risk of terrorism, illegal alien crime, job losses, wage suppression, or any other number of things by a lawless presidential administration that is dead set on weakening America.”