Republicans push bills to combat illegal immigration

They say Biden’s immigration policies have forced their hand.
Migrants who crossed into the U.S. from Mexico are met with concertina wire along the Rio Grande, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, in Eagle Pass, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Legislation advancing in Republican-led legislatures aims to crack down on and discourage illegal immigration after a years-long surge that hit a new high in December.

The Iowa House passed a bill Tuesday that would make it a state crime for an individual previously denied admission to or deported from the United States to enter the state. Similar bills are being considered in Missouri and Arizona.

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