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MADISON — The number of illegal immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border recently topped more than 7,000 per day. More than 1 million illegal immigrants have crossed the border this year. It’s impossible to say how many violent criminals and drug traffickers are among those numbers

With those numbers and public safety concerns in mind, three lawmakers — Sens. Julian Bradley (R-Franklin) and John Jagler (R-Watertown) and Rep. Rick Gundrum (R-Slinger) — have authored a bill aimed at cracking down on illegal immigrants who commit crimes in Wisconsin.

Senate Bill 579 would require law enforcement to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deliver into its custody an illegal immigrant who committed a crime in Wisconsin and is not lawfully present in this country.

The bill:

1. Ensures local or state law enforcement checks with the appropriate federal agencies to ensure the lawful residency of criminals who cannot provide proof of lawful residency.

2. Requires law enforcement to work with the appropriate federal agency to detain a criminal found to be here illegally until he or she can be sent into federal custody.

3. Requires a semiannual report compiled by the Department of Justice to create transparency about the number of illegal immigrants who commit crimes in Wisconsin.

“As President Biden avoids dealing with the skyrocketing number of illegal immigrants crossing our southern border, passing this bill is the least we can do,” Bradley said. “The effects of illegal immigration aren’t just felt on the border; their impact is nationwide.”

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas last week issued new directives to ICE officers instructing them that migrants being in the country illegally “should not alone be the basis” for apprehending and deporting them.

“The overriding question is whether the noncitizen poses a current threat to public safety,” Mayorkas wrote in a Thursday memo to ICE, according to the Washington Post.

Some cities, including Madison, have openly resisted working with federal immigration officials in apprehending illegal immigrants. Gov. Tony Evers, a far left Democrat, is likely to veto legislation that goes against his anti-law enforcement base.

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