The Texas GOP’s proposed legislation to increase the number of immigration agents on the Texas border would be a “big mistake,” President-elect Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday.
The president-elect said he was “thrilled” to see the legislation approved by the state legislature, and added that he “welcomes” it.
“The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Act is a big mistake,” Trump wrote in a tweet.
“We should be strengthening border security instead of putting all of our eggs in one basket.
The bill is bad, but we must be smart!”
Trump’s tweet came hours after the Texas House passed its version of the border bill, which will now head to the Senate for a vote.
“Texas has been a state of lawlessness for decades,” House Speaker Joe Straus said in a statement.
“Texas will never stop fighting for its people.
This bill is a huge mistake, and it will be a big setback for our great state.”
The bill would increase the state’s capacity for Border Patrol agents from 1,000 to 3,000, and would increase penalties for people crossing illegally into the United States from $2,000 per day to $20,000.
The measure also would increase fees for anyone attempting to illegally enter the country.
The fee would go from $250 to $500 per day, and the penalty would be $50 per day.
The House bill would also expand the ability of Customs and Border Protection to seize illegal immigrants from the border.
The bill also would expand a program that allows Texas to detain undocumented immigrants for up to 72 hours if they are convicted of a felony, but the House bill doesn’t include any language about this provision.