Republican lawmakers’ approach to immigration continued to evolve Thursday as a Texas Senate committee expanded a border-related bill to create a mandatory 10-year minimum sentence for human smugglers and to make it a crime for migrants to enter the state anywhere but a port of entry.
The provisions were added to House Bill 7, which would create a state border police unit and devote $100 million for new detention centers, courts, security and economic development projects for border communities.
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