Bill would let states erect migrant barriers on public land

By Rob Hotakainen | 03/05/2024 06:30 AM EST

States could put up temporary structures without federal permission under House legislation introduced by a North Carolina Republican.

Birds rest on concertina wire along the Rio Grande.

Birds rest on concertina wire along the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass, Texas, last year. Eric Gay/AP

States could use razor wire and other physical barriers to prevent undocumented migrants from crossing public lands along the U.S. border with Mexico, under a new House bill introduced by a North Carolina Republican.

The bill, H.R. 7479, sponsored by Rep. David Rouzer, would authorize border states to temporarily place movable structures on public lands owned by the U.S. government without having to seek permission from federal authorities. States would be able to keep the barriers up for one year.

Rouzer said the bill, which he introduced last week, would give border states “the explicit ability to erect physical barriers to protect not only their citizens, but all of America, from President Biden’s catastrophic open-border policies.”


“Not only has the Biden administration failed to enforce our laws and secure our border, but they have also barred border states from executing more robust border security measures,” he said.