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Louisiana's Republican-controlled Senate advanced a bill Monday that would allow state and local law enforcement to arrest and jail illegal immigrants, akin to Texas's contentious legislation.

Louisiana joins a growing list of legislatures attempting to enhance states' border enforcement authority amid nationwide conflicts between Republican states and Democratic President Joe Biden about how and who should patrol the U.S.-Mexico border.

Louisiana has the “right to defend our nation,” according to bill author GOP state Sen. Valarie Hodges. GOP lawmakers throughout the country and Hodges have blamed the federal government of failing to enforce immigration law.

Opponents say the bill is illegal, won't make the state safer, and will simply fuel anti-migrant rhetoric.

Red legislatures nationwide have strengthened immigration enforcement. The Oklahoma House passed a bill banning the use of state funds to aid illegal immigrants.

Tennessee law enforcement agencies must notify federal immigration officials if they find illegal immigrants, according to a bill pending the governor's signature. Iowa and Idaho have bills similar to the Texas law awaiting the governor's signature.

Louisiana does not border Mexico, but under new Republican leadership, measures and policies targeting illegal immigrants have gained attention in the past four months.

One bill would restrict sanctuary city rules that allow local police to deny federal immigration officials unless directed by a judge. Another would support Louisiana National Guard deployment to the Texas-Mexico border.

The bill would criminalize “illegal entry or reentry” into Louisiana. People who were “denied admission, excluded, deported, or otherwise removed from the U.S.” reenter illegally.

Louisiana's plan would increase state and local law enforcement, like Texas's, which a federal appeals court panel is contemplating whether to continue barring enforcement awaiting further challenges.

Additionally, Hodges said it would “start the deportation process.” The exclusive enforcement of immigration law addressing unlawful entry and deportations has been federal law enforcement.

Louisiana's measure would punish violators with a year in prison and a $4,000 punishment for a first violation and two years and a $10,000 fine for a second offense.

Huey Fischer García, a Southern Poverty Law Center staff attorney, said that the law would cause court backlogs, drain state resources, and not reduce crime or make Louisiana safer during a hearing last month.

The Supreme Court upholding the Texas law or the U.S. Constitution being altered to extend municipal border enforcement authority would make Louisiana's bill effective if the House passes it and the governor signs it, according to Hodges.