Crackdown on border 'spotters' proposed
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Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCongress brings back corrupt, costly, and inequitably earmarks Trump knocks CNN for 'completely false' report Gaetz was denied meeting The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - Biden, lawmakers start down a road with infrastructure MORE and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFive reasons why US faces chronic crisis at border Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain Former GOP lawmaker: Republican Party 'engulfed in lies and fear' MORE are pushing to increase penalties for “spotters” at the border who help move drugs and people into the United States.


The legislation from the two Arizona Republicans would impose fines and up to 10 years in prison for people who provide information about law enforcement to help carry out a crime or for people who destroy equipment, such as a camera or fence.

That jail time could climb up to 20 years if a “spotter” is carrying a gun when they destroy U.S. equipment, according to the legislation

“All across southern Arizona, so-called ‘spotters’ can be seen sitting on mountains directing drug cartels and human traffickers as they attempt to skirt our laws and illegally cross over the U.S.-Mexico border,” McCain said in a statement. “Our legislation would help to dismantle a central part of these cartels’ communications and logistics networks."

The five Republicans in Arizona’s House delegation, Reps. Martha McSally, Trent FranksHarold (Trent) Trent FranksArizona New Members 2019 Cook shifts 8 House races toward Dems Freedom Caucus members see openings in leadership MORE, Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarGosar's siblings ratchet up criticism over Capitol riot Political fireworks fuel DC statehood hearing Gosar's office denies he will appear on popular QAnon talk show MORE, Matt SalmonMatthew (Matt) James SalmonCOVID-19's class divide creates new political risks Arizona voters like Kyl but few think he'll stick around Former Sen. Jon Kyl to replace McCain in Senate MORE and David SchweikertDavid SchweikertBiden meets with bipartisan senators to discuss potential infrastructure bill Lawmakers offer competing priorities for infrastructure plans The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Which path will Democrats take on COVID-19 bill? MORE, as well as Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), are backing a companion bill in the House.