Crackdown on border 'spotters' proposed
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Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainObama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions Mark Kelly releases Spanish ad featuring Rep. Gallego More than 300 military family members endorse Biden MORE and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeOne of life's great mysteries: Why would any conservative vote for Biden? Trump excoriates Sasse over leaked audio Biden holds 8-point lead over Trump in Arizona: poll 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 GosarHillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it Pelosi must go — the House is in dire need of new leadership 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 SchweikertEnergized by polls, House Democrats push deeper into GOP territory Democrats, GOP fighting over largest House battlefield in a decade Healthcare, retirement security seen as top issues for older voters, lawmakers say MORE, as well as Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), are backing a companion bill in the House.