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"Overcriminalization" describes the trends in America - and particulary in Congress - to use the criminal law to "solve" every problem, punish every mistake (instead of making proper use of civil penalties), and coerce Americans into conforming their behavior to satisfy social engineering objectives.

S 1236: Border Tunnel Prevention Act of 2011

Official Title

A bill to reduce the trafficking of drugs and to prevent human smuggling across the southwest border by deterring the construction and use of border tunnels.


This bill would add more criminal provisions to the federal criminal statute on border tunnels and crossings. Additional offenses for attempt and conspiracy relating to the border tunnel crimes would be added. The penalties for these would also be the same as the completed offenses.

Legislation Details

Feinstein (D - CA)


01/31/2012: Received in House
01/30/2012: Senate passage by unanimous consent
12/15/2011: Ordered to be reported by voice vote
06/20/2011: Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee