Texas Law Allowing Migrant Arrests Halted

Mar 20, 2024

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Despite the U.S. Supreme Court saying Tuesday that Texas could arrest and detain people entering the country illegally, the ruling was put on hold by a federal appeals court shortly thereafter, according to Politico.

The new Texas law was supposed to go into effect on March 5. The pause on this decision by the appeals court gives justices two weeks to consider emergency requests from the Biden Administration and immigrant rights groups, the outlet noted. The latter decision was made by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, who voted 2-1 to restore the preliminary injunction. (LEARN MORE: Trump Says US Is ‘More Vulnerable From Inside Terror Attacks’)

Arguments will be made on Wednesday morning to decide whether those entering the country illegally can be detained and potentially deported back to their home nations. Texas officials are pushing for the law to be implemented so they can protect the American citizens in their state. (LEARN MORE: Terrorist Planning NYC Attack Stopped At Border)

Comments From Justices, Politicians

“The Court gives a green light to a law that will upend the longstanding federal-state balance of power and sow chaos when the only court to consider the law concluded that it is likely unconstitutional,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote. It is unclear if she is aware of the vulnerabilities and chaos posed by the open border crisis.

“The Constitution recognizes that Texas has the sovereign right to defend itself from violent transnational cartels that flood the State with fentanyl, weapons, and all manner of brutality,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. (LEARN MORE: Conservatives Warn of Terror Vulnerability from U.S. Open Border)

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