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Supreme Court extends blockage of Texas immigration law

Photo: Eric Gay Associated Press The battle over Texas immigration law is one of several legal disputes between Texas officials and the Biden administration over state limits to patrol the Texas-Mexico border.

Lindsay Whitehurst – Associated Press in Washington

8:06 p.m.

  • United States

The US Supreme Court on Monday indefinitely extended its blockade on a Texas law that would give police broad powers to arrest migrants suspected of entering the United States illegally, while the legal battle it has waged triggered regarding the immigration authority.

The one-page order signed by Justice Samuel Alito does not set a deadline, but extends the stay “pending further order.”

Opponents called the law, known as Senate Bill 4, the most dramatic attempt by a state to control immigration since an Arizona law years ago more than ten years, parts of which were invalidated by the Supreme Court.

The Texas Attorney General asserted that the state law reflected federal law and “was enacted to address the ongoing crisis at the southern border, which is harming Texans more than anyone.”

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The Biden administration sued to overturn the measure, arguing that it would usurp primary federal authority over immigration, harm international relations and create chaos in the administration of immigration law. Civil rights groups have argued that the law could lead to civil rights violations and racial profiling.

A federal judge in Texas struck down the law in late February, but the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals quickly stayed that ruling, leading the federal government to appeal to the Supreme Court.

In 2012, the Supreme Court struck down key parts of an Arizona law that would have allowed police to arrest people for federal immigration violations, often called by opponents of “show me your papers” bill. The divided High Court then ruled that the impasse in which Washington found itself regarding immigration reform did not justify state intrusion.

The battle over Texas immigration law is one of several legal disputes between Texas officials and the Biden administration over the state's limits on patrolling the Texas-Mexico border and preventing crossings. border illegals.

Several Republican governors have supported Gov. Greg Abbott's efforts, saying the federal government is not doing enough to enforce existing immigration laws.

The case unfolds as record numbers of asylum seekers arrive in the United States and as immigration emerges as a central issue in the 2024 elections.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116