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Suspension of controversial Texas law criminalizing illegal immigration lifted

Photo: J. Scott Applewhite Associated Press The United States Supreme Court building in Washington, photographed earlier this month

France Media Agency in Washington

6:40 p.m.

  • United States

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday lifted the suspension of a controversial Texas law that criminalizes illegal entry into the Mexican border state, encroaching on the prerogatives of federal authorities.

This decision, which the conservative majority Court motivates for purely procedural reasons, provisionally allows the entry into force of the law, initially scheduled for March 5, but blocked by a federal court in this state of South.

A declared supporter of Donald Trump, who made the rejection of immigration a major axis of his electoral campaign, the Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, has openly defied for months the authority of the administration of Democratic President Joe Biden. He accuses it of “deliberate inaction” in the face of the influx of migrants which he describes as an “invasion”.

The White House in a statement deplored the Supreme Court's decision “allowing the harmful and unconstitutional Texas law to take effect,” saying it “will sow chaos and confusion at the southern border”.

An ultraconservative appeals court had lifted the stay pronounced by the federal trial judge, subject to an order from the Supreme Court.

The three progressive judges dissociated themselves from the decision taken Tuesday by the six conservative judges of the highest court in the country.

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The court of appeal “should have taken into consideration the constitutionality and irreparable damage caused by the law before allowing it to come into force,” wrote one of them, Sonia Sotomayor. “This Court makes the same mistake,” she adds.

The so-called “SB 4” law, signed in December by the governor, creates a “criminal offense of illegal entry into Texas from a foreign country,” punishable by six months in prison or even up to 20 years in case of recurrence.

Giving state authorities the power to arrest migrants and deport them to Mexico, it is contested by the Ministry of Justice, NGOs supporting immigrants and a local community.

“States do not have powers over immigration unless authorized by the federal government,” the trial judge emphasized on February 29, warning that this law “would pave the way for adoption by each state has its own version of immigration laws.”

The law further undermines “the foreign relations of the United States and its treaty obligations,” he added, with particular reference to relations with Mexico.

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