SCOTUS: Texas Police Given Go-Ahead to Arrest Illegal Aliens

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court gave the state of Texas the go-ahead to implement a new law allowing Texas law enforcement to arrest illegal aliens. While Texas has no authority to deport the illegals, Texas judges will be able to issue deportation orders and Texas law enforcement will presumably turn them over to federal immigration authorities.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed Texas to enforce a law that allows local police to arrest migrants suspected of crossing the border illegally.

The ruling comes a day after the court extended a block on the state law at the request of the Biden administration, which sued to strike down the measure. The Biden administration argued that the law, known as Senate Bill 4, would usurp core federal authority on immigration.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton were quick to weigh in on X/Twitter.

On the surface – and given my limited background in legal matters (my education is in biology, not law) it appears that this 6-3 decision is primarily a criticism of the 5th Circuit’s handling of the case. But while litigation will be continuing over the larger constitutional issues, for the time being, the result is that Texas law enforcement can arrest and detain illegal aliens found in the Lone Star state, Texas judges can issue deportation orders and presumably will be turning them over to federal immigration authorities.

Given how federal immigration authorities have been carrying out their duties under the direction of the Biden Administration, that may end up being a lot like shoveling flies across a barn, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

Immigration and the border crisis will likely be the major issue in this fall’s presidential election. The GOP has seized the lead on immigration issues, and a number of high-profile incidents under the Biden administration, such as the murder of Georgia student Laken Riley by an illegal alien from Venezuela, has only stoked the fires under the matter.

This case will be argued again before the Fifth Circuit on April 3rd.

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1 thought on “SCOTUS: Texas Police Given Go-Ahead to Arrest Illegal Aliens”

  1. A local news post ask the local cops what are they going to do about this. Houston police said they were still reviewing it, basically, no comment. Harris County sheriffs office said they would not use it as a reason to stop somebody, but they would continue to work with ICE. That’s a lie, they don’t work with ICE before, and have not since Democrats took the sheriffs office in 2018.

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