Supreme Court extends block on Texas law empowering police to arrest migrants suspected of illegal entry

by | Mar 18, 2024

On Monday, the Supreme Court maintained its block on a Texas law granting broad authority to police to detain migrants suspected of entering the U.S. illegally.

Justice Samuel Alito's one-page order indefinitely prevents Texas from enforcing the sweeping state immigration enforcement law scheduled to take effect this month. While the order implies further action from the court, the timeline for such action remains uncertain.

Monday's order extending the stay was issued shortly after a 5 p.m. deadline set by the court, causing brief confusion regarding the status of the measure.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office has stated that the state’s law mirrored federal law and “was adopted to address the ongoing crisis at the southern border, which hurts Texans more than anyone else.”

This marks the second occasion where Justice Alito has prolonged a pause on the law, referred to as Senate Bill 4, following arguments from the Justice Department that it would encroach upon the federal government's immigration authority.

Source: ABC News

 

 

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