Texas immigration law temporarily blocked by appeals court

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US Supreme Court Allows Texas to Enforce Immigration Law

Recently, the US Supreme Court made a significant decision to permit Texas to implement its immigration law, granting law enforcement the authority to detain illegal immigrants. The Supreme Court’s conservative majority dismissed an urgent plea from the Biden Administration to hinder Texas’ immigration law. Instead, the high court opted to temporarily deny the Biden Administration’s request while the legal process unfolded.

Last week, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals intervened by temporarily halting the implementation of the immigration law subsequent to the Supreme Court’s rejection of the emergency plea.

The Fifth Circuit’s Ruling

In a ruling on Tuesday evening, a three-judge panel for the Fifth Circuit contested claims of ‘invasion’ and imposed a fresh injunction on Texas’ immigration law. Notably, one judge who dissented from the decision was appointed during the Trump administration. According to the AP, the court’s action effectively suspended Texas’ intentions to arrest migrants entering the US illegally. The appellate court’s ruling potentially hampers the enforcement of Republican Governor Greg Abbott’s immigration law until a comprehensive legal decision is reached.

“Texas’ plans to arrest migrants suspected of illegally entering the U.S. will remain on hold under a federal appeals court order that likely prevents enforcement of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s new immigration law until a broader decision on whether it is legal.”

The Fifth Circuit’s 2-1 ruling follows a prior temporary suspension of the Texas law by the court, creating uncertainty in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s initial allowance. Chief Judge Priscilla Richman referenced a pivotal 2012 Supreme Court ruling that invalidated sections of a stringent Arizona immigration law, particularly those concerning arrest powers. Richman, appointed by former Republican President George W. Bush, emphasized the longstanding federal prerogative over immigration policies.

Governor Greg Abbott’s Initiative

In December, Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill granting Texas law enforcement the ability to apprehend individuals entering the state illegally amidst the ongoing border crisis attributed to the Biden Administration’s perceived inaction. Abbott expressed that the legislation aimed to combat the surge of unauthorized migration into Texas, underscoring the state’s determination to address border security independently.

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