Immigration Lawsuit Puts Texas Back in the Spotlight


FILE - Migrants wait to be processed by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol after they crossed the Rio Grande and entered the U.S. from Mexico, Oct. 19, 2023, in Eagle Pass, Texas. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, allowed a Texas law to proceed that lets state police arrest migrants and local judges to order them to leave, paving the way to a U.S. Supreme Court battle. The law, which was initially set to take effect Tuesday, March 5, will be able to take effect Saturday, March 9. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
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Texas’ tough-on-immigration law, which allows local cops to arrest anybody they think crossed the border illegally, is back in the spotlight. The Supreme Court put it on hold due to a handful of lawsuits, but that order expires Wednesday.

“The regulation of immigration is squarely and exclusively within the purview of the federal government,” said Adriana Piñon with the ACLU of Texas.

She also said she wants the Supreme Court to hold the status quo and keep the law on hold while their lawsuits play out. The legislation makes illegally crossing the border a Class B misdemeanor. It requires judges to order illegal immigrants to return to Mexico if they are convicted.

“Racial profiling of immigrants has increased. The way people organize their lives on a day-to-day basis is going to be impacted. The law contravenes over 100 years of Supreme Court precedent that holds states cannot enter into this field,” said Piñon.

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