Supreme Court Still Stopping Texas

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(Patriot.Buzz) – In a baffling decision against the interest of our nation and the urgent need to secure the border, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito has once again delayed the enactment of a Texas bill authorizing local and state law enforcement to detain and expel illegal aliens crossing from Mexico.

This pause maintains the hold initially placed on March 4 in response to a ruling by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which would have allowed executing the Texas Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) during ongoing legal review. Alito’s latest extension pushes the effective date of SB 4 to March 18.

Alito’s move arrives amid a legal tangle after the Fifth Circuit reversed a previous court decision that halted SB 4 by arguing it overstepped federal rights concerning immigration enforcement.

Alito’s decision grants a temporary pause as the Supreme Court considers the Biden administration’s plea to block the law for a more extended period.

SB 4 grants Texas’ local and state authorities the power to detain illegal immigrants who evade formal entry points along the Texas-Mexico border. Signed by Republican Governor Greg Abbott in December, the law imposes criminal charges ranging from misdemeanors to felonies with potential jail time from one to twenty years.

Originally scheduled to become effective on March 5, SB 4 also enables state judges to order the deportation of aliens back to Mexico instead of proceeding under federal legal frameworks.

The introduction of SB 4 has sparked major controversy and prompted lawsuits from the Justice Department and civil rights groups like the American Civil Liberties Union. Critics argue the law disregards the 2012 Supreme Court verdict in Arizona v. U.S., which affirmed the federal government’s exclusive jurisdiction over immigration law and policy.

Despite federal opposition Texas remains defiant and asserted its autonomy to address what Governor Abbott has called an “invasion” amid escalating border crises. The state’s independent border initiatives, including the deployment of buoy barriers and concertina wire under Operation Lone Star, have also drawn legal scrutiny.

Following a temporary injunction against SB 4 by U.S. District Court Judge David Ezra, the Fifth Circuit’s intervention was briefly upheld before Alito’s repeated suspensions. The appellate court is set to review the case thoroughly on April 3.

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