The US Supreme Court rules that Texas has the authority to arrest and detain migrants

The US Supreme Court rules that Texas has the authority to arrest and detain migrants

The US Supreme Court has ruled that Texas can arrest and detain migrants under the new federal immigration law, known as Law SB4, according to the BBC. This law allows local and state police to arrest and prosecute suspects for illegally crossing the Mexican border. However, the Biden administration has called the law unconstitutional.

The decision to allow SB4 to go into effect was made by the Supreme Court, overturning a previous block on the law. The law’s implementation had been delayed three times by Judge Samuel Alito. While the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of SB4, a federal appeals court is yet to rule on its legality.

Three liberal members of the Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ketanji Brown Jackson, expressed their disagreement with the decision. Sotomayor wrote in her opinion that the court’s decision could upset the balance of power between federal and state levels and create chaos.

SB4 gives local and state law enforcement officials the authority to stop and arrest individuals suspected of crossing the border illegally, with exceptions for certain locations like schools, healthcare facilities, and places of worship. The law also includes provisions for misdemeanor or criminal proceedings, with possible prison sentences or fines of up to $2,000.

Originally signed in December, SB4 was set to go into effect on October 5 before being delayed multiple times. The law allows for penalties of up to 20 years in prison for those who illegally re-enter Texas after being deported, depending on their immigration and criminal history.

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