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Supreme Court Upholds Texas’ Right to Arrest Migrants: A Beacon of Hope for the Red States

by Richard A Reagan

The Supreme Court of the United States has delivered a significant victory to the state of Texas. The decision allows Texas to enforce Senate Bill 4, a law authorizing local police to arrest migrants suspected of illegally crossing the border. [Source]

Senate Bill 4, signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott in December, emerges as the most audacious state-led initiative on immigration enforcement since a 2012 Supreme Court decision that dismantled parts of an Arizona law.

The essence of Texas’ argument, as eloquently stated by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, underscores a profound commitment to state sovereignty and the protection of its citizens: “Texas has defeated the Biden Administration’s and ACLU’s emergency motions at the Supreme Court. Our immigration law, SB 4, is now in effect. As always, it’s my honor to defend Texas and its sovereignty, and to lead us to victory in court.” [Source]

The Biden administration’s attempt to challenge this law, citing concerns over the usurpation of federal authority on immigration matters, was met with a resolute defense by the state of Texas. 

The administration argued, “Texas cannot run its own immigration system… Its efforts, through SB 4, intrude on the federal government’s exclusive authority to regulate the entry and removal of noncitizens.”

However, the Supreme Court’s decision to allow the law to stand, albeit temporarily, sends a clear message affirming the rights of states to take action in the face of perceived federal inadequacies in border management.

Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh, in a concurring opinion, highlighted the procedural posture of the ruling, emphasizing the court’s decision was not on the merits of the case but rather on the administrative stay previously issued by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

This nuanced approach suggests a legal battle still looms on the horizon, with the potential for a broader affirmation of state powers in immigration enforcement.

As this legal battle unfolds, the ruling has ignited a firestorm of support among conservatives, seeing it as a template for other states to emulate.

Prominent figures like Georgia Republican Party Chairman Josh McKoon and Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Andy Biggs express hope and determination for similar legislative efforts in their states. [Source]

“We’re all experiencing the disastrous effects of Joe Biden’s open border. We’re of course in the waning days of our state’s legislative session. But I think this gives rocket fuel to the effort to try to make some real changes in Georgia law in terms of going after these criminal illegal aliens,” Josh McKoon told the John Solomon Reports podcast Tuesday after the Supreme Court’s decision.

“I think this is an easy thing for red states to do. I think every single Republican state [should]. I wish Democrat states would do it too. But they love illegal immigrants. They create sanctuaries for them. States have a right to protect their borders, and they have a right to throw people out that don’t belong there,” said Greene during an interview on the John Solomon Reports podcast.

The Supreme Court’s decision sets the stage for a broader conversation on the roles and responsibilities of state versus federal government in managing immigration. 

As Texas prepares for further legal challenges in the Fifth Circuit, the implications of this ruling extend beyond the borders of the Lone Star State, offering a beacon for conservative-led states seeking to take a more active role in immigration enforcement. 

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