Today: April 23, 2024
Today: April 23, 2024

US court pauses block on Texas law on illegal border crossings

Share This
LA Post: US court pauses block on Texas law on illegal border crossings
Daniel Wiessner
March 04, 2024

By Daniel Wiessner

(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court temporarily set aside a judge's ruling that blocked a Texas law giving state officials broad powers to arrest, prosecute and order the removal of people who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

The order on Saturday from the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals means the law, known as SB4, could take effect as the administration of Democratic President Joe Biden pursues claims that it interferes with the federal government's enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.

But the 5th Circuit said it would stay its decision for seven days to give the federal government a chance to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, and the U.S. Department of Justice did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday.

If the Supreme Court does not reverse the 5th Circuit's decision, SB4 would take effect pending Texas' appeal of last week's decision by U.S. District Judge David Ezra in Austin.

In his ruling, Ezra had said the Biden administration is likely to prevail in its legal challenge, citing a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down key provisions of a similar Arizona immigration law.

The Texas law would make it a state crime to illegally enter or re-enter Texas from a foreign country and would give state and local law enforcement the power to arrest and prosecute violators. It also would allow state judges to order that individuals leave the country, with prison sentences up to 20 years for those who refuse to comply.

SB4 is part of a larger effort by the Republican-led state to crack down on illegal border crossings. Paxton, Republican Governor Greg Abbott and other state officials have blamed Biden for a record increase in illegal migration and has said the state's actions, including installing razor wire fencing at the border and a floating barrier in the Rio Grande river, were necessary because of federal inaction.

(Reporting by Daniel Wiessner in Albany, New York; Editing by Alexia Garamfalvi and Jonathan Oatis)


Jamal Murray sinks shot at buzzer to cap 20-point comeback and lead Nuggets past Lakers 101-99

Jamal Murray sank a 15-foot step-back jumper at the buzzer and the Denver Nuggets wiped out a 20-point second-half deficit to stun the Los Angeles Lakers 101-99 Monday night and take a 2-0 lead in their Western Conference playoff series

Nelly Korda puts bid for 6th straight victory on hold after withdrawing from Los Angeles tourney

Nelly Korda is putting her bid for a historic sixth straight victory on hold

Without cameras to go live, the Trump trial is proving the potency of live blogs as news tools

With cameras not allowed at former President Donald Trump's hush money trial in New York, live news blogs are coming into their own as an important news tool

Yankees manager Aaron Boone is ejected 5 pitches into game vs. Athletics

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone was ejected by Hunter Wendelstedt five pitches into a game against the Oakland Athletics over a remark from a fan behind the dugout aimed at the plate umpire


As airplane makers struggle to meet demand, Morocco wants to become a manufacturing hub

Murder charges filed against woman who crashed into building hosting birthday party, killing 2 kids

Cyberattacks are on the rise, and that includes small businesses. Here's what to know

Moscow court rejects Evan Gershkovich's appeal, keeping him in jail till at least June 30

- Advertisement -
Advertisement: Limited Time Offer