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Federal Appeals Court Says Texas Law Allowing Police To Arrest Illegal Migrants Can Take Effect

A federal appeals court on Saturday reversed a lower court's freeze on a Texas law that allows local police to arrest illegal immigrants.

Last week, U.S. District Judge David Alan Ezra blocked Texas' SB 4 from taking effect while the Justice Department's lawsuit against the state progresses.Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued Temporary Stay This means the law will go into effect on March 9th unless the Supreme Court intervenes.

“Texas has a constitutional right to defend itself as President Biden continues to neglect his duty,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican. Said last week. “We will not back down in the fight to protect Texas. This case will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.” (Related: Federal judge blocks Texas law allowing law enforcement to arrest illegal immigrants)

Ezra, an appointee of President Ronald Reagan, ruled last week that the state's law “threatens the fundamental idea that America must use one voice to regulate immigration.”

“If allowed to proceed, SB4 could open the door for each state to pass its own version of immigration law,” he wrote. “The impact would be to debate uniform immigration regulations across the country, forcing the federal government to navigate a patchwork of contradictory regulations.”

The Justice Department filed a lawsuit over the Texas law in January.Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed The law took effect in December in response to record levels of illegal crossings.

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