Texas Republicans Take Major Immigration Fight Back To Court

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(TruthAndLiberty.com) – Gov. Greg Abbot in Texas is heading back to court as he attempts to push Senate Bill 4 which would give the state more tools to combat illegal immigration. 

The bill would give Texas officials the right to detain, arrest and even deport individuals without any federal authorities being involved in the process. Since last year the bill has slowly been making its way through the legal system. While those who are supporters of the bill have argued that it would help manage state immigration and increase public safety in the state, there are also critics of the bill who have pointed out that police officers are not trained to deal with immigration law and that the bill is unconstitutional. 

The decision comes right as the debate across the United States regarding illegal immigration continues to escalate. At the same time some other GOP-led states, including South Dakota and Arkansas have been sending their troops out in an attempt to monitor the situation at the Southern border. 

Senate Bill 4 was passed in November 2023 during a special Texas legislative session. Ever since then it has become the topic of many legal cases and has not yet gone into effect. 

This week the issue is set to return to court as a three-judge panel is going to be assessing if the bill violates the U.S. Constitution. The hearing is going to be taking place in New Orleans at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Both side’s attorneys are going to be given 30 minutes to present their arguments and convince the panel. 

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