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BDBN: Supreme Court ruling on immigration law in Texas

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Credit: Alyssa Ao

What you need to know:

On Tuesday, March 19, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled in a 6-3 vote to allow Texas to arrest immigrants on the Texas – Mexico border. This law is known as S.B. 4. According to the Washington Post, S.B. 4 states that any migrant who enters the state illegally can be detained for up to half a year. This is a law Texas has attempted to develop previously, but it was turned down by the U.S. District Court because they deemed it unconstitutional.

However, just hours after the Supreme Court had approved the law, a federal jurisdiction in New Orleans ruled that Texas’ task force could not continue to arrest immigrants at the border. The court decided to stop S.B. 4 from advancing because it could lead to the development of other laws that result in further discrimination within the United States. According to NBC News, three justices voted that the law should be put on hold while the judges evaluate the issue.

Why it matters:

SCOTUS’ ruling raises the question of whether or not the state of Texas is allowed to enforce a law that it deemed unconstitutional. All states, including Texas, cannot enforce laws on immigration that violate the federal government’s laws. S.B. 4 also goes against policies of the Biden’s administration, which might cause more political tension.

The approved law by the Texas governor adds additional stress on immigrants attempting to become U.S. citizens. Some people have seen evidence of this on the U.S. – Mexico border in the past. Some believe that the United States government has not managed immigration policy effectively, since it takes at least five years to be approved of becoming a permanent resident of the U.S..

What are other sources to look at?

U.S.: Supreme Court Opens Door Chaos, Abuse in Texas – Human Rights Watch

Appeals court again blocks Texas from arresting and deporting migrants” – The Washington Post

Texas immigration law blocked again, just hours after Supreme Court allowed state to arrest migrants” – CBS News

Court of Appeal Reverses Supreme Court Ruling Re: Texas Immigration Law” – Forbes

Controversial Texas immigration law back on hold as appeals court hears arguments” – PBS News

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Sophia Verma
Sophia Verma, Staff Reporter
Sophia Verma, Class of 2024, is a first year reporter for WSPN. She is part of the peer leadership program at the highschool. Outside of school she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, reading, going to concerts and watching movies. Contact: [email protected]
Marissa Mendoza
Marissa Mendoza, Staff Reporter
Marissa Mendoza, Class of 2026, is a first year reporter for WSPN. In her free time she likes to spend time with family and friends, play sports, cook, travel and play with her pets.
Sofia Ciciarelli
Sofia Ciciarelli, Staff Reporter
Sofia Ciciarelli, class of 2026, is a first year reporter for WSPN. She is a varsity runner for the cross country and track teams. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her dogs, spending time in Vermont and watching shows. Contact: [email protected]
Alyssa Ao
Alyssa Ao, Co-Graphics Editor
Alyssa Ao, Class of 2025, is a co-graphics editor for WSPN. She is also one of the Math Team captains and co-president of the Art Club. Outside of school, she enjoys art, playing piano and watching TV. Contact: [email protected]
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