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Texas Governor Gregg Abbott shakes hands with a U.S. Soldier after a news conference near the International Bridge between Mexico and the U.S., where migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. are waiting to be processed, in Del Rio, Texas, U.S., September 21, 2021.

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Texas doubles down on border challenge to Federal government

A major constitutional crisis is brewing down south as Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott bucks the Supreme Court, forcing a confrontation between the state and federal government over who controls the US-Mexico border.

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court ruled that the Biden administration had the right to clear razor wire that local Texas authorities had installed along the border. Abbott has also taken his own measures to police crossings of the Rio Grande and even used the Texas National Guard to block federal agents from entering the area.

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Biden challenges Texas immigration law

The Biden administration has said that it will sue Texas if it does not renounce its strict immigration law, SB4, by today.

SB4 is Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest challenge to Biden’s immigration policy, which he says fails to mitigate the surge of migrants entering at the southern border. It gives Texas officials the power to arrest, prosecute, and deport migrants suspected of entering the country illegally. In a state where 40% of the population is Latino, critics fear the legislation will lead to racial profiling.

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Texas Governor Gregg Abbott speaks during a news conference near the International Bridge between Mexico and the U.S

REUTERS/Marco Bello

Texas takes immigration into its own hands

Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott just signed SB4, a bill that is being described as the harshest state immigration law in modern US history, into law. Set to take effect in March 2024, it will allow law enforcement in the Lone Star State to arrest and jail migrants on new state-level illegal entry charges and enable state judges to issue de facto deportation orders.
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