Texas Governor Signs Law Allowing Texas Law Enforcement to Deport Migrants 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) signed into law three bills to deter irregular migration in the state.

One of the bills would allow Texas law enforcement officials the ability to arrest migrants who enter the state from Mexico without authorization.

  • The law is scheduled to go into effect in early March; however, the law faces several potential lawsuits, including from advocacy groups and the Mexican government.
  • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has already filed suit, stating that the power to deport migrants rests solely with the federal government.

In 2012, the Supreme Court struck down part of an Arizona Law that allowed state officials similar powers to enforce immigration policies, finding that immigration enforcement is a federal responsibility. The bill also faces an additional roadblock if the Mexican government refuses to accept the returning migrants from Texas authorities.

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