On Monday, Republican Governor Greg Abbott of Texas approved a state immigration law that is considered to be one of the strictest in recent U.S. history. The law allows state authorities to detain and potentially deport migrants who are believed to have entered the country illegally by crossing the border from Mexico.
The legislation, referred to as SB4, grants Texas law enforcement the authority to detain, apprehend, and incarcerate immigrants for violating new state-level laws regarding illegal entry. It also permits state judges to issue de facto orders of deportation for those suspected of breaking the law, although it is uncertain how this aspect would be enforced.
Earlier this year, the Texas legislature approved SB4, a measure aimed at involving the state in immigration and border control, which are typically handled by the federal government. This is expected to result in a significant legal and political battle with civil rights organizations and potentially the Biden administration.