Supreme Court Extends Pause of Texas Border Enforcement Law

Justice Alito grants the extension through next Monday.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito responded to an emergency legal request filed by the Department of Justice on Tuesday, extending a pause on a Texas law that would allow the state to mobilize law enforcement officers to arrest migrants crossing the U.S. southern border until Monday of next week.

Texas passed state law S.B. 4 last year to give state law and local enforcement the authority to arrest and deport illegal migrants. The Justice Department filed a lawsuit to block this law from going into effect, claiming that it is “profoundly altering the status quo that has existed between the United States and the States in the context of immigration for almost 150 years.” Matters regarding the country’s borders and U.S. immigration have historically been the sole jurisdiction of the federal government rather than individual states.

The lawsuit went to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that S.B. 4 could go into effect. The Justice Department requested an emergency stay from Justice Alito, who manages requests from that circuit.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the justices of the Supreme Court as they field requests from their respective circuit courts.
  • For wisdom for the justices as they consider the rights of states to protect their borders.

Sources: Reuters, The Hill


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