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Israel's Prime Minister calls the new ICC charges unfair. Trump's lawyers found more classified documents in Mar-a-Lago, months after an FBI's search. And a new report finds election deniers are advancing to the fall election.

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Texas' battle over right to arrest suspected illegal immigrants will continue

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Monday, March 4, 2024   

A law aimed at immigrants crossing the border in Texas will not take effect tomorrow, after a federal judge halted enforcement until a court battle plays out.

The preliminary injunction was applauded by the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, which has called the legislation one of the most extreme anti-immigrant laws ever passed by a state legislature.

ACLU of Texas Legal Director Adriana Piñon said one state should not be allowed to authorize local and state law enforcement to arrest, detain, and remove people they suspect to have entered Texas illegally.

"It would also give the power to state judges to deport people, and not just at the end of a trial," said Piñon. "It would give the power to state judges just on the showing of probable cause."

The judge's decision was announced the same day President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump visited the Texas border to affirm their positions on immigration.

Biden criticized congressional Republicans for not passing a bipartisan border agreement in the Senate on the advice of Trump.

If re-elected, Trump has said he'd support a program that deputizes local officers to enforce federal immigration law.

The ACLU is part of a lawsuit that was consolidated with another suit, United States of America vs. Texas, filed by the Justice Department.

In supporting the preliminary injunction, the judge expressed "grave" concerns that Texas law could inspire other states to pass their own immigration laws, creating an inconsistent patchwork of immigration rules.

Piñon said no state should have the right to unilaterally decide who gets to be an American.

"Because it doesn't matter what language you speak, it doesn't matter the color of your skin, it doesn't matter what country you come from," said Piñon, "everybody deserves to be able to avail themselves of the protections of the Constitution and the federal laws."

She said federal laws protect people who are seeking asylum, are victims of abuse or trafficking, while the Texas law removes those protections.

Texas' lawyers have promised to appeal the ruling to a higher court.




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