United States – A US appellate court at present stayed an earlier judge’s ruling that obstructed a Texas law providing that state officials own broad powers to arrest, prosecute, and order people who illegally passed the US-Mexico border for removal.

5th Circuit Court Decision

Because of the latest ruling from the 5th US Circuit Court in New Orleans, the law – SB4, is expected to be enforced even as Democratic President Joe Biden challenges the law as a hindrance to his administration’s enforcement of US immigration laws, as reported by Reuters.

However, the 5th Circuit court will keep its ruling for seven days so the federal government might get a chance to present its case to the US Supreme Court to hear the case.

The office of the Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton, a Republican, and the US Department of Justice did not answer requests for comments on Monday.

Should the Supreme Court uphold the 5th Circuit’s ruling, the SB4 would be in effect as Texas awaits a further directive from US District Court Judge David Ezra in Austin.

In his decision, Ezra said the administration of Biden was at odds to win in the legal contest and was on the right side according to the decision of the 2012 US Supreme Court that ruled against a similar Arizona immigration law.

Controversial Provisions of SB4

State of the Texas law would become a state crime to cross illegally or re-enter Texas from a foreign country, and is able to arrest and prosecute those violators by police departments of state and locally. It would also include state judges’ orders to force entry into the country, but no more than 20 years of jail time would be awarded to those who break the law, as reported by Reuters.

SB4 is one of the state’s large Republican party agendas to settle the illegal border crossings in a toughened manner. Abbott, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and other state officials are bearing the brunt of the growing unlawful migration, which has been exacerbated by the Biden administration. They have been in support of the states’ moves, such as installing razor wire fencing at the border and a floating barrier in the Rio Grande River because of federal failure.