Texas Law Blocked After Surprise 5th Circuit Decision — For Now

Another stay in Texas, another chance for SCOTUS to overturn? I’m getting a headache. But don’t worry, it could all change by the end of the day. Via Washington Post:

A federal appeals court has again blocked a law that makes it a state crime for migrants to illegally cross the border into Texas, hours after the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority allowed the law to take effect while challenges to it continue through the court system.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit blocked enforcement of the law, known as S.B. 4, ahead of oral arguments scheduled for Wednesday morning.

Two justices in the majority had said the Supreme Court may again consider intervening after a lower court weighs the merits of the case. Their statement appeared to have an immediate effect, as the lower court quickly scheduled a hearing and later moved to block the law from implementation.

The law makes it a state crime for migrants to illegally cross the border and allows Texas officials to deport undocumented individuals, though Mexico said Tuesday that it would not accept anyone sent back by the state and condemned the law as “encouraging the separation of families, discrimination and racial profiling that violate the human rights of the migrant community.”

Remember, the basis for this lawsuit is the contention that Texas is being “invaded,” and is allowed to defend itself. You can see where validating that presents some real problems.

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