Texans’ strong grip against the migrant emergency on the border with Mexico. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill allowing state police to arrest and deport people who enter the United States illegally from Mexico.
The unprecedented move sets the stage for a legal clash with the federal government, which generally sets and enforces immigration laws.
Speaking during a live-streamed signing ceremony for the measure in Brownsville, on the US-Mexico border, Abbott accused President Joe Biden of “doing nothing to stop illegal immigration.” “Biden’s willful inaction has destroyed America,” the governor said. According to him, nearly eight million people have crossed the border illegally since the US president took office in January 2021. Abbott defended the new law, calling it constitutional and necessary “to stop the wave of illegal entry into Texas,” noting that his state was leaving “ Defend herself.” The law, called Sb4, sent waves of fear throughout Texas’ Latino community, where they make up 40% of the population. Civil rights organizations and immigration advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), warn that law enforcement powers will lead to racial profiling of Latinos, not just at the border but across the state. “It is one of the most extreme anti-immigration laws ever passed by any country,” the American Civil Liberties Union commented, threatening to sue Abbott.
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