SCOTUS Extends Hold On TX Immigration Law

March 19, 2024

IT IS ORDERED that the stay issued on March 4, 2024, is hereby extended pending further order of the undersigned or of the Court.

United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Monday. The order extends a temporary block on a recent Texas immigration law that would allow state police to arrest individuals suspected of crossing the border illegally and give criminal penalties.

Why It Matters: The Biden administration is challenging a Texas law that would give state police officers authority to arrest those suspected of crossing the border illegally (officers must have probable cause), with the Justice Department arguing the law would step on the federal government’s immigration powers,” The Associated Press explains. Monday’s order marks the second time Justice Alito has extended a temporary block on the Texas law (it would have gone into effect this month), while a challenge to the law plays out in federal court.

Read More: Supreme Court extends block on Texas law that would allow police to arrest migrants (The Associated Press)

Alito extends order barring Texas from detaining migrants under SB4 immigration law for now (CBS News)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas