Supreme Court Ruling Allows for Texas to Arrest and Deport Migrants, Without Federal Authorization

On March 19, the Washington Post reported that the Supreme Court ruled that Texas could begin to enforce its controversial immigration law. 

The law’s official name is S.B. 4, and it makes it a state crime for migrants to cross the border illegally. This law also allows for Texas to deport migrants, which has historically been a federal responsibility.

The migrants would be deported to Mexico. Mexico has not agreed to receive these migrants and it is unknown how Texas would deliver the migrants into Mexico. 

This ruling comes as migrant crossings from Mexico into the United States have hit record numbers. Pew Research reported that the U.S. Border Patrol had nearly 250,000 “encounters” with migrants in just the month of December, in 2023. 

This is higher than any month on record.