Texas can’t enforce law that makes illegally crossing the border a crime: Judge

A federal judge ruled that Texas cannot enforce a recent law that makes illegal border crossings a state crime.

U.S. District Judge David Ezra paused the law before it was set to take effect on March 5, with Texas expected to appeal. Ezra argued that the law conflicted with the federal government’s supremacy in immigration matters.

Immigrants who crossed the Rio Grande and entered the U.S. from Mexico are lined up for processing by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Sept. 23, 2023, in Eagle Pass, Texas. A federal judge on Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, blocked a new Texas law that gives police broad powers to arrest immigrants suspected of illegally entering the U.S., dealing a victory to the Biden administration in its feud with Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) over immigration enforcement. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, file)

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