Abbott says Texas ‘now authorized’ to arrest illegal immigrants

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) announced Monday that state authorities are “now authorized” to arrest illegal immigrants just days after an appeals court reversed a lower court’s block on the state’s law criminalizing illegal border crossings.

“Law enforcement officers in Texas are now authorized to arrest & jail any illegal immigrants crossing the border,” Abbott wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay on Saturday that would allow Texas’s Senate Bill 4 to take effect on March 9 if the Supreme Court does intervene.

FImmigrants hold Red Cross blankets after arriving at Union Station near the U.S. Capitol from Texas on buses on April 27, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

The 5th Circuit’s reversal came just days after U.S. District
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