Texas Legislature Proposes State Crime for Illegal Immigration

Texas Legislature Proposes State Crime for Illegal Immigration
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The Facts

  • The Texas House of Representatives voted Tuesday night in favor of a bill that would criminalize entering the state illegally. The bill, Senate Bill 4 (SB4), would give local law enforcement the authority to detain and deport unauthorized immigrants.

  • SB4 is highly controversial as the federal government, not states, is generally in charge of deporting noncitizens. A spokesman for the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) said that the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution renders state acts unconstitutional when they conflict with federal law.


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