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.


    The Spin

    Republican narrative

    While America's southern border is being invaded by hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens every month, the Biden administration is more concerned with tearing down border security efforts and helping migrants sneak across the Rio Grande. Texas, however, has strong leadership that is concerned about state sovereignty and safety. State and federal governments are duty-bound to implement any mechanism necessary to stop the invasion at the southern border.

    Democratic narrative

    Federal and state resources are under pressure as migrants continue to cross the US-Mexico border. Governor Abbott and the Biden administration have clashed over some of the state's border measures, and they are likely to do so again over SB4, which could be in violation of international treaties protecting the human rights of illegal immigrants while also raising the risk of racial profiling in Texas. This move from the Texas GOP is deeply authoritarian and disturbing.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that at least 9.12% of the US population will live in Texas in the next census, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


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