After Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) created a new law to take control over the southern border from being flooded with illegal immigrants, the Biden administration has decided to come out of hiding and attempt to regain authority.
The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Texas and Abbott on Wednesday, saying that the state does not have the power to create its own immigration law.
“Texas cannot run its own immigration system,” a complaint from the Justice Department reads. “Its efforts, through SB 4, intrude on the federal government’s exclusive authority to regulate the entry and removal of noncitizens, frustrate the United States’ immigration operations and proceedings, and interfere with U.S. foreign relations. SB 4 is invalid and must be enjoined.”
SB 4 gives Texas law enforcement the authority to arrest and deport anyone who illegally crosses the border. The law was created after getting the silent treatment from the Biden administration after complaints from southern states bordering Mexico. In the last few weeks, there have been record numbers of illegals getting into the country.
In an X post, Abbott tweeted that he is being sued by the Biden administration and that he is the “only government in America trying to stop illegal immigration.”
Biden sued me today because I signed a law making it illegal for an illegal immigrant to enter or attempt to enter Texas directly from a foreign nation.
I like my chances.
Texas is the only government in America trying to stop illegal immigration. pic.twitter.com/3NsVnkQ8WM
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 4, 2024
Rep. David Spiller (R-TX) agrees with SB 4, stating that it allows “Texans to protect Texas.”
“It’s a humane, logical and efficient approach to a problem created and fostered by the Biden administration’s failure and refusal to secure our border,” said Spiller.
“There’s nothing unfair about ordering someone back from where they came if they arrived here illegally,” he said.
The bill has faced some drawback due to the possibility of the Mexican government refusing to take the illegal immigrants back. According to a former Mexican immigration official and professors, Mexico is not obligated to accept non-Mexican immigrants. In a news conference Wednesday, Abbott wasn’t too worried about that possibility.
“We’re going to send them right back to Mexico,” he said.
SB4 is scheduled to take effect March 5, but the Biden administration is planning on having it blocked before its instated.