Texas Governor’s Border Fight Could Hurt Texans?

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(FixThisNation.com) – On Monday, a judge in Texas warned that if state lawmakers moved forward with the illegal immigration protocols in the state it would potentially have dire results in many border and small communities, including her own which lacks the infrastructure and funding currently. 

The Mexico-Texas border has had a large increase in illegal crossings going up to 1.31 million in the 2023 fiscal year, from 1.33 million in the 2022 fiscal year, and 1.03 in the 2021 fiscal year. According to reports about the current fiscal year, the number of illegal encounters between October and January was around 472,800 illegal encounters. There was also a decrease in the number from January to February with a drop of around 81,987. 

At the same time, Gov. Greg Abbott and a number of other conservatives in Texas have been pushing for Senate Bill 4 to pass despite the legal challenges it has faced. S.B. 4 is going to give Texas officials the option to arrest, detain, and even deport illegal immigrants without having to involve the federal government at all. 

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had previously denied the request of the state to allow the bill to go into effect which could potentially mean that the Supreme Court will need to litigate this case.

Last week Abbott met with House Speaker Mike Johnson and urged him to push for legislation relating to the border. He also pointed out that in his state they have been trying to combat illegal immigration using Operation Lone Star since March 2021. 

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