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Texas Nears Implementation of Stricter Immigration Enforcement Law

Gov. Greg Abbott is poised to sign Senate Bill 4, an immigration enforcement measure recently passed during the 4th special session of the Texas legislature. The bill, which makes illegally entering the United States a state crime, is expected to face immediate legal challenges. State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, a co-author of the bill, argues that the federal government has neglected its border responsibilities, citing over 6.5 million immigrants caught attempting illegal entry in the last three fiscal years. The bill classifies illegal entry as a Class B misdemeanor in Texas, with escalated charges for prior convictions or other offenses. Legal experts anticipate legal challenges, as immigration enforcement is traditionally a federal matter. Senate Bill 4 is likely to face scrutiny in the courts, potentially reaching the U.S. Supreme Court. Immigration advocates express concerns about implementation, fiscal impact, and potential challenges to immigrants’ right to claim asylum under federal law. Critics argue that the bill may be more of a political statement than a practical solution and could impact the Texas economy, heavily reliant on immigrant labor. The bill prohibits enforcement at certain locations, such as schools, houses of worship, and healthcare facilities. Critics emphasize the need for Congressional action on immigration reform to address the broader issues surrounding immigration policy. The Mexican government has rejected the proposed measure, asserting its sovereign right to protect the rights of its nationals in the U.S. and determine its own entry policies.

Source: Click2houston