Appeals court keeps controversial Texas immigration law on hold

March 27, 2024

CNN —A controversial Texas law that allows state officials to arrest and detain people they suspect of entering the country illegally will remain blocked while legal challenges to it play out, a federal appeals court said Tuesday. In a 2-1 vote, the court said the law, known as SB 4, will continue to be blocked while the court considers the larger question of whether it violates the US Constitution. Circuit Judge Andrew Oldham, who was appointed to the bench by former President Donald Trump, wrote in a lengthy dissent that he would have let Texas enforce the law. Greg Abbott in December, SB 4 makes entering Texas illegally a state crime and allows state judges to order immigrants to be deported. The appeals court will hear arguments on April 3 over whether to uphold the injunction.