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SCOTUS decision to allow arbitrary removal of people in Texas suspended
Lars Plougmann
“US Border Patrol, Marfa, Texas” by Lars Plougmann is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit

Irrespective of national origin, individuals deserve to be treated humanely and with respect.

In Texas, SB 4, an incredibly controversial statute, emboldens law enforcement officials to detain or arrest individuals suspected of illegally gaining access to the United States via the U.S.-Mexico border. The law was in response to the supposed “border crisis.”

The Biden Administration challenged this law, requiring the inhumane law to be brought up before SCOTUS. As such, in recent months, SB 4 was placed on a moratorium.

However, on March 19 SCOTUS determined that the law could be enforced in Texas. After the SCOTUS ruling, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, located in New Orleans, ordered enforcement of said law to be paused.

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The statute raises ethical concerns, especially given the absence of details regarding how to identify an individual who allegedly crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. The law seems to aim to create a binary category between humans, and that is unethical. Border security may be a concern, however, arbitrarily deciding who could be residing in the United States illegally offers too much power for the everyday person.

Opponents of this law express that this law perpetuates discrimination toward humans and encourages the state of Texas to create a police state based on speculation that an individual is an undocumented immigrant. Concerns surrounding the arbitrary enforcement of the law and racial/ethnic discrimination exist.

The Border Crisis continues to permeate the political landscape, and yet, it remains largely rhetoric.

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    Jesse SalasMar 28, 2024 at 2:50 pm

    SB4 needs to be enforced, to protect TEXAS and its people. Invasion and illegal entry is not constiutionally being executed and federal does not exist than we can protect ourselves from foreign invasions.

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    MichaelMar 27, 2024 at 4:28 pm

    That’s BS if you catch them crossing illegally then that alone is cause for removal. If you want asylum then you cross at the border crossing and submit your asylum claim not crossing a river illegally to claim asylum. If your a citizen then you would cross at the authorized border crossing

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    Jason MikklesMar 27, 2024 at 2:13 pm

    As a Texan I believe this law was passed as a result of Abbott and the MAGA GOP here in Texas being puppets of Trump. SB4 is the first step of establishing a Dictatorship.

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    David HipsMar 27, 2024 at 12:38 pm

    No one is hunting anyone down. If a law is broken and the violator has zero documents, he will be taken into a jail to determine his or her status.