U.S. Department of Justice says it’ll sue if Texas enforces new law punishing illegal border crossing

The state has until Wednesday to say it won’t arrest people accused of unauthorized entry from Mexico. If not, the Biden administration will sue, saying immigration enforcement is a federal responsibility.

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Texas Department of Safety vehicles line up on the Texas side of the Rio Grande, with Mexico visible at right, near an encampment of migrants, many from Haiti, on Sept. 22, 2021, in Del Rio, Texas.

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An Abbott spokesperson said Thursday that Texas is prepared to fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in defense of the law, adding that the governor signed the law “to help stop the tidal wave of illegal entry into Texas.” On X, formerly known as Twitter, Abbott said the Biden administration “not only refuses to enforce current U.S. immigration laws, they now want to stop Texas from enforcing laws against illegal immigration.”

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​The DOJ's threat came as welcome news to Democrats.