Texas lawmakers want federal government to lose deportation rights, as they push for states to have more control


There are some lawmakers in Texas who want the federal government to be stripped off of powers that get to determine whether foreign nationals have to be deported or not.

US Border Patrol, National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety vehicles in Del Rio, Texas.Paul Ratje / AFP

Governor Greg Abbott and his administration embarked on a new mission that had him prioritize immigrants, border control and migration-related issues that affect the state of Texas.

The governor went from signing a border control proclamation to busing immigrants to Washington, DC, and even attempted to return foreign nationals to the border due to limitations that states face when it comes to foreign nationals.

This is because immigration law enforcement falls under the jurisdiction of the federal government, and as such, Governor Abbott cannot deport anyone, only the federal government can do that.

Now some lawmakers in Texas want the federal government to be stripped from those powers that get to determine the deportation status of foreign nationals, according to a new report.

The United States Supreme Court overturned an Arizona immigration law back in 2012, declaring the federal government to have "broad" and "undeniable" immigration law authority over the states.

As such, deporting migrants in Texas would be unconstitutional based on that precedent, state Immigration attorney Denise Gilman said.

Representative Jodey Arrington said the state should declare the border situation as some sort of an invasion.

The call comes as officials announce that border agents in Texas and Mexico have struggled to manage the influx of migrants coming to the United States.

Agents at the Texas and Mexico border area have been struggling to manage the influx of migrants that have been coming to the United States, officials have announced.

Daily encounters of foreign nationals continue to surge day-by-day this summer, doubling the capacity at some facilities, thus leading to long queues that take hours to manage.

This mess at the Mexico-U.S. border also led to logistic issues and bred into a commercial disaster for both nations, to a point where business leaders complained.

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