Can Texas enforce its own immigration law?

The federal government is in charge of border security. Gov. Greg Abbott has other ideas.

Composite of Texas governor Greg Abbott and the Mexico-US border
The new law has "set the stage for another showdown" over who gets to control America's borders
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Texas is taking immigration law into its own hands.

Gov. Greg Abbott this week signed a bill, SB 4, that gives police in the Lone Star State the authority to arrest undocumented migrants — who would then either be prosecuted or shipped back out of the country. For Abbott, a Republican, it's another opportunity to challenge President Joe Biden's handling of border security issues. The president's "deliberate inaction has left Texas to fend for itself," the governor said at the bill-signing ceremony in Brownsville.  

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