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Chairman Green on Supreme Court’s Texas Ruling: If Federal Government Won’t Enforce the Law, “States Have Little Choice But to Defend Themselves”

March 20, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C –– House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Mark E. Green, MD (R-TN) released the following statement after the United States Supreme Court rejected the Department of Justice’s emergency request to block the enforcement of Texas’ Senate Bill 4 while litigation over the law continues. The Texas law allows state and local law enforcement to arrest and remove illegal immigrants:

“Joe Biden and now-impeached Secretary Mayorkas have willfully abdicated their responsibility to secure our borders. Even worse, they have implemented an agenda that has encouraged millions of people from around the world to enter our country illegally, empowering the criminal cartels in the process. Federalism is a two-way street. The social contract between the federal government and the states only works if Washington respects the laws passed by Congress. If the federal government under this administration will not enforce the law, the states have little choice but to defend themselves. I applaud Texas not only for passing SB 4, but fighting for it. Other states should follow their lead, and roll back this unprecedented crisis.”