Conservatives hope Supreme Court's initial ruling on Texas immigration law inspires other states

Georgia GOP Chairman Josh McKoon says decision should be "rocket fuel' for his state to empower local police to arrest and deport illegal aliens.
Border, migrants, Jacumba, Calif., Nov. 24, 2023

A preliminary Supreme Court ruling that allowed Texas to begin enforcing a state law empowering local police to arrest and deport illegal aliens if the federal government doesn't should inspire other states to follow suit, prominent conservatives tell Just the News.

"We're all experiencing the disastrous effects of Joe Biden's open border," Georgia Republican Party Chairman Josh McKoon told the John Solomon Reports podcast Tuesday after the Supreme Court's decision Tuesday in the landmark Texas case.

"We're of course in the waning days of our state's legislative session. But I think this gives rocket fuel to the effort to try to make some real changes in Georgia law in terms of going after these criminal illegal aliens," he added.

Illegal immigration has made headlines in Georgia after an illegal alien from Venezuela was charged with murdering nursing student Laken Riley near the University of Georgia campus last month.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled 6-3 that Texas could enforce an immigration law that would allow local officials to arrest migrants suspected of entering the U.S. illegally. In so doing, it turned down a request from the Biden administration for a temporary restraining order blocking enforcement of the law.

The ruling was just a first step in a long legal process that will ultimately decide whether the law is constitutional.

Late Tuesday night, the case underwent another whiplash when a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals restored the temporary hold on the case pending a hearing Wednesday.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., said that she hoped her home state will pass legislation similar to Texas in order to get a handle on the illegal immigration crisis. 

"I think this is an easy thing for red states to do," Greene said during an interview set to air Wednesday on the John Solomon Reports podcast. "I think every single Republican state [should]. I wish Democrat states would do it too. But they love illegal immigrants. They create sanctuaries for them."

She added: "States have a right to protect their borders, and they have a right to throw people out that don't belong there."

The Texas law signed by Gov. Greg Abbott allows police to arrest migrants who illegally cross the border and give judges authority to deport them back to the country from which they entered the United States. But it was blocked by a federal judge last month.

The justices' ruling Tuesday lifted that block while the larger constitutional issues are litigated. 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton predicted Tuesday that more states would follow the Lone Star state's lead with similar legislation. 

"I think they should do it, not just consider it, because the more states that are trying to defend their borders, and trying to protect their citizens, I think the better," Paxton said on the Just the News, No Noise TV show. "I think it sends a message to the court system that says, 'Hey, we have an obligation as states to defend our people.'"

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., said he doubts his state will enact a similar law because it has a GOP-run legislature and a Democrat governor. He also predicted the issue will return to the U.S. Supreme Court soon.

"This is a great ruling for the state of Texas," he said on the Just the News, No Noise TV show. "The question is, what is the lower court going to do on the remand and on the appeal? Then where does it go from there? My guess is it'll be back in the U.S. Supreme Court."