TEXAS — The Supreme Court will allow Texas to enforce Senate Bill 4, the controversial immigration law, after denying the Biden administration’s request to halt the law while a lower court decides on its constitutionality.

In a 7-2 decision, Texas will now have the authority to arrest migrants suspected of crossing illegally.

This comes after the Supreme Court decided to extend the hold on the law on Monday.

The Biden administration is suing to strike down the measure, arguing it’s a clear violation of federal authority that would hurt international relations and create chaos in administering immigration law.

The law allows any police officer in Texas to arrest migrants for illegal entry. A judge could then order them to leave the U.S. Texas has argued it has a right to take action over what Texas authorities have called a crisis at the southern border.

The battle over the Texas immigration law is one of multiple legal disputes between Texas officials and the Biden administration over how far the state can go to patrol the Texas-Mexico border and prevent illegal border crossings.

Gov. Greg Abbott has described the situation at the border as an “invasion” by migrants. Attorney General Ken Paxton expressed his glee over the court's decision on X, formely Twitter.

The White House also commented on the Supreme Court's decision.

"We fundamentally disagree with the Supreme Court’s order allowing Texas’ harmful and unconstitutional law to go into effect. S.B. 4 will not only make communities in Texas less safe, it will also burden law enforcement, and sow chaos and confusion at our southern border. S.B. 4 is just another example of Republican officials politicizing the border while blocking real solutions," said White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. "We remained focused on delivering the significant policy changes and resources we need to secure the border – that is why we continue to call on Congressional Republicans to pass the bipartisan border security agreement, the toughest and fairest set of border reforms in decades."

But Mexico’s government said Tuesday it would not "under any circumstances" accept the return of any migrants to its territory from the state of Texas. Mexico is not required to accept deportations of anyone except Mexican citizens.