A US Border Patrol agent watches over migrants waiting to be processed after crossing from Mexico into US, Eagle Pass, Texas, December 17, 2023 (John Moore/Getty)

On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court in a 6-3 vote allowed Texas Governor Greg Abbott to use State law enforcement in a campaign against migrants and asylum seekers — only for a US Appeals Court to block Abbott’s initiative hours later.

I joined Monocle Radio’s Chris Cermak to explain the power play by Abbott and the Texas legislature, trying to seize the powers of the Federal Government, and the ensuing legal manuevers.

The discussion is preceded by my spot analysis of the surprise resignation of Irish Taioseach Leo Varadkhar.

Listen from 2:17: