This past Thursday, Merrick Garland, the current U.S. Attorney General, put forth a statement in the form of a letter addressed to Greg Abbott, the Republican Governor of Texas, in the wake of Abbott’s most recent executive order.
Just recently this week, Abbott announced and signed an executive order seeking to restrict the flow of migrants flooding into texas as the result of COVID-19.
As stated on the governor’s website, Abbott issued the executive order “restricting ground transportation of migrants who pose a risk of carrying COVID-19 into Texas communities.” It continued on and “directed the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to stop any vehicle upon reasonable suspicion of such violation and reroute such vehicles back to its point of origin or a port of entry. DPS also has the authority to impound a vehicle that violates the Executive Order.”
Reflexively, Attorney General Garland put forth his own letter addressed to Abbott, going on to say that the order just cannot be feasibly enforced and that the Texan governor should immediately rescind the order on those grounds.
In the letter, Garland stated that the order “would jeopardize the health and safety of noncitizens in federal government custody, federal law enforcement personnel and their families, and our communities.”
He continued on to say that it “directly interferes with the implementation of federal immigration law.”
“Texas has no authority to interfere with the United States’ ‘broad, un-doubted power over the subject of immigration’ by impairing the United States’ release of individuals and the ability of those individuals to comply with federal immigration law,” he continued.
Garland ended his letter by stating that if Abbott decides to not take back the order, he was now providing notice that “the United States intends to pursue all appropriate legal remedies to ensure that Texas does not interfere with the functions of the federal government.”
Recently, Abbot has been very outspoken about Old Uncle Joe’s unwillingness to combat the insane increase in illegal immigration and the rising numbers of migrants swarming over the Texas border into the United States.
Making reference to the order, Abbott stated, “The dramatic rise in unlawful border crossings has also led to a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases among unlawful migrants who have made their way into our state, and we must do more to protect Texans from this virus and reduce the burden on our communities.”
“This Executive Order will reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure in our communities,” he concluded.