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U.S. attorney general tells Texas to rescind immigrant COVID-19 order

Reuters
Reuters
 2021-07-29
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WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday warned Texas Governor Greg Abbott to "immediately rescind" a new executive order aimed at curbing the travel into the state of undocumented immigrants who may pose a risk of transmitting COVID-19.

"The order violates federal law in numerous respects, and Texas cannot lawfully enforce the executive order against any federal official or private parties working with the United States," Garland told Abbott in a letter.

He added that if Texas continues to implement the ground restrictions on migrants, then the Justice Department will "pursue all appropriate legal remedies."

Garland's letter comes just a day after Abbott signed the order, which states that "no person, other than a federal, state, or local law-enforcement official, shall provide ground transportation to a group of migrants" who have been detained by federal immigration officials for crossing the border.

It also directs the state's Department of Public Safety to "stop any vehicle upon reasonable suspicion of a violation" and gives the department authority to "reroute such a vehicle back to its point of origin or a port of entry."

The executive order states that the new policy is warranted because of President Joe Biden's "refusal to enforce laws passed by the United States Congress" and the measure is aimed at protecting Texans from exposure to COVID-19.

Garland said the order "would jeopardize the health and safety of noncitizens in federal government custody" and it will also interfere with the implementation of federal immigration law.

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jakecutter
07-30

The federal government is refusing to enforce federal law and at the same time threatening the state which is protecting its citizens. Time for Texas to declare itself an un sanctuary state and ignore them

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4th Generation SF
07-29

If Biden and Kamala would do their job in securing our border and protecting citizens from covid carrying illegal immigrants, then the state wouldnt need to get involved. Lets see what the SCOTUS says…. So far they have upheld deportations, and states rights to self governance… just because the AG is puffing up and shaking his tail feathers, doesnt mean he is in the right. They will keep saying their big lies over and over until it becomes “truth”….

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BJK456
07-30

Mr. Garland, the Texas governor has every right to protect the citizens of his state. I (as odd as this sounds) find this amusing as this adminstration you work with goes around threatening the American Citizens of this country who are not vaccined, but yet you are ok with illegal immigrants who are moving around free who are not vaccined and some of whom have covid. Your ok with that? please be honest, Why?

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