After Texas Governor Greg Abbott prevented illegal immigrants from transiting through his territory, Attorney General Merrick Garland called the provision “dangerous and illegal.”
Garland addressed a letter urging Abbott to rescind the Executive Order that prohibits local, state, and federal law enforcement agents from transporting undocumented aliens entering the country across the border with Mexico, according to Breitbart on July 30.
Nor will they be able to do so with those detained by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) or those who have received a removal order under Title 42 authority from the CDC.
Abbott, in his provision, also requires agents to “stop any vehicle upon reasonable suspicion” that it violates the ban and “to reroute such a vehicle back to its point of origin or a port of entry if a violation is confirmed.”
Garland argues that Texas lacks the authority to interfere with the “broad, un-doubted power over the subject of immigration,” which now drives the open borders policy.
To do so would interfere with immigration enforcement, rendering the Order unconstitutional.
Texas is one of the border states most affected by the wave of illegal immigrants, attracted by the facilities offered since President Biden’s first day in office.
During an interview with Newsmax, Abbott was decisive in stating that the Biden administration “is completely ignoring the crisis on the border, and because of that, as governor, I am having to step up and do the federal government’s job.”
He added: “We are going to instill safety. We’re going to be doing things in Texas that no state has ever done before when it comes to cracking down on anybody coming across the border. We’re going to step up and secure the border even more than we already are.”
For starters, he issued a Declaration of Emergency along the southern Texas border in March precisely because of concerns about border crossings.
Abbott highlights some of the dangers posed by the invasion of people who do not follow the legal process to enter the country.
“President Biden’s open border policies have paved the way for dangerous gangs and cartels, human traffickers and deadly drugs like fentanyl to reach our communities,” he said.
Abbott announced in June that he would close all facilities used by the federal government to house illegal immigrants after Biden administration officials failed to address problems such as increased drug trafficking and human smuggling in Texas.
As of August 31, some 52 shelters will be forced to discontinue caring for unaccompanied minors or have the license they currently need to remain open withdrawn.
In a letter he sent to the secretary of health and human services, Abbott wrote: “The federal government must solve the federal problem caused by the Biden administration’s disastrous open-border policies. Texas will not be commandeered into federal government service.”