Federal Judge Blocks Greg Abbott’s Order to Protect State


(ReliableNews.org) – In July, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) issued an executive order directing Department of Public Safety troopers to pull over US contractor vehicles transporting immigrants away from processing facilities. The troopers were then told to reroute the vehicles back to where they entered the country. A court has now stopped the order from being enforced.

On August 3, US District Judge Kathleen Cardone blocked Abbott’s order. The decision came days after the Justice Department sued the state. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the order was “dangerous and unlawful.” Apparently, enforcing the country’s immigration laws is more dangerous than allowing people to flood across the country’s borders during a pandemic.

The governor said his order would help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Cardone disagreed, saying Abbott’s order would “[exacerbate] the spread of COVID-19” as federal contractors tried to move migrants from overcrowded facilities.

The decision comes as the US grapples with the worst border crisis in 20 years. Also, it’s the same week officials in McAllen, Texas revealed more than 7,000 COVID-positive migrants were brought to the city since February.

What’s more dangerous: troopers rerouting migrants back to border facilities or the federal government allowing infected migrants in American cities where the virus can spread quickly?

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