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DOJ Threatened Texas Governor Over His Border Actions

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an order to his State Troopers and National Guard to assist Border Patrol with the arrests of Illegals pouring across the border of Texas. (Texas Tribune) He also gave State Troopers the authority to turn back vehicles carrying illegals due to the federal government dumping them in Texas towns…and many of them are carrying COVID. The DOJ threatened Abbott with a lawsuit, demanding that he walk back his order.(Executive Order GA-37) Does Merrick Garland not know that it was Texas that issued it?

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Screenshot of Gov Greg Abbott

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Gov Abbott has also planned to finish the border wall across Texas, arrest illegals for trespassing, and any other tool at his disposal to stop the flood of immigrants. All of those things have been a bone of contention for the leftist administration. When the DOJ threatened him, it may just be the last straw.

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The letter from Garland is among the most forceful pushback yet from the Biden administration over the actions taken by Abbott along the U.S.-Mexico border, which have also included jailing migrants on state crimes and building new fencing. Civil rights groups and immigration advocates have also slammed Abbott’s latest move to curb border crossings, saying it could invite racial profiling and restrict the ability of shelters to take in newly arriving families.

“The order is both dangerous and unlawful,” Garland wrote.

Garland said Texas had “no authority to interfere” with the federal government’s broad powers of immigration and raised the potential of a lawsuit if the order was not lifted.

Canadian Press

Here we have a test of the distribution of powers between the sovereignty of the states (10th amendment) and immediate danger to them, and the Federal Government. In just the month of June, Border Patrol stopped 188,829 illegals attempting to enter the United States. That’s up significantly from the 180,641 they encountered in May. They are overwhelmed. And many of them DID have Covid but were released into the United States. So which is more ‘dangerous’ – Texas trying to stop the flood of illegals or the Biden administration allowing illegals in totally unchecked?

Governor Abbott responded to the threats from the DOJ with a notice of his own:

It is clear that the Biden Administration fundamentally misunderstands what is truly happening at the Texas-Mexico border. The current crisis at our southern border, including the overcrowding of immigration facilities and the devastating spread of COVID-19 that the influx of non-citizens is causing, is entirely the creation of the Biden Administration and its failed immigration policies.

By choosing not to enforce immigration laws, removing sound policies like the Remain in Mexico program, and failing to make the most robust use of Title 42 authorities, this Administration has directly caused the unprecedented crisis Texas is facing. And it is increasingly a matter of grave public-health concern as unlawful migrants enter from countries with lower vaccination rates than the United States.

It would be of some solace if the federal government were conducting appropriate COVID-19 testing and other mitigation strategies, but to the contrary, we hear too many reports of the federal government recklessly failing to do so and instead admitting into the United States — and Texas — migrants from over 150 countries, many of whom are testing positive for COVID-19…

Gov Greg Abbott at Concho Valley Homepage

Depending upon which court the feds file their lawsuit in, the outcomes could be opposite from one another. We’ll follow this to see where it ends up, but we hope that Merrick Garland has to eat his own words. He has officially threatened Texas.

H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. All of her posts on Conservative Firing Line are also posted on Uncle Sam's.

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