President Joe Biden has continued to take fire for two key issues: the border crisis and his handling of COVID.
Now, those two problems and Biden’s paltry response to them have combined to hit Texans hard, and the state’s governor isn’t having it.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s sent a letter to Texas officials this week on Executive Order GA-37, a Texas executive order that bans non governmental groups from transporting illegal immigrants from the border.
“I urge you to immediately rescind the Order,” Garland wrote.
He went on to threaten that the DOJ “intends to pursue all appropriate legal remedies to ensure that Texas does not interfere with the functions of the federal government.”
Of course, this was not taken well by the free people of Texas.
“It is clear that the Biden Administration fundamentally misunderstands what is truly happening at the Texas-Mexico border,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said. “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.”
The immigration crisis has continued to grow worse since Biden took office. In June, border patrol agents reported encountering almost 200,000 illegal immigrants trying to enter the country.
Many of them have COVID and are placed in U.S. hotels where they can spread it to staff and people in nearby restaurants and grocery stores.
Abbott has raised concerns about this and called on Biden to take action to address the illegal immigration crisis.
“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. Abbott said. “In short, the Biden Administration is jeopardizing the health and safety of Texans on a daily basis by refusing to follow the law. And it’s not just Texans; these irresponsible policies and actions by the Biden Administration are endangering the lives of many Americans as well as the unlawful immigrants themselves. I will take every available step consistent with the law to fulfill my duty to protect the health and safety of all Texans.”