The U.S. Department of Justice may have made a blunder of epic proportions when they filed a lawsuit Friday to stop an executive order by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to restrict the transportation of migrants who had previously been detained by the federal immigration authorities.
Abbott fired back accusing Biden of creating “a constitutional crisis between the federal government and the State of Texas.”
Texas Gov Greg Abbott denounced Biden’s move in a press release that said: Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement after U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that they have filed a lawsuit over Executive Order GA-37, which restricts the transportation of unlawful migrants in Texas due to COVID-19
“The Biden Administration has created a constitutional crisis between the federal government and the State of Texas. This stems from the Biden Administration’s refusal to enforce immigration laws and allow illegal immigrants with COVID-19 to enter our country. As our communities are overrun and overwhelmed by the record-high influx of migrants, cartels and smugglers profit off the chaos. Not only that, but this crisis also extends beyond the border as deadly drugs like fentanyl infiltrate our communities.
This already dangerous situation continues to deteriorate as the Biden Administration knowingly imports COVID-19 into Texas from across the border—willfully exposing Texans and Americans alike. President Biden has a duty and a responsibility to protect and uphold our nation’s sovereignty, yet he has long-since abdicated his authority to do so.
“As the Governor of Texas, I have a responsibility to protect the people of Texas—a responsibility that grows more urgent by the day while the Biden Administration sits on the sidelines.
I take very seriously my duties and responsibilities as the Governor of the State of Texas. I have the authority, and duty, under the constitutions of the United States and of Texas to protect Texans and our nation.
I also have the authority under long-established emergency response laws to control the movement of people to better contain the spread of a disaster, such as those known to have COVID-19. My duty remains to the people of Texas, and I have no intention of abdicating that.
“Until President Biden and his Administration do their jobs to enforce the laws of our nation and protect Americans, the State of Texas will continue to step up to protect our communities and uphold the rule of law.”
The suit, filed in El Paso in the U.S. District Court for the Western District, is the latest in an escalating battle between Abbott and the administration of President Joe Biden.
The Texas attorney general has filed five suits against the Biden administration — all related to immigration.
The suit alleges that Abbott’s executive order violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which says that federal laws take precedence over state laws.
It also argues that the order causes injury to individuals whom the U.S. is charged to protect, “jeopardizing the health and safety of noncitizens in federal custody, risking the safety of federal law enforcement personnel and their families, and exacerbating the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.”
The Justice Department is seeking an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order. Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland called Abbott’s order “both dangerous and unlawful.