Biden’s DOJ sues Texas over order restricting migrant transportation as Gov. Abbott claims ‘constitutional crisis’
Abbott’s executive order GA-37, issued on Wednesday, violates the federal supremacy clause of the US Constitution and “causes injury to the US and to individuals whom the US is charged to protect, jeopardizing the health and safety of noncitizens in federal custody, risking the safety of federal law enforcement officers and their families, and exacerbating the spread of [Covid-19] in our communities,” the Department of Justice (DOJ) argued in the lawsuit, which was filed on Friday in the Western District of Texas in El Paso.
The order “obstructs the Federal Government’s arrangements with nongovernmental partners and directly interferes with the administration of federal immigration law,” the lawsuit added. The DOJ seeks to have the order declared unconstitutional and blocked from being implemented.
The order would have given Texas state troopers the authority to pull over any civilian vehicle suspected of transporting migrants who could potentially be infected with the virus. The troopers would have also been able to either seize the vehicles or escort them to the point of original entry.
Responding to the lawsuit, Abbott fired back, accusing the Biden administration of creating “a constitutional crisis between the federal government and the State of Texas” by its “refusal to enforce immigration laws [thereby allowing] illegal immigrants with [Covid]-19 to enter our country.”
President Joe Biden has “long since abdicated” his authority and responsibility “to protect and uphold our nation’s sovereignty,” and, instead, “knowingly imports” infected immigrants across the border, Abbott added.
Arguing that he had a duty and a responsibility to protect Texans, and the authority under emergency laws used to deal with the pandemic, Abbott vowed to continue doing so “until President Biden and his administration do their jobs to enforce the laws of our nation and protect Americans.”
“Not on my watch! Texas will not back down,” added the state attorney general Ken Paxton, vowing to fight the DOJ in court.