The Department of Justice is aiming to block an order that is considered a public health measure to combat COVID targeting undocumented immigrants.
The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday sued Texas and its governor, Greg Abbott, for trying to block an order for undocumented immigrants who, according to the state, had a public health measure to prevent flooding COVID-19 infections.
The order obstructs the administration of the federal immigration law, the Department of Justice said in its complaint filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in El Paso.
On Wednesday, Abbott signed the order stating that “no one other than a federal, state or local law enforcement officer will provide ground transportation to a group of migrants” detained by federal immigration officials for undocumented border crossings.
It also instructed the State Department of Public Safety to “stop a vehicle on reasonable suspicion of an offense” and gave the department the power to “return such a vehicle to its source or an port of entry”. ‘.
Abbott’s order said the new policy was justified because of President Joe Biden’s “refusal to enforce laws by the U.S. Congress” and the measure is aimed at protecting Texans from exposure to COVID-19.
Abbott did not explain how the measure would prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Texas, which has taken more than 200 percent among residents in the past two weeks. About 44 percent of Texans are fully vaccinated.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday resumed rapid deportation flights for migrant families who had recently arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border, amid a sharp increase in the number of migrants at the southern border.
The department said in a statement that the flights would transport migrant families from Guatemala, Honduras and Salvador who could not be immediately evicted under a coronavirus-related public health policy and did not have a legal basis to stay in the country.
“We make it clear that those who do not qualify to stay in the United States will be removed immediately,” the statement said.
Migration crossings usually decrease in the hot summer months, but arrests at the southern border rose to the highest level since April 2000 in June. The count in July is expected to be similar or even higher, according to two border guards the state of anonymity.
Immigration, and especially the arrival of asylum seekers on the southern border of the USA, has been a problem for decades. Several attempts to reform U.S. laws and create a path to citizenship for the millions of immigrants living in the country illegally have failed in Congress.