Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday authorized members of the Texas National Guard to arrest migrants at the border
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order on Wednesday banning the overland transportation of migrants illegally crossing the southern border to slow the spread of coronavirus cases rising in his state.
Citing the Biden administration’s “failure” to enforce the Title 42 injunction, allowing border officials to return migrants regardless of asylum applications during the pandemic, Abbot said the new order “increased the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in our communities will diminish’.
“The dramatic increase in illegal border crossings has also led to a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases among illegal migrants who have entered our state, and we need to do more to protect Texans from this virus and reduce the burden on our communities.” , Abbott stated in his announcement.
Abbott accused Biden of “thwarting” the Title 42 measure introduced under Donald Trump and allowing migrants who test positive for COVID to enter the country.
Only law enforcement officers will be able to provide ground transportation to detained migrants under Abbott’s new command.
That means migrants released domestically to await processing or court dates, will not be able to use public transportation or be assisted by nonprofits to get anywhere else within Texas or the greater US.
New COVID cases in Texas are up 178 percent in the past two weeks and hospitalizations are up more than 80 percent.
Citing the Biden administration’s “failure” to enforce the Title 42 injunction, allowing border officials to return migrants regardless of asylum applications during the pandemic, Abbot said the new order “increased the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in our communities will diminish’
Along the Texas-Mexico border at the Rio Grande Valley border crossing, Border Patrol said 135 detained migrants tested positive for COVID in the first two weeks of July alone. Fox news reports.
That reportedly represents a 900% increase over the past 14 months.
Cases in that area’s detention facilities now account for 60 percent of all detainees confirmed to have COVID-19 and under the care of the CBP, the outlet said.
In Wednesday’s order, Abbott also authorizes Texas officials to stop vehicles under “reasonable suspicion of an offense” and force them to return to their point of entry if the offense is confirmed.
It comes after Abbott gave the Texas National Guard a state power on Tuesday to arrest migrants found illegally at the border after it was revealed illegal border jumpers carrying COVID-19 are being released into the state’s communities.
The governor of Texas sent a letter to the adjutant general of the state’s National Guard, Major General Tracy R. Norris, ordering security guards to assist the Texas Department of Public Safety with arrests related to the border crisis.
Responding to this disaster and securing the rule of law on our southern border will require more manpower — in addition to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers and Texas National Guard soldiers I have already deployed there — and DPS needs help arresting those who violate state law,” Abbott wrote in the letter.
He added: “By virtue of the power and authority bestowed upon me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, I hereby recommend that the Texas National Guard assist DPS in the enforcement of Texas law by lawbreakers.” to arrest the border.’
La Joya police said the Border Patrol had informed them “that by July 25, 2021 they surpassed the 1 million arrests made in the month of June.”
A judge in Hidalgo, Texas also ordered on Tuesday that federal immigration authorities stop releasing migrants with COVID-19 into the community.
He said the order is another effort to “secure the rule of law on our southern border” with “more manpower”
La Joya police released a statement Monday claiming that after meeting a migrant family in a Whataburger, they were told they had been detained by Border Patrol but were released due to being infected with the coronavirus.
In a statement on Facebook, police said they heard hundreds of migrants were being accommodated in community hotels by the Rio Grande Valley’s Catholic charities.
“On July 26, 2021, a La Joya Police Department officer was waved down by a concerned citizen in the Whataburger at 450 E. US-83, La Joya, TX 78560,” the department wrote in its statement.
“The officer was also told by Whataburger management that they wanted people to leave the establishment because of their disregard for other people’s health,” it continued, adding that the family coughed and sneered without covering their mouths or to wear masks.
“The officer approached the family and was told by them that they had been detained by border police days earlier and were released because they were ill with Covid-19,” they revealed.
“It was also learned that the family was housed at the Texas Inn Hotel at 612 E. Expressway 83 La Joya Tx. 78560, by a charitable group,” the statement added. “Officers contacted hotel management who explained that Catholic charities of the Rio Grande Valley had reserved all rooms in the hotel to accommodate undocumented immigrants detained by border police.”
In response, the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court demanded that Joe Biden stop his agencies from releasing illegal immigrants into Texas communities. The province of Hidalgo includes the major border crossings of the Rio Grande River at McAllen and La Joya.
National Guards from several states and Texas have been deployed to help with the growing migration crisis as certain counties urge the federal government to stop releasing COVID-infected migrants into their communities
La Joya police released a statement Monday about an incident in Whataburger, where a migrant family told them they were ‘detained by border police days earlier and were released because they were sick with Covid-19’
“Faced with multiple reports of migrants being released into Hidalgo County who are infected with COVID-19, Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez is calling on federal immigration officials to stop releasing these migrants into our communities,” the statement read.
Abbott said the border crisis continues to “pose an ongoing and imminent threat of disaster to certain Texas counties and agencies.”
The border crisis is rampant, with thousands of migrants entering the US every day by surrendering to border police and claiming they are seeking asylum.
The system quickly became overwhelmed, with limited space to house the migrants and few staff to handle them. In response, many of these individuals are released into the communities and monitored through the Alternative to Detention Program, such as house arrest with home checks or ankle bracelet monitoring.
To help these overburdened immigration offices, several states have sent law enforcement officers and members of their National Guard to help with the crowded areas between the US and Mexico.
Customs and Border Protection revealed 188,829 migrants were stopped at the southwestern border in June – a new record in 20 years as the March peak continues on an upward trajectory
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, who has deployed about 50 National Guard troops from her state to help with the migration crisis, visited the border near McAllen, Texas on Monday
States that sent aid include, but are not limited to, South Dakota, Florida, Arkansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
During Governor Abbott’s border security conference in Del Rio last month, he announced that migrants who commit trespasses or other state crimes will be arrested and detained.
The pro-Trump Republican issued a disaster in which he ordered the Texas DPS to enforce all federal and state criminal laws, such as criminal infractions, smuggling, and human trafficking.
He now gives the same authority and direction to the Texas National Guard.