Texas Governor issues order to restrict ground transportation of undocumented immigrants

The governor of Texas issues an executive order to restrict ground transportation of undocumented persons in his jurisdiction. Abbott cla...

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  • The governor of Texas issues an executive order to restrict ground transportation of undocumented persons in his jurisdiction.
  • Abbott claims that “the dramatic increase in illegal border crossings has also led to a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases among illegal migrants.”
  • With this measure, any vehicle is ordered to stop if it’s suspected that it’s violating the restriction.

The governor of Texas issues an executive order to restrict the ground transportation of undocumented persons in his jurisdiction, this also allows the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to detain anyone suspected of violating the new restrictions.

This Wednesday, Greg Abbott, governor of Texas, issued an executive order that “restricts ground transportation of migrants who pose a risk of bringing COVID-19 into the communities of Texas,” said a statement in the local government website.

Texas Governor issues order to restrict ground transportation of undocumented immigrants

Texas Governor issues order to restrict ground transportation of undocumented immigrants
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In the statement, Abbott noted that “the dramatic increase in illegal border crossings has also led to a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases among illegal migrants who have come to our state, and we must do more to protect Texans. of this virus and reduce the burden on our communities ”.

“This Executive Order will reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in our communities,” added the governor of the border state with Mexico. READ GOVERNOR ABBOTT’S EXECUTIVE ORDER HERE.

Arrest suspects

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With this measure, any vehicle is ordered to stop if it is suspected that it is violating the restriction. DPS agents will also be able to have ‘suspect’ cars returned to where they originally departed or returned to the border.

“The Executive Order also directed the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to stop any vehicle upon reasonable suspicion of such violation and divert such vehicles back to their point of origin or port of entry,” the statement said.

No one will be able to transport immigrants

Texas Governor issues order to restrict ground transportation of undocumented immigrants
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Under the new order, no one will be able to transport immigrants who have been detained by the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for having crossed the border as undocumented, unless they are a federal, state or local police officer.

It also specifies that DPS agents can impound the vehicle that violates the governor’s new order. “The DPS also has the authority to impound a vehicle that violates the Executive Order,” the text adds.

Anti-immigrant actions

Texas Governor issues order to restrict ground transportation of undocumented immigrants
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This is another of the anti-immigrant actions of the Republican governor, despite criticism from the Democrats and from President Biden himself. In addition to restrictions on ground transportation for the undocumented, Abbott announced that Texas National Guard soldiers will support the arrests of immigrants.

On Tuesday, the Texas Governor announced that these soldiers will help DPS agents apprehend undocumented immigrants on the charge of trespassing if they crossed the border, leading to a maximum sentence of one year in prison. “To respond to this disaster and ensure that the law is enforced at the border, more human power is needed,” Abbott said.

Texas National Guard Will Help With Border Arrests

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The Texas National Guard deployed to the border with Mexico will begin helping state police make arrests, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday, as the state has begun filling a previously empty prison with migrants accused of trespassing. to private property.

Abbott noted that the National Guard will “assist” the state police in arresting migrants on state charges, though without giving details, and the extent of the new role that the force will play was unclear. The National Guard has maintained a presence on the southern border for years, but has been primarily assigned observation posts.

Arrests at the border will be assisted by the Texas National Guard

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Texas began jailing migrants caught on private property this month, part of a broader campaign by Abbott to tighten up policing at the border and take over from Donald Trump on immigration, at a time when they remain. high numbers of people crossing into US territory.

In recent months, other Republican governors have deployed National Guard elements to the border, such as South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, a potential candidate for the presidential nomination in 2024, who traveled to Texas this week to oversee the approximately 50 members of the National Guard who volunteered for a 30-day deployment.

Actions are “extremely worrying”

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For Kate Huddleston, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, Abbott’s latest orders are “unusual and extremely concerning.” “We are concerned about the asylum seekers and other migrants coming to the United States, and also the residents of the border who have once again carried the brunt of that police saturation at the border,” said Huddleston.

In addition to the fact that it is not clear how elements of the Texas National Guard will contribute to the arrests, Abbott did not say how many of them in the current deployment will participate in those efforts. Texas Governor issues order to restrict ground transportation of undocumented immigrants.

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