MAJOR EXCLUSIVE: Governor Abbott, AG Paxton fire back at U.S. Attorney General Garland’s response to Texas’ Executive Order GA-37 restricting transportation of illegal aliens infected with China Virus

Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports

Austin, July 30 – Texas Governor Greg Abbott yesterday (Thursday, July 29, 2021) issued a statement responding to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s letter regarding Executive Order GA-37, which restricts the transportation of unlawful migrants in Texas due to COVID-19.

“It is clear that the Biden Administration fundamentally misunderstands what is truly happening at the Texas-Mexico border. The current crisis at our southern border, including the overcrowding of immigration facilities and the devastating spread of COVID-19 that the influx of non-citizens is causing, is entirely the creation of the Biden Administration and its failed immigration policies,” Abbott said. “By choosing not to enforce immigration laws, removing sound policies like the Remain in Mexico program, and failing to make the most robust use of Title 42 authorities, this Administration has directly caused the unprecedented crisis Texas is facing. And it is increasingly a matter of grave public-health concern as unlawful migrants enter from countries with lower vaccination rates than the United States.”

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in an exclusive interview late last night with The Golden Hammer said, “Until the Biden Administration abandoned its duty to secure the border, Texans faced little threat to their public health from wave upon wave of illegal immigration at our southern border. It’s because of this abdication that I sued this Administration on behalf of the State of Texas—one of my five border-related lawsuits. Just yesterday, Governor Abbott came out with an executive order limiting the border crisis’s role in spreading Covid and slowing Texas’s full re-opening. Unsurprisingly, the Feds are now demanding he rescind it. But Texas won’t back down. I will defend Governor Abbott’s order in court and we will work together to keep President Biden out of Texas’s business.”

Until the Biden Administration abandoned its duty to secure the border, Texans faced little threat to their public health from wave upon wave of illegal immigration at our southern border. It’s because of this abdication that I sued this Administration on behalf of the State of Texas—one of my five border-related lawsuits. Just yesterday, Governor Abbott came out with an executive order limiting the border crisis’s role in spreading Covid and slowing Texas’s full re-opening. Unsurprisingly, the Feds are now demanding he rescind it. But Texas won’t back down. I will defend Governor Abbott’s order in court and we will work together to keep President Biden out of Texas’s business.” – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, July 29, 2021, in an exclusive interview with The Golden Hammer.

Garland, in a letter dated July 29, placed the interests of illegal aliens above American citizens and sternly issued a warning to Abbott and to Texas that “The Order would jeopardize the health and safety of noncitizens in federal government custody, federal law enforcement personnel and their families, and our communities. Among other harms, the Order would exacerbate and prolong overcrowding in facilities and shelters and obstruct the federal government’s arrangements with state, local, and nongovernmental partners to ensure that released individuals are transported for appropriate COVID-19 testing to address public health concerns. Additionally, because federal law requires individuals processed for release to appear before immigration courts or report to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices throughout the country, the Order directly interferes with the implementation of federal immigration law.”

Garland further threatened, “Texas has no authority to interfere with the United States’ broad, undoubted power over the subject of immigration by impairing the United States’ release of individuals and the ability of those individuals to comply with federal immigration law. See Arizona v. United States, 567 U.S. 387, 395–416 (2012). To the extent the Order interferes with immigration enforcement, the Order is unconstitutional. In short, the Order is contrary to federal law and cannot be enforced. Accordingly, consistent with its authorities under federal law, the United States will continue its noncitizen transportation operations unabated. I urge you to immediately rescind the Order. If you do not do so, I am providing notice consistent with Section 1-10.100 of the Justice Department’s Justice Manual that the United States intends to pursue all appropriate legal remedies to ensure that Texas does not interfere with the functions of the federal government.”

Abbott shot back, “It would be of some solace if the federal government were conducting appropriate COVID-19 testing and other mitigation strategies, but to the contrary, we hear too many reports of the federal government recklessly failing to do so and instead admitting into the United States — and Texas — migrants from over 150 counties, many of whom are testing positive for COVID-19.”

The Texas Governor concluded, “In short, the Biden Administration is jeopardizing the health and safety of Texans on a daily basis by refusing to follow the law. And it’s not just Texans; these irresponsible policies and actions by the Biden Administration are endangering the lives of many Americans as well as the unlawful immigrants themselves. I will take every available step consistent with the law to fulfill my duty to protect the health and safety of all Texans.”

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