A federal decide quickly blocked an govt order on Tuesday issued by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) that sought to limit the bottom transportation of migrants.
U.S. District Choose Kathleen Cardone agreed with the federal authorities — which sued Abbott over the order final week — that the chief order would trigger “irreparable harm” to america and to folks the U.S. is “charged with defending.”
The short-term restraining order Cardone granted will put Abbott’s decree on maintain whereas the courts contemplate the case.
Issued final Wednesday, Abbott’s order — which immigration rights advocates lambasted as “flagrantly unlawful,” unconstitutional and xenophobic — prohibited nongovernment people and organizations from transporting migrants launched from federal custody in Texas.
The order additionally gave the Texas Division of Public Security authority to cease and impound any non-public automobile that officers have a “cheap suspicion” is carrying migrants — a clause that activists mentioned may encourage racial profiling.
Abbott had claimed the order was wanted to mitigate the unfold of COVID-19. Nonetheless, the Justice Division mentioned in its lawsuit towards Abbott that his order would solely exacerbate the unfold of the virus as a result of a restriction on transportation would “lead to quick backups of unaccompanied kids” at federal amenities, thereby rising the danger of transmission.
Moreover, the Justice Division famous that contractors who’re sometimes employed by the federal authorities to assist transport sick migrants, conduct COVID-19 checks and supply secure areas for quarantining wouldn’t have the ability to do their jobs beneath the order.
“The chief order will severely disrupt the Federal Authorities’s efforts to hold out its obligations beneath the federal immigration legal guidelines,” the Justice Division mentioned in its court docket submitting.
U.S. Lawyer Common Merrick Garland mentioned final week that Abbott’s order was each “harmful and illegal” and in violation of federal regulation “in quite a few respects.”
Responding to Garland, Abbott mentioned in a letter that his authority “to guard noncitizens straight conflicts with my authority, and responsibility, to guard residents of Texas and america.”
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