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World Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Accuses Biden of Creating 'Constitutional Crisis' After DOJ Lawsuit

07:30  31 july  2021
07:30  31 july  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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Responding to the lawsuit , Abbott fired back, accusing the Biden administration of creating “a constitutional crisis between the federal government and the State of Texas ” by its “refusal to enforce immigration laws and allow illegal immigrants with [Covid]-19 to enter our country.” Arguing he has the duty and responsibility to protect Texans , and the authority under emergency laws used to deal with the pandemic, Abbott vowed to continue doing so “until President Biden and his Administration do their jobs to enforce the laws of our nation and protect Americans.”

The DOJ sued Texas and Gov . Greg Abbott to block a state order aimed at restricting the travel of undocumented migrants who could potentially transmit Covid. The complaint states that Abbott 's executive order, issued Wednesday, interferes with the federal government 's ability to lawfully release and transport migrants, adding it violates intergovernmental immunity. The lawsuit comes a day after Attorney General Merrick Garland threatened to pursue "legal remedies" if Abbott failed to rescind the executive order.

Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott accused President Joe Biden of starting a "constitutional crisis" after being sued over his order directing state troopers to pull over vehicles suspected of containing undocumented migrants.

Greg Abbott wearing a suit and tie: Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott accused President Joe Biden of causing a © Tamir Kalifa/Getty Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott accused President Joe Biden of causing a "constitutional crisis" after the Department of Justice sued to block his order directing state troopers to pull over vehicles suspected of carrying migrants on Friday. Abbott is pictured during a briefing in Austin, Texas on July 10, 2021.

The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Texas over Abbott's executive order on Friday. Within hours, Abbott issued a statement insisting that his order was aimed at protecting public health amid the COVID-19 pandemic while vowing that he has "no intention of abdicating" his "responsibility to protect the people of Texas."

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Gov . Greg Abbott issued an executive order Wednesday which declared in part: "No person, other than a federal, state, or local law -enforcement official, shall provide ground transportation to a group of migrants who have been detained by [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] for crossing the border In a statement about the lawsuit , Abbott said: "The Biden Administration has created a constitutional crisis between the federal government and the State of Texas . This stems from the Biden Administration's refusal to enforce immigration laws and allow illegal immigrants with COVID-19 to

Citing a rise in COVID-19 infections, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) issued an Executive Order on Wednesday, directing the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) authority to stop "any vehicle" in suspicion of transporting "migrants who pose a risk of carrying COVID-19 into Texas communities.".

"The Biden Administration has created a constitutional crisis between the federal government and the State of Texas," Abbott said. "This stems from the Biden Administration's refusal to enforce immigration laws and allow illegal immigrants with COVID-19 to enter our country."

Abbott alleged that the administration "knowingly imports COVID-19 into Texas from across the border," while maintaining that the president "abdicated his authority" to "protect and uphold our nation's sovereignty."

"Until President Biden and his Administration do their jobs to enforce the laws of our nation and protect Americans, the State of Texas will continue to step up to protect our communities and uphold the rule of law," Abbott continued.

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Greg Abbott , the GOP Governor of Texas , through his state-level measures, combats the influx of illegal immigrants through the US – Mexican border against the administration of Democrat President Joe Biden ’s intended or unintended failure to tackle it as a severe national security issue. Abbott on Wednesday signed an executive order which bans the ground transportation of illegal immigrants on the grounds where the unhindered border crossings have caused a “dramatic rise” in the number of COVID-19 cases in Texas .

Texas Republican Gov . Greg Abbott touted his new executive order aimed at curbing the Biden border crisis on "Hannity." Abbott added that Biden 's new CDC policy reverting to masking-up vaccinated American citizens is rank hypocrisy in the face of such lax policies at the southern border that allow COVID-19 to flourish without such onerous mandates. "It shows that the Biden administration cares more about people who are not residents of America than it does of the residents of America," he said.

While issuing his order on Wednesday, Abbott said that the "dramatic rise in unlawful border crossings has also led to a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases among unlawful migrants who have made their way into" Texas.

The text of the order repeatedly blasts Biden's actions and praises former President Donald Trump for having taken "action to protect Americans from COVID-19 by rapidly expelling migrants who could carry the disease across the border."

Attorney General Merrick Garland sent Abbott a letter on Thursday, arguing that that governor's order "violates federal law in numerous respects." Garland threatened to take legal action "to ensure that Texas does not interfere with the functions of the federal government" if Abbott did not withdraw the order.


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Abbott replied in a letter on Friday, telling Garland that his order does not interfere with the federal government and warning that "the arguments in your letter" indicate "that the State of Texas and the federal government face a constitutional crisis.

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Texas Gov . Greg Abbott declared Thursday that there be “no covid-19-related operating limits for any business or other establishment” in the state. Several Democrats blasted Abbott ’s executive order Thursday, accusing the governor of caring more about his political career than his constituents. Abbott is running for reelection next year for a third term, and two of his Republican primary challengers have criticized him as being overly reliant on the federal government in his response to the pandemic.

Gov . Greg Abbott said Tuesday that he banned state agencies, political subdivisions and organizations receiving public funds from creating "vaccine passports" or otherwise requiring someone to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to receive services. This comes as vaccine credentials, often referred to as vaccine passports, are being developed " Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal health information just to go about their daily lives. That is why I have issued an executive order that prohibits government -mandated vaccine passports in Texas .

The lawsuit filed a short time later asserts that Abbott's order "is preempted by federal law," explaining that it "violates the Supremacy Clause and the doctrine of intergovernmental immunity, and therefore is invalid, null, and void."

"States have 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," the complaint reads.

As in most states, cases of COVID-19 have been increasing in Texas. However, there does not appear to be any evidence showing that migrants are causing the rise in cases.

While cases are not surging in Texas as much as in some other states, the state is in the bottom third in terms of the percentage of residents who are fully vaccinated against the virus, at around 44 percent of the population.

A total of over 53,000 Texas COVID-19 deaths recently eclipsed the toll in New York, where 57 percent of residents are fully vaccinated, despite the Empire State having had 29,000 more deaths than the Lone Star State last summer.

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Regardless of the increase in cases and deaths, Abbott on Friday issued an order banning local authorities from imposing mask mandates or vaccine requirements.

Newsweek reached out to the Department of Justice for comment.

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