Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Wednesday restricting the transportation of migrants throughout the state, who may pose a risk of carrying COVID-19, amid the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.
Republican Governor’s count cited that “the entry and movement of migrants under the Biden administration” has exposed Texas to the coronavirus “causing a public health disaster” in the Lone Star state.
As a result, Abbott prohibited anyone except “federal, state, or local law-enforcement officers” from transporting migrants through the state. The order directed the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to stop “any vehicle on reasonable suspicion” that it is in violation of the order and “return such vehicle to its place of origin or port of entry.” The DPS has also been authorized to confiscate any vehicle that refuses to comply.
The order comes two days after the La Joya Police Department Said A migrant family claimed that they were released by the Border Patrol after testing positive for coronavirus. The department disclosed that detained migrants “showing symptoms of illness or were positive for COVID-19” were released by Border Patrol to hotels in Macallan and La Joya paid for by Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley had previously been abandoned.
Upon investigation, law enforcement discovered 20 to 30 people living at the Texas Inn Hotel in La Joya, where the initial migrant family was staying.
Abbott cited the La Joya incident in his executive order, saying that “President Biden’s refusal to enforce laws passed by the United States Congress cannot allow the health and safety of Texas to be compromised, knowingly They may be exposed to COVID-19.”
The Biden administration has had a bipartisan response to the massive surge of migrant crossings in recent months. Over the weekend, border patrol officers in La Grulla came across For the fiscal year so far the “largest group of migrants” in the region, holding over 700 individuals.
the month of june alone saw About 190,000 illegal crossings from Mexico to the US, the most in more than 21 years.
According to tracking data, about 44 percent of Texans have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, with about 51 percent having received at least one shot. new York Times.
As the delta version continues to spread across the United States, the Lone Star state has seen a slow increase in its seven-day average of new cases, with more than 6,600 reported on Wednesday.