Rogue DoJ Sues Texas Over COVID-19 Migrant Transport Order
The Justice Department filed a lawsuit on Friday against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, seeking to nullify an executive order designed to limit the travel of illegal aliens who may have COVID-19.
The filing, which states, “No State may obstruct the Federal Government in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities,” comes one day after Attorney General Merrick Garland urged Abbott to withdraw what he described as a “dangerous and unlawful” executive order, which the governor signed following reports of COVID-positive migrants being dropped off by Department of Homeland Security officials in the border towns of La Joya and McAllen pending their U.S. immigration court proceedings.
“In our constitutional system, a State has no right to regulate the federal government’s operations. But the executive order seeks to do just that,” the Justice Department said.
The statement by the Justice Department neglected to mention that states do have a right to act should there be a lack of peace or an imminent danger present, which some argue has been fulfilled given than federal government’s failure to stop massive surges of illegal immigration.
Article I of the Constitution, § 10, cl. 3 (the Compact Clause) states:
No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.
The Justice Department also claimed Abbott’s executive order would “severely disrupt” the federal government’s ability to perform its own duties under federal immigration laws.
The lawsuit was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in El Paso.
The DoJ did not offer criticism or speak on the various government scandals involving illegal immigration as of late, including a running total of over a million attempted border crossings and reports of top Homeland Security officials quietly flying illegal aliens around the United States.
Abbott signed the order on Wednesday, which states, “No person, other than a federal, state, or local law-enforcement official, shall provide ground transportation to a group of migrants” who are detained by federal immigration officials for illegally crossing the southern border.
The order directed the Department of Public Safety to “stop any vehicle upon reasonable suspicion of a violation,” granting officials the authority to “reroute such a vehicle back to its point of origin or a port of entry.”
Governor Abbott said the policy was necessary, pointing out Joe Biden’s “refusal to enforce laws passed by the United States Congress.”
“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 our state, and we must do more to protect Texans from this virus and reduce the burden on our communities,” Abbott said in a statement on Wednesday.