Gov. Greg Abbott claims the Biden administration has caused a 'constitutional crisis' after the U.S. Justice Department sued Texas to prevent troopers from stopping cars carrying migrants.
Abbott issued the statement after U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Justice Department had filed a lawsuit over an executive order the governor signed on Wednesday.
The Executive Order GA-37 tasked the Texas Department of Public Safety with stopping any vehicle suspected of carrying migrants and reroute them to their origin or impound them, claiming that they pose a risk of spreading the COVID-19.
Abbott's order came even after he ended many the Lone Star State's protective measures amid the pandemic, even going so far as to prevent local governments from enforcing mask mandates and vaccine requirements.
'The Biden Administration has created a constitutional crisis between the federal government and the State of Texas,' Abbott said on Friday.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'This stems from the Biden Administration's refusal to enforce immigration laws and allow illegal immigrants with COVID-19 to enter our country.'
Gov. Greg Abbott claims the Biden administration has caused a 'constitutional crisis'
Biden's Justice Department sued Texas to prevent troopers from stopping cars carrying migrants
Abbott made the statement after AG Merrick Garland announced the DOJ filed a lawsuit over an executive order the governor signed Wednesday
Abbott said that Texas is being 'overrun and overwhelmed' by a record-high influx of migrants - and alleged that 'cartels and smugglers profit off the chaos.'
'Not only that, but this crisis also extends beyond the border as deadly drugs like fentanyl infiltrate our communities,' Abbott said.
'This already dangerous situation continues to deteriorate as the Biden Administration knowingly imports COVID-19 into Texas from across the border—willfully exposing Texans and Americans alike.'Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
He added: 'President Biden has a duty and a responsibility to protect and uphold our nation's sovereignty, yet he has long-since abdicated his authority to do so.'
Abbott claimed that he had to take action with his executive order as the 'Biden Administration sits on the sidelines.'
'I have the authority, and duty, under the constitutions of the United States and of Texas to protect Texans and our nation,' Abbott said.
'I also have the authority under long-established emergency response laws to control the movement of people to better contain the spread of a disaster, such as those known to have COVID-19.'
Earlier on Friday, Abbott sent a letter to Garland claiming that his lawsuit 'conflicts with my authority, and duty, to protect citizens of Texas and the United States.'
'Your actions, combined with the actions and omissions of the Biden Administration, directly conflict with my authority as Governor,' Abbott wrote.
'The Biden Administration is failing and refusing to enforce immigration laws by allowing migrants to unlawfully enter into the United States.'
Abbott's statement is seen in full in a screenshot from his website
Earlier on Friday, Abbott sent a letter to Garland claiming that his lawsuit 'conflicts with my authority, and duty, to protect citizens of Texas and the United States'
In the letter, Abbott admitted that the U.S. Constitution empowers the federal government - not states - to administer the immigration process.
'However, the Constitution does not allow the Biden Administration to fabricate its own immigration laws,' Abbott wrote, adding that the White House is limited to applying laws enacted by the U.S. Congress.
He continued: 'Worse, the Biden Administration is knowingly admitting hundreds of thousands of unauthorized migrants, many of whom the federal government knows full well have COVID-19. '
'To be clear, the Biden Administration is knowingly importing COVID-19 into Texas from across the border and knowingly exposing Texans and Americans to that disease,' he wrote.
He alleged that the White House could take measures to avoid a 'constitution showdown' by preventing migrants from entering at the Texas-Mexico border.
The Justice Department filed the lawsuit in a federal court in El Paso - asking for an immediate block on Abbott's order.
The lawsuit mirrors a letter that Garland sent the governor a day earlier, arguing that the state was usurping and even interfering with the federal government's responsibility to enforce immigration laws.