Gov. Abbott told Attorney General Merrick Garland, above, that the “Biden Administration is knowingly importing COVID-19 into Texas from across the border”
Aug. 3, 2021 / 8:13 PM
By Reese Oxner, The Texas Tribune
Aug. 3 (UPI) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Gov. Greg Abbott and the state of Texas from ordering state troopers to pull over drivers transporting migrants “who pose a risk of carrying COVID-19.”
U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone granted a temporary restraining order against Abbott’s move, meaning it will be blocked while the case continues to unfold. The U.S. Justice Department sued Abbott and Texas on Friday, a day after U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland threatened to take legal action if Abbott didn’t rescind his order, calling it “dangerous and unlawful.”
Cardone still must decide whether Texas’ move is constitutional. Abbott has defended his order as necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Texas, while advocates for migrants say it would disrupt federal immigration efforts and invite troopers to racially profile people.