(UnitedVoice.com) – Since President Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20, the United States has experienced the highest level of illegal immigration in the modern era. During the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden promised to dismantle former President Donald Trump’s deterrent-based immigration policies. Mission accomplished.
Month after month, the Biden administration continues to shatter the record for the largest single month of illegal immigration in 21 years. In total, over a million migrants have crossed the border since January. In July, 210,000 people entered America illegally. In March, border officials were forced to release people into the country who tested positive for COVID-19. On July 30, whistleblowers exposed the COVID-19 problem running rampant in detention facilities as the administration started demanding Americans mask up again. Texas stepped in to protect its citizens, but now a federal judge is blocking the state’s efforts.
Judge Sides With Illegal Immigrants
How else could one interpret the former Bush nominee? On Monday, August 3, US District Judge Kathleen Cardone granted the Department of Justice (DOJ) a temporary restraining order against Texas. Once again, the federal government plays catch and release with illegals, encouraging a continually growing cycle during the pandemic.
The DOJ argues Texas is interfering with the government’s immigration responsibilities. Attorney General Merrick Garland warned Texas Gov. Greg Abbott his executive orders were “dangerous and unlawful” and demanded the governor rescind his orders. It’s not happening, according to the governor.
Cardone stated she believed the DOJ was likely to prevail. The judge argued Texas violates the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause because the governor’s executive orders conflict with federal immigration law. She stated Texas is causing “irreparable injury to the United States and to individuals the United States is charged with protecting, jeopardizing the health and safety of non-citizens in federal custody, risking the safety of federal law enforcement personnel and their families, and exacerbating the spread of COVID-19.”
Do the Texas Governor’s Orders Conflict With Federal Immigration Law?
Many legal questions require answers, and the judge’s order may not be so black and white. Perhaps the biggest question is, what recourse does a state have when the federal government refuses its immigration responsibilities? In a memorandum issued on January 20, the Department of Homeland Security instructed agencies to ignore the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). A federal judge already ruled the action unconstitutional.
Additionally, the administration refuses to take custody of criminal aliens and deport them. In April, that sparked a lawsuit by Texas. The very same administration is trying to force Americans to mask up again to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while allowing migrants who tested positive to enter and freely move around the country. In July, COVID-19 surged 900% among illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley alone.
It seems the Biden administration, not Texas, is causing irreparable injury to America.
If the DOJ wants to argue Texas is hampering it, then the state should make the case it’s only getting in the way of the federal government’s unwillingness to protect Americans due to the administration’s failure to “faithfully execute the laws” of the land.
Will the federal district judge force the Biden administration to follow immigration law or slap Texas for doing it for them?
Will Texas ask the more conservative 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case?
It’s also possible this could go all the way to the US Supreme Court.
Let’s pray the government unites Americans around the law. It’s a shame we have even to ask for that to happen.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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