Aissued a temporary restraining order against Texas on Tuesday, blocking Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest get-tough immigrants from dispersing throughout his state. Judge Kathleen Cardone, a Bush appointee to the bench, said Texas was interfering with how the wanted to carry out its immigration policy. The two-page ruling is a victory for and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, giving them a free hand in catching and releasing tens of thousands of illegal immigrants each month.
Mr. Abbott had said he feared the migrants were spurring a COVID surge, and he flexedto order troopers to block any non-law enforcement vehicle believed to be carrying migrants away from the border area. That would have still allowed and ICE employees to shuttle migrants around but would have hamstrung the network of contractors and nongovernmental organizations on which Homeland Security is relying to get migrants more profound into the U.S., spreading the COVID risk — and the burden to communities — around further.
Judge Cardone’s ten-day order allows both sides to develop their arguments. But she said from what she saw, the yet taken effect. The state’s top cop had told the court he would need at least another to write the regulations for how troopers would comply with the order. that argument.would likely prevail because its laws trump local decision-making, particularly on immigration policy. Texas had argued it was premature to halt the policy because it hadn’t
Texas has received the brunt of this year’s unprecedented border surge, which law enforcement officials and the immigrants themselves blame the more relaxed policies Mr. Biden implemented. Mr. Abbott complained Tuesday that the president was preparing “draconian” but is “allowing illegal migrants with COVID to enter America freely.” The affidavit from David Shahoulian, assistant secretary for border policy, came after Texas said the judge of an incident in La Joya, where police found a migrant at a local fast-food restaurant who admitted they had COVID but were released into the community. Homeland Security had told the judge that it was “generally” testing migrants earlier in the day.
The family was staying at a local hotel run under the auspices of Catholic Charities, and police who responded to the hotel found several dozen people from the hotel “out and about” and “themasks.” Police issued a public health alert based on the situation. Mr. Shahoulian, in his affidavit, tried to minimize coronavirus risks from illegal immigrants, has the problem in hand. “Those released directly from CBP facilities are generally provided either before or immediately after release from CBP custody,” he said.