Texas is fighting back against President Biden’s dangerous immigration policies. The Lone Star state is asking a federal court to immediately halt Biden’s “catch-and-release” policy and follow the CDC’s rules limiting the admission of people looking to enter the U.S. illegally due to the coronavirus pandemic and most importantly to stop releasing those caught into the country.
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“This anarchistic catch-and-release policy plainly and facially violates the Administration’s own public health guidelines, regulations, and directives,” Miller said in a statement. “While Americans are still required to wear masks on planes and the CDC is still trying to shut down many aspects of daily life, the government is actively facilitating the entry of illegal aliens whose journey is defined by the radical absence of health protocols.”
In a brief filed on Wednesday, Texas claimed that the Biden administration improperly created a categorical exception to the CDC order for unaccompanied minor children, and is also largely ignoring a section of the Immigration and Naturalization Act which calls for examining those who enter the country who are at risk of spreading illnesses.
“The Defendants’ abandonment of their authority to prevent the introduction of aliens who might carry COVID-19 into the United States under the Public Health Service Act of 1944 (“PHSA”) combined with their failure to ensure the detention of those aliens whom they process under the INA results in significant harms to Texas and its citizens,” said a brief filed for Texas. “Texans will continue to be exposed to COVID-19 or new variations thereof, Texans will continue to contract COVID-19, Texans will die from COVID-19, and Texas will incur significant costs in terms of healthcare and law enforcement resources.”
Texas alleges that they are at risk of imminent harm without a court order because the Biden administration is failing to keep thousands of migrants out of the country, and then failing to detain and examine most of them during a pandemic. The state pointed to a drastic increase in family units crossing the border from the end of 2020 to 2021. Texas cited Customs and Border Protection statistics saying that officials encountered 4,300 members of family units in November, compared to a high of 54,115 in March, 50,094 in April, and 44,639 in May.
The Biden administration has caught criticism across the board over its poor handling of the border crisis. Kamala Harris is finally set to visit the U.S.-Mexico border on Friday.