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Choose extends by two weeks order blocking Texas Gov. Abbott’s ban on migrant transportation

A federal decide on Friday prolonged by two weeks a brief restraining order blocking an government order by Gov. Greg Abbott that barred the bottom transportation of migrants — and ordered state troopers to tug over any automobile suspected of doing so.

U.S. District Choose Kathleen Cardone granted a request by the Justice Division for a brief restraining order earlier this month. On Friday, she prolonged the order till Aug. 27.

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Abbott had issued the order amid a rise in migrant apprehensions on the border and considerations that the transportation of migrants by means of Texas might result in additional unfold of COVID-19 within the Lone Star state.

“The dramatic rise in illegal border crossings has additionally led to a dramatic rise in COVID-19 circumstances amongst illegal migrants who’ve made their approach into our state, and we should do extra to guard Texans from this virus and cut back the burden on our communities,” Abbott mentioned in a press release. 

The Justice Division sued Abbott over the order, arguing that it interferes with the federal authorities’s skill to deal with immigration. Legal professional Common Merrick Garland had urged Abbott to “instantly rescind” the chief order, which he deemed “each harmful and illegal.” 

“The Order violates federal legislation in quite a few respects, and Texas can’t lawfully implement the Govt Order in opposition to any federal official or non-public events working with the USA,” Garland wrote in a letter to Abbott. 

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The decide agreed with the DOJ’s arguments when she made her preliminary ruling at first of the month.

“The Govt Order causes irreparable damage to the USA and to people the USA is charged with defending, jeopardizing the well being and security of non-citizens in federal custody, risking the protection of federal legislation enforcement personnel and their households, and exacerbating the unfold of COVID-19,” the decide acknowledged. 

Fox Information’ David Aaro and Bradford Betz contributed to this report.
 

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