AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today met with Colonel Steve McCraw, Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), to discuss safety and security along the Texas border. A readout of the meeting can be found below:
Colonel McCraw provided Governor Abbott with an update on safety and securing threats along Texas’ southern border. The Governor and Colonel McCraw discussed a recent surge of immigrants at Texas’ southern border and noted that this influx is related to the Biden Administration’s reinstatement of the ‘catch and release’ policy. The leaders discussed health and safety concerns related to this policy, including the potential spread of COVID-19 and the evolving threat of drug cartels. Governor Abbott and Colonel McCraw concluded the meeting with a discussion on strategies and solutions to mitigate the influx of immigrants at the border and keep Texas communities safe.
According to The Epoch Times a federal judge in Texas extended the suspension of President Joe Biden’s 100-day moratorium on deportations until Feb. 23.
U.S. District Court Judge Drew Tipton in the Southern District of Texas on Tuesday ruled that the federal government cannot make immigration enforcement changes without consulting Texas. As a result, he extended the temporary restraining order by another 14 days, asserting that the state of Texas would face more harm than the federal government if the extension wasn’t granted.
”The irreparable harm that would accrue to Texas if an extension of the [temporary restraining order] is not granted before consideration of its motion for a preliminary injunction is more substantial than any harm incurred by the defendants,” wrote Tipton in his ruling, adding that his ruling will give parties more time to “provide for a more fulsome record” to assist the court in “adjudicating Texas’s motion for a preliminary injunction.”
His order noted (pdf) that the Biden administration had argued that the 100-day pause on removals is needed to allow the White House to take into account considerations on immigration, foreign policy, and humanitarian needs.
According to Tipton, an appointee of former President Donald Trump, “extending the [temporary restraining order] is proper because the additional time is necessary for the record to be more fully developed.”
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