ACLU to Feds: Stop Cooperating with Abbott Returning Illegals

ACLU to Feds: Stop Cooperating with Abbott Returning Illegals

August 9, 2022

Breitbart News reports that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is demanding the federal government investigate Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) order, which authorizes the return of illegal immigrants to ports of entry.

Last month, Abbott signed an executive order authorizing the Texas National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety to respond to the influx of illegal aliens pouring across the border by apprehending them and returning them to the border at the port of entry.

“This executive order shall remain in effect and in full force unless it is modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the governor,” the order reads, citing President Biden’s “failure to protect our border.” That, according to the order, has “necessitated action by the State of Texas to ensure public safety and to defend against violations of its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

“While President Biden refuses to do his job and enforce the immigration laws enacted by Congress, the State of Texas is once again stepping up and taking unprecedented action to protect Americans and secure our southern border,” Abbott said in a statement at the time. “The cartels have become emboldened and enriched by President Biden’s open border policies, smuggling in record numbers of people, weapons, and deadly drugs like fentanyl.”

The ACLU is demanding that the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties investigate. In a letter to the office, the ACLU stated that DHS “should decline to take custody of individuals in these circumstances, and should prevent Texas state and local officials from detaining individuals on federal property pursuant to Governor Abbott’s executive order.”

Overall, the ACLU contends that “migrants are being held on federal property in violation of the [federal standards] and in potentially dangerous conditions.”

“We have said from the beginning that Gov. Abbott’s executive order is cruel, unlawful, and likely to result in increased racial profiling of Black and Brown people in Texas,” Kate Huddleston, staff attorney at the ACLU of Texas, said in a statement. “Recent news that state police are transporting migrants and detaining them for hours before handing them over to Border Patrol is deeply troubling and raises serious legal concerns.”

Gov. Abbott wouldn’t have to take these actions if the leftist Biden administration hadn’t thrown open the border to a tsunami of illegals.

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