Members of President Joe Biden’s administration have taken a hardline stance when it comes to preventing the spread of the coronavirus among American citizens. But when it comes to migrants pouring in through the southern border, the White House seems to be taking a very different approach.
As the Washington Examiner reported, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued an executive order this week limiting the transport of incoming migrants throughout his state, citing concerns over COVID-19. Now, however, Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is pushing back.
DOJ issues threat
Signed on Wednesday, Abbott’s latest order declares that “no person, other than a federal, state, or local law-enforcement official, shall provide ground transportation to a group of migrants.”
“The dramatic rise in unlawful border crossings has also led to a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases among unlawful migrants who have made their way into our state, and we must do more to protect Texans from this virus and reduce the burden on our communities,” Abbott said in a statement, according to the Examiner.
The move didn’t go over well with U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, who sent a letter to Abbott voicing opposition to the order and warning him not to interfere with federal business.
“The order would jeopardize the health and safety of noncitizens in federal government custody, federal law enforcement personnel and their families, and our communities,” Garland said, as the Examiner reported.
The DOJ chief then pointed to the U.S. Constitution’s supremacy clause, which reads: “A state may not interfere with or obstruct these federal officials in the performance of their duties.”
Biden admin cracks down on COVID
Garland’s letter stands in sharp contrast to the way that the Biden administration has otherwise responded to concerns regarding the pandemic.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued new guidance that calls on even fully vaccinated Americans to “wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.”
What’s more, President Biden has personally lashed out at those who have yet to take the vaccine, with the Daily Wire quoting him as saying Tuesday that “if you’re not vaccinated, you’re not nearly as smart as I thought you were.”
“We have a pandemic because of the unvaccinated are sowing enormous confusion,” the president complained. “And the more we learn, the more we learn about this virus in the delta variation, the more we have to be worried and concerned.”
Biden said the “only one thing we know for sure” is that “if those other 100 million people got vaccinated, we’d be in a very different world.” He went on to insist: “So get vaccinated; if you haven’t, you’re not nearly as smart as I say you are.”