Governor Abbott issues executive order due to Covid-19

Restricting transportation of migrants
Governor Abbott issues executive order due to Covid-19

Governor Greg Abbott

FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott gives his State of the State Address in the House Chamber in Austin, Texas. Republican Allen West, the former Florida congressman and firebrand who rode into office on the tea party wave a decade ago, said Sunday, July 4, 2021, that he will run for governor of Texas in a bid to again seize on restless anger from the right.

AUSTIN, Texas – On Wednesday, July 28, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order restricting ground transportation of migrants who pose a risk of carrying Covid-19 into Texas communities. Through the executive order, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was directed to stop any vehicle upon reasonable suspicion of such violation. Then, they are to redirect such vehicles back to its point of origin or a port of entry. Additionally, DPS has the authority to impound a vehicle that violates the executive order.

“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,” said Governor Abbott. “This Executive Order will reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure in our communities.”

You can view the Governor’s Executive Order by clicking here.