Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday warned Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to "immediately rescind" a new executive order aimed at restricting the ground transportation of illegal aliens detained by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents who may pose a risk of transmitting COVID-19.
"The order violates federal law in numerous respects, and Texas cannot lawfully enforce the executive order against any federal official or private parties working with the United States," Garland told the Republican governor in a letter.
Garland warned that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will "pursue all appropriate legal remedies" if the Lone Star state refuses to rescind Executive Order GA-37, which he described as "both dangerous and unlawful."
"In short, the order is contrary to federal law and cannot be enforced," Garland wrote.
"I urge you to immediately rescind the order."