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Abbott To End Truck Inspections In West Texas After Concessions From Mexico

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott

On Thursday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an agreement ceasing inspections of commercial vehicles entering the United States through West Texas in return for the Mexican state of Chihuahua agreeing to significantly boost security on Mexico’s side of the border.

As explained in a press release from Abbott’s office, the Texas governor “signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) between the State of Texas and the State of Chihuahua and the State of Texas and the State of Coahuila to enhance border security measures that will prevent illegal immigration from Mexico to Texas and improve the flow of traffic across the Bridge of the Americas and the Acuña-Del Rio International Bridge. The MOUs go into effect immediately and mirror the historic MOU signed by Governor Abbott and Nuevo León Governor Samuel Alejandro García Sepúlveda yesterday in Laredo.”

“These MOUs with the State of Chihuahua and the State of Coahuila signal yet another historic step taken by the State of Texas to solve the border crisis, keep our communities safe, negotiate with our partners in Mexico, and fill in the gaps left by the inaction of the Biden Administration,” said Abbott. “Until President Biden decides to fulfill his constitutional duty to secure the border, we will continue to do whatever it takes to protect the safety and security of all Texans.”

Chihuahua Governor María Eugenia Campos Galván showed Abbott a plan containing new strategies to prevent migrants from illegally crossing the border. Abbott called it the “best border security plan that I’ve seen from any governor from Mexico.”

“Texas and Chihuahua are investing more than $200 million into the policy, Campos Galvan said. The investments will include drones to patrol the border and artificial intelligence databases connected to the driver’s license registry,” The Washington Examiner reported.

“This is a demonstration of commitment from a strong governor who is working collaboratively with the state of Texas, and I’m proud to sign the agreement with her at this time,” Abbott said of Galván.

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5 Comments

  1. Sanjaya

    April 15, 2022 at 6:14 pm

    i did not think Abbott was that big of a sucker.

  2. Ronald Milstein

    April 16, 2022 at 9:35 am

    A Joe Biden once said:

    “You have to keep punching at it and punching at it ”

    “Handcuffed” Joe Biden is strong on words but extremely weak on action!

  3. Suellen Fitzsimmons

    April 16, 2022 at 12:25 pm

    I don’t believe it. They are known for not holding up their end of the bargain!!!And what does it mean Abbott will stop inspections! Are you kidding me? STOP???

  4. Stuart Barnes

    April 17, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    Let’s go Brandon.

  5. Marianne Louise Garvens

    April 19, 2022 at 9:57 am

    I wish all governors and the Federal government were like Governor Abbot and would see the opportunities for collaboration’ (unlike the Biden Administration and U.S. government!
    I hope/trust boarder states will adopt similar policies.

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SCOTUS Rules Federal Courts Do Not Have Power To Decide If Illegals Will Be Deported

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On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that federal courts do not have the jurisdiction to decide whether noncitizens will be deported or allowed to stay in the country.

The case involved a couple from India — Pankajkumar Patel and his wife, Jyotsnaben, — who illegally entered the United States in the 1990s. They applied for “adjustment of status,” which would have made them both lawful permanent residents. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) denied their request after finding out that Patel intentionally falsely claimed he was a United States citizen in a Georgia driver’s license application.

Justice Amy Coney Barrett wrote the majority opinion for The Court and Justice Neil Gorsuch joining the three leftist justices in dissent.

“Congress has comprehensively detailed the rules by which noncitizens may enter and live in the United States. When noncitizens violate those rules, Congress has provided procedures for their removal,” Barrett wrote. “At the same time, there is room for mercy: Congress has given the Attorney General power to grant relief from removal in certain circumstances.”

“Federal courts have a very limited role to play in this process,” Barrett continued. “With an exception for legal and constitutional questions, Congress has barred judicial review of the Attorney General’s decisions denying discretionary relief from removal. We must decide how far this bar extends—specifically, whether it precludes judicial review of factual findings that underlie a denial of relief. It does.”

The Court ruled that “Federal courts lack jurisdiction to review facts found as part of discretionary-relief proceedings.”

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Texas AG Sues To Block Biden DHS Rule On Asylum Seekers At Border

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

As the border crisis continues, Texas is seeking to permanently block a new Biden administration rule that allows asylum seekers to avoid deportation at the border.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the lawsuit on Thursday, requesting the rule be blocked and be declared unconstitutional.

“The last thing TX needs is Biden to make it easy for aliens to break into USA through false claims,” Paxton wrote in a tweet, along with a Fox News article obtaining the lawsuit. “We know what’ll happen when the rule goes into effect: new waves of illegals claiming ‘asylum.’ I’m suing to stop it.”

“Unsatisfied with releasing over 836,225 illegal aliens into the United States within fifteen months—not counting the number of unaccompanied alien children released separately, and aliens who have evaded apprehension—on March 29, 2022, the Defendants promulgated an Interim Final Rule to release even more illegal aliens into our country,” the lawsuit states. “The Interim Rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act (‘APA’), the Homeland Security Act, and the Immigration and Nationality Act (‘INA’), and it violates the Appointments Clause in Article II, Section 2, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution.”

“The State of Texas respectfully requests that this Court issue declaratory, preliminary, and permanent injunctive relief,” the lawsuit adds.

The news comes the same day that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) that he did not know if some of the 42 illegal immigrants on the terrorism watch list that were in the custody of border officials had been released into the United States.

“Have any of the 42 illegal migrants on the terrorist watch list or no-fly list encountered on our southwest border been released into the United States?” Jordan asked.

“I will provide that data to you with respect to the disposition of each one,” Mayorkas responded. “I do not know the answer to your question.”

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