“Phrases can’t describe how horrifyingly unlawful @GregAbbott_TX’s new govt order is,” American Immigration Council Coverage Counsel Aaron Reichlin-Melnick wrote in a Twitter thread responding to Abbott’s order. “He’s ordering Texas state police to grab the automobiles of any personal residents or contractors who transport migrants, one thing which is 100% authorized. That is harmful, harmful stuff.” Reichlin-Melnick factors out a declare in Abbott’s order that twists figures to point a large variety of migrants testing optimistic for COVID-19. Whereas Abbott’s order claims a “900% increase” in migrants who’ve just lately examined optimistic, Reichlin-Melnick says the quantity is definitely 135 individuals.

”Abbott’s lies about migrants cannot stand,” he continues. “Let me as soon as once more let you know what the precise knowledge exhibits! Migrants make up lower than 1% of total optimistic exams. Migrants who check optimistic practically all quarantine. 90% of migrants are voluntarily getting vaccinated.”

Advocacy leaders within the state warn that this coverage represents an open invitation to racially profile Texans who’ve already lengthy been coping with existing immigration checkpoints within the borderlands. “For an space just like the Rio Grande Valley, the place I feel lots of people already skilled sort of racial profiling from cops, and we’ve native regulation enforcement collaborating with Border Patrol, that is simply gonna have a catastrophic affect,” La Unión del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) Advocacy Director Dani Marrero Hello told The Texas Tribune.

“Gov. Greg Abbott’s newest efforts to make Texas an anti-immigrant police state are one more unconstitutional assault on civil rights focusing on border communities,” American Civil Liberties Union of Texas workers legal professional Kate Huddleston stated in an announcement acquired by Each day Kos. “The governor’s order will result in racial profiling and over-policing—with state troopers pulling over vehicles and buses with out lawful justification, profiling passengers, and questioning individuals about their immigration standing.”

Huddleston notes Abbott’s “fiat continues a protracted, racist historical past of inserting blame for the unfold of illness onto immigrants and communities on the border.” It was simply the opposite week that Sen. Ted Cruz pulled the identical shit, falsely pinning the rise in cases in South Texas on migrants. Not on individuals who, say, traveled internationally to sip an icy drink at a resort with electrical energy and operating water. “There is no such thing as a motive for the governor to halt journey within the state of Texas aside from to terrorize these communities and distract from his personal management failures,” Huddleston continued.

Abbott has also begun arresting a number of migrants below the so-called emergency declaration that was really rejected by quite a few Rio Grande Valley counties for being fully unfounded. “Totally different day, similar hateful and cynical scapegoating,” former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro tweeted. “@GregAbbott_TX is simply priming his base to falsely blame undocumented immigrants for the surge in Covid we’re seeing in Texas as a substitute of rightly blaming him for his craven, anti-science Covid response.”

How lengthy is Greg Abbott going to proceed exacerbating a public well being disaster and blaming immigrants and up to date asylum-seekers for it? For so long as he can get away with it—and it’s terrifying to suppose what coverage he could take into account subsequent. “Governor Abbott enshrines unscientific xenophobia into govt order, pushing the false narrative that migrants are spreading COVID, and seems to ban personal residents or contractors from transporting migrants, which is *flagrantly* unlawful and unconstitutional,” Reichlin-Melnick said.