Texas Governor Greg Abbot signed an order on Thursday authorizing the state National Guard and the Department of Public Safety to detain “illegal immigrants who illegally cross the border,” as well as return them to the other border side.
The Texan Executive has justified the order by referring to the decision of the Biden Administration to ensure the right to request asylum for people who arrive at the southern border of the United States.
“While President Biden refuses to do his job and enforce the immigration laws enacted by Congress, the State of Texas is once again stepping up and taking unprecedented steps to protect Americans and secure our border. south,” Abbott said in a statement shared with the Texas government.
“I have authorized the Texas National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety to begin returning illegal immigrants … As the challenges at the border continue to increase, Texas will continue to take steps to address the challenges caused by the Biden Administration,” added the Texan governor.
On the other hand, the Government of Mexico has criticized the decision and has reminded Greg Abbot that, in his country, the application of the immigration law “is the exclusive power of the federal government.”
In this sense, the Mexican authorities have assured in a statement that “this action can only be understood as part of the electoral campaigns in the state of Texas.”
“The Government of Mexico reiterates its commitment to protecting the rights of Mexicans who are abroad, for which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through its network of consulates in the state of Texas, will be attentive to respond to any violation of these by state authorities,” added the Mexican Executive in the letter.