Justice Department urges Texas to halt new migrant order

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FILE - In this June 16, 2021, file photo, a migrant family from Venezuela move to a Border Patrol transport vehicle after they and other migrants crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and turned themselves in Del Rio, Texas. A Justice Department attorney says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will issue an order this week about treatment of children under a public health order that has prevented migrants from seeking asylum at U.S. borders. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A new immigration measure by Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is drawing swift backlash from the Justice Department. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday urged Abbott to immediately walk back the directive that allows state troopers to pull over vehicles suspected of carrying migrants on the basis that they could increase the spread of COVID-19 in Texas. The letter from Garland is among the most forceful pushback yet from the Biden administration over the actions taken by Abbott along the U.S.-Mexico border, which have also included jailing migrants on state crimes and building new fencing.