Texas refuses to comply with the Biden administration’s cease and desist letter on border access
in letter To the Department of Homeland Security, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton It rejected the Biden administration’s request for the state to “cease and desist” its control of Shelby Park, an illegal immigration hub on the southwest border in Eagle Pass.
“Because the facts and the law are on Texas’ side, the state will continue to use its constitutional authority to defend its territory, and I will continue to defend those legal efforts in court,” Paxton wrote.
When reached for comment, a DHS spokesperson referred NBC News’ message to DHS General Counsel Jonathan Meyer this week. Guidance state to stop completely denying Border Patrol access to the approximately 2½ miles of the U.S.-Mexico border occupied by the state’s National Guard.
A woman and two children, DHS officials said Saturday He drowned in the Rio Grande River After Border Patrol agents were physically blocked by Texas officials from entering the region on the orders of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.
The Texas military department disputed the Department of Homeland Security’s statement, saying its employees were aware of the distress report but did not spot any distressed migrants.
A White House spokesman criticized Abbott’s immigration policies in response to the two drownings, saying in a statement this week that his “political actions are cruel, inhumane, and dangerous.”
In a letter Wednesday, Paxton said any suggestion that the state was responsible for the deaths “is despicable and, as you must realize by now, completely inaccurate.”
The Biden administration has threatened to refer the matter to the Department of Justice if Texas denies Border Patrol agents full access to the area.
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