Why Gov. Greg Abbott’s Migrant Order Seems Racist and Was Temporarily Blocked
Governor Abbott appeared to ask law enforcement to racially profile Texans in order to enforce his new migrant order.
According to a report from the Texas Tribune, Governor Abbott's recent Executive Order GA-37, which restricts the transportation of unlawful migrants in Texas, has been temporarily blocked by U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone.
On July 28, Governor Abbott issued an executive order restricting ground transportation of migrants who pose a risk of carrying COVID-19 into Texas communities. The Executive Order also directed the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to stop any vehicle upon reasonable suspicion of such violation and reroute such vehicles back to its point of origin or a port of entry.
While anyone can understand the need for border safety and security, Governor Abbott's approach is one that asks law enforcement to unfairly racially profile Texans.
What does an immigrant or migrant look like? Is there a specific profile that law enforcement follows in order to identify said migrants? The concern of racial profiling is a real issue that would most likely unfairly target the Hispanic community.
Fortunately, the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit to temporarily block Abbott's executive order, stating that the order is " dangerous and unlawful."
However, Governor Abbott is not thrilled with the news and released the following statement:
"The Court's recent order is temporary and based on limited evidence. We look forward to providing the Court with the evidence to support the Governor's Executive Order to protect Texans."
While Governor Abbott may be seeking to protect Texans, executive order GA-37 puts Tejanos at unnecessary risk for simply being brown. There is no way for DPS to fairly judge who is a migrant based solely on appearance.