Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott said over the weekend that he plans to sign a new state law that will allow Texas police officers to arrest immigrants who illegally entered the state from another country.
“Texas is having to step up and do even more to make sure that we deny illegal entry into the state of Texas and as a result … in two weeks I’ll be singing [the] new law,” Abbott said.
If passed, the legislation would also allow a judge to order immigrants to return to Mexico.
“The problem is extraordinarily bad,” Abbott said. “The numbers are high, and that is because Joe Biden continues to lay out the welcome mat welcoming illegal immigrants into the United States of America.”
Abbott said that without federal help, he is taking matters into his own hands to keep the Lone Star State safe.
“That’s why Texas is having to step up and apprehend as many of these people as possible to make sure that they’re not posing a threat to our country, but this is a very serious existential threat to our country caused by Joe Biden,” Abbott said. “And that’s exactly why Texas is taking extraordinary steps to try to crack down on it.”
The Republican governor said that the state would take the case to the Supreme Court if it fails in its next challenge in the lower court.