Civil rights

Civil rights advocates and legal experts weigh in on Abbott’s executive order

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Local civil rights advocates are reacting to Governor Abbott’s new executive order that gives National Guard members and state troopers the power to detain undocumented immigrants and return them to ports of entry along the Texas-Mexico border.

“What Governor Abbott is trying to do is use state taxpayers’ money and try to illegally detain immigrants and send them across the border,” said the president of the Council n°1 of LULAC, Dr. Nick Adame. “Something that LULAC will start looking at is to see if there is a civil rights violation involved in this.”

Adame said the migration problem is there but said there are other solutions to fix it. Brooks County Judge Eric Ramos says the governor’s latest action is consistent with his policy agenda.

“It’s not that there isn’t a problem, there is a problem, the problem is that Governor Abbott is running for re-election and he seems to want to use this scene and state resources as political campaign fund and that’s just not appropriate.”

Abbott has repeatedly faulted the Biden administration for not securing the border.

Immigration lawyer Heather Moretzsohn said the governor’s new order could trigger legal action.

“The federal government has exclusive authority to handle immigration matters,” Moretzsohn said. “It is likely that this executive order could be appealed.”

In a message, DPS spokesman Lt. Christopher Olivarez said:

“The department is acting under Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order No. GA-41. At this time, we are unable to discuss operational details.”

“We must maintain the humanitarian aspect of what we do as an organization and look for any civil rights violations,” Adame said.