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Abbott's immigration measure drawing rebuke from Justice Department

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland
Gov. Greg Abbott
Posted at 1:43 PM, Jul 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-30 14:44:01-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gov. Greg Abbott’s new immigration measure is drawing swift backlash from the U.S. Justice Department.

Attorney General Merrick Garland urged Abbott to withdraw his directive that allows state troopers to pull over vehicles suspected of carrying migrants on the basis it could increase the spread of the coronavirus.

It's the most forceful pushback yet from the Biden Administration over the governor’s actions along the U.S.-Mexico border.