Laredo, Texas Sues Biden Admin Over Release of Illegal Immigrants Crossing Into U.S. while COVID-19 Positive

COVID Surge at Biden's Open Border Comes as 20,000+ Immigrants Arrive in 1 Week, 87 Border Agents Test Positive

AUSTIN, Texas (Texas Insider Report) — The release of illegal immigrants crossing the border into the U.S. while COVID-19 positive – or who have been exposed to someone who is COVID positive – poses a danger that the Texas Border City of Laredo, population 262,000, can ill-afford to handle.

Unfortunately, President Joe Biden is saddling the area’s already under-funded local governments with the responsibility of handling the onslaught of public health concerns – which they’ve been struggling mightily to remedy since the inception of CoronaVirus Pandemic more than a year ago.

There is no doubt the rapidly rising volume of immigrants being brought to Laredo – which now averages between 250 and 350 people per day – after they’ve illegally entered the U.S. through the Del Rio and Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sectors is exposing “the community and fellow citizens to this deadly virus during their travels all over the country.”

So after Border Patrol recently announced it intends to double the number of people it relocates from the Rio Grande Valley Sector, which has seen the largest surge of illegal border crossings in the past few months, Laredo announced it was suing the Biden Administration in hope of halting the president’s policy of transferring 100s of people a day into the city.

Laredo Assistant City Attorney Alyssa Castillon filed the complaint and lawsuit against the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security and its Sect. Alejandro Mayorkas, against the U.S. Customs & Border Protection and its senior official Troy Miller, as well as U.S. Border Patrol chief Rodney S. Scott in the Southern District of Texas’ U.S. District Court.

Castillon asked the court to grant a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO,) and to hold an emergency hearing to address the unheralded crisis that is developing on the nation’s Southern Border.
“As Laredo is an underserved medical community with limited resources, it simply cannot accommodate a surge in COVID-19 positives,” says the complaint.

The lawsuit noted there have been 99 positive CoronaVirus cases between July 1st-7th, and a positivity rate of 8%, which represents a significant increase from the previous month of June when there were 50 positive cases and a 2.8% positivity rate.

With seemingly no consideration of the city's limited resources, nor regard by the Biden Administration for the deadly ramifications the COVID-19 surge could have on the entire nation, Laredo officials estimate between three and six buses of detained Refugees, Immigrants & Migrants (known as RIMs,) are already being transported into Laredo every day from the Rio Grande Valley & Del Rio Sectors.
That amounts to approximately 1,500 to 2,500 immigrants unloaded in Laredo, population 262,000, per week.
​​​​​​​Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Wednesday restricting ground transportation of illegal immigrants who may be, or are, COVID-19 positive from being brought into Texas communities.

The order directs the Texas Department of Public Safety to stop any vehicle upon reasonable suspicion and reroute drivers to their point of origin or a port of entry and impound the vehicle.

"The dramatic rise in unlawful border crossings has also led to a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases among unlawful migrants who have made their way into our state, and we must do more to protect Texans from this virus and reduce the burden on our communities," said Abbott.

“The Biden Administration has unlawfully abandoned its legal duties, resulting in a massive increase in illegal immigration at the border, and in turn forced Texas to bear additional massive costs and harms. The Court must intervene to stop this insanity,” said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has also sued the Biden Administration for not fully utilizing the government’s “Title 42” provision that was used by President Donald Trump to protect America and Americans against the COVID-19 being brought into the country by rapidly expelling those migrants who might transmit the CoronaVirus or other contagious diseases.