At a press conference, Karine Jean-Pierre recalled that “immigration law enforcement” is the power of the federal authority and not the states.
The White House Press Secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, reacted to the executive order signed by the governor of Texas, Republican Greg Abbott, through which he authorized the National Guard and the State Department of Public Safety to detain irregular migrants and transfer them to the border with Mexico.
At a press conference, Jean-Pierre reminded journalists that “immigration law enforcement” is the power of the federal authority, and therefore, “the states they shouldn’t demand it or meddle in it.” Regarding Abbott, the White House spokeswoman pointed out that the Texan politician has “ a history of causing chaos and confusion on the border“.
Abbott, a staunch opponent of US President Joe Biden, justified the measure by arguing that the drug cartels drug traffickers “have been emboldened by open border policies” of the tenant of the White House, which has led to record figures in people smuggling and in the transfer of “weapons and deadly drugs such as fentanyl”.
For this reason, Abbott affirmed that he is taking unprecedented actions to “protect Americans and secure the southern border.”
Reply from Mexico
The executive order signed by Abbott provoked an immediate response from the Mexican Foreign Ministry, which rejected the action and announced that it would respond, through the consulates in the US, to defend Mexicans from “any violation” of their rights.
Meanwhile, the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also spoke this Friday it is. “ He is overstepping his limits, it is not his legal responsibility to make that decision, it is something that has to do with the government in the US,” the president said in his morning conference.