Justice Dept. moves to block Abbott order on immigrant transportation

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The Biden administration is suing the state of Texas to block an executive order Gov. Greg Abbott issued restricting the transport of certain immigrants he contends pose a risk of spreading the coronavirus.

The Justice Department filed the suit Friday afternoon in federal court in El Paso after Attorney General Merrick Garland sent Abbott a letter Thursday warning that the order intrudes on the federal government’s power over immigration enforcement.

“The Order is contrary to federal law and cannot be enforced. Accordingly, consistent with its authorities under federal law,

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