A judge in Hidalgo County, Texas has accused the Biden administration of releasing COVID-positive illegal immigrants into surrounding communities. And he wants it to stop.
He also accused Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott of removing tools Hidalgo County needs to stop infections, like mask mandates.
Judge Richard Cortez, who presides in what is considered one of the fastest-growing counties in the country near the southern tip of Texas, is demanding the federal government stop releasing “infected migrants.”
“We have been doing well as a community in slowing the spread of this deadly virus,” Cortez said in a statement.
He blamed “ill-conceived policies” at the federal and state levels for serious consequences being faced in Hidalgo County.
“I call on federal immigration officials to stop releasing infected migrants into our community and I am further calling on Governor Abbott to return to Hidalgo County the safety tools he took away that would help us slow the spread of this disease,” added Cortez.