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On Wednesday, Governor Greg Abbott made the same pilgrimage he’s made dozens of times in the past two years, traveling from Austin down to the Rio Grande Valley to stir fears about unrestricted immigration. Abbott had a new occasion to rail against President Joe Biden after White House officials announced last week that the administration would end its use of an emergency provision called Title 42. Like the Trump administration, Biden has used the federal statute—which gives the executive branch the power to close the border during a public health crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic—to expel millions of migrants without a deportation trial. The governor for months has decried what he calls Biden’s “catastrophic open border policies.” Now, in Weslaco, twenty minutes east of…
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