US lawmakers hold press conference about COVID-19, immigration ‘crisis’ at border

News conference will be livestreamed in this article

A Texas Department of Public Safety official arrests TKTK near the U.S. and Mexico border in Del Rio on July 23, 2021.

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, will hold a news conference with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, on Friday morning to discuss COVID-19 and immigration.

The news conference will start at 10 a.m. and it will be livestreamed in this article. Delays are possible; if there is not a livestream available, check back at a later time.

Cuellar is among the Texas lawmakers who have urged the Biden administration to prioritize the health and safety of border agents and communities amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.

“They need to stop letting people in,” Cuellar recently told KSAT.

On Thursday, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott issued a new order in Texas that allows state troopers to stop and turnaround vehicles carrying migrants on the basis that they could contribute to the virus’ spread. The new order was swiftly met with criticism by the U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and some activist groups.

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