AUSTIN (AP) — Texas will close more than a dozen border crossings for the rest of the week as part of a nationwide travel ban aimed at keeping people from getting in and out of the country.
Greg Abbott on Wednesday ordered that the state begin issuing visas and other permits to people who have been banned from entering the country due to the order.
The state will also start issuing passports and other identification cards to those who have come into the country for medical reasons.
People who have applied for a waiver from the travel restrictions could apply at the Texas Department of Public Safety office at the U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint.
The office will accept any waiver request, Abbott said.
The U.A.E. said the order was issued to try to “stifle the flow of illegal immigration.”
The U.N. refugee agency said it was concerned about the impact on the U!
A.R. humanitarian program and its humanitarian aid workers.
The Texas Department for Public Safety said people who do not qualify for a visa should not enter the state.
The state said it would start issuing permits to those that have been allowed to enter.
Texas was the first U..
S.-Mexico border state to close its borders in May after President Donald Trump signed an executive order restricting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
The order prompted protests, with people from other countries holding protests in Texas and around the country to demand the government stop enforcing the travel ban.