Federal Court Blocks Biden Admin’s Effort to Remove Texas’ Razor Wire

(ReliableNews.org) – Millions of immigrants have entered the United States since President Joe Biden took office. The sheer volume of people coming into the country has overwhelmed authorities in Texas and forced state leaders to take action. Recently, a court ruled in favor of the Lone Star State.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) has ordered his state to put miles of razor wire along its border with Mexico. Floating barriers have also been positioned in the Rio Grande, in an attempt to stop asylum seekers and other illegal immigrants from entering Texas.

The state sued the federal government after it claimed US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents were destroying razor wire fencing that was placed on private land with the landowners’ permission. In November, US District Judge Alia Moses, an appointee for former President George W. Bush, ruled the state had not shown it had the legal standing to prevent the federal agency from destroying the fencing. However, she criticized the president for his “utter failure” to stop illegal immigration.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton appealed the decision to the Fifth Circuit. A judge for that court ruled that Moses misinterpreted the law and ordered Biden’s administration to stop cutting the fencing located on private property. Circuit Judge Kyle Duncan wrote, “The public interest supports clear protections for property rights from government intrusion and control.” He said Texas would likely prevail in its lawsuit against the administration.

The Hill reported Paxton issued a statement after the court ruling saying that he was “very pleased” by the decision that the court has “forbidden federal agents […] from destroying our concertina wire fences.” He went on to call the current situation at the border a “disaster” and said he thinks the administration’s actions are intentional and said Texas needs to “hold the line.”

Texas recently passed a law allowing their police officers to arrest immigrants they believe crossed the border illegally. A lawsuit has already been filed against that law as well.

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