(ReliableNews.org) – When President Joe Biden took office in January 2021, he halted all work on the border wall. Fed up with the sheer number of migrants crossing into the country, some states, including Texas, took matters into their own hands. The state erected concertina wire along the Rio Grande, a popular passageway for people to cross the Mexico-US border. The Biden Administration had ordered Border Patrol agents to cut down the wire and Texas sued. Now, a court has ruled in Texas’ favor, delivering a blow to the federal government.
On Monday, October 30, District Judge Alia Moses ruled in Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s favor, ordering the Border Patrol, which is under the Department of Homeland Security’s direction, to stop destroying the wire. She approved the temporary restraining order, noting that Texas was very likely to win the lawsuit and that not doing so would cause the state significant harm. She did make one exception, in the event of “any medical emergency that most likely results in serious bodily injury or death,” should there be nobody else around to help.
The restraining order is temporary and due to expire at 9:30 a.m. on November 13, unless Paxton’s office can convince the judge to keep it in place. Both the Biden Administration and Paxton will provide arguments to Moses on November 7. She will issue her decision following those statements.
The concertina wire has been a subject of controversy because of the injuries it has reportedly caused. One state trooper alleged that the barrier was responsible for a woman having a miscarriage after she got caught up in it and also said officials refused to help a 4-year-old girl, instead pushing her back from the wire and refusing to administer aid until she passed out from the heat. Those claims are under investigation.
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