This week, a federal judge told the Biden administration to stop cutting the razor wire that Texas officials put up along the Rio Grande River to stop people from coming into the country illegally.
A court order from Judge Alia Moses in the United States Western District of Texas stopped the Dept. of Homeland Security as well as the United States Customs and Border Patrol from “disassembling, degrading, or messing” with Texas’s barriers at its border with Mexico.
The judge is said to have written in the 11-page court document, “The Court will provide the temporary relief asked for, with a significant exception for any health emergency that almost certainly leads to significant harm or fatality to a person, provided that there are no boats or other life-saving equipment available for preventing such medical emergencies before getting to the concertina wire barrier.”
Moses, who was named by President George W. Bush, said that the temporary order would stay in place until the November 7 meeting in Del Rio that Texas AG Ken Paxton had asked for.
Paxton filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration this past week to stop federal agents from cutting, burning, hurting, or otherwise getting in the way of the state’s electric fence near Eagle Pass.
In a press release issued on October 24, Paxton stated, “Texas has the sovereign right to build barriers along its borders aimed at preventing the passage of illegal aliens. People all over the country were shocked to see Biden’s open-border approach in action: agents had been literally cutting wires to help illegal immigrants get into our state. This is not allowed. It’s dangerous for our country and its people. Otherwise, Biden’s free-for-all will only make this terrible immigration problem even worse. The courts need to stop it.”
Paxton informed the court this week that the border razor fencing was being taken down by the federal government using trucks and other tools.
This past week, a DHS spokesperson was said to have said that the agency could not speak on ongoing lawsuits.
“Border Patrol agents are required by federal law to detain and process people who have come into the U.S. illegally and to take action when conditions threaten our workers or migrants.”
The temporary restraining order ends on November 13, unless the court decides to keep it in effect longer.
GOP Governor Greg Abbott of Texas called the judge’s decision “another victory” for the state’s “historic border goal.”
He posted on social media this week, “Biden caused this crisis and has tried to stop us at every turn. Both Attorney General Paxton and I are fighting back.”
Border guard officials just said that they encountered 269,735 illegal immigrants at the southern border of the United States in September, which is the highest number ever for a single month.