(TheRedWire.com) – On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal government had the right to remove the razor wire that the state of Texas had placed along the southern border.
In a 5-4 decision the Supreme Court sided with the federal government which had previously argued that the wire the Texas law enforcement had installed along the border prevented them from having management of the area. Previously an appeals court last month had determined that the wire could remain in place, continuing the legal standoff over jurisdiction in the U.S. border.
The majority was led by Chief Justice John Roberts, who voted in favor of the government along with Amy Coney, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Earlier this month the Texas Department of Public Safety and the state’s National Guard had installed razor wire fencing along the riverside part in Eagle Pass, Texas. As a result of this installation, U.S. Border Patrol offices had previously complained that their access to the park had been cut off. These complaints were further enhanced after Border Patrol officials claimed that they had been blocked from helping a woman and two children who had ended up drowning in the river close to the park. According to their previous statements, the members of the Texas National Guard had blocked them from getting access to the river to save them.
The Texas National Guard has denied blocking the Border Patrol officers and has not accepted any responsibility for this incident.
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