(TheRedWire.com) – Texas has initiated legal action against the Biden administration, aiming to halt federal agents from removing razor wire installed along the state’s border with Mexico. In a formal announcement, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton asserted the state’s sovereign authority to erect barriers to curb unauthorized immigration. Paxton contends that the federal government is sabotaging Texas’ endeavors to maintain its own security.
The presence of razor wire along the border has garnered criticism from both environmentalists and advocates for migrants. It has been reported that the wire has caused injuries to migrants attempting to cross at locations such as Brownsville and Eagle Pass on the Rio Grande. In some situations, federal agents have had to cut through the wire to extricate migrants who became ensnared in it.
The state of Texas has repeatedly clashed with the federal government on the issue of border security. The Department of Justice had previously taken legal action against Texas in July, aiming to compel Governor Greg Abbott to remove obstructions, such as buoys, that were placed to deter migrants from crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta articulated in a statement that the installation of such barriers not only presented navigational risks but also raised humanitarian issues.
On the other hand, Governor Abbott contends that it’s the Biden administration that is violating the law by dismantling barriers set up by the state. Abbott stated that actions by federal agents, which included physically cutting the wires, aided unlawful entry into Texas, posing significant risks to both the state and the nation. He called for the judicial system to intervene, warning that failing to do so would exacerbate the already pressing immigration crisis.
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