The State of Texas sued President Joe Biden’s administration on Tuesday over the federal government cutting security wire along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The lawsuit alleges the Biden administration is “undermining Texas’s efforts to stem the flow of illegal immigration” during an “unprecedented immigration crisis.”
“The crisis at the southern border is well known. The Biden Administration’s abdication of its duty to secure the border has allowed millions of aliens to illegally cross into Texas and the United States in record numbers,” the lawsuit states, adding that Texas “has acted to fill the breach created by the federal government’s indolence.”
The lawsuit highlights the federal government’s practice of “cutting, destroying, or otherwise damaging” border wire to help illegal immigrants enter the United States.
“By cutting Texas’s concertina wire, the federal government has not only illegally destroyed property owned by the State of Texas; it has also disrupted the State’s border security efforts, leaving gaps in Texas’s border barriers and damaging Texas’s ability to effectively deter illegal entry into its territory,” the lawsuit continues. “Texas brings this lawsuit to end this ongoing, unlawful practice which undermines its border security efforts.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement on Tuesday that Texas has the “sovereign right to construct border barriers to prevent the entry of illegal aliens.”
“Americans across the country were horrified to watch Biden’s open-border policy in action: agents were physically cutting wires and assisting the aliens’ entry into our state. This is illegal. It puts our country and our citizens at risk. The courts must put a stop to it, or Biden’s free-for-all will make this crushing immigration crisis even worse,” he added.