The state of Texas is continuing its installation of razor wire at the southern border between the United States and Mexico despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Monday that the Biden administration could remove the state’s razor wire along the border.
In a statement released with pictures on X, formerly Twitter, the Texas Military Department explained that the Texas National Guard is continuing to install razor wire at the southern border.
“The Texas Military Department continues to hold the line in Shelby Park to deter and prevent unlawful entry into the State of Texas,” the Texas Military Department said. “We remain resolute in our actions to secure our border, preserve the rule of law, and protect the sovereignty of our State.”
While the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling on Monday that vacated a lower court’s previous decision preventing the Biden administration from removing the state’s razor wire, Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) shared photos Tuesday of the Texas National Guard continuing to “hold the line” at the southern border.
“The Texas National Guard continues to hold the line in Eagle Pass,” Abbott tweeted. “Texas will not back down from our efforts to secure the border in Biden’s absence.”
On Wednesday, Abbott shared another photo of the Texas National Guard continuing to install razor wire at the southern border. The Republican governor claimed the razor wire is “an effective deterrent” against border crossings by illegal immigrants, which he said is “encouraged by Biden’s open border policies.” Abbott explained that the razor wire’s installation will continue in an effort to “repel illegal immigration” in Texas.
The installation of razor wire along the border in Texas was imitated under Operation Lone Star, which Abbott launched in March of 2021 to address the unprecedented level of illegal immigration under the Biden administration.
Chris Olivarez, a spokesperson with the Texas Department of Public Safety, emphasized the importance of Operation Lone Star in a statement released Monday on X.
Olivarez noted that the state will “maintain its current posture in deterring illegal border crossings by utilizing effective border security measures” such as razor wire and barriers to prevent individuals from illegally crossing near the Rio Grande.
“The logical concern should be why the Federal Government continues to hinder Texas’ ability to protect its border, all while allowing for the exploitation, dangerous, & inhumane methods of permitting illegal immigrants, including children, to illegally cross a dangerous river where many have lost their lives,” Olivarez stated.