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Supreme Court lets Biden admin remove razor wire at US-Mexico border

The Supreme Court. (Joe Sohm/Dreamstime/TNS)
January 23, 2024

The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Joe Biden’s administration a major win Monday in the federal government’s ongoing feud with Texas over border security. The Supreme Court granted the Biden administration’s emergency appeal to allow Border Patrol agents to remove razor wire that the state had constructed at the southern border to prevent waves of immigrants from illegally entering the United States.

In a 5-4 court order, the Supreme Court vacated a lower court’s ruling that temporarily prevented the federal government from removing the razor wire while the court considered a lawsuit filed by the state of Texas against the Biden administration.

Monday’s order explained that Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Neil Gorsuch, Justice Samuel Alito, and Justice Brett Kavanaugh would have ruled against the Biden administration’s emergency appeal to vacate the lower court’s injunction.

According to The Daily Wire, Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) ordered the installation of approximately 30 miles of razor wire near the Rio Grande to address the unprecedented level of illegal immigration at the southern border in light of the Biden administration’s border policies. The installation of the razor wire was conducted under Operation Lone Star, an initiative launched by the governor in March of 2021.

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NBC News reported that Texas filed a lawsuit against the federal government after Border Patrol cut down multiple sections of the razor wire and allowed illegal immigrants to cross the border.

“The Biden Administration has repeatedly cut wire that Texas installed to stop illegal crossings, opening the floodgates to illegal immigrants,” an Abbott spokesperson stated. “This case is ongoing, and Governor Abbott will continue fighting to defend Texas’ property and its constitutional authority to secure the border.”

After Monday’s ruling by the Supreme Court, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton told Fox News that the “fight” over the southern border “is not over.” Paxton warned that the temporary order granted by the Supreme Court will allow the Biden administration to continue to illegally “aid the foreign invasion of America.”

“The destruction of Texas’s border barriers will not help enforce the law or keep American citizens safe,” Paxton added. “This fight is not over, and I look forward to defending our state’s sovereignty.”