Texas governor defies Supreme Court on US-Mexico border wire.

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WASHINGTON — Tensions between Texas and the US Federal Government have heightened over control of the US-Mexico border following Texas Governor Greg Abbott's statement that he will defy President Biden and the US Supreme Court by installing more fresh barbed wire barriers to prevent migrant crossings.اضافة اعلان

On Monday, the US Supreme Court issued a ruling allowing the Border Patrol to remove razor wire installed by the state of Texas along the border with Mexico. Subsequently, the Biden administration gave Texas a deadline to comply with the court's decision.

This decision followed a legal battle between the federal government and Texas over the use of razor wire as a prevention measure for illegal immigration. In May 2021, Abbott ordered the installation of more wire by declaring a border disaster, allowing the state to erect fencing on private land near the Rio Grande. In October, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sued the Biden administration because Customs and Border Protection agents were removing the razor wire. The lawsuit claimed agents were cutting through it to rescue migrants, which Texas alleged was damaging state property to aid migrants in crossing.

Timeline leading to the court’s decision
According to CNN, leading up to the court’s decision, a series of events unfolded in Eagle Pass, Texas, highlighting escalating tensions between the state and federal authorities over control of the US-Mexico border.

On January 10, Texas implemented measures to block US Border Patrol agents from accessing a 2.5-mile area, including Shelby Park, using razor wire and gates. Two days later, a mother and her two children were found drowned in the Rio Grande near Shelby Park after the Texas Military Department (TMD) assumed control of the area. Subsequently, on January 13, Texas allowed limited Border Patrol access to the area, marking a temporary easing of tensions.

However, on January 15, a Border Patrol agent was stopped by the Texas Army National Guard within the restricted area, further exacerbating the dispute. The Texas Attorney General's refusal to end the blockade on January 17 reflected a firm stance, accompanied by the state's decision to start arresting migrants for trespassing in Shelby Park.

The situation escalated on January 22 when the Supreme Court allowed the Border Patrol to remove Texas' razor wire. Following this development, on Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security demanded full access to the Shelby Park area.

Despite federal demands, the Texas National Guard continued installing fencing and razor wire on Wednesday, defying the federal government's directives. Moreover, on Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a second deadline to Texas, urging the state to agree to reopen the disputed area and restore federal authority over border operations, which expired on Saturday.

As news circulated about Texas's intentions to secede from the US, 25 Republican states issued a statement in support of Abbott in his legal battle with the federal government, "We stand in solidarity with our fellow Governor, Greg Abbott, and the State of Texas in utilizing every tool and strategy, including razor wire fences, to secure the border," the statement said on Thursday. "Because the Biden Administration has abdicated its constitutional compact duties to the states, Texas has every legal justification to protect the sovereignty of our states and our nation."

In response, on Friday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a briefing, “I would say to them that if they truly want to help with the issue at the border, with the immigration system, that they need to talk to the congressional members, the senators in their state," Jean-Pierre added, "They need to ask them to make sure that they have the resources they need within their respective states to take action to actually deal with a broken system."

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