Texas Doesn’t Have To Remove Border Barriers

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and his administration were handed a major victory Tuesday when an appellate court said the state doesn’t have to remove the border barriers it installed to keep illegal immigrants from crossing into the U.S.

The injunction that the court issued says the Biden administration can’t remove the razor wire fencing that Texas installed in the Rio Grande as a deterrent for migrants who want to come into the state.

Ken Paxton, the attorney general of Texas, announced in a press release after the decision that he was very pleased with the court’s ruling.

“Given the ongoing disaster at the southern border due to the federal government’s intentional actions, more than ever it is necessary to take every step we can to hold the line,” Paxton said in the release. “I will continue to fight against the Biden administration’s radical policies and work to make Texas a safer, more secure place to live.”

The Biden administration had directed agents to cut the fencing that Texas had installed, but Paxton sued in October to stop that from happening.

Abbott shared a video on his page on the social media platform X in September that showed border patrol agents cutting some of the fencing that was installed.

In the lawsuit, Paxton argued that Texas positioned the wire fencing strategically so it would secure the state’s border. In addition, the state got permission from the landowners so they could erect the fence in locations considered to be “high-traffic.”

For his part, Abbott said Texas wouldn’t have to go to these lengths if the Biden administration would actually do something to protect the security of the border.

The wire fencing was only the first way in which Texas has taken border security into its own hands. Just this week, Abbott signed a new bill that allows law enforcement agents to arrest migrants who cross the border illegally.

While liberal activist groups have already filed lawsuits to stop that new law, Texas began arresting illegal immigrants this week to prevent more from entering the country.