Border Alert: Biden Administration Halts Razor Wire Removal After Record 14,000 Migrant Crossings

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A US appeals court has intervened, halting the Biden administration’s dismantling of razor wire along the Texas-Mexico border amidst a staggering surge in migrant crossings. 

The temporary ruling barred the federal government from removing the barrier, aiming to deter the historic influx of migrants breaching the border.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott escalated his conflict with the White House, granting state law enforcement the authority to detain and expel illegal border crossers. This court ruling marks a victory for Abbott in the ongoing clash over border enforcement, challenging federal jurisdiction on border policies.

The 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals, based in New Orleans, rebuked a previous judge’s decision that granted immunity to the US government in Texas’ lawsuit, deeming the federal policy of dismantling fencing as unlawful. 

Pending Texas’ appeal of the dismissal, the court-mandated the preservation of the fencing.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton lauded the ruling, emphasizing the necessity of preserving concertina wire fences amidst what he called a disaster caused by deliberate federal actions at the southern border.

Biden’s Alleged Neglect of Border Communities

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A US appeals court has intervened, halting the Biden administration’s dismantling of razor wire along the Texas-Mexico border amidst a staggering surge in migrant crossings.

The border crisis has intensified, witnessing record-breaking numbers of crossings and a surge in migrants seeking asylum. Eagle Pass, a focal point for crossings, encountered an unprecedented 14,000 migrants in 24 hours, overwhelming a community of just 30,000 residents.

Congressman Tony Gonzales depicted the dire scene under Eagle Pass’s bridge, where thousands awaited processing by Border Patrol. He highlighted the distressing situation online, stating that President Biden had forsaken border communities like his.

As tensions escalate, international bridges in Eagle Pass remain closed, costing locals substantial daily losses. With a significant portion of revenue derived from tolls at these bridges, the city faces economic strain.

Eagle Pass, reliant on limited police resources, grapples with the overwhelming influx. Despite Governor Abbott signing a law allowing local police to arrest migrants, its implementation awaits next year.

The court’s intervention signifies a pivotal moment in the clash between state and federal authorities, reflecting the growing urgency to address the escalating humanitarian and logistical challenges at the border.

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