Texas Border Barrier: White House Asks Supreme Court for Removal Permission

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The Biden administration is in a legal fight, asking the US Supreme Court to authorize dismantling razor-wire fencing set up along the US-Mexico border by Texas officials.

This urgent plea comes as the Justice Department filed an emergency appeal, contending that the razor-wire fencing, installed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s administration, obstructs border agents’ ability to detain migrants. 

The Solicitor General argued that federal law grants the government the authority to remove such barriers hindering their operations at the border.

The concertina wire fencing, erected by the Texas National Guard on private property along the Rio Grande, represents a component of the state’s controversial efforts to target undocumented immigrants. 

Abbott, known for his stringent border policies, has also dispatched tens of thousands of migrants by bus to cities governed by Democrats.

The legal tussle escalated after Texas sued the federal government, accusing border patrol agents of cutting through the wire fencing placed on private lands frequently used by migrants to enter the US.

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The Biden administration is in a legal fight, asking the US Supreme Court to authorize dismantling razor-wire fencing set up along the US-Mexico border by Texas officials.

The federal government’s stance is that agents must maneuver or breach fencing to uphold existing border laws or ensure safety. 

However, the fifth US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Texas in December, restraining agents from altering or cutting the wire unless there’s a medical emergency. This ruling prompted the Biden administration’s appeal to the Supreme Court.

The administration argued that the wire fencing has failed to deter migrants from attempting to cross the border but has instead impeded border agents’ access to individuals who have already crossed into the US.

Elizabeth Prelogar, the Solicitor General, emphasized the crucial decisions border patrol agents face in enforcing immigration laws while ensuring public safety. She highlighted the injunction’s repercussions, preventing agents from reaching the border and performing their duties of apprehending and inspecting individuals.

Governor Abbott’s unwavering stance on immigration aligns with much of the Republican Party’s agenda. He has greenlighted measures like installing floating barriers in the Rio Grande and allowing troopers to arrest and incarcerate thousands of migrants on trespassing charges. 

The clash between federal and state authorities regarding border control underscores the ongoing political and legal friction surrounding immigration policies in the United States.

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