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Texas National Guard Takes a Stand, Prevents Federal Agents from Border Entry

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The Justice Department filed a complaint against armed Texas National Guard soldiers, alleging they obstructed US Border Patrol access to a vital 2.5-mile stretch of the Texas-Mexico border in Eagle Pass.

The court filing, submitted on Friday, alleges that the Texas National Guard, under the jurisdiction of the Texas Military Department, erected new razor-wire barriers along the border and additional fencing inland, hindering Border Patrol’s ability to reach specific areas along the Rio Grande.

Federal government allegations suggest that Border Patrol agents have sought access to specific locations along the river, only to be denied entry by Texas National Guard soldiers. 

Surprisingly, the Texas Military Department has not yet provided immediate comment on the matter, leaving the accusations largely unanswered.

Before this recent development, Border Patrol agents had the ability to navigate the region using trucks equipped with mounted surveillance tools, essential for maintaining visibility and monitoring activities along the border. 

Texas Escalates Border Patrol Impediment

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The Justice Department filed a complaint against armed Texas National Guard soldiers, alleging they obstructed US Border Patrol access to a vital 2.5-mile stretch of the Texas-Mexico border in Eagle Pass.

However, the Justice Department claims that the Texas National Guard has now blocked access to the area, effectively preventing the deployment of these mobile surveillance trucks. 

Consequently, the Border Patrol’s ability to monitor the border has been significantly curtailed, reducing visibility to a narrow sliver from a single surveillance camera outside the newly fenced area.

The Justice Department argues that these actions by Texas represent an alarming escalation, impeding the Border Patrol’s capacity to patrol, survey, and respond to emergencies effectively. This legal dispute is part of an ongoing battle between the Biden administration and the Republican-controlled state over immigration enforcement at the border. 

The federal government contends that Texas’s recent actions directly challenge its efforts to address border security and manage immigration-related emergencies. In seeking Supreme Court intervention, the Justice Department aims to address what it perceives as an escalating conflict between state and federal authorities. 

This raises concerns about the potential impact on border security measures and the ability to respond to emergencies along the Texas-Mexico border, highlighting the complexity and intensity of the ongoing battle over immigration enforcement.

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