“Texas’ razor wire is an effective deterrent against the illegal border crossings encouraged by Biden’s open border policies. We continue to deploy this razor wire to repel illegal immigration,” the governor posted on X on Wednesday.
Texas’ razor wire is an effective deterrent against the illegal border crossings encouraged by Biden’s open border policies.
We continue to deploy this razor wire to repel illegal immigration. pic.twitter.com/PE8wiMYaYI
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 24, 2024
The U.S. Supreme Court has decided that Border Patrol agents can cut a razor wire fence installed by Texas along its border with Mexico. The purpose of the fence is to discourage migrants and asylum seekers from entering the country, according to Al Jazeera.
Texas Governor Abbott stands firm on razor wire despite Supreme Court ruling allowing Border Patrol to cut fence
According to NBC Montana’s report, the border patrol has not yet removed any razor wire. Still, Abbott is standing firm and asserting that he will not back down. As per news sources, he intends to persist in securing the border according to his own plans, despite the recent Supreme Court ruling.
Addressing the public in El Paso on Monday, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar expressed her disagreement. She stated that she thinks Abbott’s decision to increase the razor wire a day after the Supreme Court ruling is inappropriate.
“What Governor Abbott is doing is not just unconstitutional, and it’s not just harmful to very vulnerable people, but it is impairing the border patrol’s ability to do their job, and it’s the border patrol that is trained and equipped to address migration,” said Escobar.
Meanwhile, Abbott posted on X on Tuesday that the “Texas National Guard continues to hold the line in Eagle Pass.”
“Texas will not back down from our efforts to secure the border in Biden’s absence,” he added. On Tuesday, law enforcement in Eagle Pass, Texas, was observed installing additional wire as well.
Escobar further criticized Abbott, accusing him of abusing his power. She expressed her hope for an alternative solution to address the matter at hand.
Republicans support Abbott while Democrats express opposition during ongoing migrant crisis
As Escobar and other Democrats voice their opposition to the governor, Republicans, including Texas Senator John Cornyn, align themselves with Abbott and place blame on the Biden administration for the continuing migrant crisis.
“This administration’s refusal to take its responsibility for this crisis is pathetic,” said U.S. Senator John Cornyn.
Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing the border patrol to remove the wire, the Chief of U.S. Customs and Border Protection informed CNN on Tuesday that there are currently no plans in place to initiate that process. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments regarding the razor wire case on February 7th.